Thursday, July 9, 2015

SDCC 2015: Uncanny Inhumans & X-Men Panel

Terrigenesis is upon us! Join Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, writers Charles Soule, Cullen Bunn, and Jeff Lemire, along with artist Humberto Ramos to get the 4-1-1 on Marvel’s royal family and merry mutants. What does the future have in store for Black Bolt, Queen Medusa, Cyclops, Storm and the rest of the gang?  And how do their stories intertwine in this all-new all-different age of storytelling? Find out right from Room 6DE below!

UNCANNY X-MEN #600, comes out in October, and is Brian Michael Bendis' final issue on his X-Men run. This leads into a new era for the mutants. 

ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 will be writeen by Dennis Hopeless and art by Mark BagleyAxel Alonso said that Hopeless experience with young heroes in books like AVENGERS ARENA and AVENGERS UNDERGROUND made him a great choice to write the title.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1, will be written by Lemire and art by Ramos and goes on sale 
is on sale Oct. 14th. Lemire just outlined the outline for the next year to Ramos over breakfast this morning Jeff Lemire couldn't be more excited. It's a whole new landscape after Secret Wars, and the world has changed and moved on. It's a much more dangerous place for mutantkind than ever before, and Storm has taken on the burden of Xavier's dream. Lemire's lineup will be Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, young Jean Grey, Old Man Logan, Magik, and Colossus.

Jeff Lemire is also writing OLD MAN LOGAN #1 with art by Andrea Sorrentino, who Lemire worked with previously on Green ArrowOld Man Logan finds himself in a new and mysterious place to him--the present day, post-Secret Wars Marvel U.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 will be written by Tom Taylor with art by David Lopez
"You guys told us how you were really sick of Logan, and we listened." 
Axel Alonso 

UNCANNY X-MEN will be written by Cullen Bunn with art by Greg Land. The team includes Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique, Fantomex. They're upholding Xavier's dream, but they have no right to do so. Bunn teases not everyone on the team is on the cover.
"It's dangerous times for mutants, and I wanted to put together a team that's just as dangerous as the world they live in." 
Cullen Bunn

Alonso draws comparisons between this book and UNCANNY X-FORCE
"When Sabretooth is your moral compass, you've got some problems there."
Axel Alonso 

A new DEADPOOL series by Gerry Duggan with art by Mike Hawthorne
"Deadpool will become possibly the most popular hero on the face of the planet, and that isn't necessarily a good thing."
Axel Alonso 

The focus then shifted to the Inhumans with KARNAK #1 written by Warren Ellis with art by Gerardo Zaffino, and covers by David Aja Editor Nick Lowe, in building the Inhumans line, wanted to do a Karnak book. He reached out to Ellis, who had a pitch. It lays down an architecture for looking at this character in a whole new light.

UNCANNY INHUMANS written by Charles Soule with art by Steve McNiven kicks off this fall. They had a blast working on Death of Wolverine, Soule says they both have a sense of what an epic book should feel like.

The Inhumans have two sides--the established characters, the Royal Family, who have been a part of the Marvel U for a very long time, but recently there's been an explosion of new Inhumans who could be anybody.

In UNCANNY INHUMANS, they're taking all the parts of the recipe they've built so far in INHUMAN. In the zero issue last April, Black Bolt gave his son to Kang to take to the past. In UNCANNY INHUMANS #1, Medusa finds out what happens, and they have to figure out how to get their son back from Kang.

After that the panel opened the floor for a little Q & A:

Q: How do creators choose to take from the pool of established characters vs. creating a new one with new powers?

Lemire: There are so many great mutant characters it's hard to narrow it down to a team of 6 or 7, but at the same time you want to create something new. In terms of super powers, it's about creating something that isn't redundant with an established character.

Bunn: You look at which characters give you the most emotional impact.

Soule: I feel I got to have my cake and eat it too, given that I've been dealing with the NuHumans as well as established Inhumans like Medusa, Black Bolt, etc.

Q: Is "The best there is at what I do" still applicable to Old Man Logan

Lemire: He's older, wiser. 

Alonso: I'd say Wolverine would say SHE'S the best there is.

Q: Will there be a conflict between Mutants and Inhumans

Lemire: Just between me and Charles.

Q: Cyclops is missing from a lot of the promo images. 

Lemire: There's a reason for that. There's a plan for what happened to him and where he is. 

Alonso: When you pick up all these books we're talking about, 8 months will have passed since the end of Secret War. Some things have happened that may make it harder for Inhumans and Mutants to co-exist. There is something afoot.

Q: Will there be space Inhumans

Alonso: The story Soule's been working on have been focused on the Earth's Inhumans, but there's so much story in such a rich, lush concept. Charles knows they're out there, but we'll see what the future brings.

Q: How will the new X-Men books honor the legacy of the X-Men while still push things forward?

Bunn: X-Men means a lot to me. collecting UNCANNY X-MEN is a thing I did with my father.The team in my book though is very different than any X-Men lineup you've seen. I want these stories to reflect the stories I loved.

Lemire: I'm writing Old Man Logan in his own solo series and in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN. You get to see two different sides of the character in both books. OLD MAN LOGAN tells more personal stories, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN is about him interacting with a team he killed in his own timeline. Inevitably, though, the two will probably connect.

Q: I feel Rogue and Gambit have fallen aside; Why have?

Alonso: I personally really love Rogue, but it comes down to the creators. Some creators just gravitate towards different characters.

Q: Will stories continue to get bigger and bigger? 

Soule: My UNCANNY INHUMANS story, which has an estranged husband and wife that are coming together to find their missing son, but at the same time you can tell a story that is incredibly huge in scope that comes down to this very personal core.

Q: How did you decide which characters go in which books? 

Alonso: When they start, they know which writers they want. I started with Jeff writing the core book, and I needed to give him dibs--then there was some give and take. What we landed on was three books with very distinct visions.

Some other information was that Crystal will eventually find out about Medusa and Johnny Storm. Johnny and Crystal used to date. Drama!

The Inhumans have a long history. They were here in the Marvel U before any other super heroes or mutants

Humberto Ramos talked about the redesigns on the EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN characters, which he really likes doing. He likes to leave his mark on the characters. Soccer teams change their uniforms every season, and Ramos feels like this is the new X-Men season. They tried to make them look cool while keeping things that remind fans who they are.

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