The primary X-Males crossover of the ‘Daybreak of X’ period kicks off in earnest this week within the jam-packed, outsized X of Swords: Creation #1 from writers Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard with artists Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller.
On this first chapter of the 22-part story, the battle on the coronary heart of ‘X of Swords’ is revealed, together with the stakes at hand – with Krakoa itself doubtlessly on the road.
Spoilers forward for X of Swords: Creation #1
X of Swords: Creation #1 is full of new story particulars concerning the historical past of Krakoa and Arakko, in addition to Apocalypse’s targets within the Otherworld – a needed bridge between Krakoa and Arakko throughout which the mutants of Arakko and the residing island itself should traverse to be able to attain Krakoa.
To this finish, Apocalypse has created a everlasting Exterior Gate (as seen in Excalibur #12) powered by the essences of historical mutants. Not like different Krakoan gates, this one would not exclude non-mutants – and it is all the time open. Consequently, the Quiet Council debates whether or not to shut the gate – an concept Krakoa itself flat out refuses, because the gate is the one approach to reunite with Arakko.
However the hazard from the evil that lurks on Arakko, who the mutants Apocalypse left there centuries in the past have warred with endlessly since, is rising by the day – with Summoner, Apocalypse’s grandson, saying an expedition he made into the Otherworld alongside Unus and Banshee was ambushed, and the 2 mutants captured. Apocalypse decides to proceed with out the Quiet Council’s blessing and leads a group to rescue Unus and Banshee.
Nevertheless, as they cross into the Otherworld, Cable and Rachel Gray, who’re again on Krakoa, study the reality by studying Summoner’s thoughts – he betrayed Unus and Banshee, and has baited Apocalypse and the others right into a entice.
It is too late although – Apocalypse and his group enter the Otherworld, the place they struggle by way of the enemy armies, discovering Apocalypse’s personal youngsters, his unique Horsemen, on the lead. Considering he is reunited along with his beloved youngsters, Apocalypse approaches – however Loss of life reveals that the mutants of Arakko have fallen and joined the enemy, and stabs Apocalypse, seemingly to dying.
Chaos ensues, with the X-Males and armies of Arakko preventing tooth and nail till Saturnyne, ruler of the Otherworld and guardian of the multiversal matrix that resides there, locks everybody right into a type of stasis, providing phrases for a contest.
The X-Males and the mutants of Arakko will every select ten warriors and ten blades with which these warriors will struggle, and on the finish of that contest, the winners shall be granted passage by way of the Otherworld.
One of many Horsemen (seemingly Famine, although she’s not particularly named) and Polaris every select ten swords of energy from their respective homeworlds to be wielded in fight towards one another.
The Horseman names the swords “Mercy, Vermillion, the Crimson Sword of Struggle, Colony, the Black Bone of Amduat, Seducer, Pogg-Ur-Pogg,” and, lastly, “The Twilight Blade” – the blade that reduce Arakko off from Krakoa to start with.
A lot of the different swords are unknown portions, presumably wielded by the ten previously-revealed Swordbearers of Arakko.
Polaris chooses the next swords, a few of that are seen being wielded by well-known characters in beforehand launched ‘X of Swords’ artwork:
- Muramasa: An historical magical katana, wielded by Wolverine as he is finished on and off for a few years.
- The Sword of Mild: A magical blade initially given to Dane Whitman/the Black Knight by the Girl of the Lake, who gave Excalibur to King Arthur, apparently wielded by Captain Britain.
- The Starlight Sword: This does not appear to have any earlier Marvel Comics appearances, although it could possibly be related to Saturnyne’s Starlight Citadel – or it may check with the sword-shaped SWORD base, which resides among the many stars (extra on that in a second).
- Godkiller: A katana with a fame for residing as much as its title, wielded by Gorgon.
- Grasscutter: The other blade to Godkiller, apparently wielded by Psylocke.
- Warlock: the techno-organic being that’s bonded with Cypher, which he’ll apparently wield like a sword.
- The Soul Sword: Magik’s mystical blade that she recurrently manifests.
- The Mild of Galador: A Galadorian blade as soon as utilized by the fabled SpaceKnights, now wielded by Cable.
- Skybreaker: Oddly, this title from Marvel lore appears to level to an obscure Inhumans character – however not a sword.
And thus is revealed the true plot of ‘X of Swords’: the ten sword-wielding mutants and the ten Swordbearers of Arakko will problem one another by may and blade for Otherworld supremacy – the stakes of which could possibly be the mutant island of Krakoa and the nation that resides there itself.
In a closing shot, Cyclops, Cable, and Rachel Gray arrive in a secret location pulled from Summoner’s thoughts which can maintain a weapon that might show the important thing to ‘X of Swords’ – the orbital base of the area protection group SWORD.
Marvel readers might recall that SWORD – which debuted within the pages of X-Males comedian books – was lately disbanded by its longtime chief Abigail Model, who left the group and its accompanying group Alpha Flight following the occasions of Empyre. That ending also presaged an ominous future for Brand and the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe.
The 22-part ‘X of Swords’ continues in September 30’s X-Factor #4, the second chapter of the crossover.
The ‘X of Swords’ story has solely begun, so whilst you anticipate every installment make sure you’ve got learn our checklist of the best X-Men stories of all time.