Marvel has announced via ComicBook.com that another classic event will be getting it’s own series as part of “Secret Wars” — “X-Tinction Agenda.” The series, which stars Havok and Wolfsbane and takes place a decade after the events depicted in the original 1990 crossover, will be handled by two creators that are no stranger to the X-Men line. “X-Tinction Agenda” will be written by Marc Guggenheim, who recently wrapped up an arc on “X-Men,” and feature art from “All-New X-Factor’s” Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Guggenheim spoke to ComicBook.com and revealed the origin of the upcoming series. “I was given a lot of free reign in terms of what story to pitch,” explained Guggenheim. “It started out with Marvel saying, ‘Are there any X-events that you would love to revisit?’ I had this idea for essentially a sequel to ‘X-Tinction Agenda.’ There’s a couple of different ways to approach this kind of project. You can kind of retell the event with a slightly different spin, [or] you can pick up different threads from the event. I was sort of intrigued by something that felt like a sequel but at the same time, I also wanted to take advantage of the new status quo and the new opportunities presented by Battleworld. My ‘X-Tinction Agenda’ is sort of this fun sequel that plays like a sequel on one level but plays into a different future for the X-Men than the one we’re familiar with in the comics.”
In the sequel series, Havok and Wolfsbane have remained behind on Genosha to deal with the fallout from the original “X-Tinction Agenda” and help rebuild the island nation. In main Marvel continuity, this pair were quickly snatched up and placed in Peter David’s first “X-Factor” run in 1991. Not so with this reality, said Guggenheim. “[I]t’s several years later and Havok’s definitely his own man, he’s not living under his brother’s shadow,” said Guggenheim, referencing Havok’s sibling rivalry with his brother Cyclops. “He’s got a whole host of problems that are unique to him and unique to Genosha. It’s kind of nice; I’ve always thought Havok was a really, really cool character and writing him is a real pleasure; I’ve never got a chance to write Havok before.”
Guggenheim also spoke about Wolfsbane and the toll that a decade on Genosha has taken on her. “I’m trying to show that all these years of basically co-running Genosha with Havok have taken their toll on her so she’s a little more rough around the edges than she used to be…but at the same time, it’s finding that right balance where she’s rougher around the edges because she’s lived this life we haven’t seen off-camera but at the same time she’s still Rahne and you want her to be the character that she’s always been.”
Rounding out the new book’s cast will be Chief Magistrate Anderson and Rictor, two characters that featured heavily into the original crossover. Wicked, a nearly forgotten character from Chris Claremont’s mid-’00s run on “Excalibur” will appear, as will a new character named Bulletproof and Triage from Brian Michael Bendis’ recent “Uncanny X-Men” run. Mystique and Karma will show up as members of Genosha’s law enforcement group, the Press Gang. There will also be some unexpected members of the X-Men.
“But then on the X-Men side, we’ve got Phoenix,” said Guggenheim. “We’ve got Wolverine from circa ‘Giant-Size X-Men’ #1 because in this version of reality, Hank McCoy brought old X-Men from the past into the present, but he chose the ones from Giant-Size X-Men #1 instead of the X-Men from the 1960s.” You can read the solicitation text for the debut issue and see more concept art below.
X-TINCTION AGENDA #1
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Ten years since the fall of Cameron Hodge and his fascist regime. Ten years that Havok and Wolfsbane have labored to rebuild Genosha. But their work may be for naught, as a plague has spread across their nation, infecting mutants and threatening their race with extinction. With the country quarantined and seemingly abandoned by the rest of the world, including the X-Men, old friends may become new enemies as Genosha’s rulers fight to save their people! Experience an alternate future fueled by the events of the landmark first X-Crossover of 1990, X-Tinction Agenda!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99