I'm very sorry that there haven't been many updates lately, but I'm still here and still have news for you all =)
In the upcoming X-23 one-shot, slashing into stores March 17, the novelist takes her first stab at the titular mutant killing machine as she returns to her roots and reunites with the kids of NYX.
Marvel.com: What can you say about what readers can expect to see in the upcoming X-23 one-shot?Marjorie Liu: Some very deep, intense explorations of her character and how she views herself-and how that's evolving as she becomes more aware of her inability thus far to stop being used by men. She's tough, strong [and] lethal; she doesn't need to take the abuse that's been dished on her head, but she [has], and she begins to realize in this issue how wrong that is.
Marvel.com: What are your thoughts on the character of X-23? What do you like about her?
Marjorie Liu: I like her because she's tough [and] driven, but also she's got this sweet side of her that's been buried so deep that it hardly ever comes out, and it's that part of her that was never broken, that's still a kid, young and vulnerable. She's so vulnerable. She might be a killer, but she's been used [and] abused, and that's a cycle she still hasn't managed to break free from.
Marvel.com: You've written other clawed mutants before, both Wolverine and his son Daken. How does writing X-23 compare?
Marjorie Liu: She's way more damaged than either of them, and a lot younger, too. [She's] more vulnerable, because she doesn't quite know herself yet. And yet, she's got that core of strength that Wolverine and Daken have. She is relentless when she sets her mind to do something.
Marvel.com: The NYX characters are set to appear in the one-shot. What's it like bringing these characters back together? What can you say about the meeting?
Marjorie Liu: It was such a pleasure writing both Kiden and X-23 and all the kids, together. The meeting is bittersweet. Kiden and her friends are in a bit of a bad spot-still homeless, broke, trying to figure out what to do next-and here comes X-23, a blast from the past. Last time they saw her, she had just been rescued from a pimp, and so there's a real concern on Kiden's part that perhaps X-23 has fallen back into the life of a prostitute.
It doesn't help that they lost all contact with her, and here she shows up still acting damaged.