Artist Ardian Syaf opens up about channeling the classics and designing evil mutants!

With INHUMANS VS. X-MEN coming to a stunning conclusion this week, it’s time to look to the future of mutantkind as ResurrXion stands ready to begin. Kicking off with X-MEN PRIME #1 on March 29, a slate of new books will launch including X-MEN GOLD by writer Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf.

Along with a new vision for the franchise comes a fresh take on many of the costumes, which Syaf handled while working on GOLD. The creative went classic-but-updated when it comes to the team consisting of Kitty Pryde, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan, and Prestige, the newly-renamed Rachel Grey.

We talked with Syaf about taking these characters back to the old school, coming up with Prestige’s gear and mixing old and new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants members. How excited were you when you heard that Marvel not only wanted you to draw X-MEN GOLD, but also re-imagine so many classic costumes?

Ardian Syaf: It’s like a dream come true. It’s X-Men; every artist dreams of drawing it, I am sure. Actually I didn’t have much challenge about the costumes. Marc has a clear vision about them. He prefers we bring back classic costumes, which I love. Not much need to change. Of the bunch, Rachel Grey looks like she’s gone through the most visual changes. What can you say about her new look?

Ardian Syaf: Yes, Rachel Grey has a brand new costume. Marc asked that her new look shouldn’t relate with her previous one. The editors gave me very much help in the process. This first arc pits the X-Men Gold team against a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. How was it dreaming up that group and their overall design?

Ardian Syaf: I searched and found many designs before. I just took their unique elements and applied to the new version. How has it been working with Marc so far?

Ardian Syaf: Working with Marc is so nice, and makes me proud, because he’s [a] big name. The writing is very easy to understand for the artist. Marc gave emotions and mood in the scripts.

X-MEN GOLD #1, by Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf, arrives on April 5!

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Marc Guggenheim and Al Ewing offer tantalizing teases for the X-Men and Inhumans!

As the dust settles from Inhumans Vs. X-Men, writers Al Ewing and Marc Guggenheim step into the aftermath with INHUMANS PRIME and X-MEN PRIME respectively, both arriving March 29.

With the ending of IvX promising to rock the world of readers everywhere, we do not dare give it away here. However, both writers proved kind enough to provide us some non-spoiler-y teases from each title to wet your proverbial whistle.


Black Bolt
“Black Bolt is always silent,” Ewing points out. “But now there’s something he’s not saying. Could his secrets be more destructive than his voice?”

“Yesterday she was Queen of the Inhumans,” reveals the writer. “Who will she—and her people—be tomorrow?”

“Black Bolt’s mad brother makes a desperate last stand…or is it only his first move?” Ewing wonders aloud.

“Karnak knows how to fight and how to kill,” contends the writer. “But there’s one Inhuman who could still break him…even if he wins.”

Marvel Boy
“He’s not even an Inhuman,” acknowledges Ewing. “But what he knows is going to change the Inhumans forever.”


First Exposure
“This is going to be people’s first look at a lot of the different books in the ResurrXion line,” asserts Guggenheim. “It’s really your first preview of WEAPON X, X-MEN BLUE. [PRIME] sets up [X-MEN GOLD] being in New York City in Central Park. It sets up [the] X-MEN BLUE mission statement of operating separately from the rest of the X-Men. It introduces you to the membership and mission of WEAPON X.”

Kitty as Leader
“In X-MEN PRIME, we learn not only how Kitty returns to the X-Men but how she becomes [their] new leader,” he explains.

A Bit of Old, A Bit of New
“You’re going to see some familiar faces,” the writer promises, “You’re going to see some long missed faces.”

Peter and Kitty Meet Again
“[Artist] Ken Lashley is a big fan of Colossus and there is a scene [with] Peter and Kitty that he just drew absolutely beautifully,” reveals Guggenheim. “If you’re a fan of the Kitty-Peter relationship, you will really, really enjoy X-MEN PRIME.”

The Future of Xavier’s Dream
“After years of just fighting for their very survival, Kitty has returned to position the X-Men to pursue the latest iteration of Xavier’s dream,” states the writer.

Join the ResurrXion on March 29 with INHUMANS PRIME and X-MEN PRIME!

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Greg Pak revives the infamous program, whether the X-Men like it or not!

Weapon X has returned with a new leader and a new mission. But they won’t be around much longer if Old Man Logan and Sabretooth have their way. The deadly duo has gathered Lady Deathstrike, Domino, and Warpath and formed a new team to combat the revived Weapon X before they can get too far off the ground.

WEAPON X writer Greg Pak, who will launch the series next year with artist Greg Land, sat down with us to tell how this team comes together and what kind of threats they will face in the battle against this new enemy. Weapon X is back; what’s this new reformed program’s goal?

Greg Pak: The Weapon X program is back, and it’s more deadly than ever—but this time its objective isn’t just to use mutants. Now it wants to exterminate them. And the powers and abilities of this new Weapon X threat are so terrifying that you need both heroes and villains teaming up to handle it. So get ready for a blockbuster thriller of a comic book with a brutal group of heroes and anti-heroes stretched to their limits in a battle for the survival of mutantkind. And of course, we’re going to have tons of fun as our heroes drive each other crazy along the way. Wolverine and Sabretooth have a history, but this particular Logan hasn’t really seen much of this Sabretooth. What has it been like writing these two together?

