Marvel to Introduce the X-Men Version of the Illuminati


Marvel teases the introduction of the mysterious Eighth Circle in December’s X-Men Legends #10, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Dan Jurgens.

Fan-favorite X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza joins famed comic book artist Dan Jurgens for the formation of the mutant Illuminati in X-Men Legends #10.

The issue promises to disclose “startling secrets of the X-Men mythos” on par with previous “revelations like Adam-X’s true lineage, new motives for Apocalypse’s earliest battles, and more!” The book sees Mr. Sinister gather some of the world’s most intelligent mutant experts to discuss the future of their species. Those listed as members of the private cabal known as the Eighth Circle include Professor X, Beast, Magneto, Moira MacTaggert and Amanda Mueller. However, not everyone at this clandestine meeting is safe, with Marvel foreshadowing “at least one dead body before dessert.” This isn’t the first time X-Men Legends placed characters in mortal danger, so the suggestion of further peril should come as no surprise to fans.

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  • Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
  • Art and Cover by DAN JURGENS
  • On Sale 12/29!

“It’s always fun to write Mr. Sinister, and the opportunity to broaden a storyline that never got full traction back in the day was cool,” Nicieza said. However, the bigger attraction for him was the opportunity to collaborate with Jurgens, whom he considers himself “privileged to work with!” Similarly, Jurgens was excited to work with Nicieza, claiming, “When editor Mark Basso asked if I’d be interested in drawing an issue of X-Men Legends, I couldn’t possibly say no. After all, it’s one of the few top drawer properties that I really haven’t worked on. The fact that it was written by my longtime pal Fabian Nicieza cemented the deal. We’ve always talked about working together but weren’t able to make it happen—until now!”

The Illuminati concept was introduced in 2005’s New Avengers #7, where Namor, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Stephen Strange and Charles Xavier were revealed to have formed a high council of superheroes. The group assembled by Sinister represents a mutant variation of the same concept. Political intrigue returned to the forefront of the X-Men franchise during Jonathan Hickman’s run, with recent issues highlighting covert operations and shifting allegiances.

X-Men Legends #10, by Fabian Nicieza and Dan Jurgens, goes on sale Dec. 29 from Marvel.

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Source: Marvel

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