The X-Men return this fall with at least half a dozen titles!
Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Power’s of X summer books haven’t yet dropped but there is already buzz surrounding the conclusion. Starting this fall, the X-Men will see not one, not two, not three, but six new ongoing series added to their catalog! It’s literally been years since the X-Men have had more than a couple of books with none advertised as mini-series. I’d say since the Marvel Now! initiative when we had Gambit, Wolverine, X-23, Astonishing X-Men, X-Force, Cable & X-Force, All-New X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. I believe X-Treme X-Men and Age of Apocalypse may have been mixed in there as well, so I might short-changing the franchise here. So, without having to say, it’s refreshing to see Marvel invest in their greatest property.
The books debuting this October include:
“Mutant mastermind Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!”
“Writer Tini Howard and artist Marcus To join forces to shape a new day!
Mutantkind has always been special…as has their relationship with the world—or WORLDS—around them. Can the new Captain Britain forge a new way through the chaos with her companions Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Rictor…and Apocalypse!?”
” … writer Gerry Duggan and artist Matteo Lolli craft a tale that illustrates how, even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts…
Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Storm, Pyro, Bishop, and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared”
“Jonathan Hickman joins fellow writer Ed Brisson and artist Rod Reis for NEW MUTANTS #1! Hickman and Reis continue with issue #2 as the next generation claims the future! The classic New Mutants—Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher—get together with a few new friends—Chamber and Mondo—to seek out their missing member and share the good news…a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!”
“Written by Bryan Edward Hill with art by Szymon Kudranski, Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… But when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others to get vengeance. (Kid) Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all of mutant existence!”
“Written by Benjamin Percy with art by Joshua Cassara, X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world—one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey, and Sage on one side—Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other.
In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We’re not there…yet.”
There are a couple of head-scratchers here, I have to admit. Mainly in the creative team for the revived Excalibur and the premise that the Marauders book is based upon. Not to mention the inclusion of several characters we saw die during the most recent Uncanny X-Men run. I’m going to assume that the later will be better explained before everything is said and done between House of X and Powers of X. We’ll chop this up a bit later on, so stay tuned. Which book are you most looking forward to picking up? Let us know below!