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Avengers VS X-Men

Week of the Witch: Frank Cho Q&A

The artist of Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 discusses The Scarlet Witch, Hope, what he wants out of AvX and more

By Ben Morse

At her best, Wanda Maximoff stood proud as one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe; at her worst, The Scarlet Witch nearly destroyed the Avengers once and for all.

With the events of Avengers Disassembled and House of M in her past—though hardly forgotten—and having taken the first tentative steps toward redemption in AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE, The Scarlet Witch stands poised to play a pivotal role in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Will she make up for the pain she has caused in the past or once again find herself at the center of tragedy?

All this week, we will be looking at Wanda Maximoff’s life of triumph and tragedy, reliving her tumultuous history and speaking with the creators who know her best. As we draw ever closer to Avengers Vs. X-Men, prepare yourself with this Week of the Witch.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 preview art by Frank Cho

When The Scarlet Witch makes her dramatic re-emergence into the Marvel Universe proper, Frank Cho will be the man setting the scene.

The artist will re-team with former MIGHTY AVENGERS collaborator Brian Michael Bendis for a story starring Wanda Maximoff in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0, on sale March 28, as well as a tale featuring Hope Summers written by Jason Aaron in the same issue.

We asked Cho for his feelings on both characters, what it’s like to kick off AvX, the contrasts between working with different writers and more.

Marvel.com: What’s it like being the artist who will kick off Marvel’s biggest event of the year and perhaps one of the biggest ever?

Frank Cho: It feels great. I didn't realize that this story was going be this huge. I'm grateful and happy that Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, Nick Lowe and all the other editors thought of me to start this ball rolling.

Marvel.com: How did you approach the two stories you’re handling for AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0? What differences between them necessitated shifts in style?

Frank Cho: Brian Bendis and Jason Aaron's stories were fantastic. Great blend of action and drama. There was no stylistic shift. I was just focused on telling a great story graphically.

Marvel.com: In terms of the lead characters you’re dealing with, what qualities did you latch onto and how did those translate into the visual realm?

Frank Cho: [Laughs] I'm not sure if I could answer this without getting into trouble. Let's just say the editors emphasized to me that Hope was only 18 years old and I should "tone down" the sexiness.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 preview art by Frank Cho

Marvel.com: You’ve worked with Brian Bendis before, but I believe this is your first pairing with Jason Aaron; how did the two experiences contrast?

Frank Cho: Jason has a serial killer beard while Brian does not. I'm kidding. They both tell great stories. Despite their status in the industry especially Brian, they are both humble and laid back.

Marvel.com: Who else shows up in this issue and who did you most enjoy drawing?

Frank Cho: Pretty much everyone in the Avengers shows up, so I had a blast drawing Ms. Marvel again. But my favorite character to draw in this book was Cyclops—skinny and tall.

Marvel.com: What are you personally looking forward to seeing in AvX?

Frank Cho: I'm personally looking forward to Wolverine's development since he's in both teams. Also I may have some involvement with that character down the road. Stay tuned, kids.

Remember to pick up AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 on March 28 and AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 on April 4, in stores and on the Marvel Comics app!

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