After months of speculation, Marvel has unveiled the newest iteration of its flagship X-Men squad, its first since the 2019 relaunch of the X-books by Jonathan Hickman. The new team, including fan-chosen member Polaris, will officially debut on July 7 in a relaunched X-Men title helmed by Marauders writer Gerry Duggan, with art my Pepe Larraz.
We’re officially in our third year of the new status quo for the X-Men books, the one began by Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X in 2019 and continued through 2020’s Dawn of X and into the current Reign of X. Throughout that time, and despite the sheer number of mutants on Krakoa, the flagship mutant team of the X-Men haven’t actually been formed. Instead, Hickman used the X-Men book as a pseudo anthology examining different aspects Marvels new mutant world. That changed following last year’s X of Swords event, when Cyclops decided that it was high time to get the band back together, so to speak.
The new team, other than Cyclops and his wife Jean Grey, again using her original name Marvel Girl, were voted on in-universe by the mutants of Krakoa. Some are moving from other books, like Jean from X-Factor or Rogue from Tini Howard’s Excalibur run. Sunfire has been relatively quiet since the new era began, and there will no doubt be questions around his sudden prominence as a member of the team, especially considering his historically prickly personality.
Wolverine (Laura Kinney aka X-23) and Synche were featured in one of the most recent X-Men arcs, where they spent hundreds of years in an extra-dimensional vault fighting post-humans alongside Darwin. After her death and eventual resurrection (they can do that now, fun fact), she’s forgotten the time spent there including her relationship with Synche, who does remember it all.
Polaris was the final piece of the puzzle, winning a real life fan poll that had her beat out other fan-favorites and X-Men veterans like Marrow, Strong Guy, and Banshee. She’ll be moving from Tini Howard’s X-Factor series, though Howard has confirmed that she won’t be entirely gone and will continue to live at the team’s HQ of the Boneyard.
Writer Duggan (who’s also handling “It’s my privilege and honor to be reteamed with Pepe Larraz as we throw beautiful and deadly threats at the X-Men beginning in July. Mutants have saved themselves, and are now going to save the world. Krakoa will grow roots in the capital of the world, New York City, and the inaugural year will star Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch, Sunfire, and Polaris. The threats to Earth will come fast and hit hard, and every page from Pepe and Marte will blow your hair back.”
X-Men #1 will hit comics shelves on July 7th as part of the Hellfire Gala event.
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