The state of a Mutant world - Oh, how the times have changed.

She damned them to heck

You're all familiar with this phrase, right ? The same phrase that set Mutantkind on an eventful episode scathed with tragedies, mysteries, blasphemies, retcons and the lot. The same phrase that was ushered by the Paris Hilton of Marvel Comi--Wanda Maximoff. Daughter of Magneto. Member of the Avengers. Yadda...yadda...yadda.

Not exactly all, though, it's also the sentence fragment (as described by Matt Fraction) which underhandedly obliterated the prior position of Mutants and the comics in which they were prominently featured in. It called for creative team mixes from hell, the birth of Hope Summers, the destruction of Academy X which was then turned into some sort of slasher flick thanks to Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, where every other arc, someone was killed or almost killed and, some could also argue that M-Day had some sort of an integral role to play amongst the infamous Storm/T'challa pairing, i'm personally not sure on how that works, but w.e.

Let's not forget, M-Day also undid all of Grant Morrison's hard and precious work (not before he killed our dearly beloved, Jean Grey).

It did a lot of things, really, Wanda Maximoff scorched the X-Franchise in ways they’d never anticipate. The damage had cut so deep, there has of yet to be any recovery, even till day.

There was a time, though, where things were actually pleasant. Where you could walk into your local CBS and not have that looming feeling in the back of your head, wondering where it all went wrong with what was such a wonderful title, or, why on Earth the big-guns decided to turn one of your favourite characters into a full-blown psychopathic killer, directly out of nowhere…or something awry like that.

Hint hint

Those days have in fact, left us. And now we’re in a world where if your name isn’t Wolverine and you are in no way shape or form, related to him, then you’re not guaranteed sh*t. We’re living in an age where if your favourite character, or, character you like, is not favoured by current Editorial, then expect nothing other than eternal limbo.

Let’s not forget that--death means nothing. Feel free to receive decapitation today followed by a luxurious roam in Dubai tomorrow. It's that real.

Digression.

But then, just before (i'm talking a couple months before, or weeks, even) the Witch cast that one last spell, how was life ? What was the motion in which things went ? Were things better off, in the present consensus ?

Lemme take a looksie.

Uncanny X-Men - Claremont's renascence

A New Age of sorts

It was late 2004 where Chuck Austen, the man who made the X-Men what they weren't, left Uncanny X-Men and rightfully. without hesitance or second thoughts, gave penmanship back to Chris Claremont, the man who made the X-Men what, as well as who, they are. I go on about how great and marvelous Chris Claremont is (as i should because without him we wouldn't have crap, or, at the very least, we'd have something else entirely, which could have been either good, bad or even better, but what we got was Claremont; the best) a lot, but then, it's somewhat clear that too much credit can be given, hopefully not in this case.

For those that are unfamiliar with this stint, here we have Storm's X-Treme Sanctions Executive team fully returning to the X-Fold, along with some new remembers (Rachel and Sam, Kurt wasn't an official member) while ditching some others behind (Rogue and Gambit). They were the XSE, in short, they did what the Uncanny Avengers haven't even begun to do: proactively solve and tackle Mutant/Human problems, formerly working in conjunction with X-Corporations, it was time to step out and actually do things. They were successful in all of their endeavors. You see, Storm and co. were already going places with this concept and sadly enough, it took 'the end of the world' for Captain America to realize that the situation needed dealing with. Very sad. From this brief tenure, we were given amazing stories, like the return of Psylocke, Mojo doing what Mojo does best, Talia Josephine popping prior to the whole of all that is turning white, the catastrophic Word's End, even more Psylocke and then Grey's End, a must read. All in all, it was Claremont also doing what he does best: writing good comics. It was the same sort of nostalgic feeling we'd remember from the earlier days, the familial feel, everyone sounded like themselves, nothing was, well, wrong, tbh. All was well and good...then BAM!

Astonishing X-Men - The Whedon saga

Not that i'm personally a die-hard fan of his run, but i do wholeheartedly respect Whedon's work. It was the flagship from 2004 (not Uncanny) and somewhat of a continuation of Grant Morrison's enthralling New X-Men. I believe the mandate and premise was to draw in aspects from the X-Men movie-verse added with some Whedon-Buffy and then make everything else look super heroic. It worked. For the entirety of his memorable as well as epic run. Truly Astonishing. We see the novel adventures of Katherine Pryde and co. the silent return of that metal dude called Colossus, Cassandra Nova (one of the greatest villains EVAR!) also returning to wrap up some unfinished business, simultaneously bullying Emma Frost in the process, also, Kitty denoting that Emma Frost reeks of...something vile. It held for controversial moments like all good X-Runs possess and then the occasional...weird part, but overall, all was well and good. Don't exactly recall Whedon focusing too much on M-Day fall out, which I’m sure he did, but i'll get into that if needed. But then he left, and the a new status-quo kicked in, and then...BAM!

