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Matt Fraction Tells Us About The Return Of Kitty Pryde

What can we expect from Uncanny X-Men #522?



Earlier this week, we received the news that Kitty Pryde would be returning.  Kitty met her end in July 2008 in Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men.  In order to save Earth, Kitty became fused with the alien metal of a giant bullet and hasn't been seen or heard of since.
 
Personally, I'm a big fan of Kitty Pryde.  When I first started reading comics, I picked up the Dark Phoenix Saga trade which had her first appearance (in Uncanny X-Men #129).  After hearing about her return and seeing the video, I contacted writer Matt Fraction (who will be handling her return in Uncanny X-Men #522).  As I hurriedly shot out an e-mail, I accidentally sent out a typo.  Let's see if you can catch it.  Here are some questions I asked Matt.
 
Comic Vine:  Who decided that now was the time to bring back Kitty Pryde?
 
Matt Fraction:  I've been building towards it really since the start of my time on UNCANNY. San Francisco; Scott's ascension; the move against the " Avengers;" falling back to Utopia; the return of Magneto... all of these events leading inexorably towards SECOND COMING.  Kitty's return and the attendant covenant it seals-- which, forgive me for being vague, but it's the only real surprise we have left in the story as Kitty's return has been announced-- are all necessary clouds on the horizon for SECOND COMING and, more importantly, beyond.
 
 
Comic Vine:  How long have you known she would be returning in Uncanny X-Men #522?
 
Matt:  I had originally guessed 525 in my rough outlines, as that's a nice fat anniversary kind of issue, but the realities of our publishing schedule and the editorial calendar, as SECOND COMING firmed up, meant 522.  So I suppose I knew 522 about a year and a half now.

 
CV:  Will Kitty be playing a big role in UNCANNY now?
 
Matt:  Everybody is important.  Kitty's isn't back because we wanted a stunt; she's back for a reason, and now that she's back, her role in the X-verse will be vital and, I hope, stunning. 
 
 
CV:  Will Kitty actually use her ninja-fitting skills she picked up (in the Kitty Pryde And Wolverine mini from 1984)?
 
Matt:  Ninja-fitting?  Like, the ability to get into her clothes super-quietly?  Yes. I can assure you that every single time I write a scene in which Kitty Pryde puts on clothes there will be NO sound effects. 
 
 
CV:  Ha ha.  Do you adjust your scripts/stories to cater to the artist working on it (since Land and Dodson have had rotating duties?  What can you say about Whilce Portacio's pencils on 522?
 
Matt:  I do; I always do. Every script is written for whomever is going to draw it. I consider it a vital part of my job to write especially for my collaborators, to try and craft my part of the process to them, to their strengths. Terry scripts are way different than Greg scripts. 

That said, I didn't know Whilce was going to draw 522 when I wrote it-- originally Terry was slated for the issue, then we had the opportunity to shift Terry to the SECOND COMING issues and-- again, forgive me for not being more specific-- and leapt at it. The stories that fall in the UNCANNY chapters of SC are really fertile ground for Terry and he's perfect for them. But that meant rotating him off of 522 and getting him onto 523, and then, suddenly, we found ourselves graced by Whilce's presence. Which is a really wonderful thing-- to get to have an X-Men legend handling the art chores on such a big story.  I apologized to him for all the references to "Terry" in the script but he's an understanding guy and forgave me.  

It's win-win for everybody as far as I'm concerned. Now if I can get JR, Jr. and Jim Lee to draw some X-Men...! 
 
 
CV:  Will there be a crossover with S.W.O.R.D. since Lockheed has been waiting for Kitty's return?
 
Matt:  I love S.W.O.R.D. And with Beast being Beast... it's inevitable these streams will cross.
 
 
CV:  Have you personally received any reactions to Kitty being the one to return instead of Jean Grey?
 
Matt:  No. I don't really go looking.  Except from editorial, and then from Joss Whedon, who I ran the story by. More than anyone I wanted to make sure he felt he and John's work on ASTONISHING was validated by what we were doing, why we were doing it, how it was happening, and where we're going after she's back. He was, so, y'know. Mission accomplished.

 
CV:  With the recent X-events Necrosha and Nation X, what can you say about Second Coming (is it going to blow our minds)?
 
