Immortal X-Men
Wraparound cover to Immortal X-Men #1 by Mark Brooks. From left to right Lactuca, Colossus, Sobunar, Storm, Nightcrawler, Mister Sinister, Death, Exodus, Black King, White Queen, Red Queen, Lockheed, Xilo, Professor X, Mystique, Destiny.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
GenreSuperhero
Publication dateMarch 2022 – December 2023
No. of issues18
Main character(s)
Creative team
Written by
Penciller(s)
List
  • Lucas Werneck
    Michele Bandini
    Paco Medina
    Juan Jose Ryp
Inker(s)
List
  • Lucas Werneck
    Michele Bandini
    Paco Medina
    Juan Jose Ryp
Letterer(s)
List
  • Clayton Cowles
Colorist(s)
List
  • David Curiel
    Dijjo Lima
    Erick Arciniega
Editor(s)
List
  • Jordan D. White
    Lauren Amaro

Immortal X-Men is an American superhero comic book series written by Kieron Gillen and published by Marvel Comics, which followed the Quiet Council of Krakoa.[2]

Publication history

Writer-editor Jonathan Hickman and artist/co-plotter Pepe Larraz created the Quiet Council of Krakoa in House of X #6 (October 2019). The Council appeared in many comics in the Dawn of X and Reign of X relaunches, creating and enforcing the laws of Krakoa; prosecuting and delivering judgement on mutants accused of breaking those laws.[3]

In March 2022, the council headlined Immortal X-Men as part of the Destiny of X relaunch. The series also served continuation of Inferno, vol. 2. It was written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Lucas Werneck, building plot points for the event Sins of Sinister. After being briefly transformed into the Immoral X-Men limited series, Immortal X-Men continued from issue #11.[4][5][6][7]

Fictional team biography

Dawn & Reign of X

During the events of House of X, Moira MacTaggert (mutant with ability to be reborn with knowledge of her previous lives) propelled Professor X and Magneto to create the island of Krakoa into the sovereign homeland for mutants. They designed the Quiet Council and Moira kept herself as hidden partner. She used her memories of how mutant nations failed in other timelines to not repeat the same mistakes.[8]

Unlike previous mutant nations of Genosha and Utopia, Krakoa invested heavily in developing and exporting medicine to the humans. Professor X and Magneto invited White Queen to join the council, along with her fellow Hellfire Club member Black King to facilitate Krakoa's economic activity. As per deal to join, White Queen also reserved the right to recruit a council member. White Queen requested Kate Pryde for the position of Red Queen. After accepting her offer, Kate took initially undetermined seat in the council, where she oversaw the Marauders’ efforts to rescue mutants who cannot freely travel to Krakoa.[9]

Apocalypse also took his place among the council after promising to obey Krakoan law when Krakoa offered citizenship and amnesty to all of the world’s mutants.[10]

The Quiet Council assembled for the first time after Krakoa’s recognition by United Nations to govern the mutant nation; establish and interpret its laws; and determine its official policies on a broad range of topics. The council established the three laws that govern the nation: do not harm humans, respect the sacred land of Krakoa, and make more mutants. After being judged by the council, any mutant guilty of breaking those laws is to be sent to the Pit of Exile and held in a stasis deep within the island. Sabretooth was found guilty of killing humans and was made an example by the council after being thrown into the Pit.[11]

The council also sanctioned several groups like S.W.O.R.D.; the intelligence-gathering team X-Force; the mutant investigations team X-Factor; and the Hellions, a team of potentially dangerous and problem-causing mutants overseen by Mister Sinister.[12]

The council also voted not to resurrect many individuals who were not considered separate individuals due to being clones. This decision was overturned when the Five (mutants involved in Krakoa’s resurrection process) petitioned after unsanctioned resurrection of Wolverine's clone Gabby Kinney.[13]

At the end of X of Swords event, Marvel Girl left the council to reform the X-Men, needing to act without council's politics. Apocalypse left both Krakoa and the council to join his family in the Amenth but it also brought Arakko and its mutants to the Earth. The council voted to approve Magneto’s plans to terraform Mars into the mutant majority planet to give them a permanent home, while also declaring it the capital of the Solar System.[14]

As a result, the precognitive mutant Destiny took over Apocalypse's seat on the council while Colossus took over Marvel Girl's seat.[15]

After Mystique resurrected her wife Destiny against Moira’s wishes, Professor X and Magneto revealed their relationship with Moira to White Queen, who felt betrayed. Mystique subsequently attacked and depowered Moira so she went on the run and started working against Krakoa. Although Moira’s role in Krakoa’s founding was kept hidden but the rest of the council learned about her involvement from White Queen.[8]

