COMICS: Dennis Hopeless Talks More About "Marvel NOW!" Title CABLE AND X-FORCE
In an interview with Marvel, writer Dennis Hopeless has discussed his plans for this December's Cable and X-Force, revealing more about the role the series will play in "Marvel NOW!" and what exactly he has in store for the fugitive team of mutants.
Unfortunately, this November will see Rick Remender's critically acclaimed run on Uncanny X-Force come to an end. Well, as a part of the "Marvel NOW!" relaunch, December sees the launch of a new 'X-Force' series from the creative team of Kevin Hopeless (X-Men: Season One) and Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man). However, it will take a VERY different direction to the current team led by Wolverine, instead focusing on a team of "Wanted" mutants. Led by Cable, the roster will include Colossus, Domino, Forge and Dr. Nemesis.
On Whether He Took Inspiration From The 1990s Iteration Of 'X-Force':
I think you’ll take one look at the costume designs and see that the answer is "Yes." We’re stealing everything that was fun and exciting about that over-the-top 90’s X-FORCE and bolting it onto modern characterization and storytelling. Our X-Force is giant guns, insane action, badass badasses and three-dimensional characters with human emotions!
On The Tone Of 'X-Force' And The Importance Of Cable In The Series:
I see CABLE AND X-FORCE as a crime book. In my favorite crime stories, the characters are always at each other’s throats. This X-Force needed to be like that, a team of specialists who work well together but don’t always like each other. We tried to pick big personalities who were likely to clash in high stress situations. There are characters I wanted and didn’t get but I’m pretty thrilled with the final roster. It’s a powder keg. It was important to make Cable the cornerstone of the book. I wanted to do that without regressing the character back to an early version or forcing him into some out-of-character role just because it would be fun to write that kind of book. So I took a look at who Cable is right here and now. He’s an aging fighter who has been through 100 kinds of hell and still feels every scar. He’s a father who, for good or ill, has been forced to let his daughter go. He’s a presumed-dead outlaw currently best known for trying to kill Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. He’s exhausted. This is a guy ready to pack it in. But maybe he can’t. Maybe he has to pull off the Cable version of one last score. He has to save the world against all odds one final time and then he can retire into the sunset. Of course, that "one last score" job never goes as planned.
On Cable's Role In The Series And How 'X-Force' Will be Viewed By The Rest Of The Marvel Universe:
At the beginning of the book, the last thing Cable wants is to lead a new X-Force. He’s beat up, tired and thinking seriously about full-on retirement. Unfortunately for the Askani'son, once things get rolling he doesn’t have much choice but to make X-Force the priority. He won’t have time for any solo gallivanting. If we want to commit to the idea of most wanted fugitives, the characters can’t split their time between multiple teams. Captain America doesn’t play well with criminals. The upside is we can do horrible things to them without screwing up another book’s story. They’re fugitives being chased across the globe and doing what good they can while always looking back over their shoulders. There’s not much room for error on this team.
On Working With Invincible Iron Man Artist Salvador Larroca:
Salva’s a pro. He jumped right in and nailed everything from top to bottom. I knew we were going to mesh well when I saw his first character designs. He got the vibe I wanted and immediately started adding to it. When I told Matt I was going to be working with Salva after him, the advice he gave me was "Let him design stuff. He’s great at it." He was dead on and I’ve been doing that as much as possible. One of our cast members allows me to put a lot of tech into the book. Iron Man readers already know this, but Salva draws the [expletive] out of robots, guns and machines. X-Force gear isn’t sexy and stylish like Stark Tech. It’s big, bad and heavy-looking.
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