Matt:  We've been building towards it for a long long time. it's the bookend on a trilogy that evolves the status quo for the X books and for mutantkind as much as HOUSE OF M or MESSIAH COMPLEX did. It's not just a stunt, it's not just an event, it's not just game changer-- it's a world changer. Friends fall. Foes ascend.  Faith is tested and Scott Summers faces the ultimate test. It's the biggest story I've ever been a part of and it's thrilling to have a hand in it.  You won't believe your eyes.  You won't believe we're going to do.
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Edited by timrothsays

Nothing special, really. 
Much more interesting Mimic on the cover. He really go over to X-Men/Utopia?

Edited by Neena Thurman

Lol. Ninja-fitting?  Very nice. :P
 
Hm. This is actually sounding very cool now. Maybe I'm wrong and Kitty will be far more badass than I'm expecting? I do also like how Scott is really possessively holding Emma in that image. Like he's either protecting her or holding her back.

Posted by robbiesol

Oh man Fraction totally called out your typo....you know what that means right????

 

 


 

 



 

Posted by Agent Buttons
LOL
Posted by G-Man
@robbiesol: I loved that he went with the typo. 
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Posted by xerox_kitty

Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p 
 
Posted by robbiesol
@G-Man said:
" @robbiesol: I loved that he went with the typo.  "

Yeah that was good.
Posted by Ryonslaught

terry Dodson draws the worst kitty Pryde in history

Posted by robbiesol
@xerox-kitty said:
"Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "

Haha, you really don't like Fraction's Cyclops huh?
Posted by xerox_kitty
@robbiesol said:
"@xerox-kitty said:
"Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "
Haha, you really don't like Fraction's Cyclops huh? "

I don't like his fan-boyism and how the entire X-Universe revolves around Lord God Cyclops.  It's call the X-Men for a reason... it's meant to be a team book.  Sadly Uncanny hasn't been a real team book for a few years now :(
Posted by EisforExtinction

Yeah, Kitty Pryde looks like a dude there.
 
"Hey guys, the operation was a success." - Kitty Pryde.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

" ninja-fitting "

Though, the fact that many of these women can get into the clothes that are designed for them without it being sewn onto their bodies. It has to be magic or some kind of ninja skill. Everyone typos from time to time. I know I do it often enough.
 
"Second Comings" hardly mean much in Marvel since they seem to happen more frequently then Leap Year.
 
It struck me as kind of interesting to learn that he writes scripts around who will be the artist. I would think you would want to select the artist around who best fits a script.
 
Anyone else notice in that cover image that Rogue looks almost Asian? Namor is looking all, "If she was a blond...maybe.".
 
@Neena Thurman said:
" I do also like how Scott is really possessively holding Emma in that image. Like he's either protecting her or holding her back. "
Actually, a possessive posture is more the arm around the shoulder, because you have someone by the neck. It's an animal dominance thing. If he was trying to hold her back, he would he grabbing her at the upper arms or shoulders. The posture he's taking is more of support.  In previous stories Emma has shown a great deal of personal guilt over what had happened to Kitty. The issue was even covered a bit in X-Men: Manifest Destiny #2 and Uncanny X-Men #507.
Posted by John Valentine
@timrothsays said:
" Nothing special, really.  Much more interesting Mimic on the cover. He really go over to X-Men/Utopia? "
That's Angel.
Posted by GreenGriffin

Man i can't wait for him to get off the book.
Posted by timrothsays
@John Valentine: lol, looks identical
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Posted by Korg

Surprise me Fraction. Please? Whilce Portacio is giving you a window here...

Edited by FoxxFireArt
@sora_thekey: 
What, "doesn't have feelings over what happened."?. It was Kitty that was the source of his depression in Uncanny X-Men #506-507. He even kept trying to get a tattoo, but his steel skin kept appearing and breaking the needles. I think he even had a line about wanting someone to hurt as badly as he does. The man even got Kitty's name tattooed on his arm in #507.
Posted by sora_thekey
@FoxxFireArt said:
" @sora_thekey:  What, "doesn't have feelings over what happened."?. It was Kitty that was the source of his depression in Uncanny X-Men #506-507. He even kept trying to get a tattoo, but his steel skin kept appearing and breaking the needles. I think he even ha d  line about wanting someone to hurt as badly as he does. The man even got Kitty's name tattooed on his arm in #507. "

See... and I had to drop Uncanny on #505!!! 
 
