With all the negativity on AvsuX cause of all the theories about Cyclops going evil, Emma splitting up with him for fishstick and the possible joining of Bendis, I decided to look at this in a more optimistic tone. I focused this blog mostly on my two favorite characters and my favorite current book. As I say this with extreme resentment in my heart, it may not be that bad. Now some of my points are based off memory from events or issues that I have read and pieces may have forgotten and some points from word of mouth so just give me the benefit of the doubt on this. So here we go,
We first get this news
Brian Bendis (Possibly) on X-Men AND Uncanny X-Men:
Okay, this filling took a little more loosening. I had to use pliers, a baseball bat and a large camel.
As a result, it’s a bit crumbly. It’s certainly not all there.
See, I’d heard a while ago that Bendis was to take over the two main X-Men books. But I was then told that Jason Aaron was staying onWolverine And The X-Men. How to put an X in that circle?
Apparently, Bendis will write both Uncanny X-Men and relaunch X-Men. Jason Aaron will continue to write Wolverine And The X-Men. And yes, as Bendis wrote, what he is actually doing with Marvel is a whole lot bigger than that. Which tempts me to speculate it will be part of one enormous cosmic story that will see the X-Men go spacewards with the Guardians Of The Galaxy against Thanos or whatnot. Well, they do all live on an asteroid…
Like I said this one is a slightly dodgier filling than the rest. Let’s see how it all pans out…
So I wrote this in response if all the pieces and word of mouth are true.
Every event Marvel has is something going back to square one. In Siege Thor, Iron Man and Cap reunited and the Avengers were basically back. Fear Itself, Bucky became WS, Steve became Cap and Thor was gone but not really. We also get a character death and most of the time he/she isn't a centerpiece. This happened in Civil War (Black Goliath) Siege (Sentry+Ares) and Fear Itself (previously mentioned). I agree with what my friend ApatheticAvenger told me the other day about the solicits for UXM 18 and AvX 11. He said Emma and Cykes are going to fight. Will they split up? I still say no. He told me and I do think this is what will most likely happen, it could very well be a wake up call to Cyclops. We saw what Cyclops did when Emma threatened to leave him. We saw that Scott was more tied to Emma when threatened than his goals. I think this is is basically going to refresh their relationship and thanks to Axel, Marvel is heading into some stability with no events for a time. There will be no X-Men without Emma or Cyclops at this point. With their relationship renewed and the stability we finally get focused on stories. Now what causes the fight is that Scott is so close to his goals finally but he does love Emma more than his goals WHEN IT COUNTS. If Gillen is in jeopardy of leaving and Bendis picks up here is what I say....Fine. Bendis isn't an inherently bad writer and the odds of him screwing this up, even as a team, are against him.
1. No events. This allows for stability and focus.
2. Scott may see that the Earth is better off without them or he protects what little race he has left but can get a breather so he takes the team into space if all his cosmic mumbo jumbo is alright. And remember he wants Extinction sized opponents? His first was a freakin Celestial.
3.Space X-Men may sound weird but they do have alien opponents in the past and this basically is a step up to a near cosmic opportunity for them. Asteroid M can revolve around Earth and they can focus on space things and Scott does have that deal with Abigail Brand so there could be something that goes on with that.
4. X-Men team on Earth. Wolverine can handle Earth stuff unless Cykes gets called down when necessary for food, Emma goes shopping etc.
Bendis has been on Avengers for practically a decade. Maybe a new direction COULD be good for him since no events supposedly. After AvX this could all be possible. So, Emma and Cykes stay together. My gut says so and they always go the opposite of what they hype. If they hype so and so kiss, it doesn't happen. If solicits say they split? The most likely answer will be the opposite. As long as Emma and Scott stay together (which I will say will most likely happen) and he stays away from events, I will buy the books. IT won't be Gillen good, but it may not be terrible. It's not hard to get a bad rep after writing the same book for 10 years.
These are my thoughts on the whole situation. I tend to trust where my gut goes but...I could always be wrong.