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MyCup o' Joe Week 10

EIC Joe Quesada answers fans' questions in this special "Fan Appreciation Week" edition of MyCup o' Joe! Plus, preview exclusive art from INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS, and VENOM: DARK ORIGINS!

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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!
JOE QUESADA: Hey there gang, as promised, this week is "Fan Appreciation Week." We've sent McLauchlin to the bar so it's just you and me. Thanks a million for all the incredible questions, you cats have a lot on your minds, don'tcha? Due to the overwhelming number of questions, I had to cut the list down as it would have taken me all week to get through them. If I didn't get to your question, please don't take it personally, I just had to cut some for the sake of brevity. Also, some of the questions asked about things that were answered in the previous nine installments. So, if you don't see your question, check out the archived columns for the answer or just try again in the upcoming weeks. We hope to get to everyone at one point or another. However, before moving forward I wanted to express to you all what an incredibly sad week this has been for us here at Marvel. All of us were shocked at hearing of the passing of legendary comics retailer Rory Root. For those of you who know Rory or had dealt with him in the past, you know that he was not only one of the best, but also one of the good guys. We'll miss you Rory.

SECRET INVASION:
INHUMANS #2

jayvee asks, "With Marvel Boy getting so much face time lately, is there any chance...any chance whatsoever...that we can get the Grant Morrison mini from 2000 reprinted, perhaps with a Hood-like Premiere HC resurrection? Also, are we ever going to get a trade collecting all the MYTHOS books? Those things are incredible (especially for new readers), and I'd love to see more. Any new ones coming up in the pipeline?" JQ: Jayvee, check out our September catalog, I think you'll be pretty stoked. Steven Ghost pontificates, "Hey Joe, thanks for answering my question the other week. I really enjoyed DEAD OF NIGHT FEATURING MAN-THING. Any plans for more Man-Thing stories in the near future?" JQ: Hey Steven, thanks for writing in! You'll be pumped up to hear that we've got a new DEAD OF NIGHT series launching in September by the Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novelist Brian Keene! Brian's writing a four-issue series reinterpreting the badass character Devil-Slayer. We're going to be looking at this character in a new, MAX light, and tie directly into some key events going on in the world today, in the classic Marvel tradition.

DEAD OF NIGHT Devil
Slayer sketches

F.A.C.T.S.2008 asks, "How about EYE OF THE CAMERA? How is Anacleto coming along? One new question: Who is going to color that insanely detailed artwork? Haberlin please?!!!" JQ: Jay Anacleto is hard at work on issue #5 at the moment, F.A.C.TS., and the series ought to be scheduled before the end of this year. That's right, you heard me, this year as in this year! Thanks for your patience. And yes, the coloring is being done by Brian Haberlin and his crew at Avalon Studios. Here's a sneak peak at some (uncorrected) color art from issue #4, featuring Secret Wars!

EYE OF THE CAMERA
#4 art

EYE OF THE CAMERA
#4 art

NLW asks, 1) "Any chance of giving Blade another shot? Putting on someone like Jason Aaron to write it would be pretty amazing. 2) Mockingbird really did have the worst death ever...let her stay around this time." JQ: 1) You want some Blade do you, NLW? What if I told you that in September, Blade will be joining the cast of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 starting with issue #5. Oh, and what if I showed you some art?

