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.