Fallen Angels, writer Bryan Hill and artist Szymon Kudranski's upcoming Marvel Comics series, puts the focus on Psylocke, specifically the Kwannon version. Hill has now revealed why exactly he decided Kwannon was the character he wanted to tackle when he and House of X mastermind Jonathan Hickman first discussed the series.
"Ever since Elizabeth Braddock separated from Kwannon, I’ve been concerned about what would happen to Kwannon," the writer told Adventures in Poor Taste. "I didn’t want her lost in the shuffle because I’ve always thought she was an underdeveloped and interesting character. I also felt that there was a tremendous injustice in Kwannon being robbed of the agency of her own body. How would she feel part of a mutant community that she’s never actually known? That’s where the conversation started.
"When I realized that I could have Psylocke, the one I identified with as a kid, then I was in… but I still didn’t want to do something rote," Hill continued. "I’m not particularly good at banter–action–banter–joke–action, and right now I’m going through a personal transformation that I think shows up in my work, where my mind is.
"I told Hickman I wanted to do something that was lyrical, philosophical and about the role that warriors play in a utopia," he said. "I wanted to explore identity and purpose and how peace itself can be an enemy. I also wanted to explore what would happen if mutants left humanity to evolve itself, and what the role of technology would be in that. There’s a lot of William Gibson in this. A lot of futurism. From those conversations, I came up with a story and we moved forward."
Fallen Angels sees Kwannon/Psylocke undertaking a quest for vengeance, on which she is joined by Kid Cable and X-23, with more mutants slated to join their ranks. It is one of the many series being released as a part of Marvel's House of X relaunch, alongside the main X-Men title, Marauders, Excalibur, X-Force, New Mutants, Wolverine, X-Corp and the not-yet-titled Moira MacTaggert comic.
Written by Bryan Hill and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski, Fallen Angels #1 goes on sale Nov. 13 from Marvel Comics. The full solicitation information can be found below.
FALLEN ANGELS #1
- Written by BRYAN EDWARD HILL
- Penciled by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
- Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
- On sale November 2019
- NOT ALL BELONG IN PARADISE!
- Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!