The end, it seems, is nigh.
As the name would suggest, Marvel’s Fall of X panel at MegaCon Orlando Saturday revealed new information about the upcoming X-Men event that promises to shake things up for mutant kind once again — after all, haven’t things been a little too comfortable over in Krakoa for a little too long?
Panelists Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, and Joshua Cassara — as well as moderator and X-Men senior editor Jordan D. White — teased the room with hints of what’s to come, including the unveiling of a new promotional image for the event that purposefully echoes Alan Davis’s original promo art for the 1980s Fall of the Mutants crossover, as well as other promo art that can be seen at the bottom of this post.
Fall of X kicks off with this year’s Hellfire Gala, but it’s far from limited to that annual event: it’ll quickly spread to the new Uncanny Avengers title, to be written by Duggan with art by Javier Garrón, in which a new team consisting of Captain America, Rogue, Deadpool, Quicksilver, Psylocke, and Penance are tasked with uncovering the real identity of the mysterious Captain Krakoa before he and his followers launch a new world war. (Yes, Captain Krakoa…!)
Duggan will also continue to write the core X-Men series through the event, with Kate Pryde joining the team under the new codename of Shadowkat (as opposed to Shadowcat, her 1980s pseudonym; that “k” makes all the difference). Accompanying this new name is a new look, designed by Peach Momoko, shown off to the crowd.
Over in Benjamin Percy’s area of Krakoa, there’s a new line-up for X-Force as artist Daniel Acuna joins the series as ongoing cover artist, with his first image unveiling the new leader of the team: Colossus…?!? Wolverine will be kept busy elsewhere, it turns out, as Percy and artist Geoff Shaw are leading him into a crossover with Ghost Rider, titled Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance, that will run through two issues of each character’s solo series, as well as two one shots this August.
But back to that Bryan Hitch-drawn promotional image for Fall of X — look at the list of titles on the right hand side, and note that there are quite a few unfamiliar names in there. “Astonishing Iceman”? “Children of the Vault”? “Dark X-Men”? “Realm of X”? “Alpha Flight”? And, most unexpected of all… “Uncanny Spider-Man”?!?
Marvel teases more information on these titles and more in the coming weeks.
For now, check out the gallery of images shown during the panel, and enjoy speculating about just what is to come…
MegaCon Orlando isn’t the only major convention running this weekend, of course; check out Popverse’s coverage from Chicago’s C2E2 right here.