Before Storm headlines her own solo series later this year she and the Amazing X-men are headed to Africa to kick ass and take names. Scheduled to ship on June 4, Amazing X-Men Annual #1 will be the Marvel debut of Scottish writer Monty Nero, who will be working with veteran X-Men artist Salvador Larroca. The writer sat down with Newsarama to discuss the issue, here are a few highlights:
Nrama: So what can you tell us about this story in Amazing X-Men Annual #1?
Nero: Hrmm. How to put it in a non-spoilery way. If you love the X-Men, and Storm in particular, you’ll love this. The great thing about an annual is you can simply tell the story you want to tell, you don’t have to worry about what everyone else is doing. You get a satisfying resolution and lots of stirring action all in one, a cool new villain – a thrilling take on Storm. It all ties into crucial elements of her heritage and history, so hopefully it feels really fresh while respecting the traditions.
Nrama: This centers on Storm – why choose her for your first Marvel story?
Nero: She’s such a great character, and there’s so much untapped potential there. As a writer you’re always looking for the ingredients for a mind-blowing comic, and Storm has weather powers and this fascinating history. I’m really intrigued by all her abilities and characteristics, and how her mind and body works to process it all. Everything about her stirs the emotions in a really visual or lyrical way. I can’t picture a scene with her that doesn’t do something interesting. So it was a golden opportunity to write Storm the way she should be, I was simply very lucky to be the guy who could do that.
Sounds good but I’m not getting excited just yet since the last time (in my memory) that the X-men traveled to Africa during Xenogenisis we got tales of a twenty year old condom and a barefoot Storm just for the hell of it. Oh and the dirt poor Africa cliche. You can read the whole interview here and view art below.
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