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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Jun 14 2011, 22:16

Marjorie Liu, escritora de X-23, é a convidada da semana no X-Position. Antes de tudo, Liu falou que aqueles que desejam conhecer mais sobre X-23 devem ler a X-Force de Kyle & Yost, além de NYX e X-23: Inocência Perdida. Depois de tudo isso, fica mais fácil entender a atual série da personagem.
A escritora contou que escolheu o nome Alice para uma personagem introduzida na série por causa de Alice no País das Maravilhas. Sobre a escolha de Sinistro e de Srta. Sinistra, Liu se diz fascinada com o Arma X original e pensou em trazer Sinistra para essa trama. Ela prometeu trazê-los de novo para as histórias no futuro.
Os personagens adultos que apareceram na revista para acompanhar Laura, como Gambit e Tempestade, justificam-se porque Laura é mais madura do que as pessoas da idade dela. Pelo histórico de Remy e Ororo, eles são os mais recomendados para entendê-la. Segundo a autora, Laura ainda não conhece o lado sombrio de Remy, mas Liu não pretende explorar a personalidade de Morte de Gambit.
A roteirista disse que os acontecimentos de Collision, como, por exemplo, o fato de que X-23 precisou matar algumas vítimas dos experimentos de Colcord, mexeram profundamente com ela. Ela garantiu que veremos mais sobre a marca de alma que surgiu nas mãos de Laura, mas não deu muita certeza sobre a luz azul da alma de Laura que apareceu na edição #3.
Liu garantiu que Satânico voltará na edição #17, desenhada por Sana Takeda, mas que não haverá nenhuma cena muito romântica dele com Laura. Nesse segundo ano, Laura também voltará para Nova Iorque, mas, no primeiro arco, não encontrará as companheiras de NYX. Liu contou que ela interagirá com o Fundação do Futuro – sucessora do Quarteto Fantástico – e com o Homem-Aranha. No contato com o Aranha, contudo, não haverá nenhuma menção ao fato de Ben Reilly e Laura serem clones. Liu acrescentou que a grande diferença entre esses dois é que X-23 não compartilha as memórias de Logan, enquanto há muita confusão entre Reilly e Parker.
A escritora disse que, embora pudesse mudar alguma coisa nesse primeiro ano do título, ela está satisfeita com o resultado até agora. Então, continuem acompanhando as aventuras de Laura rumo à Nova Iorque.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jun 22 2011, 19:07

X-Position com Carey:
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Mike, our first email of the day comes from Xerox-Kitty. She sent in a list of questions as long as my arm. Let's see if you have answers up to my elbow:
1) "Age of X" was so much fun that I didn't want it to end! Legacy was obviously a lot like Rogue, but there were differences too. As Rogue didn't have her "Age of X" experiences telepathically removed, does this mean that Rogue is currently influenced by a lot of Legacy's thoughts and feelings? Is Rogue genuinely attracted to Magneto or is she reacting to how Legacy felt for her Commander?


That's a question she's probably asking herself, Xerox-Kitty. I'm sure those memories are still in the mix and I think it's for thatreason that Magneto suddenly back-pedaled and tried to warn her off. It's similar to what happened in issue #234 when she kissed him under the influence of the psi-powers she'd borrowed from the Cuckoos. He refused to take advantage of the situation then, wanting her to come to him of her own free will and similarly, here, he does his best to remind her of what she might be getting into.
But taking all these things into account, Rogue is still very much her own woman and she made the decision that felt right to her. I think it's important to stress that. She might be experiencing psychic echoes, but her feelings are her own and her life is her own. So in answer to your second question, I'd say, emphatically,yes -- whatever else is going on in her mind, the attraction is genuine.

2) Are Tempo's "real world" memories also stored inside Rogue's mind? Or do they only exist as the rewritten "Age of X" memories?

My feeling? They're still in there. I wrote that as a genuine death scene and so the memories are genuine too. But Tempo's was the only genuine death at which Legacy officiated; the others that she remembers belong to the illusory past retrospectively created by Moira.

3) Aside from Frenzy, are there any other characters who will reap some benefit from the "Age of X?"

It's a dubious benefit, in Frenzy's case. She's been locked out of a relationship that's still real for her and that hurts and enrages her a lot. In issue #250, when Prof X tells her, "Jacob labored fourteen years for a wife," it's in that context. Her attempt to become an X-Man is an attempt to become again what she was in the "Age of X" bubble, but a lot of what she was there depended on her relationship with Cyclops/Basilisk.
So I'm going to sidestep the question slightly, or at least rephrase it: other people will be affected by what happened in "Age of X" (Hellion, Chamber and Legion are the obvious examples -- besides Frenzy and Rogue). You'll have to make your own mind up in each case about whether the effects are beneficial.
) Blindfold seemed pretty angry at Legion for accidentally warping reality twice. Will we see Blindfold attempt to take retribution?

She did seem to take it to heart, didn't she? I think she saw the whole thing differently as a result of being the one person who was completely unchanged and witnessed it from the outside. Will she act on what she feels? I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

5) You've hinted at a story involving Blindfold's background. Are you planning on revealing who her mysterious brother is or what happened to her family?

It was always part of the plan to do that, and I still want to. We've got a story in mind that would tie Blindfold's past and family history to the past of another X-Man.

6) Rogue has a whole lifetime's worth of different memories in her head because she chose to honor Legacy's promise. Will these memories ultimately help (or hinder) her?

Both, I think. I've always thought that getting inside other people's heads like that increases Rogue's ability to empathize with others and also, probably, her skill in intuiting how other people are going to react in a given situation. But it's a burden, all the same. She talks in Chapter One of "Age of X" about the way it hits her, emotionally, to take on the whole weight of another person's life -- that lessens with time, but it doesn't go away.

BigBarda was also curious about Rogue and lasting effects of Legion's reality. Can you help her out?
Since the end of "Age of X," Rogue's behavior has been a little erratic and a little dishonest and selfish too (in how she's treated Gambit, at least). Although I love Rogue, I'm finding it hard to sympathize with her or understand her point of view at the moment. Could you elaborate a bit on what she's feeling?


I've done so in a number of other places online, BigBarda, most notably on my Facebook page and also a bit on CBR's own forum. I'm reluctant in some ways to rehash this topic here because it's so huge and has already spawned such a mass of commentary. But the short-form answer is this: Rogue's hesitation in going back to Gambit puzzles both of them.
She's offered different explanations, none of them entirely satisfactory. But there's always a sense in which, in matters of romantic/sexual attraction, you're at a loss to articulate why something feels right or wrong at a given time -- why sometimes you'll act on your feelings and sometimes you won't.
She's been through terrible upheavals in recent years and come out of them changed, both for the better and for the worse. She has more conscious control over her powers now, which gives her a freedom she didn't have before. But both she and Gambit have, in the very recent past, been so far out of their right minds as to turn away from each other and even to act against each other. In the aftermath of his transformation by Apocalypse's machines, Gambit actually tried to kill Rogue and was only stopped because his powers were temporarily neutralized.
So for whatever reason, Rogue is uncertain of how she and Gambit should proceed. And because of that uncertainty, he takes the decision of pushing her away (in issue #248). That may or may not have been the right thing to do, but it was his decision -- and it fed directly into her decision, immediately afterwards, to spend one night with Magneto.
I could say a lot more about what was in her mind when she did this, but in the end, the story has to speak for itself.

The story not only speaks, it sings! And from Christopher's reaction, it's music to his ears:
1) I'm in full support of the recent change in Rogue's and Magneto's relationship -- very exciting! The two have much in common, what with sordid pasts, connections to terrorism and villainy, redemptive paths and extremely complicated family trees. My question is: can readers expect some disapproval from the rest of the X-Men? Or will these two be keeping the intimate side of their relationship under wraps for now?


I can't see them shouting it from the rooftops, Christopher, because it's not in either of their natures to do that. But if they stay together beyond that one liaison, then people will notice and people will react. And I'd envisage a wide range of reactions, with a certain amount of shock and disbelief definitely showing itself. But that's all predicated on an "if."
Rogue only offers Magneto one night, initially. Where it goes from there, we'll have to see.

2) Are you at liberty to explain the extent of what Rogue has retained from her time as Legacy/Reaper, in terms of her psychological and/or power-siphoning arsenal? Is it possible that we'll be seeing her slowing or speeding time, per the absorption of Miss Tempo? Or will such encounters simply fade away, as memories often do over time?

I'd say that she retains the memories and, along with that, the skills that she honed as Legacy. We see her using those skills when she sifts Rachel's memories in issue #250 and again when she combs through Legion's sub-personalities to identify the gaps. But as always (or almost always), the powers she borrows fade over time. There's a limit both to how many powers she can take and to how long she can retain them. What's changed is that she seems now to be able to extend that period (a little) with concentration, or voluntarily end it, as she did when she gave the Cuckoos their power back in #234.

3) And on the topic of "Age of X," will fans find themselves blessed with more stunning pencils from artist Clay Mann?

Damn straight!!!

And the internet roars with approval! Justinian wanted to express his gratitude and squeeze in a query as well.
I wanted to thank you for returning Polaris from space and tackling Lorna's reunion with her father, which is something I have been waiting many years for. Clearly Lorna and Magneto have a ton of issues to deal with. I was wondering, of the many issues of contention they have to deal with, which do you see as the most important?


Wow. Big question. I think for Lorna, the most pressing issue might be to find out what Magneto could tell her about her mother -- and her mother's death.

On the topic of death, Jason feels it's a fact that can't be brushed over.
Even though I like the addition of Frenzy to the "X-Men: Legacy" cast, how will the fact that she brutally murdered one of their friends and allies (Sharon Friedlander) in the name of Acolyte Genetic cleansing be explained? Will you explore this fact? Any chance we could see her interact with her old teammate Stinger as long as she's on Utopia?


I don't think we'll ever see a scene of the X-Men as a whole reacting to and assimilating her presence, Jason -- it happened in the past, presumably at the point when she arrived on Utopia, but it wasn't shown on-panel. That isn't to say that characters won't ever refer to it now; it just means that it won't be a central plot focus, any more than was Mystique's killing of Moira MacTaggert when she was brought into the fold in the Milligan era.
Cyclops offered sanctuary to surviving mutants. For those who took that offer, although questions might be asked about their pasts and the degree of trust and openness that was available to them must have varied enormously, a place was given to them on, at least, a probationary basis. Frenzy is far from alone in having very grave crimes to account for.
Concerning Stinger -- that would be fun to do if the opportunity crops up. Thanks for the suggestion.

Look at that -- X-POSITION-ites helping to shape stories to come. I love it!
Sandra has some questions about the nuts and bolts of "Age of X." Can you lend her a wrench to solve things?
There was some discussion on the boards about the reality of "Age of X." Some believe that three years of fake memories were implanted by Legion and only seven days of events actually occurred. Others feel that Legion, as a reality warper, actually warped time -- as well as space -- and the characters lived through those three years.
The latter makes more sense to me, especially given Rogue's decision to keep her memories of AoX because of Legacy's promises to the dead. Is Rogue keeping a fake promise to fake people? Or did she actually experience those events and those deaths over three years' worth of AoX time?


I think only the last seven days were real, Sandra, but those seven days included a real death: Tempo's. It's true that Legacy's promise was made in an illusory or imaginary context, but those memories are real and to some extent they bind her to the promise and validate her decision.

Renaldo brings up another alternate universe that I neglected to mention in my introduction. Personally, I'd love to see the X-Men visit a world where they're all crustaceans -- just for the heck of it!
With regards to "Age of X," what was your major inspiration in crafting this alternate universe? It seemed to resemble "House of M" a bit, especially when you look at the influences by parental forces in both cases. How did you set out to differentiate and make AoX stand apart from HoM?


Parent/child relationships are a recurring theme in my stories, Renaldo. It's at the very center of "Lucifer" and "The Unwritten," for example -- so it was sort of inevitable that I'd try to tell a Professor X/Legion story at some point in my run, if I got that far. So I wasn't consciously either imitating or pulling away from "House of M," I was just following my own instincts and the things that fascinated me about those characters and that relationship.

We've talked a lot about "Age of X," but it appears that Sean is ready move on to the next "big thing!"
How much will "Schism" affect your book? Will the team itself have a schism? Will it remain a team book and will it continue to go out around the world?


