From the House of Ideas: ‘Dark X-Men #1’ and ‘Uncanny Avengers #1’

Colour me once again pleased that coming out of the Hellfire Gala, I’m continually finding a lot of entertainment reading the Fall of X books and the post-Krakoa world of the X-Men. I didn’t expect to enjoy the myriad books Marvel was unleashing in its wake, but this past week I read two titles that I thought delivered.

The first, Dark X-Men, comes from writer Steve Foxe and artists Jonas Scharf and Nelson Daniel, focuses in one of of my favourite characters from the X-Men of Inferno’s past, and that’s Madelyne Pryor. The one-time clone of Jean Grey and Goblin Queen has put together a team of the dark, demony mutants, one that includes her lover, Alex Summers aka Havok. I loved these two way back in the late 1980s when the original Inferno was happening and it was shocking for one brother to be taking up with another’s ex-wife. Somehow, these two kids are trying to make it work. Now, I don’t have a clue how Maddie has come from the dead, but it doesn’t matter. Her Dark X-Men include Archangel and Gambit and a cyborg version of Wolverine, and this first issue included serious action and blood, so I’m here for it. And I’ll be around next month to see what happens next.

WELCOME TO THE DARK X-MEN… HOPE THE WORLD SURVIVES THE EXPERIENCE! Following the explosive events of the Hellfire Gala, MADELYNE PRYOR realizes the world needs the X-Men now more than ever. HAVOK and GAMBIT have served on the team before…but never one that looks like this! And how does GIMMICK, breakout star of MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE, fall under the Goblin Queen’s sway? Find out in the most horrific installment of the X-Men saga yet!

Less dark but still entertaining was Uncanny Avengers #1, written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Javier Garron. Following the event of the Hellfire Gala, Captain America gathers a new Unity Squad consisting of Avengers and a few remaining X-Men, those who didn’t get unknowingly hoodwinked into going through a Krakoan gate and disappearing. The highlight of the book for me is Duggan’s earnest depiction of Steve Rogers, who believes the world needs to see humans and mutants working together. I also enjoyed seeing how the surviving mutants have had to go underground, shades of the Morlocks of old.

The FALL OF X calls for the return of the Avengers’ Unity Squad! Innocent people and world leaders are dead after simultaneous attacks on the U.S. and Krakoan governments, and that means one thing: It’s time for a new squad of Avengers. False-flag attacks meant to whip up anti-mutant hysteria are unfolding, and hey, some of Steve Rogers’ best friends are mutants. Your new unity squad is: Captain America, Rogue, Deadpool, Quicksilver, Psylocke and Monet. They must solve the mystery of who the new, murderous Captain Krakoa is – and stop his team of killers from igniting the fires of a new world war. PLUS: A bonus page written by Jonathan Hickman – WHO ARE THE G.O.D.S.?

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