Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. For more about Free Comic Book Day X-Men read our review.
Marvel’s next event X of Swords might be the most tantalizing event in decades thanks to the allure surrounding the X-Men since House of X and Powers of X. And yet, very little is known about this upcoming X-Men event beyond the fact that it’s X-tra sized (22 chapters!) and the X-Men get swords. But which X-Men?
The Mark Brooks promotional art that debuted at history’s last comic convention, C2E2, revealed everybody from Wolverine to Eye Boy was getting one.
But we at AIPT know that teaser art can be deceiving. In fact, X-Men Senior Editor Jordan D. White confirmed that to our very own Chris Hassan in X-Men Monday #50 this past March.
Jordan D. White: [Laughs] I can’t comment too much about the image because obviously, again, it’s a teaser image in much the same way we did the Mark Brooks image at C2E2 last year. There were a lot of things that made people ask some questions and a lot of them were super relevant and a lot of them might not have been.
AIPT: You’re talking about lobsters and Baby Havok?
JD: Lobster is delicious no matter what. But you know, sometimes there are some misdirections, sometimes there is exactly what you’re promised. So there are a lot of swords on that and I can’t really comment on which are the most important swords.
Well, following today’s release of Free Comic Book Day X-Men #1 (originally slated for May 2… but, you know… coronavirus), we appear to have one less mystery going into X of Swords thanks to Omniversal Majestrix Saturnyne (of Excalibur fame). As Saturnyne lays out one Tarot card after another (teasing X of Swords plot points along the way), we finally see the card that gives our next-favorite X-Event its name.
So, who will our 10 sword-wielding mutants be?
In the foreground, from left to right, we’ve got Cable (who, of course, brings a gun to a sword event), Apocalypse, Wolverine, Magik, and Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock). In the background, shrouded in darkness, from left to right it looks like we can see Gorgon, Storm, Bishop (with a very pirate-y sword), Magneto and–we think–the former Captain Britain, Brian Braddock, based on the sword and silhouette. Jordan has said this event is especially spinning out what Head of X Jonathan Hickman and Excalibur writer Tini Howard has been doing, so it’d make sense for Brian to be a key player.
Of course, the best way to find out who exactly will be wielding swords is to read X of Swords, which kicks off in September’s Excalibur #12. Oh and, of course, check out the rest of Free Comic Book Day X-Men #1 for more teases of things to come!