If you haven’t already heard, the late Princess of Wales, Diana, will be returning as a mutant in a five-part Marvel X-Statix storyline which may also feature a guest appearance by Spider-man. (UPDATE, July 11)

In what may be Marvel’s strangest decision since the Clone Saga, a mutant, super-powered Diana will return in X-Statix, and the regular gang of mutants will have to protect her from a “nasty crew of mutant Eurotrash” who want her to die again. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace, quoted in the Globe and Mail, called the decision “utterly appalling…. a cheap attempt to cash in on Diana’s fame and the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.”

What I want to know is, if the evil “Eurotrash” succeed, will we have to live through another funeral and another rendition of “Candle in the Wind”?

UPDATE: Lurch_Kimded has brought to our attention Marvel’s decision to remove Princess Di from the story. The press release reads:

Marvel Comics had planned to release a book using the spirit of Princess Diana as one of its heroines. While Lady Diana was portrayed in a positive light in the comic book, upon reflection, the company has decided to remove Princess Diana and all references to the Royal Family from the five-part X-Statix series.