It's because there're so dang many X-books out there. One writer says "In this book thet're broken up" and another says "I want them to stay together" and so on. This has been happening for ages. I remember that when Namorita was acting like a total hardass in "New Warriors", she was also appearing in "Namor" with her old happy, fun-loving personality. Each book has it's own story reality, as it were.
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My problem is that they aren't the "New" or even "Rebooted" JLA...they are the "Jim Lee" JLA. They ALL look like Jim Lee designed them, and that's a flaw not an advantage. I'm not dumping on Jim Lee (a man with a popular - if generic - style), I'm just pointing out that they look like they were designed by the same man with the same idea behind it, and while that works for things like the various Jack Kirby books (the Forever People all look like the same man created them), it doesn't work here. They're suposed to have become heroes seperately, and in different situations, but GL, WW and Supes all picked boots that peaked-up in front, and v-cut belts must have been on sale. The two major redesignes look....wrong. Cyborg looks clunky and graceless, and please don't tell me that Wonder Woman didn't pick that outfit off the rack at some...discout hooker supply barn. Wonder Woman looks like a forgettable character who'd appears in the background of the old "Warrior" comic...then vanish forever in a cloud of perfume and boob-jokes. Wonder Womans' old Costume/Armor was (like it or not) distinctive. This...is utterly forgettable. This looks like something Donna Troy would have worn...once.
Just an opinion...
She should have been walking the whole time. The "Killing Joke" wasn't even suposed to be taken as actual continuity. But at the time DC was still recovering from it's first lunatic "Crisis" phase...and Batgirl was just another victim of the house cleaning. Me personally, I've never been a fan of the wheelchair-bound Barbara. She should have been Batgirl all along.
Joe Q doesn't want them together, so it doesn't matter what anyone wants. As long as he's in charge, there's no hope. And worse...as time passes...it becomes less and less likely. In a few years, the young Spider-Fans won't know he was ever married in the first place...
But...I'd LOVE to have the old continuity restored. I miss Mary Jane very much. Me? I've dropped all Spider titles untill she's back with him...as his wife. If she never comes back, then I guess I and Spiderman have parted company for good. Besides, there's a world of comics out there, most of which aren't under Joe Q's thumb.
The simple fact is that the current crop of Avengers writers (Bendis being the worst offender) and Joe Q himself, have no respect for either continuity or history. Think about the huge mass of previously dead villans who just showed up alive with no explanation durring the last few years.
Then again...this has happened a lot durring the last two decades. Remember, guys like Bucky and the Green Goblin were shown as dead and in the afterlife...then show up having always been alive. Sloppy writers...sloppy writers...
Yeah, Excalibur was a great read...till things got jumbled and the story lost focus. Still, I'd love to see a regular Excalibur title again...though not till Nightcrawlers' alive again. The team wouldn't be the same without him.
"She's still stuck in a phased form? Since Fraction is recycling stories from 20-30 years ago, why not send her to Britain where she can restart another Excalibur :p "
Don't kid about that. It's a better idea than you might think ;>)
At 13 she was recruted by the X-Men. She fought a demon, Magneto, a goddess, sewer mutants and aliens. She turned 14 in space, while impregnated with a Brood Egg. She survived, returned to Earth...refused to join the younger New Mutants as she'd EARNED her position on the X-Men. She was abducted by Emma Frost, fought the Morlocks (again) and was possessed by the spirit of an ancient Ninja. The X-Men were killed (as fer as she knew) and she moved to England woth Nightcrawler to found Excalibur. She turned 17 and 18 in England (She was old enough to drink legally) and returned to the States later to rejoin the X-Men, work with the Professor, help train more mutants and eventually have sex with Colossus. She saved the world from the Bullet, and rode it into space to be lost forever...entill rescued by Magneto. These days, it's not been confirmed that she'd 18 or 19, but I think she'd still 18.
And THAT...is just a nutshell version of her history. If that seems like a lot...just imagine what Peter Parkers' been through ;>)
"Tony Stark was written to be a fascist dictator in his actions, regardless of his meaning. All fascist dictators believe what they're doing to be the right thing. Doesn't stop them being fascist. I've seen many people compare him to Hitler even, though I personally compare him more-so to Stalin. I think it was a stupid way to write a very smart man. And then they lumped Reed in with him.. totally against both characters intelligence and morals. It was a terrible excuse to just have heroes fight one another. Both of them were written to be very stupid, giving in to public uneducated soccer mom fear opinion that is actually a very real result of tragedy that real world leaders are smart enough to not go along with. Real world leaders wait for the bloodcries to die down and do their best to calm people down. What Tony's side did was comparable to what Stalin's regeme did to their own people. Dragging them away in the streets in front of their family, locking them up where they may never be found, sending killers after those they see as betraying them, hunting down those who are just trying to legally leave the mad country, etc. To me it was the death of Marvel comics, and I have only purchased 3 Marvel comics since that entire series. "
Bravo! Well spoken! And as far as Marvel goes, I dropped all titles except for Uncanny X-Men.
For my part, I hate when people squawk that Cap was wrong because Tony had the law on his side. To me, law should come second to basic morality. Durring most of the 1800's, Slavery was legal and protected. That didn't make it right, and John Brown (who tried to organize a slave revolt) always seems a more heroic figure to me than the people who killed him in the name of the law. Heck, in certain Muslim countries, a woman can be legally beaten to death with stones for cheating on her husband, The law my be on the side of the action, but sometimes resistance to a foolish or evil law is the more heroic path.
And to those how will use this argumant against me, I'll say that the comic book world and the REAL world are two different things...and should ALWAYS be viewed that was. The Civil War was an attempt to inject a supposed REALITY into the comics...which was insane. Superheroes are a part of the comic world. In the real world, when people say "Morality trumps the law" they're usually talking about bombing an abortion clinic or something like that. In comics though...it HAS to be "Morality first". Think about how often the X-Men have been ander attack from forces that could hide behind the law, or were legally empowered to hunt them down.
That's what killed my love for the Avengers. When almost all of them blindly followed Tony, they went from being Superheroes to Costumed Adventurers. Costumed Adventurers worry about popularity and fan mail. They get parades and paychecks while real heroes (like the X-Men) get rocks hurled at them from the people they just saved for free.
Well...that's my opinion.