After June’s Planet -Size X-Men (by Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz) uncovered the secret Mutant history of the Red Planet (know to humans as Mars and mutants as Arakko) the most sci-fi world in our galaxy is about to become a new mutant battleground.
Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli begin the strife in X-Men Red #1 this April, putting Storm, Magneto, Sunspot, Abigail Brand, Cable, Vulcan, and a host of Arakkonian natives into a complex political and militaristic situation.
Ewing explains that the beginning of the conflict stared when “Mutantkind terraformed Mars, bringing a dead world back to life and changing the Marvel Universe forever. Mars is now Planet Arakko, home to an ancient mutant society that spent thousands of years facing war, imprisonment and pain – and home to Storm, who won a place of power on their ruling council. Now Arakko has a chance to find peace at last and forge their own path to the future… but there are those who’d rather see them fenced in and subjugated. Does Mars really need X-Men to save it – or can the mutants of Arakko fight for themselves?”
Caselli is thrilled to be working with Ewing , saying that “After being part of Hickman’s work on the X men titles, I couldn’t imagine getting a greater opportunity. I was wrong! In my dream checklist, there was teaming up with Al Ewing, who is to me one of the most creative and funny writers out there. And now I can work with him on X MEN RED! I’m really putting all of myself in this title since I’m sure me and Al can leave a remarkable series in the X-Men universe. Working on Al’s script is a pure joy, I’m like a kid on a rollercoaster: emotions, adrenaline and a sense of wonder is what I feel everyday sitting on my drawing desk. I’m just sorry I can’t talk more about it but I’m more than sure readers will be happy and hooked from the starting point! Let me just say this: keep an eye on Storm…oh guys…Storm….”
And speaking of Storm, she will be getting a brand new galactic costume courtesy of Russell Dauterman (with a hint of Morlock chic) which you can check out in his covers for the first two issues of X-Men Red (arriving April 6 and April 27) below.