So in going through the forums and enjoying checking out everybody's dream X-men teams, I started to think about what each X-team's mission statement or purpose should be. For me it's kinda hard to formulate a team or even really jump onboard for a new book unless there's a viable reason for them existing, not just throwing a bunch of characters together. I just find myself wanting each team to have it's own niche as far as why it exist. I guess Im thinking in terms of how the Avengers franchise is.... it seems that each team has it's own well defined role. I don't know, maybe im the only one who feels this way and maybe Im grasping at straws here but it just seems that if a new fan comes on and wants to know what they should read or get into, it would be so much better if you could just definitively tell them what the teams are about and they could go from there.
(Uncanny Xmen, Xmen, Legacy, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny Xforce, Xforce, Xfactor)(and please no answers along the lines of: " to make marvel more money". lol)
I guess im thinking in terms of how the Avengers franchise is.... it seems that each team has it's own well defined role.
I kinda understand what Uncanny Xmen is about. Even the adjectiveless X-title seems to be a re-incarnation of Storm's Security Recon team. The new Xfactor seems to be reasonably defined, Legacy just seems to be a spotlight almost one-shot type book. Uncanny Avengers is about unity and all but I still can't quite get why that team is needed. Just seems the stories would be better served as just plain Xmen arcs. (certainly a better writer than some of the xmen stuff, but I digress) I think Amazing is supposed to be about finding Nightcrawler, which seems like more of a story arc rather than a basis for forming a team and writing a whole new book. Now if the premise of the book was about retrieving dead Xmen or former Xmen trapped in other dimensions or existing in some other form/place (i.e Siryn, Jean grey in the White Hot, Strong Guy as a Hell lord etc) then I could see that as the basis for a book. And even then the members of the team would need to more than likely have some connection to the character they are trying to rescue or find or even some connection to death and resurrection or something, not just random ( based on the some the outcry regarding Firestar being on this team, while others are not)
Previously Xforce seemed to be well defined especially when Cyclops formed it into a hit squad. But it seems that the Xforce thing is a bit outdated right now. Honestly I don't know why Uncanny Xforce exist. If someone could explain it's purpose, I'd appreciate it? Cable and Xforce also is kinda clouded as far as the reason why they do what they do but it is a little better defined. Personally I think it's time to do something else with Xforce. Operating as outlaws seems to be Uncanny's thing right now. I guess xforce could still be a kill squad or I'd even settle for Cable taking a team on the road and just traveling to dystopian futures and straightening them out. I even like DC's idea of having the Suicide Squad. It might be an interesting direction if the outlaw Xforce was captured and used by the government to go in impossible situations and handle baseline humans problems in world affairs in exchange for freedom or their lives or even some concession for mutantkind. It just feels like the current Xforce teams just seem to be a bit stagnant as far as what their purposes are.