Emma and the X-Men have been a bit busy, with the whole M-Day, Apocalypse, O*N*E/Sentinel, 198, Civil War, Ord, Danger, Stryker, Deadly Genesis, going into space and fighting off the Children thing going on. And of course, if anyone’s been following ‘Astonishing X-Men,’ they know Emma’s had a lot on her mind. Formal education classes were suspended after M-Day temporarily, but don’t be surprised if you start seeing classes reform.
The kids do need an education, after all. But don’t expect the kids to be complaining about it if it doesn’t happen soon. After all, they’re teenagers.
Regarding the choices made to bring the ‘New X-Men’ squad to the forefront, Emma’s decisions there will be explored eventually – there were reasons she did what she did, and yes – it was extreme
. For Craig and I, we came onto the book with a huge cast, and we went through to find the most exciting characters – in terms of personalities and powers/look, but also to see what kind of dramatic tension could be created by the massive changes to come
Every choice made was a difficult one; Icarus was a Guthrie, a mutant institution. Wallflower was a bright light in the New X-Men’s world. It’s a horrible, horrible thing that happened. But now we start to see what these surviving kids are made of in the most awful circumstances. Can they rise above the death and destruction? This is explored more in the upcoming issue 32.
That’s the great thing about Mercury – to us, she represents Xavier’s dream. We’ve seen how her parents reacted to her mutation. She can’t hide it, much like Nightcrawler. But she’s making the best of it. Rockslide, on the other hand, is not someone I’d necessarily call a positive role model. But he’s a whole lot of fun. We hope both of them survive their upcoming battle with Nimrod.
Emma’s behavior throughout our run has EVERYTHING to do with Astonishing. Astonishing is fairly compact in its timeline, so it hasn’t been that bad. Apocalypse landing a Sphinx on the Mansion, however, that was a doozy. We rely on editors Nick Lowe and Sean Ryan to guide us through some of the big picture events. But one of the things we love about the X-Men universe is the inter-title continuity. It’s great to see Mercury and X-23 fighting Aurora in ‘X-Men.’ To see Hellion show up and hit on a Cuckoo in ‘Warsong.’ To deal with Storm’s wedding in our title, to have Ms. Marvel come to the school to deliver that horrible news. It’s a great playground. In 32, we get to see Multiple Man and Wolfsbane.
It’s a shrinking world, but that just makes it more fun.