Back in 2006, comic creators Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo introduced a new group of superhumans known as the Children of the Vault in the “Supernovas” story arc of the ongoing X-Men book. When comic creator Jonathan Hickman took over and relaunched the X-Men books a few years ago, he brought back the characters and concept. The Children of the Vault will once again be facing off against mutantkind in a new 4-issue limited series from writer Deniz Camp making his Marvel debut and artist Luca Maresca.
The series, which features a first issue cover drawn by Yanick Paquette, will involve time-traveling mutants Cable and Bishop teaming up to take on the superbeings.
Here’s how Marvel describes the limited series:
A four-issue limited series, CHILDREN OF THE VAULT will be written by Deniz Camp (20th Century Men) in his exciting Marvel Comics debut and drawn by Luca Maresca, following his hit work on Photon: Monica Rambeau. These two rising stars will explore one of the most significant obstacles to mutantkind’s survival, the mega-evolved superbeings known as THE CHILDREN OF THE VAULT. This post-human species is seen as the next stage of evolution, superior to mutants in every way. Their motives and the existential threat they represent has been brewing in the pages of both Jonathan Hickman and Gerry Duggan’s X-MEN runs, and after the dramatic events at this year’s Hellfire Gala, they’re be unleashed from their virtual prison with a new mission. Former enemies become brother-in-arms as Cable and Bishop team-up to fight this crucial war against the Children of the Vault all on their own!
The Children of the Vault are back, and they are determined to be humanity’s salvation! But not everything is as it seems, and every utopia has its costs. What is the motivation behind these highly evolved beings gifting the world with their advanced technology? And how do Bishop and a now-Orchis-captured Cable figure into their plans?
Camp teased what’s to come:
“With CHILDREN OF THE VAULT, we’re taking what Mike Carey, Jonathan Hickman, and Gerry Duggan have established and filling in the gaps to more fully flesh out their motivations and methods. It’s been a real thrill to invent a whole new society for the Marvel Universe, with its own brutal history, culture, prejudices, personalities, and politics. Just as important to this book are Cable and Bishop, two characters I’ve long known and recently come to love. We’re embracing their rich history and complicated pasts (and futures!) to create a dynamic that I think feels fresh but deeply rooted in the characters.
“All of these characters, with their competing visions for the future, are going to collide in a sci-fi story brimming with ‘big ideas,’ accessible to new readers but taking full advantage of the FALL OF X status quo and the Marvel Universe.”
Look for Children of the Vault #1 to arrive in stores and digitally on Wednesday, August 9th.