You get a vision of the future – DC is going to make you chief writer on Legion of Superheroes. Three years from now. Before that, you have to make your bones in the comic industry, and destiny says you have to do it with Marvel.
Marvel asks you to pitch them a resurrection job on a currently dead title*. Their one rider is that there has to be room for a guest appearance from Wolverine within the first six issues. What’s your pitch?
And he also asks:
Also, as a 90s-raised X-Men geek (who then went back and read a whole load of Captain Britain), I have to wonder: Gambit, Jubilee, Psylocke, Generation X. Any opinions worth posting about?
The answer to your first question is here: Gambit.
I know he’s not popular with some fans, but I like Gambit. He has personality, and that counts for a lot in a genre filled with Heroic Paragon/Grim Avenger/Token Woman/Snarky Second-Stringer teams a-plenty. I like his silly accent (which I like to think he keeps out of preference, since as a truly excellent thief and sneak, he can no doubt switch to the accent of his choice to cover his tracks whenever he likes); it’s fun, like Ben Grimm’s palookaville English is fun. I like that he’s a thief, which is territory not often covered in superhero comics protagonists (you get a lot of mercenaries and guns for hire, but thieves, not so much).
And Gambit has that wonderful combination of silliness and seriousness that has the potential for exquisite rooting-around in the dirty back-corners of the Marvel Universe. Every storyline features a MacGuffin more preposterous than the last. (The Celestial’s Tears! The Cosmic Quintahedron! MODOK clone banks! Et cetera.) Tack on tons of obscure characters now stuck in the world of high-powered superhero crime. (I particularly like the idea of bringing Warren Ellis’s NextWave version of Devil Dinosaur over into proper 616, if only so he can be a crime boss in some city other than New York so there can be a story entitled “Deal With The Devil (Dinosaur).”) Lace heavily with a number of cons, tricks, switches and lies – Gambit’s comic should be a flow of storylines that could be described as “Ocean’s Eleven meets Justice League International, plus lots of weird shit.”
Also: new costume, because the pink body-condom thing he has is truly one of the ugliest fucking costumes in superhero history.
(Jubilee, Psylocke and Gen X can be ground into powder and serve as a MacGuffin. I am not a big X-fan, generally.)