A new, more dangerous world requires more dangerous X-Men. Enter: UNCANNY X-MEN by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Greg Land, launching in December.
Not those to cow to oppression of any kind, Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique, and Fantomex band together to protect every mutant life on the planet, no matter who threatens them. Given the team’s higher-than-usual level of murderous rage, expect as many internal conflicts as external.
Bigotry and fear run rampant thanks to the mutating Terrigen mists and the events of Secret Wars. The world may think the X-Men died, but this more lethal group will prove them wrong with quickness.
Bunn and Land talk about the joys of helming UNCANNY X-MEN, getting these characters to work together and the overall status of the X-Men coming out of Secret Wars.
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the X-Men’s new status quo post-Secret Wars?
Cullen Bunn: Well, I think the “official” status quo is that the X-Men are no more. Something terrible has happened in the eight month gap between Secret Wars and UNCANNY X-MEN. We know it has something to do with the T-Mists and their impact on the mutant population, but there’s more to it than that. The world at large believes the X-Men are no more. We, of course, as readers are in on the secret. The X-Men are still alive and kicking, but they’ve changed in the wake of this hostile environment they’re facing. There will be more than a few mysteries remaining to be solved and that will happen along the way. In the meantime, there are still threats to mutantkind that must be addressed.
Marvel.com: How does this proactive team fit into that grand scheme?
Cullen Bunn: In times of crisis, different people react in different ways. Some might try to escape. Others might attempt to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm in a safe haven. The members of this group of X-Men, though, are unwilling to sit still. They believe that the enemies of mutants will use this time of trouble as a time of opportunity. Magneto’s group will take a more active role. They are not offering a safe haven. They are not striking from the shadows. Instead, they are making a statement—a warning—to those who might harm mutants.
When we first started talking about this team, we landed on the idea that more terrible threats require a more terrible team of X-Men, and I think the stories we have planned represent that philosophy pretty well. Of course, you don’t have a team like this without a few conspiracies within the ranks. Some of the members—maybe all of the members—have differing agendas. How those plots and plans surface will be part of the fun.
Marvel.com: The team consists of Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique. and Fantomex; all strong personalities with dark pasts. What keeps them together and on-mission?
Cullen Bunn: I think it’ll be interesting to watch this group of characters come together. Initially, not all of the characters you’ve seen announced are on the team. In fact, some of them may be working at cross purposes to the X-Men. The dynamic is definitely not going to be one of friendliness, and we’ll lean into that from the very beginning. As the team forms, though, we’ll learn a bit about why they are sticking together. Each member has his or her own reasons for siding with—and sticking with—Magneto.
Marvel.com: Cullen, you really got to focus in on Magneto in his solo book. How is it working with him in more of a team setting?
Cullen Bunn: Writing Magneto as part of a team took a little getting used to. I spent so much time with the character on his own [that] it could have been easy for me to turn this into a Magneto book. When I started this project, I detailed the motivations of each and every character. Some were more difficult than others. Surprisingly, Magneto was the most difficult! I think that is because this type of book is so different in tone and “mission statement” than what I wrote before. In a lot of ways, I went back to the drawing board on Magneto, because I wanted to approach him in the context of a team book.