Greg Pak: It’s a blast. You’ve got an older Logan, who’s been through a whole different set of experiences teaming up with this Sabretooth he doesn’t really know. It’s always fun to have these two characters tangle with each other, particularly when they have to team up for any amount of time. But this time, you have the added dynamic of an older, wiser—well, potentially wiser, anyway—Wolverine teaming up with a younger Sabretooth. They’re a blast to write together; you can put those two characters together and fun things will just happen. They’re so similar, and yet have different ways for dealing with the world and totally different sets of morals and ethics. So for them to find common ground and fight alongside each other instead of against each other, it’s a fun challenge. And, of course, you get the chance for hugely fun conflicts of all kinds. As a writer, one of the most fun things to write is characters who behave badly. And seeing characters who hate each other be forced to work together, it’s classic! How do Logan and Sabretooth end up pulling this team together to take on Weapon X?

Greg Pak: The question is whether these heroes and anti-heroes can come together at all and work together, and whether they can handle what’s coming. This new Weapon X is bigger and badder than it’s ever been and will unleash its attacks in ways we’ve never seen before. Logan’s pulling this particular team together is because he needs a team that’s the best at what they do, and are willing to go the distance. And yet you create huge problems for yourself when you get people this dangerous in the same room together. So the stakes and potential for disaster are pretty sky high. Logan and Sabretooth have clear stakes in this as products of the previous Weapon X program, but what motivations do Domino, Warpath, and Lady Deathstrike have to join the battle?

Greg Pak: Some of these characters are more strictly heroic than others, they’re always going to stick their necks out when someone’s in danger, that’s just who they are and what they do. But Lady Deathstrike, for instance, she’s not been like that, traditionally. But Weapon X is out to exterminate everyone, so there are certain points where you set aside your qualms about the people you’re working with to fight the thing that has to be fought. These folks are going to be at that stage, but as the story goes on, you’ll see who’s willing to do what when it needs to happen, and who’s not. There will be points where the job at hand requires genuine heroism, and there may be points where the job requires something else altogether. This is a story that will test how villainous our villains are, and how heroic our heroes are. And on the flip side, it will show us how heroic these villains can be, and how villainous our heroes could become. It will push both sides to their breaking points. Our characters are going to find things out about themselves that they may not like, and that may be good or that may be terrible.

And I’ll also say, I’m thinking of this book as a series of big, blockbuster action-thrillers. It’s going to be a big satisfying series of huge emotional and physical explosions. It’s the kind of thing that I love to do, which is combine big genre action with genuine emotional story. And we’ve got great, smart, terrifying villains, so it’s going to be very satisfying to see our team take them on.

Weapon X by Greg Land

Weapon X by Greg Land Will the team come up against any familiar foes or team up with any friendly faces?

Greg Pak: I’m not quite at liberty to disclose anything beyond our team just yet, but I can say for sure there will be some familiar faces and some totally new surprises. That’s always the most fun way for me to tackle: drawing some fun stuff from classic continuity while creating new threats from new angles. But who exactly is the figure behind this new Weapon X program? That’s a big part of the ongoing mystery of the book. Dontcha dare miss a single issue! What has it been like to work with Greg Land on art again?

Greg Pak: It’s great to get to work together again; this is the first time we’ve worked together since X-MEN: PHOENIX – ENDSONG almost 11 years ago now. Greg did a tremendous job on that, and we’ve talked over the years about trying to work together again, so I’m excited to be back with him again on another X-book. He’s been working on character designs and covers, and you can just look at Old Man Logan snarling on that cover and see we’re in for some fun action already. I think he’ll bring his great energy to this project, what I loved about working together on ENDSONG was that we had a lot of quiet, intimate moments between characters, and we had a lot of big, crazy action moments, and Greg’s good at delivering on all that. I’ve promised to give him lots of nice splash pages where he can go nuts. He’s capable of all kinds of stuff, and I’m hoping we can work all his artistic muscles on this book. What about this new project that has you most excited?

Greg Pak: I’ve done a ton of X-Men books over the years, but mostly limited series and short runs on some ongoing titles. So this is a chance to really dig into an ongoing series, and I’m really excited for that. It also harkens back to the themes of my favorite X-Men books growing up, and, in a way, this might be the most classic X-Men book that I’ve had the opportunity to work on; what’s more classic X-Men than heroes and anti-heroes teaming up to battle against genocidal monsters? And even just doing a book called “Weapon X” is pretty tremendous. Back in the day, that original Weapon X series [in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS] was huge for me. It was up there with “Daredevil: Born Again” for me as this modern classic. So I’m happy to play in all these different sandboxes, and I really love this particular group of heroes and villains we’re working with.

