Ed Brisson, Jonathan Hickman
November 6, 2019
IN PEACE ON EARTH
WHAT IS NEW MUTANTS?
New Mutants (2019) is a soft reboot of the young X-Men team. After House of X and Powers of X, the New Mutants settle on their new island home, the mutant nation of Krakoa. There, the original New Mutants meet: Wolfsbane, Karma, Mondo, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, Cypher and Chamber.
In New Mutants (2019) #1, Sunspot tells Mirage about the Sextant or the six ages of mutants. Let’s explain.
THE FIRST AGE: APOCALYPSE IS THE FIRST MUTANT
Eternals (1976) #2 marks the first appearance of the Celestials in Marvel continuity. The late Jack Kirby is their creator and is thought to have been inspired by Erich von Däniken and his ideas of giant space gods. Initially, it was thought that this race of space gods only created the Eternals and Deviants across the Marvel Universe. In reality, their experiments also led to the creation of mutants on Earth-616.
In addition, the Celestials are responsible for the creation of the mutant race of homo superior. Apocalypse is the first of the second generation of homo superior. Born a slave, he quickly rose to power in Egypt. When he found an alien ship he named the Sphinx, he made first telepathic contact with Eson the Searcher. Swearing allegiance to further evolution, he adopted the ship’s technology to enhance himself and his powers.
SECOND-THIRD AGES: OMEGA/ALPHA-LEVEL MUTANTS TO THE X-MEN
In the 20th century, the Earth experienced the first Mutant Boom. In the 1920s, several well-known mutants were born such as Namor and Magneto. Importantly, there were Nazi experimentations on mutants during the Second World War. Magneto came to adulthood and soon became one of the world’s first Omega-Level mutants with his mastery of magnetism. During that century, Professor Xavier was born during that same period. An Alpha-Level telepath, he committed himself to his dream of human-mutant coexistence. After the Korean War, he travelled the world. During an expedition to the Himalayas, Xavier met an alien named Lucifer that dropped a rock on his legs, damaging them. From there, he became paralyzed.
The late Stan Lee created the X-Men in the 1960s. Originally, it was due to large fan mails requesting that he break the solitary superhero trope with a super-team! Importantly, Lee gave his characters a similar condition by giving them mutant powers. When he tried to name them The Merry Mutants, Marvel disagreed due to popular misconceptions. In 1963, X-Men #1 was published with success! And Magneto featured as the team’s first villain.
FOURTH-FIFTH AGES: HUMAN-MUTANT CONFLICTS AND THE SCHOOLS
The mutant population exploded and increased to millions. When humans became aware of them, tensions rose. Among the mutants, the X-Men fought to preserve the peace. On the other hand, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants believed that mutants should impose their rule on humans. During that period, Dr. Bolivar Trask designed the X-Men’s mortal enemy: the Sentinels! For decades, upgraded versions of these robots hunted and killed mutants.
To protect mutants and promote mutant-human coexistence, Professor Xavier founded the Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters. Over the years, other X-Men continued Professor X’s dream such as the Jean Grey Institute For Higher Learning. At the same time, the struggle for recognition and politics derailed their mission. Over the decades, mutants remained persecuted. In the 2010s, writer Rick Remender and artist John Cassaday created the Uncanny Avengers after the success of AvX.
SIXTH AGE: MAGNETO DECLARES KRAKOA A MUTANT-NATION
In House of X (2019) #1, Jonathan Hickman ushers in the New Age of the X-Men. With the series on the decline for years, Hickman completely changes the status quo. Now, Magneto declares before the U.N. Council that the island Krakoa is a mutant nation. There, all mutants whether superhero or supervillain are living in coexistence while others are establishing colonies on Mars.