Grant Morrison's New X-Men are about to get All-New.
Thursday Marvel announced a new Secret Wars series (their second of the day ) revitalizing Morrison's new mutants titled E Is For Extinction, via ComicVine. Taking its name from the first arc of New X-Men, E Is For Extinction will be illustrated by Ramon Villalobos and written by artist-turned-writer Chris Burnham. The series will feature these mutants in a Battleworld domain where mutants are loved instead of feared and how that turns the table on mutant dynamic.
"It’s almost an alternate timeline version of it. It’s almost like another take on events from the first issue and spin wildly out of control from there," says Burnham. "It’s not quite a What If? or alternate timeline, it’s just coming out of the Secret Wars events."
Although Morrison isn't involved in the series, Burnham is a long-time collaborator of his and they're working together on the current Image series Nameless. Burnham spoke to Morrison about doing E Is For Extinction, and walked away with more than just a nod of approval.
"I definitely made sure to get his blessings first and he thought it was cool," Burnham says. "He doesn’t own the characters but if I thought it was going to piss him off, I would’ve bowed out. He thought it sounded neat. He told me to go for it. He also gave me a couple ideas he thought I should use."
When asked, Burnham said that "almost everyone" from the New X-Men era team will be in the series with the exception of Fantomex.
"He’s sort of grown beyond the Morrison/Quitely run, in his own right," Burnham said. "But a lot of the other characters, in my perspective at least, I still associate them mostly with Grant’s run. So it’s just about everyone that you want to see will be in there, in some degree or another."
It's easy to see in Burnham and Villalobos' art an admiration for Frank Quitely, who illustrated a significant portion of this run on New X-men by Grant Morrison. Burnham says he "loved" the New X-Men run, calling it "bonkers."
"I think, like everyone else, I had grown out of the X-Men because I was twenty-two years old or whatever when it came out," said Burnham. "I had fallen out of the X-Men when I started getting girlfriends, or went to college. That run definitely brought me back into it. It reminded me how much I loved that stuff. It was everything you loved but cranked up to eleven."
Here are character sketches by Villalobos for the series: