Marvel.com is starting to roll out information on the upcoming Dark X-Men lineup, which includes Emma Frost, Namor, Daken, and Professor X.
Each of the profiles have had design pictures from Terry Dodson (such as the beauts above of Cloak and Dagger), as well as snippets from Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia writer Matt Fraction. Here’s a great highlight from the man himself, on these two runaways:
“They’re here presented with a chance to have their reputations exonerated and their records sealed [if they join the Dark X-Men]… 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.”
And I think Fraction’s take on an underused character like Mimic especially is interesting. Broken heroes are always fun to watch:
“They’re Norman’s X-Men in the same way that the Dark Avengers are Norman’s Avengers, and at the moment [he] has a tremendous amount of political and popular capital. So as far as [Mimic is] concerned, he’s part of a winning X-Men. It’s not about [the idea that] these kids have made his life miserable, but rather a chance to get on a winning team.”
Pretty cool, right? I’m curious to see how all these Dark X-Men break down in the grand scheme of things, and I definitely dig Marvel’s differentiation between mutants and mutates, and discussing whether or not Cloak and Dagger fall into one category or the other. (And I love the Cyclops war diaries, sort of picking apart these heroes and antiheroes with a general’s eye.) What say you, Rama readers?