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Hickman Explains Why He Convinced Marvel to Cancel the Entire X-Men Line

Before Jonathan Hickman takes the reins of Marvel's X-Men with the House of X and Powers of X miniseries, every X-Men comic from the publisher will come to an end. But don't you worry loyal X-Men fans -- this is all a part of the prolific writer's master plan to bring the franchise back to a prominent position in the Marvel Universe.

"Okay, so, for the most part, I don't believe incrementalism works in fictional universes, and that, I think, is why almost every big franchise change that occurs has a delineated starting point," Hickman told ComicBook.com. "I mean, it does work, which is why the industry often abuses it as a sales tactic."

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He went on to explain how relaunching with just a new number one issue wouldn't be enough. "And in the spirit of 'what works' and also 'what the market is used to', I didn't feel like just doing a new number one was enough," he said. "I also didn't think that if we were serious about what we were trying to do we should have a mixed message in the market about what an X-book is."

"So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe."

From the way Hickman describes his plans for the X-Men heading through the rest of the year and into 2020, fans can expect the same compelling stories they've grown accustomed to from his time on the Fantastic Four and Avengers.

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"We needed to sell the idea that this is what we're going to be doing for the next few years. So if you want to read X-Men books during the run from late-July through September, House of X and Powers of X are the only new X-books available and everything that's going to follow is based on them," he added. "We wanted to be clear to the fans, to the stores, and just as importantly, to the creators who are going to be staffing these books in the future. We wanted the message to be very clear: This is a whole new era for the X-Men. This is what we're doing now."

Marvel's current X-Men output consists of Uncanny X-MenMr. and Mrs. X and X-Force, along with the Age of X-Man miniseries. Future solicitations show Uncanny X-Men and Age of X-Man coming to an end this summer, and now we know the same can be said for X-Force and Mr. and Mrs. X.

House of X #1 and Powers of X #1 will go on sale in July from Marvel Comics.

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