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X-Men villain team Dark Riders re-made as Marvel's newest team of superheroes

X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MAN-THING #1
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

A new team of mutants will debut in May - a team of "monstrous mutants" led by Magik called the Dark Riders.

Magik's Dark Riders will debut in May 5's X-Men: The Curse of the Man-Thing #1, the third in a three-part limited series by writer Steve Orlando focused on the Man-Thing. Whereas previous issues spotlighted the Avengers and Spider-Man, this will spotlight this new X-Men team comprised of Marrow, Forearm, Shark-Girl, Wolf Cub, Mammomax, and the aforementioned Magik.

"Man-Thing's tragic curse has finally been revealed… but it's under new management! Years ago, Doctor Ted Sallis was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world...he did," reads Marvel's description of the issue. 

"Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged by fear-driven blazes, the Man-Thing must reckon with his past deeds if he hopes to emerge renewed and rescue a world on fire. But fighting from his lowest means that Man-Thing can rise to his highest, especially with the unexpected help of the X-Men's resident sorceress Magik and her debuting team of monstrous mutants known as THE DARK RIDERS! Magik will lead one of the most eclectic group of mutants ever assembled, a fearsome mix of fan-favorites and obscure delights: Marrow, Forearm, Shark-Girl, Wolf Cub, and Mammomax!"

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

May 5's X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 will be drawn by Empyre: X-Men artist Andrea Broccardo.

"It all comes together with X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing, and I can't wait for you all to see it! Andrea Broccardo's work bringing to life not just Man-Thing and his new nemesis Harrower, but Krakoa's iconic Magik and her team of Dark Riders has been nothing short of sensational," Orlando says in the announcement. 

"Regrown from nearly nothing, Man-Thing has returned to celebrate his 50th anniversary with a focus and intensity like we've never seen. Maybe he can stop the world from burning, but the real final showdown will be between him and the supernatural zealot that hijacked his powers: Harrower. Luckily, he'll have help in the form of Magik, intent on repaying a debt the Marvel Universe never knew was owed until now. Monster Mutant Mayhem as Man-Thing's 50th reaches its climax!"

X-Men fans will remember the original Dark Riders were acolytes of Apocalypse. Their name was up for grabs after Magneto decisively defeated them, marooned them on an island, then blew up the island in 2016's Uncanny X-Men #5.

Keep up to speed on all the new X-Men comics, graphic novels, and collections in 2021 and beyond.

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, 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 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.