Think you know everything there is to know about the X-Men and their origins? Guess again as in August 2012, Marvel gives us The First X-Men.
The company announced the project will involve Neal Adams, Cristos Gage, and Nick Lowe. Lowe, the X-book editor, said this will be a book that X-Men fans will go nuts for, while Adams said the series is “maybe groundbreaking.”
Adams posited the concept was that Professor X wasn’t the person who started protecting young mutants. “Maybe this was going on when Professor X was a teenager and mutants were being abused by the government … and somebody stepped out to protect these kids. … Who would he be and why would he go to Charles Xavier? … That became my premise.”
Considering we know the concept of mutants existed during World War II and before, this doesn’t seem like an idea that is too far from the Marvel timeline. And it also fits with elements seen in the X-Men: First Class movie.
“Basically it takes place before the original X-Men and it’s a time when mutants are coming [out in the country],” said Gage. “In this context, Wolverine is noticing this going on and says, ‘Someone needs to protect these people.'” Wolverine allies with Sabertooth and approach a young Professor X, who is engaged to be married and “wants no part of it.” The writer also characterized the book as “The Magnificent Seven,” but with X-Men. There will also be some of Magneto killing Nazis.
Right now, the series is planned to be five issues long, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets extended (or see a number of tie-ins) should it be as groundbreaking and successful as Lowe and Adams hope.