The Dawn of X panel at C2E2 just concluded, and there were some great announcements—but one announcement is sure to please X-Men fans. This July, the various X-Men creative teams are joining forces for the crossover X of Swords. X as in the number, 10. We don’t know much about X of Swords yet, but there are some clues to what the event might be.
Excalibur Writer Tini Howard and “Head of X” Jonathan Hickman are the X of Swords Masters
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The first part of the X-Men Crossover X of Swords was the writers at the helm, Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard. Obviously, since the entire Dawn of X era is his baby, Jonathan Hickman is writing a big chunk of it. Tini Howard’s involvement, however, might tell us a bit about the event. Howard currently writes Excalibur, the magical corner of the X-Men world. She also came up with the name X of Swords, which happens to be a tarot card. Tarot, magic, Excalibur—which is a mythical sword—it certainly looks like the event will revolve around magic.
X of Swords Is a Classic X-Men Crossover—Massive and Interlocking.
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While Howard and Hickman are writing the major beats of the crossover, X of Swords will involve multiple books, for a grand total of 15 issues from various X-Men titles. That’s a big event, but for X-Men fans, this is a callback to events like X-Cutioner’s Song, or X-tinction Agenda. After 2000, we didn’t see big crossovers in the X-Men world as often. Messiah CompleX, at 13 issues, came in 2007, and Second Coming, at 14 issues, released in 2010. There were other attempts at big X-Men stories, such as Battle of the Atom, and, for some reason, two events crossing over with Guardians of the Galaxy.
But there hasn’t been a really exciting event in this style since Second Coming. July will mark one year since House of X and Powers of X debuted. X of Swords is a great way to drive the momentum into the second year of Dawn of X.
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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.