Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Now, it's on to this week's reader questions, starting with Benjamin's queries about X-Men Legacy and the balancing of characters.
1) Can you give any hints about what will happen to "Legacy" after Spurrier's next arc (and possibly his run w/ Legion as lead) concludes, besides that issue #25 equates to #300 from the original numbering?
Lowe: That fact about #25 and #300 is pretty interesting, isn't it?
2) It seems we've gone from just Wolverine appearing everywhere to a lot of X-Men like Storm, Rachel, Beast, and Iceman appearing in quite a number of books. How do you as editors balance having characters show up in multiple books vs. giving somewhat less well known characters a chance at the spotlight?
Lowe: We try to build books to speak to and attract the biggest audience possible. So we will use more popular characters on purpose. But there are times that we'll push for certain characters that we see particular value in developing that we'll suggest (sometimes repeatedly and annoyingly) to writers and artists that we're working with on the books.
White: But the best way for lesser known characters to appear in the books is for writers to have a story to tell with them. The reason we have not seen Sage in an X-Men book recently (much to my chagrin) is not because we editors are vetoing her -- it's because, so far, none of the writers have a story to tell about her. And in the case of Sage, I think they should get on that.
Ketchum: I think that's one of my favorite aspects of the X-Men Universe: every character is someone's favorite... with Maggott being the exception that makes the rule. I always encourage writers I work with to draw upon those top flight X-Men characters like Storm, Iceman, Rogue and Storm (not a typo, I suggest her twice) for the reasons Nick alluded to, but I also encourage them to include a lesser known character or two, because those characters are often less defined, have less baggage, and open up avenues for new stories (e.g. Frenzy in Christos Gage's tenure on "X-Men Legacy").
Friday, November 1, 2013
Kiel Phegley: Axel, there's a bit of news across Marvel this week, but let's start with the big book of the week: "Battle of the Atom" #2. Reading the final part of the X-Men crossover, I was struck by how it seemed not only to call back to X-Men history but also echo the end of "Schism," which was also written by Jason Aaron. Was this story conceived as a follow up to that one in so many ways?
Axel Alonso: Uhm…yes. In every big X-Men crossover, we try to push the macro-story forward in an interesting way and connect the dots between stories. “Messiah CompleX” leveled the Xavier School and positioned Cyclops as the X-Men’s wartime general, willing to get his hands dirty to protect his dwindling species. “Utopia” pushed the X-Men even further into a nation-state/military model, with Cyclops obsessed by mutant extinction and cutting ties to humanity. “Second Coming” ended the “no more mutants” era with the return of Hope -- literally and figuratively -- and sowed the seeds that led to “Schism” -- like Nightcrawler’s death. And all of above dovetailed into “Battle of the Atom,” which climaxed -- SPOILER ALERT -- with the All-New X-Men team rallying both sides of the split. What that means for the future, you’ll have to keep reading…
Speaking of the future, the next big release on the X-Men slate is "Amazing X-Men" #1 and the return of Nightcrawler. We haven't spoken too much about that move here. In what ways did that story need to be told now and be told in this book?
Alonso: Well, this book really starts with Nightcrawler -- big surprise, I know. [Laughs] His sacrifice in "Second Coming" was a huge and heartfelt moment that set in motion a lot of new dynamics amongst the team. No one took it harder than Logan. Then two things happened: Jason told us he had an idea to resurrect Nightcrawler, and Ed McGuinness threatened X-Men editor Nick Lowe’s life should he hire anyone else to draw Nightcrawler’s possible return. So with those two amazing heavyweights involved, we knew it had to be a big deal. Hence, "Amazing X-Men."
And following up on some more recent X-releases, Confuzzled Mutie wonders, "With the breakout success of Brian Wood's all-female X-Men title, a lot of us were wondering whether there were plans for a book starring a team of only women Avengers? It makes sense as a character like the Wasp, who is a natural and charismatic leader, would lend herself perfectly to such a title. Plus, Marvel does have a bunch of heavyweight female Avengers with strong personalities and varying powers. Putting ladies like Black Widow, Mockingbird and Scarlet Witch on the same team would lead to fascinating team dynamics, which could rival those of the female X-Men."
Alonso: There aren’t any specific plans for such a team at the moment, Confuzzled, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an idea that we might consider at some point in the future.