Connect with us
X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Comic Books

X-Men Monday #170 – Leah Williams Talks ‘X-Terminators’

Plus, 6 eXclusive preview images from upcoming X-Men comics!

Welcome, X-Fans, to another uncanny edition of X-Men Monday at AIPT!

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Leah Williams’ Twitter

Listen to the latest episode of the X-Reads Podcast!

This month, you finally get to read X-Terminators #1. (For a sense of what you can eXpect, here’s AIPT’s early review.) I also had a chance to read this debut issue, and let me tell you, if you love sharp dialogue, gorgeous artwork that pops off the page, and the unique combination of blood-soaked, explosion-filled, madcap fun only comics can deliver, then X-Terminators #1 is the book for you.

Fortunately, series writer Leah Williams was willing to answer a few questions before X-Terminators #1 drops September 21.

AIPT: Welcome back to X-Men Monday, Leah! X-Terminators #1 features Dazzler roller skating through blood, Boom-Boom blowing up vampire heads, and Jubilee dodging explosions in a monster truck. It’s a blast (pun very much intended). What was your writing process like for this series? Given the concept and content advisory warning, I can picture your editors and peers in the X-Slack encouraging you to push your story to its absolute limits.

Leah: My writing process for this is looking for the biggest, dumbest, funnest idea and then finding ways to make that bigger and dumber. Jordan and I talk stuff out frequently. My editors and peers are absolutely all acting as the little devils sitting on my shoulders, goading me to be the most delightfully unhinged I can be — they are my first and most important test audience. Few things are as satisfying as making my colleagues go feral when a new issue gets uploaded to the Slack.

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

AIPT: That devilish encouragement definitely comes through. Now, X-Fan Lyric said a lot of people think that Jubilee, Dazzler, and Boom-Boom are super similar. First, do you agree with these “people?” And if not, what are some of the ways that you’re making them distinct from one another?

Leah: Haha, I don’t agree at all. Their personalities are completely different, as are their power sets. We spend a decent amount of time distinguishing them in X-Terminators so I hope I can convince Lyric otherwise.

AIPT: X-Fan Catra loves your work, can’t wait for X-Terminators, and is wondering if there’s any chance we’ll see Jubilee really cut loose and show how destructive her powers can truly be.

Leah: Emphatic, enthusiastic yes.

AIPT: X-Fan PolarIce+ imagines that your “Blast Squad” (featuring Dazzler, Jubilee, Boom-Boom, and Gambit) from Marvel Comics #1001’s “616’s Best Stress Testers” was a bit of a precursor and setup for X-Terminators. Is that true, and if so, could you elaborate on the thought processes on bringing them all together (based on the similarities of their powers and/or archetypes)?

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

Leah: It’s a precursor in the way that I’ve always had a kind of fixation with mutants that have a similar “category” of powers — there are nuances to them each however, and I relish the challenge of demonstrating that in X-Terminators. With that one-page short, it was more about reaching for the toys I’d always wanted to put together and play with, and that was my first available opportunity. 

AIPT: X-Fan Chandler Poling of the X-Reads Podcast asked, what films from the Grindhouse Cinema genre were an influence on your story?

Leah: Bless Chandler for the excuse to share my very-real watch list jpg which I made in my favorite memo app. This list is missing Crying Freeman, Kamikaze Girls, REC, Bacurau, and Bitch Slap which I’d also cite as influences. 

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Leah Williams

AIPT: You can’t have a Leah Williams interview without a little music talk, so X-Fan gonn1000 asked, other than Dazzler (obv) and (maybe?) Lila Cheney, who are Boom-Boom and Jubilee’s favorite pop singers?

Leah: I actually have playlists for each of these women — I think Dazzler is into K-pop, indie pop, and (perhaps obviously) dance music. Dazzler loves Arca, Prince, and Remi Wolf.


Boom-Boom is into punk, punk rock, and pop with some bite to it — powerful chanteuses. She loves Pom Pom Squad, Nova Twins, and Wet Leg.


Jubilee is into hip hop, experimental pop, and hyper pop. She loves Flo Milli, Slayyyter, and Shygirl.


You didn’t ask but Laura is into shoe gaze, acoustic alternative, drone pop, and dreamy vocals. She loves Kilo Kish, Kate Bush, and Alcest.


And here’s my playlist for the book, which I’d say is a more accurate curation of vibes you’ll encounter in X-Terminators


AIPT: A lot to listen to, X-Fans — good thing this is this week’s last question! X-Fan Sophie Evergreen wanted to know each of the X-Terminators girls’ drink of choice.

Leah: I don’t think Dazzler drinks often, so when she does — she’s drinking to get drunk. She does tequila shots. Boom-Boom is probably good with whatever everyone else is drinking, but she knows that carbonated sugar-free drinks get you drunk much faster because 1) there’s no sugar to slow down your body’s metabolizing of the alcohol and 2) the carbon dioxide in carbonation increases the permeability of your biomembranes, which is basically a fancy way of saying your blood lets the alcohol in faster because bubbles. Jubilee likes gin and tonics because they taste like Christmas tree. Laura likes Guinness. They all like a good whiskey.

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

AIPT: Well, now I’m thirsty. But on that note, thanks for taking the time to field a few questions, Leah! Remember, X-Fans, X-Terminators #1 goes on sale September 21! As that’s still a few weeks away, here are a few eXclusive preview images from upcoming X-comics to tide you over, courtesy of X-Men Senior Editor Jordan D. White.

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

X-Men Monday #170 - Leah Williams Talks 'X-Terminators'

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

Speaking of Jordan, he’ll be back next week for the latest edition of X-Men Monday X Me Anything. So if you have questions about anything X-Men, click this link to submit them in the official form by Thursday, September 8 at 5 PM EST.

X-Men Monday Call for Questions: X Me Anything With Jordan D. White

Until neXt time, X-Fans, stay eXceptional!

Join the AIPT Patreon

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • ❌ Remove all ads on the website
  • 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
  • 📗 Access to our monthly book club
  • 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
  • 💥 And more!
Sign up today
Comments

In Case You Missed It

Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series 'Plush' Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series 'Plush'

Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series ‘Plush’

Comic Books

'Batman' #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story 'Batman' #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story

‘Batman’ #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story

Comic Books

DC Comics Preview: Batman #130 DC Comics Preview: Batman #130

DC Comics Preview: Batman #130

Comic Books

'Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo' #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham 'Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo' #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham

‘Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo’ #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup