X-MEN 101: What You Need To Know For 'RESURRXION'

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Since October 2015, Marvel’s mutants have been in terrible danger thanks to a deadly disease known as the "M-Pox," which is deadly to mutants and caused by exposure to the Inhumans' Terrigen Mists. After relaunching in the wake of Secret Wars, the X-Men line has been dealing with the fallout of the M-Pox, and the consequences of Cyclops leading the destruction of one of the Terrigen Clouds - one which Inhumans have seen as their next step in growth - that has been sweeping Earth.

But this spring, all that will apparently change. The current Inhumans Vs. X-Men miniseries pits the two extra-human species against each other, and while we don’t yet know the exact outcome of that fight, what we do know is that both the X-Men and Inhumans lines will see some serious overhauling as a result of that story as presaged by announcements of spring 2017 books under the umbrella title of "ResurrXion."

With the X-Men line undergoing major changes, it may be helpful to know the status quo of the major players of mutantkind, and what’s to come. That’s why we’re running down the current X-Men line-up, and comparing it to the titles launching in “ResurrXion.”

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Extraordinary X-Men

Extraordinary X-Men has served as the X-Men line’s flagship title since the end of Secret Wars, balancing superhero adventure and life at the Jean Grey School – which was, weirdly enough, moved to Limbo at the start of the series.

With a line-up anchored by Headmistress Storm, with back-up from Colossus, Old Man Logan, young Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Iceman, and Magik, Extraordinary X-Men showcased the face-front struggle of mutantkind against the M-Pox, while also sending the X-Men against classic villains such as Mister Sinister and Apocalypse.

Moving into “ResurrXion,” there’s not much that seems to be holding over from Extraordinary, which looks to be replaced by X-Men: Gold, featuring many of the same team members, but moves the school back out of Limbo for more superhero-focused adventures. X-Men: Gold features a line-up of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, and Old Man Logan, led by Kitty Pryde, with Jean Grey rejoining her original class teammates and Iceman striking out on his own (more on both of those changes later).

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All-New X-Men

The idea that the time-displaced five original X-Men would still be kicking around the Marvel Universe more than 2 years after they came to the present day is hard to grasp, and yet moving into “ResurrXion” they’ve become one of the focal points of the X-Men line.

In All-New X-Men, the latest volume of the team’s adventures, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, and Angel were joined by modern mutants Oya, Wolverine, and Genesis on a road trip around the country, discovering their place in the modern world.

But a lot of that is going to change in “ResurrXion,” when the team joins the second flagship title of the X-Men line, X-Men: Blue. The young team will be reunited with Jean Grey, and under the tutelage of none other than Magneto, their longtime enemy.

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Uncanny X-Men

In lieu of a “black-ops” type title in the current X-Men line, Magneto’s team of calculating badasses in Uncanny X-Men have filled that niche. While the team operates independently, they still do mutant dirty work, taking down anti-mutant activists and working to protect Mutants afflicted by the M-Pox and Terrigen Mists.

Come “ResurrXion,” the team will split, with Magneto joining the original X-Men team in X-Men: Blue, and several of his teammates joining the newly launching Weapon X

Weapon X takes its name from the program that birthed Wolverine, Sabretooth, and many other mutant-killing machines. But this team won’t be working for the program – they’ll be working against it, with a new version of the program launching that aims to wipe out mutants. The new team will consist of Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath, and Lady Deathstrike, leaving Mystique, Fantomex, and Psylocke from Uncanny X-Men behind.

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Cable

Cable hasn't had a solo series since 2010, though he did lead Cable & X-Force in the interim. But he’ll be back in solo adventures at the launch of “ResurrXion.” Since Secret Wars, however, he’s been palling around with the Uncanny Avengers, working to take down the Red Skull, who is in possession of Charles Xavier’s brain – and telepathic powers.

Marvel has given no signs of Uncanny Avengers ending in “ResurrXion,” and Cable is still featured on the cover of March's #21. But we do know that the new volume of Cable will feature the mutant scion going back to his roots, fighting a new time-traveling villain named Conquest.

Additionally, according to X-Men editor Daniel Ketchum, with Cyclops, Wolverine, and Professor X all deceased, Cable will be something of the mutant patriarch – though time will tell if that’s a role he’s comfortable of filling.

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Generation X

Young mutants learning to use their powers have always been a part of the X-Men mythos, and with “ResurrXion,” that concept will once again get its own title in Generation X.

Featuring an all new cast of mutants, Generation X focuses on characters that could be considered “misfits” even among the X-Men. The only real connection to the previous team that used the Generation X name is Jubilee, now free of from some of her strange status quo changes of recent years, such as losing her powers and becoming a vampire.

Like the rest of the team, Jubilee sees herself as a student of the X-Men who “didn’t make the cut,” leading her to form this team that is similar in concept to DC’s Legion of Substitute Heroes – capable mutants who are looking for a chance to prove themselves. Along for the ride is the enigmatic and controversial Quentin Quire, who may also appear in another "ResurrXion" title.

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Iceman

OK, so there are actually two versions of Iceman running around the Marvel Universe right now, and they’re both part of “ResurrXion,” but the one who’s getting his own title when the line relaunches is the older, adult Bobby Drake.

It’s been a rough couple years for adult Bobby, who has been forced to deal with his sexuality after his younger self was psychically outed by Jean Grey, and Iceman will deal strongly with his path of self-discovery.

What’s more, Iceman has never had his own series before, marking new ground in “ResurrXion,” and allowing the older Iceman and his younger counterpart (who will appear in X-Men: Blue) to forge their own identities and come to terms with who they are.

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Jean Grey

Since Secret Wars, the young, time-displaced Jean Grey has been palling around with the Extraordinary X-Men, leaving her old teammates by the wayside. But with “ResurrXion,” she not only rejoins her original teammates, but gets her first-ever solo ongoing series.

And, true to form, Jean Grey will focus on the young mutant’s connection to the powerful Phoenix Force.

According to series writer Dennis Hopeless, other Phoenix hosts such as Rachel Summers, Quentin Quire, or even some of Avengers Vs. X-Men’s Phoenix Five could appear in the series as well.


What's Left?

There are a few mutant titles that will definitely be continuing into "ResurrXion," namely All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan. It seems that both these titles will continue into "ResurrXion," with Wolverine recently getting a new costume, and Old Man Logan heavily involved with several other X-Men titles. And of course, there's always the chance one or more of the other titles currently ongoing could continue or relaunch as part of the initiative.


What's Missing?

There are still some big names that have yet to surface in "ResurrXion." Rogue isn't appearing in any of the X-titles (yet), but will likely continue to appear in Uncanny Avengers. Meanwhile, Psylocke, Fantomex, and Mystique - the castoffs from the current Uncanny X-Men - have yet to find a home in the new line. And of course, Emma Frost, the last remaining holdout of Cyclops's cadre, has not been announced for any new title - nor have Wolverine, Cyclops, or Professor X, the major trinity of X-Men leaders. All of this points to the idea that there may be more ResurrXion titles in the offing as the initiative rolls on.

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