Piskor is the author and artist behind the award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series, published by Fantagraphics (see “Ed Piskor's 'Hip Hop Family Tree' In Development”). Now he applies his encyclopedic knowledge and research skills to distill the first 280 original issues of X-Men comics (from issue #1 by San Lee and Jack Kirby through Chris Claremont’s final issue Uncanny X-Men #279) into a coherent continuity which will be presented in X-Men: Grand Design. Piskor’s material will appear in six 40-page issues, separated into three interconnected mini-series: X-Men: Grand Design, X-Men: Grand Design-Second Genesis and X-Men: Grand Design-X-tinction.
“X-Men: Grand Design is a tribute to everything comic book fans love about the X-Men from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original run and Chris Claremont’s, epic 16-year stint as the series’ writer,” said Piskor. “It’s a compelling and complete story with a beginning, middle and an end, featuring everything from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Cerebro and the Danger Room to the Mutant Massacre, the Reavers, Gambit, and Genosha.”