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Snippet from a teaser for Marvel Comic's X-Men Extermination

THE X-MEN ARE COMING BACK TO MARVEL’S FOREFRONT.

If you read comics at all from the 1990’s, you know that the biggest franchise wasn’t the Avengers or the Justice League.  It was the X-Men.  Marvel is going back to basics with their mutant heroes, while finding new stories to tell in the upcoming months.

Here is a breakdown of what we know.

Marvel Comics’ X-Men: Extermination

EXTERMINATION

The Extermination event begins on August 15th.  It is a five-issue limited series where the presence of the original roster from the 1960’s has a detrimental effect on the timeline and events begin to unwind.  The theory is that this is the story that finally takes these young X-Men back to the past.  This theory is further bolstered by the announcement of X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue being cancelled with their last issues on racks in September of this year.

A comparison of the covers of X-Men: Extermination #4 and Uncanny X-Men #137 from Marvel Comics

In Extermination, we know that a mysterious hooded figure will be working their way through the story seemingly to help.  Eagle-eyed fans will notice a possible hint in the cover of Extermination #4.  Jean Grey is side by side with the hooded one, but her pose is the same one that was on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #137, known to long-time readers as the Death of the Dark Phoenix.  On Issue #137, Jean Grey was standing with Cyclops.  Could he be returning to the comics during Extermination?

The indications are that Scott Summers will be returning in some way, especially with this teaser that is about the Extermination event.

Marvel Comics’ X-Men: Extermination

Cyclops’ well-known visor is hard to miss.  However, Cyclops has never work a costume with blue gloves of this color.  This means that this is either a feint with another character holding the visor, or Cyclops is returning in a new costume.

BLACK

Additionally, a six-issue set of one-shots was announced at San Diego Comic-Con.  The set is known as X-Men: Black and will have single issues focusing on some of their most notorious villains and anti-heroes.

Here are the characters and creators of the issues.

  • Magneto by Chris Claremeont and Dalbor Talajic
  • Emma Frost by Leah Williams and Chris Bachalo
  • Juggernaut by Robbie Thompson and Shawn Crystal
  • Mojo by Scott Aukerman and Nick Bradshaw
  • Mystique by Seanan McGuire and Marco Failla
X-Men Black: Magneto.
Cover by J. Scott Campbell

The five issues will have back up stories that will link together to tell a story about Apocalypse by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler.  Moreover, I think that having Chris Claremont write another X-Men story is a huge moment for this franchise.

UNCANNY

With the Gold and Blue series ending, another series has to take their place.  During the X-Men Panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski revealed that the original series, The Uncanny X-Men, is returning.

Teaser from the X-Men Panel at SDCC

There is no known creators or roster for this new series.

Marvel appears to be positioning their mutant characters for a rebound in their stories and storytelling, however, only time will tell how successful they are.