Off My Mind: Professor X's Secret Agents
But Professor X is far from an honest man. He has had so many secrets revealed and I wonder how many more he has locked away. He faked his death early on, had a secret crush on his student Jean Grey, was a deadbeat father to Legion after promising to always be there for him, manipulated Magneto's personality (which lead to the birth of Onslaught), knew the Danger Room became a sentient being and still kept it enslaved and erased Cyclops' memories of his brother Vulcan when it looked like he died on an ill-prepared mission.
All of these are pretty bad things but what I've been thinking about is another secret he's kept for many years (no, I'm not referring to his possession of an Infinity Gem with the Illuminati). Why did Professor X employ Mystique and others before her as his secret agents?
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In the 2003 series, Mystique, it was revealed that Professor X had a mutant named Prudence Leighton as his secret agent sent on who knows what sort of missions. He needed agents he could send out and if they were caught or compromised, Xavier or the X-Men wouldn't get the blame.
I can understand his reasoning for this but it's still a big secret to keep from those closest to him. Make that another big secret.
Not only did Mystique become his new secret agent, he also employed another mutant, Shortpack, as her handler. Throughout the series, Mystique was sent on missions to Cuba, North Korea, Africa, Brazil and Sweden. As far as I know, this secret never really came out or was discussed. The X-Men were pissed when they found out about Cyclops sanctioning X-Force, how would they feel about Xavier using a killer/terrorist like Mystique?
An argument could be that he was just using Mystique for a greater good. She was expendable. He tried getting her to use non-lethal weapons (Forge was her gadget maker) but come on, this is Mystique we're talking about.
Besides just using Mystique as his secret agent, Xavier did have other agents. Prudence's field name was Agent 16. Were there at least fifteen other agents out there? There was even mention of a mutant cleaner in Germany that would take care of any messes left behind. We saw the few missions that Mystique was assigned to. What other missions did Xavier send agents on? What other secrets did he have? How long did he employ these agents? He even spoke to Mystique telepathically during other X-Men/Xavier Institute activities. This says that he could have been doing this or still be doing it.
It's a cool idea. I wish we could've seen more of Xavier's secret spy organization. Maybe after working with Mystique he decided to put a stop to his secret shenanigans. The events of M-Day could have reduced the available agents or maybe he's still employing them. Who knows if we'll ever find out more about what missions he had and what information he gathered. So does this secret add another layer to him being a jerk or does it make him a little bit cooler?
Most characters have that dark, secret side that they try to hide from those close to them.
If Professor X was a goody two-shoes then we wouldn't be reading X-men today.
The fact that he had all these secrets and made these "bad" decisions is what the X-men such an awesome story.
My example is when Clark and Lois got married and he revealed his Superman secret, it killed that aspect of the story for me. Don't get me wrong Superman is still awesome, but I miss that aspect of the story. The same goes for X-men, without all the Professor X deception it wouldn't be the same. It set up a whole lot of further stories.
I have this solo series. In fact, I've had it for about a year & still haven't got around to reading it (I even considered giving it away as a future Contest prize).
It doesn't sound like one of Xavier's darkest secrets. The fact he kept Vulcan a secret from Cyclops is worse, but even that I don't really care about (primarily because I don't like Vulcan & he turned out to be an A1 A-hole).
The last few years have been pretty rough for the Professor. It's easy to see why, since he's been the all-mighty mutant messiah & answer to all X-prayers for the best part of 30 years. Given these more grittier & darker times, it seems only natural that there was a creative backlash to knock him off the mutant pedestal.
But I have to admit, I'm a little tired of it. Xavier's actions aren't that bad when you consider that Wolverine was ready to execute the Scarlet Witch purely for having a mental breakdown, or that Cyclops recruited teenaged girls in his team of assassins. I'm glad that Xavier is going to be back in X-Men: Legacy. At least Mike Carey can continue his development & character redemption.
@Jake Fury said:
"@xerox-kitty: The Mystique series is fabulous! You should give it a gander. "
I must admit, I found it cheap on eBay & was dazzled by the covers. As soon as I opened the first issue I was bored & disappointed with the rather basic comic art. So you're saying it's a strong character piece?
Perfect example of this was Jean Grey. The only class 5 mutant that ever existed ( I stand to be corrected). Her power potential was so dangerous. He kept her power under control and everything was ok. When Phoenix was unleashed, she caused tons of devastation and destruction.
So I somehow feel sorry for Charles Xavier. You win some, you lose some.
I loved the Mystique series, it was so good. Mystique, Forge and Shortpack working together was very good. Professor Xavier was also partially involved with the Mutant Underground Support Engine that helped Jesse Aaronson of X-Force get used to his powers.
I wondered why Prof. X didn't simply have Forge make a machine that would enable him to mind control any one person on the planet. He could simply have them kill themself, make them forget something, or change their ways. Then I remembered... The writers. Well them and it would be boring.
I'm seriously wondering if Marvel don't try to bring back the old "nineties anti-heroes" feelings...
