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Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

Original X-Men #1, by Christos Gage and Greg Land, stars the original five X-Men across the multiverse for the X-Men’s 60th anniversary.

AIPT has got the PR scoop on a new one-shot coming from Marvel Comics in December, Original X-Men #1, written by Christos Gage and drawn by Greg Land, starring the original five X-Men across the multiverse for the X-Men's 60th anniversary.

Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

Written by Christos Gage
Art by Greg Land
Cover by Ryan Stegman
THE OG 5 ON AN ALL-NEW ADVENTURE! Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel – the first and greatest heroes to bear the X-Men name – once traveled into their own futures and reset the course of history. Now another multiversal mystery calls them forth. When the dust settles, one hero will remain, trapped in the world as we know it. With shocking surprise guests and heart-pounding twists and turns, Christos Gage and Greg Land kick off a story that will shake the whole MU!

Christos explains it as "Essentially, the original X-Men are plucked from their era by an older Jean Grey, a.k.a. Phoenix, from a different timeline. This is a middle-aged Jean Grey who wasn't replaced by the Phoenix Force; instead, she found a way to coexist peacefully with it. But now she's become aware of a deadly danger on another Earth in the multiverse… a problem even the Phoenix can't solve. Only the original X-Men can. Why? Because the problem IS them. On this world, the original X-Men grew up and took over the world, amassing tremendous power… so much that they'll soon be turning their attention to other realities. Old Lady Phoenix chose these particular original X-Men because they have already been to their future and met their adult selves (in the All-New X-Men series that began in 2012) so they have some experience with this sort of thing. It's up to them to find a way to either convince their older selves that they're making a horrible mistake or somehow defeat these far more powerful versions of them. Basically, it's about your younger, idealistic self coming into conflict with your older, jaded self who's made compromises and given up dreams in order to survive and do what they think is best, even if that means making hard choices along the way…. there's a question of why the adult original X-Men have gotten to this point. Is it just a case of people's values changing as they get older, like the hippie turned hedge fund manager? Or is there something more nefarious afoot?"… there are definite ramifications beyond the one-shot. The story will continue. However, it's kind of intentionally vague. I'm not promising it's one of the original five X-Men… if they even survive this adventure… though I'm not saying it's not! And that might be better phrased, "larger ramifications for the Marvel MULTIVERSE"…


Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

And maybe a self-swipe file for Greg Land for the bottom left corner of that page… from Phoenix Endsong back in 2000 2005, also by Greg Land. (Edit: Thanks to Braxton El Rincon for spotting the wrong year)

Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

Christos Gage & Greg Land's Original X-Men Has A Self-Swipe File

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