By Jim Beard
Following on the heels of the current Curse of the Mutants storyline, X-MEN writer Victor Gischler unveils the next chapter of the title's ongoing X-saga this January in issue #7. "In Serve & Protect," Cyclops and team must lick their wounds from battling bloodsuckers and renew their relationship with the world as super heroes.
"I think the world needs them, but also the X-Men need to think of themselves as heroes because they've been on the defensive so long," explains Gischler. "Their collective psyche needs to heal. There is a whole, big world out there, and the X-Men have made a conscious decision to engage it in the most positive way possible."
The mutants normally scour the globe to root out and combat their
"As part of their initiative to be heroes, Cyclops has devised a way to monitor situations all over the nation," shares Gischler. "When the computer flags a situation that fits into a certain set of parameters, Cyclops dispatches a team to check it out-and they don't quite know what to expect when they get there."
Manhattan boasts many of the Marvel Universe's greatest heroes, but it's one web-slinging wonder in particular that the X-Men encounter in this new story arc and join with in confronting its villain. The mutant team already knows Spider-Man, their mutual acquaintance dating all the way back to 1972's MARVEL TEAM-UP #4, yet Gischler claims little time will be lost going over past grievances or nagging differences.
The X-Men and Spider-Man reportedly face off here against one of the Wallcrawler's deadliest rogues, an adversary whose identity remains confidential for now.
"Serve & Protect" also features artist Chris Bachalo, a talent Gischler's looking forward to working with.
"His work on the X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT one-shot was really top-notch," he says of the veteran creator's most recent effort. "I think we're gonna see some kick-butt stuff."
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