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Meet the new Marvel mutant weirdo in X-Men #11 preview

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Although technically an 'Empyre' tie-in, August 26's X-Men #11 looks to be unofficially a prelude to this fall's 'X of Swords' crossover event. 

Meet one of the apparent key antagonists of the event: the Summoner, from the Swordbearers of Arakko

This issue is written by Marvel's 'Head of X' Jonathan Hickman, along with series artist Leinil Francis Yu. Check out this preview:

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Marvel's description for this issue is a bit vague, saying simply "The trees are killing the children!" Our guess is "the trees" would be plant-like villains of Empyre, the Cotati - but could also refer to the trees on the island of Arakko, especially given the trees (and tree stump) in the above preview.

As readers of the current 'Dawn of X' era know, mutantkind has built a home on the living island Krakoa, even incorporating even mutants who were once the worst enemies of the X-Men into their society – including Apocalypse. Like Krakoa, Arakko is a living island (notice that their names are anagrams for each other) where Apocalypse once ruled, and where he maintains a cabal of warriors working on his secret machinations – the Swordbearers of Arakko.

There are ten members of that group: Pogg Ur-Pogg, The White Sword, Solem, Isca the Unbeaten, Bei the Blood Moon, Redroot the Forest, Summoner, War, Death, and a still-classified Swordbearer.

While the identity of that mysterious member has been kept secret, we've gone through the clues to speculate that it could be classic X-Men member Storm.

The answer to that, and more, appears to begin to be answered in this issue of X-Men which goes on sale August 26.

Chris has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the  2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the 2012 Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.