Kieron Gillen talks about the final issues of “Uncanny X-Men”, while Greg Pak dishes on Emmeline Summers-Frost in “X-Treme X-Men” (he has big plans for her!) and what actress would make a great Emmeline! Plus, check out the latest AvX previews, including “Uncanny X-Men” #18.
Final Uncanny X-Men issues
Kieron Gillen talks in a Newsarama interview about his intentions for AvX: Consequences and the final issues of Uncanny X-Men. #18 and #19 focus on Cyclops and Emma’s relationship, and #20 will mark the double-sized final issue.
Nrama: Let’s talk a little bit about ending of Uncanny X-Men — though you wrote 20 issues of the relaunched series, and wrote or co-wrote, I believe, 14 issues (for a combined 34 issues! math!), there is still the feeling out there that the ending to your run seems a bit abrupt. Do you still have much more left to say about the characters, or are you satisfied for now? Also, how surreal of a feeling is it to have written two final issues of Uncanny X-Men in a year?
Gillen: Oh, man. The proverbial crazy times. It’s been so crazy time that I’m not even stopping to ask myself whether “crazy time” is a proverb or not.
I had the rare pleasure to write the final act in the mutant arch-plot that started with “Messiah Complex” (or House of M, really). I’m writing those key scenes at the end of a five-year HBO drama. That’s crazy fun, and a good time to stop, at least for the time being.
And regarding the double-last-issue? This is proof there is no book I can’t get cancelled. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair.
Nrama: It’s also interesting, because when we talked back in February, you said that your entire Uncanny X-Men run had been building towards Avengers vs. X-Men. Since it’s been established that much of Marvel NOW! was constructed far in advance, was it always the plan for your run to end right after AvX, too? And though there obviously were many other plots and threads throughout the relaunched run, what was the experience like writing a 20-issue series that more or less all related to the same story?
Gillen: I always arranged the run in a modular fashion. I knew the themes and character progression in each part. The first of the modules was up to the end of Schism, which led to a radicalized Utopia and a Scott who, if it came to it, would go toe to toe with the Avengers. The second ended with AvX, whose consequences remain to be seen. And while I had a few theories for module 3, I never really dug into them, as the idea of Marvel NOW! was finalized, and I knew I’d be moving on.
So yes — we actually end up with a run that takes the meta-plot of the Marvel Universe with incredible seriousness. Frankly, I knew how important AvX would be to my characters, and not to write with that in mind was to undersell it. My themes were both a recapitulation and an ironic counter-point to what AvX argued. I mean, some of it wasn’t exactly subtle stuff — we explicitly sit down in the first issue and talk about “does power corrupt?” Hell, we’ve got a bloody Extinction Team, y’know?
What does it feel like? It feels good. While I’m not saying it’s a literary comic, and the exact precision were limited by the fact I’m not actually writing AvX itself (i.e. that limited some areas I could have explored) I think I managed to make it all hold together. Especially as we build towards the conclusion, and everything I’m doing dovetails together, it’s agreeably powerful. I think the last are some of my best issues in the series. #17 was all pop-philosophy explosion stuff. #18 and #19 go as deep into the heart of the Phoenix Five’s experiences as I’m able — with #19 especially being my love letter to the cosmic poetic glorious excess of prime Claremont. And #20 is just me kicking over the drumkit, throwing the mic into the crowd and stomping off stage, high fiving all and sundry.
Emmeline Summers-Frost in X-Treme X-Men
On the other side of the many Marvel Universe spectrums, Greg Pak said in a CBR interview that Emmeline Summers-Frost is “even more Emma-y than our Emma” and will have a shocking revelation in “X-Treme X-Men” #3.
Pak: Emmeline came from one of Warren Ellis’ awesome “Ghost Box” stories [in "Astonishing X-Men"]. I loved her as a character who was even more Emma-y than our Emma. She has a big, shocking, status-quo-altering moment at the end of “X-Treme X-Men” #3 — don’tcha dare miss it!
Oh, and he, too, is on our bandwagon (along with Joss Whedon) who thinks Charlize Theron would make a wonderful Emma Frost.
That’s it from our readers, but now it’s my turn for our quick get-to-know-you question that we call “Behind the X.” I’m curious… if they ever made an “X-Treme X-Men” movie, who would you cast for the main roles?
Pak: Whoa, big question!
Charlize Theron would be great as Emmeline.
Avengers vs X-Men #11, Uncanny X-Men #18 Previews
Emma Frost does not appear in the preview pages for “Avengers vs X-Men” #11, so here is the link to the preview. She does appear in the “Uncanny X-Men” #18 preview, so here it is uploaded for you.
Artist: Ron Garney
Colorists: Jason Keith, Morry Holloway
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover: Ron Garney, Matt Milla
Cyclops and Emma have supreme power and it threatens to tear them apart.
That’s it. Both Uncanny X-Men” #18 and “X-treme X-Men” #3 come out September 12.