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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Nov 30 2010, 18:42

X-Position com Peter David:

Spoiler:
Robert kicks things off for us with a couple of queries that tie into "happenings" outside of the pages of your book:
I'm loving "X-Factor" and just made the switch from trades to monthlies, as I needed my fix for Madrox & Co. far more often than I was getting it. I've got two questions for you:
1) With several characters in the cast having past ties to Cable, will we see their reaction to his (latest) death?


Rather than address your specific question, Robert – and it's a perfectly valid one – I think this is a good opportunity to talk in broader strokes about the interrelationship between "X-Factor" and the other X-books.
See, I get variations on this sort of question all the time: is X-Factor going to react/interact/acknowledge/send a fruit basket about the latest story arc/twist or turn in the other X-books. But "X-Factor" as a book walks a fine line. On the one hand, we have a significant portion of readership that likes that we're hanging in our little section of the Marvel Universe doing our own thing without requiring extensive knowledge of what's going on in the rest of the mutantverse. On the other, we have fans who are always wondering how changes in the status quo of this mutant or that team is going to impact our guys, particularly since – with their long history – our guys are six degrees of separation from just about everybody. It's a constant balancing act.
When I was writing "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man," the biggest problem I had with that book was that I was constantly in reactive mode. I was never in control of what was going on because everything I did had to be in response to, and informed by, events elsewhere. We could never take the lead on anything, and I feel it made problems for the book creatively. I'm trying not to repeat that pattern with "X-Factor."
So what it comes down to is this: I respond to and react to what's going on elsewhere when I think I can make a really good plot out of it. Which is why we had Theresa's protracted response to her father's death, or are now dealing with Rahne's pregnancy and her relationship with Hairy Harry (as Guido might say), or why I'm doing a story in an upcoming issue that ties in with the wave of vampirism that the X-verse dealt with recently. But as for an "Alas, poor Yorick"-type sequence in which the team discusses events in recent X-books for no reason other than to acknowledge that it happened – well, I'm trying to choose my spots.

2) With "Heroes for Hire" starting soon, there will be two NY-based groups of heroic individuals available for hire. Any plans for interaction between the groups, as they may be competing for the same clients?

Not at the moment, but I can certainly see such a crossover as having potential.

Erika sent in a fun email with some frightening implications:
It seems like it's become a bit of a running joke lately that Shatterstar sees a movie, and then ends up imitating it when the opportunity arises. With that in mind, what movies should be banned from X-Factor's headquarters (for fear of Shatterstar's reaction)?


"Burlesque." Definitely "Burlesque," Erika. And also all the "Jackass" movies.

It would probably be wise to keep him away from "Jersey Shores" as well.
Trae also sent in a Shatterstar question, as well as another that might require some soul-searching.
1) Does Shatterstar have more powers than we've seen so far? I have this feeling that he has a more direct connection to Spiral, and this new teleportation power is just the first part of that we are seeing…


See, there's the thing, Trae – if I say, "No, I'm not holding back anything, and there's no tie-in with Spiral," then I'm limiting myself because six months from now I might suddenly be hit with a really great idea as to how to tie that in. If I say, "Yes, definitely," then I'm blowing a potential reveal. If I say, "Maybe," then I'm just being vague.
So I'll just say no. Yes. Well...maybe.

2) I saw that two of Madrox's dead dupes are appearing in the "X-Men: Chaos War" comic. I'm not sure how much input you had in the story, but does this mean each of Madrox's dupes has their own soul?

I wasn't involved with the planning of "X-Men: Chaos War," but the relative aliveness (and soulfulness) of the dupes is an ongoing point of theological debate for Madrox. Short of having Doc Strange or Brother Voodoo show up to provide a definitive response, I'm not even sure there is an answer. Do they have their own souls? Are they simply duplications of Madrox's soul? Is a soul something that cannot be replicated, or is it no different than anything else that Madrox recreates when he duplicates? That's one of those things that Madrox is always wrestling with.
The short answer would be: you can't tell me that the Reverend John Maddox doesn't have a soul.
Perhaps the longer answer is this: a small girl was faced with the arrival of her new little sister and asked her Daddy how he could continue to love her to the exact same degree with the advent of a baby. Wouldn't his love for the older child be lessened? Wouldn't he have to take a portion of the love he had available and focus it on the new arrival? How, she wondered, could a parent's love be undiminished? And he took her over to the kitchen sink and filled a glass of water to the brim and said, "This is my love for you." Then he took another glass and filled that up as well and said, "This is my love for the baby. Is the glass of love for you lessened in any way? No. That's because a parent's love is like an endless faucet of water: It's unlimited and there's always more where that came from without taking away from what came before."
So maybe a soul is like that.

Sniff. While Peter answers the following email from Faded, I'm going to give my father a call...
1) The Mike Carey-led event "Age of X" is said unite various generations of X-Men students. Although "X-Factor" is not tied-in, do you know if Monet, Banshee, or Rictor will be involved?


There's always a possibility of a cameo, but there's no plans for them to play any major part.

2) Now that the post-Decimation mutant world has been greatly affected by the arrival of Hope, will this mean anything to Rictor (a depowered mutant) or Layla (who was a central character in the "House of M" storyline)? How about Damian Tryp, who was desperate in his attempts to stop X-Factor from undoing the effects of M-Day?

There are some definite developments with Rictor coming up. As for Layla, I wouldn't mind doing a major Layla/Hope meet-up, because I think that could be interesting. As for Tryp, we'll be seeing him show up sometime after issue #225.

3) Last time she appeared in "X-Factor," Marrow learned the truth about M-Day. Will she be rounding up even more depowered mutants under her leadership when she returns with X-Cell? Will her vendetta be against Layla and/or X-Factor, or will her motivations be set on finding the Maximoffs?

Here's the trick: there has been any number of major stories and crossovers since "House of M." Yes, we continue to see reverberations from it to this day (Layla's existence not being the least of them), but to me it's problematic to do a major storyline centering on it without seeming like we're re-chewing our food. It doesn't seem exciting creatively: "Hey, kids! We're bringing back the X-Cell so that we can do an adventure tying into a storyline from 2005!" Six years is practically a generation of readers; believe it or not, there are probably people reading "X-Factor" who never heard of "House of M."
To paraphrase Woody Allen, writing a comic book is like a shark: you have to keep moving forward, otherwise you wind up with a dead comic book. So if I do bring the X-Cell back – and I'm not ruling out that possibility – it's going to be because I've got something more au courant for them to be involved in than something that happened back when George W. Bush was just starting his second term.

4) Cartier St. Croix recently made an appearance, but will the rest of Monet's family – including the mysterious being now known as Hollow – come into play at any point? How about any of other relatives of X-Factor teammates?

I actually did have plans for the rest of the family, who I subsequently learned were unavailable to me for a variety of reasons. So at the moment, no, Cartier is the only one who will be showing up in "X-Factor." But things change. As for the rest of the relatives of other teammates, boy, a lot of 'em sure seem dead, don't they? Maybe I should do a storyline called "The Dead Parents Society" and have all the deceased parents show up.

Juan G. wrote to check in about an ex-X-Factor ally:
What is the current state of affairs between Valerie Cooper and X-Factor investigations? We have not seen her for a while and her presence usually sets up a bunch of troubles for the team. Will we see her soon?


Yes, Juan, it usually does. Val is actually going to be making an appearance in an upcoming storyline involving J. Jonah Jameson.

John D. had an intriguing inquiry about a "What if?"-type scenario:
I once read that you thought you'd be continuing with the original X-Factor line-up back in '91 when you were first offered the book. Where would you have taken Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, and Iceman if you'd had them all to yourself?


I thought that was the line-up for about five seconds, John, before I was immediately informed of what the actual line-up was going to be. I assure you, it was five quality seconds, but that's all it was. Plus it was nearly twenty years ago. So, no, I don't really have a lot of recollection of what I was thinking for five seconds twenty years ago. Sorry I can't be more help.

That's okay, Bartłomiej is more concerned with the present and possible future. Can you give him a few hints about either of those?
1) From the beginning of your second run with "X-Factor," I was impressed with what you did with Layla Miller. To me, she quickly became one of the most interesting characters in Marvel comics. Then she disappeared for a while, and the next time we saw her she was an adult. And now, my feelings on her are mixed. Her "creepy kid charm" is clearly missing, but there are new mysteries now like her friendship with Doctor Doom. So how much different is it for you to write her as an adult now yet still keep what made her unique in the first place?


As Layla herself once said, Bart, even when she was a kid, she wasn't really a kid, y'know? So in terms of how she conducts herself, I'm actually writing her pretty much the same, the difference being that if she kisses Madrox, he's no longer breaking laws. The big difference is not so much how she views herself, or even how I write her, so much as how the other team members view her – both with having to adjust to her difference in age and also their uncertainty of what she was up to during her time with Doc Doom.
It's something that we're going to be confronting head-on in issue #215, when Madrox becomes fed up with the way Layla doles out information on a need-to-know basis and shouts at her: "How many people are you hurting, playing games instead of just being straightwith us! Playing games is fine when you're a kid! But you're not a kid anymore, and playtime's over!"

2) Will we ever see what Layla was doing when she lived in Latveria? Did she have a tea party with Wanda, who apparently also was Doom's guest at the time?

We're seeing hints of what went on, but I'm reluctant to do an extended flashback issue since I think spelling it out would be limiting.

3) Do you have any plans when would you like to have Layla's wedding with Madrox? Or is it so far in the future that you haven't thought about it yet? Or should we not count on this at all?

Oh, believe me, I've thought about it a lot. Sooner or later, I will do that story. But not for a while yet.

Hm, I wonder where the happy couple will register? It will give new meaning to "Mutant Registration."
Renaldo wraps up the day with a question and a cheery congratulation. Ain't that a pip?
1) Is Hrimhari's sacrifice to save Rahne (via ensuring Elixir lived in "X-Force") going to be touched upon in your book? I ask this as I don't see any other X-writer addressing this matter (and they don't boast Rahne in their ranks). I also ask because Hrimhari made that deal for Elixir's life with Hela, and since she popped up in "X-Factor" recently, I was wondering if it was more than just a coincidence.


No, Renaldo, it's not a coincidence at all. In fact, it's going to be more than touched on; we're going to be elbow deep in it in issue #212.

2) It was cool as hell to hear that your "Young Justice" days of comics bore fruit with you being approached to pen scripts for the new TV series. So now I'm wondering if there is a desire to revisit any of your old DC titles such as "Aquaman" or "Supergirl," who both now seem more important in the DCU than recent years. And do you ever want to hop back on books like the "Incredible Hulk," "Spider-Man," or "Wolverine," as you told some awesome stories on those books?

Don't get me wrong, Renaldo: I'm gratified that in the cases of both Aquaman and Supergirl, subsequent writers were able to produce the storylines I had wanted to do but – at the time I proposed them – DC editorial had no interest in them. And I am still able to use a number of long-term plans I had for Linda Danvers over in "Fallen Angel" which I write for IDW. And I got a kick out of the fact that in the recent "Smallville" they stated that Aquaman's real name was Orin. And I was thrilled to have the chance to write a couple of episodes of the "Young Justice" series, which I think got off to a terrific launch last week and I sure hope you were watching. So it's nice to see my contributions are still valued here and there.
But I'm quite happy focusing my mainstream efforts in the Marvel Universe right now. And yeah, I'd love to work on Spidey or Wolverine or the Hulk (or even a "Hulk Forever," although I don't know if the fan support for such a title would be there). They're such seminal characters and great to work on. Plus the Spidey titles are a very different animal from when I was doing FNSM. Back then, anything of significance happened in ASM while in FNSM I always had to play catch-up. Now they're a smoothly integrated line of books; it'd be cool being part of that group.

If anyone at Marvel is curious, I'd read a Peter David-written "Hulk Forever." I'll put it on my Christmas list!
And now, it's time for today's "Behind the X" question. Let's go for something a bit peculiar: what is the oldest piece of clothing you own? Where and when did you get it, and why have you held on to it?


I still have a t-shirt from back when I worked on a radio station at Temple University in my college days. Pure sentimental value; it's not like it still fits.

That's okay, I still have a "Frankie Say Relax" t-shirt in my closet. It smells like Aqua Net...
Peter David participou do X-Position dessa semana. Ele reafirmou que X-Factor não interage muito com os outros títulos mutantes, o que permite que o leitor acompanhe apenas o título e não toda a família. Ao mesmo tempo, muita gente pede para que a interação seja maior. David disse que, quando tem uma boa história para contar, ele aproxima seu título do resto do universo mutante, como com a reação de Theresa à morte de Banshee ou a gravidez de Rahne. Nas próximas edições, teremos o impacto da onda de vampirismo que acertou os X-Men.

Quanto a alguma interação com os Heróis de Aluguel, que terão nova série em breve, o autor disse que não há um cross planejado, mas seria algo com potencial. Nenhum de seus personagens terá participação relevante também em Age of X.

Ele não garantiu que há alguma ligação dos novos poderes de Shatterstar com Espiral.

Um dos personagens de David, Madrox, estará em Chaos War. Na verdade, duas cópias do Homem Múltiplo estão na equipe dos X-Men de Chaos War. David não sabe afirmar se as cópias necessariamente têm alma, mas, para ele, John Maddox, por exemplo, tem.

Sobre as histórias futures, teremos novidades sobre Rictor e a volta de Damian Tryp, depois da edição #225. Ele também gostaria de poder escrever algo com Esperança e Layla. A família de Monet esteve nos planos, mas, como os personagens não estavam disponíveis, apenas o pai apareceu na série. Já a Célula X, se voltar, será numa aventura que não tenha nada a ver com Dinastia M, como da última vez.

Val Cooper aparecerá em breve em um a história que também contará com J. Jonah Jameson. Madrox ficará furioso com Layla na edição #215, por ela estar agindo de forma dissimulada, como se tramasse alguma coisa. David está relutante em escrever uma história contando o que aconteceu com Layla enquanto ela esteve na Latveria. Quanto à história do casamento de Layla e Madrox, ela acontecerá mais cedo ou mais tarde.

Por fim, ele revelou o que teremos na próxima edição: Rahne lidará com as consequências do sacrifício do Príncipe Lobo, em Necrosha, a partir de um pacto com Hela.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Dez 07 2010, 20:15

X-Position com Gischler:

Spoiler:
Aspbros is first in line, but it appears he's trying to derail us before we even get started with a few questions about the other Gischler-written book, "Deadpool Corps."
1) What's it like writing "Deadpool Corps?" How many voices do you hear in your head at once when writing that many crazy folks?


Keep in mind that, in a way, they are all the "same" Deadpool, so it's like a lot of variations on the same voice. But, yeah, it can get pretty crowded in my head if I'm not careful.

2) Have you ever considered something for "Deadpool Corps" and then found yourself saying, "Nah, that's too crazy - even for Deadpool." If so, what was it?

I have never found myself saying that. Ever. If that happens, I will scare myself.

3) Will we be meeting any more Deadpool variations in the next few issues? I feel like there are still more out there…

I don't think we'll have time for that, Aspbros. Not that we're out of variations. I mean, there are infinite universes out there, right? We have yet to meet Grizzly Bear Deadpool, Android Deadpool, Puddle of Slime Deadpool and Poke-Deadpool. Maybe some other time.

Maybe you could do a tie-in with your X-Men book and give us a vampire Deadpool - Dracpool, perhaps?
Megarust gets us back on X-track by asking about an appearance he's eagerly anticipating in your title:
I saw X-Man (Nate Grey) in some of the early promotional art for your "X-Men" book. Can we expect to see him in this title?


Megarust, I've been asked this a few times, so I'm starting to think there must be some real Nate Grey fans out there. We've got a lot planned for future arcs, and I'm sorry to say that we won't see X-Man - immediately. But his name does come up in conversations and I think we should see him sooner or later. One of the things to consider is that we don't just want to toss him in there randomly. We want to match him with the exact right sort of story. So hang in there.

Justin J. has an idea for "the exact right sort of story." Can you tell him if he's close?
When Nate Grey is next seen, will he have any interaction with Hope? I am curious how it would play out since he is genetically identical to her now-deceased father?


Justin, see the above answer. We want Nate to appear in just the right sort of story, so the points you make are certainly worth considering. But hey! Another Nate Grey question! This is a popular dude, eh?

Trevor Bananacrust wrote in about another well-liked character he's hoping to see more of soon.
I'm enjoying "X-Men," but I thought you were going to use Gambit in a prominent way. Are we going to get a chance to see the raging Cajun blow up some stuff? And will we get to see his Death persona as well?


Trevor, Gambit gets a lot more face time in the second arc. I'm also refining a pitch right now which might even let us see some more of him again. Hey, I'm with you, man. As a resident of South Louisiana, Gambit is like a hometown pick for me. So hang in there - Gambit fun is coming soon. As for the Death persona, well, you don't want to just whip out the Death persona willy-nilly. But at the right time...

Phil will now sing his question a la Justin Timberlake. Ladies and gentlemen, Here is "Mutant in a Box!"
We've seen Box/Madison Jeffries in the opening arc of "X-Men" acting as a computer-wiz (reconfiguring Cerebra, etc.). But is there any chance we'll see him in Box armor involved in battle, akin to his Alpha Flight days? This is a guy that's taken on dinosaurs, the Hulk, and Galactus in his time, and I don't think he's been used to his full potential yet…


Phil, in a general way, your question is like Trevor's. I've been getting a lot of nice feedback from readers along the lines of, "I'm really enjoying this first 'X-Men' arc but why can't we see more of..." And you can insert Iceman, Gambit, Blade and now Box to finish the sentence. The fact is, we simply have an embarrassment of riches with the X-Men, and if we gave every character enough face time to showcase their full potential, each issue would be seventy-five pages long. Having said that, I'd love to see more of Madison doing his thing. I'm actually a big fan of all the X-scientists.

Well, Renaldo appears to be a big fan of yours and wants to hear more about the inspiration behind a brilliant X-moment.
1) I'm really loving your book and I've got to know…where on earth did you come up with the ingenious idea to bless Bobby so that his ice (or 'frozen water') could be used against the vamps? There has been a ton of great moments, but that one is by far the best! (I even sent it into CBR for my favorite X-Moment of 2010.)


Renaldo, the holy water/Iceman idea is a great example of "team effort" when it comes to putting together every issue of this new X-book. When it came time for the big battle issue, all of the X-editors brainstormed big time. What would Cyclops do if an army of vamps was about to invade Utopia? How could he think outside the box? One of the ideas from the editorial team was the one you describe with Iceman. I was immediately jazzed when I read the idea. All of the guys at Marvel HQ continue to help me look good.

2) With regards to the mesmerizing plan of action you've created which had Xarus and company go after the X-Men, were there any plot threads/schemes that you looked at from past Dracula/Vampire stories within the Marvel Universe for inspiration? I ask because I loved Paul Cornell's arc on "Captain Britain and MI:13" and, in the past, I haven't found old Dracula tales all that chilling and eerie when compared to the likes of Doom, Onslaught, Sinister, and Bastion. You, however, have made the vampires a serious threat.

Making them a "serious threat" was one of the primary goals for giving Marvel Universe vamps a facelift in "Death of Dracula." The Captain Britain arc was awesome, and I did mine some good stuff from previous incarnations of vampires in the Marvel U. But we really wanted to move things forward. We wanted to respect continuity but not be trapped by it - a hell of a balancing act. The signal I'm getting from multiple sources is "mission accomplished," and I wouldn't be surprised to see more cool vamp stuff sooner or later.

3) With respect to the Heroic Age, can we expect any team-ups with the various Avengers units, the Thunderbolts, and the like? (I am already eagerly anticipating the Spidey appearance in issue #7!) And, if so, should we expect some ugly conflicts?

There is always the potential for conflicts with such a team-up, but when it might happen is up in the air. Turns out a lot of these heroes are busy in their own books (go figure), so sometimes scheduling is difficult.

4) What made you decide to throw the X-Men back into public light with your next arc, "Serve and Protect?" Is this Scott's way of saying, "It's time for us to be heroes and protect mankind along with our own?" And what inspired you to lead with Storm?

Well, it's not so much "my" decision...although I do think it's pretty cool. Rather, serving and protecting is sort of the Heroic Age mission statement of the book and I was tapped to follow that path. As for Storm, I just felt she was the right pick - another character that could use more face-time and also has good leadership experience. I'll be using Storm as much as the editors will let me and as long as her presence is appropriate for whatever story we're telling.

As long as we're discussing "Serve and Protect," Andre4000 was hoping you could serve up some answers about the following:
1) With your upcoming "Serve and Protect" arc, it sounds like the X-Men are going to become a lot more visible in the public eye. As crime-fighters, how do you feel the X-Men different than cops? How are they different than groups like the Avengers?


That's a question I've also asked myself, Andre4000, and more importantly it's a question the X-Men ask themselves. We see them struggle with this question in the first issue of "Serve and Protect," so you're right on the money to wonder about this. The easy answer is that with their powers they are simply better able to deal with certain threats better than traditional law enforcement. The deeper consideration is ongoing as the X-Men struggle to answer this question for themselves.

2) I was thinking: if the X-Men truly wanted to feel more involved with humanity, they should get mainstream heroes to join the X-Men. Do you think it would work if someone Captain America joined the team?

That's sort of why we have people like Blade and Spidey show up in this X-book. The X-men do want to work with other heroes. We can accomplish that without having Cap or other characters permanently signing on.

3) Which character on the X-Men do you enjoy writing the most, and why? Which one is most challenging?

Emma gave me some trouble at first. She's kind of a bitch, but at the same time I don't want everyone to totally hate her. I think I zero in on her better in the next arc.

4) Can you give us any hints on what to expect from your books in 2011?

