Published July 18, 2023

SDCC 2023: 'X-Men Blue: Origins' #1 Reveals the Truth Behind Nightcrawler's Birth

Just announced at San Diego Comic-Con, 'X-Men Blue: Origins' #1 brings readers an X-story decades in the making this November.

Just now, fans gathered at the Designing the X-Men: A This Week in Marvel Special Event panel at San Diego Comic-Con to score a behind-the-scenes look at the current state of X-Men and get a tease at what’s next for the mutant mythos straight from Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, Editor Sarah Brunstad, and more!

Amongst exciting teasers for the X-Men’s next era was the announcement of a brand-new one-shot that will shed light on a historic Marvel Comics mystery: X-MEN BLUE: ORIGINS #1! Written by mind-bending X-Men scribe Si Spurrier and drawn by acclaimed artist Wilton Santos, X-MEN BLUE: ORIGINS #1 will at long last provide the definitive origin story for Nightcrawler

Since his earliest days with the X-Men under writer Chris Claremont, the circumstances of Nightcrawler’s birth has been the subject of rumors, half-truths, and heartbreak. Now, Spurrier—who’s guided the character through the Krakoan age as well his upcoming journey through FALL OF X in UNCANNY SPIDER-MAN—clears away all the lies you’ve been told and delivers the truth about Mystique and Nightcrawler once and for all! 

This is the one you can’t miss, True Believer! You think you know how the beloved blue devil came into this troubled world? You think you know the tale of his mendacious mamma Mystique? You don't! Mother and son reunite in a mold-shattering tale that exposes secrets held for decades and redefines both characters forever! 

"It’s not often you get the chance to shine new light into the origins of a truly beloved character. To do so for two at once is an unprecedented privilege," Spurrier shared. "With this book, we’re breaking new ground in more ways than one. We’re walking this path with the deepest love for Nightcrawler and Mystique, and the deepest respect for the formative stories that surround them."

"And yet… by shifting perspective… by wondering which parts of the standard history can be trusted and which are unreliable…  by climbing into the minds and memories of mother and son alike… we’re enriching their shared tale in a way that will cast fertile shadows across everything they do from now onwards. This is one of those books that will be discussed for years to come," he teased.

X-MEN BLUE: ORIGINS #1 cover by Francis Manapul

Written by SI SPURRIER
On Sale 11/29

Check out Francis Manapul’s cover now and don’t miss this collector's item in the making when X-MEN BLUE: ORIGINS #1 hits stands in November!

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