Hey, B. Woodz, I just wanted to say that I hope you saw that, in fact, James Proudstar hadn't been used prior to your run. It was John Proudstar who had appeared in the tail end of the original run!
Sorry for the confusion!
Question: Brian, what challenges in writing this book do you look forward to with each issue? What challenges do you dislike? You obviously stretch the old brain muscles when writing because it's hard to predict what's going to happen from page to page, let alone from issue to issue.
I also have a bonus question: Why did you choose to keep calling Jean Karen Grant? My understanding was that she used that name, along with her altered appearance, to hide from the law/public and keep her identity secret. She has since outed herself as Jean Grey but still calls herself Karen Grant. I actually like this because, for me, she has always been Karen Grant. I didn't really ever delve into the original Ultimate X-Men series until recently, so for the most part I've been following her story as Karen. I'm just curious why you kept that name going.
Super Bonus Question: I love Karen's costume, and there's symbolism of the Phoenix incorporated into the design. Are you planning on giving her a Phoenix-esq codename, or any sort of new codename altogether? Or is Karen Grant her codename for the foreseeable future?
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A comment since a few people have brought it up.
#23 of the book was to be the start of the Natural Resources arc, but in order to sync up schedules, we pushed that back to #24 and so #23 is a one-shot story I just got done writing that tells what went down with Storm and Piotr from the last time we saw them at Camp Angel to her arrival at Utopia. So, that's happening. One of my favorite UCXM scripts so far.
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I am glad Brain Wood is keeping the Karen Grant name going. I don't want to get into the whole discussions I have been saying for years but here are some points for keeping Karen Grant as a name.
1. Jean Grey witnessed a traumatic incident(ultimatum) she could very well be insane. Jean Grey as a "mind" might have died in this panel. And this was where Karen Grant was born.
2. After the chapter of Ultimate X-men where Xorn shows Karen's true identity its Jean Grey. This could symbolize that she is reborn and add further to inner conflicts of Jean Grey vs Karen Grant.
3. If in fact if there is an inner conflict within here it makes sense that she is in Tian. Jean Grey=Ying Karen Grant=Yang. Its a place where both persona's can meditate and either try to work together or fight. Like the Celestials and Eternals.
4. If we really want to get excited. Karen Grant could be a persona of Ultimate Dark Pheonix
though not with each other. They're gonna be the Bones and Booth pre-Season 5 of the Ultimate Universe, I can just feel it.
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The sun is setting so that maybe why its not as red. Or its the colorists fault.