When the Beast brought the adolescent incarnation of the X-Men from the past to the present day in 2012's All-New X-Men #1, the founding X-Man inadvertently set off a domino chain of destructive consequences. The mutant teens have not only had an impact on their future timeline, they've come to think of it as home, and if they return to their time period, they'll have to give up all memories of their present day adventures and leave their current heroic missions unresolved. It makes sense, then that they've put off returning home, but that's a decision which is about to put every mutant in the Marvel Universe at risk.
It all happens this August when Ed Brisson and artist Pepe Larraz kick off the five issue X-Men: Extermination, which forces the Original Five to confront their past, present and futures in order to save all of mutantkind. And if the teasers to the event, which have been running in the back matter of recent X-Books, are any indication, they're in for the fight of their lives.
CBR spoke with Brisson about those teasers, which are set in dystopian possible future, the struggles the original X-Men will face in his story, the major X-teams that play supporting roles, and the villains his cast will face off against.
CBR: So Ed, you've been working in the world of X-Men on solo books like Cable and Old Man Logan for a while now. How does it feel to be given a high profile X-Men event like Extermination?
Ed Brisson: Nerve wracking, to say the least. Pretty sure I’m not going to sleep the week leading up to the release.
The goal of Extermination is to bring the story of the Original Five X-Men that started in 2012 with All-New X-Men #1 to its conclusion. I think it’s been understood for a while now that they need to go back to their own time. This story hammers home the how and why of it. We get into the implications of why them being here is a bad idea for the long term.
The fine line we have to ride here is that we do not want to undo anything that’s been done. Every story that’s been told matters. All changes that have happened, matter.
In Extermination, we’re pushing the Original Five X-Men’s backs against the walls and forcing them to fight for the past, present and future. They’re going to have to make some incredibly difficult decisions and sacrifice on a level that they’ve never had to in the past. It’s not going to be easy.