Hey, as soon as I know, I'll tell you guys. I have a lot of ideas and characters I want to use, but it takes a lot to coordinate, and I don't want to give hints only to find out next week I have to change directions. But I'm on the phone with uber-honcho Axel Alonso a lot, and if only half the stuff we talk about comes to fruition, then there is much, much coolness on the way.

That concludes all the emails from readers, so now it's my turn with today's "Behind the X" question. Allow me to sprinkle some festive fun around and ask: do you have a favorite holiday story/TV special?

I really like that Heat Miser song (from "The Year Without A Santa Claus"). But I seem to find myself watching that Christmas movie where the kid wants a BB gun multiple times every year. Isn't there a station that plays it twenty-four hours or something? I've seen the film in bits and pieces like five hundred times.
Victor Gischler é o atual escritor de X-Men e de Deadpool Corps. Para o Mercenário Tagarela, ele disse que não trará novas variações de Deadpool nas próximas edições.

Embora Nate Grey tenha estado nas imagens promocionais, ele não aparecerá em X-Men nos próximos meses, mas há a possibilidade de isso acontecer mais para frente. Ele quer que haja uma boa história para que o personagem volte a interagir mais fortemente com os mutantes.

No segundo arco, quem terá mais proeminência é Gambit. Quanto à personalidade dele de Morte, Gischler pediu que os leitores esperassem pelo momento certo. O autor disse que muitos fãs pedem por vários personagens e, para que ele pudesse usar todos, precisaria de uma revista com setenta e cinco páginas de tamanho.

Gischler contou que se baseou não só no arco do Capitão Bretanha com Drácula, mas em histórias antigas, para trazer os vampiros de volta ao escalão principal do Universo Marvel.

Ele disse que não foi uma decisão somente dele de fazer com que os X-Men interajam mais com a sociedade no próximo arco. Tudo compõe o todo que é a Era Heroica.

Tempestade terá mais importância nesse arco em questão, que terá a participação do Homem-Aranha.

Em comparação com os Vingadores, os X-Men, devido à peculiaridade de seus poderes, podem ser mais eficazes para lidar com certas ameaças do que outros grupos. Esse será o papel deles daqui para frente.

Por último, Gischler confessou que teve mais trabalho em escrever sobre Emma, por causa da própria dubiedade da personagem.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Dez 16 2010, 15:45

X-Position com Remender:

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MarvelMaster616 begins things by pointing out the difficulties with secrets. Can you give him an answer? And if you do, will you have to kill him?
The previous incarnation of X-Force eventually was discovered in "Second Coming." Since the X-Men on Utopia know this sort of thing happened before, how can Wolverine and the others expect to keep this a secret? Are some of the logistical aspects of X-Force and how they keep their secrets going to be fleshed out in future issues?


Rick Remender: Naturally, the secretive nature of X-Force is going to play a big role in things in the future. Given that the X-Men did discover the truth about X-Force, Logan and Warren and feel confident that no one would suspect that they would pick up and start doing it again. However, the members of X-Force are well aware the consequences should anyone discover that there is a squad of mutants that are proactively assassinating threats.
I mean, we all know what would happen should the human population discover this truth (file under: war). And what would happen between Scott and Logan and Warren? Obviously, this would be a very big problem. The bottom line is that the members of the team all agree that their presence is absolutely necessary, and that what they do is worth the risk. We will see the consequences of this decision in the first year of "X-Force."

It sounds like things will be moving quickly in this book, which suits ChadLDN just fine as he indicates you've won his trust and dedication with this new team.
First up, I am loving "Uncanny X-Force." I had some doubts about the direction of this book when it was announced, but the first few issues have really been awesome. I have to say, it may well be my favorite X-book already. It's clear you know and love these characters. Here's my questions:
1) In your opinion, why would Warren hire Deadpool? He's insane! Surely there would be other intelligence operatives out there who are more reliable…


You may be right, Deadpool may be crazy, but it might just be a lunatic Warren is looking for.
I'm sorry I couldn't help but quote a little Billy Joel for you on that one. Obviously, there are numerous sleuths, covert operatives, and mercenaries to be hired, but Warren sees something else in Wade. Warren imagines that underneath the endless jokes and shenanigans, there's a misfit longing to fit in and to be accepted. Warren thinks this need to belong is why Wade is someone he can trust. Wolverine doesn't share Warren's optimistic appraisal of Wade, but as a co-captain he's willing to trust that Warren is making the right decision.

2) Betsy's been through the wringer a lot over the last ten years, especially with regards to her constantly-changing power set (shadow teleportation, psychic katana, etc.). How do you define her abilities now?

Burgeoning Omega-level telepath and stealthy ninja. I see Betsy as having telepathic abilities akin to Jean Grey's prior to the Phoenix merger, with the ninja skills of a high Hand operative. That is it.

That's it? Ben T. was hoping for a little bit more about his favorite psychic ninja. What do you say?
1) You've mentioned previously that Fantomex may have ties to Psylocke's father and brother. Will we find out more about this in upcoming issues?


Yes, I have plans to touch upon this thread. There is a history to be explored between Fantomex and Betsy's family.

2) And what about Betsy's origins? Her father wasn't human, he was a citizen of Otherworld. Will her Otherworld-ian heritage come up in your book? [b/]

Yes. I'm aware that there are fans of Psylocke who feel that the character's background has sort of been forgotten about. Obviously, when you have a character whose roots are tied to the heyday of Claremont and Alan Moore, it would be foolhardy to overlook all of the clever things that were established in her history. It'll be a slow build for sure, but you can expect for that stuff to be touched upon eventually.

[b] 3) Considering that Polaris was once a Horseman (i.e. she has ties to Apocalypse) AND the fact that she and Havok were in one of the variant covers AND that both characters were last seen in space (where X-Force is right now), should I be hoping for a Polaris sighting somewhere in the future?


I'll just put a pin in this one right now. I love the characters, but I don't think that you should hold your breath to see Havok or Polaris in the pages of "X-Force" anytime soon.

Well, Giselle is plenty happy with what she's seeing in this title at the moment. Can you tell her a bit more about the "magic" she's finding in your book's pages?
1) The new Horsemen are amazing! I especially love Geisha. What was your inspiration behind these new Horsemen?


I'll be honest, at first I did what most other writers have done in the past – I started trying to create Horsemen out of existing Marvel characters. But after numerous conversations with Editor Axel Alonso on the topic of the Horsemen, it became very clear we would be better served by creating four all new and final Horsemen. Axel's main point (and as soon as he said it, I completely agreed) is that when you use existing Marvel characters, their fate is usually confined – as in people will expect that Wolverine or the Hulk will eventually revert back and become their normal selves, and that hinders the story. It's a big tell.
With our new Horsemen, you have no idea what to expect – their fates are completely unwritten and wide-open. These Horsemen are the final reserves, the cream of the crop; mutants that were plucked from various points in history by Apocalypse and frozen (kept our of Cerebro's sight). They are the final squad, the final list of candidates for this, his final push – the Akkaba society's final attempt to instigate the age of Apocalypse. What will become of the Akkaba society, and what does the future hold for Apocalypse and his many scattered minions on earth? We have big plans. Crazy big plans.

2) Why exactly did Psylocke join X-Force? I understand she's there to keep Archangel in check, but is this the only reason? Does she have the same a similar point of view as Logan as to everything that's going on?

She has a ferocious killer within her mind, thanks to the Hand's training. Betsy contends with what the rest of X-Force contend with, a dark part of their soul; an animalistic and savage aspect of their personality that desires release. Every member of this team is, in some way, trying to find a way to use that dark and ugly part of them for good purpose.
That said, I don't see her sharing the exact same perspective as Logan, but it's all degrees of the same philosophy. When she first joined the X-Men, she was unsure if she was fit to join a clan of warriors. Now she has become one of the most savage among them. And that's something that I'm going to be exploring – that and her relationship with her twin brother Brian (a.k.a. Capt. Britain) in future issues. Betsy is a complex character with a rich history, and I plan to continue to explore how that history affects her future in issues to come.

3) I see that Logan fears that Apocalypse may control Archangel again, but Wolverine himself was also one of the Horsemen. Shouldn't X-Force worry about Logan too? Or Gambit, Polaris and Sunfire, for that matter...

This will be explored in greater detail in future arcs, but the Death seed that was planted in Warren took root much more completely than the Death seed that was planted in Wolverine or Gambit. While they have both suffered from what Apocalypse put them through – and from having had the Death seed planted in their psyche – Warren was taken over completely for a much longer time. And even after he got it under control, the seed was allowed to grow for years and years as he did his best to struggle with the Archangel persona that grew from it. And now hispersona and Archangel are almost entirely separate – Archangel is an entirely separate psyche born of the Death seed and grown in the soil of Warren's mind. That is all I am permitted to say at this point.

Ooh, fans love a mystery – especially Lance A., who is curious about the mysterious past of several individuals in your book.
1) It appears that three of the X-Force members – Wolverine, Deadpool and Fantomex – are all products of Weapon Plus program. Have you considered a story arc that focuses on this fact?


Look no further than "Deathlok Nation" beginning in issue #5. For those of you who read "Wolverine: The List," you know that Fantomex has shrunk The World down and keeps it in his pocket. Beginning in the fifth issue, we get a look at what Fantomex has been using The World for. We discover that there is an architect of The World, known as Father, and that he still resides within it.
At the beginning of issue #5, Fantomex discovers that time within The World has advanced one million years since the last time he stepped foot within. Esad's pages from inside The World will floor you – it's a totally new place with an amazing new design. Oh, and get ready for Weapon Infinity.

2) The solicitations for "Uncanny X-Force" #5 seem to promise an army of Deathloks. Is this a continuation of what Jason Aaron began in "Wolverine: Weapon X?"

Actually, Jason and I cooked up both halves of the story together before he wrote his story in "Weapon X." We talked for a few days off and on, hammering out some new rules for Deathlok, new rules for the various futures the Deathloks grow in and how it will affect all eventualities in the Marvel Universe.
It feels like it's been about a year since we cooked it up and I'm chomping at the bit to get to tell my half of the story. It's the biggest thing that's ever happened to the character. And as Jason and I and editors Axel Alonso and Jody LeHeup have much love for Deathlok, we all worked very hard to find a way to use him in the Marvel Universe that was new, exciting and pertinent.

3) This is not X-Force-related, but I really wanted to you to know I also love your creator-owned works: "Fear Agent," "Gigantic," "Strange Girl" (my personal favorite, by the way) and "Night Mary." Judging by the ending with "Night Mary," it really looked like you and the artist Kieron Dwyer had more stories to tell – is there a continuation planned? Can I look forward to any other creator-owned material from you?

Thanks for that – I appreciate the support for the creator-owned work. "Night Mary" is high on my list of works I am most proud of. Kieron Dwyer and I have collaborated on a number of projects, but "Night Mary" is the best of them, I believe. Oddly, it is also my most overlooked work, and I recommend anyone who enjoys my jibber-jabber to head on out and buy the trade paperback, published by IDW.
As for future plans for the story, the film is being put together by Summit and Animal Logic as we speak – most recently I heard we were getting close to having a final draft of the screenplay. So if everything works out, we might just see "Night Mary" make it to the big screen. As for more volumes of the comic book, unfortunately, while critically acclaimed and beloved by the people who have read it, "Night Mary" did pass underneath most people's radar and suffered from low sales. If that were to change and people were to discover the book – or if the film were to be produced – and there was renewed interest in the property, I can assure you that nothing would make Kieron and I happier than to return to Mary Specter's world and to tell more stories.

Hey, if you're searching for last minute gifts for the comic fans in your life, Amazon.com has "Night Mary" (as well as many other books by Mr. Remender) available in time for Christmas! I'm just saying…
Souhail gets in the final email of the day, so it's appropriate his questions are of an "Apocalyptic" nature.
1) The last time we saw Apocalypse in modern times was during the "Blood of Apocalypse" Era after being resurrected by the Celestials. Will we get any explanation as to how he was reborn as a child and how his story with the Celestials ended?


I didn't want to cram the first arc full of a bunch of exposition detailing what fate befell Apocalypse with the Celestials. For now, all you need to know is that every single bit of the old bastard – every bit of energy, every bit of Apocalypse – was collected and put into the boy that we saw at the end of "X-Force" #1. That said, I'm a bit of a continuity nerd myself and would hate to leave that thread dangling. I do know what happens to him, and though it is not pertinent to the current story, it will be very pertinent to a story I am telling a few arcs from now - perhaps dealing with another Celestial. When it fits and is mandatory to the tale, I'll deal with it. That time will come.

2) Wolverine has also been a former Horseman, however he does not seem to struggle as much as Warren does with this. Will Wolverine's time as Death – and how he feels about it – be explored in the book?

No. As I explained above, the Death seed that was planted didn't take perch in Logan's mind in the same way that it took hold in Warren's. Logan tasted the poison of Death and was contaminated by Apocalypse's black science. And for people in the know, that history adds a level of interest and personalizes Logan's struggle a bit more; but otherwise, it's done, he's clear of it and it need not be explored further as far as I'm concerned.

And now, it's time for our "Behind the X" question of the day. Going back to the start of today's X-POSITION, we talked about secrets. In order to keep a secret, one needs to be both clever and lucky. With that in mind, what is the "luckiest" win that's ever experienced?

Well, when I was at my very lowest point in life and completely broke, a friend and I were driving from Phoenix to San Francisco and stopped in Las Vegas for a night. We literally had $10 between us and had been paying for the rest of the trip on a gas card that was nearly maxed out.
Strolling by a roulette table, I turned and put our last $10 on black. I had soon doubled my money and then tripled it. So, thinking that I would gamble one more time before tempting fate no more, I pushed what I thought was $10 onto the number 32. What I had in fact done, perhaps due to some quantity of alcohol in my system, was to push all $30 onto number 32.
The buddy I was with nearly punched me in the nose, as I couldn't retrieve the money as the ball was spinning. Well, he didn't need to hit me in the nose because we hit 32. With that sweet, tall payout, we had enough cash to go out and enjoy the first decent meal we had had in weeks and enjoy some great food and nice accommodations on the rest of the trip back to San Francisco, where I was living at the time.
If there's any moral to the story kids, it's this: when you're destitute and broke and it seems like nothing is going your way, take the last bit of money you have, and instead of saving it for catastrophe or putting it towards something useful, have a couple drinks and go gamble. Because by God, I swear to you, it'll pay off every time. I promise. Every time.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Dez 16 2010, 16:04

A nova encarnação da X-Force permanece em segredo, como aconteceu com a versão anterior, descoberta em Second Coming. Nem mesmo Ciclope sabe do grupo que Wolverine montou. Logan e Warren estão cientes do que estão fazendo e das consequências caso alguém descubra. O que é ponto pacífico é que os membros do grupo sabem muito bem que sua existência é algo absolutamente necessário.

Warren aceitou ter Deadpool na equipe justamente por este ser louco. Para o Arcanjo, o que garante que Deadpool seja confiável é a necessidade de Wade em pertencer a uma equipe.

O tempo de Wolverine como Morte não será explorado. A influência de ter sido um Cavaleiro do Apocalipse é muito maior em Arcanjo do que em Wolverine, por isso foi feita essa opção.

Remender definiu as habilidades de Betsy como uma telepata nível ômega somada a uma ninja habilidosa. Ela está na X-Force tanto para ajudar Warren, quanto para agradar o lado sombrio de sua personalidade.

Ele tem planos para mostrar ligações de Fantomex com o pai e um irmão de Betsy. Ele respeitará a origem de Psylocke, cujo pai veio de uma realidade alternativa.

Ao contrário do que muitos fãs esperavam, Polaris e Destrutor não vão aparecer em X-Force tão cedo.

O próximo arco, Deathlok Nation, lidará com as ligações dos membros do grupo com o projeto Arma X. Remender mencionou a existência de algo chamado Arma Infinita. A presença de Deathlok não é necessariamente uma continuação do último arco de Weapon X, de Jason Aaron, mas os dois autores conversaram sobre a abordagem que será dada em X-Force.

No arco atual, Remender não vai se debruçar sobre as explicações de como Apocalipse retornou como criança, depois de já ter sido ressuscido por Celestiais em Sangue de Apocalipse. Contudo, como ele é fanático pela continuidade, poderá fazer uma história-solo daqui a algumas edições trazendo uma explicação.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jan 05 2011, 10:27

X-Position com Zeb Wells:

Spoiler:


Reader Rikki Ranger starts us off on the right foot with the following:
I just want to thank Zeb Wells on doing such a fantastic job with his reformation of my favorite X-team of all time! I love the direction you've pushed all the characters and I am eager to see how "Rise of the New Mutants" all ends up -- particularly with regards to Dani Moonstar!


Thanks, Rikki!

1) I'm loving everything about the Inferno Babies and I was just wondering -- do you have a particular favorite? And if so, who and why?

I think my favorite would have to be Face, because I'm proud of the sheer creativity it took to ask, "What if Chamber's wound was three inches higher?"
Seriously, though, I should be ashamed of myself. Still, I love how the character is repulsive and heart-breaking at the same time. Leonard [Kirk] made Face's design so evocative of the hellish isolation that he's in.
Speaking of Leonard, I'd like to mention how important he was not only to the look of the Inferno Babies, but this entire arc. He had to design so many elements, both demonic and technological, and he never phoned one of them in. A lot of the Inferno Babies were just vague ideas until he visually gave them character. He really is an amazing talent.

2) In "New Mutants" #10, it was hinted that Cyclops was looking for a potential future leader for the X-Men from this wonderful pool of New Mutants. With you leaving, will this be picked up in future issues by the new writer? Please say "yes!"

I've talked to Nick about it and I can report that, yes, this hot potato will indeed be handed off to the next writer after "Age of X." You're welcome, Next Writer!

The Inferno Babies were favorites for many folks, as indicated by our "Top X-Moments of 2010" column. Hopefully we'll see them again in the future!
Dani Araya is next, and she wants to see the New Mutants work with some...new mutants.
Do you ever see Hope and her "new mutants" joining up with the New Mutants to form one team? The New Mutants could give them some great leadership and I could see it driving future stories...


My gut says the New Mutants have little interest in going back to teaching, and Hope would have little interest in taking pointers from them, especially after her and Dani's quarrel in "Second Coming." So I don't see it, but you never know.

That little quarrel was another of our "Top X-Moments" -- see all the great contributions Zeb has given the X-Universe?
PO! has some flattering words and a handful of questions. Prepare to blush!
Zeb, "New Mutants" has been one of the best things to happen in the X-universe in the last couple of years. Finally, we are seeing the former students as the X-Men they should be.


I'm blushing.

1) Now that you are leaving the book, I was wondering if there will be a change to the team roster before you go. I've heard you are planning to kill at least two members -- is there any truth to this? And please...don't!

I'm going to level with you, PO! -- the issue is already off to the printer, and it's not looking good. This just got awkward.

2) Is there any chance of Empath, Firestar, Warpath, Tabitha or any New Mutant-related characters joining the team before you leave?

Ouch. No -- and again, the book's off to the printer already so I can't even pretend I'll consider it. I should have packed my bags -- it looks like I'm going on a guilt trip.

3) Is Karma's bizarre leg going to get replaced?

Absolutely not. (Three for three!) Remember that story about Frank Miller leaving Daredevil and making Marvel promise to not bring Elektra back to life? That's exactly the deal I made with Nick Lowe regarding Karma's leg. I'm very passionate about it, so it was a heated conversation. I thought we were going to come to blows, then there was that weird moment where maybe we were going to kiss. I don't want to talk about it.

4) Will there be any Kitty Pryde cameo or guest appearance before you depart? And what about Rahne? Does the team even know that she is pregnant?

Kitty doesn't show up before I exit (four for four!), but I'm sure the next writer will include her somehow. And since "Second Coming" and "Fall of the New Mutants" came one right after each other, Sam and the rest haven't had time to deal with Rahne's pregnancy. But I'm sure the next writer will pick up that thread as well.

That's interesting, because Derek has a query about a thread that Zeb picked up from someone else's run...

There was an implied biological link between Magma and Selene about fifteen years ago but nothing was confirmed till your run. What made you decide to confirm it?
I didn't think anything was gained by the ambiguity...for me, it made the character harder to get a handle on, and she turned out to be a hard one for me to begin with. I thought if some things were settled it would be easier to move forward.

Roger wrote in with an inquiry about powers -- and blunt trauma:
What happened to Cypher's new abilities to read body language? His spying on Xavier and the other New Mutants before he assaulted Amara was some of the most heart-wrenching writing of the year. And his using this new ability to single-handedly take out the entire New Mutants team with an iron bar? Incredible! Bring that Cypher back! (And he should carry that iron bar.)


His abilities are still there, as far as I'm concerned. He's just more "himself" now. When he's not under the influence of Selene, he'd rather smell the roses than beat the pretty out of them with an iron bar.
He really gave it to them with that iron bar though, didn't he? Nothing can take that away from us, Roger.

Aw, that's...not right. Christopher Judd has several questions about the soul, babies, and romance. Do you anything that might appease this reader? But first...
Your run has been incredible and I couldn't be more grateful for your involvement in returning my favorites to the Marvel Universe.


Wow. Thanks, man.

1) In the issue where Pixie had her bloodstone extracted from her souldagger -- how did that happen? Also, it appeared that she was projecting some kind of pink ghost from her body -- was that her soul? Or did they manage to create an entirely new bloodstone?

