If you thought it was weird that Professor X would allow Mister Sinister to live with the X-Men on the new mutant nation of Krakoa, you haven’t seen anything yet. Beginning in 2020, this flamboyant “former” villain will be leading his own X-Men team.That’s the biggest takeaway from the announcement of Hellions, the latest addition to Marvel’s ever-growing Dawn of X relaunch. This new ongoing series will be written by Zeb Wells (The Amazing Spider-Man) and drawn by Stephen Segovia (Superior Carnage). Check out Segovia’s cover to Hellions #1 below:
This new incarnation of the Hellions is centered around characters like Sinister who once counted as enemies of the X-Men and now find themselves loners and outcasts on Krakoa. The new team roster also includes Wild Child, Nanny, Orphan Maker, Empath and Scalphunter. The lineup will also be bolstered by two more traditional X-Men characters, Havok and Psylocke.
“I can’t believe I get a chance to play in the sandbox Jonathan Hickman and company have so brilliantly created,” said Wells in a statement. “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.”
“I am HUGE fan of Zeb Wells’ work. The moment I read his Hellions pitch, I was blown away,” added Segovia. “It’s a new level of mutant stories and I was overjoyed and pumped to begin drawing it immediately. I can’t wait for you guys to see the magic we’re cooking up and I promise you’ll enjoy the ride!”
Sinister recently got a major revamp in the pages of Powers of X, as writer Jonathan Hickman and artist RB Silva showed off the sassy side of this iconic villain. However, that series strongly hinted Sinister is not a person to be trusted, so it remains to be seen if this new Hellions team will work with the X-Men or against them.
Meanwhile, Psylocke’s presence on the team should help cushion the blow of the apparent cancellation of Fallen Angels. In response to the series being absent from Marvel’s February 2020 solicitations, writer Bryan Edward Hill tweeted, “Due to some film/TV things I have in motion (that’s my main career and I have to grow it), I had to take a break after the first arc, but there are already plans to continue the story — in a very cool way…but I can’t comment on that yet.”
Hellions #1 will hit stores in March 2020.
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