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Dark X-Men
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The Dark X-Men
Art by Jae Lee
Group publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #513 (September 2009)
Created by Matt Fraction
Terry Dodson
In-story information
Type of organization Team
Agent(s) Current Roster:
Dark Beast
Mimic
Mystique (leader)
Weapon Omega
Former Members:
Cloak
Dagger
Daken
Emma Frost (former leader)
Namor
Dark X-Men
Series publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Superhero
Publication date (Dark X-Men: The Beginning)
September – October 2009
(Dark X-Men)
January 2010 — Present
Number of issues Dark X-Men: The Beginning
3
Dark X-Men
5
Creative team
Writer(s) Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Paul Cornell
James Asmus
Shane McCarthy
Marc Bernardin
Adam Freeman
Rob Williams
Jason Aaron
Simon Spurrier
Dark X-Men
Paul Cornell
Artist(s) Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Ibraim Roberson
Michel LaCombe
Paco Diaz
Jock
Paul Davidson
Penciller(s) Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Leonard Kirk
Jesse Delperdang
Dark X-Men
Leonard Kirk
Inker(s) Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Jay Leisten
Andy Lanning
Dark X-Men
Jay Leisten
Letterer(s) Rob Steen
Colorist(s) Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Brian Reber
Ranier Beredo
Matt Milla
John Rauch
Edgar Delgado
Dave Stewart
Dark X-Men
Brian Reber
Creator(s) Matt Fraction
Terry Dodson
Editor(s) Daniel Ketchum
Nick Lowe
Joe Quesada
Collected editions
Dark X-Men: The Beginning ISBN 0-7851-4230-4
Dark X-Men ISBN 0-7851-4526-5

The Dark X-Men are a Marvel Comics comic book team. They made their debut during the crossover between Dark Avengers and Uncanny X-Men written by Matt Fraction, as part of the broader Dark Reign storyline.[1] Each member but Namor has been handpicked by Osborn for his own criminal agenda.

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Publication history

At the 2009 Emerald City ComiCon, writer Matt Fraction confirmed that the Dark X-Men would not be featured in a title of their own, but would rather be featured in Uncanny X-Men during the crossover with Dark Avengers.[2]

In an April 16 interview with Comic Book Resources, Fraction explained the whole idea behind the Dark X-Men was to create three teams; Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers, Scott Summers's X-Men and Emma Frost's new "Dark" X-Men.[1]

Comic book writer Jason Aaron stated recently that Mystique will have a short story in the Dark X-Men: The Beginning mini-series, but did not confirm whether or not she would join the team.[3] Similarly, Dark Beast was mentioned as featured in the first two issues of Dark X-Men: The Beginning, but was not confirmed as member of the Dark X-Men.[4] However, both of them were actually revealed as members of the team (with Mystique impersonating Professor X) in Uncanny X-Men #513, released on July 1, 2009.

Other members of the team Fraction chose include Cloak and Dagger, neither of which have had strong ties to any of the X-Men books. "They're here presented with a chance to have their reputations exonerated and their records sealed [if they join the Dark X-Men]," explains Fraction in an interview with Marvel.com. "Osborn presents it to them as the ultimate public service, [where] they can work off their past indiscretions—[such as] Cloak's dealings with the Avengers during the [Skrull] invasion."[5] Fraction reveals the more appealing part of Dark X-Men was to see how Cloak and Dagger react in a real superhero team scenario.[5] Cloak and Dagger's involvement with the Dark X-Men has put their proposed miniseries on hold.[6]

Another team member worthy of note is Mimic, who sees joining this team as a chance to do some good. Writer James Asmus explained: "To actually be invited onto a team—and one working for the government, no less—gives him a vote of confidence that was sorely needed in his life. Unfortunately for Cal, he doesn't realize he didn't sign up with the good guys."[7] The first issue of Dark X-Men: The Beginning will feature stories about Namor, Mimic and Dark Beast. The second featured stories about Cloak & Dagger, Weapon Omega and Daken. The third featured stories about Emma Frost & Namor, Mystique & Norman trying to recruit Aurora.

Following the conclusion of Utopia a 5-issue mini-series titled Dark X-Men, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Leonard Kirk. The team roster will include Dark Beast, Mimic, Mystique, and Weapon Omega, and will show the re-emergence of Nate Grey.

Bibliography

  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1-3
  • Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1
  • Uncanny X-Men #513-514
  • Dark Avengers #7-8
  • Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1
  • Dark X-Men: The Confession #1
  • X-Men: Legacy #226-227
  • Dark X-Men #1-5
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Collected editions

The different series are being collected into individual volumes:

  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning (collects Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1-3, and X-Men Legacy #226-227, 176 pages, hardcover, December 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4230-4)
  • Dark X-Men (collects Dark X-Men #1-5, 120 pages, premiere hardcover, June 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4526-5)

As are other appearances:

  • Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (Collects X-Men #513-514, Dark Avengers #7-8, Dark X-men: The Beginning 1-3, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, and Utopia Finale, 368 pages, hardcover, December 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4233-9, softcover, April 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4234-7)

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