House of X and Powers of X have been touted as the two series that will change the landscape of X-comics for years to come. For fans, the two series mark an important era in X-History but for writer, Johnathan Hickman, this is a childhood dream come true.
"This is something I've been writing and rewriting in my head since I was a kid," Hickman told Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming run with artists Pep Larraz and R.B. Silva. "I've been in the kitchen for a long time with it. I get the ingredients, I get what makes a good meal."
With an impressive Marvel resume that includes fan-favorite stints on Fantastic Four, Avengers and universe-shaking crossovers like Secret Wars and Infinity, Hickman also explained his approach to taking on these iconic Marvel characters.
"I have some general philosophies on what kind of work you should do at Marvel, that I try and adhere to. I think the stories should be big," he said. "Any time you can mine your continuity and the existing continuity of the company in a way that evokes a response from the audience and not confusion, that's powerful, and you're crazy not to utilize it when you're writing these books."
Still, he added that he wants to leave the X-Men in a better place for fans and future creators.
"You want to tell stories that matter, but the way you write things that matter in Marvel is that you're not destructive, you're additive. Yes, I may do things where I destroy the entire Marvel Universe, but I always put it back together, and in putting it together you add to it in a way that puts the characters in an interesting place and you haven't ruined anybody else's job," he said.
"The cardinal rule beyond that is at the end of the day, after you've torn up the playroom and scattered all the toys, you put everything back on the shelf. Don't be an a-hole and leave a mess."
House of X #1 goes on sale July 24, followed by Powers of X #1 on July 31.