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MyCup o' Joe Week 04

Joe Quesada delivers news on Secret Invasion, Hulk vs. Thor, Invincible Iron Man and more

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MyCup o' Joe is the weekly communiqué from Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada to the legion of Mighty Marvelites Assembled! Every Friday, Joe will sit down with journalist Jim McLauchlin to answer questions on the pressing issues of the day at Marvel and throughout comics. And YOU get to play, too! Make sure and leave your questions for Joe at MySpace, or here at Marvel.Com!
JM: Joe, let's dispense with all preliminaries, and get immediately into the most important issue to cross our field of vision in these four weeks—the sanctity of baseball. Reader Jonny Z writes: Joe, Mets fan to Mets fan, what happened in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #555? Peter Parker is seen wearing a Yankees jacket at The DB!, and then references said Yankees jacket on the next page. Hasn't Peter always been a Mets fan? Didn't Peter go to a Mets game with Uncle Ben three days before Ben's death, and doesn't he remember that as one of his last fond memories of time spent with his uncle? I can forgive the disintegration of the marriage, I can forgive the return of Harry, but turning Peter into a Yankees fan…that's an unforgivable sin. JQ: DAMN YOU, MEPHISTO!!!!!!!!!! This is an assault on all that is holy. Obviously, this is a mistake of the highest order and needs to be corrected moving forward. My assumption is that Chris Bachalo, the artist, is secretly a Yankee fan and tried to sneak this one by us. DAMN YOU, BACHALO!!!! However, Editor Steve Wacker should have known better and will be reprimanded appropriately. He's a Cardinals fan, so go figure. By the way, the funny thing about that story with Peter and Uncle Ben is that it's based on something I saw at Shea Stadium that I later recounted to Paul Jenkins. I was at a Mets/Braves game several years ago. I was sitting near home plate in the field level section and just in front of me in the front row, about 10 rows down, were three Wall Street-type guys. They were obviously talking about something other than the game, not really paying close attention, but rather animated in their conversation and beer. A few innings go by when suddenly one of the Braves players hit a screaming foul ball, at a very weird angle, and it clocks the middle guy of the three square in the face. It was horrible. It made a whacking sound like he had been shot, and his cup of beer exploded everywhere just to add dramatic emphasis the scene. It was so shocking that they stopped the game for a moment as some of the players and even Mr. Met with his big baseball head came by to see if the guy was okay. The medics came down and slowly the guy started to get up, and shake off the cobwebs. As he got up, standing right in front of him now, looking over the edge of the stands was a very concerned Mr. Met and that's when I broke down and started laughing hysterically. My wife turned to me and elbowed me and said, "What the heck is wrong with you?" I told her the reason I was laughing was because the last thing that guy saw before getting clocked was a giant baseball screaming into his face and now he comes to and the first thing he sees is this giant anthropomorphic baseball head asking if he's okay. I'm surprised he didn't run out of the stadium screaming.

Joe and Mr. Met

Anyway, I told Paul this story and mentioned that it seemed like a perfect Peter Parker-type event to me. Paul wrote a great Peter/Uncle Ben story, and we avoided another tragedy in that Paul, a loyal Red Sox fan, wanted the game to have been at Fenway Park in Boston. Could you imagine? Peter Parker a Red Sox fan? Not under my watch. JM: So it's merely Mephisto or Bachalo, not an evil plot on the part of Hank Steinbrenner? JQ: You do realize we're losing our readers with this line of questioning, right? JM: Who's more evil—Skrulls or Yankees? JQ: Yankees don't sell comics, so I'm giving it to the Skrulls. JM: Speaking of Skrulls, we're in the throes of Secret Invasion. We'll hit on some reader questions soon, but an interesting twist Marvel put on this story was bringing it all home with a real person in "Kinsey." Who the heck is she, like for reals?

