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A new era dawns.

Dawn of X is a relaunch of the X-Men line of comics, following the House of X and Powers of X storylines from Jonathan Hickman's X-Men. The line sees the X-Men franchise move into a new era, established in the aforementioned titles. Jonathan Hickman will write the flagship title of the relaunch and serve as the overall architect, with all creative teams handpicked by him and working with his supervision.

The first wave of titles will be released in October and November of 2019.

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    Wave 1 
  • X-Men — The saga of Cyclops and his band of mutant powerhouses begins here! Described as the "hub world" of the new X-Men titles. Features Cyclops as a constant among a constantly changing cast of characters. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu.
  • Marauders — Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, this new team of Marauders sails the seas to protect those feared and hated. Featuring Kitty Pryde, Lockheed, Emma Frost, Storm, Iceman, Bishop, and Pyro. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Matteo Lolli.
  • Excalibur — A new connection forms between mutants, the magic of the world and the Otherworld. Featuring Captain Britain III (Betsy Braddock), Gambit, Rogue, Jubilee, Apocalypse, and Rictor. Written by Tini Howard and drawn by Marcus To.
  • New Mutants — The New Mutants re-form and set out on a quest that takes to them to space! Featuring classic New Mutants Sunspot, Magik, Cypher (merged with Warlock), Mirage, Karma and Wolfsbane, joined by Chamber and Mondo. Written by Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson and drawn by Rod Reis.
  • X-Force — The cost of the future isn't cheap, but X-Force is here to help. Featuring Marvel Girl, Wolverine, Domino, Black Tom, Beast, Colossus, Sage, and Quentin Quire. Written by Benjamin Percy and drawn by Joshua Cassara.
  • Fallen Angels — Not all belong in paradise. Kwannon finds herself in a new world for mutantkind and unsure of her place in it, and when a face from her past is killed, she seeks help to get vengeance. Featuring Psylocke II (Kwannon), X-23, Kid Cable, Husk and Bling. Written by Bryan Hill and drawn by Szymon Kudranski.
    Wave 2 
  • Wolverine — Written by Benjamin Percy and drawn by Adam Kubert and and Victor Bogdonavic.
  • Giant-Size X-Men — Written by Jonathan Hickman, drawn by rotating artists. The first issue, Giant-Sized X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1, will be released in February 2020 and drawn by Russell Dauterman.
  • X-Corp — Writer TBA, drawn by Carmen Carnero.
  • X-Men/Fantastic Four — Franklin Richards must choose between his family and the mutant nation of Krakoa. Written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Terry Dodson. 4-issue miniseries.

The second wave will begin in 2020, although it's been confirmed that future "waves" of stories will not release all at once, but over time. Vita Ayala and Leah Williams will write new books as part of Wave 2, though they are currently unnamed. There is a third wave planned as well. There is a series planned for Moira X as well.


Dawn of Tropes:

