This month saw Marvel Comics' Hellfire Gala – the X-Men crossover event that is a) just a big party, b) a major diplomatic event for Krakoa, and c) something really big is going down. We have continued to take timestamps and tried to line the events up from this week and last into one Hellfire Gala timeline… and with Planet Size-X-Men, it just ramped up a gear. We looked at the impact of the comic book here, but how does it tie in with everything else happening in the other X-Men titles? We added today's X-Corp #2, New Mutants #19, and Planet-Size X-Men #1 to the mix. But first, a scene from X-Men #7 many moons ago.
We'll get back to that as we start with Children Of The Atom trying to get into the Hellfire Gala in the first place.
Though they don't get much further in that regard – not this week anyway, meanwhile, all sorts of stuff is happening behind the scenes and has been for quite some time, seen in Planet-Size X-Men #1. Four days before…
The mutants of Arakko being too big for Krakoa. Three days before in Planet-Size X-Men…
…Krakoan diplomacy showing cracks with Magneto coming up with a solution to all their problems. Two days before in Planet-Size X-Men…
As Captain America notices the change in the world, and Cyclops invites him to hear their plans for themselves. The day before the Hellfire Gala in Planet-Size X-Men…
Magneto goes ahead with his plan. The morning of the Hellfire Gala in Planet-Size X-Men, it begins to take shape.
The big powers recruited, though Franklin Richard who could have been quite useful if powered up, dismissed in the same way Magneto dismissed his once-daughter the Scarlet Witch. foreshadowing foreshadowing foreshadowing… so another reality shaper is recruited from Otherworld.
And from Arakko, just hours before the Hellfire Gala begins.
And so, as the schedule for the Hellfire Gala remains set from a couple of weeks ago, the Krakoans and Arakki go to work. As the gates open, and the great and the good of Earth are distracted…
Lots of things are already going down elsewhere in the solar system.
The Krakoan gates open at 7pm, and the guests arrive fashionably late at the Green Carpet in Mykines, in today's New Mutants #19.
While X-Corp gets ready and Professor X worries about Brazil…
So another planet is being ripped asunder.
At 7.29, Mister Sinister suits up.
And at 7.30pm, the X-Corp staging area sees Multiple Man go to work…
And at 7.40, we have the arrival of the Fantastic Four and Captain Marvel…
Marauders #20 doesn't give timestamps, but we see the arrival of the same characters, the Avengers, through the gates
And the Fantastic Four by their own ship. Might the Fantastic Four have more of a reason to distrust Krakoa? Well, yes, yes they might,
Although not every arrival matches up.
Iron Man arrived in Hellions under his own steam, with a very aggressive attitude towards Quentin Quire, in X-Force.
While he also arrives doing the superhero landing, he trademarked instead, in Marauders.
In Hellions, the psi-dampener and Krakoan flower conversations are switched around.
And Iron Man is more accommodating, offering to buy drinks.
But in X-Force's, he's just a lot more aggressive with Quentin Quire. Understandable, of course.
But it does make for a weird disconnect. Could the two versions be a form of telepathic trickery, as only one rock in the solar system away, everything is changing.
X-Corp joins the Green Carpet in Mykines.
Mister Fantastic says something to Professor Xavier that will not be revealed now…
But we also get a performance from Rhapsody, Jean Grey, and the Stepford Cuckoos. A musical performance, the very nature of playing that is telepathically shared.
Might this instant empathy be a handy diplomatic tool? As well as an excellent distraction from oceans coming to Mars.
This probably is happening concurrent to a meeting between Namor, Professor Xavier, and Magneto happening on Krakoa.
Namor is offered a seat on the Quiet Council. He rejects it (as he did back in X-Men #7). Noting he has dominion of the oceans, what need he of Krakoa?
Will they get back to him? Because the Beast has another more Earth-based plan over in X-Force.
Using the flora of Krakoa to do something rather naughty.
Even while on Mars, the flora has more ambitious plans, courtesy of more Arakki mutants.
The X-Corp has the first two of their meetings.
As far, far away, a world is getting a new lease of life.
Captain Britain arrives…
While Wolverine is patrolling the Krakoan borders looking for uninvited guests…
As Arakko comes to Mars
X-Corp has more meetings. Or, at least, dances.
And on Krakoa, in New Mutants, the election of the new X-Men team is about to take place, interrupting their own dramas.
The X-Men are elected by the unified mutant mindscape…
While X-Corp takes simultaneous meetings…
…and Sunspot is left to lick his electoral failing wounds.
He's not alone in that.
And congratulations are shared.
X-Corp is still taking meetings.
While the uninvited Hellions gatecrash the party, it will naturally not go well.
Though Armor of New Mutants makes a notable arrival.
But between the inevitable drunken brawl that follows, something else happens. At 11pm, Captain Britain, Betsy Braddock, kicks off as Great Britain leaves the Krakoan alliance.
