Marvel’s ‘Knights Of X’ Assemble In April For An Epic Otherworld Quest

by Tony Thornley

In the ashes of Excalibur, April’s next Destiny of X title rises, as Knights of X takes ten popular heroes on a quest for the ages.

Knights of X #1 variant cover by Rod Reis

Excalibur’s final issue saw Betsy Braddock trapped in Otherworld, as Merlyn and King Arthur usurped Otherworld’s ruler, Saturnyne. In Knights of X, Betsy gathers Gambit, Rachel Summers, Rictor, Shatterstar, Bei the Blood Moon, Gloriana, and two more surprise members as they battle through Otherworld to save the magical realm.

From the press release: The gates to Otherworld are closed — and Captain Britain is trapped on the wrong side! Usurpers Merlyn and his right-hand man, King Arthur, are now in control of Lunatic Citadel. Furies the size of Sentinels raze villages to the ground in their hunt for the “witchbreed.” Cut off from Krakoa, Betsy Braddock is Otherworld’s only hero — and to save her people, Betsy must recruit a round table of her own. The Knights of X gather to restore the rightful order and rescue desperate mutants — but their quest is about to get so much bigger than that. This is the era of destiny…and the fate of Otherworld lies at the center of mutantkind’s future.

Tini Howard returns to the adventures of Betsy Braddock, continuing her tale redefining mutantkind’s relationship with magic. She’ll be joined by Way of X and Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men artist Bob Quinn, who is a rising star in the X-office (and frequently slips his creation Soft-Serve into the background of crowd scenes).

Knights of X #1 cover by Yanick Paquette

“At the end of Excalibur, we saw Merlyn take control of all Otherworld, transforming the Starlight Citadel into the Lunatic Citadel and raging his war on mutants from Saturnyne‘s former throne. Captain Britain stayed within when the gates fell, but even with the whole Corps at her side – it’ll take more than an army of one to bring down King Arthur and his Furies,” Howard explained. “You’ll recognize many of the Knights from Excalibur’s past – both my run and the classic – in a quest for a precious treasure that crashes our high fantasy tale into that most classic X-Men story – fighting for a(n Other)world that hates and fears them.”

“Tini Howard and Marcus To’s run on EXCALIBUR was incredible, so launching the follow-up series is equal parts exciting and intimidating,” Quinn said. “But I’m giving this series everything I have, I’m proud to say that these are the best pages I’ve ever drawn. Otherworld is a big draw for me. I’ve drawn midwest farms, New Jersey neighborhoods, and Central Park in my books at Marvel, and I’m excited to let my imagination loose drawing some of the weirder and wilder people and places in Otherworld!”

Check out #1 when it hits stands in April and stay tuned for more Destiny of X news!

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