The twin miniseries of House of X and Powers of X rocked the X-Men franchise to its core in 2019. It shook the line up with radical ideas, such as the mutant nation of Krakoa, mutant resurrection, and much more. These opened the door to a wealth of possibilities in storytelling, exploring different concepts throughout the line of X-Men comics.
As these ideas are explored, the X-line has gone through distinct phases. First, it was the Dawn of X, then the Reign of X. Now it’s time for Destiny of X, which Marvel describes as the Second Age of Krakoa.
This new era brings new stories, different avenues to explore, and new series. Some of the previously existing comics will continue, while others will mutate into something different.
Find out everything you need to know about the next age of X-Men comics. This extensive guide points out the comic books that are part of Destiny of X and answer some of the questions you might have along the way.
Information is still coming out about the Destiny of X era of X-Men comics. I will add more details to this guide as Marvel announces them. As a result, I see this being regularly updated over the next 18 months or so.
Please kindly let me know in the comments if you see something missing.
What Should I Read Beforehand?
The current status quo for the X-Men might seem confusing if you’re brand new or haven’t read for a while. A lot has happened in the last few years. Here are a few of the tentpole stories that will get you up to speed.
House of X/Powers of X
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz and R.B Silva.
These twin miniseries are the foundation of the X-Men for the past few years. It introduces all of the vital concepts such as the island nation of Krakoa, resurrection, and much more.
You can find out more about how to read it with this reading order.
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Valerio Schiti, R.B Silva, and Stefano Caselli.
This four-part miniseries concludes many of the stories that Hickman set up during his time on the X-Men. Marvel has hinted that many stories for the Destiny of X era will come out of this.
X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths of Wolverine
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Federico Vicentini and Joshua Cassara.
Similar to Inferno, these Wolverine-themed twin miniseries will pave the way for future stories in the Destiny of X era.
Find out how to read these miniseries with this reading order.
Further down the guide, I will mention a few more comics that relate to specific series. These won’t be essential reading. More of a suggestion if you want to dig deeper into what has happened before. If written well, the Destiny of X comics will give you everything you need to know.
Do You Have To Read Everything?
No. The great thing with the X-Men line is that you’re not required to read everything if you don’t want to. Each title explores its own corner of the wider comics universe.
Read the comics that appeal to you. This could be based on the premise, creators involved, or characters included.
Which Comics Are Part Of Destiny Of X?
As you will soon see, the comics that are part of Destiny of X are a selection of new and existing titles.
New titles join Destiny of X at issue one. The continuing series enter this new era at a particular issue number, which you can find more about below.
Immortal X-Men #1
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.
One of the most interesting concepts introduced in the Krakoan era is the Quiet Council, the ruling body of mutantkind. We’ve seen them in various capacities in several comics previously, however, Immortal X-Men is the first time they have been the focus of a comic book series.
But don’t expect governing mutantkind to be a smooth experience. Marvel’s announcement mentioned plenty of backstabbing, shady alliances, and chilling revelations. Each character has a vision for Krakoa, but don’t expect everyone to be on the same page.
Immortal X-Men #1 is available from the 30th of March.
Immortal X-Men by Keiron Gillen Volume 1
Collects: Immortal X-Men #1-5
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Javier Pina.
X-Men is the most superhero title of the line, which gives readers super-team dynamics within the context of the Krakoa era.
The solicitation for this issue doesn’t give a lot away, however, it appears that Lady Deathstrike may be returning.
DEATH STRIKES SWIFTLY! The X-Men’s troubles just keep piling one on top of the other and now an old enemy steps forward to cut in on the dance!
X-Men #10 is available from the 16th of April.
X-Men Red #1
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Stefano Caselli.
Last year’s Planet-Size X-Men revealed that the X-Men had terraformed Mars. While we’ve seen some tiny peeks at what’s been happening on the red planet, this new series will finally explore it in much more detail.
In Marvel’s announcement, writer Al Ewing had this to say about the new series:
“Mars is now Planet Arakko, home to an ancient mutant society that spent thousands of years facing war, imprisonment and pain – and home to Storm, who won a place of power on their ruling council. Now Arakko has a chance to find peace at last and forge their own path to the future… but there are those who’d rather see them fenced in and subjugated. Does Mars really need X-Men to save it – or can the mutants of Arakko fight for themselves? Storm’s not the only one who’s asking… and the answers are in X-MEN RED.”
X-Men Red #1 is available from the 6th of April.
X-Men Red by Al Ewing Volume 1
Collects: X-Men Red (2022 series) #1-5
Legion of X #1
Written by Si Spurrier. Art by Jan Bazaldua.
Legion of X is the spiritual sequel to Way of X, where the philosophical elements of the Krakoan society and mutantkind are addressed. Based on Marvel’s announcement, it appears that a lot of this will manifest through internal threats. Some mentioned included “a hunt for a missing Arakkii god, a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, and a villain worth praying for…”
Legion of X #1 is available from the 20th of April.
Legion of X by Si Spurrier Volume 1
Collects: Legion of X #1-5
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Eleonora Carlini.
