Jonathan Hickman talked to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the release of his reinvented X-Men comics launch. He talked about how he wants to do new things with the X-Men and how the comics shouldn’t be reactionary to the movies. He also wants to have value in his work, unlike some other Marvel Comics writers.
“I think one of the big mistakes that some people make at Marvel Comics is that we are reactive to what they’re doing in the Marvel films. We should not be taking our creative cues from the direction they’re taking things in the movies. That kind of defeats the point. They have a billion dollars to play with, and we don’t. You can’t compete in that matter, and you shouldn’t. My argument has been [that] I should always be way out in front of that stuff. All of that stuff is being drawn from source material. It goes back to, are you being destructive or are you being additive? If you’re being additive and you’re on the big books, it’s inevitable that some of that stuff is going to get used. When Marvel films gets around to the X-Men and we’ve done interesting stuff and they want to use it, that’s awesome. If they don’t, then they don’t. One makes your job expendable, the other one makes you priceless. I like having value to my work.”
He touched on what could be considered his philosophy when approaching the Marvel universe.
“You want to tell stories that matter, but the way you write things that matter in Marvel is that you’re not destructive, you’re additive. Yes, I may do things where I destroy the entire Marvel Universe, but I always put it back together, and in putting it together you add to it in a way that puts the characters in an interesting place and you haven’t ruined anybody else’s job.”
He summarized that philosophy well.
“Don’t be an a—hole and leave a mess.”
House of X #1, with artist Pepe Larraz, is set to release July 24.
Powers of X #1, with artist R.B. Silva, is set to release July 31.