With Marvel Comics' "Age of X-Man" event set to kick off in February, writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson -- who will pen the 5-issue limited series Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men -- are assuring readers the event will not be a cut-and-dry sequel to the '90s "Age of Apocalypse" storyline. Instead, "Age of X-Man" will provide readers with a contemporary take on classic dystopian tales by putting the X-Men in a completely unfamiliar place.
"This is not what you think it is. This is not a rehashing of the 'Age of Apocalypse,'" Nadler told Marvel.com. "This is something else altogether. It's a utopia. It's the quiet American Dream come true for the X-Men and thus the world and lifestyle that has never been explored for mutants in the past."
"But there's a lurking darkness beneath," he continued. "We're harkening back to classic dystopian fiction like Orwell, Bradbury and Huxley, but this time it's less oppressive and tackling contemporary issues. We're slowing things down a bit, keeping it eerie, before stroking the flames again in order to explore who these characters become when they are allowed to be individuals, when they are allowed to be exactly who they want to be without fear of repercussion or persecution."
"This book is about a different kind of oppression," Thompson added. "It's about exploring what you become when you're faced to ask hard questions about what you'd do to keep the peace.It's about ackling the age old X-Men theme of what it means to be an outsider with a modern subversive twist. 'Age of X-Man' is about exploring what mutants become after they win a battle they've been fighting for their entire lives."
Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson and illustrated by Marco Failla, Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1 hits comic shops on Feb. 6. The event will include several other limited series, such as Nextgen, The Amazing Nightcrawler, The X-Tremists, Prisoner X and Apocalypse and the X-Tracts.