Marvel’s X-Men Legends title was created as a sandbox for titular X-Men creative legends to return to the franchise to continue classic storylines. But while December’s X-Men: Legends #10 welcomes back iconic ’90’s X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza for his second story, he’ll be joined by fan-favorite veteran comic book writer-artist Dan Jurgens drawing Marvel’s merry mutants for the very first time.
Nicieza’s first storyline tackled the long-time question about the third Summers’ brother Adam X, and this time the writer will stick with the numerical theme to introduce the Eighth Circle, which appears to be a new concept (although based on the art and the conceit of the title, set in the past), which Marvel describes as the mutant community’s own Illuminati, a theme that has been prevalent in today’s Krakoa X-Men era.
The players involved are Professor X, Beast, Magneto, Moira MacTaggert, and Amanda Mueller, a character Nicieza introduced in the ’00s in Gambit. Mr. Sinister summons them to talk about “the evolution Homo superior.” However, Sinister’s agenda is likely self-involved. Marvel also promises that there will be at least one dead body by the end of his visit. “
Given how X-Men history has played out, our money is on Amanda Mueller.
“It’s always fun to write Mr. Sinister, and the opportunity to broaden a storyline that never got full traction back in the day was cool,” says Nicieza in the announcement. The real thrill was working with Dan Jurgens after so many years. This is another notch on my belt, for the great artists with whom I have been blessed to work! “
Jurgens says when he was asked to draw the issue, he “couldn’t possibly say no. “
“After all, it’s one of the few top drawer properties that I really haven’t worked on,” he says. The deal was sealed by the fact it was written and edited by Fabian Nicieza, a longtime friend. “We’ve talked of working together for years, but we weren’t able make it work until now. “
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