a page from
SECRET INVASION:
HOME INVASION

JQ: Wouldn't ya like to know? The character of Kinsey Walden is your average 18-year-old girl who wants to get into college and hopes the boy she likes will ask her to prom. She also happens to have an annoying brother named Hank, who recently started acting very strange. As you learned in her video blog on MySpace, Kinsey and company actually exist in the Marvel Universe, and Hank was replaced by Skrulls. During Secret Invasion, you can follow Kinsey and her brother—and find out exactly why her brother was chosen by the Skrulls to be replaced—in a webcomic on Marvel.com. JM: So the SECRET INVASION: HOME INVASION comic is…what? Marvel's first ever book done specifically for the Web? True? JQ: While we did a SECRET INVASION PROLOGUE exclusively for the web, this is the first serialized web comic Marvel has done. Everyone involved on the creative team has experience with webcomics and independent comics, from the editor John Barber, to the writer Ivan Brandon and the artist Nick Postic. This was designed to keep the audience who followed Kinsey's video blogs and introduce them to the wonderful world of comics. Each webcomic supports Secret Invasion and gives details on how to find a local comic shop to help these new readers seek out our books. JM: Going forward, can you see Marvel doing more Web-only books? What's the advantages and disadvantages of a format like this? JQ: We saw a tremendous response to the SECRET INVASION PROLOGUE and reaction to Kinsey has been great, so we may do more like these, but they will always be used to support and promote the physical comics and direct people to the brick and mortar shops. JM: I'd have to assume SECRET INVASION: HOME INVASION will be collected in an eventual Secret Invasion hardcover and paperback, but are there any other applications something like this could serve? JQ: I'd say it already has. Kinsey's MySpace page is still up and running and we are hearing from her "fans" who followed her video blogs that they are reading the comics online, and from what we're hearing, many of these are brand new readers. So Kinsey rocks in my book. JM: Ballpark it. All this doesn't come without cost. Between a free webcomic, sending Skrulls around Manhattan, advertising and all, how much dough does Marvel sink into a marketing campaign for something like Secret Invasion? JQ: We don't discuss dollar amounts in public. That would be like me asking you how much MySpace pays you to interview me on a weekly basis. But we do spend a considerable amount of time and money on our marketing. Also, a lot of what we do, we manage to do for less than one would expect as we have a lot of willing participants and so much of the stuff goes out virally and takes on a life of its own. For example, our fans chip in in a very big way. Marvel fans are truly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to telling the world what's coming. They're legion and kick Colbert Nation's ass when it comes to this stuff! [laughs] Kidding, Colbert Nation, kidding! Besides, I know you're all Marvel fans too, and that's why we love you. Now go back to sticking Peabody stickers on Doritos bags. Anyway, we've really been enjoying creating initiatives that allow Marvel fans to have some fun with our marketing and at the end of the day they come up with stuff that's infinitely better than anything we could have concocted.
I need to get some new pictures taken. That's really the beauty of so much of the stuff that we've been doing lately. There's a real grassroots effort coming from so many areas, and I think that's because we're making it fun and the fans know that we're in a partnership with them because we love these characters as much as they do. Take a look at these pictures from A Comic Shop in Orlando Florida. Not "a comic shop," but the A Comic Shop—that's the name of the place. These guys are some of the most creative marketers I've ever seen on the retail front. Check out their website and the stuff they do to get the word out. http://www.myspace.com/acomicshop They showed me pictures from a Zombie Party that they threw in the store that looked amazing, and they also did a photo shoot to promote The Pro by Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner that was laugh-out-loud hysterical. JM: So you're into a second printing already on SECRET INVASION #1. Without getting too business-y, how is the trigger pulled on this? How does Marvel determine what needs a second printing and what doesn't? JQ: I can't help but think that some readers are just screaming at their screen thinking to themselves, "Stop with the business stuff, I just want to know who would win in a fight between Sentry and Thor!" Anyway...

a page from
SECRET INVASION #3

We did a tremendous overprint on SECRET INVASION #1, as we do with all of our "big, event" books. As it turns out, there were many more people interested in SECRET INVASION than even we or our retail partners anticipated, and the book quickly sold out at Diamond and many stores across the country were left without the first issue on stands. As this is obviously one of the biggest stories of the year, it only makes sense to keep this available for retailers to order and fans to buy over the coming months as the event is going on. And that, my friend, is where babies…I mean, second printings come from. As a bonus for fans, have you seen this awesome new page from SECRET INVASION #3? JM: And as always…we have some new art! This looks like Salvador Larroca's Iron Man, unless I miss my guess…

