A set of covers for Marvel Comics' Powers of X may reveal which villain is behind the mysterious plants that are displayed prominently in the X-Men miniseries previews.
The cover for Powers of X #5 features geneticist Mister Sinister watching some hands extend from pods attached to the plants. Behind him even more of the shrubbery is shown, meaning this may all be his latest experiment.
Powers of X #4's cover has Professor Charles Xavier wearing the mutant-seeking device Cerebro, with various X-Men and mutant heads floating in the background. Familiar faces include Wolverine, Cyclops, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Magneto, Sabretooth, Nightcrawler, Beast, Archangel and the Stepford Cuckoos.
Charles Xavier returned to the Marvel Universe in Astonishing X-Men, with his consciousness taking over the body of Fantomex. His actions have placed him as a potential antagonist, though it remains to be seen where writer Jonathan Hickman and artist R.B. Silva will take him in Powers of X.
Hickman has shared very few details regarding House of X and Powers of X, but we do know both series 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."
Marvel previously teased the book as having "the most important scene in the history of the X-Men."
House of X #1 and Powers of X #1 go on sale in July from Marvel Comics.