At the end of the "X-Infernus" miniseries, a second Bloodstone is extracted from Pixie by Witchfire, allowing her to complete the Bloodstone Amulet using two Bloodstones from Pixie, and three from Illyana.
Illyana and Pixie use the Soul Sword and Soul Dagger to extract the final Bloodstone from the Amulet before the Elder Gods can destroy the world. Witchfire disappears with the Amulet and four Bloodstones, while the fifth stone becomes trapped in Pixie's Soul Dagger.
Doctor Noc developed a machine that would amplify any agitation felt by Pixie's soul, attracting the Bloodstone from the Dagger. They were going to use conventional means to agitate her, but once they had the Soul Sword, they used it to pierce her soul, which in turn attracted the Bloodstone. The Stone left the Dagger and was collected.
So, yes, the pink ghost was her soul...but, no, they did not create a new Bloodstone. I can't believe that wasn't clear to you. Oh, wait, yes I can -- because it's insane.

2) Is there a chance you'd give us a breakdown of the Limbo kids? Names? Powers? Pretty please?

I would, but I'd have to admit that I not only made Kirk design a character with mouths all over his body, but I also named that character "Maw." Why don't I post a naked picture of myself right after I get out of the pool while I'm at it?

3) Can we expect Cannon Face to join Karma and Magik (etc.) when they return to Limbo?

I'm not going to lie to you...Face bolted and we don't know where he is. Illyana left him behind when she teleported Shan and Pixie out of the military complex. I'm sure he'll turn up again soon, but my work with him is done.

4) If you absolutely had to pick, which of the New Mutants have been your favorites to write?

They all jockey in and out of favorite position, but some of my favorite moments have been Doug's return, Illyana arriving in Legion's mind, Karma's scene with Face, Loca torturing Sam, and Dani's revenge.

5) With your departure, is there still hope for future romance for Karma? Amazing job with her in this arc by the way -- so awesome!

Next Writer?

Zati1 closes out today's X-POSITION, so it's only fitting his queries are all about perspective and the future:
1) I'm so happy with what you've done with the New Mutant, but I'm sad to see you go. Do you have enough perspective yet to identify any regrets from your all-too-short tenure on New Mutants? Are there any stories you wanted to get to but didn't have the chance?


I guess I'm not terribly happy with how the "Necrosha" arc ended. I wanted to tie the conclusion into the Hellions and their relationship with the New Mutants more, but I never quite cracked it. In hindsight, the conclusion I wrote reads too saccharine for me. But at least I know I almost lost my mind trying to beat it.
Aside from that, there are characters I wish had given stronger arcs, but I wanted to make sure Illyana's story paid off in a satisfying way because it had been set up from the beginning, and I didn't want to leave that dangling. I'm satisfied with how it all comes together and am really happy that every character gets a cool moment in the last issue.

2) Where can we look for your work next?

I'm finishing up the "Carnage" miniseries and hard at work on two more projects that should be announced soon. If you're desperately hungry for more Wells (it's possible...), I wrote on Season 5 of "Robot Chicken" and it starts airing January 9.

Before you stroll off into the sunset, let's have one last "Behind the X" question of the day. I have one that I hope might provide some entertainment for our readers: what is the best prank that you've either done to somebody or had done to you?

"Snake Woman."

(For those who aren't sure what this response means, go ahead and give Google a workout using the terms "snake woman" and "zeb wells"...)
Como já tinha sido anunciado anteriormente, Zeb Wells está deixando as páginas de Novos Mutantes nesse mês. Após mostrar a queda dessa equipe, em seu último arco, Zeb os fará ressurgir nas edições finais de sua passagem pelo título.

Os vilões desses últimos meses foram os bebês usados em Inferno que, em vez de serem simplesmente cuidados pelo governo, foram submetidos a verdadeiros infernos particulares e agora querem vingança contra os Novos Mutantes, que eles acusam ser responsáveis por tudo isso.

Uma das brechas que ele deixou para o futuro roteirista – ainda não revelado – é quem será indicado como futuro líder da raça mutante, entre os Novos Mutantes, como buscava Ciclope.

Zeb acredita que os Novos Mutantes não serão usados mais como professores. Dani, por exemplo, após sua briga com Esperança em Second Coming, dificilmente gostaria de ajudá-la.

Para a última edição dele no título, a #21, que sai agora em janeiro, ele prometeu momentos marcantes e mortes significativas. Para o autor, foi um verdadeiro ponto final, no auge de sua passagem.

Não houve tempo em todas essas edições para inserir Kitty e Rahne em alguma história. Wells acredita que o próximo autor poderá mostrar como Sam e os outros lidarão com a gravidez de Rahne.

Wells conta também que decidiu confirmar o suposto link entre Magma e Selene, lançado há mais de quinze anos, porque pensa que nada se ganha com ambigüidades ou suposições. Por isso, ele resolveu estabelecer aquilo como sendo verdade de uma vez.

Para finalizar ele tentou esclarecer o que se passa exatamente com Fada e Illyana. No final de X-Infernus, uma segunda Bloodstone é extraída de Fada, permitindo a Witchfire – filha de Belasco – completar seu amuleto, com duas partes extraída de Fada e três de Illyana. Antes, porém, do mundo ser destruído, Illyana e Fada conseguiram extrair a última parte do amuleto. Witchfire sumiu com o amuleto e as quatro Bloodstones que tinha, enquanto a última ficou presa na Adaga Espiritural de Fada. Doctor Noc, do Projeto Purgatório, criou uma máquina para atrair essa última parte. A pedra deixou a adaga e foi capturada. Bastante confuso o processo, admite Zeb Wells.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jan 12 2011, 09:40

X-Position com Carey:

Spoiler:

PO! is concerned about justice and starts us off by weighing in on recent events in "X-Men: Legacy."
I feel it was totally unfair how Hellion was treated in "X-Men: Legacy" # 243. How could Cyclops and Rogue treat and judge him like that when he helped keep Hope alive from the Sentinel attack and when he's already proved (so many times) how much he would sacrifice for Cyclops' mad ideas? Please don't turn him into the typical "fallen from grace" character. Surge and Laura should be supporting him now. He could be such an incredible hero…


Hi, PO. Well, I think that conversation between Hellion and Cyclops is painful on both sides -- and the judgment is flowing in two directions. I think the key difference between the two men at that point is that Cyclops has sanctioned extreme violence having reached the conclusion that nothing else would do the job; Hellion has lashed out in a moment of complete loss of control. Both have blood on their hands, and each thinks that their own violence was defensible. You have to work out where you sit in relation to that argument. But our plans for Hellion still have a number of stages to go through -- and so does his own working through of his current situation.

Michael B. would make an excellent boyfriend, as he keeps track of all the important dates for those that are near and dear to him:

This August is the 30th anniversary of Rogue's first appearance ("Avengers Annual" #10 came out in August of 1981). Do you have anything special planned to commemorate the event?


Not currently, Michael. I've been working at fever pitch on "Age of X" for the past three months, and beyond that, setting stuff up for #250. But thanks for the reminder -- we have to make sure that occasion is marked.

On the topic of Rogue, Taurean wanted to know more about her inner-workings. What do you say?

Are there any drawbacks to Rogue's powers now that she has a handle on them? Also, does she have to touch the person to return their powers to them once she takes them? Or do they return after a set amount of time?


There are drawbacks, Taurean -- we haven't seen them yet, but we will pretty soon. As far as the limits of her power are concerned, Rogue doesn't have to touch the person she's borrowed from in order to return their powers, but she can now choose to give them up before they fade naturally, as she did with the Cuckoos in issue #234.

Derek Brunell wrote in with a few questions, the first of which brings up an interesting point from the past:
1) Magneto killing Zaladane stopped him and Rogue getting together the first time. Zaladane claimed to be Lorna Dane's sister. In light of this, wouldn't Rogue be curious as to whether Magneto might have killed his own daughter?


That's a valid and very disturbing point, Derek. I don't know whether they've ever discussed it, but during Magneto's various periods of rapprochement with the X-Men, I'm certain he'd have been made aware of the possibility. How Magneto handled that guilt, or potential guilt -- given the tragedies he's already endured -- can only be imagined.
Of course, Zaladane's relationship to Lorna was never confirmed; the only evidence was that she was able to steal Lorna's powers and use them, which Moira said indicated a kinship. Bearing in mind that Zaladane's own powers were magical in origin, there are other explanations that would work.

2) We know Magneto cares about Polaris because he announced to the Genoshans that she was his daughter and also named her as his heir. Why hasn't he shown any interest or concern for her current situation on panel? Considering all the family he has lost, this seems very out of character for him to not seem to care -- especially since she's the only one of his children who doesn't hate him.

I honestly don't see this as a character point -- I see it as a plot structure point. For Magneto to raise his concerns about Polaris is totally natural, as you say. For us to show the scene where he voices those concerns raises a narrative flag that says, "We're coming to this story shortly." We weren't ready to do that, and didn't want to tease stories that we weren't yet in a position to tell. But watch this space. I predict -- I confidently predict -- Magneto-Polaris interaction in 2011.

3) Cyclops' son just died, and his brother and daughter are fighting his younger brother to the death (as far as he knows), but he hasn't mentioned any of this. Magneto's youngest child is with them, but Magneto hasn't mentioned this. Nightcrawler just died, but Kitty Pryde hasn't reacted. Lilandra died, and no one told Professor X. Will these kinds of things ever be addressed? I've been reading the X-Men for sixteen years and I'm frustrated with the characters because they just seem so cold now…

See answer above. A lot of this comes under the same heading, I think. But also, bear in mind, that you don't see every moment of these characters' lives and that it's not possible in the nature of things to show every member of a cast of forty or fifty (significant, named mutant protagonists) reacting to every event.
Kurt's death had huge repercussions in "Second Coming," and a lot of extreme reactions were shown. To show every character's reaction would have required a double-length special issue devoted entirely to that one theme. I know where you're coming from with the question, because obviously Kitty and Kurt had a very special and close relationship -- but if you think about how far Kitty is from a normal state right now, her inability (as far as we've seen on-panel, anyway) to express or discus her grief makes a certain amount of sense.
I'm aware as I say this that it's not an answer. These things are missing from the narrative if you feel them to be missing -- there was an emotional closure that you wanted and didn't get. It may come belatedly. It was a long time before we saw -- on-panel -- Sam Guthrie's relationship to the death of his brother. Sometimes the pace and rhythm of the story bring these things around sooner or later than you expect them.

Sandra wanted to probe your brain regarding a character near and dear to her. But first, some kind words.
First off, I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed "Crossing Midnight." I just read the first TPB at the library and had to order all three volumes!


Thanks, Sandra. I had a blast on that book. I hope you enjoy the other two collections.

1) As far as the X-Men and "Age of X" goes, my question concerns my favorite character: Namor. In my opinion, his presence in the X-books has been met with some disapproval from both vocal X-fans and vocal Namor fans. You've written the character in the 616 universe ("The Torch" miniseries) and the Ultimate universe ("Ultimate Fantastic Four"), do you think he is a difficult character to include fully in the X-universe?
I think I'd have to say, "Yes." With any character who's been present in the wider Marvel Universe for so long, both as a solo protagonist and as a member of various teams, and who then comes into the X-verse, there's going to be a period of adjustment for existing fans on both sides of the fence.
Namor is colossally powerful, he's got a compelling and well-documented backstory and he's also the ruler of a nation -- inevitably, that means he's a center of gravity as far as the ongoing narrative is concerned. Fitting him in alongside an existing cast that's strong and cohesive was never going to be easy, but I think Matt [Fraction] made it seem inevitable and natural. In "Dark Reign" and "Second Coming," Namor played a hugely important role, but he never derailed the story or made other characters' contributions seem insignificant.

2) I was happily surprised to see Namor in the "Age of X" promos. Given what news has been released so far, I don't expect a large role for Namor, but I believe you've said the events of this alternate universe will have repercussions for the 616 universe. Will that be true for Namor? If so, will his relationship with Storm change in the 616? Should Black Panther start to worry?

It's hard for me to answer that question without giving away something about how "Age of X" relates to the normal universe. I will say, though, that the fallout will largely be limited to the X-books. Storm's marriage isn't directly threatened, or at least not within the timeframe I'm writing about. The possibility exists for...no, sorry. I can't even finish that sentence.

Well, Malcolm Pickett also has a couple of questions. Can you give him full sentence answers for these? Pretty please?
1) Out of all the characters in "Age of X," who do you think has the most interesting backstory?


If I had to choose, I'd say Basilisk. But I'd rather not choose. We had a crazy amount of fun working out how each of the main characters' lives would have been changed if the X-Men as a group had never existed and if they'd grown up hunted and proscribed. The AGE OF X COMMUNIQUÉS, which are currently running here on CBR, give some really good insights into this.

2) Any hints as to what "X-Men: Legacy" #250 will be about?

No hints -- except to say that it deals with some of the fallout from "Age of X" for a number of key characters, and that it defines the next phase of the book's existence.

Marcus Martin wants to know more, more, more about the "Age of X." Let's see what kind of hints we might pry from you with the following inquiries:
1) Given these "History of X" moments that have been seen around the web lately, it makes me wonder when the inciting event for "Age of X" started (approximately) according to the Marvel Universe timeline?


I really, really can't answer that question, Marcus. The mystery of how "Age of X" came about is central to the story, and the answer is (I hope) one that you won't see coming.

2) Also, given the pictures showing the Fantastic Four's arrest and Sue storm's involvement in the "Age of X" Avengers, I'm curious if the kids (Franklin Richards and Valeria Richards) show up in this event, given that one of them is a confirmed mutant?

No, we don't see what happened to Franklin and Valeria on-panel. But by the end of the story, you'll have the answer to that question.

3) While we have seen Magneto in the "Age of X" promos, what are the chances of other X-Men foes appearing in this event? And if they are, any hints as to which ones?

A number of former Acolytes appear: Tempo, Unuscione, Frenzy, Voght. Heavy hitters like Sinister and Apocalypse don't, and there's a reason for that which will unfold in due course.

The Seventh Light wraps up our day with two final questions regarding this event:
1) I assume this parallel is most likely intentional, but how much will the dangers of Fortress X translate into what could befall the residents of Utopia?


You're right, SL -- the parallel is definitely intended. But this isn't a "Decimation" or "Dark Reign" analogue, it's something different that carries echoes of those events. It all comes back to this central question of how the world of "Age of X" relates to the real world, which is finally answered in the parts 5 and 6 of the story.

2) With Neophyte having been revealed as a traitor in CBR's AGE OF X COMMUNIQUÉS, are any of the Fortress X's invaders mutants themselves?

Neophyte was no traitor. Bear in mind that the communiqué says his evidence was given under duress -- he just broke under torture.
There are no renegade mutants among the attacking armies. There are no superhumans of any kind, which is pretty interesting when you think about it.

And while our readers are trying to wrap their brains around that fact, it's time for you to have a bit of a mental flossing yourself with today's "Behind the X" question. How about this -- if they made a film of your life, what actor would play you and why?

Umm...probably Roger Moore. He'd be able to handle my full emotional range using just the one eyebrow.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jan 12 2011, 10:09

X-Men Legacy trará, a partir da próxima edição, um novo evento, passado em realidade alternativa: Age of X. O responsável por essa nova empreitada é o escritor Mike Carey, conhecido dos fãs dos mutantes.
Antes, porém, de entrar nesse novo universo, Carey comentou a tensão entre Ciclope e Satânico nas últimas edições. O autor prometeu que explorará mais Julian e sua atual situação, vivendo sem as mãos.
Carey disse que não haverá nenhum especial para comemorar os 30 anos de surgimento de Vampira, mas podemos esperar algo marcante para a edição #250 de Legacy. Essa história trará conseqüências de Age of X (os reflexos daquele universo alternativo) e marcará a transição para uma nova fase.
Carey ressaltou que não há confirmação de que Zaladane é irmã de Polaris e que Lorna seja filha de Magneto. Ele disse que não há previsão para que esse assunto seja tratado, mas ele confidencialmente prediz que haverá uma interação entre Magneto e Polaris em 2011.
Noturno e Cable estão mortos. Destrutor e Polaris estão desaparecidos no espaço. Lilandra morreu recentemente. Kitty voltou, mas não em seu estado natural. Com tanta coisa acontecendo, os fãs reclamam da falta de profundidade na abordagem desses e de outros assuntos. Carey admitiu que falta explorar bastante coisa, também por falta de espaço, mas de tempo.
Carey disse que colocar Namor dentro das histórias mutantes é muito difícil, por, além de ele ser muito poderoso, ele é um centro natural de gravidade nas revistas. Contudo, o autor avalia como significativas as participações dele em Reinado Sombrio e Second Coming, por exemplo.
Entrando no assunto de Age of X, Carey disse que o personagem que tem o melhor pano de fundo é Basilisk, mas muitos outros também têm. O mistério central de Age of X, segundo ele, é como surgiu esse universo. Sobre a participação de Franklin e Valeria Richards na trama, ele negou. Entre os vilões, aparecem alguns Acólitos, enquanto Sinistro e Apocalipse não dão as caras.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jan 19 2011, 07:21

X-Position com o Aaron:

Spoiler:


Andre4000 has a few non-X queries, but I’ll allow it as I’m curious about the answers myself…
I’m really enjoying your “Wolverine” (as well as “Scalped,” and everything else you write), but I have a couple of “PunisherMAX” questions I’m hoping you could answer:
1) The story is awesome! And while it doesn’t really matter to me, I still have to ask – is Marvel looking at this as a retelling of Kingpin’s origin, a retcon, or is this one of those alternate universe-type stories?


Thanks, Andre. And yeah, the world of “PunisherMAX” is a separate universe from the main Marvel U. There's no Daredevil in the “PunisherMAX” world, not that we've ever seen at least. There's nobody running around with superpowers. There's just Frank, who's gotta be at least sixty years old at this point – an idea I've been addressing in the series.

2) The stories you’re telling appear to be more about the villains than Punisher. Is the goal of the series to “redefine” the villains for the present? And will you be getting to a more Punisher-driven story? Or will you be focusing on another villain after Bullseye?

Yes, the first two arcs have focused quite a bit on the villains. But the third arc is titled simply "Frank," so expect lots of quality time with ol' Frank in that one.

3) Wolverine and Punisher are both “tough guys,” but Wolverine seems to let his softer side slip out a bit more often. What do you feel the difference is between these bad-asses? And how important is it to make Frank Castle a sympathetic character in your mind?

I've never really sympathized with Frank. I mean, you sympathize with the guy who lost his family so long ago. But he's not really that guy anymore, you know? He's a borderline psychopath and certified mass murderer. Then again, Frank would tell you he's more sane than anyone he's ever met, so who knows?
Now Logan, he's obviously had his problems over the years and has certainly killed his share of folks, but he's at least more haunted by it than Frank is. He's always striving to be something better than what he's been before, while Frank is perfectly content to spend the rest of his days doing exactly what he's been doing, even though he knows it's ultimately pointless. I think Logan has a little more hope for the future…maybe not hope for himself. He has no illusions about what kind of man he is, ultimately. But still, he hopes his sacrifice can someday make life better for others. He's more of a romantic than Frank is, I suppose – more of an idealist. Frank is about as far removed from idealism as you could get.

Speaking of Wolverine, Renaldo had a handful of inquiries he was hoping you could help him with:
1) I was wondering if you ever feel the urge to bring in a more regular cast in “Wolverine,” akin to “Wolverine: Origins.” Or will the cast in the book be more rotational?


I feel like I am introducing more of a regular cast into the series. Wolverine's girlfriend, Melita, has obviously been playing a big role. I've also used Mystique quite frequently, and she will continue to be a part of the book. And we'll also be seeing some other characters making regular appearances in the coming months.
Those back-up stories from this opening arc of “Wolverine” were meant to seed a lot of that supporting cast. The death of the Silver Samurai, in particular, will have major repercussions down the road. And we'll be seeing much more of Amiko, Logan's adopted daughter, as well. Also, keep an eye on my “Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine” series. That's all I'll say there.

2) Since “Get Mystique,” it has been clear that you are the guy to bring ass-kicking back to Wolverine. I’m curious, are you ever tempted to include more of the X-family, like Scott, Domino, or Vanisher? Also, maybe you could bring in Black Panther, Punisher, or other elements from “Immortal Weapons” into your Wolverine run?

I do have plans for at least one of the Immortal Weapons – it's just a matter of when I can fit it all in. I want this series to indeed feature appearances by Logan's X-family, but since Logan is a big part of the Avengers world as well, I want to see some of those characters pop up from time to time too.

3) Can you say how you’re involved with “Fear Itself?” Will it tie in heavily with any of your books?

A lot of that is still being finalized, but I think there will be a Wolverine tie-in…yes.

4) Finally, I'm a huge fan of your “Where the Hell Am I?” column on CBR and I'm loving “Scalped!” As I pray for you to take up a Ghost Rider book again, I was wondering – what's the influence behind your gritty“Ultimate Captain America” book, especially in how it ties to the present with the Ultimate Avengers?

I was actually talking to Mark Millar last week, so yeah, there is a way that this ties into “Ultimate Avengers.” For me, the idea was to do a story that addressed the fact that Steve Rogers missed out on a big important chunk of American history while he was frozen in that ice. He wasn't around for the civil rights struggle or the Kennedy assassinations or the Vietnam War or Watergate or any of that stuff. Now he's confronted with the legacy of that period made flesh, in this angry "Captain America of the Vietnam War." So you have two Caps, both with very strong ideas about what their country represents, and he's fun to bounce those two guys off each other, figuratively and literally.

5) Is there any chance you’ll be doing another “Astonishing” series after you conclude “Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine?”

Probably not in the cards right now. My dance card for 2011 is already overflowing. But the events of "Astonishing Spidey & Wolvie" will most definitely have repercussions elsewhere. Also, just let me say, thanks to everybody who's been picking up that series and especially all the people who've been talking it up online.
I was really worried about that book before it hit. I worried that it was too crazy, too different than what people were expecting. But thankfully, those are the qualities that readers have really responded to. I have had more fun working on this series than pretty much anything I've ever done, and I feel like it shows. Even if I don't do another "Astonishing" series, I will most definitely be doing more stories in this same vein. It's too much fun not to.

