The X-Men are all about change, and this June there’s a change coming in the writing of the Amazing X-Men series; turns out it’s some X-alums, Craig Kyle and Chris Yost.
Marvel.com has news that Kyle and Yost will be taking over Amazing X-Men from writer Jason Aaron with June’s 8thissue (after a guest issue by Kathryn Immonen), and will join with series artist Ed McGuinness to continue this “Amazing” X-Men team and follow up from the recent arc which saw long-time X-Men, Nightcrawler, return from the dead. The Amazing X-Men title sits next to a crowded shelf of other comic X-Men comic series, be it All-New, Uncanny, and just plain X-Men. This duo says the major thing that separates this title from the others is the characters.
“We’ve got a great collection of characters, many of which are the best members of the classic Uncanny X-Men team,” Kyle reveals. “Chris and I are lifelong X-fans and love to weave stories that tap into the huge history these characters share. The personal, professional, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual conflicts experienced by each X-Man offer us rich story material to pull from. In the coming issues we hope to create new stories that will please longtime X-fans like us while still allowing a clean entry point for new readers to jump right in.”
Featuring a roster of classic X-Men like Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm and Beast, and will be joining by another X-Men stalwart: Colossus.
“We love the all the classic X-characters and yes! They will absolutely be the core of our team moving forward,” Kyle tells Marvel.com. “That said, we’ve had a chance to work will a lot of the up and coming X-Men and we love them too. It’s too early to discuss specifics as to who will or won’t be on the team I can tell you Chris and I both love Colossus and he’s someone we both feel needs to be on this journey with us.”
The duo, who cite an immense influence from Chris Claremont’s run on the X-Men, have a long history together at Marvel. As writers for the animated series X-Men: Evolution, they created X-23. Then Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada took notice of them, and enlisted them to write numerous comics titles from X-23 solo books to revitalizing the X-Force title as a black ops mutant squad in 2008. Recently the two have been busy on the movie side of Marvel; Kyle as a producer on the Thor films and Yost as writer of Thor: The Dark World. They’re reuniting this year not only to write Amazing X-Men, but also the third Thor film.
The writers say that their plan for Amazing X-Men is to keep the “inspired and swashbuckling” thread Jason Aaron wrote into the series going, and look forward to working with artist Ed McGuinness. Although the writers wouldn’t talk specifics about their first arc, scope and scale seem to be key words.
“We plan to tell big, surprising, fun and emotional rides for the characters that hopefully the fans will want to read again and again,” says Kyle. “That’s the plan anyway. Wish us luck.”