The Debut Of The New X-Men Team, The Reveal Of Mutantkind's Masterplan And More Await At The Hellfire Gala

The Debut Of The New X-Men Team, The Reveal Of Mutantkind's Masterplan And More Await At The Hellfire Gala


Jay Cochran - March 17, 2021
“Humans of planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed.” The now iconic opening line from House of X #1, the start of writer Jonathan Hickman’s radical transformation of the X-Men franchise, foretold the incredible plans that mutantkind was about to unleash on the Marvel Universe. This June, the X-Men set out to change the world yet again at mutantkind’s inaugural HELLFIRE GALA.

Yesterday, the first of many exciting new character designs X-Men artists have contributed specifically for the HELLFIRE GALA were revealed by Entertainment Weekly, and the world saw the meaning of “Mutant Fashion” as envisioned by superstar artist Russell Dauterman. Today, readers can check out the covers of all 12 HELLFIRE GALA issues, getting their first glimpse at the secrets, the battles, and of course, the fashion that await at this unforgettable evening.

These highly-anticipated stories will be told across 12 issues, offering different perspectives and viewpoints of a single night that will go down in Marvel Comics history. Throughout the event, fans can expect critical moments to occur that will shape the X-Men’s future as we know it—including the unveiling of the first Krakoan X-Men team, the final member of which was decided by a mega-popular Marvel.com vote.

The HELLFIRE GALA is the result of an epic creative collaboration of all the current X-Men writers and artists. Here’s what Gerry Duggan, writer of Marauders and the upcoming seminal HELLFIRE GALA one-shot, Planet-Size X-Men, had to say about working on this one-of-a-kind event:

“As the builders of Krakoa began discussing the gala within the pages of Marauders and beyond, the writers and editors began noodling on what the evening could be. At our X-Retreat just over a year ago in Chicago we had some very large story ideas and production plans that were ratified to give our artists the time they needed to collaborate on the designs. Russell has been an important part of the Marauders team from the beginning, and it only made sense to ask that he lead the way. The writers jammed on very simple prompts for a few of the looks, but by and large each character was a blank slate for Russell and our other artists. Our regular series artists were also asked to contribute around a half dozen high fashions, so if you don't see your favorite character on a cover, you'll likely see them at the party.

“We haven't sent any of these books to press yet, but I know we've already left a giant mark on the line with this party. The White Queen and House Carnation set out to create a special evening like no other, and it's going to make any other galas you might hear about look like a county fair. Not that it's a contest, but...Krakoa wins. The whole world's watching us now, so we must be nothing less than fabulous.”

Check out the covers and solicit text for all 12 tie-ins now and stay tuned for even more exciting news about the HELLFIRE GALA, including additional designs, variants covers, and more!

On Sale 6/2
HELLIONS #12
Written by ZEB WELLS
Art and Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
WHO INVITED THE HELLIONS TO THE HELLFIRE GALA?
Who thought it was a good idea to invite the antisocial HELLIONS to the fanciest bash of the year? Oh, no one? They weren’t invited but they showed up anyway? Yeah, that sounds about right.

MARAUDERS #21
Written by GERRY DUGGAN & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Art by MATTEO LOLLI & JOHN BOLTON
WELCOME TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!
The Hellfire Trading Company has put together the biggest event of the season – the very first HELLFIRE GALA! Everyone will be there – all your favorite mutants, their closest allies…even their worst enemies – for a night of dinner, drinks, diplomacy and deceit. Fireworks to follow. Plus: From the archives, a classic X-Men tale with our very first look at a Hellfire Gala by Chris Claremont and John Bolton!

X-FORCE #20
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art and Cover by JOSHUA CASSARA
INVITE-ONLY TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!
It’s party time, but somebody’s got to work it. And when invited guests (and a few crashers) prove to be planted antagonistic agents, X-FORCE will need to get their hands dirty and keep this all under wraps…before anyone catches wind!

On Sale 6/9
EXCALIBUR #21
Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
RICTOR HATES PARTIES.
Even the nice ones. And with Captain Britain’s return to a changed world, this one is looking to be not so nice. Excalibur’s Earth-shattering HELLFIRE GALA issue will change Krakoan diplomacy forever.

X-MEN #21
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, NICK DRAGOTTA, SARA PICHELLI & LUCAS WERNECK
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
THE HEROES OF KRAKOA DEBUT!
It’s a changing if the guard as the first X-Men team of Krakoa debuts! One era ends as a new one begins, and the handoff happens here.