I’ve inherited a lot of teams on different books over the years, and the best thing is when you can get to the point where you put any two members of a team in a room together and the scene practically writes itself, just by the virtue of the dynamics of those characters, little points of sympathy and conflict just present themselves naturally. I feel like we’ve got a really fun, focused group with these five characters. Each one of them makes total sense in the team, given the mission, but they all have their own distinct ethical codes and backgrounds, even speech patterns, that are all different in very fun ways. Jeff Lemire did great stuff with Lady Deathstrike in OLD MAN LOGAN that’s going to be incredibly fun to build on. We’ve already talked about Logan and Sabretooth, but then you think about Sabretooth and Domino, or Sabretooth and Warpath, or Warpath and Domino, and the different kinds of relationships these heroes are going to have. Warpath and Sabretooth are going to have a very different dynamic than Warpath and Old Man Logan. It’s figuring out who’s going to be friends, who’s going to even feel comfortable around each other, who’s going to be watching whose back, and who might be secretly sharpening the knives. It’s going to be a blast playing with all those dynamics.

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A charter member of the X-Men receives his first ongoing series by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti!

Bobby Drake’s never had it easy. Protecting a world that hates and fears mutantkind and all that saving the world stuff meant he never spent too much time focusing on the man beneath the ice.

Coming up in ICEMAN, Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti chip away at what makes Bobby Iceman while forcing him to come to terms with some of the hard truths revealed by his time-displaced younger self. We talked with Sina about his work on the book and where he plans to take the original king of cool. Older Bobby’s been having a tough time dealing with his role as an X-Man, his personal life, and coming out as gay. What was most important to you about writing this new chapter in Iceman’s journey?

Sina Grace: The most important thing for me is making a book that I feel stays true to the X-Men legacy, and honors Iceman’s history. Editor Daniel Ketchum and I both think there’s a great story to tell with the older Bobby Drake facing himself in the mirror and making the decision to step up and use this as a way to become a greater hero. That, and making people laugh. I want to make readers LOL IRL. Can you talk a little about the dynamic between the elder Iceman and Iceman the Younger? What exactly is happening there?

Sina Grace: What I’ve seen of their interactions to date, the two have the best relationship between all off the [original five time-displaced] X-Men and their older counterparts. There’s a lot of mutual pride going on; a lot of brotherly love vibes. They both have a lot to learn from each other, and it’ll be cool to show how that reflects on the super hero side of things as well as the personal side. Watching young Bobby go after what he wants, older Bobby’s feeling like he needs to get his life in gear. Does he have a plan yet or is he ice sliding by the seat of his pants?

Sina Grace: Without spoiling much, there’s a little of the former and the latter! I will say that there’s no clear “hero quest” waiting for him, which is what I’m sure Bobby would prefer than the work he actually has to do. There’s tons to explore with his powers, too. What does hiding a secret from yourself do to your own potential, y’know? What kind of challenges lie in Bobby’s path? I’m assuming we’re going to see some super-powered slugfests, but are there subtler obstacles he’ll have to deal with?

Sina Grace: We’ll be seeing some familiar bad-guy faces—and some new ones who will make Bobby’s life pretty tough. I’m allowed to say that Juggernaut will be crashing his way into an earlier issue of the series! The biggest obstacle that I feel Bobby has waiting for him is dealing with his parents. Anyone who knows Bobby’s dad knows that the man does not like when anything is outside of his comfort zone. I’ll leave it at that.

Iceman by Kevin Wada

Iceman by Kevin Wada And with the revelation that Iceman is in fact gay, would it be fair to say the book will look at a lot of the coolest X-Man’s relationships and how they might change?

Sina Grace: What’s nice about this being an X-Book, is about the power of finding acceptance in the face of adversity. Bobby’s friends will always be his friends; but some folks will have reactions. There’s going to be an ex-girlfriend or two that he’ll have to have a difficult talk with. That’s all I can say without spoiling the fun we have in store for readers. And please tell me we’ll be watching as Bobby dives into the dating scene?

Sina Grace: You better believe that we’ll see Bobby try his hand at dating! The thing to keep in mind is that he’s only just dealing with that part of his identity, so he won’t be quite as confident in getting what he wants the same way his younger self is. This is a Marvel book, so we’re having a great time working out how Bobby will find romance, hurdles [and] all! Iceman can save the world from all kinds of pending doom, but can he even lock down a first date? Finally, I know I’m going to be reading ICEMAN, but why should everyone else pick it up?

Sina Grace: At its heart, ICEMAN is going to be everything that is to be adored about an X-Men title: It’s funny, it’s got action, and there’ll be lots of feels. Alessandro Vitti is one of the most dynamic storytellers in Marvel’s stable right now, and he’s pushing my imagination to new heights.

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Dennis Hopeless helps the psychic powerhouse strike out for her first ongoing series!

X-Men fans have followed the adventures of Jean Grey over the years, and for many readers, she has become a favorite character. Soon, she’ll have her own series for the very first time. We’ll get to see a time-displaced Jean battling some of her classic demons—but will things play out differently this time?

We caught up with series writer Denis Hopeless about what we can expect from him and artist Victor Ibanez. ResurrXion will shake things up across the X-Men titles—have you enjoyed taking part in and helping to shape that?