God! what is wrong with me! <Thumps head!>
Posted by Son_of_Magnus

Wow Fraction is a @#$%

Posted by Korg
@Son_of_Magnus said:
" Wow Fraction is a @#$% "
Not that I necessarily disagree with whatever it is you actually said here, but what makes you say that?
Posted by Son_of_Magnus
@Korg said:
" @Son_of_Magnus said:
" Wow Fraction is a @#$% "
Not that I necessarily disagree with whatever it is you actually said here, but what makes you say that? "
Calling him out on a typo and what he said after G-Man asked him about Kitty's ninja skills it was like he was mocking him
Posted by Korg
@Son_of_Magnus said:
"Calling him out on a typo and what he said after G-Man asked him about Kitty's ninja skills it was like he was mocking him "
I thought it light-hearted and well-meant. G-Man thought it was funny, so I don't see the harm. Fraction was good enough to send answers to these questions, which he didn't have to do. I don't like him as a writer, but he seems like a pretty nice guy.
Posted by Ahmed Sherif


She looks so old. Everyone looks so shocked and scared on the cover

 

Posted by Satyrquaze
@EisforExtinction said:
"Yeah, Kitty Pryde looks like a dude there.  "Hey guys, the operation was a success." - Kitty Pryde. "

Poor, poor Colossus... or maybe not.. he's gay in the Ulimate universe after all... this could be the most intriguing story of all time...!!
Posted by pentagram

to tell you the truth i love kitty & cant wait for her to come back.

Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct

alright, i need to say this.
 
in the first picture, i get why Cyclops is feeling Emma up, its a heavy moment or something,
but what is going on with Colossus's right hand and Wolverines left.
 
* giggles and runs out of thread *

Posted by G-Man
@Son_of_Magnus: Really?  I thought that was hilarious!  We could've gone back but this is way more interesting.  You can also think of it as a Comic Vine exclusive.  Where else will you get to read about Kitty's ninja-dressing skillz?  I seriously wasn't offended.  If I was, I would've just just omitted the question and answer.  This is one of the things I love about Matt, he has that sense of humor that people don't always see.
 
 @Ryonslaught: I wonder if Kitty's supposed to look older.  Who knows what the effects of being stuck/merged with the magic bullet had on her?  Also, I may be in the minority, but I wasn't crazy about John Cassaday's rendition of her.
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Posted by Illyana Rasputin

I like that Mr. Fraction stated that we would hopefully find Kitty's return "stunning". I don't know what that entails, I am just glad Kitty is returning. Colossus has been pretty lonely, and Northstar is starting to look good. That, and Wolverine never adds the wet food to Lockheed's bowl. He's getting really cranky! As far as "you won't believe what we're going to do" is concerned, we'll wait and see about that in # 522. ;)

Posted by Son_of_Magnus
@G-Man: I'm just a hater =P
Posted by Stormultt

Ok Matt Craption hope second coming is all its cracked up to be.

Posted by crazed_h3ro

WoW Kitty ooks really pissed off on this cover LOL ^^

Posted by Fallen246

Eh, this (for me) isnt really exciting, I find kitty to be boring.  Joss made her bareable in Astonishing but that's about it.
Posted by Sapphire Warlock

I really love Kitty and normally would be uber pumped for this, but since I started reading Uncanny X-Men I just don't care about any of the stories lately.

Posted by Gothic Storm

I'm glad to hear that Kitty is returning. Sometimes it's good to let a character lay low for awhile if their supposed "fate" was a well-written story. I would like to see Kitty and Wolverine have another run together. This new generation really never got the full treatment of the duo. 
 
Welcome back, Kitty!

Posted by xerox_kitty

I'm just glad that it will be Whilce Portacio on art.  Greg Land is an insult to comic books, and Terry Dodson is rapidly following him in the 'every looks alike' stakes.  Dodson's Kitty looks exactly like Dodson's Psylocke & Dodson's Moonstar.  She looks nothing like Cassaday's Kitty Pryde. 
 
God, that promo image just makes me glad I don't buy Uncanny.  

Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon

interesting 
 
looks like necrosha isnt going to be a big deal
Posted by JediXMan
@Ryonslaught said:
" terry Dodson draws the worst kitty Pryde in history "
Yeah, he does. He draws all women very manly. Just look at Psylocke.
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Posted by pixelized
@xerox-kitty said:
" Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "
I totally just choked on my milk. LOOOOL.
 
@xerox-kitty said:
" @robbiesol said:
"@xerox-kitty said:
"Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "
Haha, you really don't like Fraction's Cyclops huh? "

I don't like his fan-boyism and how the entire X-Universe revolves around Lord God Cyclops.  It's call the X-Men for a reason... it's meant to be a team book.  Sadly Uncanny hasn't been a real team book for a few years now :( "
You Must Love Peter David's X-Factor then, with how it caters to Jamie.
 
