Jan 31, 2018- IVX COLLECTION
Just one book out from me today, the collected edition of an event book I wrote with my friend Jeff Lemire, which ran through the early part of 2017: Inhumans vs. X-Men, or as we and pretty much everyone else called it, IvX. It's a bunch of material, seven issues of an epic battle between Marvel's Merry Mutants and the Inhumans, an extended family of immensely powerful superpowered folks. #0 was written entirely by me and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, with colors by Dan Brown and letters by Clayton Cowles. Jeff and I co-wrote #1-6. Leinil Yu penciled and Gerry Alanguilan inked #1,2 and 6, Javier Garron drew #3-5, and David Curiel colored and Clayon lettered all of #1-6. Amazing work from everyone.
This was a big story, sort of a one-two punch with another book that came out just before it called Death of X. DoX and IvX, together, make up one big, eleven-issue epic that was designed to wrap up several years of storytelling that spun out from much earlier Marvel Universe events: Infinity and Secret Wars, primarily. Does it sound complicated? IT WAS. This wasn't my first big Marvel story, but it was the first that involved this many moving parts, and had to hit so many targets - characters needed to die in satisfying ways, years-long arcs needed to pay off, and it was what we call a "hero vs. hero" story, which meant we had to be very careful about the way some of these characters acted. It was supposed to feel intractable, like these were good people who had been forced to the brink because of essential truths about their existence. They didn't want to go to war... but war doesn't care what you want.
If you missed IvX when it hit shelves last year, or didn't pick up the beautifully designed hardcover that came out in July and is still available, give it a shot. Despite everything I said above, Jeff and I wrote both Death of X and IvX to work on their own. You don't need to have read everything else to make sense of them - it's just a big, fun super-powered epic.
So, that's it for me this week. Two sort of light weeks in a row, but it all starts to ramp up again next week, with Daredevil #598, an incredible Alex Ross-painted poster for Daredevil #600, and second prints of both Daredevil #596 and Astonishing X-Men #7. LOTS of good stuff happening in February. And if you haven't checked out/pre-ordered my novel THE ORACLE YEAR yet in order to get your own prediction of the future from me... head on over!