What was behind Tabula Rasa as a location and concept crossing over from Uncanny X-Force to Uncanny X-Men…? Kieron Gillen explains:
In an X-Summit early last year, we were talking about our plans, and during Rick [Remender]‘s he mentioned — as an aside — this newly evolved Savage-Land-esque place he was introducing. I just sort of leaped onto it excitedly, throwing a half dozen quirks that the evolution-in-a-day thing could lead to… It felt like the right thing to do. It folded X-Force back into the Marvel Universe, making it clear that the wiping out of a town isn’t something you just do in a panel and never refer to again. And after Rick introduced this place, I felt it worthwhile to try and populate it and make it a fun location people could use as settings for stories in the future.
Rick and I made sure we were introducing the bits and pieces in the script the other wanted. If you nose in X-Force‘s pages, you can see things like the tapeworm people foreshadowed, and generally, we wanted to make a new toy for the MU. A separately-evolved pocket! “Jurassic Park” meets Spore meets Area-51! That kind of thing. Rick and I just like making new stuff up, basically. It was a good opportunity to do so.
I’ve said before that I think that the X-Books now are better than they’ve been in a long time – since Morrison’s run, maybe, or even before that; certainly, with UXM, UXF and Wolverine and the X-Men, there’s a stronger line of books now than then – and seeing “new” ideas like Tabula Rasa or the reborn Angel cross between books really reinforces an organic bond between the books more than any crossover could. If the post-AvX Marvel Universe, whatever it ends up looking like, can spread that kind of magic around, it’ll be in good shape.