The X-Men just took over Mars in the Marvel Universe
[Ed. Note: Spoilers for Planet-Size X-Men #1 follow.]
Say you want to throw a party, and you really want him to make a statement. There are a lot of ways to do it: apps that kill, a sick DJ, maybe bring in celebrities. Or, you could do what the X-Men did this week Planet-Size X-Men # 1, and terraform all of Mars, make it habitable for mutants overnight and declare he the capital of our solar system instead of Earth.
Planet-Size X-Men # 1 is a unique story about the culmination of the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala, a party of high society where mutants of Earth, now established as a sovereign nation on the living island of Krakoa, invited luminaries from human culture norms exclusively to watch mutants flex. Throughout the gala, which takes place in most of Marvel’s X-Men comics in June, there have been hints of a huge surprise the Krakoans have prepared for the gala grand finale, and whatnot. isn’t just the start of the new, democratically-elected X-Men team. Rather, it is the unveiling of the mutant nation’s latest and daring power movement: the terraforming and colonization of Mars, which is now dubbed the planet Arakko.
This name will be familiar to readers of the recent X of swords crossover, which resulted in Krakoa reuniting with its sister island Arrako, home to the Arakki, a mutant-type warrior shard who has long been exiled to another dimension. Few of the X-Men comics have explored what that sudden reunion looked like, but Planet-Size X-Men suggests that the whole world has found the sudden expansion of Krakoa alarming, and that relations between the Krakoans and the Arraki are peaceful, but a little strained. The relationship between the Arraki and humans, well, the less we talk about it, the better.
Planet Arakko is therefore both an offering to the Arraki, a peaceful solution to their attitude towards humans, and also the most aggressive game the Krakoan mutants have ever played in the Marvel Universe. In the midst of a bold new status quo that already feels the human nations of Earth uncomfortable, Krakoa stood up and claimed an entire planet after making it habitable within hours. (Half the fun of comics is seeing how, exactly, they do this. Let’s say … they don’t. do not involve some psychic mpreg quirk.)
The icing on the cake? Magneto declares the renowned planet the capital of the solar system, to all the gathered dignitaries of the alien civilizations of Marvel.
It’s a bold, absurd comic book story that has all kinds of potential for future X-Men comics. It escalates tensions between the Mutants and the wider Marvel Universe, and shows the X-Men aggressively moving into morally grayer territory. (Is space colonization really the way forward for mutants? It sounds awfully Human of them.) It is the cornerstone of the Hellfire Gala, an event designed to celebrate the expansion and excesses of mutants. What makes it even more delicious is how it could also be the finest moment of mutant pride.