Marvel Comics has issued a statement in response to the controversial artwork included in X-Men Gold #1.
The issue includes a reference to political protests in Indonesia, as well as a set of numbers that reference a verse from the Qur’an that supports the intolerance of other religions.
Marvel released a statement to ComicBook.com to address the controversial artwork, confirming the references were included without their knowledge and will be removed from future printings. See the company’s full statement below:
The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings. These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.