Death just can’t seem to keep a grip on Marvel’s Merry Mutants lately. Following the recent return of Jean Grey, Jamie Maddrox the duplicating Multiple Man is ready for his own resurrection.
As reported by ComicBook.com, Marvel is launching a brand new five-part Multiple Man series in July from Matthew Rosenberg, the writer of Phoenix Ressurection: The Return of Jean Grey, and Andy MacDonald (Justice League of America) with covers by Marcos Martin.
Having faded away into character limbo after the end of his long-running X-Factor series, Jamie was living a blissful wedded life on his family farm until he suddenly appeared in 2016’s Death of X event where he and hundreds of dupes all promptly died on Muir Island after exposure to the Terrigen Mist cloud that used to plague mutants for a few years.
“Yeah, Jamie is very dead,” Rosenberg said. “He was killed by the Terrigen Mists and all of his dupes died with him. But our book starts off with someone finding Jamie very not dead. But he is not long for this world. So the mystery of why he isn’t dead and how to save himself is a big driving force of the story. If I were smarter I’d probably say some nonsense about how this was all about the duality of man and the Jungian archetypes that exist within us, how they are often oppositional, and how the ideas of who we are existed before us and continue beyond us. Maybe the book is about what we leave behind in the world for the people who love us and the people who don’t, and how that story is never a complete picture. But, honestly, I just like Jamie Madrox a lot and I raised my hand in a meeting at the Marvel office and said, ‘What if he wasn’t dead?’ and then they asked me to make up how that would work. And so… here we are. Dude’s not dead.”
While there will be other foes for the former private investigator to face, there is one major threat he has to tussle with for certain.
“Death,” Rosenberg said. “Death is one of the big threats for sure. But also there is a mysterious new team you meet in issue #1 who are coming for him. They are willing to go toe to toe with the X-Men to get to him, so you know they’re pretty serious. Who they are and why they exist is pretty crazy, but it is all part of a bigger plan for global domination. While Jamie is mostly concerned with not dying at first, he gets caught up in all this stuff and, ya know, has to try and fix it. Or not. It’s complicated.”
Some of Jamie’s old friends, including some starring in Rosenberg’s upcoming New Mutants series, will be along for the ride but unfortunately not his wife.
“As for Layla [Miller, Madrox’s wife], she isn’t in this one,” Rosenberg said. “We’re focussing on Jamie for now and getting him back on the board before we can get them back together… If we get them back together. But some other X-Factor folks are definitely going to pop up. I’m using a bunch of them in my New Mutants series already (shameless plug) so I didn’t have to ask for a lot of permission to bring them over. And that’s really what it’s all about. Not asking for permission.”
Multiple Man #1 arrives in July.