On Sale 6/16
NEW MUTANTS #19
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by ALEX LINS
Cover by MARTIN SIMMONDS
AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO…
The HELLFIRE GALA is here, and the NEW MUTANTS have the chance to take a break from training the youth of Krakoa – an opportunity to get dressed up and get down. But not everyone is on their best behavior…and someone has vanished without a trace.

PLANET-SIZE X-MEN #1
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
THEY CAME TO SLAY!
The HELLFIRE GALA rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away. Make no mistake – this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month.

X-CORP #2
Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by ALBERTO FOCHE
Cover by DAVID AJA
A SHARK IN THE WATER!
After X-CORP’s shocking debut, they’ve got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly – a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox’s top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don’t get preyed on themselves.

On Sale 6/23
S.W.O.R.D. #6
Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.
On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together…as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium – and the future of human and mutantkind.

WAY OF X #3
Written by SI SPURRIER
Art by BOB QUINN
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
MAKE MORE MUTANTS.
It’s the Hellfire Gala hangover. Nightcrawler tries to root out the evil working to destroy Krakoa by investigating all its laws, starting with… **SEXY SAXOPHONE SOLO**

WOLVERINE #13
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
HELLFIRE COMPROMISED!
Can WOLVERINE and X-FORCE keep the peace or is the gala doomed?

On Sale 6/30
X-FACTOR #10
Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by DAVID BALDEÓN
Cover by IVAN SHAVRIN
THE LAST DANCE!
At the Hellfire Gala, SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED! VENGEANCE WILL BE HAD. And someone’s number is up. You’ll never guess whose.
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sentinelofliberty41 - 2021-03-21 @ 12:27 pm
On 3/20/2021 at 1:23 AM, Benn said:

But, but, but, virtually all of his examples were plot-lines from the 70s and 80s! What era are we pining for if all those examples were legitimate arguments for the downfall of the comic art form? He was saying that comics, and especially X-Men comics, have always been full of goofy nonsense, even during the eras that everyone agrees were awesome. I don't see what makes this any worse, despite having no interest in fashion personally. Or are we all absolutely sure the X-babies were a better idea?

It all comes down to the writing, which has frankly been pretty consistently excellent for the last year or two, as well as at various other times in the last 20 odd years. What Marvel has legitimately been bad at is engaging younger readers, which is why their sales are suffering. They let their audience grow up and are now dealing with the consequences of trying to cater primarily to increasingly grouchy Gen-Xers. In other words, there's nowhere to go but down. The nostalgia market doesn't have a lot of growth potential, it turns out.

Well, personally, nostalgia isn't really a factor for me; I just like good storytelling. My absolute favorite comics run of all time is Mark Gruenwald's Captain America and while it is magnificent, the dude made Cap a werewolf at one point for crying out loud. You're absolutely right, comics have always done goofy things and Cap-Wolf is just as cringe to me as a fashion show. And yes, I know it'll pass, it's just another hick-up in an otherwise good run but in the meantime, I'm going to think it's dumb and my original statement of stupid writing hurting sales is 100% valid in my eyes as it seems like this kind of weirdness keeps popping up in modern books.

Also, I do agree with you that aiming solely at adults has made a huge dent. Between shifting the books tonally towards adults only while also catering to film goers with some of the continuity changes, Marvel has done a lot of damage in the past few years. I've tried to get younger family members into the books and instead of having fun they just ask questions and become frustrated because the books were a bit too complex so they just gave up on them. That's extremely sad to me.

sentinelofliberty41 - 2021-03-20 @ 8:03 pm
14 hours ago, ADour said:

It's a fashion show for Christ's sake. It sounds so self-serious to act like this is some shark jumping stunt. And the storyline will obviously not be 20 pages of mutants walking down the runaway. Did you even read the solicits that clearly show the gala is a backdrop for the political and internal intrigue of the current X-books? You don't need to answer, it was a rhetorical question.

Eh. I still stand by my point. It's a dumb idea.

Bluecomet - 2021-03-20 @ 11:34 am

Wanted to get this variants, asked my local comic book store and they said it is an incentive variant 1:50 (distribution number)....it will be expensive to complete all of those covers.

ADour - 2021-03-20 @ 5:43 am
17 hours ago, sentinelofliberty41 said:

You're basically saying exactly what I am in your second comment. I don't disagree that X-Men is doing better than it has in years but it's crazy material like this and other Marvel books that has hurt sales for so many years. A fashion gala? Seriously? I don't know anyone who looks for that in their comics just as much as leprechauns or any of the other examples you mentioned. I stand by my statement that yes, things like this are why comics are at record lows.

