While the stakes are quite high with the upcoming ten-part weekly event that kicks off Marvel’s return to a series named Uncanny X-Men, the cover for the second issue still finds a way to have a little fun.
Previously Marvel revealed the first cover for the series which featured Jean Grey, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Jubilee, Bishop, Cannonball, X-23, Nightcrawler and Psylocke on it ready for the adventures to come. The now released second issue cover features the multiplying mutant Jamie Madrox, known as the Multiple Man, taking on all the spotlight of the cover as he recreates all ten poses and roles of the characters from the first cover.
Brought to life by writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kellly Thompson and Ed Brisson and artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Pere Perez, Yildiray Cinrar with Leinil Frances Yu and Edgar Delgado on covers, Uncanny X-Men brings together a ton of mutants (54 of them appearing on an initial series teaser image) for a storyline titled “Disassembled,” with Kelly Thompson highlighting the emotional stakes to come in the book.
“I wish I could say writers don’t love putting characters we love through rough stuff… but I think that would be a bold-faced lie,” she said to Marvel.com. “[T]here’s nothing I like more than making people laugh and fall in love and then really making them feel something and be moved – which sometimes means tragedy – and then making them laugh again. I think we’ve got a great emotional narrative at the heart of this event. One that I hope fans will respond to.”
UNCANNY X-MEN will launch with a 10-part weekly epic called “Disassembled.” Where the series goes from there depends on who is left standing! In this “epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance,” every remaining mutant on the planet will come together in “an adventure so Earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!” With stakes this high, it will take an extraordinary team to tell this story.
While many of the classic characters, including Madrox in his own way, are highlighting the covers now, Thompson said that the younger mutants will play a part in the story.
“[A] few of the younger crew have really big juicy roles in this story too. And I love that,” she said.
Uncanny X-Men #1 launches on November 14, the next issues following weekly.