Tackling the easiest part of that question first, Sean, the going around the world stuff is just something I do when it feels like I've over-used Utopia as a setting. In the next arc, we go to Shi'ar space for similar reasons -- because we've over-used the Milky Way galaxy as a setting.
But yeah, "Schism" will affect "X-Men: Legacy" profoundly, as it will all of the core books. My team will miss some of the trigger events by reason of being many thousands of light years away, but once they're back and they've been brought up to speed, they'll all have some very tough decisions to make -- and, yes, that will impact on their continued existence as a team. Sorry, I know that's evasive, but it's all I can say right now.

Then let's move on to another topic, like today's "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question: as a writer, do you have any grammatical pet peeves that annoy you?

I'm mostly pretty relaxed about that stuff. I get more irritated by the people who rave about other people's grammar -- like the twonks who complained on message boards when I used the American construction "I could care less" in a recent issue instead of the longer-established (and arguably more logical) British version, "I couldn't care less."
"Ooh, he used to be an English teacher. He should know better than that!" Yeah, but usage trumps rulebooks and context trumps everything. That's what was wrong with Lynne Truss's book on punctuation -- she defends good punctuation on the grounds of clarity of expression, but then uses examples where clarity isn't an issue and where the imagined offense is just the transgression of a rule. Split infinitives are a great example: there's nothing wrong with "to boldly go" at all, and it's miles better than either of the alternatives -- "to go boldly" or "boldly to go." So if I'm zero tolerance on anything, it's that whole "zero tolerance" approach.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jun 22 2011, 19:34

O convidado dessa semana do X-Position foi o escritor de X-Men: Legacy, Mike Carey. Ele conversou sobre as novidades do título, os efeitos de Age of X e, principalmente, o impacto de Schism sobre sua revista.
A respeito de Age of X, um cross recente entre Legacy e New Mutants, passado em uma realidade alternativa, Carey disse que as memórias e sentimentos vividos durante Age of X permanecem com os personagens, inclusive as de Tempo, que foram absorvidas por Reaper, nome usado pela contraparte de Vampira. Quanto aos poderes, Carey disse que Vampira está usando alguns, como vimos na identificação das personalidades de Legião, mas, como qualquer outra habilidade que ela toma emprestado, não serão permanentes.
Ele comentou igualmente que o beijo de Vampira em Magneto não é necessariamente apenas um resquício do que ela sentia na outra realidade, mas consequência também de uma atração genuína que tem por ele. O atual estágio do relacionamento dela com o Gambit é outro complicador, já que ela não hesita bastante em construir algo mais sólido com Remy. Ela não tem certeza do que deve fazer, nem em relação a Gambit, nem em relação a Magneto. Por essa incerteza, Remy decidiu afastá-la dele na edição #248.
O escritor comentou que a nova condição de Frenesi não é apenas um benefício extraído de Age of X. Ela traz um lado bom, que é sua tentativa de regeneração, participando dos X-Men, mas também traz alguns problemas, como o sentimento dela por Ciclope. Outros personagens também trouxeram um dilema como resultado de Age of X, como Satânico, Câmara e Legião.
Carey confirmou que ainda planeja fazer uma história que fale sobre o passado de Olhos Vendados. De acordo com ele, a ideia, no momento, é ligar o passado dela com o de outro X-Man. O escritor também disse que Clay Mann, um dos artistas de Age of X, desenhará algumas edições futuras.
A volta dos Piratas Siderais foi outro assunto discutido, já que ela acontecerá em meio a Schism. Carey disse que tocará na relação entre Magneto e Lorna, confirmando que eles são pai e filha. Lorna desejará saber mais sobre sua mãe também. Schism impactará fortemente o título, porque, embora a história de Legacy esteja se desenvolvendo no espaço durante o evento, quando os personagens retornarem, também ficarão divididos. Ele acrescentou que já estava cansado de fazer histórias em Utopia e poderá diversificar agora, como fez com Age of X, usando o espaço sideral no título.
A volta dos Piratas Siderais é muito esperada, assim como Schism. De que lado será que os personagens de Legacy ficarão nessa cisão?

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jun 29 2011, 09:59

X-Position com Rob Williams:

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1) First off Rob -- welcome to the X-books! I don't mean to throw you a tricky question right out of the gate, but what the heck! Recently, Daken got his skin burned off and I was curious...how does his tattoo come back? We clearly saw it in issue #10. I mean, doesn't the ink get burned away as well? Is his tattoo "special" in some way with a "special" origin?

Thanks Big G! Erm, good start... next!
Actually, I'd imagine that whoever gave Daken that tattoo did make it a "super tattoo." Daken's healing factor would, you presume, reject any ink from a normal tattoo. For that one to stay in his skin it can't have been anything ordinary. Maybe Romulus gave Daken it and it's now bonded to his skin, so when his skin burns away and grows back, the tatt comes with.
That's my story and I'm sticking with it. Good opener though!

2) I enjoyed watching Daken tripping on Heat. Is it safe to assume that Heat is -- as the late great Rick James once said -- "one hell of a drug?" How long should we expect to watch Daken popping them pills?

Heat's like nothing Daken's ever experienced before -- something that Riley Rossmo's trippy pages really show off, giving us Daken's trippy point of view. His healing factor's made him so bored of any drug or drink -- they don't really touch him. Heat does affect him though, and that immediately make it hugely appealing to Daken. He's a hedonist, after all. And not only is it hugely addictive and, as you say, "one hell of a drug," it also starts to shut down his healing factor. It's dangerous.
Daken's looking for challenges all the time. He thinks he's smarter than everyone else and he thinks he can kill anyone in one-on-one combat. Nothing can harm him, so there's no challenges for him. Heat is a challenge. It could well kill him. That makes it very attractive to Daken.

3) Is Donna Kiel (the new woman in Daken's life) going to be a character we'll see for a while? Or is she merely around for an arc?

Donna's a major player in this storyline. She's a hugely smart FBI profiler who's been brought in to solve the murders of L.A.'s latest serial killer -- someone who uses claws to eviscerate their victims. Sound like anyone you know? But there's no motive for Daken to be doing these killings and he can't remember doing them. Donna's going to help solve the mystery.
This is someone who can match Daken intellectually. That immediately makes her very attractive to him. Again, much like the Heat drug, Donna is actually a challenge for Daken. That's rare. But she has her own issues too, as we'll discover.

Our pal Marcus Martin is concerned about another challenge going on in the X-universe and wonders how it will impact Logan's son:
1) Will the events of "X-Men: Schism" affect Daken in any way? It doesn't appear that the X-Men's decisions really matter to him one way or the other...


To be blunt, he couldn't give a £$%& what the X-Men do or don't do. He's only interested in his own agenda, which is to build up his empire. He's already taken over Madripoor and now he wants to become Los Angeles' new Kingpin of Crime. I'm not even sure he thinks about the fact that he's a mutant. Mutant rights aren't big on Daken's mind. Now, that doesn’t mean that mutants don’t think about him, or that the fall-out from Schism won’t affect him.

2) By any chance, will Daken run into the Runaways during his stay in L.A.? He's already mentioned the Pride...

Hmmm... there's an interesting thought.

Daken hanging around with a bunch of prepubescent kids? Adorable! PhoenixReborn wrote in to ask about another pal of Daken's that's a bit less cuddly...
Will Norman Osborn's return affect Daken? Could it reunite him with his Dark Avengers pals?


Not immediately. He’s busy building his own future and certainly wouldn’t be interested in working for Osborn again. But there’s an interesting dynamic between the two of them, certainly. Osborn could push Daken’s buttons. Maybe in the future.
Well, if he's not going to spend time with children or the goblin king, Captain Cavalier hopes to see Daken find some new friends of a "shiny" nature:
Rob, I really liked the whole "Scarface"/"Entourage" vibe I got from issue #10 of "Daken: Dark Wolverine." Will Daken be sticking around Los Angeles long? Will he get groupies?


Hah. I don't think Daken has to worry about getting groupies. He's a good-looking guy awash with Brian Fantana's favored brand of Sex Panther. Wherever Daken goes, he's going to find good-looking company. That's his scene. And he's going to be in Hollywood for the foreseeable, yes. Incidentally, well done on picking up the "Entourage" nod. That was deliberate and something I was going for. Matteo Buffagni drew that whole party scene beautifully too.

Renaldo wins today's prize for the longest list of questions. Let's see what kind of prizes await in Williams' answers:
1) Rob, with "Daken: Dark Wolverine," what was your approach to the character after [Daniel] Way and [Marjorie] Liu had him run riot in Madripoor with huge success?


I wanted to continue the good work Dan and Marjorie had established. Daken being bisexual, for instance. It would've been pretty horrible if, my first issue, he suddenly announced himself as being out-and-out straight or gay. Hopefully my Daken still feels like the same guy you've been reading for the past few years, but any writer is going to bring their own sensibility. I thought it would be empowering and challenging for him to get away from Wolverine for a while -- the son 'leaving home' to write his own destiny.

2) Will you be going back to any of the "Wolverine: Origins" elements for Daken? Can we expect you to introduce new elements to the character as well?

I kind of think it's healthy to stay away from continuity-heavy plot points. They're there in Daken's past and you respect them, but we want to tell stories that new readers can pick up that aren't bogged down with exposition. I tend to think exposition is death on the page and it's to be avoided where humanly possible. As for new elements? We thought it'd be interesting to challenge Daken in as many ways as possible. Strip down his healing factor -- that healing factor's very useful but it can be a drama killer too.
Where's the threat to a character if you know he can survive pretty much anything he comes up against? So, Daken's addiction to a new drug called Heat is going to make him vulnerable. And emotionally, we thought it'd be intriguing to have Daken fall in love for the first time. To find someone who, mentally, is on his level and who he connects with. All these things are meant to push him to his limits. You have to challenge these characters and put their souls on the line.

3) Shall we anticipate a lot of encounters with Wolverine in upcoming stories, as Daken is already mocking Captain America in your issue #10 opening?

No Wolverine for the time being. We're enforcing a 'no Wolverine' zone temporarily. Daken said goodbye to him in #9.1 (which Ron Garney drew beautifully, by the way). Wolverine's in enough books as it is.

4) Daken's sexually "active" panels in issue #10 were quite surprising. Were there questions from editorial about taking the character down this path? Can we expect more surprises such as this?

Editorial were great on Daken's sexuality. They basically allowed me the freedom to go where I wanted with this. We talked about Daken being bisexual and they said up front, when I was taking over the book, that they were very open to him having a gay relationship in the book. It was never an issue... which is how it should be. Hopefully it feels organic and true to the character. I'd hate to throw things in there for sensationalism's sake. Daken's primarily a hedonist. He's intellectually dismissive of any of society's brands of constrictions. He sees himself as being above all of that.

5) Where'd you get the inspiration to create this rogue faction of Purifiers in "Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force?"They seem to mean more hurtful business than past incarnations. How does the new antagonist Jonathan Standish embody their ideals?

These Purifiers are a splinter group. While the main Purifiers believe mutants are the children of the devil, this group think that it's all superhumans. They see the events of "Fear Itself" and think this is the end of the world -- the stuff of the Book of Revelations -- and they think the super-people have brought the devil to earth for humanity's souls. It's up to them to get as many good human souls to Heaven "before the devil knows they're dead." They're basically very scared people, and fear makes humanity do terrible things.
Their leader, Jonathan Standish, is a neurosurgeon who believes he has been called to "save" as many people as he can. As ever in these instances, he thinks he's the hero here -- the one with the moral high ground. And he's got a mutant kill crew coming after him, so maybe he has a point (albeit a very screwed up one). The storyline was really generated by the moral question of "Should a mutant kill crew exist?" And if they are necessary, as Wolverine and company believe, then what does that say about society (and superhero books) in general? While "Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force" has big, summer blockbuster-style action sequences, hopefully it asks a few interesting questions too. And Simone Bianchi's made it look stunning!

6) Your story ties into the chaos as the Serpent's Armageddon hits, but how else are your themes and story differentiating themselves from the awesome job that Rick Remender has already lain out in the main "Uncanny X-Force" book? Will your story be picking up on small seeds and threads from his title?

