Even among Marvel obsessives, Fantomex probably doesn’t have the biggest fanbase. But that’s not stopping Aconyte Books from giving him his own prose novel later this year. Via BleedingCool, Charlie-Cluster-7’s alter-ego will star in Triptych, a new book from author Jaleigh Johnson.
Grant Morrison and artist Igor Kordey created Fantomex in 2002 during their New X-Men run. Morrison took his inspiration from European pulp heroes like Diabolik and Fantômas. In the comics, the Weapon Plus program created Fantomex to exterminate mutants. However, Fantomex rebelled against his masters and created a cover identity as a world class thief.
The official synopsis for Triptych reads:
“Former super-soldier and master thief Fantomex stumbles upon one of his clones, Cluster, stealing priceless artifacts from the Louvre. Outwitted and intrigued, Fantomex decides to beat Cluster at whatever game she’s playing. But something is different about these artifacts— they’ve all been infused with nanotechnology, very similar to the kind that originally created Fantomex. And they aren’t the only ones looking for them…
Their other clone, Weapon XIII, is on the hunt too. What begins as cat and mouse fun robbing museums around the world turns into a journey of self-discovery as the trio uncovers a far deadlier game.
It isn’t easy being extraordinary. Superhuman powers can be both a gift and a curse in a world where those talents can be used for good or evil. Triptych is the third installment from the XAVIER’S INSTITUTE line, which follows the young members of the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants, exploring their stories of adventure, defiance, and growth as these characters discover their abilities, a new “found family,” and their place in the world.”
Triptych will hit stores on September 7.
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