> Well, this happened a long time ago. Perhaps I'm not remembering all the details/quotes correctly. I thought I remembered reading that Jemas wanted him back. I thought he and Quesada took over summeriah 2000 and SEARCH came out at the end of 2000. Issue 4 might have come out in early 2001? Lobdell's interim run was, I'm pretty sure, all in 2001. May, was it, that Morrison and Casey started?
I've taken a look through the archives, and #1 of Search for Cyclops was out in October 2000, but was announced at least as early as June, #3 was out in January 2001, and #4 in March (we don't seem to have talked about #2 back in the day, so I'm not entirely sure what month it was out in), and #4 was so far behind schedule that the miniseries finished after Scott's 'return' in UXM #391 came out in February (Lobdell's interim run was from January to April 2001, then the Dark Age began in May, and continues to this day).
And Harras to Jemas/Quesada regime-change seems to have been in late August 2000, so Search for Cyclops was already planned by then.
> Joseph Harris wrote SEARCH. He also wrote that Bishop series in that era. He had a website back then. Never saw him mention the ending being changed. I remember he called Scott and Jean Marvel's greatest couple. I'm guessing he probably didn't have in mind what wound up happening with them. Anyway, on his site, he answered a bunch of questions on the mini. Nothing about editorial changing things, though. Not arguing he didn't say it. Hell, I have no recollection of Tieri saying what you say he said either.
I can't remember where Tieri talked about not being allowed to use those characters, but chances are it would've been on the message board he had on the X-Fan forums (I have no idea if that site even still exists). But I can clearly remember that this news about Apocalypse's 'death' wasn't something that came out at the time, but years later, possibly closer to the time when Apocalypse came back.
> Not sure what this accomplished with a character like Apocalypse. I mean given the nature of his powers. I know I didn't read SEARCH and think, this guy is definitively dead. We saw him escape or we saw what we saw. Either way I thought we'd be back. But the characters believe what the plot calls for them t5o believe.
Well, what we saw was "Jean forcibly remove Apocalypse from Cyclops' body, then Cable stab his disembodied spirit to death", it really read like that was supposed to be The End for Apocalypse. I didn't _want_ to believe he'd stay dead, but it wasn't one of those "ambiguous supervillain deaths where he'll clearly be back".
It took over 4 years before he just showed up out of nowhere. But that seems to be how Apocalypse rolls, when he's been gone so long you're starting to think he's really dead and never coming back, just when all hope is lost, he just walks back in like he was never dead at all.
> We saw Cyclops merge with Apocalypse and escape, not die. But the other X Men spent 9 months acting like he was dead.
While I could just about suspend disbelief and accept that Xavier would immediately write Scott off as dead after the merge with Apocalypse, and not even question it, because the plot required them to think he was dead, that story ended with Apocalypse teleporting away right in front of everyone, yet after that, everyone talks as if Apocalypse and Cyclops were both dead, and I suspect there was some kind of mis-communication between writers and/or editors as to what had happened, or 'Ages of Apocalypse' was just one of those stories which didn't actually end in the way that the long-term-plan called for it to end, but the books somehow managed to pretend it did end with them dying.
> Regarding villains and rest. Couple years before this I would read how Sinister and Apocalypse were supposedly overused and needed a rest. And I never got it. Never thought either ever was. I always thought that Sabretooth was the X villain that applied to back then, if it applied to any of them.
I can't remember who said it, but it was one of the guys working on and/or writing for Doctor Who, about how some older viewers complain about the Daleks being over-used, and he justified it in terms of "if you're a kid, waiting to see them again, that year-long wait between episodes with them in seems like an eternity, and you're super-excited to see them again". And to this day, I still feel like that when we get to see guys like Magneto, Apocalypse, Sinister, Stryfe, Exodus, Bastion and Onslaught in their proper versions.
I'd suspect Sabretooth felt particularly over-used in the 1990s due to the long-running, misguided attempt to turn him into some kind of anti-hero. The whole thing with him being locked up in the X-Men's basement seems to have been born out of a thankfully-aborted plan for him to actually join the team, but after it twice ending in him getting out of his cell and the X-Men having to take him down, he moved over to become a regular on X-Factor. It was total Sabretooth overkill for anyone not wild about Victor Creed.
> I do remember all the cancelled books. Every book had to have it's own message, a distinct purpose. Something like that, anyway. And that they were way too complicated. Morrison and Casey talked about that a bunch in the WIZARD special leading into their runs. Then, a decade later, weren't there more X books then ever?