New X-Men: Academy X - Untapped potential

Following their brief, but magnificent run on New Mutants Vol.2, the lawfully wedded duo of Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFillipis decided to kick things into high gear, introducing and writing to their hearts' content, some of the best X-Teens we're familiar with today. Wind Dancer, Wallflower, Prodigy, Hellion, Anole, Rocklisde, Cessily...it all came from them. During this era of fabulous, here we have an actual X-Title that revolves around the kids while simultaneously highlighting the many trials and tribulations that their teachers were going through (how...innovative). Well written, great character moments and teenagers acting like teenagers. This wasn't just any other X-Book, it was something different, for once. We were dealing with variant, relatable (to some extent) and normal problems on an issue-by-issue basis, things were as mellow as they could be during the early days, but it was quite clear that towards the end of their tenure, they could have only gotten better...enter M-Day + Kyle and Yost. Setting the stage for a location which would inevitably suffer a lot. BAM!

"Live, Scott. Live" , my a$$.

And shortly after that Editorially Mandated mess, it was one 'status-quo' changing event/story-arc after the other. The Heroic Age might as well have been the Heroic Year if it was even remembered. Axel and co. decided to use the infamous spotlight stealing trio of Emma/Cyclops/Wolverine to push sales and represent the X-Men when needed, we had Matt Fraction picking up where Chuck Austen left off, destroying what was once a mighty franchise, reducing Emma Frost to nothing more than Cyclops' blonde little 'pick me up' snorting the word "darling" anytime she had the chance, while executing game-changers like "Utopia", which featured Norman Osborn making a joke out of the entire US population (funny cause it's true :P), to make things seem "interesting". And to top that all off, we had Greg Land predominantly on art duties, the joy (of having Emma Frost consistently look like a delighted wh*re with something stuck up her arse). Uncanny X-Men as a title was nothing more than a stagnant joke, having lost its masthead to Carey's Legacy, which was focusing on ROGUE of all people.

Astonishing X-Men...yeah, it wasn't really that bad, but it was nothing as groundbreaking as Whedon's original run, nothing had flown. Then, Marvel decided to use that X-Title as some sort of promotional gig, where up and coming writers/artists could showcase their talents in hopes of being liked by the current demographic in order to score royalty cheques, not exactly sure how that turned out.

New X-Men, as i said before, turned into a slasher flick, that, and just another X-Title. The writing was good and all, but everyone decided to up and die at every move. Kyost thought they were making tactical ploys by initiating mass teen murders every now and then, while immersing readers in some sort of captivating horror, it worked for some, didn't work for others. IMO, that was the absolute worst. What's the point of a series where leading characters are subsequently offed/brought to the brink of death ?

Please note: the duo further carried out these acts of masochism on the children within the pages of an acclaimed X-Force.

Schism, Regenesis, Gillen, AvX and all that jazz.

And with all that said and done concerning what were the main X-Titles (excluding Milligan's X-Men, because, really, it doesn't exactly bring a point), let's head back to what's more or less the present.

Regardless of if the majority of fans were complaining about horrible Greg Land photo-tracing techniques intertwined with mortifying Matt Fraction writing-techniques, somebody was still buying the sh*t out of Uncanny X-Men. A good thing for most, because that meant Kieron Gillen could join...................................................................................... :) ?

Yeah, not exactly a die-hard fan of his work, he's a good writer and did good things for them, i'll give the majority of you who (most) feel the need to legitimately like him for reasons that are just beyond me at this moment, that, but i won't be conforming to this asinine hysteria (considering his work on Generation Hope was poorly received, that's just funny). He's just not as 'OMFG GILLEN, HE'S THE BEST! I LOVE THAT GUY, HAD ONE OF THE GREATEST X-RUNS IN HISTORY, RIGHT BEHIND MORRISON AND CLAREMONT. HE'S UP THERE, MAN' as people make him out to be. In fact, i found the entirety of his Uncanny run to be a complete bore and villainized. There, i said it. Come. At. Me. Bro.

The proponent of his run and Gillen's real self

Moving on, somehow the events of FIS and Marvel's Heroic Age had something to do with a split amongst the X-Men, not exactly going to delve into the blueprints for that because we're all aware of how forced and contrived it was (especially that silly Prelude series, which had the X-Men preparing to sh*t their pants for nothing), in favor of Aaron's ff, Wolverine. It was a nice change, though, in terms of who went where, that is, even if at this point, Wolverine was everywhere--before this, the X-Titles were domineered with himself, Cyclops and Emma, now, after years of endless suffering, we could go back to how things were before the consequences of Wanda's final spell had come into fruition. We were getting titles with (for the most part) distinguishable rosters and (for the most part) good creative teams. On the exterior, things looked rosy, but, they really weren't.

Gillen's Uncanny X-Men - Critically acclaimed from before it hit the shelves, with nothing to show for other than Sinister prancing around with his automatons. The Extinction Team failed to live up to their mandate, having their antagonists deride them at every turn by either: forfeiting the battle, allowing themselves to succumb or none of the above, and the E-Team just down right failed. With issue 1 Gillen set up this world-class vision for them all, for Cyclops' entire side, but it was that undying obsession for Sinister that damned them all, imo. Trying to shift the focus from villains to the actual members of his run, far too late down that off-beat path. For me it was a mess, even though the vocal many enjoyed that...lol.

Gischler's X-Men - No substantial stories or character development, except for if you were Jubilee. Liked him bringing my fave character (Ororo Munroe) into the forefront, but this title was doomed. Nothing much to say.