Even though you don’t have another ‘Astonishing’ book scheduled, Darkxmen is hoping you might add another title or two to your dance card that readers can look forward to…
I am loving your ‘Wolverine Goes to Hell” – you’re one of the reasons that I’m reading comics on a regular basis, so thank you for that. My question is: what are the chances of you doing a full-fledged story arc for the X-Men? Would you be interested in that? And might we ever see you do a miniseries focusing on a single X-Men member, like Gambit or Storm?


I'd say there's a very good chance you could see me doing something X-Men related in the near future. A very good chance indeed...

That sounds like a topic for a future X-POSITION! On the topic of Gambit, Nathan had a good ol’ creole request:
As Gambit is currently looking after Wolverine's ‘daughter’ in “X-23,” will Logan be keeping an eye on the Cajun to see what his motives are in your book, as he has shown distrust of Gambit in the past?


No plans for Gambit right now. But I too am loving what Marjorie's doing with X-23 though.

Steve sent in a whole list of queries for you, and kicks things off with a desire to know more about X-23 as well:
1) How are the Wolverine “family” of titles ("Daken," "X-23," "X-Force") coordinated? Do you work with Marjorie Liu and Daniel Way, or is that all up to the editor? For example, how did you coordinate the characters’ involvement in “Wolverine Goes to Hell?”


That's mostly coordinated by our amazing editor, Jeanine Schaefer. But I do talk to Marjorie and Dan on occasion, though Dan's backwoods hillbilly dialect is often hard to decipher and Marjorie's excessive use of Chinese profanity can sometimes be disconcerting. We also have an X-Men summit once a year where we all sit in a room together and iron out the next year's worth of stories, and that's usually much more civil.

2) When writing Wolverine, I imagine it's hard to write physical threats for him because of his healing factor. Is that why you chose for the current storyline to be more psychological than physical? What kinds of things will change in Wolverine as a result of this story?

There are big changes coming for Logan as a result of this whole plot to send him to hell. As for who sent him to hell and what their real goal might be and how this will all affect the ol' Canucklehead, well, I'm afraid we'll just have to wait and see.

3) With Wolverine being infected in “The List,” his coming to terms with Nightcrawler's death, his talk to John Wraith, and finally being sent to Hell – are we seeing the character become more spiritual? And was this an intentional change on your part?

Yes, Logan's spiritual growth is something I've been developing for quite a while now, and his current trip to hell is in some ways the culmination of that development. Logan has faith now. Logan is a believer. But the ramifications of that faith and belief is something that he will continue to wrestle with.

4) Melita Garner is an interesting character and her partnership with Mystique is endlessly fun. Do you see her purpose as getting Wolverine to quit pining for Jean and help him move forward? Or does she serve a different need in your eyes?

As I've said before, I quite simply just wanted to introduce a love interest for Logan who wasn't going to get killed off. I wanted him, for the first time in a while, to have a real relationship. As for where that leads, we'll have to wait and see.

5) We've seen a lot of characters (presumably) die recently: Silver Samurai, Yuriko, and Wraith. What motivates you to kill a character – how do you choose?

Don't assume that all those characters you listed are dead. As for what motivates me to kill a character: it just has to be right for the story. You don't wanna do it just to get a quick, temporary shock and then you have no where else to go. With Silver Samurai in particular, there's still a lot of story to be told in relation to his death.

That’s it from the fans for this week – now it’s time for some “Behind the X” fun! Good writing stems from many sources, but I’d argue it begins with a good breakfast. What’s your favorite type of breakfast cereal?

Fruity Pebbles, now and forever. Although Cookie Crisp ain't bad either.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jan 19 2011, 07:44

O escritor Jason Aaron falou sobre os planos para a revista-solo de Wolverine. Ele disse que há um elenco mais ou menos fixo na revista, como Melita, a namorada de Logan, e Mística. As pequenas histórias que saíram junto com os primeiros números tinham a função de apresentar o elenco de apoio para as aventuras futuras e trazer fatos que repercutirão, como, por exemplo, a morte do Samurai de Prata. Aaron também disse que Amiko, a filha adotiva de Logan, aparecerá e que algumas coisas estarão ligadas ao trabalho dele em Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine.

Como Logan também é parte dos Vingadores, ele espera trazer membros desse grupo em aparições esporádicas. Ele também pode trazer algum dos membros das Armas Imortais, grupo criado nas histórias do Punho de Ferro. Gambit, que está aparecendo em X-23, não deve dar as caras em Wolverine.

Para aqueles que acreditam que Samurai de Prata, Lady Letal e Espectro estão realmente mortos, ele pediu para que esperássemos pelo fim do arco em questão.

Aaron adiantou que acredita que haverá um tie-in de Fear Itself, a nova megassaga Marvel, em Wolverine.

Ele provavelmente não fará outra série de Astonishing depois que acabar a do Homem-Aranha com Wolverine. Mas a grande revelação foi que é muito provável que ele faça algo relacionado aos X-Men.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Fev 03 2011, 10:26

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Dan and Marjorie, the news that you're leaving "Daken: Dark Wolverine" as of issue #9 is a bit of a shocker. Can you tell fans why you're leaving the book? Couldn't one of you have stayed on to continue the character's adventures?

Daniel Way: In my case specifically, I had to create some room in a very cramped schedule so that I'd have time to work on other projects. Not an easy decision, but one that had to be made.
Marjorie Liu: I really hate to leave the book, but Marvel needs my talents elsewhere.

You'll both continue to write for Marvel, including "Deadpool," "Astonishing X-Men" and "X-23" for the foreseeable future, correct? Do you have other projects coming up?

Way: Yes and yes. I have something in the works, but it's too early to talk about it yet.
Liu: Yes, maybe. But for the moment, novels (and "X-23") are my focus.

Daniel, Daken is your baby in the sense that you introduced him to the reading masses and have been his primary writer since his inception. Is it difficult for you to step away from this character?

Way: In a word -- yes. Leaving the book was not a decision that I made quickly or easily. Initially I was going to stay on as co-writer but, once I read some of the incoming writer's work, I was able to leave with a clear conscience. Daken's in good hands.

What was it like for you when Marjorie joined you in writing him? What do you feel she brought to Daken?

Way: I couldn't have had a better collaborator than Marjorie. She understood Daken immediately, and he's a hard guy to figure out. What do I think she brought to the character? Well, he's definitely sexier than he used to be -- that's all Marjorie. And more elegant, yet no less vicious.

And Marjorie, what was it about Daken (and Daniel) that you had to get used to before you felt comfortable on this writing team?

Liu: Working with Dan was incredibly easy right from the start. I also couldn't have asked for a better writing partner. As for Daken, I loved his complexity, his ruthless intelligence and humor. Loving a character is the same, for me, as feeling comfortable with a character.

Could you both name a few of your favorite moments from your run?

Way: I think that first arc, "The Prince," was a homerun. And I love the Moonstone issue.
Liu: I also love that Moonstone issue! The first arc of "Dark Wolverine" was such fun to write, and I love the kiss between Daken and Bullseye during the "Siege" crossover. Daken and Mystique, Daken and the Fantastic Four, and Daken and Tyger Tiger -- all those interactions were a blast to imagine.

Thanks for sharing! And now, on to the readers!
The Big G has a couple of big queries about big confrontations. Do you have some big answers?
1) I just picked up "X-23" #5 and thought it was pretty great. I loved the ending! But with Mr. Sinister back, what does that mean about Ms. Sinister?


Liu: Thanks! But don't worry -- Ms. Sinister isn't going anywhere. And, to some degree, neither is Mr. Sinister.

2) In "Daken: Dark Wolverine" #4, we saw that Daken is going to go after Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Captain America) because Bucky capped Itsu back when he was the Winter Solider. Bucky isn't like anyone Daken's faced before -- has he bitten off more than he can chew? And will Black Widow or Steve Rogers be pulled into this conflict?

Way: Daken's ultimate confrontation with Bucky is definitely going to happen -- we've spent too much time and effort setting it up for it not to! And it's gonna be brutal, people. Brutal…

Rory wrote in to comment about an emotionally brutal moment from another book and wondered how it will impact Daken:
1) I really enjoyed issue "Daken: Dark Wolverine" #4! I couldn't stop giggling every time Daken harassed Ben Grimm. It also felt as though there is a solid friendship between Daken and Johnny Storm. Will Johnny's tragic demise have any impact on Daken? Will we see this commented on in a future issue?


Way: Yes. Another straw on the camel's back, so to speak. Eventually, there will be one too many.

2) On a lighter note, if "Daken: Dark Wolverine" is ever going to be made into a movie, what actor do you think is best suited to play Daken? My little niece (who loves Daken, just like me) has been rooting for Mark Salling (a.k.a. Noah Puckerman in "Glee") to play him, although I find it difficult to imagine a singing Daken.

Way: Wow, good question. No one springs to mind, but since the character is almost completely internalized, whoever it is would have to be one hell of an actor.
Liu: Absolutely. Although, the other day I was watching "White Collar," and actor Matthew Bomer definitely has the style part down...

Hm, that's a toughie -- but I'd love to see Daken sing a few Journey songs. While we all contemplate that notion, Taurean wanted to hear more about a handless hero.
Marjorie, I am a big fan of your work and I was wondering…with Hellion now walking a fine line between hero and potential villain, what kind of influence will X-23 play in helping him stay on the right side?


Liu: Hellion isn't going to be returning to the book for a while. When he does, though, X-23 is going to be a very different person.

Robert W. is a thoughtful individual and sent in a question for each of you. Ain't he sweet?
1) Daniel, I loved your "Wolverine: Origins" and while I felt you left Romulus (for the most part) dead, did you say all you wanted to with that character? Or do you plan to revisit him?


Way: Originally, I had planned to do much more with the character but, well, things happen. Will I, or someone else, eventually spring him from the Darkforce Dimension? I can almost guarantee it.

2) Marjorie, I felt you wrote one of the best Jubilee stories in "Girl Comics" #3, so I know you're going to do wonders with her when she appears in "X-23." Can you give us any hints on how Jubilee will interact with X-23 now that Jubes is a vampire?

Liu: Thank you so much! It so happens that I just wrote the first issue of an upcoming arc that will bring Jubilee (and Wolverine) into the book. It'll be an uneasy relationship between the two of them. Jubilee is a predator now, and X-23 knows it. Both girls are dangerous killers, except X-23 was trained to be that way and is dealing with the heavy burden and price of that lifestyle. Jubilee had these instincts thrust on her, and she's still learning about the emotional and personal costs. Plus, Wolverine doesn't exactly treat these girls the same, and that double standard will be addressed.

Renaldo sent in an email requesting some possible team-ups…and then concludes with an awkward team-up suggestion of his own!
1) Ms. Liu, do you have any urge to involve the new young X-females (such as those of the 5 Lights, Pixie or even Hope) in the "X-23" book, as it seems Laura could relate to several of them and offer advice? It would be nice to see X-23 get that shot at maturity after seeing her do "gore" on X-Force…


Liu: I think Hope and X-23 would have an interesting relationship, but I don't have plans to bring her into the book. Besides, she's very busy at the moment! Jubilee is coming in, though -- at least for one arc -- and after that's played out, expect to see a couple other X-Men who haven't been around in a while; including Kiden and her friends from NYX.

2) Dan, with Deadpool going bonkers and loving it on "X-Force," will there be any X-Force cameos in your book? It pains me that Bullseye can't show up in this title (as he's dead), but Vanisher, Domino, or Fantomex would be great!

Way: It's possible. The next year of stories has already been plotted out (more news on that soon), but maybe later on?

3) Finally, Marjorie Liu…will you marry me?

Liu: Finally, in time for Valentine's Day! A marriage proposal! And one that's not from prison!

And that bizarre final question is a great segue way to this week's "Behind the X" question. As a "loverly" holiday is soon approaching, what is the best Valentine you've either given or received?

Way: Given? Can't tell you because my girlfriend is going to read this and I don't want to ruin the surprise. Received? I'll let you know in a few weeks.
Liu: Honestly, I can't remember. Probably it was back in elementary school, when we were all forced to buddy up on Valentines. I think the cut-out heart I received had been gummed a little by the boy next to me.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Fev 03 2011, 10:44

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Dan and Marjorie, the news that you're leaving "Daken: Dark Wolverine" as of issue #9 is a bit of a shocker. Can you tell fans why you're leaving the book? Couldn't one of you have stayed on to continue the character's adventures?

Daniel Way: In my case specifically, I had to create some room in a very cramped schedule so that I'd have time to work on other projects. Not an easy decision, but one that had to be made.
Marjorie Liu: I really hate to leave the book, but Marvel needs my talents elsewhere.

You'll both continue to write for Marvel, including "Deadpool," "Astonishing X-Men" and "X-23" for the foreseeable future, correct? Do you have other projects coming up?

Way: Yes and yes. I have something in the works, but it's too early to talk about it yet.
Liu: Yes, maybe. But for the moment, novels (and "X-23") are my focus.

Daniel, Daken is your baby in the sense that you introduced him to the reading masses and have been his primary writer since his inception. Is it difficult for you to step away from this character?

Way: In a word -- yes. Leaving the book was not a decision that I made quickly or easily. Initially I was going to stay on as co-writer but, once I read some of the incoming writer's work, I was able to leave with a clear conscience. Daken's in good hands.

What was it like for you when Marjorie joined you in writing him? What do you feel she brought to Daken?

Way: I couldn't have had a better collaborator than Marjorie. She understood Daken immediately, and he's a hard guy to figure out. What do I think she brought to the character? Well, he's definitely sexier than he used to be -- that's all Marjorie. And more elegant, yet no less vicious.

And Marjorie, what was it about Daken (and Daniel) that you had to get used to before you felt comfortable on this writing team?

Liu: Working with Dan was incredibly easy right from the start. I also couldn't have asked for a better writing partner. As for Daken, I loved his complexity, his ruthless intelligence and humor. Loving a character is the same, for me, as feeling comfortable with a character.

Could you both name a few of your favorite moments from your run?

Way: I think that first arc, "The Prince," was a homerun. And I love the Moonstone issue.
Liu: I also love that Moonstone issue! The first arc of "Dark Wolverine" was such fun to write, and I love the kiss between Daken and Bullseye during the "Siege" crossover. Daken and Mystique, Daken and the Fantastic Four, and Daken and Tyger Tiger -- all those interactions were a blast to imagine.

Thanks for sharing! And now, on to the readers!
The Big G has a couple of big queries about big confrontations. Do you have some big answers?
1) I just picked up "X-23" #5 and thought it was pretty great. I loved the ending! But with Mr. Sinister back, what does that mean about Ms. Sinister?


Liu: Thanks! But don't worry -- Ms. Sinister isn't going anywhere. And, to some degree, neither is Mr. Sinister.

2) In "Daken: Dark Wolverine" #4, we saw that Daken is going to go after Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Captain America) because Bucky capped Itsu back when he was the Winter Solider. Bucky isn't like anyone Daken's faced before -- has he bitten off more than he can chew? And will Black Widow or Steve Rogers be pulled into this conflict?

Way: Daken's ultimate confrontation with Bucky is definitely going to happen -- we've spent too much time and effort setting it up for it not to! And it's gonna be brutal, people. Brutal…

Rory wrote in to comment about an emotionally brutal moment from another book and wondered how it will impact Daken:
1) I really enjoyed issue "Daken: Dark Wolverine" #4! I couldn't stop giggling every time Daken harassed Ben Grimm. It also felt as though there is a solid friendship between Daken and Johnny Storm. Will Johnny's tragic demise have any impact on Daken? Will we see this commented on in a future issue?


Way: Yes. Another straw on the camel's back, so to speak. Eventually, there will be one too many.

2) On a lighter note, if "Daken: Dark Wolverine" is ever going to be made into a movie, what actor do you think is best suited to play Daken? My little niece (who loves Daken, just like me) has been rooting for Mark Salling (a.k.a. Noah Puckerman in "Glee") to play him, although I find it difficult to imagine a singing Daken.

Way: Wow, good question. No one springs to mind, but since the character is almost completely internalized, whoever it is would have to be one hell of an actor.
Liu: Absolutely. Although, the other day I was watching "White Collar," and actor Matthew Bomer definitely has the style part down...

Hm, that's a toughie -- but I'd love to see Daken sing a few Journey songs. While we all contemplate that notion, Taurean wanted to hear more about a handless hero.
Marjorie, I am a big fan of your work and I was wondering…with Hellion now walking a fine line between hero and potential villain, what kind of influence will X-23 play in helping him stay on the right side?


Liu: Hellion isn't going to be returning to the book for a while. When he does, though, X-23 is going to be a very different person.

Robert W. is a thoughtful individual and sent in a question for each of you. Ain't he sweet?
1) Daniel, I loved your "Wolverine: Origins" and while I felt you left Romulus (for the most part) dead, did you say all you wanted to with that character? Or do you plan to revisit him?


Way: Originally, I had planned to do much more with the character but, well, things happen. Will I, or someone else, eventually spring him from the Darkforce Dimension? I can almost guarantee it.

2) Marjorie, I felt you wrote one of the best Jubilee stories in "Girl Comics" #3, so I know you're going to do wonders with her when she appears in "X-23." Can you give us any hints on how Jubilee will interact with X-23 now that Jubes is a vampire?

Liu: Thank you so much! It so happens that I just wrote the first issue of an upcoming arc that will bring Jubilee (and Wolverine) into the book. It'll be an uneasy relationship between the two of them. Jubilee is a predator now, and X-23 knows it. Both girls are dangerous killers, except X-23 was trained to be that way and is dealing with the heavy burden and price of that lifestyle. Jubilee had these instincts thrust on her, and she's still learning about the emotional and personal costs. Plus, Wolverine doesn't exactly treat these girls the same, and that double standard will be addressed.

Renaldo sent in an email requesting some possible team-ups…and then concludes with an awkward team-up suggestion of his own!
1) Ms. Liu, do you have any urge to involve the new young X-females (such as those of the 5 Lights, Pixie or even Hope) in the "X-23" book, as it seems Laura could relate to several of them and offer advice? It would be nice to see X-23 get that shot at maturity after seeing her do "gore" on X-Force…


Liu: I think Hope and X-23 would have an interesting relationship, but I don't have plans to bring her into the book. Besides, she's very busy at the moment! Jubilee is coming in, though -- at least for one arc -- and after that's played out, expect to see a couple other X-Men who haven't been around in a while; including Kiden and her friends from NYX.

2) Dan, with Deadpool going bonkers and loving it on "X-Force," will there be any X-Force cameos in your book? It pains me that Bullseye can't show up in this title (as he's dead), but Vanisher, Domino, or Fantomex would be great!

Way: It's possible. The next year of stories has already been plotted out (more news on that soon), but maybe later on?

3) Finally, Marjorie Liu…will you marry me?

Liu: Finally, in time for Valentine's Day! A marriage proposal! And one that's not from prison!

And that bizarre final question is a great segue way to this week's "Behind the X" question. As a "loverly" holiday is soon approaching, what is the best Valentine you've either given or received?

Way: Given? Can't tell you because my girlfriend is going to read this and I don't want to ruin the surprise. Received? I'll let you know in a few weeks.
Liu: Honestly, I can't remember. Probably it was back in elementary school, when we were all forced to buddy up on Valentines. I think the cut-out heart I received had been gummed a little by the boy next to me.

Daniel Way e Marjorie Liu são os convidados da semana do X-Position. Os dois confirmaram que deixarão o título de Daken a partir da edição 9, por causa do excesso de outros trabalhos. Na franquia mutante, Way continuará a frente de Deadpool e de Astonishing X-Men, e Liu seguirá seu trabalho em X-23.

Way falou que é muito difícil se separar de um personagem que desenvolveu nos últimos anos. Não foi uma decisão impensada ou fácil. Ele seguirá como co-autor da revista e disse que Daken estará em boas mãos, embora não tenha revelado quem assumirá.

O escritor ainda falou que a parceria com Marjorie trouxe a Daken um lado muito mais sexy e elegante. Liu disse que é fácil trabalhar com Way e com Daken, um personagem que, embora complexo, é inteligente e tem um humor ácido.

Entre as novidades para Daken estão também um confronto definitivo com Bucky Barnes. A morte de Johnny Storm também impactará o Wolverine Sombrio. Infelizmente, Way não fez tudo o que gostaria com relação a Romulus.

Sobre a X-23, Liu disse que trabalhará melhor nas próximas edições com o Senhor Sinistro, que acabou de reaparecer no número #5, assim como a Senhora Sinistro, que deu lugar a ele.

No próximo arco, Jubileu, agora vampira, e Wolverine estarão envolvidos. Satânico não aparecerá nas próximas edições, e, quando ele voltar a aparecer, X-23 estará diferente. Nã há planos para Esperança, mas Kiden, de NYC, aparecerá.

Para finalizar, Way, que também escreve Deadpool, disse que é possível que a X-Force apareça em algum momento das histórias.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Fev 09 2011, 14:13

X-Position com Kathryn Immonen:
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Sami kicks things off with some words of appreciation to welcome our guest. Thanks for making my job easy, Sami!
Hey Kathryn! First, I'm really glad I get this chance to thank you for writing really great stories! From Chase's uncle in "Runaways" to revealing Pixie as a Mastermind Sister -- it's all incredible! I was just wondering how you view Jubilee as a character now that she is a vampire -- what drives her?


