As the “All-New, All-Different”-era of Marvel Comics approaches, more and more information is being revealed about the new status quo of the publisher’s heroes. Following the “Secret Wars” event, eight months will have passed in-story when we pick up with all of Marvel’s heroes again, and a lot will have changed. For the X-Men, we now know thanks to a Marvel.com interview with “Uncanny X-Men” writer Cullen Bunn that they will no longer appear to exist when their new books launch.
“Well, I think the ‘official’ status quo is that the X-Men are no more,” said Bunn when asked where the X-Men are post-“Secret Wars.” “Something terrible has happened in the eight month gap between ‘Secret Wars’ and ‘Uncanny X-Men.’ We know it has something to do with the T-Mists and their impact on the mutant population, but there’s more to it than that. The world at large believes the X-Men are no more. We, of course, as readers are in on the secret. The X-Men are still alive and kicking, but they’ve changed in the wake of this hostile environment they’re facing. There will be more than a few mysteries remaining to be solved and that will happen along the way. In the meantime, there are still threats to mutantkind that must be addressed.”
Thanks to preview pages from Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos’ “Extraordinary X-Men” #1, we know that the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mist will have rendered all mutants sterile, thus potentially cutting off the mutant gene forever. Those pages also show Storm and Iceman recruiting the teenage Jean Grey.
Bunn’s book, which features art from Greg Land, will follow Magneto as he forms a proactive group of X-Men, including characters like Fantomex, Mystique, Psylocke and Sabretooth. “Magneto’s group will take a more active role. They are not offering a safe haven,” said Bunn about “Uncanny X-Men.” “They are not striking from the shadows. Instead, they are making a statement — a warning — to those who might harm mutants.”
The third X-Men series, Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley’s “All-New X-Men,” will follow the adventures of the teenage original X-Men as they travel across the country.
This new era of X-Men kicks off with the release of “Extraordinary X-Men” on October 14. The new volume of “Uncanny X-Men” begins in December.
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