X-POSITION: Jason Aaron

When you're the best there is at what you do, and what you do is kill people...well, it's fairly likely that the afterlife may not be the most pleasant experience for you. This is something Marvel Comics' long-lived mutant hero Wolverine is currently discovering as he's stuck in Hell within the pages of the newly launched "Wolverine" title.

Writer Jason Aaron is the one pulling the strings of our favorite feral mutant in this series, and he's having a hell of a good time putting Wolvie through the wringer. On top of all this "torment," he still finds time to write several other books (including "Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine" and his creator-owned "Scalped"), his "Where the Hell Am I?" column for CBR and now he joins us to answer your questions in today's X-POSITION. Phew, I just got winded listing his accomplishments, but let's jump on in and give Mr. Aaron a head-scratcher or two...just for the hell of it!

Speaking of Hell, Andre4000 starts off today's fun with a question about the fiery destination:

1) The "Hell" you've placed Wolverine in is an interesting place. Is it based on any particular religion or philosophy? Or is it your own personal vision of Hell?

My own personal vision of Hell would likely involve Joan Rivers, Tom Brady, golf, endless showings of Katherine Heigl movies and the entire cast of "Jersey Shore." For the Hell in "Wolverine," I was just trying to jazz up the underworld we usually see in comics. To give it a real sense of place. To make it a truly dark and foreboding place. I think Renato has done one hell of a job (if you'll pardon the pun) of bringing the place to life in all its wicked glory.

2) With Wolverine in Hell, it seems Ghost Rider (or an incarnation of him, at least) should be taking part in the story. Any way that could happen?

Why yes, there most definitely is. Look no further than "Wolverine" #2 and you'll see that not just one Ghost Rider but two will be playing a part in this story.

3) Also, with Wolvie in Hell, any chance he could bust into heaven and break out Nightcrawler or Jean Grey? Will the thought even occur to him?

Logan's got enough on his plate just trying to fight his way out of Hell. Breaking into heaven just ain't in the cards right now.

Marius has a list of guests that he'd love to see under your pen. Let's see if you can make his dreams come true:

1) Is there any way you could do a follow up on the Native and clarify how that now fits into Logan's origin? And maybe even elaborate on exactly what/who she was?

No plans for the Native, sorry. I am a big fan of Greg Rucka's run on the book, though.

2) Are there any plans on having a rematch with the Gorgon since he's back?

No plans right now, but there is a chance you'll see Gorgon again. Stay tuned.

3) Do you think you might ever do anything with John Howlett from "Wolverine: The End?"

No plans for John Howlett (sorry, don't mean to keep shooting down all your suggestions), unless that was him in Hell in the "Wolverine: Road to Hell" Special. Hmm...

Hmm? Are you humming?

Moving on, Ahab hopes you can help him in his search. Instead of a great white, however, he's looking for a great Flight...

Without giving away the fate of my favorite vertically-challenged Canadian hero (Puck!), is there a chance of seeing other Alpha Flight-related characters in the pages of "Wolverine" anytime soon?

I would love nothing more than to play with some of those Alpha Flight toys. But for now, I'll just say that there are big plans for Puck, both in the pages of "Wolverine" and elsewhere.

Are these "plans" big enough to include a few unsavory characters? Renaldo is crossing his fingers that this is the case:

1) Seeing as you're taking the dark-toned path with Wolverine early on, is there any chance you'll be using Romulus (who's currently trapped in the Dark Dimension), as his machinations with Daken and Logan were quite entertaining in "Wolverine Origins," because I personally feel the way they ended the Romulus arc was a bit unsatisfying.

I think we will eventually see more of Romulus, but I don't have plans for him right now, no.

2) In the last Romulus arc, we saw Romulus' plans leave a lot of villains incapacitated or dead and "dusted," such as Sabretooth, Wild Child, Cyber, Omega Red, etc. Are you going to be reviving any of these while you're on the book? Or do you have some new foes that you're cooking up?

