Sunday, April 3, 2011

WC11: Aaron Divides the X-Men in "Schism"

Newsarama: Jason Aaron Pits Wolverine Against Cyclops in X-Men: Schism

CBR: The conflict of "Schism" is set in motion with the surprise return of a character to the pages of the X-Universe. "Things kick into gear with the return of a character from Grant Morrison's 'New X-Men' run. This is one of my favorite characters from that run, and I'm a big fan of that run in general," Aaron explained. "That character's return sparks a worldwide resurgence of mutant fear and hatred. You'll see more Sentinels in an X-book than you've seen in quite a while."

When this crisis erupts, Cyclops is forced to develop a plan to deal with it, and his plan causes Wolverine, one of his most capable lieutenants, much concern. "At its core, 'Schism' is a story about Cyclops and Wolverine. There's a lot of other characters and elements swirling around them, but at the end of the day it really comes down to these two men and how they differ in a couple of fundamental ways," Aaron said. "Cyclops is the X-Men's leader and Logan doesn't want to assume his position. It's not his natural instinct. This book isn't about Wolverine coming in and suddenly deciding to lead his own branch of the X-Men. This story is really about a falling out between Scott and Logan and what brings that about. They find themselves at a real crossroads in their relationship and the differences that come between them pushes each of them in a very different direction."

While Wolverine and Cyclops have been comrades on the X-Men for many years, Aaron doesn't believe the two ever had a friendly relationship. "They were never friends, but Logan has come to look at Scott as his general. He's come to respect him much more as a leader these last few years as Scott has taken control and taken mutants to places they've never been before," Aaron said. "Logan has always been the good soldier, sometimes maybe a little bit begrudgingly, but he's always been right by Scott's side and gone out of his way to do everything he could to bring about Scott's vision. Now they find themselves at an impasse, and for the first time Logan says no. He feels the train has gone off the tracks."

Wolverine's perspective will be part of "Schism," but so will Cyclops.' Aaron wants his story to be as morally complex for readers as it is for the X-Men. "This is not a story about painting anyone as a villain or about one side being right and the other side being wrong. In some sense this is 'Civil War' with the X-Men, but it's not a civil war where there's a mustache twirling villain. We're dealing with two guys who have very strong principles and very strong beliefs," Aaron stated. "They also have definite ideas about what the X-Men should be doing and how they should be doing it. They just find themselves at an impasse. So hopefully we've created a situation where both sides will make complete sense in one way or the other.

"It's funny, I've even felt divided writing this story. I can see the strengths and weaknesses in both Cyclops' and Wolverine's arguments," Aaron continued. "When we first started talking about this story at one of the X-retreats we realized that we just got hung up arguing one side against the other. We had people in the room divided. Some of us thought, 'Why would this happen? This seems to be the right way.' Others felt the opposite. I think that means we're onto something. If we can't even get all these people in the room to agree on which side is right and which side is wrong, hopefully readers will be torn as well. We're creating a sticky situation here. It's not a black and white."

Parts of "Schism" will unfold on a global stage, but the bulk of the action will occur right on Utopia and a number of X-Men will find themselves playing supporting roles in the conflict between Wolverine and Cyclops. "This is a story that will focus a lot on the kids of the X-Universe," Aaron remarked. "We'll see some of the newest mutants. The Five Lights from Generation Hope will play a large role."

The conflict in "Schism" will be brought to life by an all-star team of artists, each drawing different issue. #1 features art by Carlos Pacheco; Frank Cho is drawing #2; #3 will be brought to life by Daniel Acuna; Alan Davis provides art for issue #4; the fifth and final issue features art by Aaron's "Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine" collaborator, Adam Kubert. "We've got a murderer's row of talented artists," Aaron remarked. "We've got some guys who are new to the X-Universe and some who have done their fair share of Marvel projects this year. Just working with one of these artists would be great and I'm lucky enough to be working with several of them on one project!"

At its core, "Schism" examines the conflict between two veteran X-Men and the paths they believe in. Said conflict will ultimately change the way the Marvel Universe views the X-Men, and the way X-Men view themselves. "The events of 'Schism' will continue to play out in big way in the Marvel Universe going into next year. It will have a profound effect on the Marvel U going forward," Aaron explained. "Because of what happens in 'Schism,' the status quo and dynamics of the X-Men and mutantkind will change for the foreseeable future."


Francis said...

i bet the returning character is xorn

Francis said...

btw i hope it's not too much civil war related...i mean the crossover was awesome but i really didn't like the aftermath and all that registration,fighting avengers kinda seemed a forced plot why would people with such strong bonds and principles fight for that long time?

Mtti said...

Interesting indeed, I hope it's Xorn or maybe Sublime..

but what is going on with Northstar and Aurora in the picture?

treysome said...

Cassandra is another guess too. They've already made the Magneto Xorn thing a mess. They X-Men will likely kill Xorn for good this time esp Scott. I thought Sublime was dead? Wonder who Betsy will side with.

FSaker said...

Yup, I think it's Cassandra, too. Xorn and Sublime have been really messed up by Bendis and Fraction, respectively. And she had a connection with Sentinels before... there's Quentin Quire, too.

As for Betsy, at first I'd say she would side with Logan; however, we still don't know what will cause the schism, so she might side with Scott depending on the cause.

QKC said...

Are they incapable of thinking up new villains at all? Or is everyone they fight doomed to run away/disappear/somehow survive/retcon-live/resurrect & come back? Even in X Force, all they've fought so far are the same old villains. Apocalypse, Deathstrike, Deathlok. Are the runs of Grant Morrisson & Joss Whedon the last times that any new antagonists brought to the X Universe??
I don't really have any other comment besides that.

QKC said...

I meant to include a thought that some "returning villains" make sense. (The Marauders DID deserve to finally be spotlighted. Betsy finally - after far too long - get to close that chapter.) It is the others that irked me. Great characterization & unique settings (I'm referring to UXF only now, as the other X titles are rubbish), but its unfortunate that it is framed by rehashed villains.

Tazirai said...

I wish they would stop with the fear of mutants thing. It's gotten repetitive and boring for the last few years now.

treysome said...

But thinking is hard lol, they just recycle the old villains since they are fans of the writers before them. We're due for another Summers related character and a Nightcrawler replacement. cause that's how they do it at Marvel.

Lewis Carr said...

The fear of mutants thing is essential for the X-books.

I know if mutants were real - I'd firstly be jealous, then scared of them.

I'm liking this X-Men's Civil War - do you think the positioning on the artwork symbolises the sides? If so, Emma and Scott are opposing.

Chris said...

The fear of mutants thing is essential for the X-books.

I agree with Lewis. If you take the fear and hate out of the X-Books, the X-Men will be just like any other boring superhero team like the Avengers or the FF. The hate/fear angle is what makes them stand out to me.

whitephoenix said...

I hope Betsy is on whatever side that Scott and Emma are not on.

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treysome said...

It's been revealed it's Quentin Quire