DNA's Mutants - Lol. Pretty much the same thing. It was Dani's show and everything was just so flipping boring :/. They removed likeable characters from the cast, to make way for characters that they did nothing of import with--X-Man, someone who suffered the most out of their run, but alas, that title like the three above, are now cancelled.

Generation Hope - I for one liked everything until Idie left, but i guess the real problem was that it, too, failed with whatever it was supposed to do, even if it was headlined by 'OMFG GILLEN'.

Wolverine and The X-Men - Too much to say, not enough time. This too was/is a title that the majority of X-Fans feel/felt the need to legitimately adore...for reasons that are still beyond me. The title was nice for like, the first three issues, then everything fell to crap, and do not blame AvX. This title is sh*t, no matter how some of you would like to spin it (lol jk). The art was what was carrying this title along, and by art i mean Bachalo, not sure why they got him off for Nick Bradshaw, who's art is...lol. Still wondering how this is a liked "title", everything about it just screams "cringe". Also failed in being a title where you could see the "kids", because you don't, and if you do, they're not the kids we're familiar with and some other kids are just getting their own fair treatment of Aaron's character-assassination. Idie is indoctrinated, Broo's been turned into a mindless monster as opposed to the cute little nerd he was before Aaron got his dirty mits on 'im, Evan has better things going for him in UXF, all things considered, Quire's just annoying (not as good as Morrison's or Wood's) and these new characters are sh*t. Eye-guy and Shark Girl, yeah, no. The novelty had long ago worn off. It's just not funny any more.

Ah'm Rogue - Legacy...Legacy, Legacy, Legacy. Rogue's journey and that's all he wrote. 50% consisted of Rogue's episodes, contemplating as to whether she should choose Gambit or Magneto, eventually choosing herself (selfish b*tch). Other half was nasty-wordy--stuff. Like, the type of Claremont wordiness (that Aaron also tries to pull off) but uninteresting and tiresome. Not exactly sure who gave two-sh*ts about Weapon Omega and his boyfriend, Mimic, considering after their debut arc, they were nowhere to be seen. Lol. What was the point ? Had potential, but no. Just doomed.

Remender's X-Force - Also not a die-hard fan but if there's an X-Title that deserves a reward for fabulous stories/writing/art/plot/characterization month in and month out, it's this one. Remender's X-Force is truly worthy of CB praise.

(Yeah, i'm still here)

So, like, after these titles had their respective Post-Schism journeys, Brevoort, Lowe and the rest of the "big-guns" stomped through with Avengers VS. X-Men. The worst cross-over/story-arc/event/convoluted mess i (and plenty of others) have ever laid eyes upon. Messy, messy, MESSY stuff. Something that also brought in a new status-quo, enter, Marvel NO!

Marvel NO! The reign of Bendis and a recollection

And how do i go about this one, Brian Michael Bendis, harbinger of death and his own continuity (lol Oxymoron, Bendis doesn't DO continuity), taking over the entire X-Line (hopefully excluding the consecutive X-Force titles) ? It's a possibility most would prefer to wholeheartedly avoid, but it's happening, here and now. His is the name that surely strikes fear into the hearts of men. With another hastily contrived plot, he's bringing the O5 back from the past to their inevitable future, all in time for Marvel NO!

From like, 2004 to 2012, things have changed, drastically. The X-Men're in positions they'd never dream to be in. We readers are looking at a period that still feels surreal (at least for me, anyways). Our favorite characters and for some, idols, have been hated, feared, crapped on and wiped out time and again...

But now ? Some people (idiots) may like the ideas of having titles like ANXM, Uncanny X-Men (focusing on the Brother Hood of Evil Mutants), CaXF and Psylocke's UXF, and whatnot...but contrary to how things were back then...things are really bad.

- Professor Xavier is dead.

- Wolverine no longer possesses a character.

- Cyclops has been f*cked over so much it's not even funny anymore. In a position that appeals to an unhinged many.

- And worst of all...Jean Grey is a teenager.

I mean yeah, you get what you're given, but like, these are profuse amounts coming from a source that honestly don't know what they're doing anymore. The direction in which things might take, from a particular perspective are quite...scary. imo.

So like, take a seat, grab some Kleenex and Tetley's, and take a loooooooooong think as to how the times have changed. Happy with the current direction, all things considered ? Has everything been a bit too much to handle ? Will you invest in any of this ?

And coming to the end of this, well, tl;dr, my panel of the year -

Oh, Wanda
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She damned them to heck

You're all familiar with this phrase, right ? The same phrase that set Mutantkind on an eventful episode scathed with tragedies, mysteries, blasphemies, retcons and the lot. The same phrase that was ushered by the Paris Hilton of Marvel Comi--Wanda Maximoff. Daughter of Magneto. Member of the Avengers. Yadda...yadda...yadda.

Not exactly all, though, it's also the sentence fragment (as described by Matt Fraction) which underhandedly obliterated the prior position of Mutants and the comics in which they were prominently featured in. It called for creative team mixes from hell, the birth of Hope Summers, the destruction of Academy X which was then turned into some sort of slasher flick thanks to Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, where every other arc, someone was killed or almost killed and, some could also argue that M-Day had some sort of an integral role to play amongst the infamous Storm/T'challa pairing, i'm personally not sure on how that works, but w.e.

