Marvel Comics has been messing with me for the past week or so with increasingly vague teasers for an upcoming series. At C2E2 this weekend, the publisher pulled back the curtain to reveal what all the hub-bub was about. Two new X-Men series are launching, both penned by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, and colors by Marte Gracia. House of X and Powers of X kick off in July.
In describing these series, Marvel is pointing to the rafters. The publisher references epic X-Men stories like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. House of X and Powers of X will build from every major X-Men milestone since the mutants hit comic stands. They’ll be released on an alternate weekly schedule, beginning with House of X, running for six issues each, so a total of twelve weeks.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski says:
We are excited to have Jon back with the Marvel family, and we could not have asked for a better creative team to help usher the X-Men into a whole new era. While we can’t reveal too much about the story just yet, these new stories will redefine the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe. This is a historic moment both new and passionate fans won’t want to miss.
Marvel has been putting a larger emphasis on the X-Men with the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men and the current Age of X-Man storyline. This looks to up the ante considerably. House of X and Powers of X begin in July.