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JQ: How do you get this stuff, who sends it to you? JM: Blame your marketing guys. JQ: Yes, this is Salva's Iron Man art and it's friggin' beautiful. This is some of the best stuff I've ever seen Salva produce. JM: And much like Marvel is in bed—figuratively—with the European Salvador Larroca, you now have a partnership with a French publisher, Soleil. What's said partnership all about, and what are you doing with it? JQ: Several years ago I was invited to attend the Angouleme comic convention and I was lucky enough to be introduced to the guys from Soleil. Humberto Ramos and Richard Isanove had been working with them and I was hearing great things about their stuff from them and other creators. Now mind you, during my stay in Angouleme, I was introduced to numerous publishers and while all of them were really wonderful, the guys from Soleil really stood out to me. As I walked into their booth I was struck with how they were trying to separate themselves from all of the big, very conservative, staple European publishers and in many ways reminded me of Marvel and what it is that we were trying to do ourselves. They were an upstart company at the time with very Western sensibilities and a very Marvelesque/rock-'n'-roll attitude. Their booth had a giant Diamond Vision screen playing rock concert footage and they had gorgeous promotional models serving fans and creators Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres, it was pretty crazy. At their booth I started looking at their graphic albums and I was blown away by their stuff. While many European publishers have beautiful product, it's very easy for me to see how a lot of it wouldn't play well with American audiences. What I was seeing from Soleil had a very American feel to it while still retaining the qualities that made it distinctly European. When I got back to New York, I raved about them to our Publisher, Dan Buckley, and that's where Dan's big massive business brain took over. It took a bit for us to get the deal in place, but I'm thrilled that we'll be able to present Soleil's unique material and amazing creators to an American audience. We have a lot of stuff planned with them that we'll be announcing down the road, but for now fans can check out what's immediately on the docket by checking out the free Soleil Sampler that's available in comic shops as we speak. Inside the Sampler, you'll see pages from some of the upcoming Soleil books and more information on our partnership with Soleil. These guys at Soleil are just fantastic and I can't tell you how excited I am about this partnership. We've been working really hard over the last few years at expanding the types of books that Marvel publishes and this is another giant step in that direction. JM: Are freebies and samplers something you'll be doing more of? JQ: Actually yes. If you're attending the New York Comic Con, you'll be getting two free Marvel samplers. The first is an Iron Man/Hulk sampler that features previews of all of our upcoming Iron Man and Hulk product. It's all-ages safe and free, and a perfect primer for folks who are aware of the upcoming movies and want to know more about our comics. We're also doing a free Avengers/Invaders sketchbook featuring some amazing Alex Ross artwork and designs for the upcoming—and sure to be a hit—series. If you're not coming to the con, don't get your panties in a twist. These two samplers will also be available free at your local comic shop shortly. JM: And right around the corner is Free Comic Book Day, May 3. What do you have going for that day? JQ: FCBD…it's like Christmas at your comic shop. We've got two cool FCBD offerings A very important X-Men special, and a Marvel Adventures yarn which follows up on last year's massively successful Amazing Spider-Man FCBD issue. Anyone who picked up last year's Spider-Man comic had no idea at the time, but they were reading "Brand New Day" months before it was actually out. I know it's devious of us, but what can I say? I'm just trying to keep you all on your toes. JM: So what are you, personally, doing that day? Going somewhere or staying home? JQ: Every year on Free Comic Book Day, I stay home and reflect. And then I kill a kitten. JM: Kill two, will you? JQ: They make good eatin'. JM: Back to New York Comic Con, what's on the horizon for you there, and what are you really looking forward to? Ya got wild parties, groupies, finger sandwiches? JQ: There's a bunch of stuff I'm looking forward to. First and foremost, you're coming to town and we're hitting the Mets game on Wednesday night. Nothing like seeing your cherubic face. JM: I'm way more studly in person than I am on the phone. JQ: I'm mainly looking forward to our panels. I love doing panels and meeting the fans and answering questions and having a laugh or two. There are a few parties of course, but what happens at NYCC stays at NYCC. But, what I'm looking most forward to are two things. The Hero Initiative is auctioning off a lunch with moi on Friday! I've done this a few times, and each one has been a fantastic experience. The winners have been just fantastic people. Some are fans just wanting to hang and talk comics. Others have been aspiring creators looking for one-on-one time with someone in the industry. JM: Didn't one of these guys end up getting some work at Marvel? What was his name…? JQ: Matt Yocum, and yup, he sure did. Matt wrote a story for an Avengers Special, and two others have come very close to getting work here. They still might! But all that aside, it's all for a worthy cause, and you get a sketch as well. And as convention-goers know, I no longer do sketches at shows, or commissions. The lunch will be on Friday at noon just before the con opens. Hero is footing the bill and we'll go somewhere nice—not those greasy spoons you frequent, McLauchlin. JM: For this kind of abuse, I could just go talk to Stan Lee. But I see nothing wrong with a good chili dog. JQ: We'll hit folks with a link to the eBay auction here. JM: Thank you. But you said "two things." JQ: Yes. I cannot, and let me repeat, CANNOT wait for the Mary Jane/Gwen Stacy look-a-like contest with John Romita, Sr. as the judge. John does so very few public appearances these days that we wanted to come up with something special, I think his judging this contest will be a blast. So, for more info and how to sign up, just go here. And just so you gals out there, who want to compete, can see what you're up against, check out these choice shots of two very strong candidates. And if that's not enough, how about the lovely lady next to them?

