Avengers Academy Should Shake Up Their Teaching Staff

Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers Academy Should Shake Up Their Teaching Staff

Recently it was announced that Hawkeye would be getting his own series, and when you combine that with all of the other books he is in it is obvious that he has come down with a nasty case of what I like to call “Wolverine Syndrome” there is really only one noticeable symptom: being in way too many books. I am not saying that he isn’t cool or anything like that but he is staring in a lot and in a team book like Avengers Academy, there are a lot of people that have fallen to the background even though they are in no other books. I am thinking mostly about people like X-23 and Quicksilver. Hawkeye doesn’t need to leave, just step to the background; if he did leave though, I doubt the book would take a sales hit, I highly doubt that anyone reads AA just for Hawkeye

Quicksilver is already a member of the staff and has been for a while but it seems like he never gets much focus even though he is only in this book besides the occasional cameo in an Avengers title or X-Book. He is a very capable teacher with a very interesting recent past with the whole Terrigen Mist episode and his daughter. This could lead to some interesting developments for the Academy if he was given enough time to actually come to the forefront in the book.

However the writers (or editors, whoever) are really missing out on a goldmine: X-23. Several months ago, her series was canceled and just before that she joined the Academy and since then she has… done absolutely nothing. Seriously given her upbringing and the adventures she has gone on with the X-Men, X-23 is unique in the book and uniquely qualified to teach the students there in everything from self-defense to how do deal with a captor in a high pressure situation. With all of these life experiences she should share her knowledge with the rest of the students form a teaching perspective instead of a friend to friend perspective. If the whole point of Avengers Academy is to make sure that students do not become twisted heroes or villains because of people like Norman Osborne, what better way to prevent that then to have someone who has been in a similar situation teach the kids about ways to resist and use experiences like that to their advantage and become a better person. It is clear that X-23 has a small legion of fans, why not get those fans reading a new series by making her more of a star, it would be a win-win for readers and Marvel.

Due to these factors, Hawkeye should take a leave of absence or at least step back to let the kids experience a new teacher who have had different experiences share their knowledge with the students while he is off on his own adventures or saving the world with the real Avengers. Characters like X-23 are too good to waste in the background of a book; she needs to be closer to the forefront to be helpful instead of on the tipping point of being in limbo like she is now. I hope that she gets a focus in the AvX crossovers with the X-kids and then stays closer to the front of the book instead of where she is.

#1 Posted by tg1982 (2715 posts) - - Show Bio

@pspin: very, thoughtfull and well done.

#2 Posted by FourthDeity (2234 posts) - - Show Bio

Im a huge fan of hawkeye and an even bigger fan of X23

I couldn't agree more with everything you just said :)

#3 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@FourthDeity: Now if only Marjorie Liu could write it, it would be near perfect

#4 Posted by FourthDeity (2234 posts) - - Show Bio

@pspin: Mike choi MUST DRAW it

#5 Posted by lykopis (10752 posts) - - Show Bio

@FourthDeity said:

@pspin: Mike choi MUST DRAW it

So so true.

#6 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@FourthDeity: I am not familiar with him, what has he drawn? Personally I I loved Sana Takeda's wirk on the recent X-23 but Ryan Stegman woulod be awesome as well

#7 Posted by FourthDeity (2234 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah Sana is pretty awesome too

But heres some Mike choi

And just about everything in Target X

#8 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@FourthDeity: Your right that would be pretty awesome

#9 Posted by andrea_mendoza1997 (342 posts) - - Show Bio

@FourthDeity: I have a question did Mike draw covers for video games such as Alien Syndrome because the cover looks a lot like Laura in Target X.

#10 Posted by FourthDeity (2234 posts) - - Show Bio

@andrea_mendoza1997: I wish i could answer that. Although by the looks of it he did but don't take my word for it

#11 Posted by John Valentine (16307 posts) - - Show Bio

Quicksilver is a douche. An arrogant, selfish douche.

#12 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@John Valentine: Still better than Ultimate Quicksilver. He is a whiny crybaby with serious family issues...

#13 Posted by John Valentine (16307 posts) - - Show Bio

@pspin said:

@John Valentine: Still better than Ultimate Quicksilver. He is a whiny crybaby with serious family issues...

Ha, that's true! Although he had a few good panels during Ultimates when he disintegrated that Axis speedster.

#14 Posted by Time_Phantom (527 posts) - - Show Bio

I kind of take her going to Avengers Academy as forced as all hell do to the cancilation of her series. I think Laura would have told Black Widow no and the fact that she went alone with it seemed out of character to me. This brings me to ask a question if she was going to the Academy then what was the point in having her not go back to Utopia (bastard Cyclops aside) or Logan's school he's never at?

Don't mean to rant it's just non of her last two issues made no sense to me from what Marjorie Liu wrote previously.

#15 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@John Valentine said:

@pspin said:

@John Valentine: Still better than Ultimate Quicksilver. He is a whiny crybaby with serious family issues...

Ha, that's true! Although he had a few good panels during Ultimates when he disintegrated that Axis speedster.

I guess but honestly, I don't like every issue of Ultimate X-Men he is in. I don't know why other than I hate his personality. If regular Quicksilver wasn't so arrogant he would almost be likeable.

#16 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@Time_Phantom: IN this issue she talks about making her own decision to stay out of Schism and not take sides and it did seem a little forced but if they would give her an arc that would explain why she decided to agree to go, I think it might smooth things out. You are right about those last two issues though, I think they seem awkward because the series was cancelled suddenly but they kind of make sense because they were about Laura coming full circle from the beginnning of the series and even NYX

#17 Posted by WarMachineMarkV (1214 posts) - - Show Bio

- The concept of the book is sound but the characters and storylines so far are just terrible.

- I would take one look at this staff and go back home, tell them to call me when they were serious

#18 Posted by ThanosIsMad (2203 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually like X-23 on the Avengers and not with any particular X-Team. I wish Marvel would move more mutants from Utopia and put them on other teams.

#19 Posted by RogueOracle (242 posts) - - Show Bio

I like how Laura is not contained or restricted to the x-books. They have a hard time branching out.

#20 Posted by FourthDeity (2234 posts) - - Show Bio

@RogueOracle: She needs to branch out more for publicity :/ I want her to become popular but she can't if she's so limited

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