For many years, Wolverine considered himself a loner. Although he was a member of the X-Men, he felt as though he was alone in the world – that no one could possibly understand his feral nature or the "curse" of a lengthy life. Over the past ten years, however, Logan has changed from a lone wolf to a den mother (of sorts). He discovered he had a cloned "daughter" (X-23) as well as a son (Daken). Don't expect to see this family at the next neighborhood block party though...
Two writers who have shaped (and will continue to shape) much of this family unit's unique history are Marjorie Liu and Daniel Way. Between the two, they've written "Wolverine: Origins" (which introduced Daken to the Marvel Universe), "Dark Wolverine" (featuring Daken and his part in "Dark Reign") and the upcoming ongoing series "Daken: Dark Wolverine" and "X-23." They've kindly agreed to join us for today's X-POSITION to answer all the questions you have on these clawed (and morally flawed) characters. Let's sharpen our blades and get right to it...
Marcus Martin sent in the first batch of queries regarding X-23 – and you folks sent in a lot! Let's see what Ms. Liu has to say about her new charge:
1) With regards to the new X-23 ongoing series, is this book merely going to tell adventures of this character? Or will X-23's tales have an overarching goal driving them (e.g. to find out more about her creation)?
Marjorie Liu: Both, really. X-23 has endured some awful abuse – physical, mental, sexual – and she's inflicted her own abuse, as well. She's a killer. A predator. And yet, she's still a teenager. I mean, talk about a need for some self-reflection (and therapy).
X-23 is still learning about who she is – she's trying to, anyway. But the X-Men have done all they can for her, and so this next stage of her life is going to take her away from them, and set her on a path where she'll need to rely on her own moral compass – which, occasionally, will lead her astray.
2) Will any members of the X-Men be making regular appearances in this book?
Liu: Yes. Which is a vague answer, but only because I'm still hammering out the first arc. Again, though: yes. I have several favorites who I hope will show up on a regular basis.
3) Will you be making references to points in X-23's history, especially those given by her creators Chris Yost and Craig Kyle? And have you ever talked to or met with Yost and Kyle as her creators?
Liu: Absolutely. Not only did Chris and Craig give X-23 a complex, rich personality – they gave her an incredible history to draw upon. She's a wonderful character, and though I haven't formally discussed her with them, I appreciate that they've given their blessing with respect to my involvement in the X-23 ongoing.
4) With you writing both "offsprings" of Wolverine, can we count on a big confrontation between Daken and X-23?
Liu: I guarantee it. Dan and I have already talked about this.
5) Marjorie, you also write the current "Black Widow" ongoing series, and I noticed that Natasha and X-23 have many similarities within their lives. Both were manipulated since birth, they have seen the killing of and/or killed a loved one, and both are close with Wolverine. For these reasons and others, is there any chance for the two to meet within each other's comics?
Liu: You're right about the similarities. As you might have heard by now though, I won't be writing "Black Widow" after issue #5. If, however, I'd had time to stay with the series, there's a very good chance that Black Widow would have met up with Daken (instead of X-23). Those two have a prior history.
Speaking of history, Justice Foxx is hoping that a few characters from X-23's past will be showing up in her new series...
Marjorie, I'm sooo excited for your new "X-23" ongoing. I read the "X-23" one-shot that you wrote recently, and I loved everything from the story to the appearances, but I especially loved the art. Please tell me the artists are returning for the ongoing! And can we expect to see NYX pop up much in X-23's book?
>Liu: Thank you so much! I loved the art, too, but Filipe Andrade and Nuno Alves won't be returning to the series. The new artist is Will Conrad, who has been doing wonderful work on "Wolverine: Origins." As for NYX, the short answer is "yes." They'll be popping up, though not in the first arc. Expect them down the line.
By the way, I can't wait for Elektra to appear in "Black Widow" this week! Is there any insight or details to the relationship of these two that you felt like you wanted to update?
