Marvel’s Mutants Return in the Dawn of X


Logan Busbee, Co-Editor In Chief

Marvel is objectively more popular than ever before, with Avengers: Endgame becoming the biggest movie of all time grossing over $2.8 billion worldwide, and Marvel’s comics are continuing on stronger than in previous years. However, the comics are currently undergoing a major change involving one of Marvel’s oldest and most popular teams, the X-Men. Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started, the comics have largely focused on the characters in those movies. The Fantastic Four and X-Men were largely sidelined, but after the Fantastic Four’s revival last year, the X-Men are coming back to the spotlight in the Dawn of X.

The Dawn of X is spearheaded by writer Jonathan Hickman, who is notable for his legendary runs on “Fantastic Four” and “Avengers”. It started in the weekly miniseries “House of X” and “Powers of X”. These were drawn by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva respectively, and it chronicled the establishment of a mutant nation on the living island Krakoa. 

Both of these series are critically acclaimed, and six new series have spun out of them. The main title is “X-Men”, which is written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Leinel Francis-Yu, and will feature hundreds of different mutants not seen in the series. The other series in the Dawn of X are “Marauders”, “Excalibur”, “New Mutants”, “X-Force”, and “Fallen Angels”. All of these series are new volumes into classic X-Men titles. However, series like “Marauders” and “Fallen Angels” are set under entirely different connotations.

All of these series have received incredible reviews, and have been topping sales lists each week of release. With this financial and critical success, it’s no surprise that future X-Men titles have already been announced. There are four confirmed future series, but as this is only the Dawn of X, more series will be thrown into the mix. 

The closest new series is “Wolverine”, and it will be written Ben Percy and Adam Kubert, and it will be released in February. Also releasing in February is “Giant Size X-Men” which will be written by Jonathan Hickman and has a new artist each issue. The final book to be released in February will be “Fantastic Four/X-Men” written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Rachel and Terry Dodson, and it picks up a plot point set up in “House of X #1.” The final book announced is a Moira X book, which will chronicle the past lives of Moira MacTaggert, which were somewhat seen in “Powers of X.”