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Subj: Re: I think part of the reason why is that the writers left...
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 at 08:15:49 pm EST (Viewed 88 times)
Reply 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 129 times)

    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.

As an aside, then, how cool is it that Armor and Longshot are appearing in the Cable book right now?

    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.

Possibly because nothing immediately should be done with these characters. They don't need to be protagonists nor even supporting cast. It's enough for them to be living their lives and for us to know that they're doing so, until a story comes along that organically wends its way into the lives they're living. More on this below.

    X-Men aren't archetypes...not in the same way that, say, Captain America is an archetype. There's no definitive Mutant character.

Some X-characters are archetypes. But most aren't, it's true. Logan and Creed are archetypes for sure. I actually think Laura Kinney is an archetype. Her creator, Craig Kyle, said of her in 2007, "She's a samurai sword trying to become a real little girl." That captures the essence, I think.

    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.

I have no idea why Marvel did away with the mutant subculture paradigm. Just because it's Grant Morrison's idea doesn't mean it's a bad idea. I personally think it's a very good idea.

I think two books were pointing in the right direction as far as this particular discussion is concerned: District X and Peter David's 2005 X-Factor. Detective stories are the best and possibly the only way to consistently make use of obscure characters. The investigator would interact with suspects, witnesses, informants, victims, and interested parties, all of whom could be obscure characters. A solo protagonist is better than a team for our purposes, since a team's internal drama will tend to dominate a comic, making it harder to devote pages to obscure characters. I would love to see a tough as nails mutant along the lines of Callisto as a private detective. Callisto herself is presumably busy with the New Morlocks, unfortunately. But if she weren't, I'd grab her for this purpose in a heartbeat. I'd restore her mutant powers too. Frankly, I'd restore every mutant's powers.

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