During Marvel Comics' teaser blitz for a second round of Marvel NOW! titles, the publisher teased a series by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney related to the word "Killers." Today, Comics Alliance revealed the upcoming book as a relaunched version of the fan-favorite "Uncanny X-Force." With Rick Remender leaving the title after issue #35, Humphries is set to enact a new status quo for both the title and the team.
"This is not any cast that I think anyone can say they've ever seen before. This is not a classic Wolverine, Rogue, Colossus line-up," Humphries told Comics Alliance. "It's definitely a new mix of characters thrown together in ways that they really have never encountered each other before. The group that we start off with right off the bat is Psylocke, Storm, Puck and Spiral, and we have a few more characters joining the group in the first few issues. In my mind, all those characters are wild cards. They're all strong personalities, they're all strong in terms of their powers, they've all got dark secrets and they've all got a rebellious streak. That to me is a really attractive part of the book, being able to balance all those character dynamics at once."
Humphries further noted that the focus of the series would be on Psylocke, who likely survives the events of Remender's "Final Execution" story arc currently running in "Uncanny X-Force,"
"I think it's fair to say that Psylocke is a survivor. She's someone who rises above her complicated past and the tragedy and figures out what's best for Betsy," said Humphries. "I can't spoil anything, but at the end of Rick's run, we leave Betsy in one situation, and in the first issue of my run, we pick up six months later, and Betsey is definitely in a life transition point. It's kind of being in that moment that kicks off the events of that first arc."
The writer noted that he plans on taking the book in his own unique direction that spins out of Remender's run, but distinguishes itself in a new way.
"Nobody wants to see me try and continue X-Force as a watered-down version of Rick Remender," said Humphries. "Rick asked questions in the book and addressed them. There's nothing left for me to continue, but it would not be an enjoyable experience for anyone involved, for the readers, for Rick, for me or for Marvel. No one would come out pleased. This spins directly out of the events of Rick's run, but it takes the concept of X-Force, the mandate of the book and the characters down a new path with a new focus."
The "Uncanny X-Force" announcement comes following another X-Force-related title, "Cable and X-Force" by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca.
"Uncanny X-Force" by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney launches January 2013