X-POSITION: C.B. Cebulski

We're a day late, but X-POSITION is back to bring you loads of goodness and X-treasures from Marvel Comics. First, we have writer C.B. Cebulski answering your questions about the end of "X-Infernus" - the limited series that brings Illyana Rasputin (sister of Colossus) back to the X-universe! Additionally, we bring the kind of special X-news fans have been waiting to hear - but we can't spoil it just yet. You need to read our regularly scheduled Q&A first.

A tease? Here's a few words for you: Iceman. Dazzler. Romance. Doop. Virus. Genosha. Resurrection.

You're dying to know more, aren't you? Well, let's begin by giving Mr. Cebulski some time to respond to your emails. After all, you sent in the questions, so we better make sure you get answers...

CBR: Fuzzball kicks things off for us today.

I enjoyed "X-Infernus," but there were several things about the end of the miniseries that kind of left me confused. Where did Pixie go? Is she still stuck in Limbo?

C.B. Cebulski: Limbo is the last place I think Pixie wants to be after what just happened to her there, so she teleported herself as far away from Limbo as she could - with her new, more powerful Soul Dagger in hand, no less. As for where Pixie turns up next, you'll just have to wait and see.

If Pixie is still stuck in Limbo, how could the X-Men just leave one of their youngest members there? It seems incredibly irresponsible and uncaring...

Pixie was extremely upset and acting out on her own accord when she fled, and there was nothing the X-Men could do at that moment. But Pixie will be popping up again soon, so keep reading.

What's the deal with Illyana's horns? Sometimes they're there, and sometimes they're not.

What can I say? Sometimes she's horny, sometimes she's not.

Anyway... as with all things magic, there's a bit of mystery involved in regards to her horns, but you'll be seeing this issue addressed as she continues her adventures on earth with the New Mutants, starting this May!

X-Editor Nick Lowe: If I can chime in here, I think the horns coming and going was CB's idea, but it may have been Cammo's or even Zeb's (who the hell knows?), but I loved it. It very much reminded me of how Illyana's armor works. It comes when it's needed. It's not always the same. It's magic! I mean, Magik!

Did Illyana regain any of her soul during this mini? If not, is she Illyana or is she Darkchild? Or are they the same person like Hulk and Bruce Banner?

Very inquisitive today, aren't we? She regained a little of her soul. The part in the Soulsword is back with her, but all the Soulstones are gone. What the conversation with her and Kurt (Nightcrawler) laid out for us is that, who she is (Illyana or Darkchild), is her choice.

Who is going through drills in the Danger Room at the end of the story? I recognize Canonball and Sunspot - who are the rest supposed to be?

Dani and Karma were both there as well, so all of Illyana's old teammates were there for her return. What a coincidence, eh? Oh, and Dazzler's there too, although she was never a New Mutant.

The ending feels really abrupt. Is that intentional? Is this story merely the lead-in to a bigger story in "New Mutants?"

I'm sorry if it came off that way to you, but we tried to bring as much closure to Illyana's story and this miniseries as we could. I felt closing on Peter and Illyana was the only way the series could end really. She's back and she's gonna stay and try to work things out with him and the X-Men. I wanted to close this chapter of her life, and Zeb Wells is doing an amazing job bringing her back into the larger X-Universe in "New Mutants," which I just know you'll love!

And speaking of the new series, Andre4000 had a couple of questions.

Can you tell us anything about the "New Mutants" book? Did you coordinate with writer Zeb Wells in the conclusion of your story?

I can't give you too much on that front without spoiling a lot of what Zeb has planned for the upcoming ongoing, but yes, he and I did speak, so he knew what I was planning from the start and we were able to coordinate things a bit as you'll see in a few months.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Pixie got one of the bloodstones containing a piece of her soul embedded in her soul dagger/sword. Why was she so freaked out about this? Isn't there some way to put that piece back where it belongs?

That's why she freaked, she wanted that missing piece of her soul back in her body, but now it's in her dagger where she can feel an attachment to it, but do nothing about it. So close but yet so far, as they say...

Caleb Warren had some behind-the-scenes queries. Can you pull back the curtain?

How far did the finished product we've been reading differ from your original pitch to Marvel?

It was pretty close, to be honest. Nick Lowe and I really fleshed out the original pitch and got it to a place where we were both happy with it before I started writing the actual issues. A few things changed, like the Elder Gods actually appearing (which I had not planned to show), but all the changes made strengthened the story and made "X-Infernus" a more satisfying read, if you ask me. Oh, and the ending was originally supposed to take place in Limbo, but after discussions, we all agreed it would be better to move it back to earth for better closure.

Have you been involved at all with deciding what happens to Magik and Pixie after this mini?

Not really. Zeb and I spoke a little about Magik, but he's got really incredible things planned for her, and Pixie's story is one another writer will be handling.

Hopping off topic for a sec, Morgan Piersanti wants to know about some other former teen heroes that you've written in the past.

Any plans for "Loners 2?" Maybe a digital motion comic?

I still have my fingers crossed for more Loners in the future, but nothing definite at the moment. But be sure to check out "War of Kings: Darkhawk" #1 & 2 (on sale now), where all our loveable Loners make an appearance - now back in NYC!

Wrapping things up for us today, Blair R. Campbell has his fingers crossed for some good news. Do you have any? Because his digits are getting sore...

With all due respect to Zeb Wells, you have really been spot on with the characterization in "X-Infernus," and I think a lot of people assumed that you would be writing the upcoming "New Mutants" series. Will you be writing anything else in the X-universe soon; maybe something featuring some of the younger characters?

Thank you so much for saying so, Blair. You are too, too kind. I have a few ideas I'm batting around with the X-editors at the moment, and you should see me writing some more X-characters in the future, but nothing I can spill the beans on just yet. Hopefully some of the younger characters will be involved as I love those kids! I appreciate your kind words and support!

Thanks to everyone who picked up and read "X-Infernus!" Magik is back!

Okay X-POSITIONites, you've been patient enough. Did my earlier tease get your dander up? Well in that case, we've got three more words for you:

April. Fools'. Day.

Sorry, we couldn't resist.

But we do have some good news that we're sure you'll like: writer Mike Carey will be joining us next week to answer your questions about "X-Men: Legacy." As this X-POSITION is arriving a day late, we need your emails ASAP. So send them our way with lots of "Legacy" love, and throw an "X-Position" in the subject line. And remember, it's April Fools' Day, so be careful out there!

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