Coming this Fall is the next major mutant cross-over from the combined writing talents of Chris Yost, Craig Kyle, Zeb Wells and Mike Carey. Running through the pages of the New Mutants, X-Men: Legacy and X-Force, this may sound more like the ‘other’ X-titles. With the recent ascension of the Uncanny X-Men title and its cross-over with the Dark Avengers, the remaining X-books have been forgotten by some.
That may change thanks to story architects Yost and Kyle. The two writers have built a strong following in comics but many still remember them from their work in animation from the X-Men: Evolution series where X-Force’s own X-23 debuted. The two creators sat down with Marvel.com to discuss the upcoming event and it sure sounds promising…
Official release notes from Marvel.com
The story focuses on the machinations of Selene as she seeks to finally achieve her goal of becoming a goddess while simultaneously punishing those she feels have betrayed her or impeded her quest throughout the years, which includes a number of prominent X-characters. Part of Selene’s plan involves bringing back to life the thousands of mutants who died during the Genosha massacre and a number of others who have fallen throughout the years, such as the many young students who died in the pages of NEW X-MEN. The emotional and physical impact of the returning dead provides the means by which Selene seeks to exact her revenge.
“They’re not crazy zombies,” explains Yost of the returned deceased. “For all intents and purposes they’re the people you know and love or even hate come back to haunt you.”
“The Hellfire Club was the big foe when I was reading comics,” says Kyle. “Selene was the mysterious one. She had such a nightmarish and dark and wild power. She was immediately attractive in her mystery and it made her that much more intriguing. I’m grateful for what Grant Morrison did for Emma [Frost] because he gave her a second life. We feel that Selene has the same potential. Not that we’re Grant Morrison, but we’d love to find a
way to deepen her and explore more of her character and do the same type of justice to her.”
“The most honest answer I can give without giving away some of the Easter Eggs we’re hoping to hide in is that Chris and I are hardcore X-fans,” enthuses Kyle. “We read the books as kids. We love the books now. We’re just the biggest X-fanboys. So, we’re going wide and deep. We’re going way, way back into the books when we were collecting and we’re looking at recent history. If there’s a mutant that’s worth bringing out, I would be surprised if you don’t see them make an appearance in this book. A quote someone gave us-and I always like to bring out-is that someone called X-FORCE ‘continuity porn.’ We take that with great pride. Being the type of fans we are, expect us to bring in some of the best stuff that’s been lost and some of the weirdest stuff that’s been lost.”
As mentioned, while the main part of the story plays out in X-FORCE, the affects of Selene’s plan spills into X-MEN LEGACY and NEW MUTANTS. Fans can read each title independently, but reading all the books gives a broader few of the X-Universe as a cohesive whole. In that sense, Necrosha plays out as a crossover similar to the classic Fall of the Mutants event from 1988.
Following the events of Messiah CompleX and Messiah War, the new X-Force series has been a runaway hit with readers. This new crossover event sounds like it will be growing from strength to strength.
More as it comes.
The Necrosha Special hits the stands in October.