CAPTAIN BRITAIN
AND MI 13 #5 cover
sketch

2) Nahhhhhhh. jamie inquires, "Love what's going on with the merry mutants. Will we be seeing the children of the vault any time soon?" JQ: Not particularly soon, Jamie, but we haven't forgotten them yet. They're doing all kinds of crazy stuff down in South America. Вы действительно пахнете!! queries, "Slott has really done a number on crafting Slapstick into a beautifully well rounded character ripe with potential. At the end of the series there a number of curious hints towards a bubbling story. Has Dan Slott planted the seeds for something that may spin out of THE INITIATIVE with everyone's favorite funnyman, Steve Harmon? Is there something to the fact that he can't change his form anymore? What about the gadget he pocketed after defeating KIA? What's the haps!?" JQ: No plans for a Slapstick spin-off at the moment, but all of your questions will be followed up on in one way or another in upcoming issues of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE. 3r41n14c puts forth, "I've purchased Marvel products for the past 25 years, and it is just now I'm coming to say this regarding death/resurrection in comics. I'm tired of reading or hearing about the integrity of storytelling and the medium's past use of the device, especially when SPIDER-MAN: OMD added up to be the "Clone Saga" of this decade. Adding insult to injury, and acting much in the way politicians tend to, there was a promise of "dead means dead," that was thrown out the window in a matter of months. If you can bring back all these supposedly-dead characters, why the hell can't we bring back Wolverine's trademark cigar?! He can kill but he can't smoke...makes perfect sense. I guess that's the joy of being E-I-C...you don't have to bend your will to the wants of the people. Much like George Bush and thousands of others left in charge with "big decisions," absolute power has again corrupted absolutely. If only all the "good" stories could end with a magic spell... I'm so jaded by Marvel that it almost brings a tear to my eye when I look at the +14,000 comics I've purchased. Was I entertained? Sure...did it pay off with great storytelling? In some cases yes, but those are few and far between. And then when the fans say they're disappointed, the typical response is "Great! We love creating controversy!"...but it's not so great when people put their dollars and hearts into the characters, creators, and medium, only to be left with a bitter taste in their mouths. Humans have an amazing capacity to silently harbor abuse, in any of its myriad forms. Any chance you'll go back to drawing and let someone else direct for a while, Joe? Written without malice but integrity, Shane" JQ: Okay, Shane, I'll try to get to as much of the stuff that you've asked as is humanly possible. I may bounce around a bit, but hopefully I'll get to all of it. I appreciate your honesty, so I hope you can appreciate mine. With respect to my ban on character smoking, etc., I have gone on about this in more places than I care to remember. If you Google it you'll be able to read all of my reasoning for banning smoking. If you don't agree with any of the stuff you read, here's the simplest math of all. I lost some of my dearest family members to smoking. Whether people like my logic or not, the simple fact is that I don't want the heroes in my comics smoking nor promoting a product that has caused me and so many people that I know so much pain. A product that the tobacco industry put out on the stands and promoted to adults and especially young people, knowing it was deadly and even added ingredients that made it's addictiveness that much more powerful. To me, that describes villainy in the clearest and purest fashion possible. So, guess what, it may sound harsh, but as EIC I can ban stuff like that, whether there's a logic to it or not. As for my promise of "dead is dead." First, what you're throwing out here is the sound byte that the Internet and newsgroups ran with, but not the entirety of what I said. Again, you can Google my views on this and if I'm not mistaken, I've talked about it a little here in the column as well. I never said we would never ever be killing off or resurrecting characters again. As for the other stuff, it's sometimes weird to me when people speak to me or about me on these forums as if I'm an elected official running for office. My job isn't to get people's vote of approval of me as a person or executive. My job is to bring you guys the best comics I can possibly bring you. In that respect I bend to the will of the fans every day with every thing we do because the fans vote very clearly. They either vote with their dollars or their feet as they walk out of the stores. That and that alone is my sole responsibility here at Marvel and I take it very seriously. That's why I do my panels at conventions and why I do this column and have been doing a similar column like this for years. I take hours and hours in my day to answer these questions because I want to hear from people like yourself and engage in conversation about the stuff we do and to offer everyone a platform by which to speak and be heard. I'm sorry you may feel jaded with Marvel. Hopefully we can change your mind somewhere else down the road. But, what I can tell you is that all of us here come to work every day to do our best and give you our best. Are 100% of the 90+ books we put out a month going to be brilliant? Absolutely not, it's impossible plus one person's "brilliant" may not be another's cup of tea. But, that doesn't mean that we're not working our tails off and that we're not listening to what our fans want on a daily basis. Tim the Elder wants to know, "Just one request Joe, a plea actually. Deadpool is the one thing that keeps me coming back to the comic store. I then have reason to buy $100 worth of Marvel stuff a month, (and I'm disabled, so that's a lot of cash and a lot of Ramen), so please just hear this. No "reinvention" please. I know you can't get Joe Kelly or Fabian to do the book and I respect that a new writer will have their own spin, but please keep our favorite Merc recognizable. Please." JQ: You got it, Tim the Elder. We won't be reinventing our boy Wade, but we will be re-introducing him to the rest of the Marvel U, dropping him like a Ritalin-deprived nuclear bomb right into the middle of "Secret Invasion." And if you think you know what Deadpool's gonna do...well, you don't. So fret not, all is right with the universe. Garret eagerly asks, "Being from Michigan, and an alumnus of the University of Michigan, I have to ask: What is the name of Michigan's Initiative team?" JQ: The Buckeyes. Wha? Bub questions, "Hey Joe, any plans to return Beast back to his original furry form? His current look is what keeps me from reading X-MEN...literally!! In a battle, he looks as though he could be easily distracted by a container of catnip. Undo the mistake, you have the power!!!" JQ: Sorry, there Bub. X-Editor Nick Lowe is deeply in love with Cat-Beast (so much that it worries me) and I fear that if we change him back to Ape-Beast (which doesn't really make sense because he didn't look like an ape, did he?) Nick might take the road of violence. That said, let me just state that I'm not a big fan of the kitty Beast nor the furry blue ape Beast, I'm old school and loved the big feet and hands Beast. Let me add, if you're a fan of the ape Beast, check out the SECRET INVASION: WHO DO YOU TRUST? one-shot. sabir raises the question, "Joe, what's the status on the 'Daredevil: The End' story? I seem to recall an announcement for it a long time ago with a lot of big names attached. I was just wondering if I missed it or if it has yet to come out. Are there any more 'The End' type stories coming out soon?" JQ: Hey, Sabir! The creative team is working away on DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS as we speak. Brian Bendis and David Mack have been co-writing the series, while Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz have been doing a fantastic job with the line art. Here are a few of the amazing Klaus and Bill pages, seen for the first time anywhere! See, sometimes if you ask the right question, you can get an exclusive!

