Jonathan Hickman may be leaving the showrunner position at Marvel's X-Men books, but his exclusive contract will see him working on the major books at Marvel, helping to lift their profiles and creative drive. And one of them we know, as a result of the live design of a new 3W3M character by Mike Huddlestone, will be a new comic book with Chris Bachalo. Hickman has worked with Bachalo previously on The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle anthology a couple of years ago, and he used plenty of Bachalo's X-Men work in his role as X-Showrunner – especially the Children Of The Vault issues of X-Men and a touch of Generation X as well.
Bachalo has recently concluded his run on Non-Stop Spider-Man, which suffered significant delays due to lockdown and Bachalo getting a serious case of coronavirus which he has gratifyingly recovered from. What his new project will be for Marvel Comics, with Jonathan Hickman, we are yet to learn.
Jonathan Hickman recently announced he was stepping down from the X-Men books, as Marvel's contract demands he create or recreate properties for the publisher, and the creative team wanted to continue the X-Men titles in their current state rather than reinvent them again.
On the live stream, Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddlestone also talked about the appeal of Chris Bachalo's work, with Jonathan noting that Bachalo will take a boring script and make it exciting in many unanticipated ways. Bachalo is a Canadian comic creator, initially best known for Shade, the Changing Man and Death: The High Cost Of Living at DC Comics before co-creating Generation X at Marvel, starting a number of runs across the Marvel Universe, as well his own creator-owned series with Joe Kelly, Steampunk. And now… something with Jonathan Hickman! We shall scour upcoming solicitations with interest.
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