Dennis Hopeless: Because I’ve done ALL-NEW X-MEN for over a year and I contributed to the initial planning of everything leading up to Inhumans Vs. X-Men, I’ve seen it on the horizon for a while now. I knew it was coming, and I could plan into it. Because I’m going from writing all the time-displaced X-Men except Jean Grey, to writing just Jean, I’ve had to make a transition, but I’ve had fun with it. It feels sort of like starting over fresh. Jean will be going up against the Phoenix, a classic conflict for her. Can you tell us your experience with writing a story that’s familiar in some ways but also new?

Dennis Hopeless: We wanted to do a couple different things with this, because Jean has never had a solo series before. We wanted to do something that’s new and unique, but that also gives readers that classic Jean Grey feel that they love.

Now, we have a teenaged Jean Grey who hasn’t had all the experiences that the adult Jean did.

I spent over a year on ALL-NEW X-MEN delving into the other time-displaced X-Men and exploring how they live in the shadows of their older selves. In Jean’s case, her older self has died. Still, when you say the name “Jean Grey” or “Phoenix,” people already have an idea of what that represents—but that isn’t her. I wanted to take teenaged Jean and put her up against this massive, monolithic thing that the other Jean had to deal with and see how she’d handle it differently. I wanted to write something brand new that still takes advantage of this classic, beloved character.

Jean Grey by David Yardin

Jean Grey by David Yardin As you mentioned, we’ll see a time-displaced Jean, trying to avoid the fate of her predecessor. How will things go differently this time around?

Dennis Hopeless: Very early in our series, we see her confronted with the idea of the Phoenix coming, and the reality that they need Jean Grey to stop it. But she’s not the Jean Grey they need, and the older Jean Grey has died. So she needs to level up. She needs to become a prepared Jean Grey by the time the Phoenix arrives. So she puts herself through a lot of things to try to get ready for something she can’t really prepare for. And I think a lot of people can relate to that—especially readers around her age. During those post-high school, early college years, you want to figure out the adult you’re going to become, but you largely base that on the experiences you had growing up and the expectations others have put on you. Jean seems like a complicated person with a lot of nuances that you’d want to get across. How did you approach developing and conveying her character?

Dennis Hopeless: In 2011, I worked on X-MEN SEASON ONE. We took the original five X-Men during the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby era and kind of updated them, adding a little more character. Jean posed a challenge because the writers hadn’t developed her as much in those early issues. We leaned into that with that book and made Jean the protagonist. So I put a lot of energy years ago into figuring this out. And in a lot of ways, [Brian Michael] Bendis and company brought that updated version of the character to the initial ALL-NEW X-MEN run—the more fleshed out, well-rounded, teenaged version of Jean. And she has had some crazy experiences lately, but she remains distinct from the adult Jean. In regular continuity, she becomes a really interesting character much later. So now we see her kind of in between those points, living in the shadow of all of the crazy events that never actually happened to her. That’s where the nuance comes in for me: taking that early Jean I figured out years ago and adding to that the weight of Dark Phoenix and Scott and Emma and all of these experiences that she didn’t have but everyone else remembers. Would you like to tease anything else?

Dennis Hopeless: Sort of similar to what I did in ALL-NEW X-MEN, the book will give us a road trip across the Marvel Universe, but very focused on Jean. She’ll have to fight and experience things in order to grow as a person for a very specific reason. So we’ll see a lot of guest stars, a lot of crazy Marvel Universe locales. And of course we’ll focus on Jean, whom we’ve traditionally seen in team books. Fans of hers will love this book!

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Christina Strain and Amilcar Pinna induct a new class of mutant heroes!

Almost 15 years after the final issue of the original series, GENERATION X returns next year by the team of writer Christina Strain and artist Amilcar Pinna! The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning reopens its door to welcome a new class of familiar teenaged mutants.

Created by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo back in 1994, the original GENERATION X ran for 75 issues and featured a host of mutant students—Jubilee, Chamber, Husk, M, and Skin, among others—with their instructors, Banshee and Emma Frost. This time around, Jubilee finds herself in the mentor role for a group who might not quite measure up to the X-Men standard.

We spoke to the creators about what to expect from this new take on an old classic! The title Generation X conjures a lot of fond memories for fans of the original series. Were you a fan? What drew each of you to this project?

Christina Strain: I was! I lived in Korea until I was 18, so I had limited access to American comics, but I did pick up a few X-related books on base when I could. But I’ve been rereading the original Generation X, and holy crap, it’s still so good!

But really what drew me to the project was my editor, Daniel Ketchum. There are no words for how much I love him and how much I’ve missed working with him. When he first asked me if I was interested in working on a teen X book, I was like, “Yes!” But then I was like, “Wait. Are you sure you want me!?” Because Generation X was a landmark title, and relaunching it is kind of a big thing. But the more we talked, the more I realized that I was more than just excited about it, I had to write it.

Amilcar Pinna: I did remember seeing some imported issues with Chris Bachalo doing the art, but at that time, I didn’t understand English very well, and it was very hard to find those comics where I was living; no comic shops in my city back then, and no internet, too. But I remember that I did really like the art and the fact that those mutants were teenagers. I enjoy that kind of approach in super hero comic books, like that title NYX by Joe Quesada and Joshua Middleton—beautiful stuff! Christina, I know you’ve worked on a lot of Marvel’s younger characters, such as the Runaways, as a colorist in the past. What’s it been like for you working as a writer now for Marvel?

