WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for X-Men #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, VC's Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, on sale Wednesday, Oct. 16.
With the conclusions of the House of X and Powers of X 12-issue miniseries, Marvel Comics is moving forward with its revamped X-Men line of comics. The first title to launch out of the Dawn of X publishing initiative is X-Men #1 by showrunner Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu. The series has been promoted as starring every single X-Man, but the first issue cover features almost every member of the Summers Family Tree.
Though the cast may be large, a preview of X-Men #1 puts the focus on just two of the X-Men's leaders: Cyclops and Storm. The duo is out on a mission to take out one of the new threats to surface during House of X. Orchis is an organization comprised of the greatest minds from various groups, including S.H.I.E.L.D., A.I.M., Hydra and others. The collection of humans are trying to stop the rapid rise of the mutant population, which will eventually see mutants surpass humans as the dominant species in a short number of years.
Part of Orchis' strategy involves a Mother Mold robot hovering in space around the sun. In one of Moira X's timelines, the existence of a Mother Mold can lead to a mutant-hunting Nimrod being created. When a squad of X-Men head to space to destroy the Mother Mold, they're all killed. However, one of the bigger revelations in House of X is the mutant resurrection machine that can bring any deceased mutant back to life, which is why Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Mystique, Husk, Archangel and Penance are back among the living.
Now you might understand why the X-Men have such a grudge against Orchis. The X-Men #1 preview reveals Cyclops and Storm are in the middle of raiding the last Orchis stronghold on Earth, and the two leaders are making quick work of guards and robot defenders.
Cyclops and Storm make a pretty good team, but the X-Men don't normally travel with such a small contingent. As they make their way through the compound, Cyclops and Storm find Orchis' main lab. Cyclops relays this information to someone he refers to as "sir," and the final panel teases this person's grand entrance. There are only a few candidates to the identity of this person, but our best guess would be Cyclops' father, Corsair. He's one of the individuals listed on the introduction page, and the Starjammer spaceship could be what's entering the scene.
Out of all of the Dawn of X titles, X-Men is definitely the one for fans to pay close attention to. Hickman as the writer automatically makes it a must-read, but it should also be where fans can catch up with their favorite mutants who aren't already starring in another title. The cast will be ever-changing, that should keep things fresh as the overarching story progresses.