Even before it was announced we all knew it was coming, and now the climactic battle between mutants and inhumans is about to erupt in Inhumans vs X-Men #1 by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, and Leinil Yu.

We don't see that eruption in this unlettered and only partially colored preview, but it's clearly on its way. Even without dialogue, you can see the tension. The Inhumans are standing awkwardly around Medusa's throne, while a group of X-Men is gathered in an office. Karnak is meditating, Beast and Magneto are arguing, and Ms. Marvel's dog has disappeared off his leash. Disappearing is literally what Lockjaw does, of course, but that leaves the question of why he needed to do it right then, and without taking her along.

Despite the discussions we've seen so far, I'm willing to bet there's more at the heart of this conflict than the harm being caused to mutants by the Terrigen Mists. Coming to blows over a problem that only collaborative science could solve would be a bit much even for Marvel. But to find out what else is bringing this situation to a head, we'll probably have to wait till Inhumans vs X-Men #1 comes out on December 14.

 

Art by Leinil Yu
Art by Leinil Yu
Art by Leinil Yu
Art by Leinil Yu
Art by Leinil Yu

 

Here's the official word from Marvel:

Two super-powered races clash this December as Mutantkind and Inhumanity collide with the fates of their species at stake! Prepare for battle as Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans), Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion) bring you the two groups to war in the explosive INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1!

The Terrigen Mists roll across the planet, birthing new Inhumans and poisoning the planet’s Mutants. Tensions are about to reach their boiling point as time is running out! Terrigen is on the verge of reaching a saturation point in the Earth’s atmosphere. The ultimatum is clear – the X-Men must destroy the mists, or risk Earth becoming forever poisonous to their kind. With their backs to the wall, it’s win now…or go extinct. Only one problem – the Inhumans won’t go down without a fight! And they’re calling in everyone!

Time for these two Marvel mainstays to put it all on the line as they go head to head. Neither can survive while the other persists. Who will be left standing? It’s all been leading to this! The ultimate war for survival kicks off on December 14th inINHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1!