Last summer Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva and more took the X-Men’s world apart and put it back together in a way that shattered the status quo through House of X and Powers of X. Now that the world has been established through various other titles in the Dawn of X initiative, the next big milestone for Marvel’s Merry Mutants is about to begin.
Announced during the X-Men panel at C2E2, X of Swords (the X standing for 10 just like with Powers of X) is a 15-part crossover event that will cross the entire X-Men line with Head of X writer Jonathan Hickman and Excalibur writer Tini Howard leading the way.
The press release describes the story as:
In this sprawling saga, the new mutant nation of Krakoa faces their biggest challenge yet. Threatened by powerful forces from the unknown, ten mutants will rise up to defend their home. Arming themselves with legendary blades, both new and familiar ones from Marvel history, mutantkind will finally meet its mystical destiny. Impacting the entire X-Men franchise and setting the stage for the future of mutantkind, X OF SWORDS will be a modern X-Men epic that both longtime and new X-Men fans dare not miss.
“One of the cool things we are able to do now, because we’ve established the X-line and really know where we’re going, is that we’re able to try some different things out,” said Hickman. “X of Swords will be an old school crossover that meanders through the entire line. It’s almost like chapters of a story.”
The story kicks off in May’s Free Comic Book Day 2020: X-Men before truly getting started in July.