Momentum for Marvel’s Age of X is building! Check out this interview with writer Mike Carey and this interview with Vice President Executive Editor Alex Alonso about what to expect (or not) in this new X-Men storyline! Also, I highlighted an image from Age of X by Leinel Francis Yu in this post. Since details about this crossover are few and far between, I am going to simply present the character designs by the awesome Olivier Coipel (thanks Comic Book Resources!) for twenty one of the characters with a few conjectures on my part. Mostly, dear reader, I just want to oooh and ahhh at the gorgeous art with you! In the image above, there’s a wide range of characters to investigate, but once I realized that the female characters are the same as my favorite four women from the Australian Outback days, I got really excited! Storm, Dazzler (back to the short hair she used to have back then), Psylocke and Rogue? Oh yes, please!
None of the characters are listed in these images, but I think guessing who is who might be a bit fun. Starting on the left, that is certainly Gambit, Rogue, Magneto and guessing by the purple color scheme, I’d say that is Psylocke.
I’ve been reading on the CBR X-Men forum that some folks think the first person on the left is Legion, and that makes a lot of sense to me, but my first impression was Erg from the Morlocks, but perhaps he is Berzerker. The middle person is Hellion who recently lost both of his hands in the main X-Men reality. He’s missing a much larger portion of his arms in this redesign and looks to be manipulating his floating metal hands with his telekinesis. The identity of the woman is unknown to me, and I’ve seen guesses ranging from Wind Dancer to Unuscione, but I think she is Amelia Voght.
My guesses for this group (from left to right) are Sunspot, Dazzler, Thunderbird/Warpath, Jubilee, Chamber, Frenzy and Cyclops.
I think these folks are Colossus, Pixie, Storm, Namor, Avalanche, Cypher infused with Warlock and Cannonball. The idea of Storm and Namor is an interesting twist. I can see how two elemental characters with inflated sense of self (Carey has said that Storm will be even more uber in her goddesshood in this reality) but I hope this isn’t just a retread of how Storm and Black Panther have been represented (that is to say, lackluster).
Here’s an image of all of the twenty-one characters revealed so far, and here’s a link (spoilers) to the first Age of X historical logs in which the fate of one of the original X-Men is revealed. The Age of X is on its way!