A page from
DAREDEVIL: END OF
DAYS

A page from
DAREDEVIL: END OF
DAYS

I was just wondering if we're going to be seeing the likes of Toxin around any time soon? I mean, with the return of Eddie Brock and the whole Anti-Venom thing, is Venom's grandson really going to sit this one out? That and how long is the Bendis/ Immonen run going to last on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN? Peace & Love Samurai Jack xxxx JQ: Sorry, no love for Nerdcore, there are no current plans for Toxin. As for Bendis and Immonen, well as of this very moment, we're going to have to pry the book from their greedy little fingers. J. Dinkhouse wants to know, "Hey Joe, I asked this last week, but it didn't get answered and I'm still curious, plus I have another to tack on: 1) I love Matt Fraction, as much or more than the next guy (I even tracked down LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS because I heard it was good), but what is with everyone giving him credit for creating Ezekiel Stane? To my knowledge, he has been a major character in both ULTIMATE IRON MAN series, and I'm sure he existed in the Marvel U in some form before that. Doesn't the credit lie there, or if not, in the hands of Orson Scott Card? Mind you, I'm a huge fan of Fraction's take on the character and of the issue, buying multiple copies. I'm just confused on this point. 2) Why did the page count drop on SI 2, but the price stayed at $3.99? I can't imagine it's anymore difficult to produce than any other book with the same page count that goes for $2.99, so why not bring the price down after the first issue? Love the series, but don't get why it deserves a price extension without some extra pages or back matter or something. One more thing, is there going to be anywhere that we can get a good look at the Hero Initiative Hulk project covers? A big shot of all of them doesn't really do them justice. Not that I could afford any of them, but the Spider-Man ones were fantastic and I bet the Hulk ones are equally stunning... if only I could really look at them..." JQ: Dinkhouse, here ya go. 1-Both Ezekiel Stane and Zebediah Stane are related to the classic Iron Man villain Obadiah Stane -- a.k.a. The Iron Monger! -- but they're not the same character. Zebediah Stane, who has appeared previously in both the Marvel Universe and in ULTIMATE IRON MAN, is Obadiah Stane's father. Ezekiel Stane is Obadiah's son. He was created by Matt in THE ORDER, and can be seen in current issues of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN. Speaking of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, here are a couple of pages from issue #2.