  • Ascended Extra: Kwannon/Revanche was always a very minor character, with her only real claim to fame was the "Freaky Friday" Flip that put Betsy Braddock in her body which subsequently became the Psylocke everyone knew for decades. Though her body was well-known, Revanche herself was not, and she spent many years as being dead just so Psylocke can remain recognizable. After coming back, and the swap finally being undone, Kwannon sees a massive upgrade in prominence as Psylocke II, due to Betsy becoming Captain Britain while Kwannon took the discarded identity, and Fallen Angels is the first comic ever with her as the main character.
  • Back from the Dead: Several characters who were killed over the course of Rosenberg's Uncanny run are revealed alive and well, including Wolfsbane and Magik. House of X and Powers of X reveal that this is because a team of five mutants, along with tons of data secretly recorded by Cerebro, are able to fully resurrect mutants.
  • Badass Family: The X-Men cover features the assembled Summers family... and Wolverine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Surprisingly, Apocalypse joins Excalibur with the solicitations even noting how surprising it is.
  • Heroes Unlimited: X-Men have had large rosters in the past, enough to split into multiple books like Red, Blue and Gold, but the X-Men expand to gigantic levels into a full-blown organization. They now see over 72 members operating from all over the world.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Dawn of X leans towards this, compared to previous runs beginning to go Tamer and Chaster, as female characters go back to their old costumes (or variations of them), and anyone familiar with X-Men comics knows what that means. On top of fanservice staples Emma Frost, Storm, Sage and Domino being prominent in the books, we also have other notable examples individually.
    • Psylocke, or rather, the second one, wears the classic ninja bathing suit completely unaltered. Before, the Psylocke identity belonged to Betsy, who had been desexualized after returning to her original body. Now, Betsy was transitioned to Captain Britain, while her former body Kwannon becomes the new Psylocke and is every bit as sexy as her name is synonymous with. Even before that, Psylocke had begun to be played less for sex appeal by trading in the thong for leggings, so it's definitely a step up in sexiness either way.
    • Magik wears her black two-piece Stripperiffic costume, whereas before she wore her New Mutants uniform that had her covered. Slightly averted in that the cleavage window has been removed.
    • Rogue wears her classic skin-tight outfit that leaves very little to the imagination, instead of her newer costume which was less tight and thus more modest.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Betsy Braddock is the new Captain Britain, taking over from her brother Brian.
    • Kwannon takes over Betsy's discarded identity as Psylocke, which is rather fitting overall given her body was Psylocke for a long time and is easily the most iconic version of Psylocke.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: X-Men is the "hub" where all the other characters are free to be outside their own books. As per tradition, there are many.
  • Meaningful Rename: Monet has gone back to her Penance alias again after 21 years. House of X #4 reveals that she can now change into her Penance form at will.
  • Multinational Team: As is customary for X-Men, all the teams we know are diverse and multinational.
    • Excalibur is a based in Britain, but Betsy is the only Brit. Rogue, Gambit and Jubilee are Americans (Cajun, Southern but not Cajun, and Chinese, respectively), Apocalypse is Ancient Egyptian, and Rictor is Mexican.
    • Marauders have Americans Kitty Pryde, Iceman and Emma Frost, while also having Kenyan Storm, Australian Pyro and Aboriginal Bishop.
    • New Mutants have Magik (Russian), Sunspot (Brazilian), Wolfsbane (Scottish), Cypher (American), Warlock (alien), Mirage (Native-American), Karma (Vietnamese), Boom-Boom (American), Chamber (British), Mondo (Somoan) and Armor (Japanese).
    • Fallen Angels has the Japanese Psylocke, and Americans X-23, Kid Cable, Bling and Husk.
    • X-Force has Marvel Girl, Domino, Sage, Beast, Kid Omega, and all Americans. It also features Wolverine (Canadian), Black Tom (Irish) and Colossus (Russian).
  • Mythology Gag: In the classic X-Men #153, "Kitty's Fairy Tale", Kitty imagined herself as a pirate captain. Now she's one for real.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Marauders has nothing to do with Mr. Sinister's team and refers to their nature as pirates.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: Some of the lingering elements of the past that are out of place today, yet couldn't be removed outright due to tradition, are retooled to make them fit here.
    • The whole "Freaky Friday" Flip that turned Betsy Braddock (aka Psylocke) from a wholesome Caucasian Brit to a very sexualized Japanese ninja, was often hampered by a desire to have authentic representation (as it was rather awkward for the most famous Asian hero in comics to not be originally/culturally Asian). At the same time, when they finally reverted Betsy back, many fans didn't like it because they wanted her to be sexy. Instead of sticking with Caucasian Psylocke, or going back to Ninja Betsy, they decide to have their cake and eat it too by making Betsy into the new Captain Britain while her former body Kwannon becomes Psylocke II, and is made an Ascended Extra, to give fans the sexy version of Psylocke they've known for the past 30 years.
    • X-Force has a history of this, given that the original comics were Dark Age excess that made Rob Liefeld a household name, and they essentially had to retool it multiple times to keep X-Force a relevant title in the modern day. However, it fell into stagnation by following the example of Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force run without adding anything new or exciting. Here, X-Force is reimagined as a mutant CIA organization that's equal parts intelligence and special ops, rather than just a anti-hero black ops team.
  • Soft Reboot:
    • Explicitly described as the "rebooting phase" of the X-Men as a brand while still in-continuity.
    • It's especially this to Uncanny X-Men (2018) and the other comics just before it. All are still canon, and the best elements are freely used, but are more often ignored or had their shifts changed or outright undone (such as the many deaths from before clearly not sticking here) in order to make this take feel fresh.
  • Something Completely Different: Marauders is X-Men as a pirate comic.


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