Christina Strain: Crazy—but in a good way. Because I decided I wanted to be a colorist when I was 19, so when I started coloring for Marvel at 22, I thought that was it for me. Like, that was as good as it got. So if you’d told 19-year-old me that I’d also become a writer for Marvel, I don’t know that I would’ve believed you. Because writing is hard! I worked my butt off to become a colorist, and I had to basically do it all over again to become a writer. I started writing back in 2010, while I was still coloring, but doing it just part time wasn’t enough. I had to retire, go back to school and start a career as a TV writer first to even feel like I deserved a chance to write for Marvel. But it’s great to be back. It’s different, but then it’s also familiar? Like, I’ve always been a storyteller for Marvel; it’s just that this time I’m doing it with words rather than color. Amilcar, I know this isn’t your first foray into the world of the X-Men. Are there any characters you’re looking forward to working on this time around?

Amilcar Pinna: Yes, I did some X-MEN: FIRST CLASS FINALS with my dear friend Roger Cruz. I did have lots of fun.

About the characters, let me see; the X-Men universe has lots and lots of cool characters. It would be real nice to work with X-23, Psylocke, [and] Storm. X-Men females rock. What’s the premise of the new GENERATION X comic?

Christina Strain: Traditionally, the Xavier Institute’s been the place for societally rejected young mutants to seek shelter. Once there, they’re taught how to properly harness their powers and sometimes, after graduating, some of them have gone on to become full-fledged X-Men. But let’s be real for a second: Not every young mutant is X-Men material. And it’s downright irresponsible to send those kids into battle. Like Cypher. Remember him? His mutant ability was that he spoke a bunch of languages. Of course he died.

Generation X by Terry Dodson

Generation X by Terry Dodson

So the Xavier Institute’s taking this opportunity to re-evaluate their program and their students, quietly dividing the student body into three classes: the next generation of X-Men, the next generation of ambassadors, and the next generation of…other. Basically, the lovable losers. These are young mutants with benign powers, who could be considered liabilities during missions, or even just make for the absolute worst mutant ambassadors. And they include Jubilee, Quentin Quire, Benjamin Deeds, Bling, Eye Boy, Nature Girl, and a new character we’ll call Hindsight. They just don’t seem to fit in anywhere—including the very school where they were promised they would fit in. What role will Jubilee play in the series?

Christina Strain: She’s the head of the team as well as their mentor. She’s literally and figuratively our crew’s teen mom. Because I knew I was writing about a team of “lovable losers,” and I knew I wanted at least one member of the original Gen X team, Jubilee was the first person I picked for the team. I mean, she’s a walking motivational poster; she’s basically the cat from those “Hang in there!” posters. She’s perfect. Besides Jubilee, can we expect to see other characters from the title’s previous run?

Christina Strain: Yes! You will see Chamber. I love him and his face furnace so hard. There are a few other characters I have a feeling will be making an appearance, but I’m still sorting out some of the details. I have a feeling Husk will make an appearance but that doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a Husk/Chamber reunion. Even though the book is focused on the school, we know that sometimes the students end up on field trips. What sorts of threats or villains can we expect to see?

Christina Strain: It’s going to depend on the story arc. Sometimes we go to the villains, and sometimes the villains come to us. The bigger question though, is how we’re going to handle the villains when the core concept of this book is that this Gen X team is ill equipped to fight. Even the school would rather that they hide under some tables in the library [rather] than get out there [and] probably die [or] get someone else killed in a fight. They’re basically Hufflepuffs, and we all know what happened to the most bad ass of the Hufflepuffs…

So what you’re going to see are a lot of character-defining, character-building fights. Coming from threats that force our Gen Xers to prove that they do have what it takes, not just to the rest of the school, but to themselves. Like, we all know Quentin Quire’s a loose [cannon], so what’s it going to take for him to finally admit to himself that no man’s an island? Or, when Benjamin Deeds [is] put in a leadership spot of a covert team mission, can he handle it? Is he strong enough to maintain his leadership status from stronger personalities like Quentin or Bling? Will anyone start listening to anything Eye Boy has to say? Only time can tell. Christina, what does Amilcar bring to GENERATION X?

Christina Strain: So when Daniel and I were talking about pencilers, the one thing I knew that I wanted was a distinct look. The original GENERATION X was such a refreshingly different book, in both the writing and art, that we wanted to capture that same feeling with this iteration of Generation X. We wanted someone with an interesting vibe and emotive style, and Amilcar fit that description. His art just feels like it has a lot to say; I’m super excited to be working with him!

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Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina mix the original X-Men with Magneto!

Inhumans Vs. X-Men promises to bring big changes for both sets of characters, one being the return of the color-coded X-Men teams—X-MEN BLUE and X-MEN GOLD!

The former will bring together five young time-displaced mutants—Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast and Angel—and their greatest enemy, Magneto, as they attempt to create a world where humanity no longer fears mutants. It’s a long way from the Magneto these X-Men encountered in their past, but can they trust him? Only writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jorge Molina know for sure.

