[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4709:]]Worlds will collide in March 2013 as the latest mutant event, X-Termination, brings us the saga of the Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler, currently co-starring in Uncanny X-Force.
The event begins in March with X-Termination Alpha #1 and the crosses over into X-Treme X-Men, Astonishing X-Men and (natch!) Age of Apocalypse before winding up in X-Termination Omega #1.
To get to the heart of the matter, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer talked exclusively with Greg Pak, one-third of the X-Termination writing team and scribe of the cosmic, dimension-hopping X-Treme X-Men!
Cosmic Book News: Thank you for your time, Greg, especially here during the holidays. For the uninitiated, tell us the concept behind X-Termination.
Greg Pak: It's a dimension-spanning story with dire consequences for "our" Marvel Universe as the Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler fights to return to his world, no matter what the cost. Three books will cross over -- my X-Treme X-Men, Marjorie Liu's Astonishing X-Men, and David Lapham's Age of Apocalypse. The multiverse may never be the same.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4710:]]CBN: How do your X-Treme X-Men get involved with this adventure? Which of your characters does the event impact?
Greg Pak: Dazzler and the other members of the X-Treme team have had months of hands-on experience with dimension-threatening supervillains, so you'd think they'd be supremely prepared for what's coming. But X-Termination raises the stakes immeasurably and will have massive repercussions for key X-Treme characters, especially Dazzler and Kid Kurt, our teenaged Nightcrawler. I don't want to spoil too much, but don't miss X-Treme X-Men #12.
CBN: As you told us, this is the personal story of the AoA Nightcrawler. What will his interaction with Kid Nightcrawler be and what sort of impact will this have on the teenager?
Greg Pak: It's going to be huge. Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler has gone to far darker places than Kurt. But Kurt just pressed the button to wipe out a robot planet in X-Treme X-Men #7, so he's no shrinking violet himself. Each represents a warning and challenge to the other. I'll just say there will be real consequences to this show-down.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4711:]]CBN: Was this always in the plan for X-Treme X-Men?
Greg Pak: I always planned for the X-Treme team to return to "our" Marvel Universe and have been building certain threads to pay off in a big way. Those ideas meshed perfectly with this crossover, so it's a win-win all around.
CBN: On this event, how closely did you work with the other series' writers? How much do you have to do with the ending Omega issue?
Greg Pak: We're all working hand-and-hand throughout via email and phone calls. It's a blast. David and Marjorie are smart, funny writers with great ideas and the X-Men editors are all great. We're still nailing down exactly who writes what in Omega, but we're all contributing ideas to how the story plays out.
CBN: Will X-Termination have any effect on your team's main mission of killing extra-dimensional Xaviers?
Greg Pak: Yes. And vice-versa. Again, don't miss X-Treme X-Men #12.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4712:]]CBN: What changes to your team can we expect in the wake of X-Termination?
Greg Pak: All will be revealed in the fullness of time.
CBN: What other future projects would you like to mention?
Greg Pak: Thanks for asking! My creator-owned graphic novel Vision Machine is now a FREE enhanced iPad app, which you can download from the iTunes Store at http://bit.ly/visionmachine .
And Tak Miyazawa and I did a 10-page giant robot story for the Shattered Asian-American comics anthology that came out last month. Check out an interview I did with Tak about the story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRHsAKF_2SM
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Greg Pak for taking time out of his busy holiday schedule to chat with us as well as X-editors Nick Lowe and Jeanine Schaeffer and Marvel publicity maven Arune Singh who helped make this interview possible.
X-Termination hits shelves in March 2013!