The X-Men have been part of the superhero world in some shape or another since the 1960s when legendary comic book writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave birth to the series. The comic book initially struggled through issue #93 but with publication of the legendary Giant Size X-Men #1, where new characters and new plot lines were added and introduced to the world by Len Wein‘s story telling ability and Dave Cockrum‘s pencil, the series flourished. The series did well into the 90s when a parallel X-Men series was released (X-Men Vol. 2) splitting characters between the two series. There have been numerous spinoffs comic book series related to the X-Men not to mention a handful movies that have been made. The 2010s saw the series being rebooted a few times to tell various stories some taking place in different timelines. All these stories took place over what became Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 of the series. The current (Vol. 5) X-Men series which will be released this week will be part of the new Dawn of X series which comprise of several titles and will have staggered releases throughout this year with some titles being released next year.
- X-Men -October 16th, 2019
- Maurauders -October 23rd, 2019
- Excalibur* -October 30th, 2019
- X-Force -November 6th, 2019
- New Mutants -November 6th, 2019
- Fallen Angels -November 13th, 2019
- Wolverine -February, 2020
- Unamed Moira MacTaggert Series * – Unknown release date
*Never before released title, all others are new volumes and reboots of previously existing titles
Dawn of X was set up with a backstory in a limited series comic run comprising of two separate titles, House of X and Powers of X (Powers of 10). The two series saw a staggered release of their books weekly over the course of 12 weeks in the same reading order published at the back of each book. The limited series was released with the writing of Jonathan Hickman and the illustrations of Marte Gracia, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva. The stories set the stage for what is to come and are set up with written explanations of major concepts and backstories of characters that matter; which makes it a great jump on point for former X-Men fans as well as new fans who have no context of anything Marvel or the X-Men.
The fans have been ready for a series that provides longevity, consistency and providing quality and unique stories for a while now. I think Hickman who has been empowered to oversee the many titles that will be released in the coming year as part of Dawn of X is a step in the right direction. Like it or not many stories we take for granted are the product of the politics of comic books, writers coming and going and constantly changing over creative differences. With one supreme leader at the head of it all I think we will see more direction and better consistency no matter who come and go over the many years that this series will hopefully last.
The Dawn of X series kickoffs tonight (October 15th) with a midnight release of the first comic book in the series, X-Men #1. Many comic book stores across the country will be hosting midnight parties so that’s something definitely you should consider if you wish to be part of this what I consider to be a momentous event. I will be definitely going to my local comic book store that’s hosting this event to not only pick up the comic book but also to get the many variant covers that I’m sure will be part of the release. As with all things time will tell if this is a series that will last. I think if that next generation of comic book readers are to be enthralled and stay loyal to the single issues then it is up to Marvel to deliver on that much like they did with their omnipresent films over the last decade.