editors Tom
Brevoort and
Nick Lowe

Brian Michael
Bendis; image created by
Benjamin Simpson

JM: I may have lost a year of my life looking at those. You do know we're doing a "Breakfast with Guillermo del Toro" as well for Saturday morning, right? JQ: Seriously? Can I come? JM: You'll have to be the wining bidder. Or bring your own waffles. JQ: You know what, I'm going to bid heavy on this one. I've always wanted to meet him! JM: He's a nice guy. Nicer than you. Well, I'm looking forward to digging into some reader's Skrull theories, so what say we dig into those questions? Justin asks something we have a lot of people asking: It seems that since House of M that there has been no end to the Marvel crossovers. After Secret Invasion will we see a break from crossovers so that books can make it on their on steam? JQ- Justin, I can¹t honestly say that that's what's going to happen as from all indications, you guys, the fans are digging the big events and the unifying ideas that are happening across the Marvel U. If we could flashback to the time when all our books were moving along independently you would see the plethora of questions I was receiving from fans asking for stories that tied the universe closer together because all of the books operating independently were causing confusion with respect to continuity within the universe. At the end of the day, we're doing the big event stories because that's what you guys want, it's a very democratic process. Believe me, the amount of energy and effort that it takes to construct these stories is Herculean and when they're over my staff looks like it's been run over by several buses. I mean have you seen the picture of Tom "Gwen" Brevoort? Do you think that's an accident? The other thing to consider is that we have these amazing ideas that effect our universe line wide, and in so many cases, in order to make that work, it has to effect a large number of our titles. And in my world, cool ideas are a great thing. But I do understand your concern, it can be heavy on your wallet and that's why we construct our events for the most part in ways that enable you not to have to buy every single title, Messiah Complex being the only event in recent memory that has run across several titles. It's a format of constructing big events that we perfected within the Ultimate Universe books. So the simple math is this, if Secret Invasion and it's ancillary books are too much fiscally for you, just pick up Secret Invasion, you'll get the full story in that one series, that's why it's designed the way it is. If you want more and if you want to see how that story is effecting the peripherals of the Marvel U, then you can get those books as well. As I said, these events are designed with the budget conscious fan in mind. Regardless, while we do these events about once a year, there are plenty of books to choose from in our stable that are running independently and doing there own thing. Soulkiller from Marvel.Com asks: When are you going to ask Mike Carey to write a Rogue solo series? He's done more for her character in the last year than anyone else has in the past 10 years! She deserves the limelight, Joe! And will Rogue be in SECRET INVASION: X-MEN or UNCANNY X-MEN #500? JQ: Hi, Soulkiller. You have a scary name. Rogue will be showing up in X-Men: Legacy next month, which Mike is writing! And she'll become one of the main characters in that book towards the end of 2008. Don't worry, Mike will take good care of our favorite Southern Belle.

