Marvel has a mega-sized story planned for the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men. The weekly 10-part "Disassembled" will feature every mutant and X-Man as they hope to stave off the latest threat to their very existence.
The creative talents of Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, Pere Pérez, Mark Bagley, Mirko Colak, and more are embarking on a new era for Marvel's Merry Mutants, and that begins with a first look inside the pages of November's Uncanny X-Men #1 by Asrar and Rachelle Rosenberg.
The four pages from Marvel.com are unlettered, but it at least allows us to take a peek at what heroes and villains we can expect to find in the first issue. While the first page features X-Men stalwarts Storm and Beast, the following three pages are the most intriguing based on the mostly-forgotten villainous team that makes a surprise appearance.
Storm looks to be bringing rainfall down on a prairie field, with Beast testing the water sample for unknown reasons. From there we jump to New X-Men members Armor, Pixie, Glob, Anole and Rockslide at a crash site as they get their bearings. They're soon greeted by a team of evil mutants who aren't household names, but appear to be an updated version of the original X-Force adversaries, the Mutant Liberation Front.
First appearing in 1990's New Mutants #86, the group of mutant terrorists was brought together by Stryfe, who was in a feud with fellow time-traveler Cable (Stryfe also happens to be a clone of Cable). The Mutant Liberation Front and X-Force would clash on several occasions, but the villainous team would eventually disband after a number of their members were either killed in battle, arrested, or depowered in M-Day.
The Mutant Liberation Front in Uncanny X-Men #1 looks to be a combination of originals mixed with some new faces taking on the mantles of previous members. Up front is the original MLF members Wildside and Strobe, followed by a new, slimmer Sumo, Forearm and Dragoness, who were also on the very first MLF team. With Secret Wars bringing previously dead characters back to life, it's quite possible the Sumo and Forearm we see here were resurrected and aren't knockoffs, but there is no way to know for certain.
For Uncanny X-Men to utilize obscure villains like the Mutant Liberation Front goes to show no mutant (hero or villain) is off-limits to the "Disassembled" story arc. If there is an era of X-Men history you were a fan of, there is a good chance it will get either an Easter egg or shoutout that you'll readily recognize, leaving you with a smile on your face.
Uncanny X-Men #1 goes on sale Nov. 14 from Marvel Comics.