WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN writer Jason Aaron and artist Nick Bradshaw were present at today's Marvel NOW! Liveblog. The pair geared up to discuss the future of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN and explain why the heck Wolverine is kissing Storm on the latest teaser. The discussion took off without a hitch and writer Jason Aaron addressed the crazy ending of issue #18 off the bat. According to the writer, it was nice to see so many people get emotional about a moment in comics because it is indicative that people care. However, based on the preview pages to WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #19, below, it looks like we may be seeing more of a certain character after-all.
If anything we're trying to get back to where we were before all the AvX madness set in…A lot of the characters who pop up in the issue, I would love to have as part of the book," Aaron says, though the book already has a large cast. "Some you will see down the road…It's one of those proverbial great jumping-on points.
So, although issue #19 picks up right where #18 left off, it seems that it's still a great jumping on point for new readers because it is structured as this sort of "rebuilding" of the school. The issue will feature appearances form various characters -- many of whom we haven't seen -- in the upcoming series. According to Aaron, this next arc in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN will be a "callback to the Claremont/Byrne circus story," where Bradshaw will be drawing "a whole arc set in Frankenstein's Murder Circus." Finally, Aaron promises that no one gets shot in the head -- at least to for the next few issues.== TEASER ==
However, it seems that Aaron isn't only taking cues from Byrne when it comes to this next story arc -- he also has big plans for Storm's character in the upcoming series, making her a part of the Jean Grey School. As for what other characters we can expect to see in the coming book, Aaron cites Cyclops in issue #21.
Besides all this, however, Aaron stresses that these characters are growing -- both the children at the school as well as the adults.
There's a lot of stuff to come with Idie and Quentin, not all romantic in nature. There's lots to come with Genesis, our Kid Apocalypse. Rick Remender have talked a lot about him. We've been shaping that story for a couple of years and have stuff planned as far as 2014. There will also be a surprising relationship with one of the kids…I know some of the hardcore X-Men fans want Kitty and Colossus, but to me, one of the big themes of Wolverine & The X-Men is change, these characters growing up. It's a book about family, about moving from childhood into adulthood, and Kitty and Iceman fit that perfectly to me. Once they were both the X-Men kids and now they're basically Professor X. They're bonding over that. They're not necessarily head over heels in love, but there's something there they want to explore…Even before Wolverine & The X-Men started, I had the feeling it would be something special. I want to stick around for a long time.
Writer Jason Aaron also clued fans into what they can expect in the coming books beyond issue #19. He cited, for example, the fact that issue #20 is "pretty much an Angel solo issue," which is something a lot of Angel fans have been wanting to see since the end of the Dark Angel Saga and Angel's return as a mind-wiped character.
Issue #20 is pretty much an Angel solo issue. We see him as the first graduate of the Jean Grey School looking for what he wants to do next. He needs to get an internship. He finds a new purpose in life. He'll be running up against Mystique and the new Silver Samurai. It plants the seeds for what's coming up with Angel and ties back to what Rick Remender did in the Dark Angel Saga…We've got big sprawling 'X-Men out in the world saving the day' adventures coming up in 2013. The seeds start to get planted starting this week with issue #19.
Clearly, Jason Aaron has a lot of plans for WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN! What do you think of the news so far? Are you looking forward to the upcoming issues? Let us know in the comments what you think of Aaron's plans for the series.