Last summer, Jonathan Hickman started a new era for the X-Men with the Dawn of X relaunch. At C2E2, Marvel announced that Hickman will join forces with the other X-Men writers and artist for a brand new crossover this summer.
The 15-part crossover event will be called X of Swords. However, the “X” in the title stands for the number 10 instead of the letter. According to Marvel’s official description, the swords are literal in this story.
“In this sprawling saga, the new mutant nation of Krakoa faces their biggest challenge yet. Threatened by powerful forces from the unknown, ten mutants will rise up to defend their home. Arming themselves with legendary blades, both new and familiar ones from Marvel history, mutantkind will finally meet its mystical destiny. Impacting the entire X-Men franchise and setting the stage for the future of mutantkind, X of Swords will be a modern X-Men epic that both longtime and new X-Men fans dare not miss.”
Marvel also shared the X of Swords promotional art by Mark Brooks.
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“One of the cool things we are able to do now, because we’ve established the X-line and really know where we’re going, is that we’re able to try some different things out,” said Hickman in a statement. “X of Swords will be an old school crossover that meanders through the entire line. It’s almost like chapters of a story.”
X of Swords will hit comic book stores in July.
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Recommended Reading: Dawn of X Vol. 1
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