The New Charles Xavier School for Gifted Mutants isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: The food is so-so, and it’s cold eleven out of twelve months, not to mention the creepy bunker vibes with mysterious tech popping up all over the place. But for the latest mutants to take on the mantle of X-Men, it’s home. Under the stewardship of Emma Frost, Cyclops, and Magneto, these new recruits learn to control their powers and defeat villainy. Yet danger lurks within the academy, and it isn’t just monsters or evil geniuses. Now, these fresh X-Men must take what they’ve learned and put their unique powers to the test against unexpected adversaries – from cyborgs and the undead to temporal chaos, and even alternate versions of themselves.
includes the following stories:
Your Fifteen Minutes by Jaleigh Johnson
When a telepathic training exercise led by the Stepford Cuckoos goes awry, Fabio Medina “Goldballs” gets his wish to be an undisputed hero as his consciousness is swept up in a series of vivid hallucinations that transform him into a Bogart-like hero to a cool-as-John-Wick action star. But when these illusions threaten his life, Fabio and the Stepford Cuckoos have to band together to break free from the telepathic prison before someone dies a hero.
Call of the Dark by Robbie MacNiven
After struggling to deal with high-intensity, darkness-focused training sessions, Graymalkin decides to acclimate himself at his own pace by secretly entering the dark caverns and abandoned rooms beneath the school’s depths. What waits for him is a doppelgänger with evil intent and a Weapons X device of a foul nature. Soon, Graymalkin realizes that there is a dark side to everything and everyone as he comes to terms with his own fears.
Uncatchable by Cath Lauria
Hijack is looking for some R&R at a hundred miles an hour at a street race, but when Cipher ends up tagging along and uncovers the cartel gun-running operation, it looks like the Fast and the Furious dream just became way more real than expected. Being an X-Men is more than just fighting of Sentinels and world-enders, and now Hijack and Cipher must use their powers to help the cops… er, Mounties, keep the community safe.
Eye of the Storm by Amanda Bridgeman
While saving a nearby town from flooding during a storm, Shark Girl, Dust, and Rockslide discover a secret tunnel with a diabolical foe bent on destroying organic life in favor of a mechanical cyborg-driven future.
Of Dirt and Bones by Pat Shand
A Pet Sematary situation is going on at the New Charles Xavier School, with animals crawling from the forest! Phoebe Cuckoo, Triage, and Morph must use their unique powers to investigate the cause of this macabre reanimation.
Kid Omega Faces the Music by Neil Kleid
When Kid Omega and his BFF Glob skip a day of boring lessons to fangirl over Wonder Man, they are caught in a botched case of time-travel kidnapping, sending them shooting through some of the greatest moments in X-Men history. Will Quentin Quire embrace the heroics in chaos and learn the value of friendship? More importantly, will he score an excellent Simon Williams souvenir along the way? Cue guitar riff here!
Depowered by Carrie Harris
When Dani Moonstar and Polaris seek out the New Charles Xavier School to find a solution for losing their mutant powers after M-Day, they accidentally bring Sentinels down on the institute. Now, Triage, Tempus, and the rest of the students must protect their school’s secret location and defeat Sentinels on their own. Good thing they’ve trained for this, but can Triage and Tempus put their experience to good use when it matters most?