The secret is coming! In the pages of Uncanny X-Men, Brian Bendis is enjoying teasing us with a tremendous secret that is going to redefine the X-Men. He thinks it’s the biggest secret of X-history; in response, I figure it’s time to count out what I feel are the top five X-secrets!
FIVE: X-Force – Nobody Knows
Unusually enough, the existence of X-Force was a secret that all the readers knew about. Whereas most secrets in the X-universe are retcons designed to explain away the latest plot-point, this was a ticking time-bomb that we always knew was going to blow up in the faces of Cyclops and Wolverine.
In the aftermath of Messiah Complex, Cyclops had a new X-Force formed – a mutant kill-team with a mandate to kill the enemies of mutantkind. They didn’t do a particularly good job, frankly, with their methods seeming to only concentrate enemy forces. It’s a telling point that, for all X-Force had slaughtered their way through Purifiers, Bastion still had a lot of ammunition left over to fire at Utopia in Second Coming. Meanwhile, Wolverine and Cyclops routinely clashed, even coming to blows over Cyclops’ use of X-23 as a member. It arguably set the scene for Schism, with Logan coming to believe children shouldn’t be soldiers.
All this being said, X-Force do have one key achievement behind them; if Cyclops hadn’t sent them into the future to help save Hope from Bishop in Messiah War, odds are the girl would have been killed, and the mutant race would never have been reignited.
X-Force was explosively revealed at the beginning of Second Coming but, bar a few awkward conversations, the impact was surprisingly muted. Wolverine then formed another iteration of X-Force, kept secret even from Cyclops and secretly transcending the Schism. That didn’t turn out well either, with this essentially kicking off the Dark Angel Saga and the near-world-destroying plans of the Apocalypse Twins.
- Related: A New Breed of X-Men: X-23