Let's talk about the pieces we know about coming in, starting with Brian Bendis on "All-New X-Men." He's been working with the Avengers for so long, what was it about his pitch on the X-Men that made you as a person invested in that franchise say, "Yes, this is what we want"?
Alonso: When we first entertained a story that would bring the Lee/Kirby X-Men into the present, Brian was the one who immediately latched onto it. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who reads Brian's work because he has a special gift for writing compelling, nuanced stories featuring young characters that either come to terms with new powers or deal with strange new situations, or both. No one tells a better ground-level story that introduces readers to a world through a young person's eyes -- and that's apparent from the first two scripts Brian's already written -- yep, already written! [Laughs] This is young Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and Angel traveling into the future and seeing what happened to Xavier's dream. And some of them will find out they didn't even make it this far! [Laughs] Imagine you're 17-year-old Jean Gray and you crash-land in the present. It'd be, like, "Why is everyone looking at me so strange...?"
And let me be very clear: Once the Lee & Kirby X-Men come into the present, they're here for the long haul. They're here for the foreseeable future, and that's something they -- and the rest of the Marvel Universe -- will have to come to terms with.
I'm kind of excited now with UXM successor All New X-Men. On another thread I previously thought that the idea with bringing the O5 to post AvX time wouldn't last to long and be a brief interlude and then move on, but now I'm actually glad I'm wrong and after reading this I'm seeing more possibilities and hopefully good stories so I'm gonna give it a shot.