I've tried to stay away from the main plot points in Rick's run (which is terrific and I'm really enjoying each month). But hopefully the character dynamics are the same. I've thrown in some sexual tension between Psylocke and Fantomex, for example; Archangel's in a pretty aggressive state-of-mind, etc. Jody Leheup's my editor on the miniseries and Jody edits the main "Uncanny X-Force" book, so he kept me on the straight and narrow. But, as I said earlier with Daken, I want this to be a self-enclosed story that new readers can pick up and immediately get what's going on. If I came in heavily referencing a bunch of Rick's plot points there'd be little room for our plot.

7) Lastly, where did the motivation come from for your new Ghost Rider identity? And what kind of impact will be felt with Blaze/Ketch, especially after the amazing "Heaven's on Fire" run from Jason Aaron?

Making the new Ghost Rider female was a pretty straightforward choice. Launching a new series, we were looking for something that felt fresh and different. Jason Aaron's run on the book was terrific but it felt like Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch as Ghost Rider had both been done, so... I'd never claim it's the most original idea in the world, but a female Ghost Rider is a new hook, a distinctive visual aesthetic.
Matt Clark got to give the new Ghost Rider an awesome new design and look. It's exciting to flesh her out. And Johnny Blaze, who I love writing, is still there throughout our story, albeit now in the role of a fairly incompetent mentor. He's our drunk and sarcastic Obi-Wan Kenobi. On a motorbike. But without powers. As for how all this affects Danny Ketch, we have plans for that down the ride.

Sounds fun! And now, it's my turn to take you "Behind the X" with a little get-to-know-you question. If you don't mind sharing -- what movie scared you most when you first saw it and why?

Probably "Nightmare on Elm Street." I was, I think, thirteen when it first came out and, without being too graphic, it scared the living piss out of me. Don't think I slept for days. It did its job. A movie that makes teenagers be scared of sleeping and having a bath. Smelly, sleep deprived, grouchy. Thinking about it from the point of view of the 39 year-old father of two I now am, that movie kind of prepares you for parenting.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jun 29 2011, 19:04

Após um longo período de Daniel Way e Marjorie Liu à frente das histórias de Daken, Rob Williams assume o título no último mês. Ele foi o convidado da semana do X-Position para falar sobre Daken e sobre o tie-in da Uncanny X-Force em Fear Itself, escrito também por ele.
Williams deu uma resposta que também serviria para uma dúvida que pintou aqui no Brasil, na seção de cartas de Wolverine 79 (junho/2011). Ele disse que a tatuagem de Daken não pode ter sido feita de forma comum, porque o fator de cura de Daken a rejeitaria. Williams sugeriu que pode ter sido Romulus quem deu a tatuagem a Daken, de forma que mesmo se a pele se queimar, por exemplo, quando ela nasce novamente, a tatuagem está junto.
O escritor trouxe, logo em sua primeira edição, alguns assuntos polêmicos para a revista. Daken, por exemplo, apareceu usando drogas, mais especificamente uma chamada Heat. Williams disse que o fator de cura é um empecilho para que os efeitos sejam mais duradouros, mas que o uso contínuo de Heat pode prejudicar o seu fator de cura.
Williams também explorou mais a ideia de bissexualidade deixada por Way e Liu e que gera polêmica entre leitores conservadores. Entre as imagens polêmicas, o roteirista trouxe uma cena de Daken na cama com outro homem e disse que teve total liberdade editorial para fazê-lo.
Ele introduziu também uma personagem importante: Donna Kiel. Ela é uma agente do FBI que está atrás de um serial-killer em Los Angeles, novo paradeiro de Daken. As investigações de Donna apontam para um assassino que usa garras para matar, o que a levará de encontro a Daken.
Em uma perpectiva mais macro, Williams disse que Schism não afetará muito Daken, já que ele não está se importando com a comunidade mutante em geral. Seu objetivo agora é se tornar o Rei do Crime de Los Angeles. Contudo, pode haver alguns efeitos sim. O retorno de Norman Osborn também não impactará imediatamente Daken, e Williams disse que não havéra nenhuma interação com Wolverine nas primeiras edições.
Quanto ao tie-in de Fear Itself da Uncanny X-Force, Williams disse que os Purificadores mostrados como vilões da mini são uma facção do grupo, liderada por Jonathan Standish. Eles ampliam a perspectiva original sobre mutantes como filhos do demônio para todos os superpoderosos. Acreditando que os eventos de Feat Itself são o Fim do Mundo, eles sentem-se na obrigação de salvar quantas pessoas eles puderem.
Williams disse que procurou se distanciar das histórias que estão sendo conduzidas por Rick Remender para não haver nenhuma superposição. Algumas coisas, contudo, ele aproveitou, como a tensão sexual de Psylocke e Fantomex.
O trabalho do escritor pode ser conferido nas duas revistas, acompanhem!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Jul 07 2011, 11:54

X-Position com Way:

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Our pal Renaldo gets us rolling with an assortment of topics. Here's a little potpourri:
1) With the "Astonishing X-Men" books being a showcase for superstar writers like Warren Ellis and Joss Whedon, did you feel any pressure in taking on this title? How did you establish the roster of Scott, Logan, Emma and Armor? Was it completely up to you?


In a word -- yes. Which is why it was great to have [Editor] Nick Lowe and [Assistant Editor] Sebastian Girner there to back me up. And the pressure didn't just come from following the work of two incredible writers, by the way. As anyone who's done so can tell you, signing on to do an X-Men book is not something to be taken lightly. These are some of the best-known and most beloved characters in the world, so you'd better bring your "A" game.
The roster was established during my initial conversations with Axel about the story, which is essentially about dealing with problems that are simply "bigger" than you. By keeping the group small and stacking the odds against them, it makes their eventual victory all the more, well, astonishing.

2) What inspired your Monster Island festivities (and the monstrous cast of characters) as we're usually accustomed to seeing more "named" X-villains such as Sinister and Apocalypse?

I love Kirby monster, and they all live on Monster Island -- their sanctuary. The X-Men also live on an island, under much the same circumstances. When Mentallo invades Monster Island and enslaves its inhabitants, who better than the X-Men to come to their aid?

3) What's it like working with Paco Medina and Jason Pearson on "Astonishing X-Men" as these guys are among the cream of the crop in comics? I was also wondering what would be your dream title to work on and who would be the dream artist to work with?

To clarify, Paco didn't work on my AXM story, but I have worked with him, most recently, on "Deadpool" and it was incredible. It's been a dream of mine to work with Pearson, and it was great to finally have that happen, if only for one-and-a-half issues. Plus, let's not forget Sara Pichelli ("Ultimate Comics Spider-Man") who came in and killed, and Nick Bradshaw, who's finishing out the arc with the work of his (sure to be very long) career.
Dream gig? Well, I recently spent a weekend up at Cherry Capital Con in Michigan with Angel Medina and we talked a lot about how much we'd like to do a Spider-Man story together. Anyone else wanna see that?

4) What inspires you when you write Deadpool? I know it must be major fun! Are you tapping into an adolescence or teenage drama when scribing the Merc with a Mouth?

I really don't know. It just kinda jumps out of me. There's no telling where it comes from, since the only thing I have in common with our boy Wade is that we both have an irrational fear of cows.

Moo! Maroutz also seems to appreciate the way Wade's mind works and had some queries on the merc's thought processes:
1) If you had to guess, where does Deadpool get most of his pop culture references? What websites, TV shows, or magazines would compose his pop culture diet?


Wow, good question. I'd say that he gets it from everywhere -- much like what comes out of his head, what goes in does so without passing through any sort of filter. That being said, I'd bet he watches "Epic Meal Time" every Tuesday, without fail.

2) Deadpool is a mercenary, but he's got morals; for example, he wouldn't let those kids from the daycare die. What would you say Deadpool's top three "rules" are in his line of work?

Geez, Maroutz -- you really put some thought into these, huh? Rule #1: Don't kill anyone who doesn't deserve it. Rule #2: Don't kill anyone for free -- unless they deserve it. And Rule #3: Silencers are for p*ssies.

3) Will Deadpool be affected by "Schism?" I know he's not an X-Man, but I'd love to hear his commentary on the situation nonetheless...

Currently, there are no solid plans to reference "Schism" in my book, but it's definitely a situation that Deadpool would readily exploit, if he had the time. Which he won't, because he's about to become a very, very busy man.

Kimbo has been busy as well creating a laundry list of inquiries for you. Let's see how you like these crazy apples.
1) I'm sorry to say I missed an issue of "Deadpool" a couple of months ago, so I'm a bit confused -- why did he decide now is the time to commit suicide?


Because he feels that he's "done" everything else and he's become bored, disillusioned. He needs a challenge, and what greater challenge is there -- what better way to show everyone how incredibly awesome he is -- than to kill the world's most un-killable man?

2) When Deadpool sees Death in issue #38, he recognizes her. Have they met before? It seems they have a relationship. Is he infatuated with her like Thanos?

Deadpool is very much in love with Death, the girl he can never have, and has been so for a very long time. I'm off-line right now and away from my comic collection, but maybe someone here on the CBR forums can point Kimbo in the direction of some back issues? [Editor's note: Deadpool's relationship with Death was explained in 1998's "Deadpool & Death Annual"]

3) At the end of last issue, Hulk really tried to kill Deadpool. I was curious if Banner was in control of Hulk during that instant? Would you say Banner is an intentional killer?

No, I wouldn't say Banner is a killer. Deadpool put him in an extreme situation -- he could've unintentionally killed that busload of children -- and that's why his reaction was so extreme. But as you'll see in the next issue, Banner/Hulk knew Deadpool would somehow survive and has made arrangements with one of his "associates" to make sure that what happened in Phoenix will never happen again.

4) It's never been clear to me -- is Deadpool crazy because of all of the things he's experienced, or is it a genetic thing with him? Will we actually learn more about his mental problems when he goes to Crossmore? Or is it all going to be laughs and pudding?

Though insanity may run in the family, Deadpool's mania/psychosis is unique to him and him alone. In the next story arc, I'd say you'll learn more about his mental state than you will his mental problems -- in addition to the laughs and pudding, of course.

Andre4000 is our final email of the day and wrote in with some astonishing questions. How about some uncanny answers?
1) I'm sure this may have been explained elsewhere, but why are you and Christos Gage alternating issues of "Astonishing X-Men?" I'm enjoying both stories, but it's kind of distracting…


It was decided by the higher-ups that, since the original artist on my arc (Jason Pearson) isn't exactly a "monthly" guy, that, rather than trying to rush him, it would be better to put out a story, featuring a different group of X-Men, that played in tandem with mine. That way, there'd be an issue of "Astonishing" on the shelves every month. Kinda brilliant, I think.

2) How would you describe the relationship between Armor and Wolverine? How would you say it compares to his partnerships with Kitty and Jubilee?

It's generally more "equal" in that Wolverine doesn't feel compelled to protect Armor. He pushes her, tries to toughen her up because he knows she'll need it.

3) Why do you think Wolvie ends up being father-figure to so many girls? And why don't we ever see him take on boys as protégés?

I'd disagree with you about Wolverine being a father figure. In most cases, he's more of a "not-father" figure. He's old enough to be their father, but he isn't…and therefore, they can talk to him. This is also why young men aren't drawn to seek his counsel or approval -- he's not their father.

4) Armor's new power levels seem fairly intense. I feel as though she's moved to the top of the X-Men roster now. I don't know if you can say for sure, but do you think we'll be seeing lots more of her in the X-Men books?

Ideally, yes. She's a great character.

And now it's my turn to get a little nutty with today's "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question. If you don't mind, please tell us: what would be the perfect meal to you? Feel free to include appetizer, drink, meal, and dessert.

It'd be at Sichuan House in Melbourne, Australia's Chinatown. And since a great meal is all about great company, my son and my girlfriend would be there. Ice cold beer to drink (white gourd drink for my kid). Start with the spicy pork belly, maybe some mouth-watering chicken, then on to spicy rabbit. And maybe some noodles. No room for dessert.

