As the winner of the 2022 X-Men fan vote, Firestar joined the mutant team for the first time. And although there is some debate about his membership because he was chosen without a chance, the long-term mutant is now an X-Man.
Now, in the X-Men Annual 2022 of December 21, Firestar takes the story from writer Steve Foxe and artist Andrea DiVito, looking for his place in the team, building measuring his experience as a warrior with the New Warriors and previous Avengers. become a member of the X-Men.
Newsarama spoke with Foxe ahead of the issue’s release to dig into his own Firestar team, and how he’ll be joining the X-Men with this particular story, revealing some New local page.
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Newsarama: Steve, for starters, were you a fan of Firestar before you picked up X-Men Annual #1? For many readers, he was a cult favorite, but he didn’t have the spotlight at times. What is your relationship with him as a character?
Steve Fox: I am a long time Firestar player! I’m a ’90s kid, and a big part of my early Marvel education came from VHS tapes of various cartoons, including Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, where Angelica started. I’m also the perfect age to dive into Modern Warfare, and the George Pérez/Kurt Busiek Avengers was my introduction to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Firestar and I go back.
The X-Men were (and still are!) my first love in the comics, so there are mutants that don’t really connect with Xavier and friends. always interested me. I liked the idea that some people with X-genes made their way out of the Marvel Universe and went on unrelated adventures, sometimes just going into X-territory.
In fact, the issue’s antagonist is a mutant who has never interacted with the X books…
Nrama: On that note, this is one of Firestar’s few X-Men appearances after decades in the Marvel Universe. What were your goals when you figured out his place in the team?
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fox: Like Polaris before it, I think that any kind of book that makes it through the ballot will hold a lot of debate and controversy because we all draw our own. favorite. Heck, I voted for Marrow and Monet! The latter may be familiar if you read the X-Men Unlimited serial I did with Alan Robinson and Carlos Lopez. And since Angelica joined the group before the main event began, I think this year is appropriate to slow down the plans and look a little at her unique position in the group.
Usually, the “other guy” in an X-Men team is a young mutant coming out of the big leagues, or a former enemy fighting for the side of good. Not Firestar – he knows so much and is so good, he hasn’t logged his military hours with the X-Men.
Obviously, he had a lot of voter support or he wouldn’t have won the election. But I think that most of his published history is not with mutant gangs which makes some readers hesitant to embrace him as an X-Man, even though he’s not self-deprecating. No anti-mutant-community stories. the change almost killed him.
So this is an opportunity to see Firestar in action as a member of the X-Men, wondering what other people in Krakoa think about seeing someone like him. in a team joined by the X-Men, explore Firestar’s connection to existence. at the top of the X-squad at a time when mutants are more visible – and controversial – than ever.
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Nrama: Firestar is known more as an Avenger than an X-Man. How does his different superhero career affect his appearance in the X-Men here?
fox: I think we’ve seen some of this with Gerry Duggan’s take on Angelica, where she’s used to following orders from a leader she trusts but doesn’t really understand what the X-Men are doing with less. of a fixed hierarchy. He may have little experience saving a world that hates and fears him, as his presence in the Avengers comes at a time when the team is crowded and packed with loyal members.
But remember, Angelica’s experience is not limited to being a rookie in the Avengers: she was among her friends in the New Warriors when they found a puzzle in their They shoulder and have a lot to prove, and he is something. Former government officials with the Young Allies before starting a single business, so he showed that he can adapt to different types of organizations.
I think the conflict with Firestar is less from his ability as a hero, which is often questioned, and more from why he often chooses to live among the mutant community. Was it a choice, or did he follow opportunities to do the best he could each time?
As readers in the real world question his place in the group, there are other mutants who wonder out loud (and mischievously!) whether Firestar should be one of the ambassadors. very famous for Krakoa. Can he prove them wrong? Should he? That’s what we’re talking about in this issue.
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Nrama: This year marks Firestar’s X-Men debut. Where does he stand with the team going into this story?
fox: One of my favorite things in recent memory is Magik throwing Firestar in front of Avengers Mansion, so there are a few more coming from his friends. But this is not a group of mutants about fighting. Emma Frost supports Firestar for the team, and that alone is enough for most of Angelica’s fellow X-Men. He has his friend Iceman to help him entertain him and make him happy in bad things.
If anything, I’d say some of his teammates are still rooting for him. Synch, Forge, Havok — they don’t see eye to eye with him. But he’s not the only original Avenger on this team – Havok has a lot of fights with Cap and co., Magik is more or less the Savage Avenger and he certainly has no intention of joining forces. non-mutant magic user, and so is Scott. A champion appreciates time travel.
Besides – fighting a judgmental Celestial and a similar alien invasion is the definition of making friends in the trenches. In the short time they’ve been in school together, Firestar’s fellow X-Men know he can save when the real end of the world is on the line. It might not make them best friends for life, but I don’t think they doubt that he has their back.
Nrama: On that note, we at Newsarama are fans of the classic Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. Are you used to having Firestar and Iceman in the same place for this story?
fox: Like mine bye bye Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, I’m always wary of revisiting comics. You have to play the characters in superhero comics, but if you only play the hits, you’re going to end up being a cover band.
We’ve had some fun moments together for those three, especially during the Iceman series, and you definitely see Angelica and Bobby’s bond in trouble, but I want to guaranteed to push Angelica forward and put her in new situations with new dynamics.
As teased by Stefano Caselli’s excellent cover, Firestar actually spends most of his time with Cyclops, who isn’t a team we’ve seen much of recently.
But a leader needs to know his team, and Firestar is Scott’s biggest question mark right now. That’s not to say we won’t see the full team in action, though
– and there might even be a webcast cameo!
Nrama: Bottom line, what do you hope readers will learn about Firestar from this year?
fox: Well, now that I’ve seen all the stills, I’m excited for the readers to enjoy thirty pages of Andrea DiVito and Sebastian Cheng cutting it to pieces. I threw a lot of zany stuff at Andrea about the team’s fight in the post, and she just knocked every one of them out of the park. We’re sending the X-Men around the world (and beyond) and pitting them against a bonkers group of familiar enemies and characters they can’t help but share the side of. first, and it’s just beautiful. Andrea has been a Marvel staple for a while now and I think she’s poised to keep getting bigger and better.
As for Firestar, I hope readers will come away with a new perspective on who he is as a hero and what motivates him to join the X-Men despite not volunteering for this. location. Emma did not force Angelica to accept the job. No one is forcing him to join the group. He’s forced, but he’s getting tougher. As we root for our favorite candidates and cheer and mock various superhero teams like a football game, Firestar is the all-around hero, from New Warrior to Avenger to Young Ally and, yes, X -Man. And I can’t wait to see what he does in time.
Firestar will find a place among the the best X-Men members always?