It's me who should be thanking you! I'm so glad you've been reading and enjoying the books. As for Jubilee, I guess at this point I kind of see her as -- to steal a phrase -- a fabulous disaster. Even without her newfound fangy-ness (MS Word is telling me that's not a word -- it'll learn...), she's already experienced so much upheaval in her time.
It's been a steady journey of her trying to figure out what it is she has to offer and where she fits in. So, in that sense, this is really more of the same, but really amped up. How can she leverage her vampire powers in a way that adequately manages the risk to everyone around her? It has the potential to put her right back in the X-Men game, but also to have one of them take her right out of it if she puts a foot wrong.

Aspbros has a couple of X-queries, but before tackling those, he was hoping for some insight on the "Moving Pictures" graphic novel you created with your husband (artist Stuart Immonen -- "New Avengers," "Ultimate Spider-Man"):
1) Kathryn, I'm a big fan of all your writing and I recently read "Moving Pictures." I enjoyed it, but I must confess that I needed to read it a couple of times in order to follow the narrative…and I'm still a bit confused. I know you don't want to spoil it for others, but is there a key to reading this so I can follow the story in a more linear fashion? I feel like I'm missing something…


You're not alone, which is encouraging -- for one of us! "Moving Pictures" has two storylines which meet right at the beginning and then again at the end. So, the train scene at the beginning happens right before the first interrogation scene. The -- let's call it the Train storyline -- then backs up to a point in time before that and then continues chronologically until it meets up again with the Interrogation storyline at the very end. So, aside from that first jump back in time, both stories proceed linearly.
I know that it's a pretty opaque work and that so much of what goes on is internalized to the point where it's practically been reabsorbed at the cellular level of the characters. Stuart and I are both really honored that people have been willing to read it through repeatedly in order to parse it.

2) And now I'll get back to the X-questions…

If you have to. I'm perfectly content to talk about Nazis, mariachi bands and talking cats.

Now that Jubilee is a vampire, how are you going to deal with the "sexual" aspect that seems to be inherent in being a vampire? It feels like you can't have a vampire story without sexual desire tying into it somehow, and a Jubilee/Wolverine pairing would just seem wrong…

Wrong like a wrong pork chop covered in wrong gravy. Not least of which is because she's seventeen, so "wrong" in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. (Thanks Wikipedia!)
But beyond that, I really think that the blanket issues for vampires are, and always have been, that of extreme need and extraordinary desire and how those things intersect and conflict and what you'll do to fulfill them. And then you've got Jubilee who, because of Wolverine's blood coursing through her veins, is always trying to reconcile those things with this overlaid haze of -- I hesitate to use the word "humanity," so let's call it "perspective" -- which doesn't come naturally to her.


3) You're writing Wolverine as a father-figure in this book (at least it seems that way from the outset). As a writer, how do you separate the killer from the nurturer when you're writing him? Are those two aspects even compatible?

I read this question out loud to Stuart (who works about four feet away from me) and his response was, "I guess they haven't met your father." I think this has pretty much always been the relationship between the two of them. And I think she's in need of a guiding hand and a boatload of patience, now more than ever. I'm sure if push came to shove, Wolverine would have zero compunction about ending Jubilee, but right up until the very last moment, I think he'd still want to choose the Jubilee he hopes she will become over the Jubilee she has become. In the meantime, Wolverine's been around a long time, he knows how things can evolve and he's invested a lot of emotional capital in her. I know it doesn't always show, but he knows how to be patient.


Kevin also had some thoughts on Wolverine helping Jubilee with her transition. Let's see if you and he are both riding the same train of thinking:
As a longtime Jubilee (and Wolverine) fan, I have to congratulate you on the sell-out success of "Wolverine and Jubilee" #1! Having read 99% of their past interactions, I can definitely say that issue #1 captured both of their individual qualities, especially where the characters stand at the moment. I do have a couple of questions though…
1) What are the chances of Jubilee, with Logan's help, becoming more peaceful and happy about her current condition?


Slim to none? It wouldn't be very interesting if she did. She's like an English trifle, if it was composed of guilt, rage, frustration and general testiness instead of booze, custard, cookies and fruit. But what she does need to do is figure out -- which is what I think everyone is trying to do -- how much of an asset her "liability" can be and how much leeway they can afford to give her.


2) Jubilee is cool even without powers. Her training and gymnastics experience would more than allow her to be a vigilante hero. Will you bring her gymnastic expertise into play? Also, could you give us a run-down of her current power set as a vampire?

I totally agree with you. And Phil and I are working hard to bring her gymnastic background back into play. We're kind of thinking of it as being a lot harder hitting and less graceful, like blending the gymnastic moves with the air positions of parkour or even break-dancing. As far as her vampire powers go -- greatly accelerated speed and disproportionate strength. So that, coupled with her own natural abilities, is a pretty cool place to be.


Sean A. wants to discuss friends and talk about…talking. What do you say?
1) I greatly enjoyed the first issue "Wolverine and Jubilee." It's a fantastic issue filled with action and fine-tuned characterization, but I do wonder why you might've chosen Pixie, Armor, and Rockslide as supporting characters for this story. Although I do want to see Jubilee form new relationships, I'm more curious about her older relationships (outside of Wolverine), like those with Storm, Psylocke, Gambit, and Husk. How did you pick your supporting players? And did you intentionally avoid the latter?


Aside from the fact that I'm nuts about Rockslide, I think it's a natural fit to put Jubilee into contact with the other young X-Men, even if it was only for contrast. At this point, she's going to be seventeen forever. She'll always be one of the kids, even if -- all things being equal -- she's going to outlive Wolverine. She's never been more of an outsider. There'll be time, I'm sure, to get to her interaction with many of the other X-Men, but for this, we started with the one constant in her life (Wolverine) and moved forward from there.

2) I loved the dialogue from Jubilee in how she sees the world and describing her hunger. It's lyrical and poetic. Was there any particular inspiration that helped you write her dialogue and describe her instincts?

Thanks. And not really. I was just thinking about what that must be like. She's basically doped to the gills, and that's supposed to be some kind of solution that allows her to function. I guess if anything, I was thinking about, say, caffeine pills where you're awake but it's a useless kind of awake, or else something that'll make you sleep but it's not a restful sleep.
I think the other thing that's going on is that she's experiencing, in some ways, a physical manifestation of the mental disconnect that a lot of kids feel when they're dealing with adults. As a teenager, I constantly felt like I was listening to people talk to me from the other side of a plate glass window -- difficult to hear what they were saying and then, when you could, it was like they were from Mars. Or you were (same difference).

Renaldo sent in a handful of queries (one for every finger) and covers every topic from Jubilee to your dreams…
1) With Jubilee's current vampire status, is it easier for her to relate to Logan, considering he "vamped out" for a while and can act like a predator? Or is their usual family-like bond going to be their main tether in this story?


Not yet! Jubilee in this state is working his last nerve. She's an undead teenage rage-oholic with a bad attitude. I think the real issue may be that Wolverine was always going to outlive her, and now...it's almost like she's older than he'll ever be. As much as Jubilee is having to deal with what's happened to her, its effects on Wolverine are no less profound. The dynamic between them is going to have to change, but they're both resisting it.

2) After your gratifying "Heralds" and exquisite "Pixie Strikes Back," are there going to be any cameos to aid Logan in this book with Jubilee? I'm thinking she may need some sort of mother- or sister-figure rather than the patriarchal Logan, or maybe even a romantic aid (Jono, a.k.a. Decibel) or friends from the last incarnation of "New Warriors?"

It's basically a Wolverine, Jubilee, Rockslide party. There's a supporting cast of evil, but those three really proposed a great triangle of relationships to work with in these four issues. I love how, way back at the beginning, Jubilee was basically enchanted by the vision of Storm and her gals in that mall -- how they provided an amazing and almost hypnotic view of adulthood for her. I don't think Jubilee is quite ready for any mothering -- and certainly not for any romance -- at the moment.

3) Are there any plans for you to do another "Hellcat" solo book? I loved your take on Patsy under Stuart's art (as well as the impressive David Lafuente), and it seems that there are many new elements to play with, considering things with Daimon Hellstrom and the current state of Marvel's supernatural realm…

Oh, wouldn't that be fantastic? I'd like nothing more, let me tell you. Currently, there are no plans that I'm aware of, but Stuart and I did do a Hellcat/Gambit story that is coming out, I think, in the last issue of the anthology "X-Men: To Serve and Protect." And even doing that wee thing made me hungry for more Hellcat, if that's possible.

4) Your "Runaways" impressed me to the point where I enjoyed your take as thoroughly as Brian K. Vaughan's run! Is there any chance we'll be seeing you with those characters again soon?

Wow. Thanks. My love for those characters runs deep; my love for BKV's work, even deeper. Again, no plans that I'm aware of. I really hope the Runaways get back on the schedule at some point, and while I would absolutely loveto be a part of it (Hey! There's a massive understatement), ultimately, I just want more Runaways stories. 


5) Finally, are there any "dream" books you'd like to work on at Marvel (or even DC) that you haven't yet? And are there any artists you have not worked with yet that you'd like to work with in the future?

I've been incredibly lucky to have had such happy matches with both material and artists. I really fell in love with Sue Storm during "Heralds" and would love to pursue that relationship. I would also say that Emma Frost is right at the top of my list and, actually, Lois Lane too. My completely nutty desire would be to get my hands on the Challengers of the Unknown. I'd really like to work with James Harren or Ryan Sook on something too.

Our final email of the day comes from Darkxmen, and he's hoping his "dream" book for you might be one of your dreams too:
I just started reading comic books again this past year, and I was fortunate enough to pick up the first issue of "Wolverine and Jubilee…wow, what an incredible first issue! The story and art were amazing. My question is -- are there plans in the future for you to write any other X-Men books in the future? I get the sense from your writing that you know how to write these characters. Either way, keep up the great work and I can't wait for the next issue!


Man, I'm glad I'm not responsible for putting you right back off comics. Result! Also? Phil Noto is really killing it on this book and I love writing the X-Men. At this point, there's nothing else formalized on my proverbial plate, but who knows what the next phone call might bring -- besides an offer to retrain as a dental assistant.


On behalf of the fans, feel free to disregard those calls and, please, keep writing!
Kathryn, before we conclude your initial X-POSITION foray, it's time for a quick "get-to-know-you" question that we like to call "Behind the X." So, if you don't mind, here's a fun one for you: what has been your most interesting/strangest convention experience?


Fun for whom? Oh, for me! Are you sure? Cons are, by and large, pretty wonderful experiences, but I think the most loopy (recently) was the Supanova show, which is kind of like two weeks of traveling circus. We did the Sydney/Perth pair and our first morning in Sydney, when we'd been traveling for twenty-four hours and awake longer than that -- and we were all sequestered in the executive lounge waiting for rooms, eating cereal, and I've already been trying to focus on foreign yogurt with Lou Ferrigno standing beside me -- and Stuart comes around the corner and says, "The Groosalug is here." And then things just got weirder until the day I'm standing in the Maritime Museum in Fremantle with Joe Kubert telling me about whaling and comics and I'm trying not to have my head explode.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Fev 10 2011, 10:03

Kathryn Immonen, para aqueles que não conhecem, é a responsável pela mini de Jubileu e Wolverine, que começou recentemente nos EUA e trata do que se passa após o arco de X-Men em que Jubi se torna vampira. Immonen também escreveu a minissérie de Fada, em que foi revelado o nome de seu verdadeiro pai: Mestre Mental.

Perguntada sobre a sexualidade aflorada, agora que Jubi é vampira, Immonen disse que a personagem ainda é menor de idade em boa parte dos estados americanos (ela tem dezessete anos), então não podemos esperar nada tão apelativo.

Além disso, Wolverine cumpre um importante papel na trajetória de Jubileu, sendo como um pai para ela. Ele esta emocionalmente envolvido com essa transformação da pupila.

Transformada, a personagem contará com novas habilidades, como uma maior agilidade nos movimentos, velocidade e força desproporcional. Ela interagirá com outros jovens mutantes, ainda mais porque, sendo uma vampira, permanecerá com sua idade para sempre. Podemos aguardar também interações com os principais X-Men para o futuro. Contudo, o elenco principal traz, além de Jubileu e Wolverine, a presença de Pedreira.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Fev 15 2011, 21:09

X-Position com Kieron Gillen:
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Madroxdupe is the first sailor on board, and he wants to know who's running the ship:
Kieron, at first I was concerned about the change of writers, but I must say any apprehension has been quelled -- I love your writing! I like your "real world" dialogue and you've knocked the book out of the park. And thanks for using some other X-Men; the Archangel/Storm team-up was great! I was just curious if the Generation Hope team is going to get an official mentor? Or do they fall under Rogue's watch?


Thank you! They should naturally fall over Rogue's watch. For reasons that'll be explained, in the end, they don't. The team gets their new liaison in #6. They don't really "do" mentors, for reasons that'll be clear in #5.

Ms. Zeeg is also concerned about this new crew of mutants, albeit for slightly different reasons:
It seems that everyone Hope saves becomes part of her army -- whether they want to or not. Is there more to this than meets the eye? And will it come into play later?


The influence Hope has over everyone is increasingly on people's minds. It's already been a bit uncanny, but the characters are definitely starting to notice it. Laurie going into the battle against Kenji when she had no real desire to do so in #3 is the penny dropping for her: "This isn't me! Why am I doing this?"
But, yes, the nature of her connection with the lights and certain other mutants is one of the central mysteries in the series. As much as the flashes of a certain flamey-space bird, it's the main thing which makes me feel uneasy around the redhead.

Chase_Stein wrote in to ask about another mutant belonging to this next 'Generation.' But first, some kind words…
Since the first issue, "Generation Hope" has become one of my favorite ongoing series! I really love the dynamic of the team, especially when you give them all a chance to exhibit their powers in turns (like Chris Claremont used to do with characters). They're all so enjoyable to read together!


Thank you! Trying to show what they can each do was definitely on my mind in those first issues. I mean, they've got powers. Let's see 'em use them.

And Kenji Uedo is one of my favorite characters -- ever. I was honestly scared that you're going to turn him into a villain, but I'm glad that you let Hope save him. Now that he's saved though, will he be an integral part of the team? What will his relationship with the other members be like? And will you delve more into his art/ powers?

Kenji's relationship with the team is laid out in #5. So far, we've seen him in a hysterical mode -- which is him, but him stripped of all pretenses and sense. When he's recovered, you'll see him get a little more of the cynical, protective sheen. While he's on the team, he's the one who -- by nature -- positions himself as the outsider.
So, not a villain, but he's the one people are going to have questions about. You can never really be sure with Kenji.
He'll be exploring his powers more. There's a tragedy based around how far he went before being stabilized to be explored, which you start seeing in #4 as well. He could have been anything, and he chose to be this. And there's more about him as an artist too. He's famous, after all. There's at least one admirer of his work on the X-Men… though because he did make a work based on her.

Phoenix Egg had power questions as well, but theirs pertain to a certain redhead:
1) If possible, can you tell us more about Hope's powers? We have learned that she is a mimic, but we don't know any specifics. What are the "rules" to her powers? Can she use any mutant power anywhere at any time? Or do the powers she copies have to be in her immediate vicinity? Is there a limit to the amount of powers she can access at any one time? Is there anything else you can say?


I can repeat what we've shown. She seems to be able to mimic anyone's powers. She's only copied powers of people who are in the vicinity, which may imply that's all she can do. When she mimics someone's power, she seems to actually be more powerful than the person she's mimicking. But, most importantly, she burns out quickly when she does it.
Oh, and she stabilizes other newly-activated mutants when she touches them.
The fun thing about Hope is that she's very much her father's daughter. She'll only use her power as a final resort anyway. She's much happier pulling a gun or kicking someone in the face.

2) Is Hope's father someone significant? Or am I thinking too hard about an ordinary case of an absent father?

He certainly could be significant -- not revealing anything there -- but I'm much more interested in the man who actually raised her. Cable's sacrifice is the shadow which hangs over Hope throughout all these "Generation Hope" stories, even if she's not one to talk about it.
In short -- in a real way, because of the sacrifice, what she does has to matter or it retroactively makes his death meaningless. She's putting herself through the ringer.

Taurean is an X-POSITION regular and he has a couple queries about the membership of mutant groups in both your books:
1) Hope seems to have a cult following after she helped the new mutants control their powers. Is it possible we will see her have her own mutant faction that rivals Scott's mutant union? It would be awesome to see Scott and the "old school" mutants interact with Hope and her new mutant cult.


The peace (or not) between Scott and Hope is absolutely a source of drama. In #5, they basically try and create some kind of relationship to work together, but it's clear that they absolutely don't see totally eye to eye. Hope, for all her toughness, is an absolute idealist. Scott has ended up walking a very pragmatic road.
There's going to be tension there, and it could always turn bad.
Sorry for the non-answer there, but I wanted to say more than "maybe!" It's absolutely something I'd want readers to think about. I mean, Scott is certainly thinking about the potential cult-like nature of people around Hope, as we'll see in issue #6.

2) In the "Uncanny" book, will we see a core group of X-Men or will the book still focus on the entire mutant cast on Utopia? And have you now completely taken over "Uncanny," or are you still tying up story kernels left by Fraction?

Well, I'm following on from Matt. I want it to feel like an ongoing book (because it is an ongoing book). So character arcs and directions which were set in play by Matt will continue to dovetail gracefully onwards. Or as gracefully as I'm able to, anyway.
But in terms of main story arcs, it's me generating stuff from where we are now… which includes some stuff Matt put in motion: the hiring of Kate Kildare for PR strikes me as a brilliant thing to do, and I put her to task on Magneto in my first actual issue.
In terms of the Utopia/core-team question... well, what I'm aiming to do is focus a little tighter. If we have a character in an arc as anything more than a cameo, it's going to be a meaningful arc for them in terms of creating real change in the character. So the first arc is absolutely something that shakes up Colossus and Kitty, for example. By focusing a little tighter, I'm hoping to give the characters I do use more room to grow.
At the same time, it is on Utopia, everyone is on Utopia, so it's possible that anyone could drop by. In my second arc, while it's emotionally focused on a core cast, it's such an enormous conflict that the whole force of Utopia is put into play.
I think that answers the question. Let's hope so, eh?

Thanks for the food for thought -- I'm stuffed! Mr. Brower is now bringing out the dessert and wants to discuss a few more specifics regarding Hope:
Kieron, I have been a fan of the X-Men for many, many years and Jean Grey has always been my favorite character. Therefore, I'm curious -- are we ever going to hear more regarding when Emma saw Hope and the Phoenix effect manifesting behind her (which triggered Emma remembering Jean telling her to prepare)? It just seems like it's been kind of forgotten. I would also think Emma would have said something to Cyclops by now.


She has. And you definitely get some more on the Hope/Emma axis in #5. It's there and it's shaping the Mutant-High-Command's decisions. But it doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to mention it directly to her. I mean, one of the key things which pushed Jean into her Dark Phoenix moment was the fact she was mentally unstable due to the influence of the Hellfire Club. They've got a tough but grieving girl. How are you going to drop "Oh, we think you may have a cosmic world-destroying deity in your head. Don't stress now!" on her without possibly precipitating something bad? They're watching her, and watching her closely.

And are we ever going to see Hope talk about the locket Cyclops gave her which has photos of him and Jean in it? That fact also seems to be neglected.

I haven't got anything planned in the immediate future with it -- bar that it's in her room on Utopia, as I think Jamie drew in #5.

MarvelMaster616 sent in a slew of questions. Be sure to breathe between answers!
1) I know you've gotten so many questions about Hope Summers and Jean Grey that you're probably tired of them. However, I can't help but think of Grant Morrison's Jean Grey when I read Hope in "Generation Hope." Do you think the long list of similarities is hurting her character? Even if she is different in many ways, what do you say to those who call Hope a Jean rip-off?


I'll admit it: bar the physical appearance, I really don't get it.
Jean wouldn't walk around with guns for a start. She wouldn't impulsively ignore the rest of the team and go off on her own desires (ala the first "Generation Hope" arc). She didn't have the odd state of grace that Morrison's Jean had -- and I mean "grace" in its religious sense (e.g. the bit where she lets Sage into her mind in the Emma-Frost-Murder-Mystery arc). The temper is about the only real connection I can see, and Hope's temper is much more a physical thing. Hope punches people out when she's annoyed with them, as a matter of first course.
Jean wouldn't go around wearing a ratty scarf for a month either.

2) Beyond the Jean issue, do you think Hope is a bit over-powered at the moment? She has every mutant power at her disposal plus the Phoenix Force. How do you temper something like that?

I described what powers she appears to have earlier. Yes, they're hefty, but -- at least at the moment -- they're also very limited use.
Generally speaking though? Yeah, she's a powerhouse. She should scare people. She scares people far more than she's actually aware of yet… though the realization is kinda growing on her.

3) I know Matt Fraction will be writing "Fear Itself," but how will the events of that series affect "Uncanny X-Men" and "Generation Hope?" And which characters will take center stage?

I can't say the villain for our arc tying to "Fear Itself" yet, but he's one of my favorite X-Men villains. Since the arc is on such an epic scale, it's the sort where you'll see cameos from just about everyone, but its core emotional focus is on Emma/Scott/Namor and Peter/Kitty/Magik. And "Fear Itself" doesn't really affect "Generation Hope" that much -- though they'll appear in 'Uncanny' as part of the army of cameos. Generation Hope are, er, up to other stuff, which I can't talk about yet.

4) You've mentioned that an upcoming issue of "Uncanny X-Men" will cover the public's perceptions of Magneto joining the X-men. Given his history, how will the X-Men and their PR firm convince everybody that Magneto won't cause trouble? Do the X-Men even believe he's going to stay on their side?

