"We wanted to take a close look at the X-Men, and refocus our efforts to try and see what we could do to bring them back to the prominence that they deserve," Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski said. "When Jonathan Hickman came in with the idea for what he has planned, we knew we found the guy."
"It truly is a new era for the X-Men, but not forgetting anything that has gone before," he added.
"House of X and Powers of X (pronounced Powers of 10) are two stories that act as one story," Hickman said. "They absolutely are separate, but by the end they collide together and coming out of that is the new paradigm for the X-Men Universe."
As Marvel creators and editors speak, artwork from House of X and Powers of X fly across the screen. Many of the images have already been released, either as previews of interior pages or upcoming covers. However, we do get a few new pieces of art, with examples ranging from the roster of Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Cyclops, Wolverine, Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler), the Fantastic Four leaping into battle against Sabretooth, a swarm of Sentinels flying towards a city underneath a dome in the mountains, and Charles Xavier's First Class of X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast).
"The cool thing is all of the character designs and environmental designs that we're going to be using for years down the road, and [artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva] are knocking it out of the park," Hickman added. "It's primal world-building."
"It draws on X-Men from every era. It draws on the history of the X-Men and reshapes it," Senior Editor Jordan D. White said. "This book is all about getting to the core of what X-Men is and always has been. So if you have been a fan of X-Men of any era, there is something in here for you."
House of X #1 goes on sale July 24, followed by Powers of X #1 on sale July 31.