@sora_thekey said:
" @FoxxFireArt said:
" @sora_thekey:  What, "doesn't have feelings over what happened."?. It was Kitty that was the source of his depression in Uncanny X-Men #506-507. He even kept trying to get a tattoo, but his steel skin kept appearing and breaking the needles. I think he even ha d  line about wanting someone to hurt as badly as he does. The man even got Kitty's name tattooed on his arm in #507. "
See... and I had to drop Uncanny on #505!!!  God! what is wrong with me! <Thumps head!> "

Not to mention his Manifest Destiny story was about a Kitty... and a girl that needed his help to save her kitty.
 
 
Anyway, thoughts on this.... hmmmm, I know Fraction is going to knock it out of the park as he has been doing since Uncanny 500 and i can not wait to see how he ruins... i mean, takes Katherine Pryde to a whole new level! Zooomg!
Posted by kimi74

Love Kitty and happy she is back... :D Don't really care how she gets back as long as she returns...
Posted by fanboy#1
@xerox-kitty said:
"Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "

its almost like he gets a HUGE smile on his face when he starts talking/writing about cyclops in the interview 
like its his own little creation and he's so proud  
it'd be hilarious if some other writer came along while matt had to write something else and killed off cyclops 
he'd probably think of some stupid idea to bring him back like the phoenix force here we go again
Posted by Kid_Zombie

sweet looking forward to this now, was a little hesitant that they were bringing her back but now I am very interested. 
 
@xerox-kitty said:

" @robbiesol said:
"@xerox-kitty said:
"Cyclops has a big role?  What a surprise :p   "
Haha, you really don't like Fraction's Cyclops huh? "

I don't like his fan-boyism and how the entire X-Universe revolves around Lord God Cyclops.  It's call the X-Men for a reason... it's meant to be a team book.  Sadly Uncanny hasn't been a real team book for a few years now :( "
I am very happy that the books focus a bit more around the leader of the team. I always found that Cyclops was pushed aside to the background, so I have been enjoying a lot that cyclops has been more in the forefront of the stories. I find him one of the most interesting characters in x-men. call me a fan boy for it but I am a fan of Scott Summers.
Posted by pixelized
@Kid_Zombie: But with Fraction writing, Cyclops IS the team and everyone else is background. Instead of bringing in another character that won't be seen after 2 panels, lets give Dazzler, Northstar, Husk, and the other Hundreds of Mutants on Utopia a chance to develop further... Hell, lets get an explanantion as to Why Cloak and Dagger haven't left yet.
Posted by Selvokaz
@xerox-kitty said:
" I'm just glad that it will be Whilce Portacio on art.  Greg Land is an insult to comic books, and Terry Dodson is rapidly following him in the 'every looks alike' stakes.  Dodson's Kitty looks exactly like Dodson's Psylocke & Dodson's Moonstar.  She looks nothing like Cassaday's Kitty Pryde.  God, that promo image just makes me glad I don't buy Uncanny.   "
What's so wrong with a artist drawing to his style? you can be assured that the characters costume, height, weight, hair and eye color and style will be as they were normally meant to be for them to further distinguish them from the other characters why so why split hairs over them having generic features.
Posted by THEBlaqueBasterd
@xerox-kitty: 
lol Dudette give im a break.. Cyclops has been underwrittin, BADLY written, & under appreciated for a LONG time now.. Its about time he got these recent BatGod like status he's been gettin recently 
Posted by artBygriff

I have to agree that fraction is waaaaaay to heavy in his use of one character, but aside from that I actually like his writing. Its vaguely political without being to heavy handed, and thats what the x books are supposed to be about. Also, the light sarcasm keeps the book from getting to heavy.  Im not going to be sad when he leaves, but I have enjoyed his run on Uncanny.

Posted by dr.x

   
I like  I met him on twice  and every time  he been really  and down to earth  too , I just wishing  him good luck . 

O.P. Comic con 2008
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I cant wait for this issue. I am actually going to put this on my pull list angain becuase of her return.
Posted by papad1992

I've been waiting for this return ever since she was lost.  
STUPID BULLET!!

Posted by pixie_child

I really found this interesting, but I found the last answer (about Second Coming) was kind of lame. It made it sound like this big knock-down blow-out, but it's so much like every other promo for a story arc. I get that they have to be vague, but it just reads so hollow.