Pixie: Making it on Her Own

Kathryn Immonen takes one of the newest X-Men on a solo outing



X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 preview art by Sara Pichelli
By Marc Strom

One of the X-Men's youngest members flies into her first extended solo adventure with X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 on February 10, from writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Sara Pichelli. The four-issue limited series will take Pixie and her teammates Armor, Mercury, X-23, and Blindfold and send them to any teenager's nightmare: high school. But according to Immonen, all may not as it appears.

"How can I break this to you gently-it's not actually a real high school," the writer informs us.

As to the circumstances that lead Pixie and her friends to their current situation, Immonen lists: "in order, I'd say, a bogus invitation, boredom on a weeknight, a Vespa, and Pixie's inability to control her impulses."

As to just how well things go from there, Immonen points out that the answer to that question depends on whom you ask.

"From whose perspective?" she asks. "From [Pixie's], everything's super perfect. From [everyone else's], the exact opposite of super perfect, but it's hard to fight back against something you can't see or control. And that's all I'm going to say about that!"

For Immonen, the opportunity to write Pixie's maiden star turn proved too good to pass up.

"I think [editor] Nick Lowe has had a hankering for a Pixie [series] for quite a while and certainly [UNCANNY X-MEN writer] Matt Fraction has been good enough to give her some screen time which has provided a nice

X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 preview art by Sara Pichelli
base upon which to build something," remarks the writer. "So, when Nick asked if I wanted to give it a go, I was more than happy to do so."

The story will also explore the relationships Pixie and her fellow teammates share in a new light.

"I'm really keen, in this story, to take a hard look at what these girls mean to each other," explains Immonen. "As teammates certainly, but maybe more importantly as friends and almost sisters. And Pixie's going to have a lot to answer for by the time we're done. She's proved herself pretty easily to them all the way along. It may not be so simple for her from here on in."

Though we haven't seen Pixie outside of a team context all that much, Immonen feels the character has developed a strong identity all her own in the years since fans first met her.

"Pixie's shown herself to have a pretty resilient nature," she comments. "She seems to be a genuinely upbeat and optimistic sort of chick, even though she's missing part of her soul! To be honest, initially this was part of the trouble I had warming up to her. She bounces back a little too easily, if she [even] notices that she's been squashed at all.

"Having said that, I am not at all interested in turning her 'dark' or whatever. But I did start to wonder if her ability to just go with the flow and accept a situation could be a liability instead of an asset, and I think we've developed a story here which explores exactly that."

X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 preview art by Sara Pichelli
This series will also reveal the identity of Pixie's father, though Immonen remained tight-lipped on his identity.

"Well, if we consider all the hot to trot, eligible bachelors in the Marvel Universe, it's either Tony Stark or Mole Man," she jokes. "Also, did you know that Razorback has a PhD? What was the question again?"

The writer would however open up a little more on just why she chose to explore the issue of Pixie's paternity to begin with.

"It's got everything to do with her powers," reveals Immonen. "There's something about the way that her pixie dust crisscrosses the line between mutant and magic which was extremely interesting to me. So not only do we find out who her father is, but we also learn rather more about her loony mother. And it really does explain a thing or two."

Leaving off, Immonen made sure to note that X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK will have a little something for everyone.

"It's got mutants and magic! A demon from the past! Nefarious plans! Stabbings! Very scary school nurses! Girls talking in bathrooms! And Sara Pichelli and [colorist] Christina Strain are knocking it all right out of the proverbial park!"


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So how exactly is she striking back? Striking back against overbearing teachers? School bullies? Why didn't they just call it X-Men 90210 instead?Seriously, do Marvel really know what they are doing with X-Men anymore?