Destiny of X

Magneto retired from the council to Arakko. After voting, Hope Summers took over Magneto’s seat on the council so that she could represent the interests of the Five. Black Priestess, who was outvoted by Hope created a giant monster. The council successfully managed to kill Black Priestess, defeating the monster.[16]

White Queen informed the council about Doctor Statis, Mister Sinister's clone claiming to be the real Sinister, causing Mister Sinister to flee only to be captured briefly by Eternals. While Destiny informed them about upcoming conflict between the Avengers, X-Men and Eternals.[17][18]

During the events of A.X.E.: Judgment Day, the secret of mutant resurrection went public and as expected the Eternals launched an attack on Krakoa. Eternals were eventually retreated from battle by Progenitor, who addressed that people of Earth will be judged. Red Queen and Exodus were judged positively while other council members were not judged or received receive negative judgment. As this event led to the creation of a destructive Celestial called the Progenitor, members of the council fought alongside the Avengers, X-Men, Eternals and even with anti-mutant organisation Orchis.[19][20][21]

Team roster

Quiet Council of Kraka consisted of four sections of tables named on seasons along with an adjunct section.[22]

Autumn

The autumn table consisted of the most influential mutant leaders, including those who oversaw mutant-human relations.[22]

Character Full Name Joined in Notes
Apocalypse En Sabah Nur House of X #6 (October 2019)[11] Left to be with his family in X of Swords: Destruction (November 2020).[14]
Magneto Max Eisenhardt/Erik Magnus Lehnsherr Left to retire in Immortal X-Men #1 (March 2022).[23]
Professor X Charles Francis Xavier Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
Destiny Irene Adler Inferno vol. 2 #2 (October 2021)[15]
Hope Summers Immortal X-Men #1 (March 2022)[16] Represented the Five; left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]

Winter

Winter table consisted of the most radical and amoral mutants. Professor X and Magneto believed these mutants could create problems for Krakoa so they put them on the council to keep a close watch.[22]

Character Full Name Joined in Notes
Exodus Bennet du Paris House of X #6 (October 2019)[11] Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
Mister Sinister Nathaniel Essex Removed in Sins of Sinister: Dominion #1 (April 2023)
Mystique Raven Darkhölme Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
Black Priestess Selene Gallio Immortal X-Men #12 (July 2023)[25]

Spring

Spring table consisted members of Hellfire Trading Company, which oversaw the official and illicit distribution of Krakoan medicine as well as the imports/exports.[22]

Character Full Name Joined in Notes
Black King Sebastian Hiram Shaw House of X #6 (October 2019)[11] Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
White Queen Emma Grace Frost
Red Queen Katherine "Kate" Anne Pryde Marauders #1 (November 2019)[26]

Summer

To balance out the Winter table's influence, the Summer table consisted of the X-Men to represent Krakoa’s most fair-minded mutants.[22]

Character Full Name Joined in Notes
Marvel Girl Jean Elaine Grey House of X #6 (October 2019)[11] Left to reform X-Men in X-Men vol. 5 #15 (November 2020).[14]
Nightcrawler Kurt Wagner Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
Storm Ororo Munroe
Colossus Piotr "Peter" Nikolaievitch Rasputin Inferno vol. 2 #2 (October 2021)[15]

Adjunct

Adjunct seats consisted of non-voting members on the council, who represented the interests of the island itself.[22]

Character Full Name Joined in Notes
Cypher Douglas "Doug" Aaron Ramsey House of X #6 (October 2019)[11] Left as the council dissolved in Immortal X-Men #13 (August 2023).[24]
Krakoa

Other candidates

Reception

Ratings
Issue AIPT
1-2
3 10/10[17]
4 9/10[18]
5 8/10[19]
6 9/10[20]
7 8/10[21]
8 8.5/10[32]
9 8/10[33]
10 9.5/10[34]
11
12 8.5/10[35]
13 8.5/10[36]
14 9.5/10[37]
15 8/10[38]
16 8/10[39]
17 7.5/10[40]
18

In 2022, Immortal X-Men won the IGN's Best Comic Book Series or Original Graphic Novel[41] as well as Dragon Awards for Best Comic Book.[42]

In 2023, CBR ranked Immortal X-Men 2nd in their "Top 100 Comics of 2022" list.[43] It was also nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 34th GLAAD Media Awards.[44]

According to review aggregation website Comic Book Roundup, Immortal X-Men received an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 based on 133 critics review.[45] Many times, it had also been compared to A Game of Thrones.[11][46]

Collected editions

# Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen – Volume 1 Immortal X-Men #1-6 184 December 6, 2022 9781302928018
Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen – Volume 2 Immortal X-Men #7-10 112 May 23, 2023 9781302928025
Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen – Volume 3 Immortal X-Men #11-13, X-Men: Before the Fall - Sinister Four #1 128 November 28, 2023 9781302951009
Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen – Volume 4 Immortal X-Men #14-18 136 March 26, 2024 9781302953423

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