The number of titles in Marvel's X-Men line has ebbed and flowed a bit in recent years, but in the current "ResurrXion" era of the X-books, there's once again a robust group of mutant-centric comics. And with that, naturally, comes the challenge of figuring out which characters will go on what series -- something that was addressed on Sunday's ResurrXion panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Answering a fan question on if any good ideas from Marvel's creative summits had been left unused, Iceman writer Sina Grace disclosed that he initially had plans for Emma Frost in that series -- the characters have a complicated history, including when she took over his body in Uncanny X-Men #314 -- only to find out that the White Queen was then being used elsewhere (which look to include the upcoming "Psych War" arc in Jean Grey).
"There are a lot of antiheroes in the X-Men universe, and sometimes their allegiances change," Grace said. "I have to be flexible about that."
X-Men group editor Nick Lowe then discussed how Grace's situation is one that effects the X-Men books specifically -- figuring out which characters are going to go where. He pointed to the Joss Whedon and John Cassaday era of Astonishing X-Men, where that team had wanted to feature Rogue as a main character, who at the time was occupied in Chris Claremont and Alan Davis' run of Uncanny X-Men.
"That is definitely something that happens a lot," Lowe said. "It's almost like a draft. Which characters do you want the most? You can take that one, but you might lose some of the others you want."
Of course, some characters still find their ways to multiple series -- notably Old Man Logan, who X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim noted later in the panel was living up to classic Wolverine's legacy by appearing in multiple X-Men series simultaneously.
Other topics covered during Sunday's ResurrXion panel include upcoming Marvel Legacy arcs such as "Mojo Worldwide" in X-Men Gold and "Newer Mutants" in Cable, plus whether or not the teens of Generation X -- namely Quentin Quire -- would ever age to adulthood.
"That's a tough one," Generation X writer Christina Strain said. "In this book, I'm writing teens that have been teens since the '80s."
While she acknowledged that an aged-up Quire was unlikely for Generation X, Lowe noted that aging was a tricky prospect for superhero comics, as some characters have aged a decade in 50 years, and some about two in the same span. But to bring it back to X-Men Gold, that series is centered around Kitty Pryde -- once the youngest of the X-Men -- now leading a team of her on for the first time, so Kid Omega may eventually grow into just "Omega."