COMICS: Jason Latour & Mahmud Asar Talk The Relaunched WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN
This March, one of the X-Men titles undergoes a relaunch as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! initiative. Read on to hear the new creative team talk about following on from Jason Aaron, changes in Wolverine and much more.
This February will see the end of the current volume of and Jason Aaron's run on Wolverine and the X-Men, and will be relaunched as part of All-New Marvel NOW! in March. Writer Jason Latour and new Marvel exclusive artist Mahmud Asar sat down with Comic Book Resources to talk about the new volume of the title.
When asked how it felt to be following in Jason Aaron's footsteps, Latour explained that he is trying to go his own way.
"I actually have a lot of respect for Jason as both a person and a writer. It's not lost on me that filling his shoes really is a monumental task. But he's been so cool about the whole thing, completely available to answer all my dumb questions and give me feedback and even encouragement, that it's really eased my mind."
Asar went on to explain his fondness for the X-Men:
"I have always had a soft spot for Wolverine so I was quite eager when I was offered this gig. I've always enjoyed the school aspect of the X-Men's history. In that sense what's special to me about working on this project is that it's mostly a roster of new mutants in a school for gifted youngsters. So in a way it's a chance for me to be a part of the X-history by being remembered alongside these characters."
Latour elaborated on the effect that recent months have had on Logan:
"One of the biggest changes that we're dealing with in this series is a new status quo for Wolverine. Up to now it's all began and ended with Logan. It's his strength this school is built on the back of. His reputation for being the unkillable badass has been their insurance policy. His desire to see Xavier's dream continued, to see his own past atoned for has kept them driving forward.
"But now Logan is mortal, and for the first time he's being forced to take stock of what he's built. He's realizing that what he saw as a school could, in the wrong hands, become a factory for the next Cyclops or Dark Phoenix or Apocalypse or Weapon X. So a big question we'll be asking is who can he trust to guide the next generation of X-Men? To protect and mold them into the heroes they need to be? Just what is his legacy?"
Asar also talked about the look of the book:
"It's been a while since I've drawn a team book long term, so I'm looking forward to doing this... With this book I hope to incorporate a youthful approach to my art with an animated tint for the lighthearted sequences. Though with Wolverine I feel there'll be gritty sequences thrown in for good measure."
Finally, Latour detailed on the types of stories explored in this title:
"I think the strength of this book is that the characters are so well defined, yet flexible that you can put them into nearly any sort of story and not lose who they are... You can definitely count on a lot of world shaking pathos and romance, action and hopefully some laughs. The challenge for Mahmud and I is to try and find the heart of the book that Jason Aaron and company created, and keep it pumping as we travel down new roads."
The full interview can be read on the CBR site.
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