X-MEN's EXTERMINATION 'Clears The Board' While Unraveling MARVEL Timestream

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Credit: Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Marvel Comics

New details about writer Ed Brisson and artist Pepe Larazz's series Extermination are starting to emerge, and things aren't looking good for Marvel's merry mutants - especially the five original X-Men. 

According to Brisson, the X-Men have been out of their own time too long, and it's starting to have long-reaching ramifications.

"This series is about the Original Five - Jean, Bobby, Warren, Hank and Scott," Brisson told Marvel.com. "Years ago, they were brought from the past to our present so that they could see how badly things went wrong with their older selves and, theoretically, fix it. They were only meant to be here briefly, but have stuck around for far, far too long and their presence is finally going to have some very serious consequences - not just for themselves and the X-Men, but for all of mutantkind."

To be more specific, Brisson explained that the events that unfolded in the X-Men's past may be changing thanks to the absence of the X-Men.

Credit: Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)

"Our mandate going into this was, 'Your back issues matter,'" Brisson explained. "Every single Uncanny X-Men story involving the Original Five X-Men matters. If the X-Men are here, then they’re not where they’re supposed to be, fighting those they’re supposed to fight. What happens when that past starts to unravel? What’s the butterfly effect on our present?"

As for how literal the title "Extermination" should be taken, Brisson was cagey - but offered a warning.

"We’re going to be throwing readers a lot of curveballs," Brisson concluded, ominously. "All I’ll say is that this is a chance for us to clear the board a bit and that anything can happen to anyone at any time."

Extermination #1 is due out on shelves in August. The cover for Extermination #2, also seen here, appears to depict the original X-Men as mutant hunting Hounds in service of the villainous Ahab.

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