Sunspot and Cannonball, together again in Secret X-Men #1 preview

Secret X-Men #1 excerpt
Secret X-Men #1 excerpt (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Who are the newly announced team the Secret X-Men? Despite the squad's name, the members aren't hidden at all - they're all the mutants who didn't make the cut when Marvel Comics had readers vote on the final member of the current X-Men flagship team (Polaris won, by the way).

Secret X-Men #1 cover (Image credit: Leinil Francis Yu (Marvel Comics))

The so-called Secret X-Men will come together in an eponymous one-shot from writer Tini Howard and artist Francesco Mobili with a cover from Leinil Francis Yu, going on sale on February 9.

Comprised of Strong Guy, Forge, Tempo, Boom-Boom, Marrow, Armor, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Banshee, the Secret X-Men will unite for a "secret mission to the stars," as outlined in Marvel's announcement.

What is the mission? Regardless of the subterfuge involved in their task, the Secret X-Men's goal is no secret to readers, as Marvel states the story will revolve around the Shi'Ar empress, Xandra - who also happens to be the daughter of Charles Xavier and former Shi'Ar emperor Lilandra.

Check out this preview:

Secret X-Men #1 variant cover by Tony S. Daniel (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

"We had to do it, yeah? And I jumped at the chance to tell the story while I had the time," Howard states in Marvel's announcement. "Cannonball was my vote, and Strong Guy? Tempo? Boom-Boom? This is the perfect team for an intergalactic X-Men mission. I hope they didn't forget anything important!"

One thing they didn't forget is new costumes, which they'll debut in the pages of Secret X-Men #1.

As for what it could be that the Secret X-Men may have forgotten, that may be the biggest mystery present in Marvel's announcement, with no direct indication of what Howard's tease could mean offhand.

Secret X-Men #1 goes on sale on February 9.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)