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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 began in October and November of 2019. The second wave of titles began in January 2020.

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    Wave 1 

    Wave 2 
  • Wolverine — Written by Benjamin Percy and drawn by Adam Kubert and Victor Bogdonavic.
  • Giant-Size X-Men — Written by Jonathan Hickman, drawn by rotating artists.
    • Jean Grey & Emma Frost: Drawn by Russell Dauterman
    • Magneto: Drawn by Ben Oliver
    • Nightcrawler: Drawn by Alan Davis
    • Fantomex: Drawn by Rod Reis
    • Storm: Drawn by Russell Dauterman
  • 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.
  • Hellions — Mr. Sinister sets out to find a purpose for Krakoa’s most dangerous mutants with Havok and Psylocke’s help. Also featuring: Orphanmaker, Nanny, Empath, Scalphunter, and Wild Child. Written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Stephen Segovia.
  • Cable — Kid Cable stars in his first series. Speak softly and carry a big $&%@ gun. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Phil Noto.
  • X-Factor (2020) — Mutants have conquered death through The Five, but when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate the circumstances to follow the rules of resurrection. Featuring Northstar, Daken, Prestige, Eye-Boy, Prodigy, and Polaris. Written by Leah Williams and drawn by David Baldeón.
  • Children of the Atom — a new squad of mutants turns the X-Men’s world upside down. Featuring new characters inspired by your favorite X-Men! Written by Vita Ayala and drawn by Bernard Chang.
  • X of Swords - The first crossover under Hickman's tenure.
  • SWORD - Following the dissolution of Alpha Flight, Abigail Brand enlists Magneto, Wiz Kid, Manifold, Frenzy, Kid Cable, Fabian Cortez, and more to protect the cosmos! Written by Al Ewing and drawn by Valerio Schiti.

There is a third wave planned as well, with a Moira X series set to be developed at some point.


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  • Dawn of X
    • Volume 1 — Collects the #1s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB released on February 19, 2020.
    • Volume 2 — Collects the #2s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB released on February 26, 2020.
    • Volume 3 — Collects the #3s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB released on March 11, 2020.
    • Volume 4 — Collects the #4s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB coming in March 25, 2020.
    • Volume 5 — Collects the #5s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB coming in April 8, 2020.
    • Volume 6 — Collects the #6s for X-Men, X-Force, Marauders, Excalibur, Fallen Angels, and New Mutants. TPB coming in April 22, 2020.
  • Dawn of X: Nation Building
    • Volume 1 — Collects the #7s for Marauders, Excalibur, and X-Force, as well as Wolverine #1. TPB coming in June 24, 2020.
    • Volume 2 — Collects Marauders #8, New Mutants #7, the Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost one-shot, X-Force #8, X-Men #7, and Excalibur #8. TPB coming in July 8, 2020.

  • X-Men By Jonathan Hickman
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1-6. TPB coming in April 8, 2020.
  • Marauders By Gerry Duggan
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1-6. TPB coming in April 15, 2020.
    • Volume 2 — Collects Issues 7-11. TPB coming in July 1, 2020.
  • Excalibur By Tini Howard
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1-6. TPB coming in April 22, 2020.
    • Volume 2 — Collects Issues 7-11. TPB coming in July 1, 2020.
  • New Mutants By Jonathan Hickman
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1, 2, 5, and 7. TPB coming in April 1, 2020.
  • X-Force By Benjamin Percy
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1-6. TPB coming in May 6, 2020.
  • Fallen Angels By Bryan Hill
    • Volume 1 — Collects Issues 1-6. TPB coming in May 13, 2020.


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.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: It is established that Krakoa is filthy rich, and New Mutants shows that the citizens have access to this money. Boom-Boom goes on a very long ride-sharing trip that she dismisses because everyone is rich now when Armor tells her how expensive that 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.
  • Internal Homage: Giant Sized X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost is about Jean and Emma having a wordless Journey to the Center of the Mind of an ally who has fallen mysteriously ill, only this time it's Storm instead of Xavier as it was in Grant Morrison's run. Some of the panels even have them in the same poses.
  • 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dr. Doom gives one in the FF/Xmen miniseries to Professor X, saying that while Xavier puts on a pretense of superiority with his new plant program and Krakoa, but Doom deserves his power more because he worked and earned it through study and determination.
  • Soft Reboot: Explicitly described as the "rebooting phase" of the X-Men as a brand while still in-continuity. The new Krakoa status quo is introduced and serves as a launch point for several series, with other series exploring its many facets and its resurrection protocols allowing for dead characters to return. Characters very rarely make explicit reference to prior continuity — though they still do, occassionally — and there's a time jump that distances the current stories from the most recent X-stories. The well-worn idea of mutants being hated and feared is paid lip-service but gives way to distrust of Krakoa specifically as a political entity, while mutants going extinct is used to motivate the new status quo, rather than as the status quo.
  • Something Completely Different: Marauders is X-Men as a pirate comic.
  • Translation Convention: Anything spoken or written in Krakoan is in fact English written in Krakoan script, for the benefit of readers unfamiliar with the language.


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