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little kon-el

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Moira Brandon

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Subj: I think part of the reason why is that the writers left...
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 at 10:30:50 am EST (Viewed 128 times)
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I totally agree that there are characters who are indispensable and because of tradition and popularity we can not eradicate them at all, but I would open doors to others, coexisting with the classics. My options would be the following:
X-Men: with the founding members, the originals, not those displaced by time, those eliminate them once, they do not contribute anything to me anymore. In their day it was good and it was original, but for me, they are already tired. Classical mutant Marvel stories.
Uncanny X-Men: the classic Claremonth X-Men (Storm, Rogue, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Wolverine, Kitty, etc ...) It worked before and it still works now. They are indispensable. With stories a little darker and more realistic.
X-Factor: with Rusty and Skids, natural heirs of the original X-Factor. They would be joined by high-end secondaries like Caliban, Pixie, Anole and Rockslide.
X-Force: emulating the X-Force of the 90s, with Cable, X-23, Warpath, Domino, Deadpool, Betsy ....
X-Academy or something like that, with the old New Mutants teaching the millenials.
Mutants: this is the name that Stan Lee was originally going to give the X-Men. It would be based on stories from Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver and other secondary ones that populate the X-universe, facing real situations without really being a team.
What do you think? \:\)

Whenever writers leave, they also leave the specific things they had in mind for their characters. I always think of Louise Simonson's Rusty and Skids, or Joss Whedon's Armor or Joe Kelly's "All New, All Different Danger Room X-Men" or Lobdells' Cecilia Reyes or Ann Nocenti's Longshot.

Creators seem to have a knack for creating new Mutants, but never seem to figure out what to do with them "between stories" or after they finish the arc they wanted to write. X-Men aren't archetypes...not in the same way that, say, Captain America is an archetype. There's no definitive Mutant character.

I always thought doing away with Grant Morrison's idea of a "Mutant Subculture" was a bad idea, if only because you could use many of these mutants as background characters in the way that characters from WildCARDs shifts from background characters being foreground characters and vice versa.

If anything, Peter David does this the best with characters he seemingly pulled out of a punch bowl to write about. His strength is figuring out how to foreground and background characters in a serialized manner so that the reader understands that the narrative is more like a telescope that focuses in on one character and we see the world from their eyes in an arc, then switches that telescope to another character in the next arc.

If I were plotting the next group of X-Stories, I'd probably do the following:

1) Brian Wood on Generation X -> What Wood excels at is these "slice of life" stories with X-Characters. One of the best Generation X arcs is when he separated the characters and had them interact with different facets of New York. I'd love for him to do that with more characters across the globe. Maybe you have one or two characters that are the same, but a Generation X book where we follow Jubilee traveling the world to meet different mutants (that are all older characters in new contexts) would be interesting.

2) Joe Casey on the X-Factor -> I'd put Lorna Dane in charge of Serval Industries with 'Berto DeCosta. I like the idea of Corporate Superheroes, but one that would be in charge of 1) doing good for a large group of people 2) putting a good face on corporations. And I'd resurrect the idea of a "sustainable source of power" created by mutants to run Serval Industries, with the daughter of Magneto as the head of this corporation. Doing corporate good, but with the notion that corporate good may not be good for individual good, would make for an interesting title.

3) Cristos Gage on the Hellfire Club -> A story about the movers and shakers of mutants, with an eye towards a long history that goes back to the External, sort of like how SHIELD goes back further than the founding of the organization. I'd love for an X-Book that would do the deep dive into the continuity of the series as it relates to current day situations. I'd love for Hellfire Club to be this rotating cast Illuminati-esque characters that are bound by being Mutants to solve Mutant problems. Anyone could be a Hellfire Club member. All you have to do is answer the call.

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