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"Manifest Destiny"
X-Men Manifest Destiny.jpg
Cover of X-Men: Manifest Destiny 1 (Nov 2008)Art by Humberto Ramos.
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateJuly 2008 – March 2009
Astonishing X-Men #25-30
Cable vol. 3, #6
Eternals vol. 4, #7-9
Secret Invasion: X-Men #1-4
The Uncanny X-Men #500-507
Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1-4
X-Men: Legacy #215-216
X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1-5
X-Men: Manifest Destiny Nightcrawler #1
Young X-Men #6-12
Runaways #10
Uncanny X-Men: Manifest DestinyISBN 0-7851-3818-8
X-Men: Manifest DestinyISBN 0785138188

"Manifest Destiny" is an American comic book storyline published by Marvel Comics through the X-Men related titles and a number of limited series, including a self-titled one. The arc was a follow-up to the storyline entitled "Divided We Stand" which started in the issues cover dated September 2008.

Storyline overview

"Manifest Destiny" deals with the change in the X-Men when they shift their headquarters from Westchester to San Francisco. This is the first time the X-Men have changed their headquarters since their brief relocation to Australia during the 1980s. This will be followed by "X-Infernus", the sequel to "Inferno".

Publication history

The X-Men: Manifest Destiny mini-series itself, is an anthology. The lead story is focused on Iceman and his journey to San Francisco. It is written by Mike Carey,[1] with pencils by Michael Ryan. There are two back-up stories in every issue, focusing on different characters (Karma, Boom-Boom, Nuwa, Juggernaut, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Mercury and many others) and their lives in San Francisco.

Plot summary

Uncanny X-Men

The X-Men open their new base in San Francisco and send a telepathic invitation to every remaining mutant on Earth. Their first fights were against Magneto, Sentinels and the newly formed Hellfire Cult. This is also the introduction to the Sisterhood of Evil Mutants and Madelyne Pryor is seen alive.

Astonishing X-Men

The Astonishing X-Men shows up with a new line-up (Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Storm, Armor, Wolverine). Their first mission was to investigate the murder of an undiscovered mutant.


X-Force captures Bishop and brings him to the X-Men Headquarters in San Francisco, while Cable is seen fighting in the future.

X-Men: Legacy

Cyclops secretly meets with Xavier as one last favor to his former teacher and friend. Elsewhere, the Hellfire Club is discussing Sunspot leaving their ranks and the void that leaves. As Sebastian Shaw tries to create some order, Castlemere and his newfound cybernetic "upgrades" lay waste to another member of the Hellfire Club.

Rogue makes her way to the X-Men's former base in Australia and ends up having a heart to heart talk with Mystique, whose persona is still in her head after the events in "Messiah Complex".

Young X-Men

Cyclops takes Sunspot and Danielle as mentors of the Young X-Men. After establishing an abandoned cathedral in San Francisco as their new base, the Young X-Men (along with mentors Danielle Moonstar and Sunspot) form their team which includes Ink, Anole, Rockslide, and Dust, but without Blindfold.

Manifest Destiny

Iceman lands at a hospital after taking a flight with Opal Tanaka, who reveals herself to be Mystique. Disguised as a doctor, Mystique injects Iceman with a neural inhibitor but he manages to escape and flee on a truck. Mystique finds him yet again and destroys the truck, much to the truck driver's dismay. Iceman saves him and asks him to contact the X-Men, while he faces off with Mystique and tells her to shoot him while looking him in the eyes.

Other short stories include:

Eternals/X-Men Manifest Destiny

The last three issues of the short Eternals (vol. 4) run[2] sees the relocation of the X-Men to San Francisco collide with Ikaris, his war with Druig, and the sentinel in Golden Gate Park. The final issue sees the X-Men assist with repelling the Horde which has been foreshadowed as coming since the last issue of Eternals (vol. 3) by Neil Gaiman.[3]

Wolverine: Manifest Destiny

Main article: Wolverine: Manifest Destiny


The following issues are related to the storyline:

Reading Order

This is the reading order based on the release date of the issues:

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

May 2009

June 2009

Collected editions

The storyline will be collected into a number of volumes:


  1. ^ Carey on Manifest Destiny and X-Men Origins: Beast, Comic Book Resources, August 28, 2008
  2. ^ Eternals (vol. 4) #7-9
  3. ^ Eternals (vol. 3) #6
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-04-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)