@infonation: I see what you're saying, but that's the same argument writers use on Storm now, saying she's so powerful and that's not interesting. I will never understand that, it sounds like a cop out to me and a lack of creativity. Thor is much more powerful than Storm - also read any one of Forge's bio's and you'll see how Marvel goes out of it's way to let everyone know Forge is, by no means, as smart as Mr. Fantastic or Ant Man, and his accomplishments are all due to his mutant powers! Ok, if that's so, then the argument that the characters are too powerful to be interesting is moot. In more ways than one, considering Mr. Fantastic and Thor haven't gone anywhere, and uh, Superman anyone?
I think it's just because they don't care about the characters, aren't creative enough to write them well, or (this sorry excuse) don't know how to write Black or Native characters well so they're sent to the background or to support roles. Because, I'm sorry, what Claremont did with these characters is the reason why the X-Men are still around today! He took a dying book in 1975 and turned it into one of Marvel's highest selling books (not to mention X-Men #1 is still the highest selling comic of all time in the Guinness Book of Records, yeah, that was Claremont (and Lee)!)
I'm sour. And I don't care, I'm just gonna say it AGAIN, I just feel like there was a golden opportunity for originality with the beautifully nuanced and unfolding story with Storm and Forge and it was horribly ruined. Someone mentioned before about Storm being the one "in control" in the relationship, it started off really rocky and smoothed out. You've got LifeDeath, and the complexities of their disagreements on Storm's attachment to the X-Men, the Naze thing, don't even get me started on how cool of a villian the Adversary could be, well it's all for naught, with the way Marvel writers have treated him, Forge is too far gone now if he's even alive.
Forge is the X-Men's red-haired step-child, he's treated worse than Toad. It's infuriating.