Yesterday saw a new X-Position chat over at CBR, where the site gets to chat with Marvel, eXclusively, about the X-Men books.
This particular instalment is part one in a chat with the X-Editors, Mark Paniccia, Daniel Ketchum and Christina Harrinton, about what we can expect in the upcoming ResurrXion of the line, as the books take a more positive, meat and potatoes superhero story approach.
There’s a few interesting tidbits in the whole interview, but one which stood out to me concerned the new Generation X series by Christina Strain and Amilcar Pinna.
Now we’re in the “Generation X” portion of this week’s Q&A, with a question from madroxdupe.Any plans for a reunion of sorts? I grew up on this book, and I have to say, I’m disappointed it’s not like the New Mutants relaunch from several years ago with the OG members coming back.
Ketchum: “Generation X” was actually the first series I followed from issue #1, so it holds a special place for me as well, madroxdupe! And you better believe that writer Christina Strain and I have talked about how important it is that this book be both the story of a new generation of mutants as well as the return of the original cast. Issue #1 actually opens on Jubilee and Chamber, and the reunions continue from there…
This is interesting to me for a couple of reasons: firstly, it turns out Ketchum and I have something in common here, as Generation X was also my first comic series I fell so in love with I had to collect every issue (even at a time when, where I live, getting US comics regularly was quite difficult). I still work on collecting the whole series, and all of the Gen X kids mean the world to me.
So secondly, the promise of ‘reunions continue from there’ interests me.
The Generation X characters have had a pretty shitty treatment by and large since the end of their series. Jubilee got depowered then turned into a vampire (who sometimes seems to have problems with sunlight and other times doesn’t). Chamber got depowered, turned bluish grey and given the Apocalypse cowlip, before repowered and slipped into the background again. Husk’s powers have somehow driven her insane and she found herself going from being a star pupil and even an X-Man to a lunch lady, to evil, to dating the Toad.
The only one who seemed to have a relatively better time of it was M.
But this is all nothing compared to the fact that several of the characters from the original Generation X are dead or ‘off the board’. So if Jubilee and Chamber are reunited from the very first pages, exactly how much further do these reunions go?
After all, Banshee was turned into a Horseman of Death (after being, well, dead), and was last seen in stasis while a cure could be found (like, three other characters have been cured of being a Horseman of Death though, so you know, he must have pretty good odds). Skin was last seen crucified on the X-Mansion lawn and then unceremoniously cremated against his wishes and given a headstone at a cemetery with the wrong name. Synch was blown up. Franklin Richards is currently playing god and remaking Marvel’s multiverse. And Penance and Mondo…well, we could be here for ages discussing all that went on with them.
And then there’s Emma Frost, where the editors had this interesting exchange:
Ketchum: Has everyone read the end of “Inhumans vs. X-Men”? Without giving anything away, that series leaves Emma in a very different place than she’s been for the past few years. Needless to say, there are big plans for Emma. I wouldn’t rule out a run-in between Emma and Jean, but Emma has some bigger fish to fry in the immediate future…
Paniccia: Emma has such a rich history with the X-Men that it’s hard to imagine a world without her. There is something sizzling in the kitchen. You’ll hear about it soon.
At least it would appear that Emma Frost is going to survive IvX after all. Though she may be too busy for that reunion with the Generation X kids.
Say, didn’t we recently say something about rumours of another X-book announcement coming up?