So, What is Actually Going On With X-Men: Age Of X-Man? (Major Spoilers)

Below are the solicitations for opening issues of Age Of X-Man. The upcoming Marvel mutant event was rapidly pushed together as the main planned-for big mutant event wasn't quite ready and was delayed to the summer. But, necessity is always the mother of invention.

We've had a sneak peek at Age Of X-Man: Alpha, the opening issue by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas and have a few things we can share… Spoilers obviously–though much is already revealed in upcoming solicits, if you know how to look. And we do. You have been warned.

So, What is Actually Going On With X-Men: Age Of X-Man? (Major Spoilers)

As the solicitations (below) suggest, a potentially perfect world has been created by Nate Grey, without any of the persecution of humanity that was part of the Age Of Apocalypse which, although this is not a sequel to that, it is totally riffing on. But there is more, including Brave New World, 1984, and The Handmaid's Tale as well.

We are shown a world in which mutantkind is no longer an endangered species. In which Professor Charles Xavier's dream was realised. In which the Marvellous X-Men, including Bishop, Colossus, Storm, Nate Grey, Jean Grey, Magneto, Nightcrawler, X-23, and Nature Girl spend their time tackling issues caused by new mutants coming into their own.

Because everyone is a mutant.

On the first day of the Age Of X-Man (known as The Resolution), everyone became a mutant, leading to massive "natural" disasters worldwide, which led to the new world order. The Summers Institute, raising mutants as they learn and adjust to their powers when they kick in, feeds the world.

Humanity has changed. History changed. The original five did not include the Beast but did include Nate Grey–and many of the mutants who followed are dead. Hope and her X-Men, including Cyclops, Xavier, and Wolverine sacrificed themselves.

Now in the Age Of X-Man, it seems that procreation is now no longer an individual matter. People are born in hatcheries and celebrate "hatchdays". Unapproved romantic encounters are forbidden against some kind of guiding principles and could be the ultimate rebellion–until they are mind-wiped away.

Which gives some of the solicitations below new meaning. A pregnancy. Nightcrawler having an affair–potentially with Meggan. En Sabah Nur, the original name of Apocalypse, teaching people to love again…

Oh, and there's a memorial to Stan Lee in the hospital grounds.

Here's what's coming… Age Of X-Man Alpha is published on January 30th.

So, What is Actually Going On With X-Men: Age Of X-Man? (Major Spoilers)


The age of X-Man dawns… and the X-Men cannot stop it.

Five issue mini-series beginning in February:

The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.

With the coming of Apocalypse and the X-Tracts, the world is shaken by something it has never faced before — rebellion! Can the X-Men quell the insurrection in the name of order? Or will the insidious teachings of En Sabah Nur undermine their hard-fought peace?

In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel… Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!

The students of the Summers Institute are starting to question their memories. But when the curtain is pulled back, can Glob Herman save his friends…and reality?

From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series! Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson! Juggling Kurt's responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff
in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan! But there's something rotten in Tinseltown…

It's terror at the tabloids when everyone's favorite blue X-Man has a secret! One that won't stay behind the scenes much longer if he keeps this up… Can Kurt's squeaky-clean public image survive an explosive affair?

A perfect world doesn't just…happen. It needs to be cultivated. That's where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee and Moneta protect people from threats they won't even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all — love.

As Department X continues its work of purging and revising the ill-fitting elements of society, an encounter with a pregnant rebel begins eating away at the team from within. Cleaning up the minds of the world can be a dirty job….

Five issue mini-series beginning in March:

In the Age of X-Man, when you break the law, you aren't sent to just any prison. You're sent to the Danger Room…a penitentiary filled with the roughest and meanest mutants that don't fit into X-Man's utopia. They each have a reason for being there. And they're all ready to kill each other. But that's about to change, because the newest prisoner just arrived…Lucas Bishop!

X-Man has created a utopia for mutants…a utopia where no one knows love. Thankfully, a hero rises up to lead the rebellion against this way of life and teach the ways of family and romance, and he goes by the name…EN SABAH NUR?! Join Apocalypse and his rebel X-Tracts as they strive to teach the world to love again!


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