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The Black Guardian 

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America's Captain 

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Subj: Re: Multiple X-Books or Weekly X-Men comic?
Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 at 04:29:28 pm EST (Viewed 118 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Multiple X-Books or Weekly X-Men comic?
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 at 07:00:09 pm EST (Viewed 156 times)


      Anyway, to me, it really seems like suddenly, the New Orleans Saints are going to be Called the New Orleans Patriots Gold. The heck?! Show some team spirit! And sometimes groups flatout don't and shouldn't want to be associated with another: X-Force, X-Factor, Excalibur, etc. These team specifically didn't care for the X-Men moniker.

    That last bit I'm totally with you on. Excalibur, X-Force, New Mutants, X-Factor and Generation X should continue to call themselves by those names - and those names should be the titles of their books.

    But if you're calling yourselves X-Men then I don't see the need for all this separation. Same as with the Avengers. Why do we need adjectiveless, Uncanny, and US? Bind them all together into a weekly book and - oh wait, Marvel is already doing that.

They are really not part of the same organization. Each of those Avengers teams had a completely different mission statement. Uncanny is/was for mutant situations (and now Inhuman sitches). USAvengers was a group of outlaws (when they were AIM) that gained support by the US government. Technically, they operated under the US government and weren't under the Avengers Charter. And I still don't see a reason for the three groups to be hanging out together. We've already seen this causes friction. It makes sense only for this pseudo-crossover we're having right now.

There's some grey area in X-Men, too, like with the X-Treme X-Men. Claremont's X-Treme team wanted nothing to do with the other X-Men and didn't trust them. The more recent X-Treme team was even more afield. But yes, the 90s Blue/Gold, Astonishing, Uncanny etc. are only marketing gimmicks. As much as I loathe the current X-Men Blue being around, if they're going to be around, they deserve their own title, and this extends to the upcoming roster change, as well.

This sort of ties into my general dislike of nearly ALL adjectives. Adjectives make sense for out-of-character marketing, because different teams absolutely deserve different titles. However, adjectives don't really make sense when it comes to team names.

And this is really the thing for me-- I like multiple teams. I dislike everybody being under the same banner, for any reason. And each team needs a completely different direction, even if that direction isn't very different.

This is the price we pay for having so many interesting characters. Back in the day, one Avengers title was all we needed for the 7 or so characters, but frankly, these days, I do want to see 30-40 different Avengers characters a month. Same goes for X-Men characters, and honestly, I don't think we're seeing enough of the characters we should be seeing. Plus, I want to see those 30-40 characters split into groups of 5-10 doing completely unrelated things. Each of those unrelated things deserves a separate series and title.

Now, I'd prefer it if they could come up with some completely original team names. Milk all of those English "ex" words for all they're worth, and tack on some "X-" to innocent nouns. Give me an X-League or something. *tries to be hipster* Um... the Fleek Freaks? Nono! The FleeX! Yeah!

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