For years, Marvel has paid legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont to remain Marvel exclusive, but since the end of 2014's Nightcrawler series, the House of Ideas hasn't had an idea for Claremont to write anything other than the occasional one-shot or short story in an anthology. Why would the biggest superhero comic book publisher in the world that puts out over 80 comics per month retain one of the industry's most successful and beloved legends but never actually have him write an ongoing comic book? It's a question we've demanded the answer to for years now, but we've yet to get one.
But could the time be right for Marvel to finally give Claremont fans the regular dose of Claremont comics we deserve?
It's notable that Claremont will be joining Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski for Cebulski's Marvel Fanfare panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday.
MARVEL COMICS: Marvel Fanfare with C.B. Cebulski
2:15 – 3:15 PM ET, Room 1A06
This is your chance to meet the head of editorial at Marvel! In an exclusive and intimate panel experience, Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, along with living legend Chris Claremont, will talk about anything and everything involved with Marvel Comics. Who were their favorite characters as kids – and have their favorites changed? Who is on Chris' dream team of X-Men? Ask these questions and more in the Q&A! Plus – attendees will receive an exclusive ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #2 cover featuring a CLASSIFIED image that you won't be able to get anywhere else!
And perhaps even more notable that this panel takes place just a few hours before the big Dawn of X panel where we are hoping to learn some things about the second wave of X-Men books following the latest relaunch.
MARVEL COMICS: X-Men – Dawn of X
5:00 – 6:00 PM ET, Main Stage
The Dawn of X is about to break! Join Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and merry mutants Ed Brisson (New Mutants), Tini Howard (Excalibur), and Benjamin Percy (X-Force) on NYCC's Main Stage in a discussion about the revolutionary new status quo for the X-Men. Plus – be the first to hear exciting new announcements for the Children of the Atom! Stay until the end of the panel to receive an exclusive variant cover version of POWERS OF X #5, featuring a stunning Dawn of X-inspired image by Arthur Adams!
Of course, we've gotten our hopes up for Marvel to use Claremont for something significant plenty of times before only to be disappointed. And Claremont isn't billed for the Dawn of X panel. But he could he be a surprise guest to announce a new title?
As C.B. Cebulski knows, there's a standing offer for us to stop mocking him and Marvel for any duration of time that Marvel publishes an ongoing Chris Claremont series. Think of the positive PR value alone, Chester! Please give us a Claremont series at New York Comic Con this year!