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Marvel reveals new X-Men line-up (and quietly changes the X-Men artist line-up)

Firestar wins second online vote, joins X-Men

As is a Mighty Marvel Tradition, the old order changeth with today’s release of X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, which introduces a new team roster for mutantdom’s leading superhero team, including – for the second year running – one member democratically chosen by fandom. But are either the unexpected choice or her new teammates ready to see Firestar step up to her biggest starring role yet?

X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 interior page by Russell Dauterman

Revealed in the oversized X-Men: Hellfire Gala one-shot, Firestar – who has formerly served as both a member of the New Warriors and Avengers earlier in her comic book career – won this year’s X-Men Vote, despite having a relatively low profile in the current Krakoan era of the X-Men franchise in recent years. The character, originally created for the animated series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends in 1981, made her Marvel Universe debut in 1985’s Uncanny X-Men #193.

“Firestar didn't see the X-Men coming but I'm thrilled that she's here because commencing with X-Men: Hellfire Gala # 1 and moving on, her story is exactly what the X-Men will need this year,” Hellfire Gala (and regular X-Men series) writer Gerry Duggan said in a release announcing Firestar’s victory. “If your favorite didn't win – don't despair. Every character mentioned is a page from the handbook on the way up. Hope you enjoy year two. Viva Krakoa!”

The second X-Men Vote ran online from January 10 through January 13, and offered fans the chance to add just one member from a pre-selected list of options, including Armor, Bling!, Penance, and Siryn. As the winner, Firestar will be added to the team alongside four additional new members: Iceman, Havok, Forge, and Magik, with the new line-up making its debut in August’s X-Men #13.

Here's a look at the team's formal debut in X-Men #13, both with covers and several unlettered interior pages:

Firestar’s victory comes a little over a year after Polaris won the first vote back in April 2021, but the two won’t serve together; as of Hellfire Gala #1, the previous X-Men team is no more, with only Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Synch remaining of the previous line-up. They’re not the only ones leaving the ongoing X-Men title; according to Marvel, the series will have a new art team as of next month’s #13, with C.F. Villa (Black Cat) and Joshua Cassara (X-Force) rotating story arcs and replacing the outgoing Pepe Larraz and Javier Pina.

The heroes who lost the first vote got their day in the sun nonetheless, with runners-up from the first vote featured in February’s one-shot Secret X-Men #1; it’s unknown at this time whether a similar honor awaits those who lost out to Firestar.

X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, by Duggan, Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, and C.F. Villa, is available now. X-Men #13, featuring the introduction of the new team, will be released August 17.


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