what if the Krakoan Age began in the ’90s?

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After the unexpected reveal that seminal ’90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series was getting a revival during Disney+ Day, it probably won’t come as a complete surprise that today Marvel has announced a new X-Men ’92: House of XCII 5-issue limited series this April from writer Steve Foxe and artist Salva Espin. No colorists or letterers were named for the limited series. David Baldeón provides the cover for the first issue.

This isn’t the first time, the publisher has delved into the world of X-Men: TAS. During the Secret Wars event, Marvel debuted the X-Men ’92 tie-in series which led to a short-lived ongoing series.

What distinguishes House of XCII from the previous X-Men ’92 series is that it aims to incorporate the current Krakoan era of the X-Men. Here’s how Marvel describes the limited series:

Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should… But this won’t be the story you know. Expect the unexpected as the action, secrets, and high stakes drama that made HOUSE OF X such a masterpiece are shaken up in a totally new way!

In the official press release, Foxe described his love for the X-Men and his excitement about this project:

“One of my earliest memories is of buying a Garrison Kane action figure, complete with ‘snap-back living hand,’ so to say that the ‘90s X-Men comics had a big impact on my development is an understatement. Getting the opportunity to pay tribute to such an important era in mutant history 30 years later—and to remix the franchise-redefining work currently being done by creators like Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, and Gerry Duggan—is the definition of a “dream gig,” especially with some of the WILD deviations we’re taking from the source material. If I died tomorrow, I’d be happy…but please resurrect me ASAP on Krakoa.”

Likewise, Espin shared his love for both the X-Men comics and animated series:

“I started collecting comics with the x-men in the nineties. The character designs of this era have always been the most attractive and powerful to me, “I live in Spain so in the 90s, Marvel comics arrived a year or a couple of years later than their publication in the US. Not so with TV series. So just a few weeks after discovering Jim Lee’s incredible cover for X-men # 1, I was once again amazed to discover that the X-Men Animated Series was going to begin airing on Spanish televisions. Those comics and that TV series made my imagination fly and very soon I began to make illustrations and mini comics as a fan that I shared with my schoolmates. These were the first drawings that encouraged me to pursue the dream of becoming a comic artist. With this book, we intend to pay tribute to that powerful era that was the 90s. The moment when super heroes looked better than ever with colorful tight-fitting spandex.”

Look for X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 to arrive in stores on April 6, 2022.

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