So I know we are in the middle of yet another event right now and looking at many different comments I know people have differing thoughts and ideas about it. Here's a few of mine.
First off, I really get kinda miffed at the fact that each issue seems to really move the story along while all through the year many of the writer's stories just dragged. This is the problem I have with all these crossover events. It seems many of the writers will neglect their stories or drag them out all year in preparation for an event and then put out their best work during it, while the rest of the time we get mediocrity.
I know quite a few people are fans of Bendis' All New Xmen, which is really the whole basis for this event. And while I've read the series I have to say that the whole premise is quite ridiculous IMO and really unnecessary. The idea of Beast traveling to the past to bring the O5 to the present, their future, in order to teach Cyclops a lesson is really over the top and ridiculous. I mean if you were going to the past wouldn't it make sense to try and go back and stop Cyclops starting on such a path, like maybe before the move to Utopia in the 1st place? Or if you were going in the past just go get Xavier and bring him back or take a team and go try to force Cyclops to quit the Xmen before all this happened? Or go back and try to prevent the whole thing that started this ( the House of M and Civil War)? The time travel thing has always seemed to be confusing as it is, with the alternate timelines and all and the fact that this seems to be changed is kinda hard to deal with as well. It would have been more understandable and even more profound imo if Beast had, in a quest to change the present, allowed himself to be turned into a doomlok (Cortex -style) and sought to alter the past.
My other issue with this event, is the New/Future Xmen. Over the years we have been given Generation X and the New Mutants, we've also been given the New Xmen. Yet everytime we go into the future it's always about the same old people and then these new morphed creations/version of the same ol' same ol'. What happened to the next generations? If it were Cannonball and Dani and the New Mutants coming from the future to the present, or even the all grown up New Xmen (i.e Surge, Hellion, Anole, Dust, Rockslide, Mercury) coming back to face off against the old, that would be much more interesting and plausible. But the idea of the same old teams/characters coming back and on panel you're having to deal with 3-4 incarnations of the same person is just really hard to deal with. There are plenty of X-characters that get no stories or face time so to speak that can be developed rather than creating newer/different versions of the same people. What about: Warpath, Frenzy, Sage, Blink, Magma, Lifeguard, Danger, Elixir and others?
Its not that the event is not interesting at all, but some of the concepts are just really unnecessary and convoluted for no reason. Some of it has been entertaining but I find myself ready for it to be over. It's getting confusing and ridiculous with all 10 teams running around. One of the issues that comes all the time in discussing ideal teams is that there are so many Xmen and now adding 3-4 different versions of the same characters further hurts the story. As much as I praise Marvel for not going DC's route with all the reboots, I think I've reached a point where that idea is not as distasteful as it once was. Events like this make me wish for a huge retcon or even a reboot.
Just my opinion. Your thoughts?