Convergence, Secret Wars And Deadpool Mr. J Chats With Fabian Nicieza

Convergence, Secret Wars And Deadpool  Mr. J Chats With Fabian Nicieza

By: Mr. J’s Comic Reviews
This past weekend I got a chance to attend this year’s
Tidewater Comic Con. I had a blast at the con. I bought a ton of great stuff,
and I even got to do a few in character interviews with some awesome cosplayers.
If you want to see those check out the vlog channel J and Corey’s Adventures In Geekdom that I share with my friend Corey from Sheek Geek Reviews. Along with all that I got a chance to sit down and chat
with Fabian Nicieza, a long time comic writer for both Marvel and DC. We talked
about his Convergence tie ins, his upcoming Secret Wars, mini-series, and
his  thoughts on the Deadpool movie and
the FOX X-Men franchise.

Mr. J:  For anyone
who’s unfamiliar with your work Mr. Nicieza can you give the fans a highlights
Fabian Nicieza: Creator of Deadpool, writer of X-Men,
X-Force, New Warriors, Nomad, Gambit, Thunderbolts, Cable & Deadpool,
Robin, Red Robin and about a thousand other comics. If you’re unfamiliar with
my work, then you are probably just too young to give a damn.
Mr. J: Great work on your Convergence tie-ins especially
Superboy and Titans. What drew you to those particular titles? And what was
that experience like?
Fabian Nicieza: I thought the 2-issue series premise was
simple and structured in a way to generate great conflict for all the
characters involved. My love and knowledge of the history of the DC characters
helped me increase my initial assignment on Titans into opportunities to write
Superboy and Justice League of America.
I enjoyed working on the books, I enjoyed the artists
assigned to each series and I always enjoy working with Marie Javins because
she’s one of the best editors out there.
Mr. J: As a DC fan I loved the nostalgia that all these tie-ins
brought, but this honestly feels like a filler event. Care to comment on that?
And can you tell the fans anything about the impact of Convergence? That is if
you know anything.
Fabian Nicieza: Well, in a way it IS filler. It was
necessary to publish something while DC moved its entire company from NY to California!
So what? The real issue is: are the stories good? Did they entertain you? I
could care less if it “matters” to some larger continuity because the
only thing that matters to me as a writer is: “did you enjoy my 2 issues
of Titans (or Superboy or JLA)?”
Mr. J: Okay moving on from one big event to another, let’s
talk Secret Wars. You showed me at the con that you were working on the Age Of Apocalypse
mini-series. Can you tell me a little more about it, as well as what fans can
Fabian Nicieza: It’s a 5 issue series set on Battleworld
during Secret Wars. Battleworld is made up of “chunks” from various
Marvel Universe Earths, so the AoA “alternate Earth” chunk that is
part of Battleworld is NOT the original one or even whatever they did more
recently with AoA. It is its own “free-standing” continuity that has
many similarities to the original but is independent of that.The story is a
ticking time bomb where the X-Men, who have basically lost in their
decades-long fight to prevent Apocalypse from crushing humanity and creating a
domain where mutants are dictatorial rulers, must prevent the remaining human
resistance from one final, desperate retaliation that could mean genocide for
mutants and humans alike.
Mr. J: I’m a big fan of your New Mutants run. How does it
feel to be back in the X-Men universe? Even if it is only for 5 issues?
Fabian Nicieza: Well, my “New Mutants run” was
only 3 issues long, since I only worked on #98-100 of New Mutants before it
became X-Force. 🙂 And my original writing tenure on the X-Books was always a
time of tremendous excitement and opportunity combined with tremendous frustration,
so I’ll always have conflicting emotions about those years. That being said,
working on this series has been a total blast and I’m having a lot of fun!
Mr. J: I’ve noticed you have knack for writing underdogs.
Why do you think people are drawn to those type of characters? And how fun is
it for you to write them?
Fabian Nicieza: Partially people are drawn to them because
most of us are underdogs! Mitt Romney isn’t an underdog and he surrounds himself
in a world of rich, successful captains of industry. Underdogs generally live
among other underdogs, so we like to read aspirational stories of people
emerging triumphant against difficult odds.
I like to write them because I think it’s a lot more fun to
write a story about Peter Parker than it is to write one about Mitt Romney.
Mr. J: Alright let me wrap this up with one last question.
What’s your opinion on FOX’s X-Men film franchise? Deadpool is getting his own
movie soon, and he is a character that you co-created with Rob Liefeld. I’m
sure you’re happy about the check you’ll be getting though. Haha.
Fabian Nicieza: I’ll be happier with the check I’m getting
once the sequel is announced! 🙂
I’m cautiously optimistic that it will be a fun movie. Since
I have no participation or involvement, that means I have no say or control
over its content, which basically removes me from worrying or thinking too much
about it.

I’m happy it’s being made, but it will be what it will be
and I hope it’s good!

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One Thought to “Convergence, Secret Wars And Deadpool Mr. J Chats With Fabian Nicieza”

  1. Hey man AWSOME interview. Keep up the good work

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