Liu: They're both deadly – and more than a little paranoid. Which could be hilarious, actually – but that's not how I wrote their confrontation. These are two women who know what it's like to be on the outside of things, viewed by others as untrustworthy, dangerous, maybe a little strange. What Black Widow has done – what she's been accused of doing – is something that Elektra both understands and fears (as much as she fears anything), and so their confrontation is a way to reconcile that.
Madroxdupe024 has a couple of questions about the "nuts and bolts" of the new "X-23" book. What details can you share?
1) Is X-23 going to be having a permanent supporting cast or will it change arc to arc? I would love to see Jubilee (who you just wrote in "Girl Comics" #3) as X-23's "Oracle" to X-23's "Batgirl." She would make a cool mentor.
Liu: Again, I'm still hammering out some details, but my hope is that X-23 will have a semi-permanent supporting cast. I don't like throwaway characters that change from arc to arc. Sometimes there's a purpose to them, and that's fine – but I prefer exploring relationships over the long-term, and shaking things up within those relationships – upping the stakes, pushing, going deep.
And yes, I also think Jubilee would be a great mentor!
2) Will X-23 be sticking around San Francisco for her title, or will she be hopping from place to place?
Liu: By the end of this first arc, she'll be a nomad – more or less. No real home, just the world at her feet. She won't have much of a reason to stay in San Francisco.
Adam Sherman wonders if love is a good enough reason to stay in the city by the bay, or will X-23 be leaving her heart in San Francisco?
1) Marjorie, will you continue Laura & Hellion's relationship in the "X-23" ongoing?
Liu: I will be touching on it, yes.
2) Will we see a Kimura vs. Wolverine fight at some point soon?
Liu: I don't have any immediate plans for Kimura...which isn't to say that she's not coming back. When I do deal with her, it's going to be wild.
3) Daniel, is Romulus now officially gone for good? Because I thought I heard that Jeph Loeb had some plans for him...
Daniel Way: Unfortunately I can't comment on how awesome the story that Jeph Loeb may or may not be doing will be. Is that clear?
4) Do you think there's a chance of redemption for Daken? I feel Daken's "mess-upped-ness" stems from Romulus, and I think he deserves a shot...
Way: I feel he has the potential, yes.
Although most of today's questions concerned X-23, we'll let Nicholas Marinelli wrap things up with some salutations for Mr. Way:
Dan, first of all, thanks for coming back to Traverse City for another great con. I was just wondering if you have any plans to return to Logan once "Wolverine: Origins" is done? You originally said "Origins" was supposed to run 60+ issues, so do you have stories you still want/need to tell?
Way: Thanks, and Cherry Capital Con was completely amazing. And yes, I have plenty of Wolverine stories swirling around in my head that I'll eventually get out there.
And now, it's my turn with a little get-to-know-you "Behind the X" fun. Here's a query that should tickle your brains: name a song (or two) that seems to get stuck in your heads often...
Way: "Wasted" by Black Flag. The Bouncing Souls' "Gone"
Liu: I've always been a huge fan of Journey, but after the season finale of "Glee?" It's all about "Don't Stop Believin'!"
For those that are curious, the song that always gets me can be found right here…
Once that tune stops playing over and over in your minds, I have a small but important clerical announcement: I am going on an X-sabbatical. I need some time to recharge my mutant juices and come up with a few more X-puns, so I'll be away until the end of July. I am leaving you in the oh-so capable hands of CBR Reporter Shaun Manning. He'll coordinate all Q&A's over the next several weeks, so please be gentle with him.
As for the X-writer providing the A's to your Q's next week, Duane Swierczynski will be back in the hot seat. Between "X-Men Origins: Deadpool," "Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War," and "X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Blade," you should have plenty to write in about. Just type up those inquiries and email them over to your new friend Shaun ASAP. Throw an "X-POSITION" in the subject line, and he'll pass them along with a wink and a smile.
Have a great summer, and I'll catch you all later down the X-road...