Marvel Comics has released the first covers for Jonathan Hickman’s forthcoming X-Men run, which launches in July.
The covers are for House of X #1 and Powers of X #1, drawn by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva respectively. They were shared Monday as part of Marvel’s promotional web show, The Pull List.
House of X features Cyclops and Wolverine in usual get-ups, as well as Jean Grey in her classic Marvel Girl outfit, Magneto in more recent duds, and Charles Xavier leading the group, walking, and wearing a giant X-helmet over his head. The hosts of The Pull List noted this one will see “Charles Xavier reveal his master plan for mutant-kind, one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.”
Check out the cover below:
Powers of X #1 (that’s a roman numeral, not a letter btw), meanwhile, will see the creators “reveal the secret past, present, and future of mutant-kind.” The books are both going to be 40-pages in length, marking the start of dueling six-issue miniseries that will intertwine.
Check out that cover below:
At C2E2 in Chicago last month, Marvel editor-in-chief billed these books along with the arrival of writer Hickman as the latest major milestone in the history of the X-Men, comparing it to Giant-Sized X-Men #1 (which introduced Storm, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine, among others), X-Men #1 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, the Age of Apocalypse event and New X-Men by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
In recent years, various X-Men stories have been returning a number of classic characters to the books, reviving Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Charles Xavier himself from the dead. Currently, the vast majority of the X-Men are embroiled once again in what appears to be an alternate reality inside of X-Man Nate Grey’s head, Nate Grey being an alternate reality version of Cable who has maybe absorbed Professor Xavier’s son Legion…I could keep going but also there’s plenty of wikis for this sort of thing.
The point is, onward to the Hickman era!