…the prestigious AV Club, part of The Onion empire, named X-Men Legacy one of its top comics of 2013. We’re rubbing shoulders with some really amazing titles in there, so I’m a tad breathless.
A lovely surprise.
Simon Spurrier, Tan Eng Huat, et al., X-Men: Legacy(Marvel)
"Did Blindfold blindside the Cuckoos? That’s one thing that surprised me, the Cuckoos have been shown to be A-Class telepaths individually, going as far to destroy Kid Omega quite recently. They were even able to break Cassandra Nova’s control over the students. It seemed a bit strange that Blindfold could over power them so easily even with a boost of confidence."
Ah, well… as we shall see in due course, Blindfold has a few hidden reserves to her personal powerbase which she’s been unable to reliably access until now. On this one occasion David gave her a gentle psychic nudge in the right direction (and debating the morality of him doing so is, of course, the more important point to be taken from all this).
But look, as with all these things, the needs of the story and the roles of the characters within it are so intertwined that they become one. If you feel as though the needs of the story (ie: that Blindfold overcame the Cuckoos) in this instance eclipsed the believibility of the characters, and hence shattered your suspension of disbelief, then a) sorry about that, and b) sure, definitely, she caught them by surprise. That’s the explanation.
Q:Just read your interview on CBR about x-force and adored it. I was wondering if you could explain more about cable seeing the mutant race as a nation and what his place would be in it? If his father Cyclops is king/ leader what does that make him?
Ah, I’m not sure it’s quite as literal as that. My sense is that Cable has identified a niche which is sadly neglected. In a perfect world he’d be fulfilling his stated function as a “dirty tricks department for the nation of mutantkind” under the auspices (and with the sanction) of a properly established ruling body. But he’s a realist: he knows all the “senior” mutants out there spend as much time at loggerheads with one another as they do trying to improve mutants’ lot in the world, so he’s performed the political equivalent of going Over Their Heads - or possibly Under Their Radar - and just gotten the fuck on with it himself. As we’ll see, it’s not as though he’s being secret about it - in fact he’s at pains to declare his intent to all the various mutant factions - but he’s not about to let any of them stand in his way, and he’s not particularly interested in them giving him their permission either. Even his own dad.
Q:So as this series/chapter/story comes to a close (I guess we have to wait and agonize) what has surprised you the most? As an aside-- thanks for the stories. Thanks for taking David Haller-- a character I was only peripherally aware of-- and making him one most dear to my heart. I can absolutely say that even as we come to an end (at least of some sort), this story has definitely mattered.
Ah, many thanks. And a weirdly resonant way of putting it - the “mattered” thing, I mean - given some of the language used in the last couple of episodes (which I’ve been finishing-up this week).
I guess what’s surprised me is how affecting David’s story has become - to me as much as (I hope) you guys. I always knew it was going to be a bit feels-y throughout, in amongst the idea-barrages, but I’ve found myself having to stop writing and go make a cup of tea a couple of times this week. It’s intense. Lots of happysads going on in the Spurphere office.
Q:Is there any plans for another Scottish hero in Marvel soon? One of the reasons I loved David was cause he is from Scottish and it will be a shame to see an under represented nation go back to being ignored?
In my own work? Alas not at present. As you may’ve heard I’ll be writing Psylocke and Fantomex in the forthcoming X-Force, so that’s a couple of fun accents to enjoy, but no Scots on my particular horizon - sorry. (But you might like to check out my ongoing webcomic, if you’ve the stomach for it, Crossed:Wish You Were Here, which takes place on a Scottish island and features some veeeery heavy Weegie accents.
Hmm? Oh, nothing much. Just a grizzled time-travelling mutant punching the jaw off a Chinese ragemonster with exploding fists while an aristocratic Brit in a japanese ninja’s body and a former morlock with an enormous sniper rifle trade poetic hatred from the treetops.
(First look at interior art by Rock-He Kim from the forthcoming X-FORCE relaunch, written by yrs truly, hitting shelves in February.)
(I wrote an essay not long ago about some of the ways in which comics’ golden rule - “show, don’t tell” - can be twisted, subverted or downright broken. Herein, a brief ancillary thought.)
From X-Men Legacy #21 - with huge props to VC’s Cory Petit, my letterer, who’s done a fabulous job:
Stellarvisionary asked for a DavidPhoenix. I spent far too long mucking about with these.