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Marvel Comics announces the Eternals, X-Men and Avengers will fight in its upcoming Judgment Day event, which will be written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Valerio Schiti.
Three of Marvel Comics’ biggest teams — the X-Men, Eternals and Avengers — will go to war in the publisher’s upcoming Judgment Day event.
According to the press release from Marvel Comics, Judgment Day will be written by Kieron Gillen (Eternals) and illustrated by Valerio Schiti (Empyre), with Marte Gracia (Planet Size X-Men) coloring the book. In the book, the Eternals will discover a truth about mutantkind that will lead them into conflict with the X-Men at a time when that group is at the apex of its power. While that’s going on, the Avengers — who are headquartered inside a fallen Celestial — discover a truth. This leads to the Avengers trying to prevent “a potentially apocalyptic war” while “the Eternals brazenly target the mutant nation of Krakoa.”
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However, as the plot synopsis from the press release explains, “This is no simple conflict. The Eternals’ purpose cannot be denied and mutantkind’s future will not be threatened. And after the opening battles, new players and revelations for both sides will emerge as the inhabitants of the Marvel Universe are JUDGED by the greatest power they’ve ever come into contact with.”
Speaking about the chance to write an event, Gillen said, “There’s a classic metaphor to describe the Marvel Universe – a toybox, which creators take toys out of, play with and put back. I get it, but it’s never quite how I’ve seen it – I think ‘play’ in another way. I think of a music shop, with all these instruments with their different qualities suggesting different songs, different stories. For all the Marvel instruments I’ve played, I’ve never written an event. Writing an event is something different. It’s not like playing an instrument. It’s having all the instruments in the Marvel music shop. That’s not like writing a song. That’s like writing a symphony.”
He continued, “I looked at everything in Eternals and Immortal X-Men and everything else all the X and Avengers writers have done and thought… yeah, this is an event. In fact, an event is the only way to do justice to this. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson described the music he was reaching for as Teenage Symphonies to God. I think that’s what the best Marvel Events aspire to be, and it’s what we’re aspiring to here. I want the scale. I want the heartbreak. I want a book that wears its heart on its sleeve even as it puts a fist in your face. I want something Wagnerian in its volume as emotional as God Only Knows.”
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Schiti added, “It is great to have the opportunity to draw another Marvel event after Empyre. The difference is that last time I was just excited, but now I know how high the expectations are, so now I am both excited and a bit scared! Luckily for me I have the great Kieron Gillen and Marte Gracia watching my back and together we can face any cosmic threat!”
Releasing in July, the build-up for Judgment Day will take place in Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men, Eternals, Immortal X-Men, X-Men and Avengers.
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Source: Marvel Comics
Liam Nolan is an associate writer at CBR. You can find him on Twitter @LD_Nolan.

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