Today’s X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 laid the groundwork for the next era of X-Men storytelling. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, and C.F. Villa, the giant-sized one-shot was packed with surprises including a vicious attack by former X-Men ally Moira MacTaggert and the world’s devastating response to mutant resurrection, two exciting developments that will lead directly into the upcoming crossover event, A.X.E: Judgement Day! But amidst the drama also came the long-awaited reveal of the new X-Men lineup!
The winner of the second annual X-Men Vote, which garnered a passionate wave of votes from fans earlier this year, was (for some inexplicable reason) Firestar! The fiery super hero hasn’t always had the best relationship with her fellow mutants and is sure to shake things up as Gerry Duggan’s X-Men title enters its second year. Also joining the roster alongside remaining members Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Synch will be Iceman, Havok, Forge, and Magik. With the Eternals waging war against mutantkind, the new lineup will jump right into action in next month’s X-Men #13, an A.X.E Judgement Day tie-in issue. Featuring a grand-scale battle against the Hex, newly-awakened and mega-powerful Eternals, X-Men #13 will be drawn by artist C.F. Villa (Black Cat) who comes aboard as the series’ new rotating main artist alongside fellow new artist Joshua Cassara (X-Force).
“Firestar didn’t see the X-Men coming but I’m thrilled that she’s here because commencing with X-Men: Hellfire Gala # 1 and moving on, her story is exactly what the X-Men will need this year,” Duggan said about Firestar’s victory. “If your favorite didn’t win — don’t despair. Every character mentioned is a page from the handbook on the way up. Hope you enjoy year two. Viva Krakoa!”
Right now, fans can check out two newly revealed X-Men #13 covers: a special design variant featuring Firestar’s new costume by artist Pepe Larraz and the first of Russell Dauterman’s new trading card variant covers that will highlight the team’s new members.
Be there for the new team’s incredible first outing when X-Men #13 arrives on August 17! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by C.F. VILLA
Colors by MATT MILLA
Cover by MARTIN COCCOLO
Design Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Trading Card Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
On Sale 8/17
Image via Marvel Comics
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