Update: Our exclusive debut of the cover art for X-Men: Grand Design, Second Genesis

Today, Marvel announced their latest mutant endeavor at San Diego Comic-Con, X-Men Grand Design, which digs up the historic dirt on everyone’s favorite mutants. X-Men history already stretches back several decades, with the classic team first bursting from the page in The X-Men #1 (1963). Over the years, the adventures of the X-Gene-enhanced spread from one book to dozens, creating a sizable legacy of diverse characters spanning several generations and different mutant squads like the New Mutants, X-Factor, and X-Force among others.

Over the years, numerous events, such as Decimation, Death of X, Avengers Vs. X-Men and Battle of the Atom — which brought the original X-Men, Jean Grey, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Angel into the present — also mucked up the timelines, creating complex histories and legacies. As a result, sorting out the current state of mutant affairs can be a Herculean task. Fortunately, some help is on the way.

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Marvel’s latest series, X-Men Grand Design, was unveiled at their first Comic-Con panel, the Next Big Thing. Created by Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Grand Design is a six issue miniseries. According to CBR, each issue will examine a different era from X-Men history, starting in the ’60s and wrapping up in the contemporary era. Marvel’s press release describes Grand Design as a book that “stitches together the stories of the important years of the X-Men. Bridging the history of everyone’s favorite mutants with the present day, it’s a title that truly sums up Marvel Legacy and its importance to the Marvel Universe.” The latest X-book is currently set to debut this fall during their “Legacy” soft reboot.

Marvel describes Grand Design as an “inclusive” comic, one that all readers can enjoy, meaning it will cover a lot of ground in a fun manner, similar to X-Men and Inhumans Prime during “ResurrXion.” While the stories will act as a stepping stone for new fans, old schoolers will also get a chance to visit memory lane, as the publisher notes the book is filled with “Easter eggs.” Piskor claims to have the first four issues completed, with another two in-progress. At present, the first issue is scheduled to arrive in December of 2017.

At this point, it sounds like Piskor’s tale will be a connective tissue, linking the sprawling mutant universe, which is particularly crucial during an era-spanning reboot like Legacy. The X-universe only grew by leaps and bounds after this spring’s “ResurrXion,” which launched nearly a dozen mutant comics. Since Generations will team classic characters with their legacy characters (such as X-23 Wolverine with classic Wolverine), a potentially perplexing endeavor, X-Men Grand Design should be a solid guidepost, helping fans new and old navigate the characters and their many, many stories.

X-Men Grand Design looks like a balm for those suffering from crossover burn-out. Piskor’s book should also shed new light on the twisting branches of the X-Men family tree while honoring these extraordinary characters. 

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X-Men Grand Design is slated to ship in December of 2017.

Source: Marvel, CBR

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