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"In the weeks after the series finished I received dozens of letters, emails and direct message from brave, struggling readers living with all different shades of mental and emotional challenge. They all said the same thing: that David’s example, and his simple little mantra—I rule me—gave them strength in difficult times. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment for a writer." -- Si Spurrier

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"There's this ages-old assumption that spandex characters should periodically restore to a recognizable status quo now and then, just so everyone's comfortable with who/what this person is. Oh, maybe the status quo itself changes over time, but -- yeah -- there are always these enforced plateaus. 'Here's who he/she is, here's what he/she does, here's why he/she does it -- now TWEAK - now REVERT - *NOW REPEAT*.'

"The inevitable consequence is that most of the change in these characters' lives -- growth, decay, evolution, devolution, whatever it is -- occurs externally. The rise-and-fall of nemeses, new home, new car, dead cousin, long-lost mother, new boyfriend, new girlfriend (oops, spoke too soon, back to the ex), yadda yadda. But generally, the M.O. remains the same under it all, and typically, so does the character's outlook on the world. I'm generalizing horribly, and yes I can think of a bunch of exceptions -- but I bet if we revisit this stuff in 10 years, most of those exceptions will have restored to their original status quo at least once. Shit, maybe David will've done so by then too -- but I kinda hope not."
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'Part of my approach to "X-Leg" was to make David's story modular. His goals and philosophies keep changing and evolving precisely because I want to be able to give readers (and myself) frequent moments of genuine success. Or genuine failure. One of my problems with some ongoing comics is that they end up radiating a sense that Nothing Really Matters -- whatever obstacles are overcome, whatever victories are won or losses are endured, it's only a matter of time before a recognizable status-quo is restored, or things are undone, or perspectives are changed.' -- Si Spurrier

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'"Legacy" often feels best, to me, when it's paced as a series of quite jarring jolts: jumping from periods of extremely dense storytelling to big beats of space and detail and stillness. Very schizophrenic, very unbalancing. Plus there's the very internal and very frank perspective-narration, the oscillating between GrimReal and CrazyDaft, the constant twists and misdirections. All things which -- back to those gross generalizations -- are probably more classic "2000AD" than contemporary Marvel. But, yeah, they feel right for the character and for the book, so that's the way I went.' -- Si Spurrier

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"The book’s gained itself a reputation as a bit of an oddity, receiving effusive praise and critical acclaim from one direction; headscratching and perplexity from another. It’s not quite like anything else on the stands at the moment, and that’s something that makes me prouder than punch." -- Si Spurrier

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"I've always hoped there's room in the Big Two universes for this kind of hyper-personal, hyper-weird, hyper-transient, hyper-hyper story -- the sort of tale that actually can be about someone coming to terms with themselves -- without it also being alienating or pretentious or just plain fucking impenetrable. For now, it seems we're doing okay." -- Si Spurrier

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'Right across the board, Marvel’s making brave leaps towards broadening its own paradigm. I’ve no idea if it’s predominantly creator-led, editor-led, market-led, zeitgeist-led or what, but I’ll applaud it until my hands bleed. People keep telling me the new “X-Men Legacy” feels like “Marvel-meets-Vertigo,” and as a frothing fan of both I take that as high praise indeed. But mostly I just love that the industry is in a place where that can even be A Thing.' -- Si Spurrier

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"My greatest sense of pride with this gig is that it gently evolved into an exploration of self-determinism and mental health. Sure it’s got all the classic Marvel-y stuff, the big action and big characters, but down under it all it’s a very dark tale about a scared kid struggling to come to terms with the fact that his own mind is his greatest enemy, and choosing how to frame a victory around it." -- Si Spurrier

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"We get the chance to explore David’s inner condition through interrogation rather than by simply being told about it. These two adorable characters spend a fairly decent chunk of this episode talking about, hahaha, the health of David’s Feels, rather than us simply popping into his brain to see for ourselves. That’s supposed to be comics-narrative death, right? – show! don’t tell! So screams wanky conventional wisdom – but I happen to think it works like a charm just here." -- Si Spurrier

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"In the weeks after the series finished I received dozens of letters, emails and direct message from brave, struggling readers living with all different shades of mental and emotional challenge. They all said the same thing: that David’s example, and his simple little mantra—I rule me—gave them strength in difficult times. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment for a writer." -- Si Spurrier

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'There's this pervasive idea in writing spandex comics that you're supposed to establish a Status Quo of sorts, to which your character is constantly restored. I think that's a big heap of arsecheese, myself. How can a character's story grow and evolve and resonate with a growing/evolving world if they themselves are stuck in a niche? "He thinks X, he believes Y, but his big problem is Z." Nonsense. "He thinks X, but he used to think A, and tomorrow he'll be wondering about B, and as a result he's experiencing some heavy confusion in his belief-patterns between H and W, and his big problem is the rest of the alphabet."' -- Si Spurrier

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"I'm mentally approaching the book as the Black Sheep of the X family. It plays by different rules, it has different preoccupations, it follows no existing formula. We'll be meeting recognizable people and places, we'll be introducing recurring elements and recurring characters -- allies and enemies alike -- but, truly and genuinely, this is the book where anything can happen." -- Si Spurrier

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'All too often David really has just been used as a convenient plot device. "We need a big threat!" "We need a ticking time-bomb!" "We need a mutant who gouges holes in the galaxy's alabaster face every time he sneezes!" -- which is all well and good, but misses an amazing opportunity to get inside the head of such a remarkable, tragic, heroic character.' -- Si Spurrier

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With the news that Fox is developing a TV series about Legion, Charles Xavier's son, I thought it might be a decent time to a bunch of posts on his solo series, X-MEN LEGACY, from a while back.

"There's a long tradition of superhero characters being used as allegories in explorations of real issues, subtle or otherwise. That's especially true of Marvel's X-Men 'mutant' characters, whose defining trait -- that they may seem different but they're still human in any way that matters -- has been very successfully used as a thematic stand-in for stories about racism, immigration, sexuality, transgenderism and so on. For me what's so wonderful about a character like David Haller is that he adds a new string to that bow, shifting the focus onto mental illness." -- 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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The return of ForgetMeNot, the X-Men whose power is that nobody can remember him...

'The MU is a violent place. That's something I suspect a lot of readers unthinkingly overlook (another clever subconscious act of self-trickery, perhaps). We use terms like "all-action!" and "then they battle!" because it distinguishes the depicted violence from the real thing, which by the way is sordid and unbeautiful and uncinematic, and if you've ever been unlucky enough to witness true physical destruction then it festers in the mind of the beholder like a psychic cancer . . . I kind of decided that if any book was going to go spelunking for some value in reminding readers of the truth -- that scenes including violence are automatically about violence -- then [X-Force]'d be the one . . . You don't get to enjoy a book about violence without it occasionally turning 'round to bite you on the arse. Sorry.' - Si Spurrier

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X-Men Legacy has had a weird history. It started as basically a book starring Charles Xavier. Then, it turned into a book starring Rogue. Then finally it was a book starring Xavier's son Legion.

So, naturally, the grand issue #300, the series finale, gives us a story... that's not about any of them.

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