Something it is possible they may regret, given the new intergalactic diplomatic role being played over on Mars.
A new watchful eye over it.
With a brand new port being built.
X-Corp has to deal with all sorts of undesirables who have their own, possibly conflicting plans.
While former Captain Britain, Brian Braddock reconnects with Meggan…
And X-Corp's problems with the Fenris siblings don't get any easier.
And on Mars, everything is finally ready for those in Krakoa to react.
Emma Frost's remarks will also have quite the impact…expansion being the key, it seems. And more than anyone could have considered.
And something new to come.
Two people on asteroids at the end of time? One couldn't be Franklin, could it? Whatever is said, we will have to wait till Planet-Sized X-Men; it will have a big impact. And so we get fireworks.
Just possibly of a different kind than originally promised.
With the CIA taking notes.
And the whole place explodes in light.
With a brand new name for Mars.
And the Hellions at least get to watch, giving Kwannon's words new meaning.
The word has gone out.
And the world has to react, from Russia to Brazil.
And the USA is trying to catch up.
And the American superheroes have their own reactions. And Cyclops also in some of the dark until now.
While over in New Mutants, they are having their own Martian issues.
Best leave them to it, eh? More Hellfire Gala to come.
MARAUDERS #21 GALA
(W) Gerry Duggan, Chris Claremont (A) Matteo Lolli, John Bolton (CA) Russell Dauterman
WELCOME TO THE HELLFIRE GALA! The Hellfire Trading Company has put together the biggest event of the season – the very first HELLFIRE GALA! Everyone will be there – all your favorite mutants, their closest allies…even their worst enemies – for a night of dinner, drinks, diplomacy and deceit. Fireworks to follow. Plus: From the archives, a classic X-Men tale with our very first look at a Hellfire Gala by Chris Claremont and John Bolton! 48 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 02, 2021 SRP: $4.99
HELLIONS #12 GALA
(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
WHO INVITED THE HELLIONS TO THE HELLFIRE GALA? Who thought it was a good idea to invite the antisocial HELLIONS to the fanciest bash of the year? Oh, no one? They weren't invited but they showed up anyway? Yeah, that sounds about right. 32 PGS./Parental AdvisoryIn Shops: Jun 02, 2021 SRP: $3.99
X-FORCE #20 GALA
(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Joshua Cassara
INVITE-ONLY TO THE HELLFIRE GALA! It's party time, but somebody's got to work it. And when invited guests (and a few crashers) prove to be planted antagonistic agents, X-FORCE will need to get their hands dirty and keep this all under wraps…before anyone catches wind! 32 PGS./Parental AdvisoryIn Shops: Jun 02, 2021 SRP: $3.99
EXCALIBUR #21 GALA
(W) Tini Howard (A) Marcus To (CA) Mahmud Asrar
RICTOR HATES PARTIES. Even the nice ones. And with Captain Britain's return to a changed world, this one is looking to be not so nice. Excalibur's Earth-shattering HELLFIRE GALA issue will change Krakoan diplomacy forever. 32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 09, 2021 SRP: $3.99
X-MEN #21 GALA
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Nick Dragotta, Russell Dauterman, Lucas Werneck, Sara Pichelli, Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Sunny Gho, Nolan Woodard, Clayton Cowles (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
THE HEROES OF KRAKOA DEBUT! It's a changing if the guard as the first X-Men team of Krakoa debuts! One era ends as a new one begins, and the handoff happens here. 32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 09, 2021 SRP: $3.99
CHILDREN OF ATOM #4
(W) Vita Ayala (A) Paco Medina (CA) R. B. Silva
DREAMS DIE YOUNG! Krakoa is opening its doors for the Hellfire Gala?! Sounds like the perfect opportunity for the Children of the Atom kids to visit. After all, Krakoa is their home…right? What could stop them? Or rather, who… 32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 09, 2021 SRP: $3.99
NEW MUTANTS #19 GALA
(W) Vita Ayala (A) Alex Lins (CA) Martin Simmonds
AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO… The HELLFIRE GALA is here, and the NEW MUTANTS have the chance to take a break from training the youth of Krakoa – an opportunity to get dressed up and get down. But not everyone is on their best behavior…and someone has vanished without a trace. 32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 16, 2021 SRP: $3.99
PLANET-SIZED X-MEN #1 GALA
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
THEY CAME TO SLAY! The HELLFIRE GALA rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away. Make no mistake – this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month. 48 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+In Shops: Jun 16, 2021 SRP: $4.99
X-CORP #2 GALA
(W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto Foche (CA) David Aja
A SHARK IN THE WATER! After X-CORP's shocking debut, they've got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly – a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox's top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don't get preyed on themselves. 32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Jun 16, 2021 SRP: $3.99