For the past week, Marvel has been teasing a new—or old—character on their Twitter feed. Each day the publisher has posted a new piece of art purported to be from 1992, including what they say is an unused X-Men cover, together with the tagline “X marks the spot:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 14, 2019
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 15, 2019
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 16, 2019
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 17, 2019
Was this just the publisher posting some old art for fun? It turns out no, as today Marvel announced Major X, a new six-issue miniseries written by and featuring art from Deadpool and Cable co-creator Rob Liefeld. The series, which begins in April, is scheduled to ship twice-monthly. Per Entertainment Weekly‘s announcement of the series, Liefeld will share art duties with Whilce Portacio and Brett Peeples, with Liefeld drawing issues 1 and 6 and Portacio and Peeples on issues 2 through 5.
Major X will focus on the titular character, a resident of an alternate reality, as he travels through time and space in order to meet up with the X-Men of today. The first issue has him landing in 1992, which explains the Twitter teasers, though it’s unclear if the character was actually first conceived of in ’92 or if Marvel’s social media team was just being clever.
Check out the full teaser art for the series, as well as official press from Marvel including quotes from Liefeld and C.B. Cebulski, below. Major X warps into comic shops in April.
New York, NY—January 18, 2019 —Who is Major X? This April, the truth will be revealed in an all-new, six issue mini-series written by the creator who introduced the world to Deadpool, Cable and X-Force: industry legend Rob Liefeld!
“To me, the X-Men have always thrived on big ideas, crazy ideas,” Liefeld said in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Major X introduces a new character who is certain to mix up everything in the X-world. He hails from another existence, which is called the ‘X-istence’ — a mutant Shangri-La, a safe haven that has been a realm where mutant kind has lived in peace and harmony. They escaped there following a tragedy that befell mutant kind, and built this community…but then a terrible event happens within the X-istence that causes Major X to cross over and land in the Marvel Universe that we know.”
C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, said “I still remember when Rob made his Marvel debut, and the impact his art and storytelling had on comics. The energy and enthusiasm Rob brings to comics and every page he draws is still felt to this day, and it’s a joy to have him return to his roots with the X-Men. Rob may have started developing these X-ideas 30 years ago, but his story will leave an indelible mark on our modern mutants!”
The mystery of MAJOR X begins this April! Head to Marvel.com for more information.
MAJOR X #1 & #2 (of 6)
Written by ROB LIEFELD
Art by ROB LIEFELD (issue #1)
Art by BRENT PEEBLES (issue #2)
Covers by ROB LIEFELD