WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Uncanny X-Men #1 by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Mahmud Asrar, Rachelle Rosenberg and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale Wednesday, Nov. 14.
We're only a few days away from the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men, and Marvel is going big with a 10-part weekly event to kick things off. Titled "Uncanny X-Men: Disassembled," the story arc is set to feature every mutant in the Marvel Universe as the X-Men take on the latest threat to their very existence.
For now, it remains a mystery as to what exactly the threat is, but the preview for Uncanny X-Men #1 begins to offer up some clues. The biggest takeaway is, "What the hell is wrong with Multiple Man?"
The opening pages show Jamie Madrox frantically searching for Kitty Pryde. Before he can get an answer from Jean Grey, Multiple Man is stabbed through the head from behind by X-23. We're then taken to a sprawling battle between the X-Men and an army of Multiple Men, who are all repeating the same question: "Where is Kitty Pryde?!"
Along with the many active Multiple Men engaging in combat with the X-Men is the pile of dead bodies left laying on the ground. Of course, since these are duplicates the main Jamie Madrox should be fine -- unless he is one of the dead bodies. In that case we would say the X-Men killed one of their own.
Psylocke mentions all the Multiple Men have fractured minds, which would explain why they are acting like mind-controlled zombies. But that leaves us wondering who is to blame? Has someone taken control of Multiple Man? And if so, is this his way of breaking free and trying to warn the X-Men before the same thing happens to him? And is Kitty Pryde the key to solving the mystery? We'll find out more when Uncanny X-Men #1 hits stores on Nov. 14.