After teasing Inferno, the next key piece of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men puzzle, Marvel has finally revealed full details for this upcoming series.
Inferno is a four-issue limited series written by Hickman and drawn by X-Men veterans Valerio Schiti, RB Silva and Stefano Caselli. Each issue will clock in at 40 pages.
Inferno doesn’t appear to share any direct ties to the 1989 crossover of the same name. Instead, this series will build on perhaps the biggest loose end from Hickman’s work so far. Mystique is determined to see her wife Destiny resurrected alongside the rest of the mutant race. And with Professor Xavier flatly refusing that request, Mystique is ready to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground to get what she wants.
As established in Powers of X #6, Destiny is the one mutant Moira MacTaggert refuses to allow to be resurrected. Destiny alone can sense Moira’s unique relationship with time, and her resurrection would expose the truth about Moira’s ten lives and the dark secrets of Krakoa. Ironically, by keeping Destiny dead, Moira may have simply ensured Krakoa’s destruction rather than protecting it.
Marvel’s press release teases other major developments over the course of these four issues, including more reveals about Moira’s past lives, “Nimrod’s revenge” and new power struggles as the once-united Quiet Council begins to splinter into factions.
Mark Brooks’ teaser art above hints at other plot twists to come. Echoing Brooks’ original House of X/Powers of X art, this teaser suggests Moira and Professor Xavier will become divided over these new revelations. It’s worth remembering that Powers of X #6 also implies Moira has been methodically manipulating Xavier and warping his outlook on human/mutant coexistence.
The art also shows what appears to be several fallen X-Men, including Wolverine, Jean Grey, Gambit, Havok and Polaris. While the X-Men have created a system that allows for unlimited resurrections, it could be that Mystique will put a stop to Krakoa’s Resurrection Protocols.
We don’t get the impression Inferno is intended to be the climax of Hickman’s ongoing X-Men saga (especially with Marvel launching new series like X-Men and The Trial of Magneto this summer), but the series will likely serve as the next major turning point for the franchise similar to 2020’s X of Swords crossover. If the current X-Men line was first branded “Dawn of X” and then “Reign of X,” will Inferno lead to something like “Fall of X”?
Inferno #1 will arrive in September 2021. Let us know in the comments what you think is being teased in Brooks’ art and what will become of Krakoa after the Inferno has raged.
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