Kieron Gillen makes his triumphant return to the X-Men, joined by Trial of Magneto artist Lucas Werneck, for the upcoming Immortal X-Men series this March.
One of the first series announced for the Second Age of Krakoa, Gillen returns to the mutants after spending over two and half years with Xavier’s students back in 2011-2012.
Gillen describes the Immortal X-Men as a politically charged story, with all of the underhanded and secret agendas that one would expect from an X-Men title, saying that “So, the match is lit, and Immortal X-Men is a book about the burning. To speak in a Hickmanian idiom, this is the New Avengers to Gerry [Duggan]’s Avengers. This is the book about Krakoa, and the Quiet council, with all its muffled screams. It’s about a group of people, some of whom are convinced they’re in the West Wing, some who have designs to be in House of Cards and at least one who knows they’re in Veep. It’s big ideas, politics, fights and fashion, lies, creation and destruction, all told across the widest possible canvas, in time and space. It’s some characters I’ve written before, with the volume turned up. It’s me falling in love with some characters I’ve never touched. It’s me somehow talking Marvel into paying me for having this much fun.”
Speaking of fire, Gillen is also quick to point out that his collaborator on the series, Werneck, “…is basically fire on the page. He’s someone who absolutely nails the tone of the book. When we do quiet and real, the characters have so much charisma it feels like stars are on the page. When we do big and impossible, he makes it real, and takes your breath away.”
Check out the stunning cover by Mark Brooks below and look for Immortal X-Men in your favorite comic shop on March 30.