You may have heard that the X-Men recently suffered a big setback — but while the team’s overall future is in question, this one part is not. None other than Rob Liefeld will return to Marvel to introduce his brand new mutant character: Major X.
Liefeld is famous — or, some would say, infamous — for the impact his dynamic, unschooled linework and action-forward plotting had on Marvel Comics in the early ’90s. With other Marvel creatives at the time, he co-created the characters of Deadpool and Cable, and turned the teen soap-opera series New Mutants into the mercenary-focused X-Force.
This spring, he’ll take the writing reins on Major X, an eponymous six-issue miniseries with art from Liefeld, Whilce Portacio and Brent Peebles. Major X himself is “a new character who is certain to mix up everything in the X-world,” the artist told Entertainment Weekly.
“He hails from another existence, which is called the ‘X-istence’,” Liefeld continued, “a mutant Shangri-La, a safe haven that has been a realm where mutantkind has lived in peace and harmony.”
But peace doesn’t last forever in X-istence, and Major X is forced to go dimension hopping into Marvel’s main universe — only he doesn’t wind up in the time period he was aiming for. He arrives in 1991, the heyday of Liefeld’s career with the X-Men.
“It was pretty exciting to put him [...] somewhere between New Mutants #98 and X-Force #1,” Liefeld told Marvel.com. “I’m literally writing the Cable and the Deadpool and the Shatterstar of my youth.”
Indeed, the cover of Major X #1, draw by Liefeld, shows Deadpool and Cable, alongside Wolverine, Storm and Beast. Liefeld is drawing the first and final issues of the miniseries, with Portacio and Peebles drawing the middle four.
Major X #1 will hit shelves in April 2019, and publish twice-monthly through June.