An All-New X-Men cover released this past weekend at Fan Expo in Toronto seems to establish that Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto and Magik are all part of the Marvel NOW! series. Previously, all four characters had been mostly absent from post-Avengers vs. X-Men promotional images. It's unclear exactly which issue the cover, illustrated by All-New X-Men series artist Stuart Immonen and with a filename of "ANXMEN2012001s001" is for, but it suggests — without outright confirming, as these things can be red herrings — that all four of those characters, including three-fifths of AvX's "Phoenix Five," make it into the Marvel NOW! era alive. It's clear that someone is dying in AvX, given the solicitation copy to September's Avengers vs. X-Men #11, reading simply, "Fatality!" Cyclops and Emma Frost have been commonly speculated by observers as potential victims, partly because both covers to that issue feature them locked in combat, with one set to attain full control of the Phoenix force if the other falls. It's worth noting that Cyclops on the new All-New X-Men cover appears much closer to his current character design than the character widely believed to be Cyclops — with what looks like an "X" symbol visor — on the Joe Quesada-illustrated Marvel NOW! promotional image released last month. Additionally, the cover features an as-yet unrevealed character in civilian clothes, much like the unidentified female character on the cover of All-New X-Men #2. The newly released image is the third interlocking All-New X-Men cover, along with the covers to issues #1 (featuring the original five X-Men, transported to the present day) and #2 (featuring Wolverine, Iceman, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Storm and the unidentified female character). Wolverine and Cyclops are on opposite ends of the image, possibly indicating that a "Schism" of sorts still exists among mutants in the wake of Avengers vs. X-Men. All-New X-Men, from the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, is scheduled to debut with two issues in November.
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