Let's not forget, M-Day also undid all of Grant Morrison's hard and precious work (not before he killed our dearly beloved, Jean Grey).

It did a lot of things, really, Wanda Maximoff scorched the X-Franchise in ways they’d never anticipate. The damage had cut so deep, there has of yet to be any recovery, even till day.

There was a time, though, where things were actually pleasant. Where you could walk into your local CBS and not have that looming feeling in the back of your head, wondering where it all went wrong with what was such a wonderful title, or, why on Earth the big-guns decided to turn one of your favourite characters into a full-blown psychopathic killer, directly out of nowhere…or something awry like that.

Hint hint

Those days have in fact, left us. And now we’re in a world where if your name isn’t Wolverine and you are in no way shape or form, related to him, then you’re not guaranteed sh*t. We’re living in an age where if your favourite character, or, character you like, is not favoured by current Editorial, then expect nothing other than eternal limbo.

Let’s not forget that--death means nothing. Feel free to receive decapitation today followed by a luxurious roam in Dubai tomorrow. It's that real.

Digression.

But then, just before (i'm talking a couple months before, or weeks, even) the Witch cast that one last spell, how was life ? What was the motion in which things went ? Were things better off, in the present consensus ?

Lemme take a looksie.

Uncanny X-Men - Claremont's renascence

A New Age of sorts

It was late 2004 where Chuck Austen, the man who made the X-Men what they weren't, left Uncanny X-Men and rightfully. without hesitance or second thoughts, gave penmanship back to Chris Claremont, the man who made the X-Men what, as well as who, they are. I go on about how great and marvelous Chris Claremont is (as i should because without him we wouldn't have crap, or, at the very least, we'd have something else entirely, which could have been either good, bad or even better, but what we got was Claremont; the best) a lot, but then, it's somewhat clear that too much credit can be given, hopefully not in this case.

For those that are unfamiliar with this stint, here we have Storm's X-Treme Sanctions Executive team fully returning to the X-Fold, along with some new remembers (Rachel and Sam, Kurt wasn't an official member) while ditching some others behind (Rogue and Gambit). They were the XSE, in short, they did what the Uncanny Avengers haven't even begun to do: proactively solve and tackle Mutant/Human problems, formerly working in conjunction with X-Corporations, it was time to step out and actually do things. They were successful in all of their endeavors. You see, Storm and co. were already going places with this concept and sadly enough, it took 'the end of the world' for Captain America to realize that the situation needed dealing with. Very sad. From this brief tenure, we were given amazing stories, like the return of Psylocke, Mojo doing what Mojo does best, Talia Josephine popping prior to the whole of all that is turning white, the catastrophic Word's End, even more Psylocke and then Grey's End, a must read. All in all, it was Claremont also doing what he does best: writing good comics. It was the same sort of nostalgic feeling we'd remember from the earlier days, the familial feel, everyone sounded like themselves, nothing was, well, wrong, tbh. All was well and good...then BAM!

Astonishing X-Men - The Whedon saga

Not that i'm personally a die-hard fan of his run, but i do wholeheartedly respect Whedon's work. It was the flagship from 2004 (not Uncanny) and somewhat of a continuation of Grant Morrison's enthralling New X-Men. I believe the mandate and premise was to draw in aspects from the X-Men movie-verse added with some Whedon-Buffy and then make everything else look super heroic. It worked. For entirety of his memorable as well as epic run. Truly Astonishing. We see the novel adventures of Katherine Pryde and co. the silent return of that metal dude called Colossus, Cassandra Nova (one of the greatest villains EVAR!) also returning to wrap up some unfinished business, simultaneously bullying Emma Frost in the process, also, Kitty denoting that Emma Frost reeks of...something vile, all the time. It held for controversial moments like all good X-Runs possess and then the...weird part, but overall, all was well and good. Don't exactly recall Whedon focusing too much on M-Day fall out, which I’m sure he did, but i'll get into that if needed. But then he left, and the a new status-quo kicked in, and then...BAM!

New X-Men: Academy X - Untapped potential

Following their brief, but magnificent run on New Mutants Vol.2, the lawfully wedded duo of Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFillipis decided to kick things into high gear, introducing and writing to their hearts' content, some of the best X-Teens we're familiar with today. Wind Dancer, Wallflower, Prodigy, Hellion, Anole, Rocklisde, Cessily...it all came from them. During this era of fabulous, here we have an actual X-Title that revolves around the kids while simultaneously highlighting the many trials and tribulations that their teachers were going through (how...innovative). Well written, great character moments and teenagers acting like teenagers. This wasn't just any other X-Book, it was something different, for once. We were dealing with variant, relatable (to some extent) and normal problems on an issue-by-issue basis, things were as mellow as they could be during the early days, but it was quite clear that towards the end of their tenure, they could have only gotten better...enter M-Day + Kyle and Yost. Setting the stage for a location which would inevitably suffer a lot. BAM!

"Live, Scott. Live" , my a$$.

