Earlier this year, famed X-Men scribe Chris Claremont was announced to be writing a brand-new New Mutants one-shot for Marvel Comics titled New Mutants: War Children, marking a reunion between Claremont and his New Mutants collaborator, artist Bill Sienkiewicz. In an interesting twist, the one-shot will be set during the early days of the pair's run on the title, with Chris Claremont revealing when exactly the story most likely takes place.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Claremont stated War Children could be set after "The Asgardian Wars", an unofficial crossover consisting of the X-Men & Alpha Flight limited series, New Mutants Special Edition # 1 and Uncanny X-Men Annual # 9. It may also be set around the time Nathan Summers -- the boy destined to become Cable -- was born.
"In terms of continuity, this probably takes place right after 'The Asgardian Wars', probably around the time of birth of Nathan [Summers], in that kind of fudgable space where it's between the published panels," Claremont stated. "All of this stuff is happening between the published panels... Marvel has a very fudgable relationship with the concept of time. It seems that most of the projects I'm doing with relationship to Marvel’s 80th anniversary occur during my core run on the X-Men titles."
Marvel is no stranger to telling stories that happened between the classic adventures of its heroes. One notable example of this is Untold Tales of Spider-Man, a title which featured unexplored adventures from the early days of the Webbed Wonder.
Written by Chris Claremont and featuring art by Bill Sienkiewicz, New Mutants: War Children is now on sale.