Worth saying: this stuff is going on in the real world all the time. Unmanned predator drones, civilian spying software, undeclared special-ops missions, off grid aeronautical technology, cyber invasion, bloody radioactive sushi! Switch on the news, brothers and sisters, we are adrift upon an ocean of shadowy espionage far more elaborate and vituperative than the most insane James Bondian excesses.
In our world this endless shadow-game is played using technology and intelligence. In the Marvel U? They have super humans.
So Cable has been thinking. He’s realized that the only way mutantkind is going to survive is to start dealing with The Modern World on its terms. Mutants need to start thinking of themselves as a state — without borders, without government, without centralized rule, but still: a disparate country in its own right.
And for that? They need to start playing the shadow game. As Cable himself puts it: “Nation of mutantkind needs a dirty tricks department. We’re it.”
Above - photoset (scroll to see ‘em all).
Behind-the-scenes design images for the (opening) roster of the new X-Force, courtesy USA Today. Some of these are still works-in-progress (we ditched the “digital” camo print, for instance), but still. ‘CITIN.
X-FORCE - Relaunching in February
So… you guys heard about this now, right?
The fabulous Rock-He Kim on the pencils. The strangely erotic yrs truly at the keyboard.
First interview went to the fine folks at USA Today. Plenty of others on the way out (I’ve literally spent a week writing the bloody things) and I’ve tried to sprinkle an exclusive tidbit into each one. So, y’know. Eyespeeled.
I’ll doubtless be writing a lot about this here over the coming months. A lot of very interesting things going on under the surface - commentary! metaphor! explosions! - as well as a few favourite characters (my favourite, I mean) thus far unmentioned. (Hint: SCIEEEENCE)
Some design images on their way to my main tumblr too in a just jiffy.
Q:super sad to hear your run on legacy is ending :( are there any other plans for David that you know of and are you going to be working on something else with Marvel?
Your sadness is weirdly pleasing. I PUT MY FEELS IN YOU.
So, look, we all knew the solo David story was going to end sooner or later. Stories that don’t have endings aren’t stories: just perpetually drawn-out pantomimes of exponentially increasing irrelevance. I tried to write the tale in as modular a way as possible so each chunk felt like a story in its own right. Frankly I only ever expected to get one or at most two chunks before the axe fell: experimental solo comic about a bizarre character traditionally regarded as a big-haired villain? That’s a tough sell. But we got four strange, beautiful, fucked-up, surprising, twisty, convention-defying volumes out of it. Twenty four issues! 480 pages! I’m so, so proud of that, and so thankful to those of you who took a chance on something different. From the letters I receive and the reviews I’ve seen I like to think people have tended to feel very rewarded for that initial leap of faith. It’s easy to stray into panegyrics or bloody eulogising over this stuff - even before the thing’s finished - so I won’t go on. But to me, in the least smug way possible, The “Legion cycle” of X-Men Legacy will always stand as a great, pure, and proud success. I’m superlucky to’ve been given the chance.
Q:I heard an ugly rumor that Legacy is being cancelled. Can you confirm or deny? I hope not? You've made such a fan of me. :<
Thoroughly chuffed that you’re a convert, thanks so much. As per the previous question, I’m being very careful not to use terms like “cancelled”. Partly that’s because it’s still not been announced yet what the next stage of my Marvel/X-Office work specifically entails - soon, I think - so I’m leery of using absolutes. But partly that’s also because the “c” word carries a host of unhelpful and inaccurate connotations which, as Envoys Of The Marvel Brand, we’re not supposed to concede. So here’s the cast-iron Fakt: the story I’ve been telling in XML is reaching its conclusion because this was the best time, and the best circumstances, in which it should conclude. That may sound like nitpicking but to me it means the world.
Interesting developments are coming very soon. Stay tuned.
Q:Si! Hi! Recently read Contract and Serpent Uncoiled, and was wondering if you were doing anymore prose work coming up? Both were very good and I look forward to whatever you come up with next.
Thanks very much! Always slightly surprises people in the comicky half of my world when I describe myself as a Novelist-who-writes-comics rather than the other way round. This past year, frankly, the opposite has been true: comics have taken over so entirely I’ve barely had a chance to think about prose, let alone write any.
That said, I’ve got a novella in the pipeline - work for hire, but something really fun - which I’ll make a big song and dance about when it’s imminent.
I’m dying to get back to writing my own weirdo grimy novels, mind. If you have access to cloning tech, time-drogues or circadian disruptors do let me know.
Planning something for 2014, nebulously.
Q:jus wanted to say i'm loving your run so far on legacy. also how do you feel about dr nemesis's new home in cable?
Very pleased you’re enjoying it.
Any home for Dr Nemesis is a good home. As long as he’s visible and aggressively DOING ALL THE SCIENCE my rage is appeased.