And shortly after that Editorially Mandated mess, it was one 'status-quo' changing event/story-arc after the other. The Heroic Age might as well have been the Heroic Year if it was even remembered. Axel and co. decided to use the infamous spotlight stealing trio of Emma/Cyclops/Wolverine to push sales and represent the X-Men when needed, we had Matt Fraction picking up where Chuck Austen left off, destroying what was once a mighty franchise, reducing Emma Frost to nothing more than Cyclops' blonde little 'pick me up' snorting the word "darling" anytime she had the chance, while executing game-changers like "Utopia", which featured Norman Osborn making a joke out of the entire US population (funny cause it's true :P), to make things seem "interesting". And to top that all off, we had Greg Land predominantly on art duties, the joy (of having Emma Frost consistently look like a delighted wh*re with something stuck up her arse). Uncanny X-Men as a title was nothing more than a stagnant joke, having lost its masthead to Carey's Legacy, which was focusing on ROGUE of all people.

Astonishing X-Men...yeah, it wasn't really that bad, but it was nothing as groundbreaking as Whedon's original run, nothing had flown. Then, Marvel decided to use that X-Title as some sort of promotional gig, where up and coming writers/artists could showcase their talents in hopes of being liked by the current demographic in order to score royalty cheques, not exactly sure how that turned out.

New X-Men, as i said before, turned into a slasher flick, that, and just another X-Title. The writing was good and all, but everyone decided to up and die at every move. Kyost thought they were making tactical ploys by initiating mass teen murders every now and then, while immersing readers in some sort of captivating horror, it worked for some, didn't work for others. IMO, that was the absolute worst. What's the point of a series where leading characters are subsequently offed/brought to the brink of death ?

Please note: the duo further carried out these acts of masochism on the children within the pages of an acclaimed X-Force.

Schism, Regenesis, Gillen, AvX and all that jazz.

And with all that said and done concerning what were the main X-Titles (excluding Milligan's X-Men, because, really, it doesn't exactly bring a point), let's head back to what's more or less the present.

Regardless of if the majority of fans were complaining about horrible Greg Land photo-tracing techniques intertwined with mortifying Matt Fraction writing-techniques, somebody was still buying the sh*t out of Uncanny X-Men. A good thing for most, because that meant Kieron Gillen could join...................................................................................... :) ?

Yeah, not exactly a die-hard fan of his work, he's a good writer and did good things for them, i'll give the majority of you who (most) feel the need to legitimately like him for reasons that are just beyond me at this moment, that, but i won't be conforming to this asinine hysteria (considering his work on Generation Hope was poorly received, that's just funny). He's just not as 'OMFG GILLEN, HE'S THE BEST! I LOVE THAT GUY, HAD ONE OF THE GREATEST X-RUNS IN HISTORY, RIGHT BEHIND MORRISON AND CLAREMONT. HE'S UP THERE, MAN' as people make him out to be. In fact, i found the entirety of his Uncanny run to be a complete bore and villainized. There, i said it. Come. At. Me. Bro.

The proponent of his run and Gillen's real self

Moving on, somehow the events of FIS and Marvel's Heroic Age had something to do with a split amongst the X-Men, not exactly going to delve into the blueprints for that because we're all aware of how forced and contrived it was (especially that silly Prelude series, which had the X-Men preparing to sh*t their pants for nothing), in favor of Aaron's ff, Wolverine. It was a nice change, though, in terms of who went where, that is, even if at this point, Wolverine was everywhere--before this, the X-Titles were domineered with himself, Cyclops and Emma, now, after years of endless suffering, we could go back to how things were before the consequences of Wanda's final spell had come into fruition. We were getting titles with (for the most part) distinguishable rosters and (for the most part) good creative teams. On the exterior, things looked rosy, but, they really weren't.

Gillen's Uncanny X-Men - Critically acclaimed from before it hit the shelves, with nothing to show for other than Sinister prancing around with his automatons. The Extinction Team failed to live up to their mandate, having their antagonists deride them at every turn by either: forfeiting the battle, allowing themselves to succumb or none of the above, and the E-Team just down right failed. With issue 1 Gillen set up this world-class vision for them all, for Cyclops' entire side, but it was that undying obsession for Sinister that damned them all, imo. Trying to shift the focus from villains to the actual members of his run, far too late down that off-beat path. For me it was a mess, even though the vocal many enjoyed that...lol.

Gischler's X-Men - No substantial stories or character development, except for if you were Jubilee. Liked him bringing my fave character (Ororo Munroe) into the forefront, but this title was doomed. Nothing much to say.

DNA's Mutants - Lol. Pretty much the same thing. It was Dani's show and everything was just so flipping boring :/. They removed likeable characters from the cast, to make way for characters that they did nothing of import with--X-Man, someone who suffered the most out of their run, but alas, that title like the three above, are now cancelled.

Generation Hope - I for one liked everything until Idie left, but i guess the real problem was that it, too, failed with whatever it was supposed to do, even if it was headlined by 'OMFG GILLEN'.

Wolverine and The X-Men - Too much to say, not enough time. This too was/is a title that the majority of X-Fans feel/felt the need to legitimately adore...for reasons that are still beyond me. The title was nice for like, the first three issues, then everything fell to crap, and do not blame AvX. This title is sh*t, no matter how some of you would like to spin it (lol jk). The art was what was carrying this title along, and by art i mean Bachalo, not sure why they got him off for Nick Bradshaw, who's art is...lol. Still wondering how this is a liked "title", everything about it just screams "cringe". Also failed in being a title where you could see the "kids", because you don't, and if you do, they're not the kids we're familiar with and some other kids are just getting their own fair treatment of Aaron's character-assassination. Idie is indoctrinated, Broo's been turned into a mindless monster as opposed to the cute little nerd he was before Aaron got his dirty mits on 'im, Evan has better things going for him in UXF, all things considered, Quire's just annoying (not as good as Morrison's or Wood's) and these new characters are sh*t. Eye-guy and Shark Girl, yeah, no. The novelty had long ago worn off. It's just not funny any more.

