Fridays on CBR mean Axel’s In Charge. Welcome to MARVEL A-I-C: AXEL-IN-CHARGE, CBR’s regular interview feature with Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso! An editor with years of experience who’s brought out comics to both critical acclaim and best-selling status, Alonso stepped into the chair at the top of Marvel’s Editorial department and since then has been working to bring his signature stylings to the entire Marvel U. Anchored by regular question and answer rounds with the denizens of the CBR Message Boards, each week Alonso will shake things up with special guest stars, exclusive art reveals and more! This week, we caught Axel during a moment away from the big Marvel creative retreat that welcomed a wealth of creators to the publisher’s New York office, though while his time was limited, the info he offered up was not. Below, Alonso pulls back the curtain on the recent rounds of debates surrounding the “Infinity” event, gives some backstory on the incoming “Spider-Man: Family Business” OGN and reveals new art from the incoming David Lapham arc of “Daredevil: Dark Nights.” Plus, view a special message from Ed Brubaker’s dog! Read on!
Kiel Phegley: Axel, I know I’m getting you at a hectic moment this week because you’re actually on a break right now from the Marvel creative summit going on this week. Who’s in town, and what’s on the discussion block today?
Axel Alonso: It”s usual suspects — Brian Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Dan Slott, Mark Waid, Rick Remender — and Sam Humphries is here for his second retreat. We’re discussing all things Marvel in the aftermath of “Age of Ultron,” “Infinity” and its aftermath, and another story we”ve been cooking up for some time. We”re also discussing some new launches.
One piece of recent news we haven’t been able to talk about yet that sits a bit outside the broader Marvel U plans is the “Spider-Man: Family Business” OGN. That certainly answers the question of where James Robinson will be popping up at Marvel in the immediate future, but what does this establish about the new graphic novel line and how did you hook James up with Mark Waid to write it?
Alonso: Bringing in James was actually Mark”s idea. It made sense because James has done work for Steve [Wacker]”s office in the recent past on “Captain America” one-shot during Marvel”s 70th Anniversary. Time will tell if there are further plans for James writing more for us… What I hope this says about our OGN initiative is that we are taking it seriously by deploying some of our best creators to it. It”s part of our overall plan to deliver accessible A-level content to readers — old and new — cued to big events — i.e., Marvel Studios films — that will provide a platform for sales.