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EXCLUSIVE: “Uncanny X-Men” Roster Expands In Official Cover to #1

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EXCLUSIVE: “Uncanny X-Men” Roster Expands In Official Cover to #1

Magneto’s X-Men roster just grew by two. When “All-New, All-Different Marvel” kicks off this fall, the Master of Magnetism will find himself in charge of a team in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men,” and the roster glimpsed in the book’s initial teaser teased that his team wouldn’t exactly play nice. But writer Cullen Bunn revealed in a recent CBR interview that the book’s lineup would expand beyond those characters in the teaser– Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Fantomex and Mystique. Now, we know who two more of those characters are.

CBR has the exclusive first look at the cover for “Uncanny X-Men” #1 from artist Greg Land and colorist Nolan Woodard. The image features a trio of familiar faces — Magneto, Sabretooth and Psylocke — as well as two newcomers.

While Marvel couldn’t confirm the identity of those two new additions, one of them is unmistakably Archangel. The other, judging by her costume’s red and black color scheme as well as obvious flight ability, looks to be Monet St. Croix, the X-Man sometimes referred to as M. As Bunn stated in our X-POSITION interview with him, these additions should come as a surprise to longtime X-Men readers.

“As for other characters… there are two team members who have not been revealed,” said Bunn. “Both of them will be head-scratching for different reasons. Both of them will add a new layer of ‘what the Hell is Cullen thinking?'”

Monet, if the character depicted on the cover is Monet, was last seen earlier this year in G. Willow Wilson’s final storyarc of the adjectiveless “X-Men” series. Archangel, on the other hand, has not been seen in that modified version of his classic costume since his mind was rebooted in “Uncanny X-Force” #18 in late 2011. Since then, the character has been amnesiac and taken on a more angelic appearance. This cover indicates that Warren Worthington III may be returning to a darker status quo.

“Uncanny X-Men” #1 arrives this fall.

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