Dude! That's the plot for the issue. Leave me with something to amuse you with when you read it. Alternatively, I could tell you now and then change the script so it's just the X-Men on Utopia, performing an enormous, thrilling dance-routine. I like this idea! It's the perfect excuse for the Dazzler Spotlight issue I've been dying to write.
In short -- Kate knows it's a hard-sell, but has a few ideas. Convincing Magneto that they're a good idea is the first battle, however.
Do the X-men believe Magneto's entirely redeemed? Hell, no. He's Magneto! A good chunk of them don't even trust Emma yet.

That hurt Magneto's feelings -- so Magneto wrote in (believe it or not) wanting to know about his followers:
Are we going to see any Magneto and Acolyte interaction since Unuscione and the rest of Magneto's Acolytes still live on Utopia? With all the devotion Unuscione had for Magneto, it was quite the sight for her to take the hard line against him during their run in over in "X-Men: Legacy" when he didn't have his powers.


I don't have any plans for it at the moment. Since Mr. Carey has been using the Acolytes more than "Uncanny" has, I suspect it's more likely to turn up in "X-Men: Legacy." I'd like to read that too.

If you have any special requests, Kieron, I'd be happy to pass them along at the next Mike Carey X-POSITION. In the meantime, NYC12182 would like you to sing a round of the Sister Sledge classic…
One of the things that have kept me away from X-Men in recent years is their lack of family-like unity, which is what drew me in initially. They were outsiders drawn together by their differences. Will we some of the familial elements return anytime soon? It feels like the X-Men are an army now and things are too perfect -- I miss the emotion and drama the team used to have…


The difference between a wartime organization -- which is what the X-Men have been during "Second Coming" -- and a peacetime organization is absolutely a key theme for "Uncanny" across the next year. I'm not sure I'd agree with you that they're "perfect" -- while a more military organization, there's a lot of obvious tension bubbling here -- but the question of whether certain things are still needed and how they can change them (or not) will rise to the fore.
Generally speaking, within that format, I'm trying to draw tight focus in on the characters and their emotions with my arcs. The 'Breakworld' arc is... oh, you'll see. Very emotional. Also…stabby.

Stabby? We'll stand by with Band-Aids. Our final email of the day comes from We R. Venom, and he's curious if you play favorites:
Kieron, every X-writer has their own set of characters they want to use or write. Was it easy for you to decide which X-Men you want to use since there are so many? Or was it a long process for you?


My choices have been guided by the situation I found them. We're on Utopia. These characters are prominent in the day-to-day-running of it. Hence, they're going to be my main cast. And that cast evolves on an arc basis -- I mentioned Magik earlier, but she becomes much more important with "Fear Itself," when previously she hasn't been a core character on "Uncanny" at all.
Really, I don't try to think about who are my favorites, but just try and see who's actually important and relevant to the story of the X-Men. There's certainly characters who I want to use more, but I'm not going to warp the story to slide them in.
Man! These have all been fairly serious answers. After Kathryn [Immonen] had so much fun last week, I feel like the boring guy in grey -- the saddest of emoticons, burning across the sky…

We certainly have gotten our money's worth in today's X-POSITION! But now it's my turn with today's "Behind the X" question. If you don't mind, please tell us what your worst vacation was… and why?

I was the sort of kid who hated holidays on principle. The idea of going somewhere where there was sun and away from everything I actually cared about was something I dreaded. The silver lining was seeing the holiday-arcades, which were kind of temples in my imagination. As an adult... well, I haven't gone on many "holidays" (which I define as "going somewhere for no reason at all." I travel lots, but there's normally an excuse). I've only really started going again now, due to the influence of my delightful Bride-Elect. And I'll admit, they're growing on me.
Here's me writing about the last one, which was actually -- whisper it -- a bit awesome.
Worst one ever? I've got memories of a trip to Blackpool when I was a kid. Walking down the beach in the pouring rain, trying to catch fish in a crisp-packet attached to a twig…

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Fev 16 2011, 09:56

Kieron Gillen é o escritor de dois dos principais títulos mutantes da atualidade: Uncanny X-Men e Generation Hope. Ele participou do X-Position dessa semana no site CBR.

Gillen disse que o grupo de Esperança deveria ter Vampira como sua mentora, mas algo não sai como planejado. Isso será mostrado na edição #5, assim como a interação de Kenji com os outros colegas. O escritor adiantou que ele não é um vilão, apenas é instável e não sempre questionará as atitudes e decisões dos demais.

A edição #5 também traz mudanças no relacionamento de Esperança com Scott e com Emma.

O autor revelou ainda que um novo mentor será apresentado no número #6 e que um dos mistérios centrais do título é como funciona a conexão que Esperança tem com os outros cinco jovens.

Gillen contou que o poder de Esperança é mimetizar o poder de qualquer outra pessoa e, como foi mostrado, ela só o fez com pessoas que estavam por perto. Além disso, ela é capaz de estabilizar o poder de mutantes recém-ativos ao tocá-los.

Ele não se estendeu sobre a paternidade de Esperança, mas disse que o impacto maior na vida dela não envolve o pai biológico, mas sim Cable, que a criou.

A outra revista de Gillen é Uncanny X-Men. O autor continuará a mesma dinâmica posta por Matt Fraction, como a questão das relações públicas para os mutantes (que será mostrada em breve, com a tentativa de os X-Men convencerem o mundo de que Magneto, trabalhando a seu lado, não trará problemas), além de trabalhar a volta de Kitty e seu relacionamento com Colossus.

Quanto a futuras aparições, embora haja um foco em Magneto, seus Acólitos não serão mostrados. Eles ganharam mais destaque nas páginas de Legacy recentemente.

Para finalizar, Gillen não pôde revelar qual é o vilão que fará parte do tie-in dos X-Men em Fear Itself, a próxima grande saga Marvel, escrita por Matt Fraction. Haverá forte conteúdo emocional nas histórias, principalmente nos eixos Emma/Scott/Namor e Peter/Kitty/Illyana. A saga não terá muitos efeitos sobre Generation Hope, embora Esperança e seus amigos apareçam em Uncanny durante o evento.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Fev 23 2011, 16:41

X-Position com Peter David:

Spoiler:
DB is up first, and he's been digging into X-Factor's past to bring you a question about the present:
Peter, I've been re-reading your early "X-Factor" hardcovers and loving them -- they absolutely hold up half a decade later. However, I was wondering: does Siryn (now Banshee) still have the seduction/mind control abilities you introduced for her in "X-Factor" #1? They seemed like a big deal when she first started using them, but they're rarely mentioned in recent years. With X-Factor being a detective agency, I would think Theresa would have a use for those abilities virtually all the time…


She does indeed still have them, DB; it's just that the circumstances have to be correct for her to use them. It's not the sort of thing that's particularly useful, say, during a battle. But we'll see them on display during the story arc we're about to embark on.

AEH was looking for details about another story that X-Factor was supposedly going to embark on -- can you help him out?
I thought "X-Factor" #214 was originally solicited as a one-shot concerning high school suicides. This sounded like an intriguing story for the team with a lot of dramatic and character potential. What happened to that story, and will we be seeing it at some other point in the future?


I think, AEH, that the commonly used phrase is "creative differences."

Moving on, Mr. Anderson is hoping that the story of a certain character doesn't get lost amidst all the team's upcoming activities.
Issue #214 was a surprise, but I really enjoyed it. That said, is Darwin's story on the back-burner for now, or will you check on him from time to time? I'm digging the whole "Was it a hallucination or a vision of the future?" and need to know more!


Darwin will indeed be back sometime after issue #220, Mr. Anderson, when the entire storyline with Rahne's offspring begins to heat up. He still has to make it back to New York from the Midwest, and that takes a little time when you (a) can't fly, (b) can't teleport, and (c) don't really have any money on you. If he were able to turn into a car, that would be handy, but he's an evolving mutant, not a Transformer.

There isn't a mutant Transformer…but wouldn't it be cool if there was? Anyhow, Andre4000 wrote in with questions about crossovers, secrets and romantic entanglements:
1) Is X-Factor going to be affected by "Age of X" or "Fear Itself?" And if so, to what extent?


It's interesting, Andre, that one of the things fans claim to like about "X-Factor" is that mostly we're off doing our own thing, but they're also always asking if we're going to tie in to this crossover or that crossover. Talk about your mixed messages. I think at this point we're just going to do the best stories we can and hope that the rest of the Marvel Universe ties into us.

2) Rahne is still carrying around the knowledge/guilt of all that she did as a member of X-Force. Do you think she suspects that Wolverine is still carrying on an X-Force team? And how do you think X-Factor would react if they ever found out a new X-Force team was running around?

Actually, we're making it a bit of a story point that Rahne isn't carrying around all the knowledge/built of what she did as a member of X-Force. In real life, when people are involved in things that are traumatic, they block it out as a means of self-preservation. And that's for stuff way less traumatic than, say, eating your own father. That's what Rahne's done; there's stuff that she literally doesn't recall.
On the other hand, secrets -- even secrets that you yourself don't know -- have a way of coming out, especially when there's someone who knows stuff hanging around. As for how X-Factor would react to the knowledge of a new X-Force, I think their main reaction would be, "Hey, whatever; just stay out of our way."

3) I find the whole Shatterstar-Rictor-Rahne triangle extremely interesting, especially with Shatterstar's attitude toward relationships. Is there any particular inspiration or model you're looking at when delving into this? Or are you just playing out a bunch of relationship "what if's" in the book?

I initially modeled some of Shatterstar's attitudes on Captain Jack Harkness of "Torchwood," right down to Shatterstar reflexively hitting on anything that breathes and Rictor saying, "Stop it," just as the Doctor does. But we've been moving beyond that to some extent, and will be exploring Shatterstar's feelings toward Rahne and even starting to get a bit possessive about Rictor. In other words, the shoe's going to start to be on the other foot, giving Shatterstar a greater understanding of why Rictor was reacting the way that he was. It's a constant learning process for him.

Rory also wrote in with a couple queries concerning romance. Mutant love is in the air!
1) I am looking forward to "X-Factor" #218 and #219 because of the obvious emotional connection that Monet has with Strong Guy. Can we already expect that the romantic tension between Monet and Guido will be resolved soon? (I sincerely hope so!)


Well, what do you mean by "resolved," Rory? To me, that means ended. Or are you asking if Guido is going to tell her how he feels and the relationship will actually move forward? I mean, the only real way to resolve it once and for all and that would entail knocking off one of them. And I'd never do that, right?

2) Speaking of connections, can you give us a hint about your plans for Rictor and Shatterstar? They are my favorite characters in "X-Factor," and I have been praying for a story that would focus exclusively on them. Will Rictor get the chance to deal with Shatterstar's fixation on "free love" (not to mention address the issue of Star's brazenly hitting on a certain Thunder God)? Please?

I've gotta put you together with the other fan who was asking if Monet and Guido are going to have their relationship resolved. Relationships are organic beasts and are constantly changing and shifting, so it's hard just to do something that "deals with" an aspect of it and serves as the final word.
In a real relationship, things that you thought were resolved tend to rear their heads once again. Just ask any guy who finds himself in an argument with his girlfriend and learns that, for instance, the reason she just blew up at him over something fairly trivial is because she's still pissed that he forgot their anniversary eight months earlier. The fact is that Rictor hasaddressed it; it just hasn't quite sunk in for Shatterstar. So the question is, is that ever going to happen, and what will occur when it does…or if it does?

3) I would also like to ask about Terry's baby that Jamie absorbed. Just out of curiosity, since the baby is inside Jamie, does this mean that it is actually growing inside him? And if the baby does eventually pop out, would it be a little older or fully grown like the other dupes? And what are the odds of any of these scenarios happening?

Honestly: Zero. I've no interest currently in bringing back the infant Sean for the following reason: I haven't come up with any story that would involve him that would be superior to the emotional shock of the absorption. Anything I do would be anticlimactic. Which isn't to say that maybe tomorrow I won't suddenly have something occur to me, but for the time being, no.

The Seventh Light is looking at the "big picture" with regard to mutants and their future. Can you possibly shed some light on this for the Seventh Light?
1) What is the team's motivation to not be involved more directly in mutant affairs, particularly Monet who has shown mutant political interest in the past?


Because, SL, at the moment there's a vast philosophical divide between what Scott's doing and what Jamie's doing. X-Factor genuinely believes that they are the true embodiment of Xavier's dream of mutants being able to live side-by-side with normal humans. X-Factor has managed to integrate itself into society and be just another business that makes its services available to all. After all, what do Americans understand better than commerce and accessibility?
They're putting out a message of, "Hi, we're mutants, but not only do we pose no threat, but we're happy to put our abilities to service on your behalf to solve your problems." And people have accepted that since X-Factor is so matter-of-fact about it. As opposed to secluding themselves on a floating fortress and having former world-destroyers in their ranks. Scott is in permanent state of wartime footing.
If nothing else, X-Factor feels that the best thing they can do is set an example of how to exist in the modern world and hope that Scott comes to realize that their way of doing things is the right way.

2) What are Layla's thoughts on Hope and the regrowth of the mutant race? Was her agenda only to have X-Factor not discover the truth about M-Day? Or is there more to her motivations than meets the eye?

Oh, there's always more to Layla than meets the eye.

Our last email of the day comes from Ramelito, and he sent in inquiries on topics that range from personal perceptions to dinner dates:
1) In my opinion, the X-Men view themselves as outsiders to the human race. How do the members of X-Factor view themselves? Do they see themselves as outsiders to the X-Men (or "outsiders to the outsiders")? Do they view themselves as a different "wing" of the X-Men? Or do they not think about their mutant status much?


I've answered a lot of that, Ramelito, in response to Seventh Light's question. The fact is that there are philosophical divisions in mutant kind, just as there are within the ranks of Democrats and Republicans and, for that matter, fandom. ("We hate when X-Factor gets involved with tie-ins; why aren't you involved in the next tie-in?")
They don't view themselves as a different wing of the X-Men because they feel no need to define themselves by the actions of the X-Men. They are their own group doing their own thing; a thing that they believe is actually more in keeping with Xavier's dream than anything Scott and company are doing.

2) Depending on how you answer the previous question, do you think X-Factor would ever bring a non-mutant into their fold? And if so, who do you think would make a good teammate outside of the mutant world?

Well, I wouldn't exactly call genetically engineered beings "mutants" as commonly defined in the Marvel Universe, and we've got two of those on the team already. As for anyone else, I dunno; I think Odin would make a great addition. And maybe Fin Fang Foom. But that's probably just me.

3) I've got a weird question, but my friends and I were talking about this and it sounded like fun -- if you got to have dinner with one (and only one) member of X-Factor, who would it be and why?

Theresa. Since she doesn't drink, that would keep the restaurant tab down.

Awesome! And now it's time for another hypothetical question as we get to know more about you with some "Behind the X" fun! What is your "desert island CD" (i.e. the CD you'd bring with you if you were stuck on a desert island) and why that one?

The audio book of "Tigerheart." It's one of my favorite novels I've ever written, and the guy reading it did a terrific job. (Hey, just because I'm stuck on a desert island doesn't mean I can't plug my own work.)

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Fev 24 2011, 11:30

Na franquia mutante, ninguém está há tanto tempo à frente de um título como Peter David. São cerca de 70 edições ininterruptas, incluindo a mini de Madrox.

Peter David lembrou que muitos fãs gostam de X-Factor justamente por ele estar um pouco dissociado das outras equipes, mas sempre pedem para ele participar dos crossovers. Seguindo essa linha, ele não foi claro em dizer se haverá uma participação em Fear Itself.

David garantiu que Siryn, agora chamada de Banshee, mantém seus poderes de controle da mente via voz, mostrados em X-Factor #1. Contudo, para que eles sejam mostrados novamente, é preciso que as circunstâncias sejam propícias.

Darwin deverá voltar ao grupo após a edição #220, quando o plot do filho de Rahne estiver esquentando. Enquanto isso, ele trilhará sua volta do Oeste para Nova Iorque.
Lupina aparentemente bloqueou de sua mente a culpa de tudo o que fez como membro da X-Force, uma reação normal para quem sofre muito com algum trauma.

Para David, a tensão sexual e amorosa entre Guido e Monet já está resolvida. Mas nunca se sabe se ela pode voltar a qualquer momento. Ele também disse que no relacionamento entre Rictor e Shatterstar muita coisa nova pode acontecer.

Quanto ao filho de Siryn e Madrox, ele não tem nenhuma intenção em retomar essa história simplesmente por não ter pensado em nenhum plot que traga um choque emocional superior à absorção do bebê por Madrox.

David disse que há uma divisão filosófica entre X-Men e X-Factor. Este grupo não se sente como uma ala dos X-Men, mas um grupo autônomo fazendo o que considera certo. Eles consideram que há muitas outras formas de manter o sonho de Xavier do que o que Scott e companhia estão fazendo.

O grupo continua suas aventuras em sua própria revista, mas sempre pode dar as caras no próximo grande evento mutante. É só esperar para ver!

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Mar 02 2011, 10:32

X-Position com Victor Gischler:

Spoiler:
Aspbros kicks things off with a few inquiries about Marvel's merry mutants and the year ahead:
1) What can you tell us about "Year of the X-Men?"


Basically, what you've probably already guessed, Aspbros -- some great new X-Men stories launching in a number of titles. I think it's a really great time to be an X-reader right now.

2) I'm really enjoying your writing on the "X-Men" title. How much longer can we expect to have you on X-Men and how far out have you planned your stories?

Thanks! I've looked ahead a couple of arcs and we're cooking up some good stuff for you guys. The incredible Mr. Yost is coming in to write a guest arc and I'm back after that -- for how long is hard to say.
I'm keen to do it as long as the X-editors back at the home office are happy. Things tend shift around here in funny-book land. Sometimes a writer bounces around. Other times a writer can hunker down for a good long run on a book. I'll keep doing my best, and we'll see what happens.

3) What do you feel is the most difficult part about writing the X-Men that you didn't anticipate?

Well, it's a team book, so it can be difficult sometimes making sure all these great characters get enough face time. I've come to accept that not all of my favorite characters can always be the star every issue. The star one issue might find himself/herself in a supporting role next time.

4) What are some of your favorite X-Men stories?

The X-Men fighting the Brood during the Claremont run. Also, Jean Grey going all Dark Phoenix. Classic stuff.

While the "classic stuff" never goes out of style, Marina appears to be much more curious about the present state of things. What can you tell her about "fangy folks" -- both in and out of the comic book world?
1) Can you give us any idea what "Throne of Blood: Birth of a Vampire" is about? And how does it tie into "Fear Itself?"


Marina, this is where I duck and dodge a bit. Sorry to be vague. But I will say we're introducing a character who will be a significant player in "Fear Itself" and hopefully stick around to provide more awesome entertainment beyond that.

2) Can we expect the X-Men to have more involvement with vampires for the foreseeable future? Or, between your novels and comics, are you feeling "vamped out?"

Well, not soon. But I can see these folks definitely crossing paths again sooner or later.

3) Do you have any interesting/crazy/strange vampire fans? And do you have any stories to share?

It would sure come in handy right now if I did, but, alas, no. The folks I've met at cons recently have been very cool and friendly and downright normal.

I'm happy to hear your convention experiences have been so sane, although I suppose it depends on your definition of "normal."
Captain Cavalier is up next, and he's been bitten by the writing bug. Can you help him out with this infection?
1) I love your novels even more than I enjoy your work on the X-Men! I'm a struggling novelist myself and was hoping for a little insight. How far do you breakdown the story of a novel before you begin writing?


I appreciate that, Captain. It's a strong hope of mine that the comic book readers might try some of my novels and vice-versa. I like to keep things spontaneous with the novels, not over-outline them.
For novels, a too-detailed outline is a real creativity buzz kill for me. Instead, I keep in mind four to five key scenes that are turning points (or important for whatever reason) and then write by the seat of my pants between these scenes. For others, a detailed outline is more essential.

2) Do you typically have any idea how long a novel is going to be before you get started?

Nope. Obviously, if it's too short it won't be marketable, but I try to let the natural flow of the story dictate how long it needs to be. The action of my most recent novel -- "The Deputy" -- all takes place in a single night. As a result, that novel needed to be a bit shorter.

3) What are some signs for you that the story in your novel is headed "off course" while you're writing?

If I start to bore myself, then I know. If my wife is offended, then I know I'm on the right track.

4) On your blog, you mentioned that the detective novella you wrote with Anthony Neil Smith ("To the Devil, My Regards") is available on the Kindle for 99 cents. I think that's awesome! Overall, what's been your take on digital publishing and have you been pleased with it?

I don't really know that much about it, but it seems more and more authors are having success skipping publishers and putting books on Kindle and Nook themselves. It's a situation I plan to watch closely. But there are some real bargains out there.

5) I always like recommendations for comics and novels from authors I like to read. Are there any titles out there that you can suggest at the moment?

Well, you already know I'm pals with Anthony Neil Smith if you've read my blog. But check out his novel "Yellow Medicine." Good stuff.

There you go, readers -- X-POSITION helps you to expand your literary horizons. TAG has the final two queries of the day, and he wants to know about the voices in your head…and in your pen!
1) When writing, which of the X-Men do you find speaks most closely to your voice? In other words, which character do you relate to most?


TAG, I don't really know. The more I write them, the more they're like real people and so I don't compare them to myself. I'm tempted to say Wolverine simply because I wish I could be that tough sometimes.

2) Are you going to bring any other mutants onto the core team soon? I know you get requests like these all the time, but there are a few lesser utilized muties out there that I'd love to see on the team! Can we expect a shift in the line-up?