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Re: X-Position

Mensagem  leonardobento em Qui Jul 07 2011, 12:02

Daniel Way, escritor de Deadpool e de Astonishing X-Men, foi o convidado da semana do X-Position. Ele falou sobre as novidades nas duas revistas, e o impacto de Schism, a próxima grande saga dos mutantes.
Way contou que pôde escolher à vontade quais personagens utilizaria em Astonishing X-Men. Em seu primeiro arco com o grupo, um dos cenários é a Ilha dos Monstros. A inspiração para utilizá-la veio do trabalho de Jack Kirby com monstros.
Ele contou que a decisão dos editores de colocar dois escritores com histórias paralelas em Astonishing deve-se ao fato de que o desenhista Jason Pearson não consegue produzir uma edição mensal. Para não haver tantos atrasos, Christos Gage foi chamado para desenvolver uma história paralela.
O roteirista disse que a relação entre Armadura e Wolverine difere um pouco daquela que Logan teve com Jubileu ou Kitty, porque não há tanto um senso de proteção e paternidade, mas mais de parceria. Ele prometeu que Armadura continua como uma das protagonistas de seu título.
Mudando de assunto para Deadpool, Way não sabe dizer de onde vem a inspiração para escrever o personagem. Ele brincou dizendo que a única coisa que ele e Wade têm em comum é o medo irracional por vacas. O escritor disse ainda que ele procura trazer algumas referências do mundo pop para a revista.
Segundo Way, mesmo sendo um mercenário, Deadpool segue algumas regras, como não matar quem não merece ou não matar se não receber pagamento por isso.
Um dos últimos plots lançados na revista é a decisão de Wade de se suicidar, como o próximo grande desafio de sua vida. Way disse que a Morte para Deadpool é uma garota que ele nunca pôde conquistar.
Sobre os efeitos de Schism sobre o personagem, ele disse que não há planos para mostrar nenhum impacto da saga na revista. Se Deadpool tivesse tempo, até que Way mostraria algum impacto, mas, de acordo com o escritor, o personagem se tornará alguém muito ocupado.
Semana que vem, o X-Position será com Kieron Gillen. Até lá!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jul 13 2011, 11:59

X-Position com Kieron Gillen:

Spoiler:


MarvelMaster616 starts us off with a question that appears to be on the minds of several readers. It concerns a certain miniseries that ties together the Avengers, Young Avengers, and the X-Men in a profound way. Be warned, however, mild SPOILERS follow!
1) I recently read "Avengers: Children's Crusade" #6 and it was one of my favorite comics all year. How will these new developments with the Scarlet Witch have an impact on "Uncanny X-Men" and "Generation Hope?"


I want to say something like, "My plan is to entirely ignore what's happening in the 'Children's Crusade,'" but I suspect someone would take me seriously. M-Day's fallout is a big strand of the large-scale story of the X-books. There's clearly no way I won't be reflecting the result of the "Children's Crusade."

2) While on the subject of the Scarlet Witch, do the events of 'Children's Crusade' make Hope's presence somewhat tenuous if not unnecessary?

There's three more issues of "'Children's Crusade." I mean, seriously, don't count your mutant chickens. Rictor could explode next issue for all anyone knows.

3) It's been mentioned that "Schism" will affect not just the teams, but some of the relationships within the X-Men as well. I know you probably can't get into specifics, but could you hint about how these relationships might be affected?

I can hint, but it's not exactly much of a useful hint.
How are they affected? Generally badly.
Actually, thinking about it -- there's a couple of exceptions to that.

4) And how will "Schism" affect Cyclops's status and competence as a leader?

That the schism is between Wolverine and Cyclops is known. You can safely say that Logan and, by implication, Logan's followers have problems with Scott's choices in "Schism." So you could say it affects it negatively, at least for some people, for the length of "Schism." Of course, as I've already said, we haven't said for sure that Scott's even going to be around afterwards. We haven't said if anyone's around afterwards. I could hypothetically create scenarios which leave Scott's status and general competence as high as they are now after the schism, even ,em>with the events of the "Schism."
It's hypothetical here. I wouldn't want to talk about this stuff until we're heading towards "Regenesis," as it kind of spoils the fun.

Justin is also wondering about the upcoming split and hopes to pry some secrets out of you by starting with a few kind words:
I want to say I haven't enjoyed the X-Men this much since the 90's when Bastion was hunting them down! Keep it up, and here are my questions:
1) Can you give us any insight into the amount of communication there will be between the X-teams following "Schism?" Pretty please?


Passive-aggressive messages on Twitter, probably.
Really? There is bad blood between the teams. On a higher level, they simply disagree and aren't talking any more. However, there's always the personal individual connections. It's not that everyone on each side is a robot. They all have their own feelings towards the status quo. Their tweets would be less passive-aggressive, though retweeting a friend on the other side's message would probably lead to stern tutting from the high command.

2) Will Nate Grey be around post-"Schism?" I feel like interaction between him and Hope could be interesting due to their experience in apocalyptic timelines/futures…

Man, I loved those "New Mutant" preview pages which have been shown recently with Hope and Nate in them. I think Dan and Andy agree that the interaction would be interesting.

3) Kenji's observation about Hope's effect on people was interesting. Will we see some of the more "important" X-Men (Cyclops, Wolverine, Emma Frost) take notice of this?

Cyclops already has, and started acting on it. In issue #5, he explicitly told Kitty when putting her on the team that he believes she's showing some kind of control over them. It's one reason why he removed Rogue from the position of liaison. But, yes, more on this as we progress.

CharlesN2 also noted Kenji's thoughts on Hope and wants a few more details about the Mutant Messiah. First, he's lighting a candle at your altar, though.
First of all, I love how often "Uncanny X-Men" has been coming out lately, and I'm really looking forward to the showdown with the Juggernaut.


Thank you. Nick cracks the whip over our heads, and we submit meekly.

Of course, I have a few questions about your current titles:
1) Recently, Kenji and Laurie have each expressed some concern regarding Hope and the influence she is having on the "lights." Bishop has thus far been the only person to say for certain that Hope will be more of a problem for mutants than a savior. Being that Madrox and Layla Miller both spent time in the same future where Bishop grew up, don't they have similar feelings toward Hope?


I think there's been a few other people who've expressed reservations.
As much as Cyclops is Hope's true-believer #1, he still views elements of her as problematic and is intently watching them. Wolverine, in "Uncanny" #539, admitted that he's been avoiding her because he thinks he may end up having to kill her -- in which case, it'll be better off if they weren't close. And Emma has explicitly said that she thinks Hope is going to be the end of them all in "Generation Hope" #5. Kitty has been butting heads with her already. And the ever-expressive Dani Moonstar's first reaction to meeting her was kicking her.
I'm totally avoiding answering the questions, because Layla and Madrox's feelings are the sort of thing which should be expressed on panel. But it's an interesting line of thought to follow.

2) Are you going to expand Hope's team with any more newly activated mutants? Or will this be it for the near future?

I will say to expect cast changes in "Generation Hope." There's certainly cast changes in the issues I've written. I've written up to issue #12. Somewhere in there, then.

3) After "Schism," do you intend on bringing back any X-Men we haven't seen for a while? Possibly even Elixir, Havok, Rachel Summers, or Polaris?

While I'm not the one who's bringing them back, I'm looking forward to the return of some of the people from that list. I've enjoyed writing a couple of scenes with one of them.
Oh, man. I'm totally not telling you anything. I'm bad.

Well, don't be bad to Pete. He's wagering that you'll answer this next inquiry!
How do the other Young X-Men see Hope and her special crew? Will we see some interaction between them? I bet Rockslide has some deeply philosophical thoughts about them (but I may have a betting problem)…


You would win that bet. Rockslide shares some of his particularly pertinent insights in "Generation Hope" #12. He's investigating a key mystery which I know many readers have been wondering about.
Generally speaking, while there's been some crossover, perhaps not as much as you'd expect. Gabriel mentioned in issue #5 that he feels about the Cuckoos like he thinks all the other kids think about the lights -- as in a tight, clannish, stand-offish group who share their own secret language. I've been wanting to get some more interaction between the casts for a while, and you'll see a lot more of that from the "Schism" tie-ins onwards.

Chesapeake has some thoughts on Hope and her team's abilities. Or, as Keanu might say, "Whoa. Do they know kung-fu?"
In the previous story arc, it surprised me that Hope was captured with relative ease. Hope is an accomplished warrior who has been battle-tested for years. Is she going to train the five lights? It seems to me that they are jumping into missions without any kind of training and relying on pure luck…


Stun grenades are nothing to laugh at, and she's got no increased physical resilience. That she managed to identify the problem and fight back at all is to Hope's credit.
The Lights are being trained, both by Hope and the other X-Men, but there's only so much you can do in a month or two. They're in their learning curve at the moment, and they're certainly showing their relative personalities. Laurie's good socially and trains hard, but she's twice shown she panics ("Generation Hope" #2 and "Uncanny X-Men" #539). Idie is socially distant, but when stuff goes down, she's icy (pretty much any time she's been in combat, really). No pun intended.
I was reading about PTSD a while back, remembering that heavy PTSD can rewire people's instincts so they're terrible in normal situations, but are perfectly calm in extreme ones. In a real way, they're so messed up that "extreme" is their "normal." There's a fair chunk of that sort of thinking in Idie. The girl has been through hell.
Whether the lights are ready or not is certainly a theme of the book; as iswhy Hope thinks they are.

Marcus Martin rolled the dice with the following pair of Hope questions. Let's see if he comes up snake-eyes.
1) Given that Hope Summers has learned of the reasons why Wolverine doesn't like her, will that new information factor into your "Generation Hope" tie-ins to the "Schism" event?


I'll say that everything that Hope learns plays into her characterization, but I don't want to give the idea that's the key thing about "Schism." There is just an understanding between Hope and Logan now. Hope knows he thinks he may have to kill her and Hope is cool with that. And that that's enough to be a working understanding says a bunch about the pair of them.

2) Has anyone told Hope Summers about the Scarlet Witch and her part in M-day?

I'll give a straight answer to this: not significantly. She knows about M-day, but she doesn't know everything about Wanda.

And we'll end the reader emails today with MagnetoWasRight, who sent in a somewhat scientific hypothesis:
Kieron, I was wondering if you had seen the article found here. I don't know about you, but this made me curious about Magneto's influence on his followers and those around him. What are your thoughts?


No, I hadn't read that, but it's fascinating research. I suspect it's nothing that Magneto's ever done, or tried to do, simply because he didn't know about it.

Just look at all the amazing things you're learning by reading X-POSITION! Now it's time for something a bit more trivial (but fun) as I ask Mr. Gillen our "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question: Kieron, what was your favorite comic strip (e.g. "Peanuts," "Garfield") while you were growing up?

Ooh. Depends how young. Let's stretch it to the upper age band of growing up and say "Calvin & Hobbes." It's just a towering achievement. I can't gush about it enough.
We go earlier, and I was fascinating by the Scottish strips "Oor Wullie" and "The Broons," which I read on my first family holidays. It was basically "Trainspotting" for pre-teens, and absolutely alien portraits of a Scotland from decades previously. And mentioning "Garfield" reminds me that in the hand-made 'zines my brother and I made as pre-teens, we totally copied "Garfield" strips by hand in each one.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Jul 13 2011, 12:34

Na semana de lançamento de X-Men: Schism, Kieron Gillen, escritor de Uncanny X-Men, respondeu às dúvidas dos fãs sobre a saga, sobre Generation Hope e sobre o tie-in que está escrevendo dos mutantes em Fear Itself.
Antes disso, porém, ele comentou sobre a volta da Feiticeira Escarlate e o que ela fez em Children’s Crusade: devolveu os poderes de Rictor. Ele gostaria muito de poder ignorar os acontecimentos da mini, mas, com certeza, eles terão um forte impacto nas histórias futuras de Generation Hope. Ele ressaltou, porém, que Esperança não se tornará uma personagem inútil, e muita coisa ainda mudará até o final de Children’s Crusade.
Falando a respeito de Ciclope, ele disse que, em Schism, Wolverine e seus seguidores terão alguns problemas com algumas decisões de Scott. Gillen não quis entrar em mais detalhes sobre Ciclope ou sobre quem fica com ele, porque não há garantias de quem sobreviverá, mas a separação será muito forte, e os dois lados ficarão sem se falar, embora ainda haja algumas amizades que permanecem entre membros de um e outro lados.
Sobre Generation Hope, Gillen garantiu que haverá mudanças no time de Esperança até a edição #12. Alguns jovens X-Men, como Pedreira, aparecerão nas histórias do grupo nos próximos meses. A respeito da relação do título com Schism, o escritor disse que a recente edição de Uncanny X-Men entre Wolverine e Esperança contribue com a decisão da messias para o que virá a seguir.
Ele disse que não terá personagens como Elixir, Destrutor, Rachel e Polaris em sua nova revista – Uncanny X-Men de volta ao número 1 -, mas que está ansioso para ver o retorno deles.
Acompanhem Schism! E na semana que vem, começa a San Diego Comic Con, com muitas novidades que resumiremos por aqui!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Ago 02 2011, 19:48

X-Position com os editores:

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Our first email of the day comes from one of last week's "Fan Appreciation" winners, Derek. He's not slacking-off since receiving his award and sent in a long list of inquiries to prove it.
1) Will we finally get a Polaris origin story when she returns? I was really excited when she was revealed to be Magneto's daughter because of the possible story potential, but it's been nearly ten years since the revelation and no story has materialized.


