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Subj: Re: Yeah, I Wonder What The Deal With Hodge Was.
Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:23:19 pm EDT (Viewed 82 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Yeah, I Wonder What The Deal With Hodge Was.
Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:59:01 pm EDT (Viewed 77 times)

    Was he always meant to be a villain, or did Siminson just make him one? As I said, he was okay up until about issue #23, but once he sold out babies to demons and started talking like a cartoon villain, that was pretty much the end for the character. Since then he's just been tooooooooo evil and he talks like too much of a villain to even take seriously. Issue #34, reading it again, it seemed like the appropriate ending for him. Him dying all the time and coming back is just getting old.

The crux of the problem with Cameron Hodge is that he was the fundamental mechanism by which Bob Layton created and justified the original X-Factor concept - the original and long redundant X-Men team working user a cover as highly publicised 'Mutant Hunters' in order to find and save new mutants. Layton needed something to justify this book and this set of characters.
So Cameron Hodge is the organiser and chief of spin behind the concept, he is their PA and their moral support. But as the team quickly realised the gap between the idea and the actual reality by which Hodge helped mold was not remotely an ethical or just cause. And yet to their shame they let this distasteful masquerade carry on, Xavier's original students were now moonlighting as Mutant hunters, allowing themselves to be seen as something close to Nazi's.

So yes, Hodge was always going to be a villain, not necessarily as extreme as what we got no but at the very least he would have been a foil like Henry Gyrich, or nearer yet Amanda Waller or Lex Luthor as he was at the time.
And while developing into an extreme example of an over the top comicbook super-villain he was in very good company given Apocalypse and some of the other characters who passed through Simonson's X-Factor.

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