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"Zombies have been used as a very useful metaphor before now, most often for societal and cultural concerns: corporate greed, media mediocrity, unmoderated science, whatever. With this story I’m far more interested in turning that inside-out and making them useful as the negative ambient force in a far more individualist context. Elsa is very much the star of our show, and the undead hordes of the Deadlands become a really elegant analogue for the emotional and traumatic forces which seek to overwhelm her internal self. She is literally fighting to keep going, inside and out, pushing onwards against deadly inertia and overwhelming odds, because it’s the only way she knows how to survive." -- Si Spurrier

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"It started life as a series of dreadful puns (that one in the solicit copy is far from the worst) and morphed into a genuinely nasty story about love, loss and gumbo." -- Si Spurrier

This is one third of a ten page story about the Battleworld domain called the Bar Sinister...

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"Down in the grimy underwear of it all I wanted to pose a quiet problem for the readers. I wanted them to see this team in action, to cheer them on, to buy-into their goals and feel thrilled by their methods. And then very... very... very... slowly... I wanted to adjust the camera and show people exactly what they'd been rooting for." -- Si Spurrier

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"For me the defining aspect of Fantomex as a character is something which (I'm guessing) was probably included as a bit of a joke in his creation. To wit: he's incapable of conceiving of anything greater than himself. That's what's caused aaaaaall of this stuff. ... What's really beautiful about it is that it chimes really nicely with the realpolitik vibe I mentioned above. See, we live in a world where being as unilaterally strong as possible is the guiding principal of almost every institution there is, rather than, say, being as collectively connected as possible, or even something frilly like being as happy as possible (which to me feels like the more valuable goal). ... Nowadays it takes the form of predator drones, Special Forces, super surveillance, economic sanctions, tighter civilian controls, censorial approaches to satire, yadda yadda yadda, but at its core exists as a simple but wretched idea: If you can't make yourself stronger from the inside, you secretly work to make everyone else weaker from the outside." -- Si Spurrier

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"Some of the lightest X-books have been fairly transparent metaphors for serious issues and some of the darkest have been thematically empty contrivances to justify gratuitous violence. Horses for courses. As always, the mood exists to serve the specific needs to the story." -- Si Spurrier

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'Fans sometimes hold a very clearly defined view of what their favourite character should be like, or (more commonly) a fixed impression of when that character was exactly “right”. Anything which came before that point, and anything which has come after, very quickly takes on the aspect of deviation or waywardness. You’ll hence find that some people don’t talk about their favourite characters “changing” or “evolving” or “developing”, or any of the slow states of modification which are the bread-and-butter of longform comics, but in terms of “being ruined” or “being fixed”, which is a quite sad way of rendering an interesting fictional personality utterly passive and non-plastic. It’s a phenomenon which is sadly fed by the cyclical nature of some comics.' -- Si Spurrier

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"Counter-intuitively I'd tend to argue there's actually a very sophisticated mental technology at work there, which allows us to be moved and shocked by character deaths even though we secretly know it probably won't stick. It's the Big Lie which we're clever enough to Knowingly Fall For when it comes to emotionally responding to the material. In those cases we readers are essentially endowing a story with the verisimilitude it arguably doesn't deserve, and if you've seen me ranting before about how your brain rewards subconscious investment in a fiction with far greater emotional payoffs, then you'll see why that's actually a very powerful and positive thing." -- Si Spurrier

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X-Force #9

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"99% of the time it's perfectly reasonable that we craft our stories around conflict and duality without painfully laboring a point about how wretched violence truly is. In most superhero comics we're dealing with modern mythologies, after all: the complex interactions of today's cultural pantheon waging their wars in heaven. There's no need, therefore, for brutal reminders about the fibrousness of human flesh or an accurate depiction of a torn body. The Marvel Universe, seen in one light, is simply a contemporary analogue for Ragnarok, or the Kali Yuga, or the book of Revelation: a shimmering dreamspace from some uncertain future or hazy parallel, echoing and exaggerating our own world, wherein the fundamental contests of divine morality can be settled in dramatic form. In most cases the point of superhero battles is to delineate moral roles and glorify physical or mental prowess, not to underline the ickiness and self-fulfilling corruption that goes hand-in-hand with a truly violent lifestyle." -- Si Spurrier

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'My true, secret goal -- when I first took the "X-Force" gig -- was to establish a million continuity errors and moments of bare-faced wrongnesses, which I justified to my editors along-the-way as being tiny pieces of a huge "Lost"-like mosaic leading-up to a grand mystery, but are in fact just pernicious acts of narrative mischief. I consider this a glorious transcendent artwork! A smashing-down of the invisible cages which box your minds! A breaking-free from the shackles of continuity in whose neurotic loops we have all willingly enmeshed ourselves! A nihilistic experiment to demolish all illusion of verity in fictional personality!' -- Si Spurrier

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"Worth saying: this stuff is going on in the real world all the time. Unmanned predator drones, civilian spying software, undeclared special-ops missions, off grid aeronautical technology, cyber invasion, bloody radioactive sushi! Switch on the news, brothers and sisters, we are adrift upon a world of shadowy espionage far more elaborate and vituperative than the most insane James Bondian excesses." -- Si Spurrier

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"Our initial aim was to deliberately sidestep the obvious route of having X-Force fighting Recognizable-Returned-Supervillain #4367 from the get-go, and instead demonstrate what a real bad guy looks like. That is, an irritating little prick in bad clothes, with an extraordinary amount of political power, who literally does not give a **** about anyone below a certain level of importance. As a villain, Volga is simply a distillation of the sorts of people who control all of our lives." -- Si Spurrier

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"There's this really funny paradox when it comes to lesser-known characters. Everyone's got their weird little favorites but they'll react with incredulity to everyone else's. Weirder still, we often haven't thought too deeply about why we've got these odd fixations on certain characters: they just suggest themselves like old friends and we can't quite shake the inexplicable certainty of their thunderous AWESOMENESS despite all evidence and claims to the contrary. For me it usually comes down to inventive weirdness (e.g. Maggott) or sheer visual interest (e.g. Chamber) -- but when I got the chance to include a real Didn't-See-That-Coming character in X-Force my brain went straight to Marrow." -- Si Spurrier

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