Lettered Preview of X-Force #1 - on shelves Weds 12th Feb
Q:I literally cannot tell you have much anticipation I have for next Wednesday. Marrow was the chief villain in the first comic book I ever bought (Uncanny X-Men #325 with the awesome foldout cover) and I have just been enamored with her character through thick and thin ever since then. (And lets be honest, she's had a lot more bad than good throughout years of being helped, fixed, and then rolled back to type.) Legacy was awesome, and I'm sure this is gonna be awesome. Thank you thank you.
Thank you! Greatly hope you enjoy it!
Q:Where did you become a Marrow fan? Was there a particular comic you read which led to her becoming a favourite of yours? Did you play her in Marvel vs Capcom 2? (if you ever played that game)
Oh crikey, I couldn’t say. I’ve just run into her in various comicky trawlings over the years - plus, yes, forgive me, That Game. (There’s a good reason Shuma-Gorath is such a persistent foe in the Marvel U). I think the key was that I always felt I had stories to tell about Sarah without ever fully feeling as though there’d been a single cohesive sense of who she was before that. Lots of different interpretations of the one character (not dissimilar to Legion, now I think of it). The chance to unify, coalesce or - uncharitably - pick-and-choose all that’s gone before, and put your own stamp of authenticity on a compelling character, is very seductive.
Q:I guess I could Wiki/Google this, but I'm far too pleased to tell you how amazing Mike Del Mundo's Legacy covers are, so. Has he ever done interior works?
Hur hur hur hh—-
Oh I’m dreadfully sorry I thought you were being dirty.
Um, yes, I think so. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some sequentials of his. The guy’s dangerously talented and basically shouldn’t be allowed under UN law, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Q:If you ever get to write Spiderman, will you call is Spurrier Spiderman?
The Spurious Spider-Man?
Also, I’m not going to mention your egregious lack of a hyphen in Spider-Man I’m not no I WON’T I’m a grownup now and things like that shouldn’t annoy me and THERE’S A HYPHEN IN SPIDER-MAN OKAY
Q:First off, I wanted to say I am so excited for your new X-force book, I have been wanting an espionage book for the X-men world for a while. Two characters I was wondering if you have considered for the team. Chamber and Havok. No one has really looked at the fact that Havok was a killer in space and I think this would be cool to see him and Cable together again. Chamber is just sweet and would be cool interactions with Marrow.
My curious affection for Chamber has, I think, been covered more than enough elsewhere. I tried quite seriously to find a spot for him on the team, but in the end conceded the person he is and the role the team will be playing aren’t good bedfellows. I never shut a door once it’s been slightly opened, so don’t be too surprised if I start contriving insane excuses in future arcs to get Jono in the book after all. It’ll come down to how close my editor’s paying attention, basically. (Are you reading this, Daniel?)
Havoc is, of course, VIP-ing elsewhere. I have nothing against characters moonlighting between more than one team, but only when it makes sense for story-reasons. With Havoc I just don’t feel it would.
He will be making an appearance, mind you, in a very early episode…
Q:Because you're doing these: just wanted to say how much I LOVED Numbercruncher. Especially that little twist of the ending. Really beautiful work there. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
Thank you! Exciting and infuriating things rustling along the proverbial pipeline.
Q:You are one of the finest wordsmiths I have ever read (I've read your novels, comics and interviews). Does it come naturally to you or did you have to work at it because I'm extremely jealous.
It comes at a dark and terrible price. Cruel narrative fate forced me to duel, defeat and cannibalize every sesquipedalian mentor I ever encountered, and on the dawn of my thirteenth birthday a matching set of small but perfectly formed dictionaries (A-M in one volume, N-Z in the other) dropped into the magical repository of my scrotum in the place of regular human bollocks. Some writers waffle on about masturbatory sex-magic and metafictional osmotic membranes between expression and ejaculation, but those fucking FAKERS don’t know what it’s like waking up the morning after your voice breaks to find the bedsheets covered in crusty lexiphanic splurgings like “glabrous”, “chlorotic” and “porcupineapple”. My mother still can’t meet my eye.
Q:Dear Si, I love X-Men Legacy and can't wait for X-Force. Please tell me Brand, Jono and Sojobo aren't really dead. That issue was amazing with all the feels.
On a scale of 1 to Loki-Sobbing-At-The-Grave-Of-His-Favourite-Kitten-While-Writing-Pansexual-Love-Poems-In-Time-To-Blondie’s-Atomic-While-Naked-Cherubs-With-Kieron-Gillen’s-Face-Frolic-Overhead, exactly how Feelsy would you say it was?
As for the deaths: I can hereby exclusive reveal th