“The X-Men’s Marauders Are Out To Avenge [SPOILER]”
Of all the teams formed in the new Krakoan age of the X-Men, the Marauders are the most unpredictable and the most volatile — a worthy feat in a community that also hosts the black-ops agents of X-Force. If mutantkind is a family, the piratical Marauders are the cousin who shows up drunk to Thanksgiving and gets into political arguments with grandparents over the sweet potato casserole. But when you get past the facial tattoos, rum-running, and boat thievery, they have a commitment to a vital mission: to track down and rescue mutants that are unable to reach Krakoan teleportation gates to their promised new home. The countries that are blocking access to these gates aren’t going to let that happen without a fight, and the Marauders have suffered one too many losses. In April’s upcoming Marauders #10, the freedom fighters are going to make an example out of one particular oppressor… and it’s not going to be pretty.
The Russian military has proven to be a formidable opponent to Kate Pryde and the rest of her crew. Back in issue #1, Iceman tried to liberate mutants stranded in Vladivostok, but encountered a special Russian operative with power-dampening armor who blasted away his protective frost and left him helpless. The Marauders regrouped and Kate was able to take out his suit by sneaking up on him while Iceman kept him distracted. That was a handy victory, but the cover for #10 shows a full team of soldiers with power-dampening gear and a team of Marauders having a much more difficult time. (They’re also missing Kate herself, who seems to still be out of commission after a nasty betrayal from Sebastian Shaw… suggesting that he was right about her inability to be resurrected.)
This isn’t the only foe that has surfaced in the new X-books that have access to equipment that nullifies mutant powers. In the main X-Men title, an away team was utterly humiliated by a gardening club of cantankerous botanists wielding a sticky green substance that made any mutant it touched unable to use their abilities. In New Mutants, Armor and her friends have been taken prisoner by a South America drug cartel with power-canceling collars. The solicitation for Marauders #10 references this, mentioning that equipment that can render mutant powers useless has “fallen into far too many hands”. The preview seems to be hinting at a common origin for the technology, as if it is being sold or otherwise distributed from a specific source with designs on arming anti-mutant groups far and wide.
If there really is a dealer passing out power dampeners like candy, there are a host of suspects — the Krakoan mutants have plenty of enemies, especially as tensions with other nations ramp up into full-on international war. The Marauders may not know who is providing them, but they don’t need to know the source to send a message to everyone using them. The Marauders aren’t just seafaring party animals who liberate the helpless… they’re also the sword hand of the Hellfire Corporation, a cabal led by infamous elite mutants Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, and Kate Pryde. Anyone who tries to take their power away will learn the true meaning of “hellfire.”
- MARAUDERS #10
- Gerry Duggan (W)
- Stefano Casseli (A)
- Cover by RUSSEL DAUTERMAN
- A SHOW OF POWER!
- The Marauders set their sights on the power-dampening technology that seems to have made its way into far too many hands – most notably, the Russian Army. The Hellfire’s wrath with be swift and harsh.
You can preorder Marauders #10 at your local comics store before it goes on sale on April 1st, 2020.
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