Charles Soule has been the chief writer of Marvel’s Inhumans since they were pushed to prominence by Marvel in 2014, and now with the current event series Inhumans vs. X-Men he is wrapping up this chapter for him and this fictional group.
Co-writing this final battle between the Inhuman and mutants with Jeff Lemire, Soule currently has the Inhumans in a rare spot – on the defense against the X-Men, with Black Bolt behind bars and all-but-one Terrigen Cloud eliminated. And even the Inhumans are beginning to question their motives, as seen in the recent Inhumans vs. X-Men #4.
With the penultimate issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men due out February 22, Newsarama spoke with Soule about the finale of this event and the larger finale of his time with the Inhumans franchise.
Newsarama: The mutants outmatching the Inhumans seem to last through the entire series according to Marvel's solicits, which is a bit of a change from the past chapter of the Inhuman/mutant struggle. How would you frame this final series?
Charles Soule: Well, like I said, the mutants are fighting for their very survival here. They’re throwing everything they have at the problem of the remaining Terrigen Cloud and its impending saturation point that will render the Earth uninhabitable for mutantkind. They know that if they give the Inhumans a chance to regroup, it’ll probably be all over… so they have to hit fast, and hard, and hold nothing back. We’ll see how that plays out.
Nrama: Emma Frost still seems to be playing her cards close to the vest, with secrets from her fellow mutants. What's going on there?
Soule: As we saw in Death of X, Emma Frost is full of secrets. As with that series, Emma, and her quest for revenge against the Inhumans for what she perceives as their murder of the love of her life (Scott Summers/Cyclops) is central here. Emma is the White Queen – she plays chess, not checkers. She’s also… unbalanced, to put it kindly. If there’s one thing I’ve really enjoyed about these eleven issues (total, when you add up Death of X and IvX,) it’s been writing Emma Frost. I hope I get a chance to do it again.
Nrama: Speaking of solicits, how does having the details of “ResurrXion” be known when IvX is still in progress affect the story? Does that affect you in writing such event comics promoted to have such big stakes?
Soule: Not at all. The stakes are high in this series, and just because we know that some series are spinning out of the event doesn’t mean that the drama evaporates or that readers know the endings. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads comics that Marvel will be telling more stories after IvX that feature both the X-Men and the Inhumans. But what these characters will be like after our event, and what they’ll have gone through… that’s the fun part of the story.
Nrama: Leinil Yu drew the first two issues, before Javier Garron segued in. What’s it like having these two on the book?
Soule: Leinil is an old friend/collaborator of mine. We worked together on the Civil War “sequel” that took place during the “Secret Wars” event, and from that, I know there’s nothing he can’t handle. Javier’s the same - he did incredible work on Death of X alongside Aaron Kuder, and the same is true of his pages for IvX.
Between Leinil and Javier, plus the incredible ink, color and lettering teams, the series is in excellent hands from a visual standpoint.
Nrama: I have to ask - how enjoyable was it to write those tactical scenes in IvX #1 with Jeff?
Soule: We’ve really split up the series a fair amount, so Jeff tends to figure out battle staging for his scenes and I do it for mine - but it’s been really, really fun to just sit down and say things like “Okay, the mutants are attacking New Attilan – what would that be like?” or “Which Inhuman would be awesome to see fighting Old Man Logan?” We have every toy in the toybox for these two franchises available to us - hard to beat.
Nrama: This series is being serialized just as Marvel announced you're leaving the Inhumans franchise in March. How is having this event culminate that run?
Soule: Well, the release of the Terrigen Cloud was the start of my storytelling with the Inhumans, and the resolution of that story will work as its end - so it’s pretty perfect. There’s one big story involving the Inhumans that I might tell down the road, but we’ll see. For now, I’m very happy to have been able to work with these characters for three years. I think I’ve written some cool stories, broadened the definition of what the Inhumans are in the Marvel universe, and introduced a lot of new concepts and faces. It’s been a great run, I’m proud of the work, and now I get to move on to something else (that I’ve actually been working on for a while, and I’m nervous and excited about.)
Nrama: While it’s the end of your Inhumans run, it also reunited you with a Wolverine after you killed him in Death of Wolverine. How has that felt to revisit him in this Old Man Logan self?
Soule: Man, I could write Logan all day long. Sort of a shame I killed him. Actually, I liked writing Cyclops, too, and definitely Jamie Madrox and even Alchemy. Why do I keep killing all these cool mutants?
Nrama: Last question - who are the two characters - one mutant, one inhuman - who you think people need to pay more attention to than they are in this six-issue event?
Soule:I think my favorite beat in the whole thing comes for Colossus in #5. Iso’s also got some cool stuff to do, and Ms. Marvel had one of my favorite lines in the story at the end of Issue 4. I just can’t wait to see what people think as the story plays out. Reaction the previous issues were stupendous – very gratifying. Let’s hope it keeps up!