Written by: Jonathan Hickman, Pencilled by: Leinil Francis Yu, Inked by: Gerry Alanguilan, Coloured by: Sunny Gho, Lettered by: Clayton Cowles, Designed by: Tom Muller
It’s an exciting (or should that be x-citing?) time to be reading X-Men comics. Three months ago, Jonathan Hickman took the reigns of Marvel’s mutants and gave the franchise a much-needed shake-up with House of X and Powers of X. Without spoiling anything for those who haven’t read it, Hickman radically has changed the landscape of X-Men comics and opened up brand new stories for years to come.
With fresh stories to tell comes a brand-new line of X-Men comics, dubbed Dawn of X, with X-Men being the flagship title. Read on to find out more about the series and check a preview of X-Men #1.
House of X/Powers of X left mutantdom in a very different position than we have seen it in the past. As a result of this new status quo, mutants are gathering to the island-nation of Krakoa, the new base of operations of the X-Men. Some want safety and security, while others just want to join the new mutant society away from humans.
To make sure that Krakoa and it’s inhabitants are safe from those who wish mutants harm, Cyclops has put together a team of mutant heroes. Hickman has stated that the team will vary from story-to-story (which makes sense when you consider how many X-Men characters there are) but this issue will include Cyclops, Storm, Magneto, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Havok, and many others.
If you’re brand-new to X-Men then you’ve come at a good time. While I suggest reading House of X/Powers of X first for greater context, X-Men #1 is a good place to start. The franchise has been through significant change in a short period of time that you’re not required to know heaps of X-Men lore. Plus, Hickman is the kind of writer who is more interested in presenting new ideas instead of rehashing old ones.
Take a look below at four pages from X-Men #1 as well as a selection of many variant covers.