Behold the New X-Men, Just Like the Old X-Men

The Jonathan Hickman reboot of the X-Men is upon us, with the new line-up of X-Books announced at Comic-Con this past weekend. I’m rather disappointed. I have high hopes for the “Hickboot” and the Powers of X and House of X comics that are going to kick things off, starting this week.

But the reveal of the comics that come after is exactly like every other reveal of new X-Men comics in recent years. I call it the X-Men Assembly Line. It’s where every new relaunch of X-Men comics involves taking a random roster of mutant characters and putting them on random X-based teams.

I guess I was hoping for something new and different this time around. Most of the characters aren’t even getting new costumes.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Hickboot Cover 01

Synopsis: The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility…and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!

New Mutants
Writers: Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson
Artist: Rod Reis

Hickboot Cover 04

Synopsis: The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Marcus To

Hickboot Cover 02

Synopsis: Mutantkind has always been special…as has their relationship with the world—or WORLDS—around them. As this new era dawns, a new connection forms between mutants and the magic of the world… and that of Otherworld! Can the new Captain Britain forge a new way through the chaos with her companions Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Rictor…and Apocalypse?!?

Writer: Jerry Duggan
Artist: Matteo Lolli

Hickboot Cover 03

Synopsis: Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared!

Fallen Angels
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Artist: Szymon Kudranski

Hickboot Cover 05

Synopsis: Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it…but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Joshua Cassara

Hickboot Cover 06

Synopsis: X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world—one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We’re not there… yet.


So my general thoughts are that all of these might be fine. I’m going to give them all a try, because I am hope springs eternal for good X-Men comics. But again, it looks like just a random assortment of mutants tossed onto a random assortment of teams, exactly like every X-Men relaunch of the past decade.

I’m also disappointed that there’s no sign of Leah Williams or the Blob — though we do get Pyro, so my brother should be happy. No word yet if it’s original Pyro or new Pyro.

One good thing we do know about the Hickboot is that all of the various mutants killed in the latest Uncanny X-Men relaunch are coming back to life. We don’t know how, or if it will even be addressed. I hope Hickman doesn’t even bother to explain it and they’re all just alive again.

We’ve been promised that both Multiple Man and Strong Guy will show up in the Hickboot, so hopefully their deaths will indeed be undone. And unless someone says otherwise, I’m going to head canon Multiple Man’s resurrection into that of actual Multiple Man, and not the fake Madrox dupe that was a part of the recent Uncanny X-Men stuff.

What do you all think of this X-Men comic lineup? Any comics you’re particularly interested in? Let me know in the comments!


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on July 22, 2019, in Comics, Marvel, X-Men and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m pretty excited for X-Men and New Mutants. Big fan of those characters and creative teams. Marauders has my least favorite creative team, but an excellent group of characters so I’ll try it. I’ll try all of them probably.

    Also, Hickman said Leah Williams and Vita Ayala are working on X-Men books, but they’re not ready to announce them yet.

    • Honestly, now that you mention it, I don’t think I’m personally excited about any of them. And that’s largely because none of my favorite X-characters are on any of the teams. I like Iceman, but he alone does not thrill me to a new X-book. So I’m really just looking at a bunch of rosters featuring characters I don’t care about. It’s only the possibility of Hickman doing something as large and all-encompassing as his Fantastic Four/Avengers stories that has me interested in the Hickboot at all.

      And that’s good to hear about Williams and Ayala. I’ll admit that I didn’t read any of the interviews about this new reboot because I don’t really want to read those interviews. I just want the comics to be good.

  2. So… Cyclops hand-picked his squad of mutant powerhouses over family dinner?
    Himself, his brother Alex, his son Cable, his granddaughter Rachel, his father Corsar, his wife Jean and the creepy dude trying to win her over Wolverine? What is this? And who’s the other dude in the background, is he even a Summers?
    Why don’t we go bonkers and add Major X already, the son of Cable?
    Just asking the real questions here…

  3. Tini Howard is a fantastic writer, so I’m very excited for Excalibur. (And Marcus To on art! Nice.) Plus, Jubez!

    I love me some Laura Kinney, and it’s cool to have Kwannon alive again, so I’ll get Fallen Angels.

    I’ll probably get Marauders. Emma, Kitty, Storm, Bishop? All awesome.

    All I want out of New Mutants is some kind of tension between Karma and Illyana. Rosenberg never actually botherd to show any tension there, hopefully we’ll get it now. I’ll also accept romantic tension. It’s time they let Illyana come out as a lesbian. Either way, I’m likely to stick to digital for that one, along with X-Force and X-Men. I do really like Jean on X-Force. She’s got way more of an edge than she ever gets credit for. She’s got an endless supply of compassion, but she’s also got a ruthlessness when she needs to.

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