The “Dawn of X” relaunch kicks off with this week’s X-Men #1 from writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Sunny Gho – and the X-Men are right back in the fracas against Orchis.
But Orchis has something up their sleeves that could level the playing field against the X-Men – and which could threaten the peace of Krakoa.
Spoilers ahead for X-Men #1.
X-Men #1 kicks off the “Dawn of X” era with a bang, pitting a team of X-Men consisting of Cyclops, Storm, Magneto, and Polaris against an Orchis facility in the attempt to seize their technology and shut down their anti-mutant operations. With the X-Men easily shredding their defenses, the Orchis scientists transform themselves into super-apes to avoid capture and fight the X-Men, but are swiftly destroyed by Magneto.
While there, they discover a group of captive mutant children, including a mysterious, oddly-colored girl who Storm says is from “the vault”. She’s apparently post-human – like the future beings seen in Moira X’s sixth life – but she disappears before the X-Men can learn more or offer help.
Another Orchis facility down, the team returns home where Magneto is hailed as a great hero by the Krakoan children. Cyclops and Polaris discuss their homes – including hinting at a potential romantic connection between the two. Cyclops invites her to his private family home (The Summer House, a Krakoan habitat on the Blue Area of the Moon - where Jean Grey once died during the "Dark Phoenix Saga"), but she declines.
At the Summer House, Cyclops and the rest of the Summers family, including his brothers Havok and Vulcan, his father Corsair, his son Cable, his daughter Rachel Grey, and his wife Jean Grey (along with the visiting Starjammers) eat dinner and bond as a family.
Interestingly, a map of the Summer House and its residents (seen here) shows that Jean’s room adjoins both Cyclops’ and Wolverine’s, who lives there as well. This seems to imply Jean could be romantically involved with both Scott and Logan, with the consent of all three – as hinted in Powers of X #4’s Sinister Secrets gossip backmatter.
Back among Orchis, the remaining members of the anti-mutant group lament the loss of their compatriots – but reveal a secret ace-in-the-hole, a crystal that can apparently resurrect the dead Orchis scientists.
The story continues in November 13’s X-Men #2.