I devote a hell of a lot of time thinking about this. It does sometimes seem like there is a lot of talent out there not being tapped. Partly, the story is going to determine the team. If we come up with a story and elements in the story demand we use Iceman or Colossus, then that might determine -- partly -- who shows up. On the other hand, I do want to get comfortable with a core which we can count on seeing most of the time even if we supplement with some other faces now and then.

Victor, now it's time for you and I to play a little Spanish Inquisition with the "Behind the X" question of the day! You've done a lot of talking about writing throughout today's column, so if you wouldn't mind, please tell us -- what hobbies occupy your time when you're not working on your latest masterpiece?

Twitter followers know that I often tweet from grill-side. I love, love, love to cook out. And I love the smell of charcoal. Reminds me of camping with my dad when I was a kid.


Victor Gischler é o escritor de X-Men, revista lançada após Second Coming, desde seu início. Em pleno segundo arco, Gischler afirmou, no X-Position dessa semana, que já tem pelo menos mais dois arcos planejados. Ele confirmou as informações de que X-Men: Giant-Size, escrito por Chris Yost, terá ligação com a sequência de histórias de X-Men, cujas edições também serão escritas pelo antigo roteirista de X-Force.

Gischler também escreverá Throne of Blood: Birth of a Vampire. Ele não quis reveler do que se trata o especial, mas adiantou que ele apresenta um personagem que será importante para Fear Itself, mais nova saga que envolverá todo o Universo Marvel. Os X-Men, porém, não estarão envolvidos com vampiros tão cedo novamente.

O autor disse que cada história pede certas habilidades que definem quais serão os personagens que farão parte do elenco principal naquele arco, por isso ele não definiu um elenco fixo para X-Men.

A próxima edição de X-Men, a #9, sai no dia 23 de março.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Mar 10 2011, 11:30

X-Position com Rick Remender:

Spoiler:


MarvelMaster616 starts things off with an inquiry about the aforementioned scenario:
While Wolverine has established himself as X-Force's leader, his ideals don't seem to be in line with the others. In "Uncanny X-Force" #5, he was quick to brush off what Fantomex did to the kid Apocalypse. That didn't sit well with Angel, Psylocke and even Deadpool. How can Wolverine keep the team together if his teammates question the lines he's willing to cross?


Let’s not overstate what happened. The team went to assassinate one of the worst monsters in the Marvel Universe, and ended up face to face with a young boy. If you don’t have a problem with that particular scenario, you’re no longer hero -- you’re a villain. The ethical questions that it brings are obviously something that I wanted these characters to be haunted by. How these characters deal with what Fantomex did -- how Apocalypse was dealt with -- is how you get into the gooey core of the characters. So, while you saw Wolverine in the room agreeing that they should not kill the boy, it is up to the reader to decide why he has suddenly changed his song now that they’re done, back at base, having done it anyway. Isn’t it nice to not have me spell every single thing out? The answer is there, but I try not to cram it down your throat (Axel taught me that).
Perhaps it is simply that the milk is spilt and Wolverine is mired in a rationalization. Based on the conversation, what do you think?
For the record, the team sees eye to eye. Nobody on the team has any question about whether or not they will kill a scumbag super-villain or somebody who’s going to put innocent lives in harm’s way. When killing said villain is the only way to stop them, that’s what this team is for. We don’t take killing lightly, we don’t treat it as if it’s trivial, we don’t relish in it as a thing that makes us "edgy," and we will very definitely be dealing with the ramifications of what happens to the people who do it and the hits will always have a twist they didn’t see coming.

Speaking of interesting "twists," Darkxmen has a fun notion he wants to run past you:
Rick, great work on "Uncanny X-Force." You’re a great writer with a terrific understanding of the X-Universe. My question: If you could make an all-women X-Force team, who would be on it?


Psylocke, Elsie Dee, Mystique, Magma, Husk, AoA Jean Grey and Emma.

You seem to really know who you want on this team. Big G is curious though as to how you make this kind of decision:
1) I know you've been asked about new members for X-Force and who they might be, but I’m more curious about how Wolverine and Archangel would choose a recruit for the team. How do they decide that mutant "X" is someone who is willing to "pull the trigger?" And what else would they take into account?


It seems to me that one of the biggest criteria would be that they are trustworthy. Here you have a band of mutants who have taken it upon themselves to go out into the world and assassinate people of their own volition; this is not something that can be taken lightly. It must be kept a secret by any means necessary. So simply being capable of murder does not satisfy all of the criteria in my mind. One of the co-captains must personally trust, to a very great degree, any new member the team considers.

2) I know you’ve just started writing this character, but... is there any chance of an X-Force/Venom crossover?

Yes. It has been discussed.

Our pal Marcus Martin has hopes for another crossover -- what do you say?
1) Any chance of the X-Force crossing paths with the Secret Avengers in the future (as both teams are "secret")?


It would seem like a likely crossover, wouldn’t it? You will not see it in the next year, but beyond that, who can say?

2) Will Psylocke's time as a member of the Exiles be mentioned (or will the existence of the team even be acknowledged) when the Uncanny X-Force team travels to the world of Age of Apocalypse?

Yes.

3) Given that Wolverine and Psylocke exist in the Age of Apocalypse, is there any chance the Uncanny X-Force members will meet their AoA counterparts during the upcoming story?

What a huge part of the story that might be, right? If I were to say yes or no, it would spoil your enjoyment of what will be a nice, surprising reveal in the story. Or maybe by not telling you, I’ve already told you. I will say there are many surprising events to look forward to while we journey to the Age of Apocalypse.

Ben has an idea or two about that journey. Care to share if his hunch is on the right track?
1) Do you plan to explain how Sabretooth from the Age of Apocalypse escaped from the wall he was trapped in during the latest Exiles book? Also, will you address the relationship he had with our 616-Psylocke in "New Exiles?"


I am going to make sure that Elizabeth’s relationship with AoA Sabretooth is acknowledged and plays an important role in the story -- wouldn’t want to overlook such a big piece of history.

2) According to future solicitations, issues #8, #9 and #10 will be single stories dealing with the Shadow King, Magneto uncovering the existence of X-Force, and a reporter, respectively. We also have issue #5.1 with Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers. How do you deal with the challenge of bringing back classic villains with so much back-history for just one issue and have it conclude in a satisfactory way?

It is definitely a challenge. Self-contained stories are the most difficult. You have to basically get through the same amount of story [you] would in four, five or six issues of a regular arc, but you have to do it in a way that doesn’t feel rushed and doesn’t have tons of exposition to bore you, while keeping a fast pace that ends in a satisfying way.
As an X-Men fan, I have tons of knowledge about most of these characters and a great deal of experience with them. However, I don’t have as much experience as the writers who inspired me to want to use them in the first place, so I spent a great deal of time digging through the long box and rereading the characters’ most important appearances. I then go online and I find their Marvel.com entries and I make sure I understand every single bit of continuity -- not just the ones I myself gravitate towards.
Once I have a deep understanding of the characters, their greatest appearances, how the writers who handled them best handled them, as well as their subsequent appearances and character arcs, I then sit down and write my first outline. I rewrite and rewrite as one does to get a story right.
I would say that a self-contained story ends up taking me, on average, two days longer than anything else. The books that take the longest are issue number one of any arc, the last issue of an arc, or a self-contained story. Progress issues that take place in act two, tend to take less time as you have already done your setting up and have yet to come to your conclusion.
Before I begin any story, especially a self-contained story, I have a mission statement, a log-line, an idea of what the end beat is, what the outcome of the story is, and what will be satisfying about it. At that point, the difficulty comes from fitting it into twenty-two pages. You want to do it in a way that allows your artist to have an opening to showcase their illustration abilities as well as the storytelling abilities; you don’t want to crowd them out. That can be a bit of a juggling act, and so I normally end up writing about thirty pages and cutting it down to twenty-two, always shooting for at least one big, punchy splash page moment. I spend most of my time scripting self-editing as I go through the scripts and cut out every unnecessary beat, so I deliver only the purest comic book cream to you and your family.

3) The Shadow King and Psylocke have a rivalry dating back to the Psi-War. Can we expect some kind of rematch between them?

Yes, you can, and this fight is a direct result of the Psi-War. Somebody wants some revenge.

The Seventh Light enjoys Psylocke’s presence, but is hoping you can shed some light on what makes her unique:
1) Will you delve into what Psylocke is exactly? Is she an Otherworld-ly character, is she a construct of Jamie Braddock, or something else entirely?


Betsy is a fledgling Omega telepath who could one day become the most powerful telepath in the Marvel Universe. That’s my take on her; I imagine there will be those who see it other ways. I have plans to take us to Other World and explore her past, how it links to her future, and her powers origins.

2) What makes alternate reality worlds so appealing when writing -- especially to X-Men writers, it seems...

For me, the thing that is most interesting is to take the familiar and make it unfamiliar -- worlds where things went differently, leading to different iterations of beloved characters. An alternative dimension offers an imaginative set piece -- and as long as that comes about from the natural building of a story and excites those who are creating it -- it can only help make a story more visually interesting. It also becomes more exciting in terms of surprises. When you take characters (such as those in X-Force) and move them into a new universe (such as the Age of Apocalypse), the possibilities for interesting stories are nearly endless.
I hit the CBR boards the other day to see what people were saying about the new direction of "X-Force" after the announcement, and there’s so much speculation about so many different crazy things that could happen. Some people got some things right; some other people had some crazy ideas that weren’t right but were still very exciting. The point is that everybody was very excited about what could happen. I think alternative dimension stories offer a bigger dose of that... of big possibilities.
There are certain rules that exist within the 616 universe that cannot be broken. However, on a journey to an alternate dimension, those rules can be snapped in two as long as they have an effect on our characters, move characters forward, and move our story forward.

3) Does your story tie in at all with the New Mutants taking down AoA refugee X-Man and Blink, or even the appearance of "Age of X" Frenzy in "X-Men: Legacy?"

No, it doesn’t immediately connect; though there have been many conversations about the ramifications of both storylines for the future. Apocalypse and all of the characters born of his dimension – and those connected the Apocalypse in the 616 dimension – are playing a big role in many upcoming X events. I truly believe people will be tickled to see where it all ends, and I believe we are moving Apocalypse and his mythology forward while still being mindful of the amazing work that’s been done in the past.

4) Do you have more in store for the Final Horsemen of Apocalypse? And how soon can we expect to see them again?

Oh yes -- yes to both. There is so much Apocalypse in the first seventeen issues of "X-Force" it will melt your mind. And I can hear the cynics already crying on their Internet that it’s going to get repetitive or be too much, but I assure you it will not. It will be the greatest story ever told of all-time in the history of mankind. When the first year of "X-Force" is over, we will have taken all of these many pieces connected to the super-villain Apocalypse, explored them, connected them all together, and left things fresh and exciting in a way that I don’t think anyone will see coming.

And now it’s my turn to toss you a question as we go "Behind the X." As we’ve been discussing Apocalypse and his Horsemen, I was thinking about Geisha and her bugs and how horrifying she is. With that in mind, I’d like to ask -- what animal (mammal, fish, reptile, insect) do you find most frightening and why?

When I was twelve years old, I was climbing a hillside in the deserts of Arizona (where I grew up) when a diamondback rattlesnake almost bit me in the face. My dad had an AK-47 in the back of his Jeep. I ran away in time for him to shoot the beast, but holy shit was it aggressive. Now that said, after having very nearly lost my life to a diamondback rattlesnake, I am still more afraid of a spider -- be it household, black widow, any of the thick-bodied, dark variety -- than I am of any snake.
I hate spiders. I hate going in my basement. I hate spiders crawling in my attic. I hate spiders in my backyard. I hate walking through spider webs; it makes me strip all my clothes off and run around like Inspector Clouseau beating myself wildly to get the invisible spider -- that didn’t actually get on me -- off of me. There, George, are you happy?

Incredibly! Thanks for all your terrific answers today, Rick.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Mar 10 2011, 12:16

Depois dos anúncios da semana passada, os leitores têm muitas dúvidas para tirar com os autores dos títulos mutantes. Rick Remender foi o convidado do X-Position dessa semana e, como não podia deixar de ser, respondeu às perguntas sobre a interação da Uncanny X-Force com a Era do Apocalipse.

Inicialmente, para descontrair, ele propôs uma X-Force formada apenas por mulheres: Psylocke, Elsie Dee, Mística, Magma, Escalpo, Jean Grey de Era do Apocalipse e Emma. Nada mais justo para homenagear as mulheres em seu dia, na última terça.

Remender falou sobre o processo de seleção de novos membros para o grupo. O principal critério é a confiança que Arcanjo e Wolverine devem ter no possível recruta. Ele precisa manter segredos a qualquer custo, então o simples fato de ser capaz de matar, se necessário, não é o suficiente.

O escritor revelou que há a possibilidade de haver um cross entre X-Force e Venom, dois títulos que ele escreve. Não há planos para cross com os Vingadores Secretos, ao menos não no decorrer desse ano.

Durante o arco na Era do Apocalipse, será mencionado o tempo em que, como membro dos Exilados, Psylocke esteve naquela realidade, assim como o relacionamento dela com o Dentes de Sabre da Era. Remender não quis revelar se Wolverine e Psylocke encontrarão suas contrapartes daquele universo.

O escritor disse que não haverá qualquer relação entre esse arco e o arco dos Novos Mutantes, que traz Blink e Nate Grey, ou o de Legacy. O que todas terão em comum será ramificações desses personagens ou universos paralelos nas histórias futuras. Remender disse que Apocalipse e os personagens nascidos naquela dimensão terão papéis importantes nos próximos eventos mutantes.

Antes de chegar à Era do Apocalipse, a X-Force terá algumas histórias auto-contidas. Na edição #5.1, o confronto foi com Lady Letal e os Carniceiros. Entre as edições #8-10, haverá confronto com o Rei das Sombras e a descoberta do grupo por Magneto e por um repórter. No confronto com o Rei das Sombras, podemos entendê-lo como uma revanche do que aconteceu entre ele e Psylocke na Guerra Psíquica. Psylocke também poderá ter alguma edição que explore seu passado.

Por fim, ele disse que as primeiras dezessete edições de Uncanny X-Force têm uma grande relação com Apocalipse, mesmo com a morte do vilão. Podemos esperar mais ligações, principalmente em se tratando de seus Cavaleiros.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Mar 15 2011, 17:26

X-Position com Carey:

Spoiler:
First up is the Big G, who sounds as though he's dying to know what occurs between panels:
Mike, I want to say that "Age of X" has been fantastic, and I'm looking forward to "New Mutants" later this month, as well the "Age of X: Avengers" tie-in and future X-Men: Legacy" issues. Having just read "X-Men: Legacy" #246, let me say that it was a very good "chase" issue, but I have a few questions:
1) In "Age of X: Alpha," Husk said she wouldn't go back to being flesh until Cannonball cried over what occurred (back in their side-story), but in "X-Men: Legacy" she was flesh again. Did the two make up or was there an art error? Clay and Steve have done an excellent job by the way -- I love Magma's redesign.


Hi, G! Glad you're enjoying the story. Yeah, we have to assume that somewhere, off-panel, there's been a partial reconciliation; at least to the point where Husk feels -- if I can put it like this -- her terms have been met. But they're still far from close, and the lack of a real connection to Paige (his only living relative) has weighed heavy on Sam. We get some more glimpses into this dynamic in a future issue.

2) I'm just wondering... how does Wolverine maintain a supply of adult beverages in his bar if Fortress X is surrounded by a forcefield? Does he make it in the basement and have Storm grow the ingredients?

You can make beer in a bathtub if you've got barley malt and hops. So I guess there were some supplies of those things in one of the buildings Magneto hijacked, or else in the unidentified location where he set them down. But you're right, the supplies would have to be limited, and there's no way of replenishing them once they're used up. Like everything else in Fortress X, Logan's bar is running on borrowed time.

3) I also wanted to clear up a possible bit of miscommunication: at the recent Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Matt Fraction said that X-Man would first be returning in "X-Men: Legacy," but from teasers that were released it seems he is going to be primarily in "New Mutants." So will we get to see Nate hang out with Rogue, Magneto, Frenzy, Legion and Gambit, or was Fraction mistaken. I just wanted to double-check.


Matt meant "New Mutants." We don't have any plans to visit with Nate in the immediate future. But I steal every X-Men character sooner or later. It's only a question of waiting until enough people's backs are turned.

That's one crime I'm sure people anxiously await you to commit. Andrew is next, and he has a question about a character that you are currently using:
I'm loving your work on "Age of X." I'm thrilled that you've finally gotten the opportunity to work your magic on all the X-Men at once. It's the best X-story in years! Now for my questions:
1) What made you decide to give Frenzy such a prominent role in this X-book? Out of all the background characters of the X-Men, why her? What drew you to the character? (I'm not criticizing this at all, I think you've done amazing work with her -- I'm just curious…)


Thanks for the high praise, Andrew. I'm really glad you're enjoying the story.
I always find this question hard to answer. It's usually "Why Rogue?" rather than "Why Frenzy?" but to some extent the answer is the same -- because she gets my imagination going and I really enjoy writing her. If you look at the X-verse characters I normally gravitate to, a lot of them share certain traits. Some of them are intellectuals, highly intelligent, and very cerebral in the way they look at the world (Professor X, Magneto, Beast); the ones who aren't still tend to be very shrewd, outspoken and articulate.
Frenzy sticks out by contrast in that company: she's intelligent enough, sure, but she's absolutely not someone who buys talking cures. She's all about powerful emotion, direct actions that speak louder than words, and function instead of words. She's not interested in abstract debate or philosophy. It's not that she doesn't think about things, it's that she's not interested in anybody else's opinions, and her own opinions are instantly formed and instantly acted on.
I think this is why -- when Magneto was depowered -- she went so quickly from admiring him to feeling a visceral disgust for him. There's not a lot of room for grey areas in her world. Exhibit A: when she tells Basilisk, bluntly, that she doesn't love him for his mind and that her tolerance for his doubts rapidly disappears when it impacts on his ability to satisfy her sexually. There's a devastating, magnificent simplicity about her. It makes her loads of fun to write, especially as a member of a team.

2) Back in the 616, I was wondering which artist designed Rogue and Gambit's costumes that they've worn since arriving on Utopia. Was it Daniel Acuña (as the costumes first appeared in his "Emplate" arc)?

Yeah, I think that's right. But actually we've seen some variations even in that time, and you'll notice that on the cover of issue #248 Rogue's costume in particular has changed a lot.

3) I really liked the character Luz that you created back in the "Collision" storyline. She was the coolest new character in a long time. Will she be appearing again soon? It'd be great if she could join the X-Men…

I'd love to bring her back, and to add in some more of the children of the Children of the Vault, if that makes sense -- Luz's contemporaries in Quitado, who are the first generation of the Children to have the opportunity (in theory, anyway) to leave the homestead and see the outside world.
You know what would be cool? A sort of rumspringa story, where a whole bunch of teen Children of the Vault characters including Luz are allowed to leave Quitado and somehow run up against their X-Men equivalents...

[b] It's DB's turn, and he's written up quite a continuity citation for you. Would you care to respond to the charges?
One of the things I am loving most about your run on "X-Men: Legacy" is the huge cast of characters, including many long-forgotten favorites. I was especially excited to see Ariel show up, who hadn't been seen since "Fallen Angels" miniseries so long ago. Therefore, it was really disappointing when she was apparently killed during "Second Coming."
Ariel was sitting next to the door of a car when she saw a missile coming at her and had time to verbally react. It doesn't seem logical or in-character for her to be killed the way she was, given that she was a survivalist by nature and a teleporter who could instantaneously teleport across the galaxy through any door (which she was clearly right next to). Since we never saw Ariel actually die (nor did we see her corpse), is there any hope at all for seeing this character again in "X-Men: Legacy?"


DB, your analysis of Ariel's apparent death is accurate, detailed, and impossible to argue with.
So, is there hope? There is from where I'm sitting. And, to be blunt, I deliberately wrote that scene so there would be.

Guilty as charged! But we'll let you off with a warning… Derek is also confused about a story point. Can you please appease him?
1) Is Moira a mutant in this story?


She certainly speaks as though she is, Derek, when she's confronting Magneto in Chapter 3, but we haven't seen her display any powers. That could just have been the heat of the moment -- a casual identification of herself with the mutant cause. Or she could have a power that we haven't seen yet. Sorry, that was sickeningly evasive -- only one step up from "watch this space." But do. Watch it. The space, I mean.

2) Is a handbook to the "Age of X" a possibility once the mystery is solved? I know you have done the communiqués, but that only covered a handful of characters. Is there interest in fleshing out the backgrounds of some of the other smaller characters -- living and dead -- in a handbook format?

I don't know. I guess there might be. The communiqués were great fun to write, and they seemed to go down well with CBR readers, judging from some of the responses that were posted. If we ever got to revisit the "Age of X" setting, I'd certainly be up for writing some more of those -- and I'm hoping that the ones I did write will make it into the collected version as a value-added feature. For the record, it was CBR's Dave Richards who suggested that we do the communiqués -- and it was a really cool idea.

3) You mentioned a brother for Cargill and a sister for Warpath in the "Age of X Communiqués." Are these important characters for this story or just characters that may appear in future stories in "X-Men: Legacy?"

I was just trying to give a sense of a context for these characters. They don't appear in the story, and they're not referenced elsewhere. Having said that, I would like to write Gareth Cargill into "X-Men: Legacy" at some point. The only snag with that is that I've got a brother for Blindfold hovering in the wings, too. If I clutter up the X-verse with too many previously unmentioned siblings, I may get an official reprimand.

Let's hope you're spared! Goodjon might be willing to let you off the hook if you can answer his questions…
1) Why weren't characters like Gambit and Cyclops affected by Rogue's telepathy in "New Mutants" #22?


