Brian Wood gets set for his new series with artist Olivier Coipel starring Storm and a group of elite X-Women!
By Tim O’Shea
Starting this April, writer Brian Wood teams up with artist Olivier Coipel on the new Marvel NOW! ongoing series, X-MEN.
Wood’s return to the mutant world includes a reunion with characters who flourished under his writing recently in Storm and Psylocke, but you cannot have a team book with only two cast members. The incredible line-up of X-MEN features a plethora of greats, including Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Rogue. The writer relishes the chance to write this iconic and dynamic cast.
We recently caught up with Wood to learn why he approaches this new series as an opportunity to capture the “classic X-Men” vibe.
Marvel.com: The opportunity to write X-MEN must mean a great deal to you to take it on at such a busy time for you. What is it about the potential of this new series appealed to you so much that you added it to your already busy and successful schedule?
Brian Wood: Well, I look at this as just taking up the same space that X-MEN [did] last year, when I was writing the title then. So, in my own weird way of justifying things, this adds no new work! Amazing, huh? But yeah, I am busy as hell and I deeply, deeply miss having any sort of free time, but how do you turn a job like this down? It's worth it to have a really intense year or two if it means having the chance to do this work and see it sitting on my shelf, in the end.
And the appeal of the series: this has a great iconic title, X-MEN #1. It's a chance to work with Olivier Coipel, to work with Jeanine Schaefer, to write a female-led book packed with marquee names—there's no downside here; it’s a X-book I could only dream of getting. I joke with Jeanine that Marvel needs to go ahead and announce this already because otherwise I don't believe her that it’s real.
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