Marvel is launching a new Multiple Man series this July from writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Andy MacDonald, reports ComicBook. For those that read the recent Death of X event and witnessed the character's death - his return and how is the central thing they're addressing in the first arc.
“Yeah, Jamie is very dead. He was killed by the Terrigen Mists and all of his dupes died with him. But our book starts off with someone finding Jamie very not dead. But he is not long for this world," Rosenberg said. "So the mystery of why he isn't dead and how to save himself is a big driving force of the story."
"If I were smarter I'd probably say some nonsense about how this was all about the duality of man and the Jungian archetypes that exist within us, how they are often oppositional, and how the ideas of who we are existed before us and continue beyond us," Rosenberg continued. "Maybe the book is about what we leave behind in the world for the people who love us and the people who don't, and how that story is never a complete picture. But, honestly, I just like Jamie Madrox a lot and I raised my hand in a meeting at the Marvel office and said, 'What if he wasn't dead?' and then they asked me to make up how that would work. And so... here we are. Dude's not dead.”
Rosenberg reveals that the first issue will also introduce a "mysterious new team" who are hunting Madrox.
"They are willing to go toe-to-toe with the X-Men to get to him, so you know they're pretty serious," said writer. "Who they are and why they exist is pretty crazy, but it is all part of a bigger plan for global domination. While Jamie is mostly concerned with not dying at first, he gets caught up in all this stuff and, ya know, has to try and fix it. Or not. It's complicated.”
Rosenberg squarely punts Madrox's marriage from this series, saying that Layla Miller will not be in Multiple Man.
"As for Layla [Miller, Madrox’s wife], she isn't in this one. We're focussing on Jamie for now and getting him back on the board before we can get them back together... If we get them back together," said Rosenberg.
"But some other X-Factor folks are definitely going to pop up. I'm using a bunch of them in my New Mutants series already (shameless plug) so I didn't have to ask for a lot of permission to bring them over," the writer continued. "And that's really what it's all about. Not asking for permission.”