Q:Great fan of your new X-Force here! I love how you've reinterpreted every character on the team. I have one question: why doesn't Psylocke have TK in every X-Force book we've had up to now while she has in other books? Do you guys prefer TP since it's more suitable to her killer status while she's on the team? Or is just because you don't like TK?
I wouldn’t say she doesn’t have TK when I write her, per se - just that I haven’t written many scenes in which she uses it. (There are a few traces of it, like when she knocks out all her team mates in episode 3 even though some of them are TP-proof — presumably she just tightened their airways or massaged their brains or whatever: she’s a resourceful lass).
I guess, intuitively, TP feels like the more useful fit to her role in the team. It’s mysterious, intangible, infiltrative, manipulative, and all sorts of other spindly and creepy adjectives which work quite nicely to describe Betsy herself. I think I just naturally lean towards her using her powers in the most elegant and least crude way possible.
But hey, I mean, it’s super-easy to get ssssooOoo hung-up on the specifics of how a character’s power-set works, when we’re all obligated to accept that if you look too closely at any of this stuff the whole house of cards tumbles down. (Domino’s powers are really, really, really problematic in the wrong hands, for instance.) They serve the story, or the characterisation, or the theme - never an official rulebook. Ultimately the contract between reader and writer requires all of us to share a sense of cheerful verisimilitude and not poke too hard.
Having said all that, we’ll see a few rather brash displays of Ms. Braddock’s telekinetic skills in the not-too-distant future, oh yes.
Q:Hi Si! Your X-Force run has been amaaaazing so far. AMAZING. And emotional. My question is; how many issues will you have Molina for? Rock He-Kim's art is beautiful in its own right but Molina's style REALLY fit and rocked my socks! Moar Moar Moar!
I AM SLOW-ANSWER-MAN, HEAR ME SLITHER.
As you now know: Jorge was with us for three episodes, then back to the delightful Rock-He. Not quite sure about the breakdowns moving forwards (I know I’ve got a very very cool guest artist coming-up for a one-parter, who’s squee-bait for longer-term readers of my work) but Jorge’s undeniably magnificent. Hope I get to do more with him.
Q:Hi. Thanks for answering my question re: muses/inspiration over at X-Position, and doubly so for taking the time to fit a more standard reply to that sort of thing along in with the lengthier answer. I wouldn't have been bummed if you hadn't, though. It just seemed the easiest jumping off point to get you talking about your creative process, and you certainly didn't disappoint there either. Best.
Q:Will we see the French super-team again? Anais and the purple flame lady are already my favorites.
Awww, I hope so. They were pretty cool. Purple flame lady was Capitaine Fantom (sp?), if memory serves. Definitely a chance of another appearance quite soon - stay tuned.
Q:I know you can't give too much away but I wanted to ask about Domino making her appearance in X-Force soon. The last time she and Psylocke were on the same time we saw a lot of friction between the two and I was wondering if we should expect that to continue? They can both be headstrong and their clashing seemed very natural to me. Plus, it seems to be that Betsy can't really get along with any teammate that isn't Cable. Which I kind of love, to be honest.
Heh, this is a wait-and-see type thing, I’m afraid. As you may now know, Domino’s first appearance wasn’t exactly in the predictable bloody NEW! MEMBER! OF! THE! TEAM! mould. Not saying that’s not on the cards - might be, might not be - but I’m not giving owt away just now.
Betsy’s… well, Betsy’s complicated, isn’t she? She’s weirdly like an actual real normal human in that respect, just with added swords ‘n stuff. My guess - and when I say “my guess” it’s polite code for “THIS IS HOW I’VE WRITTEN IT AND I’M THE WRITER SO I GET TO SAY WHAT’S RIGHT HAHAHAHA EAT MY AUTHORITY” - my guess is that she’s actually very very good at being diplomatic and friendly and interested in other people. It’s just that she’s ridiculously good at judging what other people are like, and can’t be arsed to be friendly when it’s not worth it.
Note, by the way, that just because she doesn’t get along with someone doesn’t mean she doesn’t like them. As discussed elsewhere, she’s a wonderfully compelling bundle of contradictions. She’s weirdly like an actual real etc etc etc etc in that respect too.
Q:Please pitch a story for Blink and bring her to X-Force. When that movie comes out people are gonna want her. Im loving your run so far on X-force.Obviously you have a lot going on already any chance of Psylocke interaction with Meggan and Brian? Also will this team be affected by Logan's death? Will it be felt in the title? Please have Sage cameo. I know DK dislikes her but just a cameo :)
So! Many! Things!
