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After All, Buffy Is A Mutant...Sort Of...

"I have the mutant ability to not sleep for days at a time."

For weeks now, Rich Johnston over at Comic Book Resources has been humming quietly to himself, claiming to know who would be taking over writing New X-Men once Grant Morrison's current (and final) arc (drawn by Marc Silvestri) finishes. The humming grew louder today as other sites started buzzing with the news that they believed they knew the new writer's identity.

So. I'm going to kick myself for running this rumor, because there's no surer way for it to get debunked than to have us break down and print it...but...

Reports have been coming in from a variety of sources that the new writer on New X-Men is Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and occasional writer of Dark Horse Comics' Fray.

Joining him on the book will be artist John Cassaday, a stake in the heart for fans of Planetary. Though Cassaday claims he can do both books simultaneously, he has never been able to produce two titles in the same month.

On the other hand, Whedon himself has not exactly proven himself on the monthly thing, either. What was it -- two years before the last issue of Fray? Further rumor has it that to help him stay on track, Kevin Smith will assist in co-plotting.

For those who say pish-tosh to such rumors, let us point out that it does make a certain sense. Whedon's name has popped up from time to time in connection with more than one Marvel book, and he has gone on record saying that he would love to write one. At one time, he expressed specific interest in Iron Man. The overtaxed writer also has a past connection with and one would hope affinity for the X-Men, having done a draft or two of the first film, with his name on the credits up until about a month before its release.

If this is true, it's extremely cool. Once again, a simple formula goes into play. Put a great writer with a great artist, and you'll sell books. Let's just hope that the combination doesn't slow things down to a crawl.

Derek McCaw

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