Writer Matthew Rosenberg (Punisher, New Mutants) and artist Greg Land (The Incredible Hulk) are the new creative team on Astonishing X-Men, beginning with Issue #13 on July 4. The series will also see a new team lineup of Havok, Beast, Warpath, Colossus, Dazzler and a mystery member.
Astonishing X-Men #13 marks the return of the Reavers, who are bringing with them a secret weapon that only Havok knows about.
“We’re taking a slightly different approach to our X-Men on this team,” Rosenberg said in a press release. “The reasons they are together and what their mission is means that they are playing a role in the Marvel Universe that the X-Men haven’t played in a while.”
After the announcement, Rosenberg posted on Twitter, "For those wondering our team is HAVOK and BEAST as co-leaders. DAZZLER brings the firepower. COLOSSUS brings the muscle. WARPATH brings the knives. And *maybe* there is another team member we aren't talking about yet? And no, I won't spoil it."
Havok is still suffering the effects of the 2014 event Axis, which left the hero's personality inverted to that of a villain. He is currently working with the White Queen, Bastion and Miss Sinister to infect the world's population with the Mothervine virus, thereby making mutants the dominant species on the planet.
Writer Charles Soule and a team of rotating artists are the current creative team on Astonishing X-Men. The series brought the X-Men's founder, Professor Charles Xavier, back from the dead, and has put the team up against threats like the Shadow King and Proteus.
Astonishing X-Men #13 arrives on July 4 from Marvel Comics.