The X-Men and Swordbearers of Arakko clash in X of Swords key art

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X of Swords: Creation #1 (opens in new tab) artist Pepe Larraz and colorist David Curiel have joined forces to create a piece of key art showing the two factions at play in the upcoming 'X of Swords' 24-part line-wide X-Men crossover (opens in new tab) – the ten mutants who will wield swords of power from around the Marvel Universe against the mysterious Swordbearers of Arakko (opens in new tab) in a conflict that will put the whole world at stake.

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"The dark history of Arakko will soon be revealed, and when it is, the very future of mutantkind will be at stake. Now, witness the cataclysmic showdown between the sword bearers of Arakko and the ten mutants who will stand up to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa in Pepe Larraz’s breathtaking key art for 'X of Swords'," reads Marvel's description of the art.

"This fateful clash and many others are what await readers in this crossover epic written by Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, and all the current writers of your favorite X-Men titles. The next chapter in Hickman's bold reshaping of the X-Men that began in House of X, this story will stand alongside influential X-Men crossovers like 'The Mutant Massacre' and 'Messiah CompleX'," it continues.  

"The victories will be legendary, the losses will be heartbreaking, and the revelations will send shockwaves throughout the Marvel Universe. This sprawling saga will have a lasting impact on the future of the X-Men, forever changing the fate of the franchise's most prominent characters."

'X of Swords' kicks off in December with a pair of 'prelude' issues in X-Men #12 and Excalibur #12. Larraz will draw the one-shots X of Swords: Creation #1, X of Swords: Stasis #1, and X of Swords: Destruction #1.

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