the "Deal or No Deal"
briefcase girls in
their Storm-inspired
outfits

Speaking of another X-woman, did you see Deal or No Deal this week when Storm—or is it Storms?—made a surprise appearance? Here's a look! underworldeve from Marvel.Com wants to know: When will we be able to read Jeph Loeb and J. Scott Campbell's Spider-Man comic? JQ: Underworldeve, we're waiting to have more of the series done before we solicit it. Believe me, it's going to be worth the wait. Marvel.Com's Scarlet-Spider 07 asks: Mr. Q., First off, I am one of the converts when it comes to "One More Day." At first it just seemed weird that Peter and MJ would not be together, but I like the direction things are going in. Which leads to my first question: Will Jackpot get her own mini-series anytime soon? As regards "The Other" saga from Spider-Man a few years back, when can we expect answers from that to pop up in "Brand New Day"? I miss the organic web shooters; Spidey can only run out of web fluid so many times before it starts to get old, you know? Will we see Beta Ray Bill return from his heroic demise in Omega Flight? He is an amazing character. Will we see more Avengers Next-related minis like the upcoming American Dream? How about one for Mainframe? JQ: Hey there, Scarlet Spider, it's been a while. Glad you're diggin' "Brand New Day." Don't worry, MJ is still around. She may not be in the books currently, but how long do you think we'll be able to keep a good character away? As of this moment, Jackpot will be center stage in this summer's Secret Invasion: Spider-Man mini-series as well as this year's Amazing Spider-Man Annual. Lots of good stuff planned with her. While, we won't be making any direct references to "The Other," it's still a part of Spidey history, and it remains to be seen how Pete lost those powers. Oh yeah, Bill will be turning up again, and sooner than you think—possibly during Secret Invasion! See what I did just there? As long as there's an audience for them (even if that audience is just Senior Vice-President of Sales & Circulation David Gabriel), we'll keep doing more A-Next minis! To tide you over, here's some art from AMERICAN DREAM.

art from
AMERICAN DREAM

art from
AMERICAN DREAM

art from
AMERICAN DREAM

Evan asks: Dear Joe, 1) What is the deal with the Malibu Ultraverse? Do you guys own these characters or not? My honest opinion, given that I grew up in the '90s, is that Marvel should not overlook characters such as Sludge, Prime, Ultraforce, and the rest. There is potential there, and you're not doing anything! 2) I heard you guys don't like the term "Earth-616." Why is that? 3) Rom, Spaceknight. Anything? JQ: Evan, how's it hangin'? 1) While we do own the Ultraverse characters, there are issues which I can't discuss which make publishing them next to impossible. I hope this changes in the future, but at the moment, it doesn't look good. 2) As I said last week, "Earth-616" seems a very DC way of referring to the Marvel Universe. What's so difficult about saying, "This story occurs in the Marvel Universe?" 3) While we get many requests for Rom, unfortunately, we don't own the character, so can't help you there, either. The 4th Horseman is excited to ask: Yo, Joe! Will the SECRET INVASION PROLOGUE be printed? It was cool reading it on Marvel.com but I'd like to own a copy. JQ: Horseman, there are definitely plans to have it in print, so keep your eyes open. Dave is getting in touch with his dark side and wants to know: Hi Joe, I was a big fan of Fabian Niceiza's ZEMO: BORN BETTER mini-series from a while back. I thought the series set up a great new status quo for Zemo, and was probably one of the best villain redemption stories Marvel has ever done. Are there any plans for the new, more "heroic" Zemo to pop up again soon in any Marvel books? JQ: Dave, you do realize Zemo wears a sock over his head, right? I always wondered how menacing a guy with a sock over his head could be. I mean, it's not like it's a stocking that sits snug around your head but distorts your features and makes you look all weird and stuff. This is a sock, and a baggy one at that. "Woo hoo, look at me, I'm Baron Zemo, I have a sock on my head!" No immediate plans at the moment. Skrull TB invades with this question: Are Runaways and/or Young Avengers going to cross over with Secret Invasion? Both teams have Skrulls, so I can hardly see them being insulated from this. Also, will a Young Avengers series continue after YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS runs its course? If so, who will you be getting to write and draw it? JQ: Skrull TB, you are absolutely right about Runaways and Young Avengers. So right, that you'll see them in the three-issue SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS AND YOUNG AVENGERS limited series by Chris Yost and Takeshi Miyazawa.

SECRET INVASION:
RUNAWAYS AND
YOUNG AVENGERS #1

SECRET INVASION:
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YOUNG AVENGERS #2

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SECRET INVASION:
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As for what's down the line after Young Avengers Presents, well we've got some big plans for the Young Avengers in 2009 and beyond, involving their creators Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. But it's too early to speak much about it now. For the time being, you'll have to enjoy them in Secret Invasion and YAP and elsewhere. Lance asks: Hey Joe. Have you ever considered drawing a cover for an issue of X-Factor ? JQ: Well, Lance, actually I drew a cover for X-Factor last year. It was for issue #13, in which writer Peter David revisited the classic "therapy" story from X-Factor #87 way back in 1993.

