Since the very beginning, the X-Men's struggles have been defined by a simple, seemingly unobtainable goal: Equality for mutants. A preview for Age of X-Man Alpha #1 reveals what a world that has achieved such equality looks like. Then, of course, it strips it all away.
The preview sees alternate versions of classic X-Men characters, like Jean Grey, Magneto and Nightcrawler (among others), arriving in a reality that is seemingly a mutant utopia. It doesn't take long for the crew to realize that something is amiss, as an unearthly wail can be heard coming from the Museum of Mutant History and the psychics in the group key into the presence of someone -- or something -- in a great deal of pain.
Age of X-Man Alpha #1 acts as the starting point for Marvel Comics' next big X-Men event, the Age of X-Man. The event springs off the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men, which saw the return of Age of Apocalypse's X-Man, who quickly came to blows with another powerful mutant, Legion, when he went about trying to reshape reality.
Age of X-Man Alpha #1 goes on sale Jan. 30. The issue is written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler. Art is penned by Ramon Rosanas. Phil Noto is the issue's cover artist.