House of X Variant Prepares the Women of the X-Men for Battle

A new House of X connecting variant cover by artist Yasmine Putri brings together the leading ladies of the X-Men.

Putri's cover for House of X #2, by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Pepe Larraz, features Jean Grey, Storm, Kitty Pryde (with Lockheed), Magik, Emma Frost, Mirage, Psylocke/Kwannon, Mystique and Rogue. All nine women appear as if they are readying themselves for battle with an unknown threat off-screen.

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The solicitation for August's House of X #2 reads, "Learn the truth about one of the X-Men's closest allies...and then begin the fight for the future of mutantkind!" It remains to be seen which close ally the solicitation could be referring to, though a few candidates do appear on the variant cover. Emma Frost and Mystique have split time between being heroes and villains, with their most recent appearances in Uncanny X-Men revealing them at odds with, and working alongside, the X-Men.

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This is one of many variants Marvel has revealed for House of X and its sister series, Powers of X. Previous covers take a trip down memory lane, showcasing many moments from different eras of the X-Men.

Hickman has shared very few details regarding House of X and Powers of X, but we do know both titles deal with the X-Men's history and mutants' history in the Marvel Universe. "One, House of X, is a story about a pivotal month in the history of the X-Men where everything changes for mutants on Earth. And the other, Powers of X, is a story about the history of mutants in the Marvel Universe," Hickman said in an interview. "It works as a series of reveals and revelations where each issue of HOX that follows POX -- and vice versa -- makes you reinterpret the issue you had previously read."

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"House of X and Powers of X (pronounced Powers of 10) are two stories that act as one story," Hickman teased in a promotional trailer. "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."

House of X #1 goes on sale July 24, followed by Powers of X #1 on sale July 31.

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