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Subj: Re: Who are your favorite "obscure" mutants?
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 at 03:47:19 pm CST (Viewed 120 times)
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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 at 01:27:34 pm CST (Viewed 114 times)


      Which of Peter David's X-Factors do you mean? The 1991 government-sponsored team (including Havok and Polaris and also Strong Guy, Multiple Man etc.) or X-Factor Investigations from 2005?

    Both. I didn't even know there were two by Peter David but founding members of anything are excluded.

    You know, I wrote that post and actually thought to myself, "Menshevik is going to question the premise of the thread."



      In any case, I'd say Strong Guy (from the 1991 team) and Layla Miller (from the 2005 one) are actually pretty obscure.

    Nah. Not at all. They were featured in lots of issues. Heck, if America's Captain knows exactly who they are without googling, it's a good bet they're not obscure. ("Layla knows things.")

Well, we don't all know which characters you know without googling. ;\-\)

Actually, come to think of it Thunderbird I (founding member of the 1975 X-Men team, but killed off in his third appearance and stayed dead most of the time) is even more obscure. But for instance Layla and Guido are clearly far less prominent mutant characters than e.g. Psylocke and Magik, both of whom would technically qualify under your guidelines... \:\-\)

    But OK - are either of these characters favorites of yours?

Not really. I kinda like Strong Guy but Layla in the end grated my nerves a bit.


      Also, shouldn't one perhaps also at least exclude the founding members of
      Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
      Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
      Sebastian Shaw's Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club?

    OK. Exclude them too.

Oh, and Sabretooth.

    So now that you've picked the requisite nits - Who are your favorite obscure mutants?

Let's see...

Doug Ramsey (Cypher) was the one who came first to mind. Then, in no particular order,


Frenzy (whom I only started to like during Carey's run).


Morph (from AoA)


Lila Cheney


Not sure if one should consider them obscure enough:

Sunfire (Mariko Yashida) from Exiles

Someone mentioned Molly Hayes, but since she is one of the breakout characters from Runaways, I really think she is too well known to be considered obscure.

The same goes for Northstar, X-23 and Squirrel Girl (the latter also fairly recently redefined as not a mutant even though her powers are the result of what can only be described as genetic mutation). Also for Legion, whom I was thinking of including on my list.

On the whole, it seems to me I tend to be interested on average more in non-obscure mutants and non-mutant members of the cast (e.g. Val Cooper, Karima Shapandar and Gomi of the Fallen Angels) than in "obscure" mutants.

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