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#1 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

It depends on the writers. Most writers aren't that creative when envisioning what TK or TP is capable of, and they tend to take the easy way out showing levitation, flight, TK shields and etc. Most telekinetic abilities, in Marvel at least, happens the exact opposite way that some writershave indicated - generally a powerful telekinetic has to learn to hold back before they learn fine control because their powers tend to instant-crush everything around them based on their emotions. We've seen on multiple occasions that psychics who lack control don't need to back their attacks with any more effort than other energy users - when Rachel first learned of Jean's death, her psibolts took out every X-Man in the room, including Storm and Prof. X, while Jean has always had the ability to forge psychic rapports giving her a 'back door' into other's minds - that was her first display even though it usually takes time to establish that time of intimate connection.

Also, it's easier for an artist to draw an energy blaster doing something powerful than it is to show a high level psychic doing something without infodumping or explaining what they are doing.

Anyway, give any character an opening with morals off, and the majority of powerful energy manipulators have ways to insta-kill others.

#2 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

I think she's on an entirely different level than the X-women. She's on a different tier. I'm not sure how familiar you are with the different tiers, but just FYI - cosmic level characters tend to be much more powerful than superhuman mutants. I'd suggest getting more familiar with some of the characters before posting about them.

@veitha said:

She will definetely beat all these women in hand to hand, she's one of the best martial artists in the universe, while these people are among the best martial artists on a single planet.

Definitely agree. I'm kind of baffled that some commenters seem completely unfamiliar with the cosmic level characters. O_O.

#3 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

Reed Richards, for the sake of scientific advancement.

#4 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

@king1_icon said:

See what i mean? now the only reason i can guess is that he is black

And boring. But you're right. DC has been burned in the past when they've pushed black heroes, and they're reluctant to do so. In terms of sales, Cyborg might not do so well.

The most interesting thing about Cyborg (to me) is his relationship with the other Teen Titans, in the New 52, he doesn't have that.

#5 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm leaning more towards Fassbender.

This was a great scene. Especially how Erik sent Charles running away like a spoiled little boy that just got spanked. I thought it was nice how the movie showed how both characters could be simultaneously mature and selfish. I was pleased that Wolverine didn't overshadow anyone.

#6 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle said:

@devilsgrin81 said:

X-Men TAS was the best series to date. If nothing else, the characterizations were all-but spot-on.

Not really. I will agree Cyclops, Beast and Professor X were spot on but nobody else really. I mean Storm for example, was a very secondary character in the cartoon and always had to give these long winded, poetic explanations of what she was doing with her powers: "I summon the fury of lightning!!".....yeah, she never did that in the comics and was very much one of the most prominent characters in the years the cartoon was was weird.

I personally would like to see another season of the anime. It was actually the closest in tone and maturity to the X-Men comics we have ever had and in it Wolverine was able to stab other things aside from doors and robots.

Agreed. Jean Grey was reduced to this constantly fainting, tertiary character who ran around most of the time yelling "Scott!" and always looking like she got winded just thinking about her powers let alone using them. I had fond memories of the '90s series since they covered so many story lines, but the characters and story lines were very simplified. I can't really recommend any of the series. I think they ended at the right time.

If X-Men: TAS got renewed, I'd like artwork more similar to WatX and a larger cast. I wouldn't mind it if the roster actually changed during the run of the series, too.

#7 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought they would capitalize off of the movie, too, but I'm not really concerned either way. She was an OK character but her death had more meaning in the "Phalanx Covenant" since they haven't tried to resurrect her, and I didn't really like the AoA version as much.

#8 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

@sasquatch888 said:

@carolina574 said: "Some people, for example, were mad when a writer made Shatterstar "gay" (he's actually bisexual and polyamorous), but IMHO, it made the character much more interesting than the rather forgettable "swordsman"-type character he was before".

so shatterstar became more interesting because he shags dudes? REALLY??? I disagree ...i think it did nothing for that boring hero ...were you reading x-force to see who he slept with ???

No, but he really wasn't that interesting before Rictor became his romantic partner. He was yet another "bred/made/trained to be an elite warrior"-type which we've seen before. And his creator, Rob Liefeld, has a reputation as being somewhat of a hack, and to speak bluntly, Shatterstar was a product of the '90s when having two blades on one sword was all that was needed to be cool. Liefeld gave the character no personality and just designed him to be some emotionless warrior, so is it surprising that I find the character interesting after other writers fill in the void and actually make him stand out for something?

Sometimes, to make a character interesting, you just have to do something with them, and I thought this added both to his and Rictor's back-stories for no additional cost. You even use the term "boring hero" but at the very least we're talking about him, which means there is something worth talking about.

#9 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

Did people just get tired of the X-Men? Did their struggle for civil rights some how become less important/meaningful since the 90's? Did other heroes simply speak to the zeitgeist better than the X-Men now-a-days? How do you explain their calamitous fall from grace?

I think their "fall from grace" (if that is fair to say, considering they are still quite valuable) has to do with an intersection of a generally weaker creative direction for the franchise as a whole, over-saturation of certain characters even though nothing was really being done with them, and the overall tropes employed during the '90s era.

I think that the X-Men's popularity was the result of the long-term direction of a single writer (Chris Claremont) and a few artists on the series to an extent largely unheard of in today's Marvel. Since the X-Men weren't as successful as other books, the creative team had the freedom to experiment above and beyond what other titles were doing at the time, so as a result, characters changed, rosters shifted, and there was an overall sense of progression that made the storylines have a larger impact.

As they gained popularity, more editorial attention was paid to the X-Men such that there more popular characters were marketed constantly, they were drawn into mass mega-events which interrupted the creative teams' long-term plans for the series and characters (an analysis of mega-events deserves a discussion of its own), and certain characters became valuable IP that generated revenue for Marvel so they were protected to the extent that nothing too dramatic could happen to them. This can simultaneously make it appear that the X-Men were everywhere even though nothing really dramatic was happening to change the status quo.

I don't think the X-Men ever really spoke to civil rights in an important or meaningful way, though it did certainly contribute to the dialogue in the comic book medium with stories like "God Loves, Man Kills" and "The New Mutants". It was a theme that generated a few storylines and certainly angst, but civil rights was often employed as a trope to always have an "enemy" for the heroes to deal with even though an actual villain was absent from a storyline. Certain writers certainly treated that subject very seriously compared to others, but I would say that the '90s was generally a time period where the X-Men were more focused on big shoulderpads, ammo belts, and hugely disproportionate muscles and boobs.

#10 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

Storm: Storm's original was great but I really liked the updated version (see below) - I'd just tweak it a bit to remove the swimsuit aspects of it, and make it provide more coverage for her legs so she wasn't always wearing thigh high boots.

Shadowcat: I really liked her Excalibur outfit. The current one looks clunky and uninspired.