Marvel has announced a brand new Original Graphic Novel called X-Men: No More Humans. Due out on 7 May 2014, the 128-page volume will be written by Mike Carey (X-Men) with artist Salvador Larroca (X-Men, Invincible Iron Man) tackling the interior art.
Marvel it touting this as the first original X-Men graphic novel since Chris Claremont’s seminal God Loves, Man Kills in 1982. Following the revival of the Original Graphic line with this year’s Avengers: Endless Wartime, X-Men: No More Humans will join Spider-man: Family Business in May next year.
The press release has the scoop on this exciting new graphic novel:
“We are so lucky to have Mike Carey, one of the most popular X-Men writers of the last ten years, who just happens to be a best-selling novelist, and Salvador Larroca, whose runs on X-Treme X-Men, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and Cable and X-Force earned him a place in all X-Fans hearts,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe.
Following the shattering events of the “Battle of the Atom” the X-Men awaken to find all the world’s humans gone. From normal everyday folks to the Avengers and Fantastic Four, all Homo sapiens have disappeared. It’s up to the disparate sides of the X-Men to come together, get to the bottom of this mystery and find a way to get the humans back. But do all of the mutants want their human brethren to return?
“’Battle of the Atom’ was the perfect launching pad for X-Men: No More Humans, in a lot of different ways,” states writer Mike Carey. “It raised, in a very direct and powerful way, the question of how the X-Men influence the world around them, for good or bad – and it introduced Raze – a fascinating new villain, conflicted and with his own scary and consistent agenda. I came in at just the right time to bounce off that.”
Carey continues, “X-Men: No More Humans is an X-Men story in a classic mold – one that pits the mutant heroes, not just against external enemies, but also against each other, forcing them to confront their own ideals and prejudices as they cope with world-changing and potentially world-ending events.”
In their heyday, the Marvel Graphic Novel line ran from 1982 to 1993, including the first official graphic novel under the numbered run, The Death of Captain Marvel. The eclectic mix included New Mutants and Marada the She Wolf from Chris Claremont, Jim Shooter’s Dazzler: The Movie, John Byrne’s The Sensational She-Hulk, Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz’s Daredevil: Love and War and The Death of Groo from Sergio Aragones to name but a few. Let’s hope this revival has as long and diverse a run as the original line-up.
The preview pages below are in black and white, but we can already get a sense of X-Men veteran Larocca’s sense of action and character.