We caught up with the two creators to find out more about this team’s new focus and what to expect when the original X-Men team up with the Master of Magnetism! The original X-Men are now working with a man they see as one of their greatest enemies. What could possibly go wrong? But seriously, given where they are in their careers and relationship with Magneto, what brings them together with their greatest enemy?

Cullen Bunn: You’re absolutely right! It feels like this “alliance” is just waiting to blow up in the faces of this team! They need a good reason to work with Magneto. But I’m not telling you what that reason is just yet. Magneto has some interesting reasons for relying on the original five. And he has some challenges in store for them. The X-Men, on the other hand, will have an agenda that sounds a lot like “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” That being said, these aren’t exactly the original X-Men we know from the stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby anymore; they’ve gone through a lot of changes since arriving in the present day. What’s your take on each of them as they come into the story?

Cullen Bunn: This team has changed so much since coming to our time. That causes them a bit of concern, actually. In theory, they have to go back to their own time at some point, right? Otherwise, doesn’t everything fall apart? But they are no longer the same people. They can’t return the way they are. What’s more, they’ve adjusted to this world. Some of them—like Iceman—[don’t] want to return to their original timeline. He’s built a life for himself in this time. Beast hasn’t abandoned science completely, but he’s started dabbling in magic. Scott has started branching out away from the X-Men, playing the role of super hero with groups like the Champions. Angel has embraced his warrior spirit—and cosmic powers. And Jean is now taking on a role many think she should have held all along: She’s leading the team.

X-Men Blue by Arthur Adams

X-Men Blue by Arthur Adams Cullen, you’ve been writing Magneto for quite a while now, through some pretty dark times for mutantkind and the character himself. What’s his mindset as this story begins?

Cullen Bunn: Without giving too much away, Magneto has come to realize that his way doesn’t work. Mutants are heading into what could be a new golden era for them, and they don’t need terrifying guys like Magneto running around. The original X-Men, though, represent the best of the best, Xavier’s original dream in the here and now. So he’s going to help guide them to greater heights. Of course, he has other items on his agenda, but those will have to wait to be revealed.

This is definitely not a gloomy or dark series like some of my X-books. It’s much more of a classic X-adventure tale. But Magneto provides an edge and hint of danger lingering in the background. Besides the original five X-Men and Magneto, are there any other mutants the two of you would like to use in the book?

Cullen Bunn: So many mutants! If you’ve read my UNCANNY X-MEN run, you’ll know that I love the mutants of the Marvel Universe, and I enjoy bringing in characters you haven’t seen in a while. That will continue. I’ve got some exciting guest stars and villains coming up in this book. This book provides the opportunity to see some mutant encounters you would never, ever expect.

Jorge Molina: Personally I’m a big fan of Gambit since I was a kid, so any chance I get to draw him is always welcome. Plus redesigning him would be fun. What sorts of threats can we expect in the comic? I can’t imagine Magneto’s recent associates, like Mystique and the Hellfire Club, not having an opinion about him allying with the X-Men like this.

Cullen Bunn: Magneto’s actions and former alliances definitely create the groundwork for some of the threats the X-Men will face. In the first issue, you’ll see one of the greatest super villain duos of all time, and there’s more to come! Classic X-villains! New adversaries! The X-Men will not have a lot of time to sit on their laurels.

Jorge Molina: Having read the first issue, all that I can say is that some old classic villains are back giving the X-Men a hard time, just like the old days. Finally, what sort of relationship will this book have with its “sister” title, X-MEN GOLD? Can we expect to see Kitty Pryde and company sooner or later?

Cullen Bunn: The Gold and Blue teams are out there in the same universe, so there’s every possibility of them meeting. It’s not in the works for the immediate future, but it’s bound to happen!

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Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf go for the gold in a new X-Men series!

X-Men fans, grab a few more long boxes for 2017 because the Children of the Atom have returned, in tip top shape, to grab your attention and fill those cardboard receptacles.

It all begins with X-MEN GOLD, written by Marc Guggenheim and drawn by Ardian Syaf. Double shipping, the book seeks to return the mutants to their roles as super heroes and symbols of hope not just for their own kind but for all people. With Kitty Pryde back from space to lead the team and Rachel Grey taking on a new identity, change with a connection to the past seems the order of the day.

We discussed the return to form, the nature of mutant hatred in the 21st Century, and why Ardian Syaf has proven a perfect fit for the book with Guggenheim and editor Daniel Ketchum. Let’s start with the top of the team. Kitty Pryde has come back from space just in time to be a part of X-MEN GOLD. For you, what made her the entry point character?

Marc Guggenheim: Honestly, that’s a really good question. It was because she was my entry way into the book. The very first [X-Men comic] that I ever read was UNCANNY X-MEN #139 which was the “Welcome the X-Men, Kitty Pryde, hope you survive the experience” issue. In many ways, I kinda feel like I was Kitty. I’ve followed Kitty all these years and, you know, as I said in my pitch, I’m also a straight white Jewish man so I’m kind of, by law, required to be a fan of Kitty Pryde.