A page from
INVINCIBLE IRON
MAN #2

A page from
INVINCIBLE IRON
MAN #2

2- The hard truth of the matter was that the series was originally priced to be $3.99 but at normal page count. What happened was that issue #1 ran over in page count but we decided to keep the price the same. 3- Just for you, here are a few larger images of some of the amazing covers that have come in to date.

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

HULK #1 variant
cover

Captain America wants to know, "Is it likely that we will ever see Luther Manning return as Deathlok?" JQ: Hey look, its Cap back from the dead! It's likely that we'll see Deathlok again in the near future. But whether it'll be Luther Manning, Michael Collins, Jack Truman or some entirely new zombie cyborg remains to be seen. Steeley[M.B.D.I] Its muh Birthday today asks, "Joe often when the topic of friendly rivalry in the comic industry comes up obviously its the whole Marvel vs DC debate, apart from them which company would you say is a serious competition? On a similar theme how come you always compare your events against DC's? I mean Top Cow practically did a Messiah Complex type of event with First Born before you guys did MC (and with fewer issues to boot)." JQ: Let me start with the latter question. I didn't read Top Cow's First Born but I'm sure it was great. That said, it's not like either of us came up with the original idea for a "Messiah" story if you catch my drift. As for competition, DC is the only one currently to really compare ourselves as it's not just about market share. We both have the longest history and most iconic characters so there are enough similarities that it makes for an easier "oranges to oranges" comparison. We're also, with respect to staff and infrastructure, the biggest and most comparable of all the publishers. Scott of The RMC announces, "Well, we here at Read More Comics are not sold out of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1. I love the fact that Marvel does not over print. It gives us, the retailers who actually love and know about comic books the jump on the rest of the industry. It only made sense to me to over order issue 1 seeing how it came out right after everyone saw the blockbuster summer movie. Now, my customers are driving past comic shops closer to them to get to mine cuz they know I got it. Make mine Marvel." JQ: I love it when a plan works out. Scott, we do need to be clear here. Marvel does overprint, we are just conservative as to how much we overprint by. Thanks for taking a chance on INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, it really turned out to be a brilliant issue. Cy's Cychotic Cychology asks, "Hi Joe, 1) This new brand of undetectable Skrulls are only revealed during death. Elektra was killed revealing that she was a Skrull. In WOLVERINE #30, Elektra was killed by Gorgon and brought back to life. According to background to "Secret Invasion" the Skrull Elektra infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and had run in with Wolverine. Is this no prize territory or is there an explanation? 2) Was Mephisto a Skrull when he ruined Spider-Man for me? I hope so. What happened to Spider-Man's new/old powers of increased strength, stingers, and organic webs? 3) What Summer Marvel Movie do you like the best, "The Incredible Hulk" or "Iron Man?" JQ: Come on now, Cy, it's way too early to be giving out No-Prizes when there's still so much story and backstory to be told. And some of that backstory involving Elektra can be found in MIGHTY AVENGERS #16. See what I just did! I can turn anything into a marketing opportunity! Here's some preview art from that issue, by Khoi Pham.

