Ms. Marvel, Laura Kinney + more star in the revived ‘NYX’

Marvel resurrects an early 2000s title by the creative team of Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Francesco Mortarino.

Marvel is reviving an old title for a new run as part of the X-Men: From the Ashes publishing initiative.

NYX by writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist Francesco Mortarino will debut this summer alongside X-Force, Phoenix and the three X-Men titles that follow the end of the Krakoa era. NYX will focus on five young mutants — Kamala Khan, Laura Kinney, Anole, Prodigy and Sophie Cuckoo — as they navigate living as young mutants on the Lower East Side of New York City.

“This is the kind of book we came to Marvel to create,” Kelly shared. “When the Hivemind first formed, Collin and I bonded over books like Runaways, Young Avengers and the original NYX—stories that showcased that tense, wonderful place where the mundane world and marvels collided. And no book has embodied that more in recent years than Ms. Marvel—Kamala Khan is one of the most definitive protagonists in the Marvel canon and we’re deeply honored to be inheriting the character from Iman [Vellani] and Sabir [Pirzada], while chronicling a whole new phase in her growth as a young adult.”

Here’s Marvel’s description of the series:

This is a book about mutants living past the end of their world and into a new beginning. This is Ms. Marvel embracing her mutant life in the neon streets of the Lower East Side. This is Anole trying to keep his head above water. This is Wolverine in the shadows of Bushwick, protecting her own. This is Prodigy writing history as it happens—and Sophie Cuckoo finding her own way. The news reports are bleak. The streets feel dangerous. There’s something lurking underground. Evil coming from every direction. But they’re determined to make it. This is mutant community. This is mutant pride. THIS IS NYX!

“The opportunity to take on these characters is both an incredible challenge and an amazing honor,” Lanzing said. “Sophie, Anole and Prodigy have been personal favorites since their time on the New Mutants and New X-Men—in a sense, we’ve become who we are right alongside them. And returning Laura to NYX—while in a radically different context that centers her heroism over her victimhood—feels like the chance to really bring the character full circle and help her grow into the next phase of her life.”

The original NYX debuted back in the early 2000s from writer Joe Quesada and artist Joshua Middleton. The short-lived series, which suffered countless delays, featured homeless teenage mutants living in New York — including X-23, aka Laura Kinney, who made her first comic book appearance in the series. Originally the series was conceived by Brian Wood and David Choe as part of Marvel’s debuting MAX imprint, but Marvel passed on their idea and Wood reshaped it into the independent series Demo. NYX was revived in 2008 as NYX: No Way Home by Marjorie Liu and Kalman Andrasofszky, which ran for six issues.

The first issue of the new NYX comes out July 24.

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