So far, we don’t know much about Phase 2 of Dawn of X—only that Benjamin Percy’s Wolverine will be one of them. But now we have the second title, Hellions, with Zeb Wells writing and Steven Segovia on art duties. The team Wells put together is…bizarre, to say the least. The book is kind of the X-Men’s version of the Suicide Squad or Thunderbolts, putting together a team of villains, but with a couple of heroes keeping them in check. So, who will be doing the X-Men’s dirty work?
The Three Mutants in Charge of the Hellions
(Image: Marvel Comics)
The “Professor X” of the team is Mr. Sinister. Yeah…that’s just where we’re starting. Sinister puts this team together, but he also chooses two classic X-Men. First, there’s Havoc, Cyclops’ more reckless younger brother. And then there’s Psylocke, who Sinister has been working within the pages of Fallen Angels. It’s the rest of the Hellions Zeb Wells is using that raises some eyebrows…
Zeb Wells is Bringing Together Some Weird Mutants
Aside from Havoc, Psylocke, and Sinister, we get some D-lister villains who would be disposable if mutants were able to die. Wild Child, Empath, Harpoon, Orphan-Maker and…Nanny. Can’t remember who Nanny is? Well, she’s Orphan-Maker’s partner, stuck in a cyborg armor that looks like an egg:
So terrifying. (Image: War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1, Marvel Comics)
Out of all of these characters, Empath is the only original Hellion. Oddly enough, though there is a Marauders book, two of the Hellions, Harpoon and Mr. Sinister, were actually original Marauders. How Zeb Wells will use this strange batch in Hellions will be fun to discover. “I can’t believe I get a chance to play in the sandbox Jonathan Hickman and company have so brilliantly created,” said Wells in the press release. “For my money it’s the most exciting game in town and I can’t wait to let this merry band of psychopaths loose in it.”
What is the Future of the Fallen Angels?
(Image: Fallen Angels #1; cover, Marvel Comics)
Psylocke and Sinister are two of the main characters in Fallen Angels, which is going to go on hiatus after issue six since Bryan Hill has too many tv obligations (he also writes Batman and the Outsiders…another great book). While the book hasn’t been marked for cancelation, it’s noteworthy that half the cast is going to appear in Hellions when Zeb Wells joins the X-office. Hopefully, Fallen Angels isn’t on hiatus for too long. One thing is clear—Marvel wants to make sure that Sinister and Psylocke are seen every month, so be sure to keep an eye on these two.
Hellions by Zeb Wells and Steven Segovia debuts in March 2020.
(Featured Image: Hellions #1; cover, Marvel Comics)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.