Chris Claremont returns to write X-Men, forever

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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38 Responses

  1. Luke K. Walsh says:

    Claremont returning to the X-Men – and an X-Men set before other writers came in and changed so many of the characters? And drawn by one of my favorite artists? – !! I'll be all over this one. Thanks for the scoop!

  2. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    Soooo, where exactly did Claremont leave off in the Uncanny X-men/the X-men?What issue # ?

  3. Andrew Collins says:

    Well, he's written X-Men stories on and off for years, as well as some of the secondary books like Excalibur and Exiles, but I'm assuming they're referring to when he was "dismissed" from the X-Men books back in 1991. His last issue, if I remember correctly, was X-Men #3 with Jim Lee, which was the end of his 15-year reign as overseer of all things "X." After that, John Byrne scripted a few issues before Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza took over the X-books and what was an already complicated series became a quagmire of confusing time traveling stories, alternate dimensions, and "Hey look I'm not REALLY dead" moments that have haunted the franchise ever since then…

  4. Matt says:

    Yay! I am so happy! No one writes the X-men like Claremont. Looking forward to him writing Rogue, Storm, Psylocke, Wolverine, Jubilee, et al again! Any chance you can bring in Northstar? I loved the way you wrote him in the X-men/Alpha Flight mini-series. The connection between him and Rogue was so poignant and really had an impact on me as a young gay man! Thank you for that!

  5. Andrew Collins says:

    I was just reading some of the NYCC panel news and the Marvel X-Men panel confirmed the series picks up after the events of X-Men #3 from 1991. Marvel is even releasing a connection of X-Men #1-3 to help people get caught up with where things ended.

  6. Matt Collier says:

    Man! I got some back reading to do but it will be worth it. But I wonder why after so long he would want to come back and not continue with the current titles?

    • mike weber says:

      Because the current titles have been borked up beyond repair by a lot of other since 191, perhaps?

  7. Nancy says:

    Mr. Claremont, What are your plans for Nightcrawler in this new series, and how large a role will he play?

    • jay says:

      That is what I would like to know as well. Are Nightcrawler, Shadowcat and Phoenix still in Excalibur at that point? I can't remember. Do they even know that the rest of the X-Men are still alive?

  8. Nancy says:

    Kurt and Kitty and Rachel were still with Excalibur in 1991. I don't remember when they found out that the X-Men were still alive. Mr. Claremont, Will this new series affect the events in Excalibur? Is this the big news about Kurt we keep hearing about, or is there something more to come?

  9. Matt says:

    I just read the text of the whole interview, and was a little disturbed that Mr. Claremont seems to be placing a lot of emphasis on his ability to kill off characters with this new title. In recent years we have seen the death of Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Banshee, etc. I love these characters and hope this book will be a return to fun, exciting X-tales that are full of drama without having to go the route of killing beloved characters. That being said, I do have to admit that the death of Jean Grey in the Dark Phoenix storyline was beautifully and meaningfully handled.

  10. Nancy says:

    One more question and I promise to stop…unless I think of something else: I noticed there is no Wolverine in this series. I really enjoy the Kurt/Logan friendship. Their interaction makes some of the best reading in the Marvel Universe. Is there any chance that Logan will show up occasionally and have a few adventures with his best friend? Please?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Can I put in a plea for no crossovers with the established continuity? I can just see it, 6 months in, as a sales boosting opportunity, and there's no need…

  12. madmonq says:

    I prefer Mr Claremont's take on the books. Even though Joss Whedon's was great, he did take his direction from what Claremont was doing years ago. Clairmont wrote the same story, over and over for about 10 of those 16 years. And it got old. Really really old. A lot of story lines were abandoned only to be taken in the wrong direction by other writers. By the time he left the book was a mess. Between that, poor editing and the same d@mn story lines, the book is not going to last long enough to be noticed. Mr Clairmont I read the book from issue 136 until the mid 1990s. I'm a fan. I've read comics for a long time. I'll be glad to pick up the first few issues if for no other reason than Tom Orzechowski's amazing lettering (should he be on the book). Other than that I've yet to see you be willing to try anything else. And I'm not willing to stick around to find out it's the same old same old. Sorry but thank you nonetheless.

  13. Rick Taylor says:

    Is it me or does another 'fragment' reality just point out how bad their direction has been for YEARS. The Bobby Ewing thing.

  14. Joe Franklin says:

    Mr. ClaremontCan you confirm that it is indeed Sabretooth on the Tom Grummett promotional art. If it is Sabretooth, then I am buying 2 copies of issue #1, just because of Creed being in it.

  15. Nancy says:

    When will this in-depth interview run? Did we miss it?

  16. Paul Wargelin says:

    Mr. Claremont,Will you also be continuing the story from the end of the Shadow King/Muir Island Saga in Uncanny X-Men?And how would you have ended that story arc?

  17. Greg says:

    Any idea on when the interview will be up?

  18. Nancy says:

    I would like to know that too. It has been two weeks now.

  19. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Ah, what the hell…No, it's just going to SEEM like forever…

  20. Nancy says:

    It sure does seem like forever. It's been a month now. That must have been a doozy of an interview. If you need help transcribing it, I volunteer.

  21. Razorlight6 says:

    The real reveal here is that Claremont will be working with Milo Manera on an X-Men graphic novel! Marvel has been stellar with getting talent from outside the United States, and some of their grabs have been huge, but this is truly unbelievable.

  22. Anonymous says:

    OMG, OMG, OMG! I can't believe it! A true dream come true! The master returns!

  23. Veronica says:

    Just out of curiosity, when in May will the comics be released?

  24. Josh says:

    Just admit it, this interview never actually happened, did it?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Chris. Welcome back. Please don´t allow one plot to continue for, you know, over 5,000 years. Also, when will Madelyne Pryor return? All the other writers really butchered her charcter´s return. They just didn´t know what to do with her. We just had one big x-mess with her history. She was a classic.