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X-POSITION: All-New Wolverine’s Tom Taylor Teases Clash With Gambit

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X-POSITION: All-New Wolverine’s Tom Taylor Teases Clash With Gambit

Never count Wolverine out. After initially remaining absent from the announced lineup of ResurrXion titles, Laura Kinney slashed her way back into headlines with the announcement that her series “All-New Wolverine” would continue well past the spring with a new costume, a new story arc (“Immune”) and a new artist (Leonard Kirk). The new Wolverine is showing no signs of slowing down — not even after the major twists and turns of the currently unfolding “Enemy of the State II” storyline!

RELATED: All-New Wolverine Continues Into ResurrXion With New Costume, Artist

This week in X-POSITION, “All-New Wolverine” writer Tom Taylor joins us and answers all of your questions about everything from Laura Kinney’s close friends to her deadly enemies.

CBR News: Welcome back to X-POSITION, Tom! Let’s kick things off with a few questions about Gambit, the first coming from Haley.

I’m a huge fan of Laura Kinney and I love “All-New Wolverine.” I’m also a fan of the original “X-23” solo series. Gambit and Laura’s friendship is one of my favorite things about it. That being said, Gambit is set to reunite with Laura soon. Did you enjoy writing him into the story, and can we expect to see him again later on in the series? Thanks!

Yeah. Gambit was such a big part of Marjorie Liu’s series, and a big part of Laura’s life, that he had to appear here. I definitely enjoyed writing him, particularly his entrance (you’ll see). I hope we’ll get to see more of him in the future.

All-New Wolverine #17

“All-New Wolverine” #17 cover by David Lopez

Purplevit also wants to know more about Gambit.

I was waiting so long for Gambit to appear in “All-New Wolverine” and finally he is announced for #17! Was it your plan from the beginning to introduce Gambit in “Enemy of the State II” when Luara will need friends the most?

That’s exactly it. Remy’s been such a great supporter of Laura in the past that it made perfect sense for him to show up here, in Laura’s hour of need.

“Enemy of the State II” has also put Laura up against some of her big bads, and the first of healed1337’s two questions focuses on them.

I like how even though Bellona is now working for Kimura, she still showed a bit of a heroic side by sending all the children in the crates back to the United States — even if she ordered her people to kill the pirates afterward. Does this mean there’s hope for her yet?

I’d like to think so. Bellona is a lot like Laura. She’s had to do some terrible things, but she isn’t a terrible person. She may still step out of the darkness.

I like the new black look that Laura’s taking on after the “Enemy of the State II” arc. Is there any way you can expand on why you went with this new look specifically, and is this intended to be permanent?

There are a few different reasons. For one, it’s bulletproof — and a healing factor shouldn’t mean you like getting hurt. Wolverine can still be wolverine without being full of holes. The other reason for the uniform change is that it’s hard to track bad guys through the shadows when you’re wearing bright yellow. And, yes, it’s permanent — except for when it needs to be washed.

All-New Wolverine #19 variant

EXCLUSIVE: “All-New Wolverine” #19 variant cover by Leonard Kirk and Jesus Aburtov

SomeCBFanboy also has a question about Laura’s attire.

We know that Laura is proficient in weapons and possibly other gadgets. She seems to be the type of character that would plan ahead and carry a little something extra for unique out-of-the-box foes, unlike Logan. How long before we get Wolverine outfitted with a proper utility belt?

She has a jacket now. It probably has pockets. Pockets are great. Just ask Patrick Rothfuss.

Continuing to look ahead past “Enemy of the State II,” Gabe has a Q about Wolverine’s RessurXion status quo.

Wolverine was on the All-New X-Men team before ResurrXion. Will she be joining any of the new teams, like X-Men Blue or Weapon X?

Not yet. She has a big adventure ahead of her.

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“All-New Wolverine” #16 interior art by Nik Virella and Michael Garland

ResurrXion also sees the return of the Xavier School, and Ambaryerno wonders if that development could factor into “All-New Wolverine.”

