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xx Re: Claremont talks about Sage.
« Reply #60 on: Feb 5th, 2008, 06:53am »

on Feb 4th, 2008, 7:38pm, zonzorp wrote:
If Sage's "real name" - birth name - isn't Tessa it may as well be Diana Fox as Edna Dorfmeyer, or anything else. If Sage's real name isn't Tessa it doesn't matter what it is.

Indeed. I have a particular dislike for Diana Fox, but either her name is Tessa or it isn't. And if it isn't the replacement is irrelevant.
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« Reply #61 on: Mar 31st, 2008, 09:40am »

About the outfits --

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But it's not that the New Exiles costumes are ugly outfits (save for Sage's, they are not), it's about how ridiculous it is that all the main ladies in the book, save for Rogue, wear midriff costumes, that don't even cover their ribcages.
They are not just plain belly tops.. they end below their boobs.


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Really? There are four female characters on the team. Rogue, as noted, is covered neck to toe by her outfit. Cat wears a t-shirt and pants, plus a leather jacket that effectively covers her above the hips. Leaving Betsy and Sage, both of whom wear two-piece outfits. Betsy's was chosen for her by Sabretooth, but it effectively illustrates her basic personality -- she's very much a performer who likes to dance along the edge, blending (a measure of) practicality with style. As for Sage, the outfit echoes her state of mind -- look at her hair, for goodness sakes, and tell me the last time anyone say her present herself with such a chaotic look? Nothing about her quite fits (from a characterizational sense), nothing is in synch, it all looks very much improvised -- contrast that look (and the woman it must represent) with how Salva resented her in X-treme. Something within her psyche is very fundamentally out of alignment; her physical presentation echoes that reality.

So -- things may appear gratuitous, but there really are reasons why we do things.

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« Reply #62 on: Apr 3rd, 2008, 04:53am »

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Dear Threaza --

Remy has a major roll in the next Tom Grummet arc (as do Rogue, Mystiq, Betsy, Sage and Morph -- Sabes and Cat are off on a mission of their own, in 11 & 12) beginning with #7 (which is looking quite lovely in terms of pencils.) It's a world where Britain defeated the American rebels (very bad for John Adams, et al) and Napoleon defeated the British (very bad for Nelson, among others). The French rule Europe, the British rule their empire from America and the Atlantian's hold dominion over all the planet's oceans and also enforce a total embargo over post 18th century military hardware. (And my apologies for repeating myself in terms of previous posts.) On the other hand, who needs modern weaponry in a world where super-beings have existed since the 1500s? Even more fun, is the reality that just because a character is a hero (or a villain) in Dimension 616 doesn't necessarily mean that'll hold true here.

I'm prejudiced, but (as I said earlier) I'm loving the pencils. I know what supposed to happen next, and I still find myself eager as can be to see the story come to "life." Great penciler doing great work!

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« Reply #63 on: Apr 22nd, 2008, 1:35pm »

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Dear Darkness --

The events of GeNext occur in the same story continuity and subsequent to the key events (that is, all save the epilogue) of X-Men: the End. All the continuity established in that series carries over to this one.

Cordially,

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Dear Darkness --

The peril of the last issue going through the last stages of production when the writer is ... indisposed. I was unable to do the last stage of editing review of the script to sort out all the louse ends. Basically, the Starjammer gathered up the surviving characters among the X-crew and got them home safely a fraction of a second before the solar shock-wave struck. My bad, I know, and for that I apologize. (And if you're wondering, how can that be, please bear in mind that the first two figures showcased on the recap splash of Volume 3, #1 are Logan and Betsy, the first clue that folks came home alive and well from that last confrontation.) As for why Scott isn't present for the Memorial, this is come 10-20 years after the events of GeNext; fate may well have caught up with him along the way. Or he's just being his usual unassuming self and staying out of camera shot. Or he's blocked out-of-view by Kitty's body on the last page. Your choice.

I hope this helps.

Cordially,

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« Reply #64 on: Apr 24th, 2008, 10:21am »

Here's some Cat back-story:

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Dear Impulse --

When Cat thinks back to this encounter with Xavier, not only is Charley able to walk but he's accompanied by his first pupil, who in this scenario even predates Jean, namely Sage. However, when they arrive at Cat's house, she's already been recruited by the Massachusetts Academy. And, as we see from the continuing flashback panels, Cat isn't Emma's only recruit from among the original core members of the X-Men. Different dimensions, different historical details, possibly a whole different outcome to the story. The Devil as they say, is in the details, and no doubt wearing Prada.

Hope this helps.

We'll probably see this in issue #6.
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« Reply #65 on: Apr 24th, 2008, 11:16am »

I suspect Cat will be nicer to Sage after this arc.
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« Reply #66 on: Apr 24th, 2008, 2:54pm »

I doubt I'll care after this arc.
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« Reply #67 on: Jul 7th, 2008, 7:25pm »

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Dear Luana --

I'm truly sorry you feel this way and I wish I had an appropriate instant solution that might restore Sage to a more appropriate presentation. But from the writer's perspective, one can only follow one's own instincts and hold to what is most true (especially in terms of a character like Sage, who hasn't been bounced around the creative neighborhood as often as, say, Logan) to my vision and conception of her and how I want to challenge it and thereby evolve. Forgive me if I'm restating something you might be well aware of, but my intent here is to confront her with a vision of herself, and her role in things, that she's studiously dodged her whole life -- namely, her emotions. She can't lock them down any longer; she has to find a way to strike a balance with herself and utilize all her assets to combat the imposition of Roma's memories. Most of the other characters face external battles (with the exception perhaps of Morph); hers, by contrast, are internal.