It didn't even take that long. Even in periods where there were less ongoing books than before, the ever-increasing numbers of miniseries tended to make it look like there were still more X-books than ever, and few of them lived up to that "distinct purpose" mandate. Somehow, even after the X-Men haven't been Marvel's 'top franchise' in many a year, they still insist on publishing far more X-books than it makes any sense to be publishing, when they really do need to cut the line down to a handful of books and get back to basics.
Generally, I tend to dismiss the "too complicated" gripe as the whining of people who'd be better off reading something more aimed at their comprehension-level, like 'See Spot Run',. For most of the time, the books fed you most of the information you needed to know. But the Claremont books in '00? That's a time when that gripe did have some merit.
> I don't remember anything about Quesada ordering deaths. More like dead means dead. That he stopped letting creators bring characters back. wasn't that what happened with psylocke in XTREME? Later on, it was amended to unless some has a good story to bring them back.
The 'dead means dead' thing was something that did mess up Claremont's plans, he'd 'killed' Psylocke, intended to quickly bring her back (in her original body?) only to be told that they weren't allowing any resurrections. They completely backtracked on this 'rule' within a year or so, and I think they eventually admitted it was done purely so that a planned death-and-return would seem like a shock (this may have been Magneto's return in that Xorn debacle that was so awful they revealed it wasn't really him barely 6 months later).
But I can remember writers on various X-books talking about how they'd been told to kill off guys like Stryfe and X-Man because of Jemas' dislike of characters from the future, alternate timelines, etc. This means it's hardly a surprise if he'd demanded the big blue guy from the ancient past be killed off too.
> And they did wind up doing stuff that tried to make the books more like the movies. Just took awhile. Toad and Mystique's appearances changing in FOREVER. those miniseries that came out. The Rogue one reads like movie Rogue. I think Jean was a doctor in it. Not that it ever gets them more readers longterm. The movies would spike the sales short term. Then they'd slowly drop down again.
Historically, comic-movies have seldom had any noticeable effect on comic sales, no matter whether they go out of their way to make everything resemble the movie, to be more accessible to that audience, or not.
And that Rogue miniseries, yeah, that was a weird thing that seemed to be set after she just joined the team, but no-one knew if it was meant to be in-continuity or not, then Jean showed up alive and well near the end to prove it wasn't.
As for the comics making themselves like the movies, in November of 2000, the Cerebro chamber was re-designed into the movie-style "big round room", but by May 2001, it was redesigned again, and renamed 'Cerebra', in one of the many, many, random, pointless and arbitrary changes of the Dark Age. I don't think it's ever been changed back to 'Cerebro' either, and that still bothers me.
> While I'm no huge fan of this era, I can't say it drove me off the books. Nor am I going to blame SEARCH for what Morrison did. I think he still would have turned Jean Phoenix and still broken up Scott and Jean. With ot without Apocalypse. He would have just gone about it a different way. Provided he'd used the characters. If they had kept Cyclops "dead" he would have used someone else like he didn't use colossus.
Oh, I'm not blaming 'Search for Cyclops' for any of the inexcusable crap that followed. Aside from Apocalypse's 'death', I did enjoy that miniseries, and considered it, and Lobdell's brief return to the core books, to be two of the few enjoyable moments of the '00s.
> Been a very long time now. Morrison is ancient history. The characters are what they've become. They are not going back to the Cyclops that I liked. Or the X Men. Doesn't mean I won't go see the movies, but reading the books? No way. That would require the mother of all retcons.
I'm almost 3 full years behind on my comics reading, and I'm honestly not sure why I'm still bothering the X-books, the characters aren't who they were anymore, and it's not even about what it used to be about anymore, it increasingly feels like it's celebrating the kind of division that the X-Men used to be against, and there's clearly an audience for that, but more and more it feels like at some point they just threw in the towel, decided Magneto was right all along, and embraced a bargain-basement version of his dream.
But then every time I wonder if I'm done, I learn that someone like Joseph or Stryfe is coming back and I think "yeah, I want to see that".
And then it turns out that Joseph comes back brainwashed and evil.
> Believe me, I'm not doing a lot of lurking here at this point. But when I am, and I see you posting, I take a look.
Well, thanks. It always means a lot to me if people make a point of reading what I have to say (Well, aside from the ones who hate what I have to say).