Preview art from
MIGHTY AVENGERS
#16

Preview art from
MIGHTY AVENGERS
#16

Preview art from
MIGHTY AVENGERS
#16

Those powers are gone. But, all will be answered in time. Tough for me to say as I haven't seen a final edit on "The Incredible Hulk" yet. That said, in the early editing stages I thought they were both amazing! Quasar asks, "Hey Joe! How are you doing buddy! I hear you are not a big fan of cosmic stories but I'll ask the head honcho, anyway! I read in one of your Newsarma interviews that you were not a big fan of the original Quasar, Wendell Vaughn, and that you thought it best to "find someone new" and "start over." My question is: Why bother finding someone new if you are going to change things? Why not just use the new character and let it have its own identity--Especially when the said character could just have been tweaked a bit to fit with the current powers. Why alienate a group of fans loyal to one of their favorite superheroes? Another question: It seems there is a lack of writers/editors doing their homework on certain characters and story lines. Is Marvel, basically, throwing continuity out the window? Or does Marvel feel years of continuity just gets in the way of telling stories? I feel some comics from years past are meaningless i.e. Marvel, these days, seems to be putting out more stand alone type comics. Maybe I am just getting old, eh?" Thanks for your time. -Matt JQ: Matt, first let's put my answer in context. I was asked about characters that worked and didn't work and if they didn't how would I fix them. Quasar came up in the "doesn't work" category. That alone should tell you something. While there are those that remember the original fondly, it's not like they're legion nor are they enough to support an ongoing classic Quasar book. Believe me, I wish there were. What this simply tells me and everyone in publishing is that maybe we should try something different. If we were looking to create a new character, we would just do that. We do it all the time. But, what we were looking to do was recreate Quasar, hence the use of the Quasar name. As for continuity, ask Stan Lee and he'll tell you that he was getting questions like this in the 60's as has every Editor in Chief since him. We absolutely do our best to stick to continuity, but here's the thing, we're human and sometimes we goof. Also, we produce close to 90 plus titles a month created by a huge number of talented people. Keeping it all perfect is impossible. The best we can do is to keep it as consistent as we can within the context of a make believe universe that has more moving parts than anyone could possibly control. Derek Metaltron asks, "Dear Joe, first off, you've overseen things both that I like (X-Men, Secret Invasion) and dislike (Spider-Man's current snooze-fest) but outside OMD and BND, I've liked your ideas on the whole. One thing I've enjoyed lately is the ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 web comic on the Marvel site. Any chance of this becoming a monthly (or at least regular) thing? If so, I'd nominate either CIVIL WAR #1 or NEW AVENGERS #1 to be the next comic. Plus what if you made a PSP Digital Comics brand with entire arcs available in the same way, complete with interviews, bonus comics and other bonus features? That would be a great way of seeing both modern and classic storylines come to life. Anyway, thanks for listening and keep up the good work (except for BND, just finish that and return things to normal already)." 'Derek Metaltron'/James (Nottingham, England) JQ: Okay, while I respect your right to call it a snooze fest, Derek, it does beg the question, what exactly about Spidey being married made the book so much more "edge of your seat" exciting? Okay, now that that's out of the way, the digital realm is a brave new world for us, so while I have no definite way of answering your question, I believe that at this point, anything is possible. Paul King asks, "Joe, first, thank you for allowing so many great stories to happen! "Annihilation," Bru's Cap story, "Secret Invasion," the X-Men storyline... So much great and diverse stuff! Keep it coming and I'll keep buying. My questions: 1) Can you find out if there are any plans to bring the Claremont/Paul Smith/JRJR UNCANNY X-MEN story arc "From The Ashes" back into print? 2) Why are you (Marvel) going so nuts on the variant covers? Will it ever calm down? 3) I want to thank you for having such a comprehensive collected edition program. Is that something you are really going to continue as vigorously in light of Marvel's steps into Digital Comics Unlimited? 4) Finally, will we ever get just a fun story of the big Marvel Icon heroes (Cap, Thor, Hulk and etc) teaming up to beat up some of Marvel's biggest villians (Dr. Doom, Magneto, Loki and etc.) just for fun? I loved that about the original "Secret Wars" and miss it now. "WWH" and "Civil War" were great, just hero vs. hero though. No conflicted personal story or talking heads - just some good, old-fashioned Mighty Marvel Mayhem!" Thanks, Paul JQ:Paul, thanks for your questions. Unfortunately, three out of the four questions are about things I don't make decisions on, so I had to go to the experts. 1- According to our collected editions folks, there are no current plans to go back to print on this run. 2- According to our sales guys, fans at the retail level are digging the alternates, and that's why they're doing them. 3- I'll make sure to pass your kind words to our collected editions folks who work their tails off to bring you all these great books. Also, according to them, you can expect a consistent batch of much more collected goodness coming your way! 4-Paul, oooooooooh, Paul, if you only knew what was happening right before your very eyes. Keep reading my friend. Justin asks, "JOE, I have a question that has been plaguing me for some time now. Whatever happened to Angel Medina? I followed him on Spidey for a while then I don't know where he went." :( JQ: Angel is working on a little project simply called VENOM: DARK ORIGINS. Here's some way cool Medina goodness.