Marauders has been relaunched with a new creative team and a rededication to rescuing mutants all over the world. Captian Kate Pryde has assembled a new crew featuring Lockheed the dragon, Bishop, Daken, Kwannon, Tempo, Somnus, and Aurora.
The most surprising member of all is Cassandra Nova. While she hasn’t made many appearances, she’s up there as one of the X-Men’s most dangerous villains. Why is she on the team? How does she connect to a mystery two billion years in the making? You’ll have to read to find out!
If you want to see this team in action before issue Marauders #1, they were featured in Marauders Annual #1 back in January, 2022.
Marauders #1 is available from the 30th of March.
Marauders by Steve Orlando Volume 1
Collects: Marauders Annual (2022) #1, Marauders (2022 series) #1-5, and the Smnus story from Marvel’s Voices Pride 2021
Knights of X #1
Written by Tini Howard. Art by Bob Quinn.
Working as the follow up to the recently concluded Excalibur, Knights of X is the fantasy-themed book of the X-line. In it, a group of mutants led by Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock) protect mutantkind and reclaim the mystical realm of Otherworld from the evil Merlyn.
According to Kindle Comics, this series will run for five issues.
Knights of X #1 will be available from the 13th of April.
Knights of X
Collects: Knights of X #1-5
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.
X-Force is the black-ops security team of the mutant world, eliminating threats to Krakoa. In the Destiny of X era, there will be an expanded roster of characters and a brand-new threat.
That threat is Cerebrax – a sentient version of Cerebro. What are this new villain’s plans? And why do they involve Forge?
Readers will want to read X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths of Wolverine to discover the origins of Cerebrax.
X-Force #27 is available from April 6th.
X-Force by Benjamin Percy Volume 5
Collects: X-Force (2019 series) #27-33
New Mutants #25
Written by Vita Ayala. Art by Rod Reis.
New Mutants #25 enters this next era of X-Men comics with a new story – The Labors of Magik. It sounds like it will be the New Mutants vs The Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor, in the fight over Limbo.
To make a long story short, New Mutants member Magik is the queen and Sourcer Supreme of the hell-like dimension known as Limbo. While she’s been occupied with the happenings of Krakoa, Madelyne Pryor is looking to steal the realm and use it for her own nefarious plans.
New Mutants #25 is available from the 20th of April.
New Mutants by Vita Ayala Volume 3
Collects: New Mutants #25-29
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Adam Kubert.
Wolverine enters this new age of X-Men comics with an unlikely partnership – Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth has discovered a dangerous plot that could threaten mutant society and will need their combined forces to stop it. However, will he drive Logan crazy in the process?
There is also a tease that a fan-favourite character that we haven’t seen in many years will return too.
Wolverine #20 is available from the 20th of April.
Wolverine by Benjamin Percy Volume 4
Collects: Wolverine (2020 series) #20-25
Written by and art by various.
Giant Size X-Men is a serious of character-focused one-shots. The following have been announced so far.
Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird
Written by Nyla Rose and Steve Orlando. Art by David Cutler.
Available 27th April.
I will add more of these to the list when more have been announced.
Hellfire Gala Special
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, C.F. Villa, and Kris Anka.
This is the second annual Hellfire Gala. However, unlike last year, which was covered throughout the line, this time it will be a 72-page special. It promises to introduce a new team member to the core X-Men team and will set-up future stories.
For those who love to read things in chronological order, read this special after X-Men #12 and before Immortal X-Men #4.
Hellfire Gala Special is available from the 29th of June.
Written by Leah Williams. Art by Carlos Gómez.
This five-part miniseries promises to be a grindhouse-inspired trip through Marvel’s underworld. It will have deathtraps, explosions, dirty neon, and a Parental Advisory hardcore edge. Sounds bad-ass!
This will feature Dazzler, Jubilee, and Boom-Boom, and Wolverine (Laura Kinney).
X-Terminators #1 is available from the 21st of September.
Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.
The first big event of the Destiny of X era will see the X-Men collide with The Avengers and Eternals. The latter group has discovered a long-lost secret about mutantkind which will want them in direct conflict with the X-Men. As the mutants defend themselves, The Avengers are stuck in the middle trying to deescalate the tensions.
Many of the ongoing series will have issues that tie into the events of Judgment Day. Find out which ones and more about the event in this handy reading order.
Sabretooth & The Exiles
Written by Victor Lavalle. Art by Leonard Kirk.
The follow-up to the Sabretooth miniseries that was released at the very end of the Reign of X era. Sabretooth and The Exiles have escaped from the pit and out for revenge in this five-part limited series.
Sabretooth & The Exiles #1 is available from 9th of November.
At the time of publishing this, Marvel haven’t announced any future titles for Destiny of X. However, never say never when it comes to the X-Men line. If it’s anything like Dawn of X and Reign of X then the possibility of more X-Men comics is likely.
It’s very possible that there will be new titles spinning out of the upcoming Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day.
I’ll update this guide when any new titles are announced.