Years ago, five lonely teenagers would meet at school and forge a friendship that would become legendary. Those five friends established one of the Marvel Universe's premier super teams, the X-Men, who to this day still fight for a world that fears and hates them. Beginning this September, in the pages of the eight issue Marvel Comics limited series "X-Men: First Class," writer Jeff Parker and artist Roger Cruz take readers back to the early days when Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Marvel Girl first used their Mutant gifts to explore the weird, wild, and wondrous Marvel Universe. CBR News spoke with Parker about the series.
The idea for "First Class" has changed a number of times since it's original pitch and Parker isn't exactly sure how the final premise for the series was decided. "We were originally talking about doing an 'Adventures' book with the original five X-Men, and then decided it was best to do something resembling the current roster when we reached that point," Parker told CBR News. "Then the executives later asked if we could still do the original five but in continuity, so we decided to take an 'Untold Tales' approach. So maybe it put the idea in their heads."
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When "First Class" begins, the youthful team of X-Men have already been assembled. "They've already been working together for a while at this point," Parker explained. "The different uniforms they're wearing are just alternates that they use sometimes, and are mainly to help distinguish the untold stories and originals."
The untold stories of "First Class" take place around the time of the original X-Men's final days as students at Xavier's School. "Issue one happens before they graduate and not long after, when they were doing 'post graduate studies' as the originals said," Parker stated. "Bobby has just started being more icy than snowy. The series jumps around, so it's hard to say how much time is passing."
In the time that has passed before the series began, the original X-Men have become a tight, close knit group. "Each of them is very appreciative to be around others in the same boat. None of them knew other mutants before Xavier came for them, and they're starting to consider that maybe they're not freaks, maybe they're something special."
For "First Class," Parker plans on showing how special the original X-Men are in a variety of different stories that will take readers all over the globe. "It's a lot of individual stories that bring readers into the founding members that they actually may not know," Parker said. "It goes all over the world! They've got a helicopter and a jet, and they use them."