VENOM: DARK
ORIGINS #1 cover
art

Tony asks, "Joe, I see from the Summer preview on the last page of ASM 558 that MJ is apparently going to be rejoining the cast. Is she going to be a part of the regular cast, like just part of the crew? Or is she just going to be here every once in a while? I am actually kind of liking the way Peter's life is moving without her there. Keep it up!" Anthony Cole JQ: Anthony, while Mary Jane is making an appearance, I can't tell you yet as to whether she's going to be a constant member of the cast or just someone who comes through from time to time. Keep reading and see where it all goes from here. That said, I think it's safe to say that she is a member of the supporting cast, just not a regular one.

A page from
AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN #560

John asks, "Hey Joe, I just got a few questions/comments. 1. Does Alex Ross hate Marvel? In his work for DC (Kingdom Come, covers for J.L.A., J.S.A., and a couple other things) he does wonderful work that makes Leonardo Da Vinci look like some punk kid off the street, while the Avengers/Invaders (though it has just started) isn't too great. It's very dark and boring. I mean characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, the original Human Torch, and Namor should be ready to jump off the page they can look so cool! If you need an example look at Gabriele Dell'Ottos' work in "Secret War." It's not just Avengers/Invaders that is so bad, the new Spider-Man poster that is being released by Alex Ross is dull. It just has Spidey on a wall. Big deal. 2. Any chance we'll get to see an old enemy of Spidey's in "Brand New Day" before too long? (But I do love Menace!!) 3. Which team of AVENGERS is your favorite? MIGHTY or NEW? Until Wolverine is a purple 7-toed rhino with rabbit ears, Make Mine Marvel." JQ: John, thanks for playing our game. 1- First let me say that I think that there are better ways of stating a question like this. If you don't like a creator's work, that's cool, I get it. But to make the leap or state in jest that they hate the people they're producing the work for, isn't fair. That said, I understand it's not to your liking, that's cool, sorry you feel that way. But, also let me clarify, because it sounds to me like you're talking about the interior pages and Alex has only painted the covers. 2- Yes. 3- I like MIGHTY best. Wonder Doug asks, "Hello Joe, I was wondering since Quicksilver started on the road to redemption in X-FACTOR: QUICK AND THE DEAD, can the Scarlet Witch be too far behind? Us Scarlet Witch fans have had a rough couple of years. Or can you possibly let us know when she'll be seen next? Thanks in advance if you answer this." JQ: Can't tell you when just yet, but I can tell you who: Allan Heinberg. (Wanda also plays a role in NEW AVENGERS #45...) That's right, I just laid down some more exclusive happiness on ya! Kronicus Burnicus! asks: "Hey JQ...very excited to ask ya questions so here I go.... 1. Where's Gravity? I know we last saw him in the New Fantastic Four but where has he gone to? Will he make an appearance during "Secret Invasion?" 2. And in X-MEN...I'm kinda confused...I know right now the Young X-Men are battling the New Brotherhood which are mostly comprised of the New Mutants. But in the artwork in your last Cup o' Joe there was some artwork with the X-Men team in San Francisco and alongside them are the New Mutants. Will things be resolved for the re-uniting of the team? I just hate that the New Mutants are enemies now. Makes me sad inside." JQ: Kronicus, I'm very excited to answer for you. 1- There's only one place to look for a character like Gravity--and that's in upcoming issues of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE. And hey, here's an upcoming spread from that as well, with rough balloon-indicators on it and everything!

