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Subj: Re: Generation X #86: so basically what it comes down to is.....
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 at 05:14:04 pm CST (Viewed 214 times)
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Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 at 07:54:06 am CST (Viewed 194 times)

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I was never a Jubilee fan. For a while, her thing was being Wolverine's tagalong, and I really hate the concept of sidekicks. Frankly, there really isn't much place for most of original Generation X. The vampirism actually had the potential to be interesting for Jubes, but it never did, because Marvel really doesn't give a darn about vampires (or most of their supernatural).

She may as well get her powers and life back, so she can drift back into limbo.

I partially share your antipathy for Jubilee as casting my mind back on her career all that comes to mind about her is the image, frozen in time. That mouthy street urchin/orphan in the yellow rainmac with trophy glasses and seemingly designed purely for rising star Wolverine to take under his curmudgeonly wing and soften his appeal to a mass audience.
And yet after Musing on Jubilee's introductory months it surprises to remember that it was Chris Claremont who created her - and Gambit wasn't far behind. Two characters with similar abilities, with similar fashion sensibilities, introduced in similar circumstances, and designed to be wildcard personas of sorts... fresh new blood for the fast changing X-Men.

Gambit's appeal was, and is, rather obvious. Yet he, like Jubilee, was unusual at the time as his induction to the team (and book) was quite different to the pre-established norm up to that point.
Gambit was already a grown man and an established, and professional, figure who just happens to cross paths with an X-Man at the right time and through his unselfish heroism in helping Ororo ends up invited into the team - that is a 'selection' process more familiar to an Avengers or other traditional Superhero team than it ever was to the X-Men....
Jubilee joins in a similar fashion, some argue she was the modern take on a Kitty Pryde age bracket demographic, but Kitty was joining a school, and initially not intended for joining the X-Men as such. But this was a mark of how different the book was at this point come the late 80s - a team operating on a mobile informal basis and without any central base of operations. And I have to wonder given this nomadic context she was introduced into whether Claremont's decision to make her a young but streetwise survivor like this was fully intended and calibrated as complementing this particular devolved and now out-on-the-streets era of the X-Men. As what comes with the unplanned 1991 overhaul and relaunching doesn't fit well with her character at all - all she has left to her in the context of the new school setup is the labelling of her as Wolverine's apparent sidekick and semi-adopted ward... and here is the point where she became frozen into that image forevermore while Gambit at least managed a degree of further character progression and remained an independent individual.

Perhaps all of that is a long-winded and roundabout argument to highlight the fact that the problem with Jubilee wasn't the fact she was created, rather the original plan for her might have developed quite differently if Claremont had been able to keep having his way with the title. After all anyone can look at his approach and development of the New Mutants as an example to see he could write for young new mutants very well, what happened to Jubilee was largely taken well out of claremont's hands however... she became frozen in that moment of time that saw the arrival of Jim Lee and his vision for the X-Men.

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