With the Xavier School set to reopen in New York City, what do you think are the chances of Laura convincing Gabby to enroll? She seems just the sort of kid to think of superhero/mutant school as being the coolest thing ever. Plus: Gabby babysitting Shogo for Jubilee just writes itself!

I’d love to see Gabby head to school and interact with all of those people. And I’m sure Laura would appreciate the quiet time. It’s great to see Gabby heading out into the wider Marvel Universe in “Ghost Rider.” I hope we’ll see a lot more of her.

Speaking of Gabby and the rest of Laura’s “sisters,” Ambaryerno has another question.

Are we ever going to learn more about how and when Alchemax got hold of Laura’s genetic material? Because it really leaves me wondering just how old are the Sisters? Gabby is described as “thirteen” in the Annual, however if she aged in “real time” she would have been conceived before Laura even had her healing factor activated… Bellona, Zelda, and 3PAR, not to mention the other six unnamed girls, would have been even older… That would mean Alchemax had to steal the Facility’s research almost from the very beginning of the project, which doesn’t make a lot of sense considering most of Sarah Kinney’s work was done off-book and on her own. Would this mean the girls are more conventional comic book clones, and rapid-aged to a certain point?

Yes, they were rapid-aged at one stage, with Gabby being the last attempt. That attempt was successful, but Alchemax weren’t aware of this as the mutation took a while to manifest, and Gabby’s sisters then kept her abilities a secret.

All-New Wolverine #16

EXCLUSIVE: “All-New Wolverine” #16 interior art by Nik Virella and Michael Garland

Next up is another in-depth question, this time from Nazrel about one of the more debated facets of Wolverine’s story in recent years.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that many view Laura and Angel’s relationship as profoundly disingenuous; a vacuous hollow rote teen hook up, in no way informed by the characters, in no way addressing the wealth of personal issues she’d have entering into her first official relationship, or the fact he’s a transitory space-time anomaly. No meaningful connection between these characters has on any level been forged. Do you intend on re-framing this into something narratively functional for the character, ending it, or just continuing along as it is?

While I understand people’s issues about Warren and Laura, what I do like is how much they like each other. It may seem vacuous, and they may not be suited in any conventional sense, but that’s true of a lot of relationships. This isn’t Laura’s first relationship either. The break-up with Hellion was pretty nasty all round, and I wouldn’t want Laura to have another damaging relationship. She’s had enough of that in her life, and a lot of what we’re doing in this book is moving Laura past where she’s been. All of this said, we’re not exactly dwelling on Wolverine’s love life in our book.

We’ll close out this week with two questions from Anduinel, the first focusing on “IvX.”

Is Laura going to feel any of the fallout from “IvX,” or will she be largely isolated from it given the current goings-on in her solo?

She will be isolated from it in her solo. In fact, she’s about to be very isolated in the upcoming “Immune” storyline. Quarantine is like that.

All-New Wolverine #16

EXCLUSIVE: “All-New Wolverine” #16 interior art by Nik Virella and Michael Garland

And here’s one last one from Anduinel about another book you work on.

Until last month, it hadn’t pinged that you’re the Tom Taylor who’s been writing the Nektons’ adventures in “The Deep.” I friggin’ love that book! (Haven’t gotten to see the cartoon yet, though.) Are there more comics in the works?

Glad you’re a fan of “The Deep”! That series make me very, very happy. The comics are actually coming out in the US for the first time this week as a six-issue miniseries through Boom! Hope you pick them up. We’re trying to make more, but the TV series has taken up a lot of our time. The first season is on Netflix and we’re in the middle of season two at the moment. It turns out working on 39 episodes of animated TV is time-consuming. Who knew? That said, James Brouwer and I are working on a prequel comic series set in the 1800s. We’ll let you know when this comes about.

Special thanks to Tom Taylor for taking on this week’s questions!

Next week, “Uncanny X-Men” writer Cullen Bunn returns to X-POSITION to answer your questions! Have a question for Cullen? Go ahead and send ’em in via e-mail with the subject line “X-Position”. But get ’em in quickly, because the deadline’s Thursday. Make it happen!

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