A spread from an
upcoming issue of
AVENGERS: THE
INITIATIVE

2- You're going to have to read YOUNG X-MEN to see how Cannonball gets from point A to point B. It's quite bumpy. Collado asks. "Hi Joe. I've been a fan of Marvel for as long as I can remember (about 15 years). The "Age of Apocalypse" is my all time favorite. Nate Grey was the coolest character in my mind. I was so stoked when he was brought over to the regular Marvel Universe in X-MAN. The possibilities were endless. I couldn't wait to see him and Cable mix it up and how Nate would hold up against everyone else. I feel that the way he was trashed (in my opinion) at the end as some whacked out shaman was just wrong. Is he ever going to make it back? You guys bring back everyone else. I think Nate can play an interesting role in the 200 mutants left storyline...or not. I know it's not as deep and edgy as the other questions you get, but I will wait hopefully for a reply. Thanks again for the great stories and keep mine MARVEL!" JQ: Hey Collado, Nate's name has been brought up by more than one X-writer, so don't be surprised if he pops up again soon. Froggy. The Froggy-ist frog that ever frogged. asks, "Dear Mr. Quesada, what are the plans for SPIDER-MAN FAMILY?" JQ: Froggy, it's being re-launched as AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FAMILY this August with several new features to bring it more solidly into Spidey's "Brand New Day." Rotating features like: "Untold Tales of Spider-Man," "The Private Life of Peter Parker," and "Aunt May: Agent of F.E.A.S.T." will be joined by a regular "Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man" feature (by Defalco and Frenz) as well as classic reprints in "Told Tales of Spider-Man" that will be chosen to serve as background for events in current issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. RedEyedJedi asks, "Hey Joe! I was wondering if the Skrulls know about the pact Spidey and Mephisto made? Like would any Skrull agents who were assigned to watch Spidey notice his life change? Anyways "Secret Invasion" rules! Make Mine Marvel!!" JQ: Red, that would be a resounding NO. Your Mother and a Ham Sandwich asks, "Hey there JQ, what's shakin'? Loved the X-Men previews from last week, the "army" looks awesome, and I'm really glad to see the various teams and groups being pulled together into a more cohesive unit. That being said, 2 groups are conspicuously not in that pic - X-Factor and Havok's Starjammers. I know Madrox doesn't exactly jive (that's right, jive) with what Cyclops does a lot of the time, but will there be more cooperation, or any at all, between the now opposite coast teams? As for Havok and Co., any plans for them? Prisoners forever?" JQ: X-Factor has a lot of other stuff going on, so they won't be making their way out to San Francisco just yet. As for Havok and the rest of the imprisoned Starjammers, you're just going to have to wait and see what's in store for them. Thanks, Mother! -- That's all for this week of MyCup o' Joe folks! If you've got a question you asked before that Joe didn't answer, or something fresh on your mind, make sure you post it at MySpace, or here at Marvel.com and we'll make sure he sees it! Next week Joe's back on the ever of Wizard World Philadelphia. What does Marvel have planned? Let's see if he lets anything slip!

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