Just announced at C2E2 in Chicago, Marvel Comics has revealed a new 15-part X-Men crossover event starting in July. Titled X of Swords, the series will have ten mutants rise up to defend Krakoa. The series will feature “legendary blades” that are both familiar and new to Marvel history and will have mutantkind finally meet its “mystical destiny.” Sounds like we’re in for our first X-Men event since HOX and POX!
Check out the slick double-page splash by Mark Brooks that accompanied the info.
The big questions are, who will be the 10 mutants selected, and what are the histories behind each sword? Sounds like an exciting tease to say the least!
Fans of X-Men will note we just saw Apocolypse and Melody fight to the death using swords. Could X-Men #7 and the Crucible have something to do with this upcoming event?
Recently, X-Men editor Jordan White hinted in our weekly X-Men Monday column that the event “[has] already started to be laid out.” Crack open your old issues, X-Men fans, — sounds like some of the swords may have popped up in plain sight. In the same column, White was asked if it was safe to assume that ties into the upcoming event you’ve been alluding to with:
Here’s the crazy thing, when you realize there is a sword-themed event coming and start to flip through House of X and Powers of X you start to realize there are swords everywhere in both series! Here’s just one from Powers of X 4:
X-Twitter readers might also remember Marvel and Tom Muller were hinting at this reveal yesterday on Twitter and in that image the orange dash could be considered sword-like:
WHAT'S THIS THEN. https://t.co/nufCYvqC8U
— Tom Muller (@hellomuller) February 27, 2020
For all the details from the full press release from Marvel read below.
New York, NY— February 28, 2020 — Mutant Massacre. Age of Apocalypse. Messiah Complex. Some of the most iconic X-Men stories ever told have been realized as large-scale crossovers. This longstanding tradition continues this summer with X OF SWORDS.
Just announced to an enthusiastic crowd of X-Men fans at the X-Men Panel at C2E2, X OF SWORDS will be a 15-part crossover tying into your favorite X-Titles and led by Head of X Jonathan Hickman. In this sprawling saga, the new mutant nation of Krakoa faces their biggest challenge yet. Threatened by powerful forces from the unknown, ten mutants will rise up to defend their home. Arming themselves with legendary blades, both new and familiar ones from Marvel history, mutantkind will finally meet its mystical destiny. Impacting the entire X-Men franchise and setting the stage for the future of mutantkind, X OF SWORDS will be a modern X-Men epic that both longtime and new X-Men fans dare not miss.
Last year, Jonathan Hickman reshaped the world of the X-Men with the top-selling House of X and Powers of X. Since then, the X-Men titles have become the talk of the industry, each telling exhilarating stories set in this exciting new era. Don’t miss the next chapter in Hickman’s grand vision for Marvel’s mutants when X OF SWORDS kicks off in July!