Nick Lowe: Hello Derek and other X-Position junkies! Glad to be back for another round! The whole X-office is on board here, so "X-Men: Legacy" editor Daniel Ketchum has this one!
Daniel Ketchum: While we will certainly be touching upon Magneto and Polaris' father/daughter relationship in the upcoming "X-Men: Legacy" story "Five Miles South of the Universe," they'll be too busy dodging alien ambushes to address the matter in full. Hopefully all of the exciting plans we have for Polaris in the near future will suffice until we find the opportunity to delve into her past!

2) Namor's kingdom and people are physically connected to Utopia. Even if he believes in Wolverine's viewpoint philosophically during "Schism," would his role as the king of Atlantis allow him to make a move against Cyclops, the "king" of Utopia?

Lowe: I don't think proximity to Utopia or the difficulties of such a break would stop Namor from doing whatever the heck he wants to do. That's pretty well established in his character.

3) The Revenant code-name was a hit with fans and seemed to suit Rachel given her history. Will we see Rachel finally move out of her mother's shadow and forge her own identity as "Revenant" when she finally comes home?

Ketchum: I would love for "Revenant" to live on in the X-Men titles. Rachel's undergone a slew of changes in the last couple years…maybe this is the next direction we'll take her? (SPOILER ALERT: At the very least, expect to see Rachel in an awesome new costume!)

4) Nearly every one of Charles Xavier's students could potentially carry on his dream. However, nearly all of the followers Magneto attracted have been depicted as cultists, psychotic and/or incompetent (a notable exception would be Amelia Voght). Who do you see as keeping Magneto's dream alive after he's gone? Or has his dream already passed by?

Lowe: A lot of people would say that Cyclops is keeping Magneto's dream alive, though he would disagree. As for the depictions of his followers, I would say that a lot of them are volatile, sure, but not all of them are cultists, psychotic or incompetent. Frenzy (who has a huge part in "X-Men: Legacy") was always volatile, but I wouldn't call her psychotic. Magneto certainly has adapted his dream since joining the X-Men and I would say that his dream, as it stood, is either dead or in hibernation.

5) With Polaris and Havok coming home from space and Quicksilver appearing over in "Avengers Academy," could Peter David be convinced to reunite his original X-Factor for a special? Nearly all of those characters have been through radical changes since they last served together and I'd love to see how they'd interact now.

Ketchum: Who said Polaris and Havok are coming home? And even if they are -- who's to say Peter David will need convincing?

A reader with an unusual name -- NM00997 -- sent in an unusual question:
I was re-reading "Daken: Dark Wolverine," and while he was on the boat to Madripoor, Daken learns that Winter Solider and Captain America are the same person (and the killer of his mother). So I was wondering…was there a plan for Daken and Bucky to interact in some way? Or did you already know that Bucky was going to die by this point?


Lowe: Oh look, everybody -- it's "Wolverine" editor Jeanine Schaefer!

Jeanine Schaefer: Yup, we knew the larger plan for Bucky at that point, but while Bucky was on trial, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for Daken to find out what really happened to his mother -- that information has subtly informed a lot of his choices since then. And keep reading, because a bomb like that can do more damage than is immediately apparent. It's an information stealth-bomb!

Madroxdupe024 (another of last week's winners) sent in an email on a trio of topics:
1) Will we ever see Genosha/Necrosha again and what's being done with the island? Did any of Selene's "techno zombies" survive?


Lowe: Hi Madroxdupe024! There's no current plans for Genosha/Necrosha right now, so you'll have to wait for a story that goes there to see what's being done with the island. As for Selene's "techno zombies," Doug Ramsey sure seems to be doing okay after the fact.

2) What is currently up with the Westchester Mansion? Last seen, there was construction going on in "X-Men: Legacy" (the Emplate arc), but then it was trashed when Cable and Hope came for "Second Coming." Where do things stand now?

Lowe: There certainly was some construction going on back in the Emplate arc of "X-Men: Legacy." It was a big-box store being built, but after Emplate killed some workers, the construction folk pulled out and took their materials with them. I know I wouldn't want to worry about vampire-like people killing my construction workers. It is still a pile of rubble gathering moss in Westchester.

3) Now that Rachel Grey is back (in "X-Men: Legacy"), will she tell the X-Men about her losing the Phoenix Force to her mom (as shown in "War of Kings")? And I really hope the X-Jammers come back to the X-Men full-time…

Lowe: I imagine that she'll tell them.
Ketchum: I imagine that too, Nick. And I can also imagine a world in which the X-Jammers play important roles in some key X-Men books.
Schaefer: I'm imagining a world made out of cupcakes. What were we talking about again?

Skaddix might be imagining things too, but he thought he heard a rumor.
1) Is Darwin really going to join X-Force? And what is the purpose of X-Force now that Wolverine has his own X-Men team?


Lowe: Well, Darwin would certainly be valuable on any team, X-Force not-withstanding. I'm not sure where that rumor started, but it sure is interesting. As for the purpose of X-Force, that is certainly a question that will need to be answered after "Schism."

2) Does Cable coming back mean that Bishop is returning too?

Lowe: Well, Bishop didn't really have anything to do with Cable's death, so I don't think that one coming back means that the other will.

The Seventh Light has two questions on the creation of mutants. Well, in one case, it's about the re-creation of a mutant…
1) How will the depowered mutant community react to the return of Rictor's powers at the hands of Scarlet Witch? How much of a role will Wanda be playing in the X-Men in the coming year?


Lowe: Hi, Seventh Light! There will certainly be a response to Rictor's re-powering, but we can't say just what it's going to be. As for Wanda's involvement in the X-Men, keep reading "Avengers: Children's Crusade!" It's not over yet!

2) I feel the latest mutants to pop up in the X-books are some of the most important mutants to emerge since 2005's "Decimation" storyline began. What goes into conceptualizing and designing the newest and brightest of mutantdom?

Lowe: A lot of hard work. For the Five Lights, who were creations of Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen (with visual help from Bryan Hitch and Whilce Portacio), it started off as being part of the story. Matt and Kieron sent a bunch of ideas to us for the new characters and we picked the five we thought best served the story and the X-Men moving forward. Matt and Kieron developed the characters with feedback from us and then Whilce designed Transonic while Bryan designed the rest. Sometimes characters are created in this fashion and sometimes it's less formal and they are developed as the story they are to appear in develops.

Blair is trying to figure out his comic book budget for the upcoming year and was hoping for details on all the X-citement coming his way:
1) Apparently there will now be five ongoing X-Men books. It looks like "Uncanny X-Men," "X-Men: Legacy," and "Wolverine and the X-Men" will each feature a distinct cast, but what function will "Astonishing X-Men" and "X-Men" serve? Will those books continue to tell stories on the fringes of the X-Men universe or can readers expect them to tie in more closely with the other books? Most importantly, will the books feature a larger and different cast of characters or will each book focus on the same mutant group?


Lowe: "X-Men" will continue to tell big action stories and really look at the ties the X-Men have to the rest of the Marvel U. That's the book you go to for other Marvel characters interacting with the X-Men. The core cast of that will be revealed soon!
As for "Astonishing X-Men," that will also continue with its current mission statement of telling big stories that are in continuity, but not as weighed down by it. We want "Astonishing" to be a book that you put a big creator on and give it to anyone off the street and not need them to read all the other X-books to get it. Make sense?

2) What can readers expect from "Wolverine and the X-Men?" Is this another Wolverine solo title with some of the X-Men serving as supporting characters or will the other X-Men be featured as starring characters?

Lowe: I cannot wait until you all can read "Wolverine and the X-Men" #1. It's definitely not a Wolverine solo book with X-supporting characters. "Schism" splits the X-Men in two, forcing X-Men to choose sides. "Wolverine and the X-Men" is the flagship book of Wolverine's side and is very much an X-Men book and not a Wolverine book. It's an ensemble book and Wolverine is the leader, but not necessarily the one with the most screen time every issue. When we can finally tell you who is in the book, we can give a lot more details on the matter.

And now, it's my turn for some fun with today's "Behind the X" question! Allow me to have a laugh at someone else's expense and ask: what is the best prank you've seen pulled (or had pulled on you) in Marvel's offices?

Schaefer: There was a Heroes Office/X-Office prank war that lasted for a few months last year or so. It started small but escalated pretty quickly (chairs were stolen, mice and keyboards were disabled and we were finding pickles hidden around our office for weeks -- don't ask). But the big pranks are really reserved for when people go on vacation -- Nick has found that out first-hand, even though it's usually him behind the shenanigans.
Lowe: The best prank ever pulled up here (in my opinion) was when I was out of the office on my honeymoon. I took a nice long vacation and when I got back my desk was covered in Post-it notes (most of which had notes and pictures from everyone up in editorial). All was masterminded by Daniel Ketchum!

If we ever come across a mutant whose power involves Post-its, we'll now know who thought them up!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Ago 02 2011, 20:15

As últimas duas semanas ficaram marcadas pelas novidades anunciadas na San Diego Comic Con. Por conta disso, os editores das revistas mutantes – Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum e Jeanine Schaefer – foram convidados pelo CBR para responder perguntas dos fãs.
Ketchum disse que um dos plots que serão desenvolvidos em Legacy será a relação de pai e filha entre Magneto e Polaris, mas, em um primeiro momento, eles estarão mais ocupados em lidar com emboscadas alienígenas no arco que marca a volta dos X-Men espaciais.
Ainda sobre o título, um leitor sugeriu que Rachel mantivesse o codinome de Revenant, de Age of X. Ketchum gostou da ideia e adiantou que a personagem terá um novo uniforme. O editor não garantiu que os X-Men que estavam no espaço retornarão para a Terra, mas eles terão papel importante em outras revistas, inclusive com Rachel comunicando aos X-Men que a Força Fênix a deixou.
Nick Lowe respondeu a uma dúvida sobre o posicionamento de Namor em Schism. De acordo com o editor, Namor fará o que achar que deve fazer, não se preocupando com a virtual “soberania” de Ciclope sobre Utopia.
Sobre o ideal de Magneto, Lowe disse que muita gente acha que é Ciclope quem está mantendo esse ideal vivo, mas Scott discordaria disso. O sonho de Magneto também não permaneceu o mesmo, vindo a se adaptar com o tempo.
Jeanine Schaefer, editora de Wolverine, contou que, embora Bucky – responsável pela morte da mãe de Daken – tenha morrido, haverá novas revelações sobre esse tema.
A respeito de Necrosha/Genosha, Lowe descartou planos imediatos que envolvam a ilha. Ele também não deu pistas sobre outro zumbi, além de Cifra, que tenha sobrevivido após a derrota de Selene.
O editor disse que haverá consequências ao fato de Rictor ter recuperado seus poderes em Children’s Crusade – e elas podem vir mesmo na mini, que ainda não terminou. Lowe também esclareceu que o retorno de Cable não implica necessariamente a volta de Bishop.
Um fã lembrou que, no arco de Sangria em X-Men Legacy, a mansão dos X-Men em Westchester apareceu brevemente. Lowe não deu pistas sobre uma reconstrução da mansão, mas as solicitações dos próximos meses garantem que a equipe de Wolverine no pós-Schism retornará para Nova Iorque. Sobre essa nova revista, Wolverine será o líder, mas outros X-Men também terão destaque.
Também sobre os efeitos de Schism, Lowe disse que há um boato interessante sobre Darwin se integrar à X-Force após Schism, mas que as novidades só serão reveladas ao final da mini. Ele falou que a revista X-Men continua como sendo o lugar onde os mutantes interagirão com o resto do universo Marvel e que Astonishing X-Men segue com histórias não muito presas aos outros títulos mas inseridas na continuidade.
Esse foi o X-Position dessa semana. Na próxima terça, é a vez de Peter David!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Ago 09 2011, 18:05

X-Position com Peter David:

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Regino wrote in and seems to be the observant type. Let's see if he's onto something:
1) I really like how you give each character his or her own voice, but Longshot and Shatterstar seem to have very similar voices in terms of speech and personality. Is this intentional? How would you distinguish their personalities?