So, for me, it just made so much sense for Kitty to be part of the team. I actually wasn’t even certain she’d be returning from outer space, so my inclusion of her in my pitch was very much wishful thinking on my part. While we cannot reveal what happens in the storylines leading up to X-MEN GOLD’s launch, we can say that, in general, she arrives to find an X-Men team very different than the one she left behind. For Pryde, what is the emotional experience of reconnecting to this group when they are in this different place?

Marc Guggenheim: The way I’ve been approaching it, basically, is that it is like someone that returns home and goes to teach at the school that they used to be a student at. In the case of the X-Men, that’s somewhat literal too.

I think in the case of Kitty she looks at the X-Men and she sees all the challenges that they face and she sees all the things that they’ve gone through. But for her, she remains very confident—she has a lot of faith in the institution of the X-Men. For me, the most important thing is to help get the X-Men back to the type of team they used to be.

I don’t think it is spoiling anything to say that the X-Men are feeling a little bit of a setback in the wake of [Inhumans Vs. X-Men]. It’s Kitty that’s able to bring some hope back to the group and in many ways remind them of who they used to be. I took a quick look at the roster and it seems to be the core members of the team from GIANT-SIZE X-MEN from back when Len Wein and Dave Cockrum relaunched the book. I was wondering if that was at all intentional to have the team be made of a majority—Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine, albeit a different version of Wolverine version—from that era?

Marc Guggenheim: Like I said, I grew up with the post-“Death of Phoenix” X-Men essentially. I started with, really, the end of John Byrne’s run. With the exception of Rachel [Grey] and the fact that Logan is older, that’s all these X-Men.

Some experts say the music you listen to when you are 19 [or] 20 makes the biggest impression on you, I think the X-Men who were the X-Men when you first fell in love with the book are still the X-Men that are nearest and dearest to your heart. For me, that’s very much Colossus and Nightcrawler and Storm and Logan and Kitty.

It’s very intentional insofar as [editors] Dan [Ketchum] and Mark [Paniccia] were really terrific and basically said, “pick who you’d like to see on the team.” I got my first choice on every single category so that’s pretty amazing. Although they do harken back to a classic version of the team, they are decidedly much different than they were back then. What is the feeling of the team, what is the level or teamwork—what state are they in in terms of how they get along with each other at the start of this book?

Marc Guggenheim: To me what’s so much fun about the X-Men—and this has been the case for a great many years—is the rich backstory that all these characters share.

I don’t mean that in a “you have to read every issue of X-Men ever published in order to appreciate the book” way. It’s not that at all. It’s just you can feel a sense of history. I felt it even in UNCANNY X-MEN #139. I felt the prior history of all those issues—that’s the thing that makes these characters feel so three dimensional.

They have a personal history, in some cases a romantic history, and certainly a fighting history with each other. My goal going into this book was to acknowledge, to pay respect to those histories but also to recognize these people have been together a long time, they’re like a well-oiled machine and they all love each other. They’ve all had each other’s backs for a countless number of years at this point. It leads to a very positive book; it’s very much about looking to the future, being super heroes, and having a bright outlook. You alluded to this yourself: Rachel Grey does tend to be the outlier in this group. What were the creative motivations to include her? What made her a good member of the team?

Marc Guggenheim: Once I settled on Kitty, Nightcrawler, Logan, Colossus, and Storm, I wanted a sixth member to round out the team. I felt like I needed some more estrogen in the lineup and I was just thinking about X-Men that I like, especially women X-Men that I like. When I wrote the X-MEN arc for Dan I remember really, really enjoying writing for Rachel. There was something about that character that really clicked for me.

I think it is, in large part, the fact that she has this incredibly deep backstory that even extends into the future; obviously a very complex family and lineage. There’s so much there to mine.

At the same time, I thought even when I wrote Rachel [before] it was always steeped in her history. When you have such a rich backstory there’s always a temptation to find story in the past rather than looking to the future. The more I thought about that, the more I was intrigued to write Rachel in a way that allowed her to move past her past. That allowed her to take a step into the future.

It is an individualized version of what Kitty is trying to do with the entire [team], so thematically it really felt like it connected up. I thought, this will really be a positive thing for Rachel, for her to define herself outside of her family and her past.

X-Men Gold by Ardian Syaf

X-Men Gold by Ardian Syaf

Then that dovetailed with another idea I had been kicking around: that it would be fun to have a member of the team with a new codename, a new look, a new mission statement. Not dissimilar to the way Chris Claremont made Carol Danvers [into] Binary for a time. I just like the idea of taking an established character and reinventing them. So I thought if anyone should be doing that, it should be Rachel who always seemed to define herself by her past, define herself by her family.

So we gave her a brand new costume and she’s got a new codename; she’s now called Prestige. It’s a name that has nothing to do with Jean Grey or her family history. It is sort of a blank slate for her to write her destiny on. You have a very long history with the X-MEN as a fan, but you also have a fairly lengthy history with them as a writer. For you, as a writer in 2016 starting this new book, what’s different for you? What have you learned, how do the characters feel different to you?

