Italian artist Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli is providing the art for X-Infernus, the C.B. Cebulski-written, X-Men miniseries that centers on Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik. Cebulski, filling in for Joe Quesada, spoke more about the project’s origins in this week’s Cup O’ Joe column on MySpace:
In a super-small nutshell? Like pistachio sized? Magic and Magik come back to the Marvel Universe in a big way! But if you wanna move up to hazelnut size, as I’ve explained in a few other places, X-Infernus actually started life as an Uncanny X-Men Annual that David Finch and I were planning on doing, featuring the return of Illyana “Magik” Rasputin, a character we both have loved since childhood, into the Marvel Universe proper. But when David got tagged for Ultimatum with Jeph Loeb, he couldn’t say no to a project of that size and scope, so our Annual got put back on the shelf. But given certain events that were happening in the current X-Universe, editor Nick Lowe resurrected the project as he thought the time was right for it. Much to my surprise, he and Marvel Sales guru David Gabriel liked the overall concept so much they felt we were doing it an injustice by limiting it to an Annual, so they came up with the idea to turn it into a four issue mini-series. We got Finch’s blessing to proceed without him on pencils and to approach other artists, as long as he was still able to do the covers, which he is!
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost and Skottie Young took the first step and brought the Darkchild back to life in Limbo in their brilliant run in New X-Men: Quest for Magik. I built off what they did and took the next step in my Illyana story in X-Men: Divided We Stand, which just came out in trade paperback last week. This story, X-Infernus, is what it has all been building towards and it comes to a head with repercussions for all the X-Men!