Move over Captain America - meet Captain Krakoa of the X-Men

cover of X-Men #6
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

You've heard of Captain America, but in December, you'll meet Captain Krakoa - a new mutant superhero debuting in X-Men #6 from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Pepe Larraz, with a mission to protect the world from evil just like his American counterpart.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

But the debut of Captain Krakoa - whoever they are - also brings some controversy, as it seems as though not everyone on the newly-formed X-Men team is totally on board with the new superhero.

"Whatever happened to Captain Krakoa?" asks the solicitation text for X-Men #6, which also points out the mystery surrounding Captain Krakoa's identity, and Cyclops' reluctance to accept the new hero as a member of the X-Men.

Duggan sheds a bit of light on Captain Krakoa's mission, explaining that, like the new incarnation of the X-Men, Captain Krakoa is a hero for the whole world - not just mutantkind.

"The Heroes of Krakoa have another gift to their home planet: a selfless hero from the shores of Krakoa who will defend Earth to their last dying breath," Duggan tells ComicBook, who previewed the cover of X-Men #6 and its accompanying solicitation text.

What's interesting is, both Duggan and the solicitation text seem to be setting up a key mystery around the true identity of Captain Krakoa and what it will mean for the X-Men. Though Captain Krakoa's powers haven't been revealed, the cover of X-Men #6 apparently shows them in flight, while also depicting a well-built, apparently male character.

X-Men #6 is due out in December. Watch for Marvel's full December 2021 solicitations coming later this month on Newsarama.

Stay on top of everything coming for Marvel's mutants with our list of all the planned X-Men comic book releases through 2021 and beyond.

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)