Ah'm Rogue - Legacy...Legacy, Legacy, Legacy. Rogue's journey and that's all he wrote. 50% consisted of Rogue's episodes, contemplating as to whether she should choose Gambit or Magneto, eventually choosing herself (selfish b*tch). Other half was nasty-wordy--stuff. Like, the type of Claremont wordiness (that Aaron also tries to pull off) but uninteresting and tiresome. Not exactly sure who gave two-sh*ts about Weapon Omega and his boyfriend, Mimic, considering after their debut arc, they were nowhere to be seen. Lol. What was the point ? Had potential, but no. Just doomed.

Remender's X-Force - Also not a die-hard fan but if there's an X-Title that deserves a reward for fabulous stories/writing/art/plot/characterization month in and month out, it's this one. Remender's X-Force is truly worthy of CB praise.

(Yeah, i'm still here)

So, like, after these titles had their respective Post-Schism journeys, Brevoort, Lowe and the rest of the "big-guns" stomped through with Avengers VS. X-Men. The worst cross-over/story-arc/event/convoluted mess i (and plenty of others) have ever laid eyes upon. Messy, messy, MESSY stuff. Something that also brought in a new status-quo, enter, Marvel NO!

Marvel NO! The reign of Bendis and a recollection

And how do i go about this one, Brian Michael Bendis, harbinger of death and his own continuity (lol Oxymoron, Bendis doesn't DO continuity), taking over the entire X-Line (hopefully excluding the consecutive X-Force titles) ? It's a possibility most would prefer to wholeheartedly avoid, but it's happening, here and now. His is the name that surely strikes fear into the hearts of men. With another hastily contrived plot, he's bringing the O5 back from the past to their inevitable future, all in time for Marvel NO!

From like, 2004 to 2012, things have changed, drastically. The X-Men're in positions they'd never dream to be in. We readers are looking at a period that still feels surreal (at least for me, anyways). Our favorite characters and for some, idols, have been hated, feared, crapped on and wiped out time and again...

But now ? Some people (idiots) may like the ideas of having titles like ANXM, Uncanny X-Men (focusing on the Brother Hood of Evil Mutants), CaXF and Psylocke's UXF, and whatnot...but contrary to how things were back then...things are really bad.

- Professor Xavier is dead.

- Wolverine no longer possesses a character.

- Cyclops has been f*cked over so much it's not even funny anymore. In a position that appeals to an unhinged many.

- And worst of all...Jean Grey is a teenager.

I mean yeah, you get what you're given, but like, these are profuse amounts coming from a source that honestly don't know what they're doing anymore. The direction in which things might take, from a particular perspective are quite...scary. imo.

So like, take a seat, grab some Kleenex and Tetley's, and take a loooooooooong think as to how the times have changed. Happy with the current direction, all things considered ? Has everything been a bit too much to handle ? Will you invest in any of this ?

And coming to the end of this, well, tl;dr, my panel of the year -

Oh, Wanda

You are a great ranter..........................and that last panel still kills me. You know you're dealing with a bold b**ch when the same person who made your species extinct is suddenly trying to tell you about yourself........hella bold

Posted by Roddy010

@AgeofHurricane: Very great post AoH and I agree with a lot of what you said and how dare Wanda Hope and Rogue need to punch her arse again.

Posted by jhole

@AgeofHurricane I agred with this 100%, just the thought of titles like uncanny avengers makes me want to weep

Edited by Rabbitearsblog
@AgeofHurricane: Wow!!! This is one awesome blog you wrote! I absolutely agree with everything you said here since everything seemed to be forced out rather than developed after Whedon's run ended.
Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

@AgeofHurricane: Nice work AoH :-)! Agreed. And I loved when Rogue punched Wanda. That hussy had it comin'!

Posted by AgeofHurricane

@White Mage: @Roddy010: @jhole: @Rabbitearsblog: @THUNDERBOLT30:

Thanks for read everyone (i understand this was long than it should have been) and glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by White Mage

@AgeofHurricane said:

@White Mage: @Roddy010: @jhole: @Rabbitearsblog: @THUNDERBOLT30:

Thanks for read everyone (i understand this was long than it should have been) and glad you enjoyed it!

Most good ranting blogs are. lol

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@AgeofHurricane said:

@White Mage: @Roddy010: @jhole: @Rabbitearsblog: @THUNDERBOLT30:

Thanks for read everyone (i understand this was long than it should have been) and glad you enjoyed it!

That's alright! It made the blog really well-informed!
Edited by Veitha

@AgeofHurricane: I love this post... you're totally right lol and your article made me laugh a lot ahhahah

Posted by One_Eye

A most excellent blogspot my little....-smirks- Raindrop. In all seriousness, though. The new direction has no real cohesiveness. At least Cyclops character has been consistent and if nothing else Storm is single and back to her basics, however, I don't like the idea of her crawling to Wolverine and the sort as if she had no valid reason for her actions over the last few story-arcs. At least with Storm coming to X-Force maybe we'll see a return of the old and what made her such an appealing character.

