Preview: X-Men #18 – Wolverine, Synch, Darwin Emerge From The Vault

X-Men #18 goes to FOC this weekend – we just mentioned as much in Thank FOC It's Friday. As we get to go back inside the Vault. We are told that in X-Men #5, a group of mutants entered the Vault. And in X-Men #18, we are told that Laura Kinney: Wolverine, Synch, and Darwin will emerge. What went down? How are they not ancient wizened folk? Here's a little unlettered preview to whet your appetite, as retailers will need any and all orders for Monday… with the Vault team looking at what is inside…

Preview: X-Men #18 - Wolverine, Synch, Darwin Emerge From The Vault
Preview: X-Men #18 – Wolverine, Synch, Darwin Emerge From The Vault

And Serafina, Child Of The Vault, all hooked up.

PreviewPreview: X-Men #18 - Wolverine, Synch, Darwin Emerge From The Vault
Preview: X-Men #18 – Wolverine, Synch, Darwin Emerge From The Vault

So what went down before? Well, In the revamped X-Men #1 of 2019, the team released a lot of imprisoned mutants from Orchis. Although they were not all mutants.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5
X-Men #1, Leinil Yu

One was Serafina, of the Children Of the Vault. Who believed that she had powers over the mind of mutants. But seemed to fail when putting them into action.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5
X-Men #1, Leinil Yu

Still, the X-Men had other priorities.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5
X-Men #1, Leinil Yu

That was a mistake. Serafina was introduced by Mike Carey in his X-Men run. He was tapped for the Dawn Of X books by Jonathan Hickman, but had other commitments. We first met Serafina and the rest of the Children Of The Vault in Carey's run on X-Men over a decade ago, around #188 with Chris Bachalo. And they were all up in Sabretooth's grill.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5
X-Men #188 by Chris Bachalo

With Serafina demonstrating the ability to delete digital data.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5
X-Men #188 by Chris Bachalo

And Fuego being rather… hot headed.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Serafina also seemed to have telepathic powers, and though they seemed to fail her in the present day, back then, she gets to change minds at whim.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And she does seem to try to use that for cloaking powers back then as well.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

It was Sabretooth who spoke their name first. The Children Of The Vault.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Who had picked up the name – and location – on one of his many previous murderous adventures.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And when he gets there?

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He's not entirely welcome.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Escaping, he brings the Children Of The Vault to the rest of the mutants where it goes down even worse. With Cable giving a wider history.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

As we learned that the Children were evolved humanity – not mutants, but with biological and technological advancements from 6000 years in the future.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And after possessing Northstar and Aurora, demonstrating that this was just a tiny fraction of their power.,,

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Such as Serafina using her telepathic powers to gove Sam Guthrie a life he never had…

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

…and all because she was horny and wanted his kids.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Attempts at peace didn't go well…

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

We learnt how Serafina self-identified…

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And she does have a point about Sabretooth.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

It is notable with their reappearance in current X-Men that Jonathan Hickman chose to write the Sam Guthrie stories in New Mutants, now that he has actually settled down with a wife and kids.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

The battle continued, Sangre died, and then the X-Men believed that the Children Of The Vault had all killed themselves. But the Children were too clever for that one…

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Carey brought the Children back in X-Men Legacy, with the character Lus, believed to be a mutant but then revealed to be one of the Children.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Which saw them emerge again in order to bring her back.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And they had a few bones to pick over too.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

X-Men #5 last year series, with Serafina on the run, the Quiet Council have decided to do something. And, with Sabretooth buried under Krakoa, only Wolverine will do.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

It's still a handy power for Sefanina. And it means she gets back to the Vault, before Wolverine can stop her.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And inside the Vault, some recognisable looking figures.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Looks like Sangre has made it back… somehow. So it's time to send in a crack X-Men team.

The Return of The Children Of The Vault to Today's X-Men #5 (Spoilers)
X-Men #5

Darwin, Synch and Laura Kinney – Wolverine. Though they didn't seem to have an issue with Laura being a clone in the way that they did with Madylene Pryor. Anyway.

The Return of The Children Of The Vault to Today's X-Men #5 (Spoilers)
X-Men #5

So they went in. And didn't come out. And while it has been months for Krakoa, for these three it has been thousands of years.

The Return of The Children Of The Vault to Today's X-Men #5 (Spoilers)
X-Men #5

And in X-Men #18, scheduled for February 2020, it looks like it's time to find out just what happened.

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Several thousand years looks good on them. Might we have Old Woman Wolverine?

X-MEN #18
MARVEL COMICS
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(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
INSIDE THE VAULT! It's been a long time since the team went into the vault. A long time.

Rated T+In Shops: Feb 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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