The X-men are becoming something that I really don't like : Cyclops is a underhanded magnificient jerkass with good publicity, Emma Frost is her main cheerleader and the rest of the team is the chorus and now we learned through various retcon that Prof. X is a bastard manipulator. (Tough some of te things that's been stated in the article are partially out of context.)
Something stink in the realm of Marvel, I guess it's the cadaver of a good writing...
One of the few things that I enjoyed what Ultimate X-men brought to the table was the compromised ethics you could tell Prof. X immediately got involved in, as he had covert mutants as well (around the same years too, hm...).
It's hard because I feel like he's a shell of the great man he once was, but at the same time it'd be unrealistic for him to be some shining, perfect example.
I wish the X-writers would find a new horse to flog as this one has been dead for about 15 years. Yes, Professor X had to do some shady things to help further his cause (although to me that's just bad writing, but to each his own I guess.) It just seems that whenever a writer runs out of ideas they'll go back to the classic: Look kids! Here's another bad thing that Charlie has done and kept secret! Yay!
Seriously, stop demonizing one of the few people in the Marvel Universe who was actually trying to do some good instead of just parading around. To me the more interesting approach would have been to try to model Xavier on someone like Marting Luther King Jr. of Gandhi. But then again, how would that mesh with the strike team he's assembled? Hmm... Anyone else think Charlie might be going about this the wrong way?
" I'm seriously wondering if Marvel don't try to bring back the old "nineties anti-heroes" feelings... The X-men are becoming something that I really don't like : Cyclops is a underhanded magnificient jerkass with good publicity, Emma Frost is her main cheerleader and the rest of the team is the chorus and now we learned through various retcon that Prof. X is a bastard manipulator. (Tough some of te things that's been stated in the article are partially out of context.) Something stink in the realm of Marvel, I guess it's the cadaver of a good writing... "I see your angle but I like the over all direction of marvel's mutant universe (aside form the vampire bujou in X-Men). Uncanny as a series has always had an up and down nature, and post Messiah Complex I will be the first to admit that the stories haven't been up to snuff. Second Coming got me to give X-Men a chance again and I did and have been more or less satisfied. I dumped Uncanny during the 5 Lights arc, and got back on with Quarantine, which has been very solid. I love Matt Fraction, but I'll be the first to say that he has no real grasp of who the X-Men are and what they're about, but he has his moments. And since Kieron Gillen has been co-writing, I've seen marked improvements in his Uncanny Issues. Hopefully Gillen's takeover with 535 in April.
I also feel that Cyclops, Emma,& Professor X overall are behaving in a realistic manner given their situation and the present state of mutant. All three of them have made morally questionable decisions, but most of the times (at least for Emma & Scott) they were the most logical and necessary ones.
" I just wanna know if we'll ever find out more about his numerous secret agents. "Possibly. After all the Professor is going to feature more in X-Men: Legacy & Mike Carey doesn't like to leave plot threads dangling... He may use this hidden resource.
I believe the idea is solid, Prof X to me has always been a sketchy character. Ever since I found out who him and Magneto were based on, I knew their views were just. But the difference being how they went about handling a situation. In the public eye, they played their roles. Pacifist and Extremist. Even the most passive leaders have done extremist. Just my view. Love the article.
I really enjoyed that Mystique run also. I picked up the entire series and started off expecting just to learn a little more about Mystique. I never expected that I would get hooked on the first issue and read them bang bang bang one after another. I wanted more. I still want more hahahhah.
This whole idea of having more secret agents is intriguing! I have to say though, I have never liked Proff. X, he grates my nerves, my eyes frequently glaze over whenever I turn a page and am forced to read his dialogue. Egads, I have to concentrate hard to NOT just flip the pages to find someone who won't bore me silly. I have to have super self control to make it though any Prof X storyline.
I could be entirely wrong because i haven't read any x-men books in at least 5 years or more. Do you think the Colossus Juggernaut solicit may be implying this?
" @G-Man: Maybe this sheds some light on the image of Colossus donning Juggernauts helmet. Maybe he has found out and is going to confront Xavier. Or even Kill him. the Solicit does say "I will do what must be done" or something like that I think. I could be entirely wrong because i haven't read any x-men books in at least 5 years or more. Do you think the Colossus Juggernaut solicit may be implying this? "Ummm...nothing I've read recently would lead me to this interpretation.
Hmm based on that solicit and this article I can see the source of your interpretation. When Gillen takes over Uncanny with issue 535 he's going to have a ship from Break World play a big role in the story. from the solicits for the issue (and cover) it seems like it's going focus on Kitty & Colossus.
" @Caligula: Hmm based on that solicit and this article I can see the source of your interpretation. When Gillen takes over Uncanny with issue 535 he's going to have a ship from Break World play a big role in the story. from the solicits for the issue (and cover) it seems like it's going focus on Kitty & Colossus. "Yeah I'm totally going to give Uncanny a new chance, after being so turned off by the X-Men stories of late. I'm looking forward to Kitty and Colossus action.
So you at least see where I was coming from now saying that Colossus appears to be looking like he is going to take on at least some telepath, I assumed with all of the dark stuff going on with Xavier and the Caption in the solicit that it may be a show-down between Colossus and Xavier. but anything X-Men these days is out of my range of knowledge.
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