10:10am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Planning New 'X-Universe' of Comics With Writer Jonathan Hickman
While plot details remain under wraps for this summer’s high-profile comic book relaunch of the X-Men franchise, writer Jonathan Hickman has started offering some tantalizing hints of what’s to come for Marvel’s mighty mutants.
Hickman is writing the two miniseries launching the new era of X-Men comic books, as well as acting as the architect of what will come afterward, he explained in a new interview. As he explained, both of the new series will tell individual stories that interrelate closely.
“One [of the new series], House of X, is a story about a pivotal month in the history of the X-men where everything changes for mutants on Earth,” Hickman told ComicBook.com. “And the other, Powers of X, is a story about the history of mutants in the Marvel Universe. It works as a series of reveals and revelations where each issue of HOX that follows POX — and vice versa — makes you reinterpret the issue you had previously read. And then, obviously, at the end they crash together in a way that propels us forward into a new X-Universe.”
Following the completion of both six-issue series — which will both be released twice monthly, running from July through September — Marvel will relaunch the X-Men comic book franchise with Hickman at the helm, he confirmed.
“Some will be traditional fare, some carry through on ideas presented in HOX and POX. Some books are completely new concepts. I, personally, will be writing the ongoing flagship X-book,” he teased. “Now, we're already in production on all of these 'Wave 1' books and our plan at this moment is to introduce the titles, creative teams and publishing details around SDCC, which is a week before HOX No. 1 goes on sale. We also just finished our plans for our 'Wave 2' books that will debut in 2020 and we're getting ready to hire talent for those. It's pretty exciting, and this kind of long-term planning is one of the benefits of knowing what direction you're headed for the next few years.”
House of X and Powers of X launch this July.