If nothing else, my boy Cykes has a book away from the Church of Wolverine and the rest of X-Goons

Posted by Rickbarry

Solid topic, bud. I have to say that I agree with a majority of your points and while I'm certainly not investing in a great deal of Marvel Now! titles there are a couple that have piqued my interest. The shift in late 2011/2012 bothered me and this bugs me even moreso.

Uncanny interests me as I've a lot more invested in these characters and could actually see myself pushing their agenda as opposed to hoping Pyro, Blob and others destroy the X-men.

Posted by Blood1991

@AgeofHurricane: This is one of the most brilliant things I have ever read.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@Blood1991 said:

@AgeofHurricane: This is one of the most brilliant things I have ever read.

Agreed!
Posted by JonesDeini

Don't agree with everything you said here, but hey, why split hairs. Generally You say pretty much what I've felt about X-Men in the 2000s

Posted by Skaddix

pretty good read.

Posted by ez__gibberish__a1

I am just getting back into this since 91-94, and I agree for the most part

Posted by Dman1366

@White Mage: hahahahahaha this proves everything that is my new outlook on life. People just hate things to hate them. Nothing is ever as good as it was before, am I right? I'm glad to know that you don't like any comics anymore. Maybe find a new hobby?

Posted by AgeofHurricane

@eza1: Thanks.

@Dman1366 said:

@White Mage: hahahahahaha this proves everything that is my new outlook on life. People just hate things to hate them. Nothing is ever as good as it was before, am I right? I'm glad to know that you don't like any comics anymore. Maybe find a new hobby?

It shouldn't be your concern or business what people feel the need to vehemently dislike, especially since you're conjecturing. We are people and we are what we choose.

Posted by Dman1366

@AgeofHurricane: I appreciate that you are not illiterate, I am not sure I can say the same for myself. At this moment, I am debating whether or not I want to sully my name on this forum by having a irrational argument riddled with pointless personal attack; partially because I do enjoy the community ( for the most part ). My question is, then, are you choosing to hate all these books as opposed to liking them? Which leads to a tangent question, is it easier to hate these books, and post about it, rather than stop buying them and leave it alone?

Posted by Thunderscream

@AgeofHurricane: I agree with just about everything you laid out here save Claremont's praises. I know he created many of the current X-characters and ushered in a new age of X-Men, but I truly dislike how he writes these days. Just my own personal opinion. I appreciate what he's done for the franchise...would prefer he stay far far away from anything X-related now though. His supposed "What I would've done" had he stayed with X-men with the Forever series: Blech. X-Men: The End: Blech. I know those aren't in canon continuity. They're drivel to me though, and he's devolving as a writer.

Posted by HyeDaa

They killed the foundation of Xmen, Prof Charles.

I wish AvX never existed, I wish Hope was never created, and how I wish the Generation hope was NEVER EXISTED...damn, that trilogy was bad.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@HyeDaa said:

They killed the foundation of Xmen, Prof Charles.

I wish AvX never existed, I wish Hope was never created, and how I wish the Generation hope was NEVER EXISTED...damn, that trilogy was bad.

I also wish that AvX was never created.

Posted by Avenger85

@HyeDaa: Yep, in my opinion, that event completely backfired for Marvel, unless they actually wanted it written so that the Avengers were made to look like idiots...

Posted by AgeofHurricane

@Dman1366 said:

@AgeofHurricane: I appreciate that you are not illiterate, I am not sure I can say the same for myself. At this moment, I am debating whether or not I want to sully my name on this forum by having a irrational argument riddled with pointless personal attack; partially because I do enjoy the community ( for the most part ). My question is, then, are you choosing to hate all these books as opposed to liking them? Which leads to a tangent question, is it easier to hate these books, and post about it, rather than stop buying them and leave it alone?

Firstly, "hate" is a strong word, something we've all been told before at one point in our lives and i'll repeat, i do not "hate" any of these titles--save for ANXM, i'll at least admit that--but there are obvious strong feelings of disdain.

To answer your question, though, it's not a choice. I do not choose which titles i choose to hate (as opposed to liking them, which i would, if actually could, something natural), so to speak, i'll get a title when it comes out, stick with it, but when the title itself manages to fall flat on its face in terms of everything with every consecutive issue that follows while only minor parts of the title spark glimmers of hope, then i'm done, it especially annoys me when these said titles are given so much publicity, so much PR attention by Marvel that it's only fair as a fan to expect so much, but then no, you're given sh*t and they still expect you to carry on, some of us do, some of us don't. And no, I don't buy titles that i incessantly complain about while reading them, i'll do so after i've dropped, the exception is WaTX because i still believe this title can change. Comic book fans never leave well enough alone. As a member of Comic Vine, you should know that by now.

Posted by Dman1366

@AgeofHurricane said:

@Dman1366 said:

@AgeofHurricane: I appreciate that you are not illiterate, I am not sure I can say the same for myself. At this moment, I am debating whether or not I want to sully my name on this forum by having a irrational argument riddled with pointless personal attack; partially because I do enjoy the community ( for the most part ). My question is, then, are you choosing to hate all these books as opposed to liking them? Which leads to a tangent question, is it easier to hate these books, and post about it, rather than stop buying them and leave it alone?

