X-Men writer Matt Rosenberg took to Twitter to announce that Uncanny X-Men #22 would be his last issue in the series. Rosenberg also linked to an interview with incoming X-Men writer Jonathan Hickman.
In the interview with TV and Movies Dot Com, Hickman touched on how the idea for his upcoming titles House of X and Powers of X came to be.
Okay, so, for the most part, I don’t believe incrementalism works in fictional universes, and that, I think, is why almost every big franchise change that occurs has a delineated starting point. I mean, it does work, which is why the industry often abuses it as a sales tactic.
And in the spirit of ‘what works’ and also ‘what the market is used to’, I didn’t feel like just doing a new number one was enough. I also didn’t think that if we were serious about what we were trying to do we should have a mixed message in the market about what an X-book is.
So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe.
Hickman made the argument to cancel all the previous X-Men books in order to make his X-Men titles stand out and separate them from the previous runs. Which in turn led to Rosenberg’s book ending.
House of X, with art by Pepe Larraz, and Powers of X, with art by RB Silva, are both set to go on sale in July.