I'm glad you noticed that, Regino. It was something that I intended to bring along gradually. Yes, the more time they spend in each other's presence, the more they start having the same cadences and rhythms to their delivery. Which is not to say that Longshot is suddenly going to start being interested in guys; that's not in the cards. Nor is Shatterstar suddenly going to begin having luck powers. But I'm gradually drawing increasing similarities between the two, and there's a definite reason for that. I wanted it to be one of those things where, when you look back on it, you go, "Ah, of course, it all makes sense now."

2) You've been giving us quite the history lesson with all of these mystical characters. It seems that you really enjoy these types of characters. What sources did you use to research these characters and are they all possibly related in some way?

Several books on mythology, my own knowledge, and Google. Mythology's always been a bit of a hobby of mine and, since Rahne became pregnant by a god and that's a very popular trope in mythic tales, I figured it might be fun to start bringing in beings from other mythologies. A sort of "When Worlds Collide" type of vibe.
I mean, you know how kids would always wonder what would happen if Superman squared off against Thor or Batman fought Spider-Man? When I was growing up, I wondered what it would be like if the various gods of different mythologies threw down, which is probably why that issue where Hercules showed up and started battling Thor was one of my favorites of the time. So I tapped into that childhood enthusiasm when it came to plotting this particular storyline. (Plus, eventually I got to participate in "Marvel vs. DC," so I've really had the best of both worlds.)

3) It seems like you've been giving us a lot of guest stars recently (Doom, Ruby, Thor, etc.). What do you like about using these kinds of characters? Is the plan to keep including these outsiders in the future?

Well, Ruby wasn't a guest star; she was a character I came up with in the course of the book. Nor do I consider any of them outsiders. Basically, the decision was made to try and have X-Factor be far more interactive with the rest of the Marvel Universe. To me, making use of other popular characters in the MU was simply a natural outgrowth of that editorial direction.
I intend for the future to be a continuation of what I've been doing, a mixture of already existing characters with original characters (for example, the "Scars" storyline that featured the new villains at the same time that I also had Jonah Jameson, the Black Cat and Spidey). If you have the best of both worlds available, why not make use of it?

Rory wrote in about her favorite mutant trio and all the changes coming their way soon:
1) Rictor regaining his powers in "Avengers: Children's Crusade" really caught me by surprise (although I assume it wasn't a surprise for you). Can you give us an idea what kind of impact this will have on future storylines in "X-Factor?" And how soon will we see a re-powered Rictor in the pages of your book? Will this have any effect on his relationship with Shatterstar? Personally, I preferred Rictor without his powers since he has still proven to be an asset to the team…[/b]

Look to issue #225, Rory; that's where the re-powered Rictor cuts loose. I deliberately delayed it because, although I had no particular reason to think "Children's Crusade" was going to run late, let's face it: delays happen and I didn't want to be in a position of having to drop ten yards and punt because Rictor was empowered in "X-Factor" before it actually occurred over in "Avenger's : Children's Crusade."
Although I fully understand your feelings about Rictor being powerless, I'm always a big believer in things happening that will provide good drama. Because now Shatterstar is going to start to wonder whether Rictor became attached to him solely because he felt vulnerable without his powers, and now is Ric suddenly going to lose interest in him. And how will that impact Rahne who, believe me, is going to have her own problems.
Plus there's no reason to assume that just because he can shake things up again, he's automatically going to be less resourceful or stop displaying the traits we've seen from him since the get-go. Reed Richards was a genius before he acquired the ability to stretch; he didn't stop being a big brain just because he was a human slinky.

2) I am enjoying the story arc on Rahne's baby, largely because of the way both Shatterstar and Rictor seem to be caring so much for Rahne. However, will Rahne eventually prove to be the cause of future conflicts between Rictor and Shatterstar? Also, I may be asking too much, but is the kiss between Guido and Monet a sign of romantic things to come in future issues?

As mentioned above, yes, she will be involved in conflict. But it's not going to be anything she's seeking out; instead it's going to be as a result of changes in Rictor's life. In fact, she will have grown to like Shatterstar by this point and not want to get between them. So the dynamics are going to be dramatically shaken up. Remember, I promised that I would not kill either Shatterstar and Rictor, but that doesn't mean that their relationship will run smoothly. Why should it? No one else's does.

3) This is just wishful thinking on my part, but is there any chance that X-Factor will mix it up with Daken in the near future? I'm really curious as to how Shatterstar and Daken would react toward one another.

No immediate plans for Daken since he's pretty busy elsewhere, but it's something I've been kicking around in my head. If I can come up with what I think is the right story for it, then yes. I think it would be interesting.

Chesapeake has an interesting notion as well, and is curious how well mutants and magic mix?
I am interested in Layla Miller's powers as she looks for the right "complement" to her true powers. Why is Layla exploring mystical incantations? Is she truly interested in that kind of line of knowledge, or is it the direct result of the challenges of the job at hand?


Remember, she spent a year with Doc Doom, and Doom is no slouch when it comes to that sort of thing. We're not going to see Layla tossing around bolts of mystic energy, but I've been wanting to see X-Factor get more and more into things of a mystical and supernatural bent. It enables me to tell stories in which they're completely out of their depth.
I like the concept of X-Factor constantly struggling with the learning curve and having no freaking clue what their opponents are going to do. But if I'm doing supernatural threats, I want them more grounded than, say, the usual array of Doctor Strange bad guys. Plus you then have this interesting disparity of superheroes with science-based powers going head to head with these beings or creatures who are utterly arcane. Layla, thanks to her time with Doom and also her foreknowledge, manages to walk both these worlds simultaneously. Which is a long-winded way of saying that the answer to "is she truly interested" or is it because she knows of "the challenges of the job at hand" is yes to both.

Xerox-Kitty has questions about the past, present, and future, so let's do the time warp -- yeah!
1) Sorry that this is going back a few years, but what happened to the unresolved story of Siryn and M trying to save the singing Purity twins Molly & Wally (during the Isolationist story). Was the story dropped to make room for Messiah CompleX and it's aftermath? Or is this something that you're going to revisit in the future?


I resolved it as much as I was going to, Kitty, because X-Factor pushed it as far as they could within the boundaries of the law. Sometimes, as in real life, there's never going to be an easy answer, and that's what I was trying to put across there.

2) It's already been stated that Wolfsbane's pregnancy has been accelerated and correlates with lupine gestation periods. Will there be other wolf-related quirks to her pregnancy, such as carrying more than one cub?

I usually try to be as straightforward with these X-Positions as possible, but in this case I'm just going to have to play the "wait and see" card. The good news is, you won't have to wait much longer; Rahne gives birth the very next issue.

3) There's a lot of excitement over the possibility that Havok & Polaris might return from their outer space adventures. If they do, what are the chances of an X-Factor reunion (even just a brief one)?

I think a reunion would be great for them and don't think it hasn't been discussed. Let's just say that their dance card is going to be pretty full for a while.

Really? Then Mr. Anderson is wondering if they'll be doing the "Schism" shuffle!
After "Schism" wraps up, will the X-Factor line-up remain the same or will the X-Men come recruiting?


Well Mr. Anderson (Anderson, that's him!), I feel comfortable enough in saying that there will be definitely blow back from "Schism" in "X-Factor," and if that's what you're interested in, then I strongly suggest that you go out and reserve, right now, your copy of "X-Factor" #230. Let's just say that a very high-profile player in "Schism" is going to be showing up for that issue and that the team is going to be presented with some very intriguing decisions.

Renaldo submitted a couple of quality queries to wrap up today's X-POSITION. Here's some awesome answers:
1) In the past, it felt like you allowed Siryn and Madrox take the core action/drama of the book, but then you swung it around to Rictor/Rahne/Shatterstar. Recently, your focus seems to be on Monet, Guido, Darwin, Rahne, Layla, and, surprisingly, Pip. How do you plot your arcs and balance the attention given to characters so well as it is a big ensemble cast (even without the cameos)?


It's not easy, Renaldo. One of the things I enjoy about "X-Factor" is that the sizable cast (although honestly, is the population of X-Factor really larger than the population of Utopia?) is that I have enough different types of characters, personalities and power sets that I can tell any type of story I want to and have it flow naturally from one or some of them. That way the team always has something personal at stake, which I think is vital to keeping the stories interesting.

2) There are gay issues that we see Rahne coming to terms with, as well as Monet/JJJ/Guido addressing the Muslim/religious/war/terrorist factor. How do you go about this without coming off as too political in your writings? Or is it even a concern?

It's not a concern to me. It seems more a concern to some other people who stridently protest if I have the characters taking any political position. What really cracked me up were the fans who complained about Jonah making a speech. He's the mayor of New York and former writer of editorials. Oh my God, a politician and long-standing voicer of opinions made a speech.Isn't that what politicians do? Isn't that what editorial writers do? So how in the world was that out of character? Because he said something that didn't match up with his actions in the past? Jonah's a hypocrite; stop the presses.
Ultimately, if the characters have something compelling to say about matters at hand, I have them say it. It's really no more involved than that.

That concludes the emails from our readers, so now it's my turn to get a little crazy and go "Behind the X!" Peter, if you wouldn't mind, could you share how the "Cowboys and Aliens" film is somewhat a "blast from the past" for you?

Yeah, I had a real sense of déjà vu when I read about "Cowboys and Aliens." Fifteen years ago, I was hired by Charlie Band of Full Moon to write two screenplays based on a concept he called "Oblivion," which really was cowboys and aliens. Except it was set on a far-off alien world and the cowboys and aliens just kind of co-existed.
I laced it with in-jokes on everything from "Star Trek" to comic books (including a tortured pun on "Man-Thing"). Although I will take no responsibility for the lousy "Star Trek" puns that George Takei said in the role of "Doc Valentine" -- those were all George's. We filmed "Oblivion" and "Oblivion 2: Backlash" back-to-back in Romania for three months. If people came out of "Cowboys and Aliens" griping that there was no sense of fun, then I would direct them to "Oblivion," which was recently re-released by Shout! It's insanely silly stuff, but fun? Most definitely. You can't go wrong with a western featuring Julie Newmar playing a character called "Miss Kitty."

