After telling fans to "Fear the Future" in two teasers for Jonathan Hickman's Powers of X, Marvel's latest promotion for the writer's other X-Men miniseries, House of X, changes things up with a "Face the Future" slogan.
However, what's most fascinating in the Marvel teaser are the collection of X-Men heroes and villains standing together in the artwork by Mike Deodato. Starting from the top are Charles Xavier (in Fantomex's body from Astonishing X-Men), Apocalypse and Magneto. The bottom row finds Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Storm, Nightcrawler, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Mister Sinister, Mystique and Exodus.
Two other items that may go unnoticed in the teaser are the strange plants found throughout Marvel's build-up to House of X and Powers of X, and an empty sofa chair. The plants have had a prominent presence in the X-Men preview art, but the chair is a slightly new addition.
When Marvel first announced Hickman's X-Men run, the publisher released an image by artist Mark Brooks that also featured heroes and villains from the X-Men Universe. In the middle of the artwork was Charles Xavier and a woman who may be Moira MacTaggert, sitting together on a bench.
Another teaser by artist Dale Keown featured a Professor X statue in the mold of The Lincoln Memorial. Again, Charles is seated with the plant life all around him, with the phrase "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he saved mutantkind, the memory of Charles Xavier is enshrined forever," written on the wall behind him.
Our first single House of X teaser reveals the plants to be dying, as their bright green and red colors are replaced by subdued browns. Also, there appears to be a sun either rising or lowering in the background, which could symbolize either the rise or fall of mutantkind, depending on how you want to interpret the image.
Very little is known regarding House of X and Powers of X, which makes seeing the X-Men heroes and villains standing together in a united front so shocking. We do know both series deal with the X-Men's history and mutants' history in the Marvel Universe. "One, House of X, is a story about a pivotal month in the history of the X-Men where everything changes for mutants on Earth. And the other, Powers of X, is a story about the history of mutants in the Marvel Universe," Hickman said in an interview. "It works as a series of reveals and revelations where each issue of HOX that follows POX -- and vice versa -- makes you reinterpret the issue you had previously read."
House of X #1 and Powers of X #1 go on sale in July from Marvel Comics.