Cyclops and Wolverine may be leading two factions of X-Men but Senior Editor Nick Lowe is the human mastermind behind the mutant books. With AVX is entering the final act and Marvel NOW! on the horizon – I wanted to share some of his pre-Comicon International interview with Ben Morse from Marvel.com.
For the third and final act of AvX – Lowe says he’s excited about Iron Man’s plan and to expect big moments for Professor X and Spider-Man.
Cyclops now leads the Phoenix Five and the mutants are remaking the world and hunting down Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Lowe was asked if he’s still on Scott’s side?
“AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7 starts to show the kinks in the armor and the burden of the Phoenix Force. But I’ll also say this: the Avengers were jerks in AVX #6. Was the response from Cyclops merited? I’m going to say yes. They keep pushing and pushing and pushing. The X-Men are doing amazing things!”
AVX:VS is the all fights companion series that show more of the one on one conflicts that eruped in the main series. Like the Don King of Marvel, Lowe promoted the big fights to watch.
“So #4 is incredible. You have the hottest writer in comics, Rick Remender, with legendary artist Brandon Peterson bringing Daredevil and Psylocke into fisticuffs and visionary writer/artist Kaare Andrews showing a Phoenixed-up Emma Frost vs. Thor that is nuts! And then in #5 is one of the stories I’m most excited about. Matt Fraction embraced the VS structure more than anyone to date—the match cards and fun facts and such—and put together such an awesome Archangel vs. Hawkeye fight that Leinil Yu is just rocking. Also in that issue is the fight that everyone will be talking about: Black Panther vs. Storm! Husband vs. Wife! King vs. Queen! Badass vs. Badass!”
So far we know there will be a new X-book by Brian Michael Bendis featuring the original five X-Men and Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender starring a mixed team of Avengers and X-Men. But how do the X-Men figure into Marvel NOW!?
“In very large ways! Obviously, the only book I can talk about so far is ALL NEW X-MEN. Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen—and Wade von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia—are coming together and bringing the original five X-Men with them. Young Jean, Scott, Henry, Bobby and Warren come and see the world post-AvX and it’s a nutty place. I can’t wait for people to see how they interact with what is, for them, the future. Stuart’s already done with the first issue and will be finishing the second soon. Brian is so energized with the book already.”
The Bendis book brings back the original Jean Grey. Lowe was asked if this will stop fans from “bugging him about Jean Grey?”
“Never. I love Jean Grey fans. I do. I’m a big one myself. I started reading X-Men comics in the early 90’s just after Jim Lee left and still love so much of that stuff. One of the first X-Men comics I read had a moment that just burned itself into my memories. Jean and Scott are sitting in Harry’s Hideaway and Psylocke walks by. Jean asks Scott if he developed a new power to drool whenever Psylocke enters the room and it just cracked me up and hit me as a totally human moment. I just got up and confirmed and I was pretty much on. It’s UNCANNY X-MEN #294 by Scott Lobdell and Brandon Peterson.
Anyway, I love Jean. Loved the wedding issue, all of that. Was heartbroken when she died. And to be honest, that’s been a big part of why we haven’t brought her back. It has to be so meaningful. And this new story, while isn’t bringing her back in the strictest sense, is really meaningful.”
For Lowe’s entire interview here’s the Marvel.com link.