Marvel has released our first look inside the pages of X-Men: Black – Mystique alongside an interview with writer Seanan McGuire. The preview shows Mystique infiltrating an unnamed facility and slipping something into the water supply. Is she up to her usual villainous tricks? McGuire sheds some light from the interview.
“It was a joy to be able to dig into Raven and really enjoy her particular bloody-mindedness,” said McGuire. “My story is set in the present-day, so far as continuity goes, and we’re getting the unusual opportunity to see Mystique really working on honing her craft. I just asked myself ‘if I were a grifter who could literally vanish into a crowd, how much damage could I do?’ and followed the rabbit from there.”
“Writing Raven is also amazing, because she’s so wounded, and she’s tried so hard, but with Irene gone, there’s nothing to anchor her anymore, not even to amorality—she’s going to do what she’s going to do, and let everything around her burn,” McGuired continued. She also once again professed her longtime love of the X-Men:
Marvel.com: X-MEN: BLACK – MYSTIQUE isn’t your first foray into the X-verse. Previously, you wrote about Kitty Pryde a.k.a. Shadowcat in X-MEN: GOLD ANNUAL #2. How will we see that experience reflected in this story about Raven Darkholme a.k.a. Mystique?
Seanan McGuire: I was a lot less emotional getting this story started! Writing X-Men comics is literally my lifelong dream. Everything I’ve ever done, professionally speaking, has been in the service of convincing Marvel to trust me with our beloved mutants. So my Kitty Pryde story came with a lot of tears over a dream coming true, and this time, I was able to take a deep breath and get to work.
Check out the preview below, and pick up X-Men Black: Mystique in October.
X-Men Black: Mystique
(W) Seanan McGuire, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler (A) Marco Failla (CA) J. Scott Campbell
THAT’S SO RAVEN!
What’s a day in the life for Raven Darkholme, A.K.A. Mystique? Brutal kills, revenge-fueled chills, seductive thrills…and that’s all before breakfast! Award-winning author Seanan McGuire (X-MEN GOLD ANNUAL #2) and rising star Marco Failla take Marvel’s multifaceted mutant murderess for a spin! PLUS: Part 3 of X-MEN BLACK: APOCALYPSE!
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
Final Orders Due: Sep 24, 2018
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