Not a hoax, not a dream — X-Position is back!
CBR asked you to focus the totality of your collective will and send in questions for X-Men line editor Jordan D. White, and you came through like Harry Leland standing on a weak piece of flooring!
In the first X-Position Q&A column of 2018, Jordan is here to answer your questions about Wolverine, X-Men Red, X-23, Astonishing X-Men, Rogue & Gambit, the New X-Men (of course) and so much more — so without further ado, let’s head straight to your questions!
CBR: There’s only one way to kick off X-Position’s return, and it’s with the most-asked question in the history of the column. The Dying Detective asks, “Will there ever be a New X-Men: Academy X revival?”
Jordan D. White: I cannot answer that, as “ever” is a long, long time. I know that book certainly has loyal fans, I would imagine it is only a matter of time until someone who loves that book as much as you do is writing the X-Men and makes it happen.
Many of the questions we received were from fans asking for status updates on their personal favorites, so just this once could we ask you about what’s in store for some of the most requested characters?
White: I’ve done a few Q&A sessions on my twitter (@cracksh0t — that’s a zero for the 0) since becoming the head of the X-Group, and every time I specify that I obviously won’t answer spoiler questions. People don’t get that “Will we see CHARACTER X soon?” is a spoiler. That said, what the heck, let’s see what I can spoil for people real quick! It’s not every day X-Position returns.
Challenge accepted! Here’s a three-in-one. Alilotron used their indomitable will to ask, “With her time in Astonishing X-Men coming to an end, can we expect to see Psylocke on a new team or book soon?” Dementia5, asked “[Marvel Editor-in-Chief] C.B. [Cebulski] has stated on Twitter that Jubilee will have a role in the X-titles going forward. I know you can’t spill on where and when, as that’s too spoilery, but could you at least give a cryptic hint?” Finally, Wind Rider asks, “With Jean and Kitty getting some time in the leadership seat are there any upcoming plans for a new and more critical role for Storm in the X-Verse?”
White: All three are in Mystery in Madripoor… and an upcoming as-yet-unannounced book!
Angrel-San asks about the third Summers Brother: “Will we see more of Havok once Cyclops returns? Havok has been quite active lately and I like Alex and would like him to remain active once his brother returns.”
White: Havok is about to star in Astonishing X-Men!
Henry Winkler’s mortal enemy Jumpshark asks, “As X-Group Editor, what would you say is your mission statement for the X-Men going forward?”
White: If you read the many years of Deadpool I edited or have heard me talk about them, you’d see what glee I took in making Wade suffer as much as humanly possible. It’s not because I don’t love Wade — I do. It’s because I love him and love seeing him shine that I helped punish him so very much. Because adversity is one of the most important parts of storytelling. So… let me just say that I love the X-Men just as much as I love Deadpool and leave it at that for now.
Greg Thelen asked a question which many CBR readers were wondering: “Laura Kinney is returning to her old codename, X-23 (at least her book is). Laura killed the last person to call her X-23 in a very dramatic scene in All-New Wolverine #18. Can you give us some insight as to why she’s using her old codename again?”
White: You’ll have to read the book to answer that question, but I can say that obviously she’s reconsidered her position on it. Laura has a lot of history under her belt, like we all do, and at different points in one’s life one reckons with their history in different ways. She’s taking her past head-on in this series.
Love is in the air, as R0d asks, “What are the odds for a Rogue & Gambit Volume 2? A five issue miniseries wasn’t enough, we need more of them and from Kelly Thompson, she is great.”
White: I will say that I would certainly enjoy that as a reader. I’ve heard from a lot of fans who feel the same way. It’s certainly something we will consider. R&G are one of the most fun couples in the X-Universe, up there with Scott & Jean in my heart.
Unsurprisingly, rogueisbae asks as follow-up: “With Rogue finally back with the X-Men after more than six years of being away, can we expect something “big” with regards to her return?”
White: She will be getting featured soon and she is also currently in Mystery in Madripoor.
After pondering all the angles, The Supernaut asks, “Is there anything you can tell us about our man Cyclops?”
White: Adult Cyclops is super dead. Not sure how a dead character could appear in anything.
As we’re in the midst of Pride Month, Pikachunicorn asks: “What can you say about LGBT representation in the X-books at the moment? Part of the reason that I — and a lot of the other LGBT+ fans I know — fell in love with mutants was due to how relatable they were for us. And the X-Men have always been so great with diversity within their ranks. But since the cancellation of Generation X (which was my favorite X-book in recent years! So good!) and Iceman, I’ve really started to miss that sense of representation!”
White: The X-Men have a great history of inclusion since Giant-Size came out and made them into an international team instead of a small group of American teenagers… and that has only grown over the years, and will continue to do so. I think you will be happy in the months to come that there are a few LGBT characters who are going to be showcased coming up.
And yes, we will see Iceman featured prominently soon.
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