Firstly, "hate" is a strong word, something we've all been told before at one point in our lives and i'll repeat, i do not "hate" any of these titles--save for ANXM, i'll at least admit that--but there are obvious strong feelings of disdain.

To answer your question, though, it's not a choice. I do not choose which titles i choose to hate (as opposed to liking them, which i would, if actually could, something natural), so to speak, i'll get a title when it comes out, stick with it, but when the title itself manages to fall flat on its face in terms of everything with every consecutive issue that follows while only minor parts of the title spark glimmers of hope, then i'm done, it especially annoys me when these said titles are given so much publicity, so much PR attention by Marvel that it's only fair as a fan to expect so much, but then no, you're given sh*t and they still expect you to carry on, some of us do, some of us don't. And no, I don't buy titles that i incessantly complain about while reading them, i'll do so after i've dropped, the exception is WaTX because i still believe this title can change. Comic book fans never leave well enough alone. As a member of Comic Vine, you should know that by now.

You know, I can actually respect and agree with nearly everything you have said here. Especially about the publicity part. I am with you on that point. A thing that I do not like about ALL comics is when they drag on for months with no real purpose.

I, of course, am referring to WatX. I love(ed) this title, and I even enjoyed the AvX issues. I didn't enjoy the circus event, but I suffered through it. Then Aaron did issue #24, I loved that romance issue because it was tying up some loose ends. Now we are in the Savage Land, and now we have to suffer through that. The writing is not bad, it is just an event that is redundant. But I want to stick through the title because of what is to come later in the series.

I also despise events. Just leave books alone and let them run their own stories for a long while. And as you said, when some writer pisses me off, I will come here and bitch about as well. It's what the internet is mainly about.

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

And coming to the end of this, well, tl;dr, my panel of the year -

Oh, Wanda

You are a great ranter..........................and that last panel still kills me. You know you're dealing with a bold b**ch when the same person who made your species extinct is suddenly trying to tell you about yourself........hella bold

This was definitely the most ridiculous panel of the year. I was wondering if her lobotomy was only half complete before they let her back into a costume. I don't condone that type of violence, but I thought that Rogue could have continued where she started and most fans wouldn't think it was unjustified. "Hey Wanda. While you were sleeping with androids and hiding your mutant status, we were trying to chance the public perception of our species and actually embracing our roles and identities."

Posted by DurararaFTW

"And how do i go about this one, Brian Michael Bendis, harbinger of death and his own continuity (lol Oxymoron, Bendis doesn't DO continuity), taking over the entire X-Line (hopefully excluding the consecutive X-Force titles) ?"

Are you for serious dude? You praise MORRISON but you are giving Bendis crap. I mean I appreciate Morrisons stories in themselves but lets look at the decisions he made.

He had mutants go from hundreds to many millions around the world. He mandates that the X-Men stop wearing superhero costumes. He turned Magneto into a more irredeemable dictator then he was even before Claremore got his hands on him and addionally a pathetiv, whiny, uncharismatic, old junkie. He had said Magneto TAKE OVER AND DESTROY the entirety of New York. You know, that place where half the superhero community of Marvel happen to live? He then killed Jean Grey and killed Magneto. Does that sounds like an unsustainable mess that was begging to be retconned to anyone else? Morrison was less considerate to the rest of the Marvel Universe then Bendis has been to just the X-line so far.

And yeah, comic writers or editors fell in love with events the past years. But while life for the X-Men was miserable, at least it gave them a legit story to tell in the events comicbooks are forced to have anyway. House of M, Decimation, Childhood's End, Messiah Complex, Messiah War, Utopia, Second Coming, Schism, AvX, it's all part of one big on-going story about the fight to deal with the fall-out of what Wanda has done and consequently, fixing it and how the decisions he was forced to make destroyed Cyclops. Don't think Wolverine was the man to pick as the frontman for the opposing side and whether the Avengers deserved to hog all the space in AvX but I like that the X-books were trying to be an ongoing story for a change.

And while i love Claremont too, I wouldn't call Psylocke randomly remateralising on the spot and Beast turning into feline creature that no two artists have yet to agree what was suppose to look like as a secondary mutation the greatest stories ever told.

Posted by AgeofHurricane

@DurararaFTW:

LOL.

Posted by UltraBiel

@PhoenixoftheTides said:

And coming to the end of this, well, tl;dr, my panel of the year -

Oh, Wanda

You are a great ranter..........................and that last panel still kills me. You know you're dealing with a bold b**ch when the same person who made your species extinct is suddenly trying to tell you about yourself........hella bold

This was definitely the most ridiculous panel of the year. I was wondering if her lobotomy was only half complete before they let her back into a costume. I don't condone that type of violence, but I thought that Rogue could have continued where she started and most fans wouldn't think it was unjustified. "Hey Wanda. While you were sleeping with androids and hiding your mutant status, we were trying to chance the public perception of our species and actually embracing our roles and identities."

Rogue's punch was my punch in that comic. Too bad she wasn't super strong anymore. :D