Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Why is it so hard to get the original "All-New" team back together?
Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 at 01:15:12 pm EDT (Viewed 155 times)
Reply Subj: Why is it so hard to get the original "All-New" team back together?
Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 at 10:52:19 am EDT (Viewed 168 times)

    There is this weird diaspora of the group that had Nightcrawler, Colossus, Wolverine, and Storm together with Kitty, who was their first new addition.

    Now Storm is Queen of Arrako and Wolverine is always out on his own program even though he's also in every team book at some point. When was the last time Wolverine, Colossus. Nightcrawler, and Kitty were on a team together?

    It has seemed to me that something was missing from the X-books for decades with this core team always being scattered.

There is something to be said for the old-style team books, where you had a line-up of around eight members and that line-up stayed relatively unchanged for the most part. It allowed writers to develop these characters over a span of time, and readers to connect with them as they followed them month after month.

I'm pretty old, my first memories of the X-Men are reprints of the early Claremont/Cockrum run, where the team was still new and they didn't quite get along - it is hard to get across to modern readers just what a wildcard Wolverine was originally, a mystery-man with a hair-trigger temper and often abrasive attitude - the feud he had with Cyclops and his challenging of his leadership qualities is one I element I remember fondly... but at this time it was all new, all of these characters were new to the other and we were new to them. And you can't recapture that moment in time again any more than you can recapture the original dynamic of the Fantastic Four in the Silver-Age.

But yes, there IS a lot to be said for the strengths in limiting a team to about eight active members and letting them be there long enough to settle in with both the writer and the reader...

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