Blink: would love to, but can’t/shan’t. For real actual reasons, which I can’t remember right now. Because whisky. But it was discussed.
Meggan: stay tuned! Eps 8 and 9 were written solely and uniquely for you. Nobody else gets to read ‘em. IT’S A LAW.
Sage - again, I thought about it, but just didn’t quite sit right with my plans. Maybe someday down the line, but not right now.
Q:Señor Simón, dos preguntas: Is X-Force always gonna be illustrated by art wizards that do all the inking and colouring themselves as it seams to be the case so far? Is this some sort of plan of yours that Marvel bigfish couldn' opposed to because they can't afford to lose your sinister talent? Segunda pregunta: Is Hope gonna appear in the book? Not a fan, but she isn' in any book right now, and around Cable sounds like the only place (in Universe) she could be.
Heh, lo siento - I’ve taken so long so answer this that I think both your questions have been answered already. Jorge had some colouring-help with Ep 6, if I remember correctly, and Hope - as we now know (though Cable does not) - has secretly been an active member of the team from the getgo. I AM SPURRIER HEAR ME TWIST.
Q:What are your thoughts on Multiple Man; have you ever considered writing him? The combination of your talent and Madrox's concept could give birth to something beautifully radical.
Yeah, considered it. I think one of my very earliest iterations of the X-Force team used Madrox. Can’t remember why we didn’t go that way, in the end - I think I had too many characters with too much story, something had to give… that or he was already bagsied by someone else; that happens a whole lot. Can’t remember.
But, yeah, love love love that character, and in particular love the potential stories you could use him for.
No plans right now, sadly, but would definitely love to swing round to him sometime.
Q:Hey Si loved what you and Jorge did with Eva in issue 4. This is by far my favorite version of her. Also since you seem to be switching perspectives from issue to issue will we ever get one from Nemesis's POV?
Oooh, good question. Honest answer: I don’t know. I think I’d have a ball writing a Nemcentric episode, but I suspect it would be functionally unreadable, or at the very least profoundly wearying. Like, my approach with Nemesis is that he laughs in the face of brevity and reader-friendliness. He scoffs haughtily at speech balloons with 24 or fewer words, and thinks panels with three or fewer balloons/captions aren’t trying hard enough. He’s not happy unless he’s used at least three words in every sentence which nobody else in the room understands except him.
Actually, what am I saying, this would be gold.
No, no, seriously. My beloved Nemesis only works because we are manifestly not in his head. It’s tough to advance a plot or maintain a pacey adventure when 99% of your story is about your narrator picking holes in the other 1% and occasionally shouting SCIENCE. (The starfish thing in X-Club worked precisely because his internal monologue was so unexpectedly human, but that wouldn’t work for long periods, and it wouldn’t fit with a narrative voice.)
Basically: the Cleverest Guy In The Room only gets to be the Cleverest Guy In The Room because you don’t know what he’s thinking.*
*This is a very important thing to know on your journey through life, and explains why a lot of very stupid people think that they can masquerade as The Cleverest Guy In The Room by wearing a perpetually smartassed smile and answering every comment with a laconic fucking question like: “Really? Are you… sure?”
Q:Hello Mr. Spurrier, I am working on a paper on the craft of writing in which I need testimonial quotes by writers about writing and I was wondering if you'd be willing to answer some questions for me? 1. Why do you write? Why did you decide to become a writer? 2. Who do you write for? 3. Do you have any habits when you write? Rituals, words per session, locations? 4. How would/do you address fear of writing? 5. How do you approach the first and last sentences? 6. How does writing make you feel?
1. BECAUSE I CAN’T STOP AND IT’S THE ONLY THING I’M GOOD AT FOR INSTANCE RIGHT NOW I’M SUPPOSED TO BE ANSWERING THE OTHER FIVE QUESTIONS BUT OH GOD OH GOD I JUST CAN’T STOP I’M STUCK I HAVEN’T EVEN USED ANY PUNCTUATION YET EXCEPT FOR A FEW BLOODY APOSTROPHES AND FFFFUCK MY KEYBOARD’S STUCK ON CAPSLOCK I ONLY JUST NOTICED I NEED TO type slower there that’s better anyway what were we talking about?
Question 2 is googleable. Question 3’s kinda needy. Makes me want whisky. 4, hm, I address the fear of writing “Mister Fear Of Writing”, because I feel the honorific takes the sting out of the inevitable fisticuffs.
Ooh, I like question 5. The answer is: walking in a straight line, maintaining eye contact, and making no sudden movements.
6. Writing makes me feel: IMPATIENT AT STEALTH AMBUSH IDENTIKIT MAILMERGE RESEARCH INTERVIEWS.