It's a fashion show for Christ's sake. It sounds so self-serious to act like this is some shark jumping stunt. And the storyline will obviously not be 20 pages of mutants walking down the runaway. Did you even read the solicits that clearly show the gala is a backdrop for the political and internal intrigue of the current X-books? You don't need to answer, it was a rhetorical question.

Benn - 2021-03-20 @ 5:23 am
16 hours ago, sentinelofliberty41 said:

 

You're basically saying exactly what I am in your second comment. I don't disagree that X-Men is doing better than it has in years but it's crazy material like this and other Marvel books that has hurt sales for so many years. A fashion gala? Seriously? I don't know anyone who looks for that in their comics just as much as leprechauns or any of the other examples you mentioned. I stand by my statement that yes, things like this are why comics are at record lows.

But, but, but, virtually all of his examples were plot-lines from the 70s and 80s! What era are we pining for if all those examples were legitimate arguments for the downfall of the comic art form? He was saying that comics, and especially X-Men comics, have always been full of goofy nonsense, even during the eras that everyone agrees were awesome. I don't see what makes this any worse, despite having no interest in fashion personally. Or are we all absolutely sure the X-babies were a better idea?

It all comes down to the writing, which has frankly been pretty consistently excellent for the last year or two, as well as at various other times in the last 20 odd years. What Marvel has legitimately been bad at is engaging younger readers, which is why their sales are suffering. They let their audience grow up and are now dealing with the consequences of trying to cater primarily to increasingly grouchy Gen-Xers. In other words, there's nowhere to go but down. The nostalgia market doesn't have a lot of growth potential, it turns out.

MagnaPrime - 2021-03-19 @ 8:03 pm

I'll say this for the penance design designs.  I know nothing about the character but the design has me wanting to learn more.

sentinelofliberty41 - 2021-03-19 @ 12:27 pm
10 hours ago, ADour said:

Yeah, man. I'm sure sales are gonna tank because Marvel decided to slap some Met Gala outfits on the X-Men There's something funny about you saying stuff like that when this era of the X-Men has been selling like crazy and brought the X-Men back to the spotlight. But let's ignore that when we can pretend some silly outfits will bring the end of comics as a medium.

 

7 hours ago, ADour said:

Yeah, a fashion gala is too goof-ball for the X-Men. Marvel should return to something more grounded, like that time they fought a BDSM club, or that one time Cyclops got on with a girl that looked exactly like his dead wife and turned out to be a clone. Maybe have Wolverine lose his nose again. Why not have Professor X's time-travelling son try to get on with his own mother? Why not explore a castle full of leprechauns? Maybe have Cyclops psychically cheat on Jean Grey with Emma Frost.

Pffft.

You're basically saying exactly what I am in your second comment. I don't disagree that X-Men is doing better than it has in years but it's crazy material like this and other Marvel books that has hurt sales for so many years. A fashion gala? Seriously? I don't know anyone who looks for that in their comics just as much as leprechauns or any of the other examples you mentioned. I stand by my statement that yes, things like this are why comics are at record lows.

ADour - 2021-03-19 @ 5:01 am
2 hours ago, mako said:

Actually . . . yes. At least when goof-ball plots like that are the norm instead of the exception nowadays.

Yeah, a fashion gala is too goof-ball for the X-Men. Marvel should return to something more grounded, like that time they fought a BDSM club, or that one time Cyclops got on with a girl that looked exactly like his dead wife and turned out to be a clone. Maybe have Wolverine lose his nose again. Why not have Professor X's time-travelling son try to get on with his own mother? Why not explore a castle full of leprechauns? Maybe have Cyclops psychically cheat on Jean Grey with Emma Frost.

Pffft.

mako - 2021-03-19 @ 2:11 am
23 hours ago, Jeddostotle7 said:

You really think 25+ years of declining comics sales is attributable to anything as small and specific as "they did some interesting High Fashion-y outfits for a gala plotline in the X-books"?

Actually . . . yes. At least when goof-ball plots like that are the norm instead of the exception nowadays.

ADour - 2021-03-19 @ 2:02 am
1 hour ago, sentinelofliberty41 said:

No, I don't but things like this aren't helping matters.

Yeah, man. I'm sure sales are gonna tank because Marvel decided to slap some Met Gala outfits on the X-Men There's something funny about you saying stuff like that when this era of the X-Men has been selling like crazy and brought the X-Men back to the spotlight. But let's ignore that when we can pretend some silly outfits will bring the end of comics as a medium.

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