Liefeld, Portacio return to the X-Men with ‘Major X’

The mysterious character from another reality will make his debut in April.

Before moving on to help found Image Comics, Rob Liefeld and Whilce Portacio left their mark on Marvel’s X-Men titles in the early 1990s. They worked on X-Force and Uncanny X-Men, respectively, and between them created or co-created iconic characters like Deadpool, Cable, Bishop and more.

Now the two creators are returning to the X-corner of the Marvel Universe with the introduction of Major X, a mysterious new character who is getting his own six-issue miniseries. The series will run bi-weekly from April through June. It’s written by Liefeld, who will share art duties with Portacio and Brent Peeples (Titans, New Super-Man).

“I know my way around a good character design, it’s something I’m proud of,” Liefeld told Entertainment Weekly. “I made my name creating tons of characters. It was out of necessity: I had a book that needed a shot in the arm, so I gave it a shot in the arm and we changed the culture. But the opportunity to put a bunch of new X-Men toys in the sandbox does not lose its excitement.”

Major X hails from an alternate reality called the “X-istence” — “a mutant Shangri-La,” according to Liefeld. But something terrible happens there, and Major X ends up transported to the Marvel Universe circa 1991 — which also happens to be the year that another Liefeld creation, Deadpool, debuted.

“It’s 1991 again, I’m jamming with Whilce, we’re making X-Men comics,” Liefeld said. “It’s myself, Brent Peeples, and Whilce. We are handling the art. I’m the bookends, and then Brent and Whilce are the middle chapters. There’s a pride of ownership when you go this is my team, we’re gonna introduce Major X and these new concepts. Marvel gave me six issues to tell the story, and I’ve seen three so far. It’s explosive, it’s jam-packed.”

Here’s the cover to the first issue:

“I still remember when Rob made his Marvel debut, and the impact his art and storytelling had on comics,” said Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “The energy and enthusiasm Rob brings to comics and every page he draws is still felt to this day, and it’s a joy to have him return to his roots with the X-Men. Rob may have started developing these X-ideas 30 years ago, but his story will leave an indelible mark on our modern mutants!”

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