Pullbox Previews: Fall of the House of X & Rise of the Powers of X

 In 2019’s HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, visionary writer Jonathan Hickman reshaped the X-Men mythos with the founding of Krakoa, the discovery of mutant resurrection, the reveal of Moira MacTaggert’s past lives, and a glimpse into a shocking future where mutantkind was crushed under the might of the Sentinels, Nimrod, and post-humanity! In January, these critical plot threads and more come to a head in the finale of the Krakoan age: Gerry Duggan and Lucas Werneck’s FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X and Kieron Gillen and R.B. Silva’s RISE OF THE POWERS OF X. This all-new pair of interconnected series crafted by some the X-Men’s chief world builders will deliver the climactic ending to over four years of revolutionary mutant storytelling and positions the X-Men for their next great evolution! The saga kicks off with two pivotal battles as a classic lineup of iconic X-Men have their long-awaited showdown with Orchis while in the future, a small band of surviving X-Men struggle with their stolen destiny.

Krakoa, the living island nation that’s welcomed, protected, and advanced mutantkind, has fallen! Now, the scattered X-Men recover and regroup in the FALL OF X era, bracing themselves for the fight to restore hope! It’ll be a war across space and time that will be fought on two fronts: the present-day in FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X and the not-so-distant and the far future in RISE OF THE POWERS OF X. All of mutantkind has a role to play but two squads of X-Men will be at the forefront in the opening issues.

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X #1 will follow a team of Xavier’s most dedicated students—Shadowkat, Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rogue, and Gambit—as they seek to crush Orchis, the group of villains that brought down Krakoa. Set 10 years into a dark future, RISE OF THE POWER OF X #1 will introduce a new team of X-Men—m Shadowtiger, Iron Man, Synch, Captain Krakoa, and Wolverine— who are ready to make a bold sacrifice to prevent an even more tragic fate for mutantkind. Epic in scale with stakes beyond measure, both missions are vital in the struggle not just for mutant survival but for all existence!

Today, fans can get a sneak peek at all that’s to come in never-before-seen artwork from FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X #1 and RISE OF THE POWERS OF X #1. The new preview showcases both present and future X-Men teams in action against Nimrod and Omega Sentinel, plus a look at dramatic moments like Cyclops’s trial, Professor X’s desperate call for help from Krakoa, Emma Frost’s last stand, and Moira MacTaggert mapping out her endgame. 

On penning the final chapter of Krakoa, Gillen said, “I’m trying to not let the responsibility of it get to me – the Krakoan age, above anything else, is a story. Stories are about their structure – the potential of the opening, the developing richness of the middle and (relevantly) the elegance and/or sledgehammer to the face of the denouement. I only got into comics to do good work. I need this to be good, and I think it is.”

Be there for the latest mutant milestone in the X-Men’s 60 year history when FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X and RISE OF THE POWERS OF X hit stands in January. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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Updated: November 16, 2023 — 9:25 am

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