Sounds like a perfect addition to my Netflix queue. Thanks, Peter!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Ago 10 2011, 12:09

Peter David, escritor de X-Factor, é o entrevistado da semana no X-Position. Ele falou sobre seu trabalho na revista e revelou algumas novidades.
David afirmou que não é coincidência que ele ressalta similaridades na personalidade e na fala de Longshot e Shatterstar. Isso, contudo, não quer dizer que Longshot passará a gostar de homens, ou Shatterstar terá poderes de sorte. Tudo culminará nas revelações sobre a verdadeira ligação entre eles.
Ele contou que se interessa muito por mitologia e seres míticos e procura usá-lo em seu trabalho, como vemos agora nas aventuras que envolvem Lupina e sua gravidez. Ele disse, inclusive, que o nascimento do bebê acontece na próxima edição.
David respondeu a um fã sobre as inúmeras participações especiais em sua revista, dizendo que é uma forma de trazer interação com o resto do Universo Marvel, além de poder criar personagens novos.
Um dos acontecimentos que mais impactarão o título é a volta dos poderes de Rictor, ocorrida em Avengers: Children’s Crusade. A partir da edição #225 de X-Factor, esse assunto será tratado. David disse que essa mudança vai modificar o relacionamento dele com Shatterstar e Lupina.
O escritor revelou que não há planos para uma interação com Daken no título. Se ele achar que pode fazer uma boa história com o filho de Wolverine, ele fará.
David também disse que o tempo que Layla passou com Destino não foi em vão. Ela aprendeu muito das artes místicas, e essas habilidades são mostradas sempre que necessário.
Sobre a volta de Destrutor e Polaris do espaço, o roteirista acha interessante uma integração dos dois com o antigo time, mas não há planos definidos ainda.
Para concluir, ele novamente alertou, a respeito de Schism, para a edição #230, em que um personagem importante daquela saga aparecerá em X-Factor.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Ago 17 2011, 11:25

X-Position com Remender:

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CBR News: It seems as though we're starting off this week with some crossover from other areas of comics as Charlesn2 wondered where the ladies are these days:
1) Without Domino, Rahne, or Laura, this X-Force team is largely a boys' club. The fact that Psylocke seems to be the least willing to kill only emphasizes this. Do you think there are any X-women that would "fit right in" on X-Force?


Rick Remender: Elizabeth's hesitation to kill isn't based on her gender; it's based on her character. I know that she has killed in the past, and now that she's put in a situation where she must take life to protect her family she's willing to make the hard decisions. But given where her character comes from, taking her entire arc into consideration, I feel responsible to ensure that the voice of Betsy from years ago is still echoing in the head of modern Psylocke.
There are other X-women who could fit on the team, some you mentioned, others, like Marrow, who might warrant dusting off at some point.

2) Do you intend to address the whereabouts of any the former X-Force team members, such as Domino, Elixir, Warpath, or Vanisher?

No, that would be solely continuity-minded storytelling. I'm not entirely concerned with tying up every loose end from all of the previous incarnations of the title. We've got a large story to tell, and focusing on the cast at hand, and this story is my priority. If along the way one of those characters makes natural sense to be involved in the story, I would definitely enjoy writing any one of them. Especially Warpath.

Lozano has an eye out for some familiar X-cast members:
1) When will we get to see humanoid EVA?


It's a really good question. That would be a pretty big event, and we would have to be involved in some kind of giant Fantomex storyline at that point. I wonder if we have anything like that in the works...

2) Will Cable make an appearance in your book since he's being "reborn" and Apocalypse is around?

I can't talk about plans for Cable, or what he'll be up to in the future. It's a natural fit, and an exciting idea, that at some point there would be a convergence.

The Merc With a Mouth has caught the attention of Ben K:
When it comes to Deadpool, it feels that most authors use him as a punchline and have no regard for his personal development. But within the first few issues of "Uncanny X-Force," you have painted him as a man with a weak-but-present moral compass when you showed his concerns over participating in the death of a young Apocalypse and his refusal to be paid for his work with the team. What are the challenges of writing stories that advance Deadpool as a character, when he is typically set up to be a joke?


I think the challenge is to not be heavy-handed or go to far away from what's established with the character. When I take a book on, I try and write up what I think is going on in a character's head behind the persona that they're selling to everyone around them. There's a great difference between what we show other people and what we think in our own heads. I like to try and understand both of those things before I write a character. For me, Deadpool (while clearly insane) also suffers from a sort of neediness. I find that in people who are constantly joking that there is some level of insecurity behind it all. It's not true in all cases, but I think humor, and being funny, is a trait that is developed by people who discover it as a means to gain acceptance. So that led me down a road with Wade that I feel led me to who the character is. If there isn't some humanity to the character, then he becomes a two-dimensional snore, and we never invest or care about his journey. But he's also a terrific smartass, and an assassin, so the trick is really balancing all of those things at the right moments.

It's lady love in a solo form from Rahsaan:
I love what you're doing with "Uncanny X-Force," especially your depiction of Psylocke. I'm glad you cleared up the whole telekinesis debate, but I still have a question about her abilities. Is Psylocke still able to psycho-blast and get random premonitions? I recall that in the '80s, both powers proved vital to her and other X-Men's survival at times (like showing her what the Reavers had in store for the Outback team).


Psycho-blast yes. Random premonitions... I suppose a telepath can gather things from the zeitgeist if she focuses on it and gather some predictive abilities. I know it's been done in the past. I just feel like she's plenty powerful and has plenty of abilities as is. More powers, and more abilities, do not enrich the character in my opinion.

From a stand-alone man on the team to a solo running lady, let's put two-and-two together from Renaldo:

1) With the Logan/Jean "flashback romance" and the

Psylocke/Warren/Fantomex love triangle, it seems you are sticking some romantic overtones in this gory and violent (which we all love) book. What's your motive in tying romance with a book like this?

First off, I don't see this book as being gory. I see this being action-heavy, high adventure. Yes, there have been a few shocking assassinations throughout, but we haven't shown any gore or very much blood.
As for romance, romance is part of all good X-stories and most stories in general. It adds drama, tension, and context to the action stuff, something more meaningful to live and fight for. A character's romantic life can reveal a layer you can't get to with anything else. Most of my favorite X-Men stories involve a love affair.

2) After "Schism," Logan will be a leader of an X-Men team as well as an Avenger. How will he be able to continue to go on these dark missions in light of these facts?

You have to consider that while many months have passed for you waiting for new issues of "X-Force," to the team maybe only four to six total days worth of their lives are covered in the book. Jason Aaron covered this in an issue of "Wolverine" to great effect. Wolverine wakes up, he goes to whatever team he's working with that day, he spends a day or two saving the world, then he shuffles off to the next team or solo adventure. I think he's a man chased by demons who stays active to avoid having to face them.

Let's go next to the big picture from MarvelMaster616:
1) It was mentioned at Comic-Con that "Schism" will affect X-Force. What kind of repercussions can we expect?


Jason, Kieron and I have been in close contact to make sure that these books not only feel like a family of interconnecting stories, but to ensure our future plans respect the future plans of the other writers. The new status quo after "Schism" will add a new job on top of X-Force's already hectic schedule. Conversely, the events of the "Dark Angel Saga" will also greatly affect both of the other titles. And what we're talking about now, it could well grow into something that we can all reconnect on. There will be a lineup change in X-Force and a few other drastic changes as well.

2) I'm glad you got Jean Grey involved in the "Dark Angel Saga," as she's been absent from the X-books for so long. What is your approach to writing Jean Grey? And why do you state she was the love of Wolverine's life when he arguably has a deeper history with Mariko Yashida? And where would Melita fit in?

I guess it comes down to interpretation. I see this coming from the idea that an unrequited love is somehow more powerful than one that was fulfilled. I see Logan's first years in the X-Men, and his powerful attraction to Jean Grey, as the love that should have been. Logan and Jean did love each other, and they were obviously very attracted to each other, but there were so many things between them, so many reasons that could never happen, that they both went on with their lives and their other romances. Wolverine is an old, old man. He' s had many loves in his life. Think about writing a vampire, who's been alive for a couple hundred years. You have more than just one or two wives/long term girlfriends that he spent years in love with. Jean was the one fate conspired against and the one that haunts him.

3) I really enjoyed the scene in "Uncanny X-Force" #12 where Fantomex broke down Betsy's relationship with Warren. Can we say at this point that the seeds of doubt have been sewn in Betsy? What will the "Dark Angel Saga" do for their relationship as a whole?

I could tell you, but then there wouldn't be much reason to read the book. It's one of those questions that's impossible to give any answer to without spoiling the current storyline. Sorry.

We've got a grab bag of questions from Ben Ten:
1) Betsy has never showed any sign of affection for Fantomex as far as I can tell, then he just kisses her. Was he merely being impulsive, or is there something between them that we haven't seen yet?


Obviously, the implication is that Betsy's hostility towards Fantomex is overcompensation as she guards her true feelings for him. She's clearly attracted to him, but also finds him repugnant on some level. I've always tried to play her attraction to Fantomex as guarded behind hostility, not spelled out and obvious.

2) We've heard from Comic-Con that AoA Iceman is going to play a big part in "Uncanny X-Force." I'm sure you can't spoil anything yet, but what was it about this character that made you bring him in?

I've had ideas for how to make Iceman incredibly formidable for a while, and I've been writing notes since I took this job. It was also something that editor Jody LeHeup wanted to see. So, as we were developing the current storyline, AoA Iceman's role in it sort of naturally grew from both of our enthusiasm for this version of Bobby Drake and a natural build of the story.

From Sypherjak:
Rick, I was a huge fan of your Dark Horse series, "The End League." How much of your End League series was an influence on the "Age of Apocalypse" world? Did you find yourself using ideas from this series for the "Dark Angel Saga?"


"The End League" taught me how to write team comicbooks . "X-Force" definitely benefits from the lessons I learned writing that book. That series forced me to figure out how to handle an ensemble cast. So the book has played a large role in my writing of X-Force in general and how I approach a team. I drew from the same basic idea pool as I was putting together the Age of Apocalypse story. The amalgamated characters, the dark, hopeless, dystopian setting, a final band of heroes in world completely consumed and dominated by evil... there are many similar themes for sure.
That said, if you like what I'm doing on "X-Force," why not go out and buy volumes 1 and volume 2 of my creator-owned, dystopian fantasy, "The End League?" Who are you to resist? Ugh... plugging feels dirty. Sorry.

And to wrap, time for our "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question: If you had to go back in time and live in the past, which year would you pick and why?

I'd go back to 1982, so that I still had a comfortable world to live in, with most of the amenities I am accustomed to, but I could go around and see every great hardcore punk and new wave band live.

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Ter Ago 23 2011, 19:25

X-Position com a dupla DnA:

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The Big G starts us off with a trio of queries concerning the New Mutants' latest addition, X-Man. And it appears our writers will be answering as the "one-mind entity" DnA. You've been warned!
1) The New Mutants are a pretty tight-knit team who have been through a lot, but it seems that they've accepted Nate into their group without hesitation -- what, no rookie hazing? Nate's been a loner for the majority of his character's history and has usually done his own thing. How does he feel about being a part of a group?


That's something we'll be seeing more of through the next few issues, actually. They let him in pretty quickly to let him feel like he had a "place" with the X-Men and because of the sudden emergency of "Fear Itself," but now he's aboard, so we'll get to explore their reaction to him, how they get to know him, how he gets used to a team and how he deals with his powers being cropped. Don't worry -- we'll see him grow into this after the "sudden" start.

2) Last issue we saw Nate meet his "niece" Hope for the first time. To me, an important aspect of Nate's character is that he's not Cable. Therefore, having Cable's daughter teach him combat seems kind of "off" and feels like they're trying to turn Nate into Cable. I understand with his powers being burnt out that Nate is going to need some combat training not involving his powers, but wouldn't Dani be a better choice as opposed to Hope?

No matter what you think about Nate, his connection to Cable is undeniable and it has to be addressed, if only to prove that they're not the same person. I'm sure Dani is combat training him too, but with Hope training him, it's like Cable's training him. Basically, we feel it's part of the cross-pollination and interaction of the X-books and X-family as a whole.

3) With Sam on IR and Dani off to help Hela, it seems Magma has taken charge of the crew. Do you think Magma has the skills to lead them, or should someone else be Dani's second-in-command?

I think we're about to find out. And Nate's awfully fond of giving orders.

As opposed to his leadership abilities, Arachne is curious about Nate's mutant-centric talents.
1) Do you see Nate Grey's power loss as permanent? Or are you treating it as a temporary condition? And does he still see himself as a shaman in spite of being weakened?


What happens with and to his powers is part of our meta-story, so stay tuned. A shaman? Maybe. Right now, he's concerned with the minutiae of his reduced powers and coming to terms with a much more "mortal" kind of life.

2) Is there any chance of the New Mutants breaking away from the rest of the X-Men and finding their own base of operations?

Anything's possible!

Christopher also wants to know if we should expect to see more X-influenced decisions in light of an upcoming event.
1) Have you been working closely with other X-writers to ensure a more cohesive and title-boundary-crossing sense of 'togetherness' within all the X-titles, especially in light of "Schism?"


Yes, and we get to see all the cool things everyone else is doing. Sebastian (our editor) and Nick (the Head-of-X) are particularly good at this overview, keeping everyone in the loop and even suggesting how we can intermingle.

