Secret Wars’ Battleworld has already been announced as the home of several unique worlds, and now we know one more: Inferno.
Marvel will be revisiting the fondly-remember 1989 crossover “Inferno” in a Secret Wars tie-in series titled Inferno under the “Warzones!” branding. Written by Avengers Arena writer Dennis Hopeless and drawn by Javier Garron, Inferno takes place in a version of reality where the X-Men weren’t triumphant against the demon hordes and Manhattan succumbed to being a permanent “Hell on Earth” to quote Marvel. Taking place story-wise five years after the fall of Manhattan, Inferno pits Colossus and a small group of surviving mutants as they go to rescue his sister, Illyana Rasputin – but as “Inferno fans will recall, she’s not just a damsel in need of rescue.
“Colossus is a man obsessed. In his mind, nothing in the world is more important than rescuing his sister from the Inferno. This mission has consumed his entire life for years now. He’s failed four times and is going back in for another round,” Hopeless tells Newsarama. “On the flip side of that, Illyana has been living all these years as Darkchilde, the all-evil all-powerful badass ruler of the Inferno. That little girl lost routine was a lifetime ago and her brother’s noble quest is laughable.”
In the classic Marvel comics universe, “Inferno” was a temporary situation with Colossus, Illyana, the X-Men and Manhattan surviving to fight another day, but Hopeless confirms this Inferno region of Battleworld is akin to a What If? reality gone wild.
“That’s it exactly. In this world, the X-Men lost and vacated the possessed Manhattan five years back,” Hopeless says. “Colossus takes a team in once a year to try and “rescue” his sister but has always failed. This is the story of year five.”
The writer says “a lot of the fun stuff” from the original 1989 “Inferno” storyline will be brought back for this Secret Wars tie-in series, from the Goblin Queen Madelyne Prior to N’astirch, S’ym, and even former New Mutant Boom Boom and the brainwashed Alex Summers.
“Rereading those original Inferno arcs in preparation for the series, I was reminded how weird and cool possessed Manhattan was,” Hopeless says. “It’s just a great idea that even running across multiple series seemed to come and go too fast. I couldn’t help but wonder what demonic New York would look like if had been allowed to grow and thrive. This story builds straight out of that curiosity. We’re exploring the world of Inferno five years after the X-men failed to expunge the demon horde.”
Given this sees the onslaught of Limbo’s forces run unabated across the Marvel U, Hopeless confirms that fans should be prepared for some demonic version of Marvel characters show up in Inferno.
“Anything and anyone that stayed behind when the X-Men retreated has spent the past five year in hell,” says the writer “The demonic possession we saw back then was just the tip of a big scary iceberg. It’s like a cancer that has been growing and growing all this time. That’s right, a big cancerous iceberg of evil.”