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Who are the 10 X-Men who have swords in ‘X of Swords’?

Free Comic Book Day X-Men #1 reveals new details about X of Swords.

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?

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The Mark Brooks promotional art that debuted at history’s last comic convention, C2E2, revealed everybody from Wolverine to Eye Boy was getting one.

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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?

X of Swords

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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!

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