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The Biggest Mysteries Of Jonathan Hickman's X-Men Era Burn Away In Inferno


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Look, Marvel Comics has a problem. They spent decades coasting off an existing customer-base that grew up with their comics in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, and not bothering to acquire new customers. As the customer-base got older, they kept trying to appeal to those customers, rather than keeping up with the interests of new generations. The big problem with this is that that customer-base is getting old and increasingly starry-eyed about the good ol' days, and they're consequently losing them. So, they're scrambling. They're finally trying to appeal to younger generations with titles like Children of the Atom and their New Warriors reboot, etc., which is making things worse with their older customers, and they're simultaneously trying to play up nostalgia in their older customers by revisiting popular event titles of yesteryear. Does it seem to be working? No, but they've boxed themselves into a corner. They're reliant on an old, grumpy customer-base that doesn't want the status quo changed but wants stories to feel new and bombastic like the ones they remember from when they were kids, doesn't want forced nostalgia but generally doesn't trust the writing and storytelling direction of newer authors for one reason or another, etc. Their base just doesn't like them, and wants to recapture feelings that had almost everything to do with being young and malleable and almost nothing to do with the general quality of output Marvel has had. What are they supposed to do?

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9 minutes ago, Benn said:

Look, Marvel Comics has a problem. They spent decades coasting off an existing customer-base that grew up with their comics in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, and not bothering to acquire new customers. As the customer-base got older, they kept trying to appeal to those customers, rather than keeping up with the interests of new generations. The big problem with this is that that customer-base is getting old and increasingly starry-eyed about the good ol' days, and they're consequently losing them. So, they're scrambling. They're finally trying to appeal to younger generations with titles like Children of the Atom and their New Warriors reboot, etc., which is making things worse with their older customers, and they're simultaneously trying to play up nostalgia in their older customers by revisiting popular event titles of yesteryear. Does it seem to be working? No, but they've boxed themselves into a corner. They're reliant on an old, grumpy customer-base that doesn't want the status quo changed but wants stories to feel new and bombastic like the ones they remember from when they were kids, doesn't want forced nostalgia but generally doesn't trust the writing and storytelling direction of newer authors for one reason or another, etc. Their base just doesn't like them, and wants to recapture feelings that had almost everything to do with being young and malleable and almost nothing to do with the general quality of output Marvel has had. What are they supposed to do?

all true, but still feels like they are miles better than DC, with its endless obsession with undoing and then restoring continuity, along with an increasing focus on just Batman and related characters (for comparison, i don't see Marvel focusing nearly as much on say, Spider-Man) .  although not necessarily a fair comparison as it feels like disney would keep the comics division around just to generate ideas for movies/tv, whereas that concept hasn't particularly worked all that well for WB

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That's true too. I've never really been a fan of DC's characters, in general, though, so I haven't kept close tabs on them. I actually think Marvel has a lot of great talent at the moment, as well as some underwhelming creators... just like every era in the company's history.

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“There will be an island—not the first, but the last…” Destiny’s foreboding words have stuck with Mystique—and fans—since the very beginning of the age of Krakoa. Now, a day of reckoning is upon mutantkind’s leaders, and the shocking payoff to seeds planted in House of X and Powers of X arrives in mastermind writer Jonathan Hickman’s brand-new X-Men series: INFERNO!

Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Having been denied her wishes yet again, Mystique is ready to follow through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground. Mutantkind’s bright future is threatened like never before as Hickman brings his game-changing plans to a head. Fans can expect more revelations from the lives of Moira MacTaggert, Nimrod’s revenge, vicious power plays, and more in this pivotal chapter in X-Men history. Throughout this four-issue limited series, Hickman will be joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with acclaimed illustrator Valerio Schiti. Known for masterfully depicting large-scale action alongside intense human drama, the S.W.O.R.D. and Empyre artist is perfect for bringing this heartbreaking saga to life.

"I’m very excited that we’re finally getting to share with everyone the follow-up to House of X/Powers of X,” Hickman said. “The story is 160 pages over four issues drawn exquisitely by Valerio Schiti, R.B. Silva and Stefano Caselli. I cannot wait for people to read it.

In what is now an X-Men tradition, superstar artist Mark Brooks has delivered another stunning piece of teaser artwork for this latest X-Men milestone. An homage to his earlier House of X/Powers of X piece, it depicts all the major players of Krakoa as they brace themselves for their biggest shakeup yet. Check it out below and be there in September when the biggest secrets of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run burn away in INFERNO #1.

INFERNO #1
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by VALERIO SCHITI
Promotional Artwork by MARK BROOKS
 

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Well, I'm excited for the possible return of Destiny, and Magik's prominence in the teaser picture, combined with Tempus's inclusion, is all exciting too (I realize she's only depicted as part of the Five, but still). I feel like taking down Krakoa would be as easy as killing any one member of the Five, right? Mystique could do that in her sleep. Actually, Tempus could be replaced by Tempo, Proteus by Jamie Braddock (or Scarlet Witch), Hope by Synch, and Elixir by any number of people. Is Egg the only actually crucial member of the Five?

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11 hours ago, Benn said:

Well, I'm excited for the possible return of Destiny, and Magik's prominence in the teaser picture, combined with Tempus's inclusion, is all exciting too (I realize she's only depicted as part of the Five, but still). I feel like taking down Krakoa would be as easy as killing any one member of the Five, right? Mystique could do that in her sleep. Actually, Tempus could be replaced by Tempo, Proteus by Jamie Braddock (or Scarlet Witch), Hope by Synch, and Elixir by any number of people. Is Egg the only actually crucial member of the Five?

Egg is the critical member given it is his 'eggs' that are the basis for everyone being resurrected

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The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them in INFERNO #1, the upcoming X-Men series launching in October. In a saga that will serve as the next pivotal chapter in writer Jonathan Hickman’s vision for mutantkind, Mystique is ready to follow through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground after having been denied her wishes to be reunited with Destiny. Fans can see the iconic Marvel character prepare for her master plan in a stunning new INFERNO #1 variant cover by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

Stay tuned for more cover reveals and be ready for Mystique to change the future of mutantkind forever when INFERNO #1 hits stands on September 29th!

INFERNO #1 (OF 4)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by VALERIO SCHITI
Variant Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU (JUL210521)
Virgin Variant Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU (JUL210522)
On Sale 9/29!

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This December, Jonathan Hickman’s transformative work on the X-Men universe comes to end in INFERNO #4. The climactic finale of this highly anticipated limited series will reunite Hickman with artist Valerio Schiti as they team up to put some of mutantkind’s biggest mysteries to rest.

Since the groundbreaking 2019 series House of X and Powers of X, Hickman has reshaped the X-Men franchise and ushered in one of its boldest eras yet. The foundation Hickman built will live on but INFERNO will deliver much anticipated resolutions to some of Krakoa’s long-running plotlines including Mystique’s heartbreaking quest to be reunited with Destiny. And fans can also expect more revelations from the past lives of Moira MacTaggert all while the unstoppable threat Nimrod finally makes his move.

Check out Jerome Opeña’s cover below and don’t miss Hickman’s epic X-Men swansong when INFERNO #4 hits stands this December.

Retailers, don’t forget to order your copies of INFERNO #1 by Monday, September 6! For a sneak peek, visit Marvel.com.

INFERNO #4 (OF 4)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by JEROME OPEÑA
On Sale 12/29!

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