Sabretooth, Cyber, and Omega Red have already popped up in Hell and are currently making things pretty miserable for ol' Logan in the afterlife. Is there a chance that some of those villains could sneak out of Hell before things are said and done? You never know. I'll just say that I have big plans for some of Wolvie's old enemies, as well as a few more new villains I'm looking to introduce.

3) Finally, I'm curious about any revelations you can share from "Ultimate Captain America." How glad were you to be collaborating with the awesome Ron Garney again? (I loved his design input to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "I Am Legend" films, by the way.) I'd love to see the two of you on an X-Men team book someday too.

Working with Ron is always a blast. I think he and I have got a pretty good thing going at this point, after working on so much Wolvie stuff together. "Ultimate Captain America" is about Steve Rogers facing a mysterious figure from the past, the previously top-secret and long AWOL Captain America of the Vietnam War. They're two very different Caps, with two very different ideas about what their country stands for, and they decide to work out their differences by punching each other in the face, just as Americans should.

Aspbros has a desire to hear more about "real Americans" - like your cousin, for example. If you wouldn't mind getting a bit personal, I know readers would love to hear answers to the following:

1) I've been really enjoying your "Where the Hell Am I?" column. One thing I was curious about though: how did you decide on comics? Your cousin, Gustav Hasford, is the writer of the novel "The Short-Timers" (which the "Full Metal Jacket" film was based on). Why did you decide to make "The Other Side" a comic instead of a film? And why did you decide to be a comic writer as opposed to a screenwriter or a novelist?

I was a big comic fan as a kid and just always wanted to break into the biz, but never knew how to go about it. I went to college thinking I was going to become a novelist, and I would still like to try my hand at prose someday, but comics is just where my heart has always been and I expect always will be.

2) I'm straying off the X-topic here, but since "Full Metal Jacket" is one of my favorite films, I've got to ask: did your cousin ever tell you any funny anecdotes about Kubrick? Any chance you can share one?

My cousin was a big, loud, self-educated Southern man who was very opinionated and never afraid to ruffle feathers. In other words, he was a big personality. He and Kubrick (a big personality and ego in his own right) only met in person one time, over dinner at Kubrick's house. About halfway through dinner, Kubrick passed a note to Michael Herr, the other screenwriter on FMJ, that simply said, "I can't deal with this man," meaning my cousin. After that, Gus wasn't welcome around Kubrick...though he did sneak onto the set one time during filming. I have all the photos he took that day.

3) I think your "Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine" is a really fun read. Do you find it a challenge to write Spider-Man's quips? I haven't really seen you do "funny" like you're doing in this book, and you do it well!

Thanks, glad you're liking it. Yes, it has been a challenge. That whole series has been one of the toughest things I've ever written. But the whole idea was that it would be something different than what readers were probably expecting, and I'm super proud of how it's turning out. Adam Kubert is doing some of his most amazing work in years. And trust me, the whole thing only gets crazier as it goes along.

4) Writing Wolverine seems to be a challenge as he can heal from almost any wound. What do you think his biggest vulnerability is?

Beer and redheads.

Hence, the explanation behind Wolverine's popularity.

Before we go, it's time for a little more get-to-know-you fun with today's "Behind the X" question: as fans had the opportunity to see you recently on CBR TV, I couldn't help but marvel at your beard. Can you share your secrets for growing and grooming your beard? Please?

You want the ultimate secret about growing a long beard? You just have to get to a point in your life when you don't really care whether or not you look like a crazy person. And then just let it go. Also it helps to occasionally brush it out, as foreign objects do tend to accumulate there. You should see me when I'm eating popcorn at the movie theater. I look like I'm storing food for the winter.

And with that lovely image rolling through your minds, we conclude this week's X-travaganza. In one week, we'll be back with the well-shaven writer of "X-Men: Legacy," Mike Carey. He's eagerly awaiting your intriguing inquiries, so type them up and hurl an email my way just a soon as you can. Put an "X-Position" in the subject line, and I'll ask if you can scour Jason Aaron's beard for treats. See you in seven!

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