Marvel answers fan questions on the new semester of 'Wolverine and the X-Men'
(CBR) Although Jason Aaron's run on "Wolverine and the X-Men" came to a close earlier this year, the creative team of Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar took over stewardship of the Jean Grey School for a brand new volume of the fan-favorite series with an opening issue that took the cast into a new semester following graduation. As the series continues its first arc, new mysteries have popped up -- like the enigmatic Phoenix Corporation -- as well as some old, familiar faces -- like Quentin Quire, Oya, Eye Boy, Fantomex and more.
To shed some light on the new semester of "Wolverine and the X-Men," Jason Latour joined X-Position to answer your questions about the Jean Grey School's star pupils, Storm coming into her role as headmistress, the changes in administration with Wolverine stepping down, Quentin Quire's motivations and more.
Windrider is up first with a few questions about Storm and her powers.
1) I am a huge Storm fan (if my username wasn't a dead giveaway ;-)) and I am really enjoying your refreshingly entertaining run on Wolverine & the X-Men. Thinking back to your interview with USAToday.com you made an interesting point about reminding readers of Storm's importance to the X-Men and the untapped uses of her powers. If possible can you explain how this will be addressed in your run?
Well, with Storm more so than most characters there's always been a bit of a battle between the version of herself that's presented and what's kept hidden. She spent years as field leader of the team, many of them without her powers. She's been a thief, a warrior, a goddess-- even the queen of the Morlocks. Really there are just tons of examples of how unafraid she is at getting her hands dirty. Yet there's also the very moral, almost Teflon version of her that is the backbone of Xavier's dream.
That dichotomy is a really interesting thing in a school setting. To a lot of these kids, the X-Men are aging rockstars, they've never seen Storm in her prime and in many ways she feels a bit disconnected with that period herself. Storm really has a lot she can offer these children, but are they things they're willing to listen to? And what can they teach her about herself? If there's one thing I hear again and again from teachers, it's that their students continually push them to expand their horizons. So with Storm we'll likely see that filter into her personality and even her power set. Is her power really as simple as making clouds and lightning? Sure, that's how it's manifested, but I definitely don't think so. The physics in doing something like that alone are very intriguing, very powerful -- it really opens up a lot of interesting ideas that I'd like to explore over time.
2) With so much falling on to her shoulders in what way(s) will we see these experiences affect Storm?
As we begin this story Storm's in a very tough spot. With Xavier gone, she's seen the core values of the X-Men really shift under her feet. She looks around at the JGS and most of the time the school is seemingly unrecognizable from the home she grew up in, it's a bit of a madhouse obviously. But with Logan's condition -- it seems now more than ever that this is where she's needed.
So that's really going to make her question her role. She's always been an effective leader of her peers, but the children are not that. In many ways she's at square one with them. It's really going to challenge her to look at her past honestly and to decide how much of Xavier's X-Men was rose colored glasses and how much of it is applicable to the situation they now find themselves in.
The Weather God is up next with one more question about Storm's role in the series.
I've enjoyed the first two issues of your book, especially with your portrayal of Storm as Headmistress. How do you plan to incorporate her new role with the other aspects of her duties/character? Will she shift between this position or will we mostly see her as Headmistress?
Logan's presence is still very, very crucial to the core of the book, but at the school itself Storm's definitely now the de facto figurehead. That said, in the field they have a different relationship. When they want to she and Logan work very, very well together. Most of Logan's partners stand in his shadow in someway, be it age, experience or power set, etc. But Storm is very much is equal, if not the rock he leans on. That's something we'll see more of in coming issues.
mr_infinite has a query about writing a book with a large cast of both students and teachers.
What's the experience been like for you writing a book with such a massive cast? So far, you've done a great job balancing the cast panel time.
It's definitely challenging, but also in it's way it's very natural. It's unfortunate and at times heart breaking to me that characters who don't play a specific role have to sit things out, but that's just the nature of it. I want to write Broo and Iceman and Rachel Summers as much as anyone but there just isn't always the space to do that and tell the story that needs to be told. I'm hoping a little restraint in regards to the size of the cast goes a long way towards deepening the characters we are dealing with.
We should also probably remember that comic book time is a funny thing. This first arc is really only a couple of days long in the lives of the X-Men, scenes that would be 5 minutes to the characters are paused between the months it takes us to get back into the comic shop for the next chapter. So many of the characters people love really haven't gone that far away. They're just not present on the day this first story is taking place.
With Wolverine undergoing so many changes, when will we get to see the effects of him leaving the X-Men and the school?
A great deal of that is being handled over in Paul Cornell's solo "Wolverine" book. One thing that probably hasn't been addressed enough is that this series takes place over the span of a couple of days and will eventually catch up with the events of the solo book. But as this story goes on we'll see what the effects of his physical condition mean to his school. Especially when it's clear he's not nearly the threat he once was.
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