If you can’t beat ‘em, let them infest your body so that you can gain untold superpowers. That’s the old idiom, right? Well, it certainly is for the cast of X-Men Blue #22. Newly released cover art for the issue sees the team of spacefaring X-Men having joined with alien symbiotes for an X-Men Blue and Venom crossover.
Unfortunately, this union has attracted the attention of Poisons, one of the symbiote race’s few predators. First introduced fully in Venomverse #1, Poisons were created by Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello. The creatures can momentarily disguise themselves as acquaintances of their symbiotically-bonded prey before they attack. If a Poison successfully consumes the symbiote and host pair, the creature can effectively digest their respective personalities and gain control of the host's full range of superhuman powers.
Bunn teased the crossover back in October, telling CBR the event "takes the X-Men to the far reaches of space and pits them against a terrible and unexpected foe. This adventure changes the X-Men — some more than others."
Poisons have few weaknesses, but certain symbiotes are too powerful for the creates to assimilate – Carnage, for example. Poisons are also frail in their unbonded state and can be dispatched if dealt with before they consume a symbiote.
The events of the crossover are further teased in the issue's synopsis:
The X-MEN have given themselves a power boost – in the form of ALIEN SYMBIOTES! But their new powers have made them the targets of the symbiote-consuming POISONS!
X-Men Blue #22 is written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Jacopo Camagni. The issue's cover art is illustrated by Arthur Adams. A Poison X variant by David Nakayama will be available when the issue releases next year.