Everyone was affected, Goodjon, but some certainly got hit more than others. There was usually a reason in my mind for the people who showed partial resistance, but it's kind of a difficult topic to discuss because I was working backwards from what the Age of X reality is and how it works. I'm sorry, but I'm going to duck that question for now, but by the time the story is finished you should have part of an answer -- and I can clarify the rest in my next X-POSITION.

2) After "Age of X," will we see artist Clay Mann again?

Emphatically, yes! I absolutely love Clay's work on "X-Men: Legacy." And it's impossible to overstate how much of the impact of Age of X depends on what he and Steve [Kurth] have done in designing and furnishing this world. I think the book would still be selling solidly if I forgot to put anything in the word balloons.

For our last email of the day, Nathan keeps things simple with inquiries focusing on a single character:
1) Can we expect to see Gambit's point-of-view in the love triangle he's stuck in, as it seems like Rogue is always making their relationship decisions?


Hi Nathan. Yes, we can and will. See "X-Men: Legacy" #248, particularly.

2) We've seen a lot of Rogue's issues with the development of her powers. Can we expect the same with Gambit? Maybe he can grow to his full potential, as seen in his first ongoing?

I have some ideas for exploring Gambit's powers further -- ideas which relate to the dark persona apparently speaking from inside him. So yeah, it's built into the plan, so to speak.

3) Will we see Gambit grow to become a major character in "X-Men: Legacy" as he becomes more involved with the team?

If I'm up to the task I've set myself post-issue #250, then "yes." I want him to be a mainstay of that team. The cast is going to alter a little after the first arc, but Gambit is definitely going to stick around.

Now that we're done with all the mind-bending queries, how about we have some fun with today's "Behind the X" question? I don't know if you spend much time in the kitchen, but when you get the chance to cook, what's your favorite thing to make and why?

I tend to cook dinner on the days when my wife works in Central London, because she gets back so late. I often go for spaghetti Bolognese because it's quick and easy, but probably my favorite meals to cook are Indian ones. I make a mean chicken Rogan, a beef and chickpea curry, and a dish called -- unappetizingly -- "green fish," which is very hot and very tasty. You make it with tuna or swordfish -- the kinds of fish that have a really meaty consistency. Sliced chilies and cayenne pepper both figure largely in the list of ingredients.
But the number of meals I make by opening a jar and dumping the contents into a pan is a disgrace.

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Mike Carey foi o convidado da semana do X-Position. Atualmente, o escritor se divide entre os roteiros de X-Men Legacy e New Mutants durante a saga Age of X. Com um universo totalmente novo em suas mãos, Carey procurou esclarecer as muitas dúvidas dos fãs e também revelar novidades sobre as próximas edições.

O roteirista disse que realmente deve ter acontecido uma reconciliação não-mostrada entre Míssil e Escalpo, em algum momento entre Age of X: Alpha e as histórias de Legacy. Com isso, Escalpo novamente voltou à forma humana, depois de prometer que, apenas se Míssil se retratasse pelo que aconteceu, ela voltaria àquela forma.

Conforme mostrado no capítulo 3, Moira, naquela realidade, se diz mutante, mas ela ainda não mostrou nenhum poder. Se ela vai mostrar ou se não é mutante, Carey preferiu pedir que os leitores continuem seguindo a saga.

Sobre a escolha de Frenesi para ter um papel proeminente, Carey disse que Joanna é inteligente, direta em suas ações e faz mais do que fala. Além disso, no momento em que Magneto perdeu os poderes, ela deixou de admirá-lo para passar a sentir desprezo por ele. Isso faz dela uma personagem muito interessante.

Em um Age of X Communiqués, especiais de perguntas e respostas que Carey vem fazendo para esclarecer dúvidas sobre a saga, ele disse que Frenesi teria um irmão, e Apache, um irmão. Perguntado sobre eles, o escritor disse que essas informações só foram divulgadas para contextualizar os leitores e que esses personagens não aparecerão. O único irmão ainda não mostrado e que é importante é o de Olhos Vendados, revelado em Necrosha.

Os fãs que gostaram da personagem Luz, do arco Collision, podem torcer para que ela volte a aparecer no future. Carey gostaria de escrevê-la de novo, mostrando Luz e outro Filhos da Câmara deixando sua casa e indo viver com os X-Men.

Um fã lembrou a morte de Ariel, em Second Coming, quando ela foi atingida por um míssil. Como teleportadora, ela pode ter fugido do local antes de ser atingida. Carey disse que sempre há uma esperança de ela estar viva por aí, já que foi ele próprio quem escreveu a cena.
Na edição #248, após o fim de Age of X, mais detalhes sobre o triângulo amoroso Vampira-Magneto-Gambit. Remy será um personagem cada vez mais relevante a partir da edição #250, e Carey pretende explorar seu lado negro.

Por fim, Carey esclareceu que Nate Grey volta em New Mutants mesmo e não em Legacy, como foi dito erroneamente por Matt Fraction na Emerald City Comicon, e confirmou Clay Mann desenhando histórias posteriores a Age of X.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Mar 23 2011, 08:36

X-Position com Jason Aaron:

Spoiler:

We'll begin with some kind words from Darkxmen, who wants to thank you for putting Logan through hell:
Jason, I am really loving your work. I just started reading comic books again last year, and your "Wolverine Goes To Hell" was one of the reasons why. With everything that Logan has been through and all the people that were affected, will we see any repercussions from his possession? And will we ever see him together with X-23 and Daken addressing their roles in this story?


Great. -- welcome to the fold, Darkxmen! Yes, we will certainly continue to see repercussions from the "Wolverine Goes To Hell" arc. Wolvie is obviously still dealing with that fall-out in the pages of the current "Wolverine vs. The X-Men " arc. Beyond that, the death of the Silver Samurai from issue #1 and the attack on Yukio and Amiko from issue #2 will both have big impacts on Logan's life in the coming months. And yeah, there's always the chance we'll see more of X-23 and Daken around.

Anun is glad to hear that news, as he'd like to see Wolvie hanging out with a variety of his Homo Superior homies.
1) You seem to have lots of fun writing Wolverine in all the books you've have him in. Are there any X-Men that you're eager to try pairing him up with? Who would that be and why?


The current arc will feature loads of X-Men guest stars, some of whom I've never written before and some of whom might come as a bit of a surprise. Beyond that, look for more cool guest stars, some from the X-verse, some from the Avengers and some from neither. Fat Cobra, anyone?

2) I hear you'll be writing a four issue miniseries that ties into the upcoming "Schism." Is there anything you can tell us about this?

Don't believe everything you hear. For the real scoop on "Schism," either come to the X-Men panel at WonderCon in a couple weeks or just stay tuned to your computer.

3) Will much change in your Wolverine book after the upcoming "Schism" occurs?

Wolverine will swear off stabbing, shave his body hair and join a monastery of Elvis impersonators. Other than that, not much. Seriously though, stay tuned for info on "Schism."

Aspbros has a few queries outside of the "X" realm, but I have a feeling other folks will want to know the answers to these as well:
1) "Scalped" is approaching its 50th issue. Are you going to commemorate this in any way?


Most definitely. Issue #50 features two stories, one drawn by the book's main artist, R.M. Guera, the other drawn by an all-star team of artists, including Jill Thompson, Timothy Truman and Brendan McCarthy. So yeah, it's gonna be a special treat for longtime fans and even a good issue for someone to try out who's never read "Scalped" before.

2) Do you have an end in mind for "Scalped," or are you going to keep it going as long as we keep reading it? Because I will!

Yes, there is a definite end in mind. There always has been. I won't say just yet when it's coming though. We're not there yet, that's for sure.

3) Can we please see more of Dr. Rot (from your "Wolverine: Weapon X" series)? He's Wolverine's best villain in years!

Keep your eyes peeled for Dr. Rot. He will be back, I promise you, bigger and crazier than ever.

At the beginning of today's adventure, we mentioned Logan's frequent pairing with other heroes. DRD wrote in wanting to know your take on this aspect of his personality:
1) Wolverine is a loner that keeps getting sucked into teams. Why do you feel he keeps doing this?


He hates being alone, I would guess. Maybe he's afraid that if left to his own devices, he might lose his way -- become a monster. He needs strong people around him to help keep him on the right path.

2) What is the trickiest aspect of getting Wolverine's character correct when writing him?

I think just giving him a real emotional resonance instead of just making him the guy with the claws who does all the stabbing. The stabbing is cool, but as a reader, if I don't relate to the character or feel something for him, then ultimately I just don't care very much.

3) I read on your blog that you've just gotten an iPad 2 -- what do you think of it? And how many comics do you read on your iPad?

Yes, I did just get one, and I do love it. The Marvel app was one of the very first apps I downloaded. I'm still new to digital comics, though, so I haven't had time to read a whole bunch. Shamefully, I think the first comic I bought was my own "Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine," which looks amazing.
I envision reading a lot of comics on it, though. I mean, I love my local comic shop and still go every Wednesday to pick up my books, but it's nice to be able to try out things on the iPad. Or to read comics on the go. Or to try and control the clutter of longboxes that's going on in my basement.

Andre4000 concludes today's X-POSITION wanting to know more about your virtual appearance at a convention and your take on the virtual world:
1) Why were you so quiet at the Emerald City Comicon panel where you appeared?


I was probably about as talkative at that one as I would've been if I was actually there. Fraction did try to call me at one point to answer a question, but I was busy watching "Rango." I'm on a load of panels at WonderCon in a couple weeks though, so I expect I'll be talking plenty.

2) Your Punisher goes to extremes…and I love it! Has anything you've written ever been vetoed as too gory or violent? Or does it depend on how Steve Dillon draws it?

No, I don't think anything has been vetoed on Punisher. My editors are just as sick and twisted as I am. And Garth Ennis obviously set the bar pretty high.

3) I'm dying to know what's next for Punisher after the Bullseye arc?

Prison.

4) I know you live in Kansas City. Have you ever thought about writing a story that takes place in that city?

I have. See the "Get Mystique" arc of "Wolverine," which partly takes place in Kansas City. But yeah, I have thought about exploring more aspects of my adopted home. Whether that's KC's rich mafia history or the 19th century Border Wars, I don't know yet.

And that brings us to our "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question of the day! As the previous query made mention of your hometown, can you play tour guide a bit and tell us what you like most about Kansas City?

Arthur Bryant's barbecue. Jack Stack barbecue. Oklahoma Joe's barbecue. Are you picking up on the trend? Also, Boulevard Beer.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Mar 24 2011, 10:50

Jason Aaron é um escritor bastante querido entre os fãs por seu trabalho em Wolverine. Logan acaba de voltar do Inferno, e esse arco terá muita repercussão, como podemos ver no arco atual, em que ele enfrenta os X-Men. Também impactarão a vida de Logan nos próximos meses a morte do Samurai de Prata e o ataque a Yukio e Amiko.

O escritor confirmou que o Dr. Rot, um dos vilões de Wolverine: Weapon X, estará de volta.

Sobre a onipresença de Wolverine, Aaron justificou por ser Logan alguém que odeia ficar sozinho. Ele precisa de pessoas fortes ao seu lado para ajudá-lo a ficar no caminho certo.

Aaron mora em Kansas City e disse que homenageou a cidade ao colocá-la no arco Get Mystique, da antiga série de Wolverine.

A pergunta mais esperada foi sobre uma possível minissérie que ele escreverá para Wolverine como parte de Schism. Aaron pediu que os fãs esperassem por novidades na WonderCon, em algumas semanas, mas também alertou para que não acreditássemos em todos os boatos.

Portanto, mais novidades sobre Schism, na WonderCon, que acontece de 1 a 3 de abril.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Mar 29 2011, 19:04

X-Position com Way e Liu:

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CharlesN2 has compliments, questions and a suggestion or two. Let's see what you think of these apples:
1) Daniel, I wanted to say that your "Deadpool" is the best written series focusing on this character, as it mixes Wade's humor, self-conscious mentality and brilliant combat strategies perfectly. I was wondering about issue #26 though, where Deadpool asks Ghost Rider if he thinks that he deserves to die. Ghost Rider responds "Yes," and Deadpool thanks him. There is a very serious tone here, which I personally would love to see a little more. Do you plan on things getting more serious in future issues?


Daniel Way: Wow, thanks! I'm glad you liked it because those kinds of stories -- focusing more on the tragic side of Deadpool, less on the comedic -- are some of my favorite to write. And you're in luck, because I'm in the middle of planning a hugeDeadpool event in which the darker aspects of the character play a major, major part.

2) Is there any chance that future "Deadpool" arcs will involve old "friends," such as Domino, Taskmaster, or Bullseye?

Way: There is a 100% chance you'll see Taskmaster -- along with Big Bertha, Sluggo, Weasel, Blind Al and Deuce the Devil Dog -- in "Deadpool" #36 with incredible art by Sheldon Vella, whom I think is possibly one of the best new artists Marvel has (and that's saying a lot, obviously).

3) Marjorie, Laura is one of the deadliest fighters in the Marvel Universe and I'd love to see her take on Sabretooth, Deadpool, or some other Weapon X graduate. Any chance of that happening after the Daken arc?

Marjorie Liu: Yes.
Way: Hmm, Deadpool vs. X-23.
LIU: Deadpool vs. X-23? Sold, buddy!

4) The Avengers Academy is full of teenagers who have the potential to become deadly villains as adults. Do you think Laura might take a couple of classes there? She could one day be a valuable member of the X-Men and/or the Young Avengers.

Liu: I won't rule it out; though honestly, X-23 has had an education that probably rivals anything she could learn atthe Avengers Academy. They could probably learn a couple things from her -- which is not such a bad idea.

5) Do you plan on addressing and resolving the problem of Laura's "trigger scent" and the control it has over her?

Liu: Are you psychic? I think you are. What happens after the "Collision" crossover will answer that question. And read the "Collision" arc for some hints, as well.

MarvelMaster616 is also curious about Weapon X and some of Laura's conditioning. What can you tell him about the following:
1) Since the beginning of the "X-23" series, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on Laura being a teenage girl and not just a mutant or a product of Weapon X. Now that she's trying to find her own way, what exactly would you say she's looking for? Does she have any idea? Or is that something she's still trying to figure out?


Liu: I don't think she really knows what she's looking for. Who does? She's always lived in a very controlled environment. Very regulated and structured. And then, the first time she was on her own, it was a disaster. She killed people, became a prostitute -- I mean, come on. This kid has had a rough life.
Now she's a little older, maybe a little wiser and she wants to know who she is -- because she doesn't know. Is she just a killer? Is that all she's good for? Can she move past her conditioning and be something more? Or is it enough for her to be a soldier? What makes her happy?

2) In the second issue of "X-23," there's a moment where Logan is talking to Laura about him being a father figure to her and her being a daughter. Is this relationship dynamic going to come back up once their paths cross again? The ‘Hellverine' arc sort of derailed it.

Liu: You bet it's coming back. I'll also be exploring Wolverine's double-standard when it comes to his care of Jubilee versus X-23. Actually, I'll sort of be hammering it over the head. I'm not very subtle, sometimes.

3) Why do you think X-23 and Daken are so different despite being the offspring of Wolverine?

Liu: That's a hard one. Both were raised in radically different environments. Clearly, I think X-23 had a more difficult life than Daken and yet, she's not a sociopath. She is, however, emotionally shut down -- and can be a stone-cold killer. If she had been raised like Daken? Who knows?
Way: Here's the easy, non-academic answer: different creators. Few people know this, but my inspiration for Daken's characterization was actually the song "We're Only Gonna Die" by Bad Religion.

Daniela needs help with her homework -- seriously! Can either of you act as tutors?
I love Daken to bits and can't get enough of him; I love how complex he is as a character. I'm writing my college paper on the topic of X-Men and minorities and I have an entire chapter devoted to sexual minorities like Daken and Northstar. If you could help provide me with some insight, I'd appreciate it.
I'd like to know why the character of Daken appeals to you? What do you think makes him so different and interesting compared to other sexual minorities like Northstar, Rictor and Shatterstar? And why does it seem he can he get away with so much more on panel (like kissing Bullseye, making homoerotic jokes) compared to those other characters? We haven't seen Northstar kissing others and he's been around for decades --


Liu: Northstar isn't kissing the dudes? What? I need to look into this.
Maybe Dan can answer this question better than I can, but we never held back with Daken. How can you, really? We just wrote him in all his crazy glory, and if he wanted to flirt with a man, he flirted. If he wanted to kiss Bullseye, he kissed Bullseye. He is who he is and we weren't afraid to explore that. No one ever told us not to.
I can't speak for why he can get away with more than Northstar and other characters. Maybe it's the focus of the writers. Perhaps people scrutinize -- and are harder on -- an out-of-the-closet gay character like Northstar than they would be a character like Daken, who is bisexual. It could also be a case of expectations. We gave readers the option from nearly page one to either accept him as a sexual creature -- or just not read the book. Those who stuck around expected to see Daken with men and women. I'd like to think it was part of the appeal.
Dan, what do you think?
That simply wasn't the case with Daken -- he's not "the gay guy." If we focused our attention on that one aspect of the character, fixed a spotlight on it, there probably would be some backlash...and we'd deserve it, because doing that would be unimaginative, puerile, exploitive and, worst of all, easy.

Writing reports on X-Men for college? And I thought Xavier's School for the Gifted had been shut down.
Next, Rory addresses the elephant in the room -- or should I say the elephant that's leaving the room:


Way: Usually, in mainstream entertainment, a character is either introduced as or revealed to be gay in order to tell a story that either focuses or hinges upon that single aspect (makes me chuckle, thinking about how those pitch meetings went: "So...what's the hook?" - "The hook? Oh, you're not gonna believe it...he's gay." - "Sold!").

1) I was very depressed when I learned that the two of you will be leaving "Daken: Dark Wolverine" because I really loved your writing. What can we expect from Rob Williams, now that he will be taking over? Have any of his plans been shared with you? And will you be leaving any sort of "outlines" for him to work from?

Way: By the time we're done with our run, Daken will have secured a base of power (Madripoor) from which he can expand outward. I've read Rob's initial pitch and that's exactly where he's going. While I have provided some supplemental material about continuing plotlines (such as his imminent confrontation with Winter Soldier), this is Rob's book now, to do with as he sees fit. Personally, I think it's in good hands -- I was really impressed with that "What If?" story he did featuring Daken.

2) Marjorie, I'm really sad that I couldn't find any of your novels here in the Philippines. However, I was lucky enough to get a copy of "Songs of Love and Death" by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois and your story "After The Blood" is fantastic! Is there a chance that you will be writing a full-length novel based on this short story, because I really want to read more! Also, are there any plans for your "Dirk & Steele" and "Hunter Kiss" books to be made into graphic novels?

Liu: Thank you! For those who don't know what "After the Blood" is about, it's a short story set after the apocalypse that involves Amish vampires, zombies and cats. I would love to set a full length novel in that world, but I don't know when, or even if, that will ever happen. There is another novella set in that same world, however: "The Robber Bride," which can be found in the anthology, "Huntress." No plans yet to turn the "Dirk & Steele" and "Hunter Kiss" books into graphic novels.

Darkxmen addresses another non-X book written by Ms. Liu and hopes for more joints from the two of you -- um, I mean joint projects:
1) Marjorie, why did you stop writing "Black Widow?" I absolutely loved that series and it got me to read other books written by you.


Liu: You are so kind and thank you. I stopped writing the book because I simply ran out of time. I was writing novels, working on "Dark Wolverine," and I was afraid that the quality of those Black Widow stories would slip if I continued. I would dearly love to return to that character, though. Maybe one day.

2) Do you see yourself writing any other Marvel character in the future? And do you see yourself possibly writing it with Daniel? You both complement each other so well; it makes for great comic book reading.

Liu: Thanks. Writing with Dan was a huge amount of fun. As for future collaborations, it's a small industry. Who knows? Regarding other Marvel characters, I'd love to -- and I'm already getting a chance to explore many of my favorites within the pages of "X-23."
Way: Like that rumored "Deadpool vs. X-23" arc.

Time to get down with the Big G, who is less concerned with rumored events and wants details about an upcoming story that's been confirmed:
1) With "Schism" looming on the horizon, will X-23 be affected by this event? Considering that Wolverine and Cyclops are going to butt heads -- and X-23 has had to work under both of them -- it seems likely. And if she does, will she take sides?


Liu: Yes, she will take sides. Not in any crazy, claws-out sort of way. But X-23 has certain loyalties and I think it's safe to say that Scott isn't exactly on her list of favorite people.
Way: I actually just read the first issue of "Schism" the other day, and holy shit, is it good. A perfect blend of old school and new school. For any lapsed X-fans out there; you need to come back for this.

2) When X-23 last really interacted with Jubilee (in the one-shot), the two really didn't get along. Will there be much conflict between the two in the next arc of X-23 (after "Collision")? And what can you tease us with beyond the Jubilee/Wolverine arc?

Liu: Some conflict, yes. But Jubilee is in a much different place now than she was during the one-shot and that vulnerability will bring the two girls together more than it will tear them apart. As for what I can tease beyond that arc? Expect a return to New York City, which holds some very rich history for X-23...and, to some extent, Gambit.

Now it's my turn! Ready for some get-to-know-you fun with "Behind the X?" Let's see what you say to the following scenario -- pretend a computer exits that can answer any question definitively; however, you can only ask it one question. What would you ask it?
Liu: This is going to sound like such a horrible, awful, goody-two-shoes cliché, but I'd ask for the definitive, universal, cure to cancer.
Way: Hmm...I got nothin'. Deadpool? Wanna take this?
Deadpool: I'd ask it how to cut a fart, then after it said "that's impossible," I'd totally cut a fart right in its stupid computer face. #WINNING

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