After teasing last week that seminal X-Men writer Chris Claremont would be writing an Excalibur-centric story in the twelfth issue of X-Men Legends this February, today Marvel officially revealed details for his long awaited debut on the title.
Along with artist Scot Eaton, Claremont will be revisiting an era during his unparalleled run on the franchise, set before his work on the Excalibur spinoff title and featuring iconic X-Men characters including Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and Destiny.
Here’s how Marvel describes February ’s X-Men Legends #12:
In the aftermath of “Fall of the Mutants,” the X-Men are dead. Or so the world believes. And Mystique seeks revenge on Forge for his role in the loss of Rogue. In order to stop her partner from making a grave mistake, Destiny will have to recruit Nightcrawler and Shadowcat who, injured as they are, must dig deep to find new strength and do what is right as the last X-Men standing!
“It’s always fun wandering back along existing pathways and especially having the opportunity to fill in a couple of nifty gaps that were initially skipped over along the way—closing off one significant story-arc and lighting the fire that ignites the series that follows,” Claremont said. “Talk about a treat!”
Earlier this year the Simonsons teamed for a two-issue X-Factor story in X-Men Legends #3-4. Other creators who have worked on the series spotlighting different eras of X-Men history include Fabian Nicieza, Todd Nauck, Larry Hama, and Phillip Tan.
Fans will recall that Marvel released a Chris Claremont Anniversary one-shot honoring the comic creator’s career at the House of Ideas.
Check out the cover by Alan Davis below and look for X-Men Legends #12 February 2022