The following contains spoilers from recent X-Titles, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
The X-Men’s political power plays and personal issues took a backseat recently, as — along with the rest of the Marvel Universe — the mutants contended with the threats presented by A.X.E.: Judgment Day. But as the dust settles from Marvel’s latest crossover event, plenty of threats have revealed their larger intentions to bring down the mutant nation and halt the X-Men’s ascent to power in the Marvel Universe.
While the X-Men end the event with some solid wins and even resolve some lingering threats, more lingering dangers have only become more powerful. Here are the biggest events from across the X-Men’s corner of the Marvel Universe, including how the fallout from Judgment Day is likely going to impact the future of Krakoa and sets the stage for the potential end of the X-Men’s current explosive status quo.
Judgment Day Ends and the X-Men Begin a New Era
A.X.E.: Judgment Day #6 (by Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti, Ivan Fiorelli, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) focused largely on the mutant community, who found themselves decimated by the assault taken on by the Celestial Progenitor. They were then targeted by Kraven the Hunter in X-Force #33 (Benjamin Percy, Robert Gill, Guru-eFX, and Joe Caramagna) along the way. By the end of the event, the team’s efforts have resulted in some serious new alliances that could seriously impact the future of the mutant race in the Marvel Universe.
Both the Eternals and the Deviants have created bonds with the mutants, which could even help establish some peace between those two races. Meanwhile, Jean Grey’s decision to open the Phoenix Foundation and become a figurehead of human resurrection is a big step forward for the Five’s interaction with the rest of the Marvel Universe. It could also help Jean finally come to terms with the acts that still haunt her, as revealed in A.X.E.: Judgment Day: X-Men #1 (by Keron Gillen, Francesco Mobili, Frank Martin, and VC’s Clayton Cowles).
Magneto’s Judgment Day Death Has Left the X-Men Reeling
While most of the world was restored by the end of Judgment Day, the death and destruction wrought across Arakko still remain. This means scores of mutants remain dead, including Magneto, whose death while fighting Uranos was one of the event’s most emotional beats. X-Men Red #7 (by Al Ewing, Madibek Musabekov, Dono Sanchez-Almara, Federico Blee, and VC’s Ariana Maher) quietly set the stage for Storm in particular to pick up the pieces left in the wake of this demise. With many members of the Arakko Great Ring dead in the attack and others, like Isca, voluntarily leaving their posts, upcoming elections could determine the future of the mutant world.
While Magneto’s death has already been shown to affect many members of the mutant community in profound ways — including Legion, who spends much of Legion of X #6 (by Si Spurrier, Rafael Pimentel, Federico Blee, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) reflecting on his final conversation with Magneto. It seems that Storm has also taken the death particularly personally. She was there with Magneto in his final moments and heard his last words. Already positioned to stand in opposition to the X-Men with her new Brotherhood, it seems Storm will increasingly embrace her path as the next generation’s Magneto. This development has already been teased for the Omega-Level Mutant and will play into her role in the upcoming Sins of Sinister storyline.
The X-Men’s Greatest Enemies Are Still Waiting to Strike
The events of Judgment Day also proved to be a surprisingly useful chance to settle some lingering conflicts. Wolverine’s Arakko rival Solem was forced to team up with Logan during the event to avoid the wraith of the Hell Bride. But the conclusion of Wolverine #25 (by Benjamin Percy, Federico Vicentini, Adama Kubert, Klaus Janson, Emma Kubert, Kyle Charles, Juan Ferreryra, and Andrea Di Vito) sees the pair escape together, seemingly resolving their vendettas with Logan. However, those two lingering threats to Krakoa weren’t the only dangers to the mutants, and further threats have begun to formally rally against them.
The X-Men’s mission into the Vault in X-Men #16 (by Gerry Duggan, Joshua Cassara, GURU-eFX, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) highlights how dangerous the variant species really can be. The Legacy House has proven an enduring foe to Logan specifically, cutting him to pieces in Wolverine #26 (by Percy, Juan José Ryp, Frank D’Aramata, and VC’s Cory Petit) for sale. Vampires still linger as a threat to the mutant nation in X-Terminators #2 (Leah Williams, Federico Vicentini, Matt Milla, Bryan Valenza, Carlos Gomez, and VC’s Travis Lanham), and Sublime has reaffirmed himself as a major problem for the mutants in New Mutants #31 (by Charlie Jane Anders, Alberto Alburquerque, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt)
But it seems Nimrod, Moira, and Orchis are the mutant’s ultimate foes — with Immortal X-Men #7 (by Kieron Gillen, Lucas Werneck, David Curiel and VC’s Clayton Cowles) setting up their involvement in the event and the ensuing popularity in the public eye teasing their likely role as a part of Fall of X. This is potentially upending the future stability that the X-Men have fought tooth and nail to hold onto. While the Celestial threat to the planet may be over and the war with the Eternals has been resolved, the X-Men may have far more personal threats to contend with going forward.