All I can really offer is the homily (cliche though it may be) that I'll keep trying 'til I get it right, whatever "right" turns out to be. The one supremely great advantage held by "Exiles" as opposed to the core Marvel titles is that stories, and characters, can come to an end. Life here has consequence, and finality -- even though the hardest part of it may be the writer (or artist, or both) finding themselves forced to say goodbye to a character they may love. Death is part of the story here and when characters come to that end, they don't come back. Not so hard when they're comparative strangers; significantly harder when they're visions of one's bedrock creations. That's the challenge, coming up with moments worthy of the characters, and worthy of the audience.

As I said, I'm sorry what's happening with Sage has taken the character away from one whose life you want to follow. I hope find better fortune with other characters and other books. But please give us a look from time to time; who knows, we might surprise you.

Best wishes,

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« Reply #68 on: Aug 23rd, 2008, 06:46am »

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Dear Folks --

For those of you who remember my last arc of Excalibur, some points to make. When Sage infiltrated Albion's team, and received her uniform, it was noted that the uniform, in addition to providing enhanced abilities (such as flight), also worked to condition her mind to be loyal to this "New Order." Then, when she tried to confront Albion before he cast his spell, she was zapped by the fantastic energies that removed all functional technology from Britain. The illusive persona became real, in both mind and body. My original intent, in Excalibur, was to have the physical transformation become real as well -- Sage would become a blond and when she returned to her normal mind, she'd either wear her blond hair in the traditional Sage style or hide it with a hair-die or a wig. But that never came to be. When shifting over to Exiles, I decided on a third possibility, namely that each persona had a different physical foundation. The rationale for this is Sage's assumption of Roma's powers; the problem for her is that, with most of this knowledge being vastly beyond even her ken, it's taking her time to learn her capabilities and limits, often by trial-&-error, and she still has a long, long way to go.

So, what we have here are two different versions of the same woman, inhabiting one body; both of them are Alpha's, and neither is willing to back down and let the other have unchallenged control. But that situation is highly unlikely to last much longer -- !

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« Reply #69 on: Aug 30th, 2008, 08:53am »

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Didn't CC mention that season 2 (aka the second year, aka #13-24) would focus more on the characters....? huh


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By Spring, 2009, expect a resolution to the Sage / Diana conflict, to the Morph / Proteus conflict, as well as major developments in the lives of Cat and Rogue. Also expect a new arrival on the team and a significant change to the overall roster consistent with the overall theme and structure of the series. Take nothing here, and especially no-one among the cast, for granted.

In this year of surprising and significant change, why should the Presidential contenders have all the fun?

Cordially,

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« Reply #70 on: Aug 31st, 2008, 10:35am »

I hope this resolution puts Sage back on the 'right' track, y'know... the one that leads up out of the pit
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« Reply #71 on: Sep 4th, 2008, 2:58pm »

CC's other Sage-related posts from that New Exiles thread:
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Dear Soundwave --

The "Proteus" subplot will be the focus of the Exiles Annual, which should be on-sale before year's end. As for the current story arc, if you would consult the last arc of (New) Excalibur, I believe you'll see that Diana Fox possessed "normal" caucasian skin color. As it was with her, then, so it is with her now.

Cordially,

Chris Claremont

Dear Soundwave --

Sorry about that, my bad -- but the same principle applies: consider it a form of mind over matter. What was a disguise / illusion in terms of Sage playing a role became a variant reality for Diana herself, a means of exerting her vision of the truth, in essence imposing mind over matter. That's why her eyes change color between identities, Diana considers herself a wholly different and separate person and applies those distinctions across the physical board to differentiate herself from Sage.

Hope this helps,

Dear Adam --

The personality of Diana was a creation of Sage, as demonstrated in the issue of Excalibur where she's sitting in their HQ having coffee with Brian and Wisdom doesn't recognize her 'until it's too late. Like any good agent, she created a complete persona, which she presented to Albion when she infiltrated his command. However, when she got zapped and her "natural" self was temporarily erased, the Diana persona became ascendent. At the same time, that same magical effect, likewise transformed her physical disguise into reality: skin color, hair color, eye color, the works. As I said, she's now two different individuals vying for control of one body. Flight is Diana's, telepathy Sage's.

As for the Roma situation ...

Cordially,

Chris Claremont

Dear Soundwave --

Both. The uniform kept trying to impose a fixed orientation -- ie, her loyalty to Albion and his cause, reinforcing the loyalty presumably already there. The no-tech device itself did nothing; however, it's activation -- and especially Sage being in physical contact with it at the time -- acted like a body-blow to Sage's psyche, banishing Sage's character and leaving the field wide-open for Diana's to become ascendent. As far as Diana's concerned, it's irrelevant who came first; what matters to her is that she exists and she wants to stay that way.

Cordially,

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