Warning: This article contains spoilers for X-Men #2, by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, VC's Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, on sale Wednesday, Nov. 13.
When Charles Xavier sent out a psychic message to everyone on planet Earth declaring the X-Men's intention to create a mutant sovereign nation, the obvious reactions were going to be fear and aggression. Fear would come from the humans who have always been afraid of the extraordinary abilities portrayed by mutants, with aggression coming from the bigoted people who take their hatred to deadly extremes.
However, no one could have anticipated the events that would take place in X-Force #1. The relaunch of the X-Men spinoff for the Dawn of X publishing line saw Krakoa's defenses penetrated by an outside force, resulting in Professor X's assassination. Normally this would be a shocking development for the beginning of the X-Men's new status quo in the Marvel Universe, but the presence of the mutant resurrection protocols established in House of X lessens the impact of Xavier's death. Fans already know the X-Men have found a way to cheat death with The Five (Goldballs/Egg, Proteus, Elixir, Tempus and Hope Summers), so Charles Xavier should be brought back to life. Right?
That's at least the feeling going into the preview of X-Men #2. The first look trims down the X-Men's rather large cast to just three heroes -- Cyclops, Prestige and Kid Cable -- with Cyclops filling his kids in on the drama unfolding on Krakoa. However, instead of focusing on the deceased Xavier, the X-Men are more concerned with a strange island that has appeared off the coast of Krakoa.
Even stranger, Krakoa has started to change course and head towards this mysterious island. X-Men Northstar and Aurora did a recon flyover of the island and discover its full of giant beasts. So instead of tracking down Xavier's killers, the Summers Clan are going monster hunting.
As the trio fly closer to the island in a Blackbird jet, the young Cable from an alternate future begins to wonder how many guns and weapons he should have brought for the mission. His older counterpart is known for carrying oversized guns with him, and it appears the new Cable is following in those footsteps. One look at an erupting volcano on the island quickly prompts the response, "I shoulda brought a bigger gun."
One possibility at the identity of the island lies with Okkara, which was Krakoa and Arakko before they were split into two parts. Powers of X showed what happened thousands of years ago in Marvel's past, when Apocalypse tried to defend Okkara. Arakko was thought to be lost forever, but Marvel Comics #1000 and Powers of X tease that it will soon make its return. Whether this new island is the missing Arakko remains to be seen, but it is definitely an option.