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Marvel's X-Men: '92 #1 will bring the '90s cartoon X-Men to modern comics

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

More than 20 years ago, a group of animated mutants swore to protect the cartoon world that hated and feared them, and now they're back, in a medium of which 1992 never could have conceived: digital comics.

We're excited to confirm what was only previously teased: Marvel's first title to come out of the company's summer event, Secret Wars, is X-Men: '92, a comic based on the '90s cartoon that launched the nerd lives of thousands of young comics fans. And it's coming to screens everywhere.

Says Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso:

For many of us, animated series based on the Marvel characters, with their exciting and accessible stories, provided a fresh new entry point for a new generation of Marvel fans. Now, through the magic of our digital-only Infinite Comic format, the new Secret Wars digital-exclusive X-Men '92 series will recapture the unique energy of the animated storytelling and continue to grow the legion of Marvel fans.

Books in Marvel's Infinite Comics are optimized for horizontal screens and swipe-to-turn-page reading. It's a bit hard to describe what's really innovative about the way the format updates "page turns" for touchscreens, but this quote comes close: "dynamic panel transitions and captions or dialogue boxes [...] appear sequentially on an image at the prompting of the reader." It's a cool experience that's miles more readable than the usual "motion comic."

The ongoing series' first issue will be available digitally in May, in print in June, with both issues priced at $3.99. Scott Koblish will be providing art, and co-writing duties will be shared by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, both big fans of the animated X-Men series.

"I was ten years old in 1992," Sims told us, "and that was the perfect time to get into the X-Men. There was just so much going on, and all those complicated stories and over-the-top characters were just so enticing, and not just because they were time-travelers with huge guns and scrappy little dudes with knives on their hands. It was this whole weird, complex world that I wanted to see more of, and now we're getting the chance to go in and make it even weirder."

The solicit for X-Men '92 #1 follows:

X-MEN '92 #1

Chris Sims & Chad Bowers (w), Scott Koblish (a)

  • Everyone's favorite version of the X-Men from the '90s is back!
  • When Baron Kelly charges the Clear Mountain Project and it's mysterious new director with "mutant rehabilitation," it's up to the X-Men to investigate!
  • PLUS: Free Range Sentinels?!?

Here's a complete look at Pepe Larraz's gorgeous cover:

X-Men 92 Hi Res

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