By Brett White
The X-Men franchise's la
Fittingly for a book simply called X-MEN, the women that comprise the team represent time-
Katherine "Kitty" Pryde joined the X-Men as barely even a teenager, giving the team a sense of hope following their darkest mission. With her genius intellect and ability to phase through solid matter, Kitty grew into her own on the team, becoming an invaluable member and close friend to those she fought alongside. Now she's been the headmistress of the
We spoke to Brian Wood about which of Kitty's many skill sets he hopes to utilize.
Marvel.com: You're a big fan of
Brian Wood: It's hard for me, and for plenty of readers, I gather, to see these characters as true teens. Even if they haven't aged in story-time, they are decades old in real time. Perhaps more to the point, they have decades of experience under their belt, which ages them even if physically the look the same. So Kitty's not really a teen girl and I don't write her as one.
Traditionally, Kitty's the brains of the outfit, and has a tendency to be the smar
I've enjoyed writing some scenes in this first arc where she interacts and works with some of the
Marvel.com: How do you think Kitty has grown up during her tenure as an
Brian Wood: I think Kitty works best a little older. It can make her cleverness and dependability less earnest-seeming when its coming from, let's just say, a 24 year-old than a 16 year-old, at least the way I write. Also, in a general way, I always try and write younger characters older. I think kids are smarter than most people think. Or, at the very least, they're trying to be smarter and older.
Marvel.com: Similarly, Kitty's gained much more responsibility lately by taking charge of the original X-Men in ALL-NEW X-MEN. Will that play a part in this book, or does Kitty get to cut loose a little more here?
Brian Wood: This title here should be her chance to cut loose a bit. Our missions are really high-action, OTT-type affairs, and this is where she should be in the thick of it. Besides, if she really misses dealing with the dramas back at the
Marvel.com: Kitty's powers are defensive in nature, yet she's been trained to fight by Wolverine. Will you be using both the defensive and offensive sides of Kitty?
Brian Wood: Both. Over on ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN, I've intentionally limited that Kitty Pryde to her defensive powers. Partly for story reasons, but also there is no shortage of interesting ways to use her phasing power. It's sort of hard not to. But yeah, she has a whole other aspect to her powers and I'll absolutely be writing that in this series.
Marvel.com: Kitty and Storm's friendship was essential to both characters for years, but they've spent more time apart than together lately. Will they be able to pick up where they left off in this series?
Brian Wood: Absolutely. A key theme of this whole series, not just this intro arc, is one of family. I do believe that in spite of past stories where there was conflict or beef or any sort of bad feelings, there's a foundation of, at least, respect. And we'll take it from there. Everything I've written and am writing to date has been stories that bring them closer, that justify this team existing.
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