X-FACTOR #87

X-FACTOR vol. 2 #13

I am Jack's Smirking Revenge asks: Hey, Joe, I'm a little behind in my comics reading. What's up with Thanos? Apparently he's dead again, right? Are there any plans for him in the future? JQ: Hey there, Jack, no need for regrets with respect to not keeping up with your comics reading. At Marvel we make catching up really simple. At the beginning of all of our books we provide a handy-dandy recap page. It's not unlike when you tune into any weekly TV show and they tell you, "Previously on (fill in the blank)." So now you know and now there's no excuse not to stop by your local comic shop or subscribe to Marvel's Digital Comics and start enjoying the greatest action adventure universe on planet earth*. Tell 'em I sent ya. Now, as for Thanos, he's still dead. Of course, that hasn't stopped him from popping up again in the past. * Common side effects of Reading Marvel Comics include serious edge-of-your-seat anxiety that may lead to falling out of one's chair. A sudden decrease in blood pressure may occur upon standing, rarely resulting in fainting. Women who are pregnant, or think they are pregnant, or may become pregnant should read only under doctor's supervision. Chronic DC readers should consult their physicians before attempting to read a Marvel Comic as serious heart palpitations may occur that will lead to Marvel Zombieism. Steely is ready for some vampire hunting! He wants to know: Hey, Joe, any more Anita Blake mini-series in the pipeline, whether they be adapted from the novels or original tales? JQ: Steely, are you ready to help me break some news here this week? Okay, here goes… We're happy to say that our next project with best-selling author Laurell K. Hamilton is an adaptation of Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse. How cool is that!!! [Grey] Cain has some "incredible" queries: 1) How did the Red Hulk come about? I'm not talking about "in the story," as I know that's coming up in the book eventually. How did he come about from a creative standpoint? 2) How was it decided that the gap between One More Day and Brand New Day would be explained in New Avengers rather than in Amazing Spider-Man? 3)Piggy-backing off of my previous Red Hulk question, with that ball of scarlet rage running amok, is there any possibility of an encounter/fight between him and Thor? JQ: Is it Grey or is it Cain? Come on now, make up your mind. 1) The idea for Red Hulk came out of the colorful mind of Hulk Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. Mark just stumbled into my office and said, "I have two simple words for you: Red Hulk." 2) Huh? I don't think that has been determined, nor do I understand how you make that assumption. That said, you'll be seeing more about the gap of time between the end of OMD and the start of BND in Amazing Spider-Man all through the next year or so.

Hulk vs. Thor
2008-style

3) Okay, who have you been talking to? Did someone leak this piece of artwork to you? Now let's be clear—This doesn't mean in any way that you should expect a Hulk vs. Thor fight or anything as this is obviously an unauthorized leak and I have no idea where you've heard any of this ridiculous stuff. Oh, okay, you got me. FIGHT, FIGHT!!! Potsie Webber asks: Can you stick Dan Slott on a Slapstick solo series? I know that's just a pipe dream, but I feel if I ask you every so often in every medium I can find, you are sure to crack sooner or later. JQ: Actually, Potsie, I'm more likely to ask for a restraining order, but that's just me. Y-Not asks why not do this: Can Deathlok fans ever look forward to a film, or worthy return in the comic book realm? JQ: While I can't speak to the movie side of things, Y-Not, I can say that no one would be happier than me to see a Deathlok comic out sometime soon. While there are no immediate plans, we're certainly looking for just the right hook for a mini-, or possibly an ongoing. X marks the spot for Miguel who asks: Will we have a all new roster at Uncanny X-Men #500? JQ: Yo, X, Uncanny #500 changes things up quite a bit. There isn't a set team, per se. It stars all the X-Men. People like Cyclops, Emma and Wolverine are going to be mainstays but anyone who's an X-Man can show up at any time. It's all part of our big shake-up that centers in San Francisco! Ashley's a big Rachel Summers fan and wants to know: Hi Joe, I was wondering what's next for the X-Men who were left in space (Havok, Polaris, and Rachel) and when they might be finally returning to Earth? JQ: As far as Havok and Polaris go, Ashley, they're going to have to break out of the prison that Vulcan put them in at the end of X-Men: Emperor Vulcan. Can Rachel break them out? We shall see! And speaking of another great female hero, check out these great new pages from SHE-HULK #31

SHE-HULK #31 art

SHE-HULK #31 art

SHE-HULK #31 art

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