2) In issue #29, was the brief exchange between Illyana and X-Man potential seeds being sown for romance? I recall a request for "more kissing" by one particular X-Editor a while back!

Mr. Lowe's "more kissing" rule stands. So, who knows?

And on that note, Kris hopes to see a little more canoodling from two of his favorite teammates.
1) Will we, at some point, get to see some resolution between Amara & Roberto and what happened to them during the "Inferno Babies" storyline? Roberto said that he loved her and it hasn't been mentioned since.


Amara's love-life is about to take center stage, so Bobby's will too.

2) The therapy issue seemed to have a lot of victim-blaming going on, most of which was directed at Sam. The psychological aspects of what these mutants go through day in and day out with their missions and their closeness to extinction felt heavy-handed by the therapist. What exactly did he think he was going to achieve by his insensitivity? It's hard to imagine any professional speaking to a trauma victim that way.

Dani wanted to provoke a strong reaction, so she asked Gus to be heavy-handed. There simply wasn't time for a more subtle, developed approach. She needed a raw read so she could get as much of the team as couldoperational and back on its feet. Gus has more depth than that, as you'll see, and you've got to love his rough-and-ready approach.

3) Any plans for interaction between Hope Summers and Cable's former X-Force protégés?

It's possible.

So many possibilities! Renaldo is enjoying all the directions that you are taking the various members and sent in a request for a few status reports.
1) Dani Moonstar is quite a fan favorite, especially after her current Valkyrie exposure. Are there any plans to embrace more of this post-"Fear Itself?" That's assuming things remain "Norse-y" for her in the future. And are there any upcoming plans you may be concocting with Hela outside of "Fear Itself?"


We can't comment on that yet!

2) When "Fear Itself" concludes (as well as "Schism"), how will the roster of the team be impacted?

It's a slightly altered, slightly smaller line-up now. An interesting mix. More important is the change to the overall remit of the team and how they fit into the world.

3) Magik is quite a "magical" character. Are you planning to go into the more mystical and supernatural aspects of "New Mutants" in the future?

We hope so, but there's been a lot of that recently, and Magik has dominated a major storyline, so we want some space for some of the others to shine. The supernatural, however, will never be far away.

4) From our Facebook group "Comic Book Nerds Are Hot," I have to ask -- are there any upcoming plans for "Guardians of the Galaxy?" And what lays ahead for the Annihilators and the Cosmic Marvel U, as you guys really redefined and reshaped it for us modern fans?

Too early to tell yet, but all things Cosmic remain very popular, the Annihilators is going really well, and we really appreciate the full and passionate support and approval we've had from cosmic fans. We want to do more -- lots more -- if you want us to as well.

We want! And Renaldo, if your Facebook group ever decides to make a calendar, I'm happy to be Mr. December.
Now it's time for our "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question. Let's separate the D from the A and see if you two wouldn't mind answering the following: name a skill you've wanted to learn, but never seem to have the time for.


Dan. Evasive and protective driving. I want to pull a 180-degree reverse turn.
Andy: The skill I would love to learn but don't have the time (and can't find the effort) for would be the ability to speak a foreign language like a native -- French, Spanish and even Klingon!

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Ago 31 2011, 14:48

X-Position com Victor Gischler:

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Our pal Marcus Martin gives voice to a couple of queries that quite a few readers sent in.
1) Many Jubilee fans (myself included) are wondering why she appears to be staying with Cyclops and Emma post-"Schism" instead of leaving with Wolverine? It seems strange given that Logan is like a dad to her and he supported her when she turned into a vamp, even promising to find a cure for her…


Marcus, I agree it does seem a little odd. Wolverine and Jubilee's special relationship is well-established. But Jubilee has gone through some big changes recently and this is all part of her trying to find herself and figure out how she fits into the world now. Also, this provides us with the opportunities for some dramatic situations down the road. I mean, hey, just imagine that big reunion scene! Not that anything too specific is planned right now -- but we're always thinking about what's going to happen next.

2) In light of Jubilee's decision to stay with Cyclops, does this reflect a permanent change in her long-term relationship with Wolverine?

Yes and no. I think they will always have a special relationship, but every relationship grows and evolves. It'll be something to keep an eye on. The important thing is that we're going to start seeing a little more of Jubilee and how she relates with all of her X-Pals.


Renaldo wrote in about an upcoming miniseries of yours -- you know, the one with the big green guy and a bunch of fangy folks? Let's see if you can help him out!
1) In "X-Men" #1, you caught many fans off-guard with your vampire arc and it made for a fun and frenetic ride. This brings us to "Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula." How did you arrive at this combination? When did this book come up as an idea for part of this event?


Axel came to me with this idea and I immediately thought it was pretty cool. We're actually accomplishing a lot with just three issues. First and foremost, it's a pretty darn good story. How in the hell does Dracula expect to stop TheHulk ? Answering that question is all part of the fun. But we're also introducing some spiffy new characters. If you haven't seen the teasers for the Forgiven yet, then click here. They look awesome!
So the combination of elements in this arc is all about a kick-butt story and some new characters -- and our old buddy Dracula too -- as well as a vampire character we introduced in "Throne of Blood." We're covering a lot. And Ryan Stegman will murder your face with the pencils on this.

2) We've also seen you toy around with Janus, Xarus and Blade. Is it difficult to use these characters, as they may be busy in other books? Or are you now considered the "owner" of the vampire universe at Marvel and have free rein with these characters?

I wouldn't use the word "own." I am merely the humble writing servant who gets to set these characters into motion now and then. I have a posse of editors who let me know when a character is or isn't available for a story. I've been disappointed a few times when I've been told, "Sorry, that character is busy right now." The first time they told me Howard the Duck was off-limits, I cried and cried. But seriously, we do have to make sure a character is available and I've mostly been lucky so far.

3) Can you elaborate at all on the teasers for 'The Forgiven?" Who are they and how do they figure into the future of the vamp-tales at Marvel?

Other than what I said above, I will say that it took a little longer than usual for the three-issue arc to come together simply because we were spending a lot of time getting these new characters just right. I love these new characters, but I'm a little biased

4) Lastly, what is your Marvel/DC "dream book" to work on and who is your "dream artist" that you'd like to collaborate with? Or have all your dreams already come true?

I've been asked this before, so I guess I'll use the same answer. A Deadpool/Ambush Bug book would please me greatly. As for artists, that's just too tough. Whenever I work with a new artist, he immediately becomes my new fave. So much talent working these Marvel books! Bong Dazo seems to get my humor, so maybe he'd have a little edge with a Pool-Bug team-up.

Back to the X-Men andre4000 was curious about characters and working relationships:
1) I didn't recognize the aliens in "X-Men" #16. Are these aliens we're supposed to know? Are they native to this dimension?


They are aliens in the other dimension. In preparing for the current "X-Men" arc, Nick Lowe sent me a bunch of issues of "Skull the Slayer" (who the what?). I have to admit, I wasn't familiar with this book from the 1970s, but I immediately loved the pulpy vibe.
Nick said it would be cool to set an arc in this coo-coo crazy dimension and it took me about one second to agree. In my mind, it was the "Challengers of the Unknown" X-Men arc (I know that's DC -- whatever). Anyway, the Scorpius (the aliens) were the troublemakers from the old Skull the Slayer issues, so we dusted them off and juiced them up for this new story. As a side note, I am now bugging Nick Lowe to let me write a "Skull the Slayer" mini. He won't answer my emails anymore.

2) I thought it was an interesting comparison to see the X-Men working with Magneto and the Fantastic Four working with Doom. Do you see the two situations as similar or completely different? And which villain will refer to themselves in the third person first?

I think Doom might corner the market on third person references. But, yes, a Doom-Magneto team-up was one of the big motivations for getting these guys all together. I think Doom and Magneto traveled very different roads to end up in a similar place. Both are villains turned -- good? Well, mostly good, right? Both have had to deal with trust issues. My guess is that Magneto did a little more soul-searching to get where he is. Doom maybe did too, but he's less likely to show it.

3) With Nemesis and Reed working together, will we get a sense of the different ways they approach intellectual problems? What would you say is the difference?

I would say that Reed is always looking for how do to things and that Nemesis is always on the lookout for problems that could get in the way. It's like one plays offense and the other defense. They bicker (which is fun) but are actually an effective team.

Our last email of the day comes from Nawars, who needs to know about motivations, capabilities anddestruction!
1) What is Cyclops' take on the Fantastic Four/Future Foundation? I was surprised he was so willing to let them pitch in on his problem, he's usually hesitant about accepting "outside" help…


Nawars, I think your question goes right to the heart of adjective-less X-Men's mission statement. This is the book where the X-Men get out there as heroes and mix it up with the rest of the Marvel universe -- less about internal struggles and more "How can we help others?"

2) More and more, Pixie seems like a taxi service for others (as she refers to herself in the story). I'm always confused by her abilities. Can you tell us if she can teleport between dimensions? Is she limited by weight or size of what she's teleporting?

Pixie's powers are evolving, so we're going to find out more about her as we go along. She is discovering her magical abilities. In "X-Men" #15.1, we see that she is the only one who can use the spell book when fighting the demons. I think the reason that there might be confusion is that Pixie isn't even fully sure yet what she's capable of.

3) Skull the Slayer? I'm not familiar with this person. Why did you decide to use this character? It seems like an obscure choice.

For me, obscure is fun. I love Cyclops -- but it's no surprise when you see him in an X-book, right? I love turning the page and thinking, "Hey! Where has this guy been?" or "Who the hell is this guy?" As mentioned above, Skully comes straight out of a Marv Wolfman book from the 1970s. And since Skully has prior experience with this dimension, it was natural to involve him.

4) I'm looking forward to "Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula" and was curious -- is the Hulk susceptible to magic? And if so, would vamps qualify? Would that enable them to bite through his skin?

How the vamps can possibly do anything to the Hulk is Dracula's big headache. Imagine you're Drac and you havethe effing damn Hulk in your backyard causing trouble. What do you do, Drac? What. Do. You. DO?

5) And if the Hulk did go on a rampage through Dracula's "vampire village," would there be anyone (outside of other vampires) that would be interested in stopping him? I imagine most heroes would just shrug their shoulders.

But consider that this is part of the "Fear Itself" event. The whole world is about to go down the tubes. As Woody said in "Zombieland," "Time to nut up or shut up." And Drac ain't gonna shut up.


It's big and green versus pale and mean -- I can't wait! And now it's time for our "Behind the X" get-to-know-you question. Let's try something a bit on the strange side -- what's the worst thing you've ever smelled?

Well, as I'm writing this, I haven't showered...

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Mensagem  leonardobento em Qua Ago 31 2011, 15:06

Desde que foi anunciada, no ano passado, a nova revista dos X-Men trouxe a proposta de ser o local em que o grupo interagiria com o resto do Universo Marvel. Com o final de Schism, porém, embora essa proposta permaneça, os pôsteres da fase Regenesis indicam que a revista poderá, pela primeira vez, ter uma equipe fixa. Para falar sobre isso, Victor Gischler foi entrevistado pelo CBR.
Jubileu foi a primeira personagem a ser divulgada no pôster da equipe e, ao contrário do que todos imaginavam, ela estará em uma equipe que apoia Ciclope e não Wolverine. O escritor disse que as mudanças pelas quais Jubileu passou recentemente estão por trás dessa escolha. Gischler adiantou que não há uma cena programada ainda para um encontro entre ela e Logan na revista.
Antes do final de Schism, Gischler trouxe alienígenas de outra dimensão para o próximo arco de X-Men, entre eles Skull, The Slayer, personagem das histórias de Marv Wolfman nos anos 1970. O Quarteto Fantástico e Destino igualmente estão nesse arco, como foi mostrado na edição #16. Fora esse trabalho, o roteirista também está a cargo de The Forgiven, uma nova história, fora do universo-X, mas que está relacionada com os vampiros, um tema que já foi tratado por ele no primeiro arco de X-Men.
A Marvel deve divulgar em breve o restante dos personagens que formarão a equipe principal de X-Men. Tempestade já foi revelada essa semana. Assim que as equipes estiverem formadas, divulgaremos aqui!

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