Marc Guggenheim: I think it was actually Dan when he called up to talk to me about the project [who mentioned] that I have written the X-Men a lot. I’ve written YOUNG X-MEN, I’ve written X-MEN, I’ve written WOLVERINE a bunch of times, and the X-TINCTION AGENDA tie-in for Secret Wars. But I’ve never had a chance to write the X-Men X-Men, you know. It is always an offshoot of the team or a solo book; this is sort of my first opportunity to write The X-Men- capital “T,” capital “X”—and that is super exciting and also incredibly daunting. In so many ways, this is probably the most important comic book assignment I’ve ever been given so I’m feeling a huge of amount of good pressure not to screw it up.

I think what is fortuitous is that I’m coming on to the X-Men at a time when they are a crossroads. Without spoiling the end of IvX, they definitely come out of the IvX with a decision to make. What type of future are the X-Men going to carve for themselves?

Here you have Kitty coming in being a new leader. It’s the first time this group of X-Men has been led by someone who isn’t Storm or Cyclops. The story we are telling very much mirrors what all the X-Men are going through coming out of IvX. Who are we? What’s our purpose? What’s our mission statement?

I know I’m going far afield of your question, but the book is very focused on the X-Men as super heroes, very much the way they were when I first fell in love with them. The whole raison d’être of the book is back to the basics so that’s what I’m trying to do? Many times in the X-Men’s history they’ve been one of, if the not the most important books at Marvel. At others, they’ve been very much on their own, disconnected from the larger Marvel Universe. With X-MEN GOLD, what is their relationship to the rest of the Marvel Universe? How connected will they be?

Marc Guggenheim: It’s definitely my intention to have the book reflect what is going on in the larger Marvel Universe. In fact, Dan and I were just talking about that other day.

I can’t talk about the post-IvX status quo but the nature of that status quo will put the X-Men front and center of the Marvel Universe, let me put it to you that way. The new status quo will very much almost literally make it impossible for the X-Men to be off on their own and to be ostracized.

At the same time, one of the first things I did when I sat down to think about the book, I thought about what does it mean to be a mutant? What does it mean to be prejudicial against mutants in the 21st Century in this world where you have Inhumans and Terrigen Mists and all these things that have happened to mutantkind over the years? What does it mean right now—if I’m an anti-mutant bigot, why am I a bigot? What is the company line for people that hate and fear mutants?

That is very much to be reflected in the book. That itself stems from things that are going on in the Marvel Universe. The mutants are not the only enhanced individuals these days so, to me, that makes the hatred of mutants very very specific. To speak to that, the villains you initially have the X-MEN GOLD team facing off against are a new Brotherhood. Can you speak to why you selected them and how they reflect that theme?

Marc Guggenheim: It’s a great question. In thinking about the first arc and the villains of the first arc, I thought about a lot of things. What was the tone I wanted to set? What’s the first story I want to tell? At the same time, I was thinking ahead to all the other arcs I needed the first arc to set up.

What I came down to was a very simple thing. If you’re the X-Men and you’re trying to chart this new course and remind the world that you’re not evil and that you’re super heroes—that you are functioning as super heroes, not just mutants—what would be the biggest challenge to that mission statement? I thought, it would be a group of evil mutants running around causing problems.

I thought about the Brotherhood in terms of—well maybe there’s a way to do the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, that really takes to heart the idea of the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. That being said, there is a twist. Not everything is as it seems. But that’s the dynamic of the first issue. This may be pushing for too much, but can you reveal any members of the Brotherhood?

Marc Guggenheim: [Pauses] Yeah. Yeah. How about two?

Pyro and Avalanche.

And allow me to include, yes I am aware they are dead, just to stop people from tweeting at me. Artistically, how does Ardian Syaf fit with your vision for the book?

Marc Guggenheim: It looks spectacular!

I can’t even express how joyful seeing Ardian’s pages make me. Ardian is such a perfect bit of casting for this book because I am trying to hearken back to a kind of back to basics old school version of the X-Men while still doing it in a 21st Century 2016 kind of way. Daniel, God bless him, has found an artist who feels incredibly new and modern but has this clean line and great old school sensibility.

In many ways, I say if you want to know what approach I’m taking in the writing all you need to do is look at Ardian’s pencils. If anyone is not quite sure if they want to buy X-MEN GOLD what might you tell them?

Daniel Ketchum: I think it wasn’t lost on us that over the past couple years, a lot of people thought we put X-Men in the corner. I think we went out wanting to tell cool stories. We knew we wanted to tell the story of the X-Men coming into conflict with the Inhumans and we leaned into that. But I think one of the side effects was people thought, “Oh Terrigen Mists are going to be the end of the X-Men,” and I think we acknowledge that and say, “No, no, the X-Men aren’t going anywhere. There are a lot of X-Men fans into the halls of Marvel.” This is a return.

X-Men also got me into comics and this is what I would want X-Men to be. Big, beautiful, X-Men as super heroes. Marc is just nailing it. It’s so good. And, as he said, Ardian too. What’s also great is that between X-MEN GOLD and X-MEN BLUE, there’s going to be a lot of story to dig into. It’s gonna be weekly: an issue of GOLD, an issue of BLUE, an issue of GOLD, an issue of BLUE. It’s gonna be big awesome X-Men adventures.

Marc Guggenheim: It really is an old school X-Men book written by a life-long X-Men fan.

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