The mutants rejected by fans for the next iteration of the X-Men are now getting an upgrade with new super suits.
In preview pages for Secret X-Men #1 released by Newsarama, readers get a glimpse of striking new yellow and black suits for Sunspot, Banshee, Forge, Boom-Boom, Tempo, Cannonball, Strong Guy, Marrow and Armor. All of these characters are linked by a fan vote that happened ahead of 2021's "Hellfire Gala" event and allowed Marvel readers to choose who would join the new X-Men, with Polaris taking the top spot to win the competition. Now, all of the heroes who lost the vote will assemble for a mission to save the future of a galactic empire, though full details remain secret.
The Secret X-Men seek to save Shi'ar Empress Xandra, daughter of Charles Xavier aka Professor X and Lilandra Neramani. Xandra Neramani is a more recent character, first appearing in 2018, while the Shi'ar Empire has been around since X-Men #97 from 1975 and later introduced readers to recognizable characters like Gladiator. Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) and Sunspot (Roberto da Costa) will serve as co-leaders for the team as they attempt to rescue the empress.
Of course, the new mutant ensemble is not Marvel's first "secret" super team. The most notable example that has existed for more than a decade is Marvel's Secret Avengers, a covert version of Earth's mightiest heroes that first appeared in Secret Avengers #1 in 2010. Not that this is the only secretive series or title by Marvel though, being that two of the biggest Marvel storylines still to this day are Secret Invasion and Secret Wars, with the former on its way to becoming a Disney+ series for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While the members of the Secret X-Men failed to make the main X-Men roster, their new suits can be seen in the art pages below. Though the cover of the one-shot does not show off the suits, the issue cover and solicitation has been included as well.
SECRET X-MEN #1
- Written by TINI HOWARD
- Art by FRANCESCO MOBILI
- Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
- On Sale 2/9
Secret X-Men #1 is written by Tini Howard with interior art by Francesco Mobili and cover art by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho. A variant cover for the one-shot was made by Tony S. Daniel. The issue goes on sale Feb. 9, 2022 from Marvel Comics.
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