A new day is dawning for Marvel's X-Men. With the Inhumans vs. X-Men conflict now behind them, the mutants have a future to look forward to, and that includes those of them that come from the past.
Writer Cullen Bunn will team up with artist Jorge Molina to write X-Men: Blue, one of the two new flagship titles of the X-Men ResurrXion line. X-Men: Blue follows the time-displaced original five X-Men - teenagers Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, and Angel - on a new mission. The catch is that the mission comes Magneto, who was still their greatest enemy during the era they were taken from.
ComicBook.com spoke to Bunn via email about the new status quo for the young original X-Men, including what new allies and threats may appear. Keep reading through the slideshow to see a preview pages from X-Men: Blue #1.
How do you describe the mission statement of X-Men Blue as a series? What is the mission statement of the team in the series?
For the series: Action, fun, adventure, team interactions, soap opera, layering in mysteries and intrigue in every issue (the payoff for some of which comes quite a ways down the road).
For the team: They've been tasked with going after some of the biggest threats to mutantkind in the Marvel Universe. They're being guided by Magneto BUT this isn't a covert kill squad or strike force dedicated to scaring the heck out of potential enemies. Magneto has decided that if mutants are going to thrive, they must do so in peace with humanity. A terrifying person like Magneto can't publicly foster the peace of Xavier's dream, but Xavier's original X-Men can!
Of course, Magneto has some ulterior motives... as do the X-Men (see "layering in mysteries and intrigue," above).
This is the third ongoing series for the original X-Men since they came to the present day. How is X-Men: Blue different from and similar to All-New X-Men in terms of mission, tone, and style?
I loved both ALL-NEW X-MEN series, and I've read and re-read them in preparation for this book. I think I'm drawing from my favorite elements of those series, and then putting my own spin on them based on my long-time love of X-Men. Maybe more than the previous books, this series is steeped in all the things that made those classic X-Men books so great!
The Blue team is being mentored by Magneto. Magneto once was headmaster of the Xavier School and helped lead the X-Men and teach the New Mutants. Is the concept of X-Men: Blue inspired by that era of X-men history? Is there some shared creative DNA there?
Definitely a bit of a call-back to that era. Magneto taking over as headmaster of the Xavier School occurred around the time I was at the height of my X-fervor, so it left an impression on me. I remember that I was never really sure what Magneto was up to... and I loved it. That's going to be part of this series going forward.
This is the third consecutive series you’ve written with Magneto, following the Magneto ongoing series and Uncanny X-Men. How has Magneto changed since you began writing him? How would you describe the chapter of his life he’s now stepping into?
Magneto has gone through quite a bit since I started writing him. He went from a solo judge, jury, and executioner style character to leading a team of hard-hitting X-Men to (now) mentoring the original five X-Men--characters who remember him very clearly as their first enemy. He's not comfortable with it, to be honest, and he keeps a kind of distance from the O5. He will not be running around on adventures with them.
There's an added complication, too, in that Magneto is sort of in hiding. He feels that showing himself will only harm the mutant cause. The X-Men are the "face" of his endeavors. But when he does reveal himself... look out!