Ian Brill talks with the writer for the Virgin Comics series Stranded, which should soon be a series on the Sci-Fi Channel:
PWCW: Since this is also a book about people with special powers “walking among us,” do you see it in relationship to your work on X-Men?
MC: There are similarities, yeah—some of which will only show themselves in the longer term. We’ve usually tended to meet the X-Men at the point where they come in out of the cold; where they realize that there is a home for them, a tribe to which they belong. One of the reasons why the X-Men franchise has been so durable is because of the emotional appeal of that situation. The world hates you, fears you; even your family, the people who used to be your loved ones, hate you, but now you’ve got a new family and here they are.
The Stranded takes one step back from that, initially. What kick-starts our drama is the moment of alienation: of bereavement, almost, because our characters are having their lives taken away from them and what’s being offered to fill that void is frightening and alien. Comfort is still a long way away.