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X-Men's 'X of Swords' event checklist (plus September solicitations) revealed

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With Marvel Comics getting back up to full swing in shipping weekly comic books following the industry-wide hiatus caused by COVID-19, the publisher is gearing up for its September solicitations with an early look at what's coming in the 'Dawn of X' X-Men line.

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As evidenced in the solicitation for Excalibur #12, most of September's X-Men offerings will be focused around 'X of Swords,' the upcoming first crossover of the 'Dawn of X' era which has a team of mutants wielding magical blades against an existential threat. As part of today's announcement, Marvel has revealed the full checklist for 'X of Swords' as well.

Excalibur #12 sets the stage for the event's kick-off, with Apocalypse manipulating Rictor into an ancient ritual – something the villain's been working on since the series began. X of Swords officially starts with the Creation one-shot, marked as 'Chapter One', with subsequent chapters marked in Marvel's other September X-Men titles.

Here are Marvel's September solicitations for Excalibur #12, X-Men #12, X of Swords: Creation #1, and X-Factor #4:

Excalibur #12

Written by Tini Howard
Art by Marcus To
Cover by Mahmud Asrar

X of Swords - secrets of the book!
With Rictor in his clutches, Apocalypse must survive long enough to begin the ritual he has waited on for eons.

X-Men #12

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art and cover by Leinil Francis Yu

X of Swords - The Summoning begins!
A lead-in to the biggest X-story of the year.

X of Swords: Creation #1 (Chapter 1)

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Pepe Larraz
Cover by Pepe Larraz & Mark Brooks

X of Swords - Chapter 1
A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies.

X-Factor #4 (Chapter 2)

Written by Leah Williams
Art by Carlos Gomez
Cover by Ivan Shavrin

X of Swords - Chapter 2
Death and rebirth. Corruption. A dark discovery.

George Marston
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)