Who's the best X-book writer?

Posted by HAWK2916 (1566 posts) 1 year, 17 days ago

Poll: Who's the best X-book writer? (27 votes)

Chris Claremont 33%
Grant Morrison 7%
Brian Wood 11%
Joss Whedon 22%
Brian Micheal Bendis 4%
Keiron Gillen 0%
Rick Remender 4%
Peter David 4%
name others 15%

There's always discussion about the current state of the X-men and who's writing what. So I wanted to know who do you count as the best writer? I know we are covering a huge chunk of time with the choices but I'd guess the question is more lie who would want writing your x-book? Thoughts?

#1 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7257 posts) - - Show Bio

From that list: Claremont, Wood or Morrison. Not on that list: Spurrier, Weir/DeFillipis, Nicieza or Kim. No idea what Bendis is doing there, as he isn't writing any proper x-titles atm.

#2 Posted by McKlayn (1067 posts) - - Show Bio

claremont created something out of nothing, laid the building blocks for anything positive we have had since he left and really set the tone for the entire franchise, wrote most of the memorable stories and created the characters that we all know and love today, until some one else has been on the book a decade or so no one can even attempt to dethrone him

#3 Edited by time (4838 posts) - - Show Bio

Claremont, Fabian Nicieza and Scott Loddell are X-Men best writers.Kyle and Yost are also good.

#4 Edited by Xwraith (14631 posts) - - Show Bio

Whedon was the most consistent out of the ones I've read, but I also like (old) Claremont and Wood.

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#5 Posted by ShadowSwordmaster (11476 posts) - - Show Bio

Claremont,Morrison,Whedon,Wood,and Bendis are some good writers that I liked on the x-books but Loddell and Austen are on the fence for me.

#6 Posted by chasereis (794 posts) - - Show Bio

@mcklayn: Actually if I might offer something, it was actually Len Wein who pulled the X-Men out the ditch they were dug into. Claremont used that framework to build the golden age of "X" with Shooter, Defalco, Simonson, Harras and Gruenwald. Wein started the fire that Claremont carried for 15 years.

@time: Claremont (Yes), Fabian Nicieza (Yes) and Scott Loddell (breaks screeching...). Two outta three ain't bad.

I like Simonson best tied with Claremont, with Whedon, Nicieza following behind that. Honorable mentions are Busiek, Byrne, Stern, Wein, and Layton.

#7 Posted by cattlebattle (12579 posts) - - Show Bio

@mcklayn: Actually if I might offer something, it was actually Len Wein who pulled the X-Men out the ditch they were dug into. Claremont used that framework to build the golden age of "X" with Shooter, Defalco, Simonson, Harras and Gruenwald. Wein started the fire that Claremont carried for 15 years.

He scripted two issues that played out like an Avengers story, I would hardly call that pulling them out of a ditch. Weins biggest contribution was the creation of Wolverine.

#8 Edited by McKlayn (1067 posts) - - Show Bio

@time said:

Claremont, Fabian Nicieza and Scott Loddell are X-Men best writers.Kyle and Yost are also good.

I totally forgot about Lobdell im actually a fan of his, loved his Gen X work, also some one no one else mentioned (and for pretty good reason because he really didn't stay around long enough to be in this convo still) was Ed Brubaker his Rise and Fall of the Shiar arc was a good read

#9 Posted by oldnightcrawler (4189 posts) - - Show Bio

Claremont's the king. While he may not have built them out of nothing, he was definitely the writer to first make the X-men truly great. I still think his work from '79-'86 beats any other X-men run for original ideas, character development, and development of the major themes that define the concept of the book. Stories like Proteus, Days of Future Past, God Loves/Man Kills, anything with the Morlocks, the Hellfire Club, Nimrod, Mystique's Brotherhood, The Trial of Magneto, The Mutant Massacre, the original Genosha story were all instant classics that still feel definitive today.

It could be said that his later work seemed far less focused, it could even be argued that he actually wrote more mediocre to bad X-men comics than anyone else, given how long (and how many times) he wrote the characters; but I'd still argue that he wrote more really great classic stories than anyone else too.

Joss Whedon, on the other hand never wrote a bad issue of X-men, his were all great, but he did only write like 25 issues. And, yeah, they are all great, but even he seems to understand that he's essentially doing an homage to the work of Claremont and Morrison.

Grant Morrison probably did just as many great issues as Whedon, even if he did do a lot more that weren't all that great, but I think, overall, he probably added a lot more to the story than most X-men writers have.

I'll always like the years the main books were done by Fabian Nicieza and Scott Loddell, overall; but in retrospect it didn't always feel like they had the freedom to really let the characters develop very much between events, a dilemma still faced by a lot of writers today, it seems.

There's a bunch of current X-men writers that interest me now, too (most of them, actually), but I still feel it's too early for me to judge those guys in comparison to the others I like, given that they're not finished yet.

#10 Edited by AgeofHurricane (7257 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, annnd Seagle annnd Kelly. Even if they were cut excrutiatingly short.

#11 Posted by McKlayn (1067 posts) - - Show Bio

Claremont's the king. While he may not have built them out of nothing, he was definitely the writer to first make the X-men truly great. I still think his work from '79-'86 beats any other X-men run for original ideas, character development, and development of the major themes that define the concept of the book. Stories like Proteus, Days of Future Past, God Loves/Man Kills, anything with the Morlocks, the Hellfire Club, Nimrod, Mystique's Brotherhood, The Trial of Magneto, The Mutant Massacre, the original Genosha story were all instant classics that still feel definitive today.

It could be said that his later work seemed far less focused, it could even be argued that he actually wrote more mediocre to bad X-men comics than anyone else, given how long (and how many times) he wrote the characters; but I'd still argue that he wrote more really great classic stories than anyone else too.

Joss Whedon, on the other hand never wrote a bad issue of X-men, his were all great, but he did only write like 25 issues. And, yeah, they are all great, but even he seems to understand that he's essentially doing an homage to the work of Claremont and Morrison.

Grant Morrison probably did just as many great issues as Whedon, even if he did do a lot more that weren't all that great, but I think, overall, he probably added a lot more to the story than most X-men writers have.

I'll always like the years the main books were done by Fabian Nicieza and Scott Loddell, overall; but in retrospect it didn't always feel like they had the freedom to really let the characters develop very much between events, a dilemma still faced by a lot of writers today, it seems.

There's a bunch of current X-men writers that interest me now, too (most of them, actually), but I still feel it's too early for me to judge those guys in comparison to the others I like, given that they're not finished yet.

Bravo!

#12 Posted by Dman1366 (542 posts) - - Show Bio

where is Yost?

#13 Posted by oldnightcrawler (4189 posts) - - Show Bio
#14 Edited by John Valentine (16270 posts) - - Show Bio

The best writer at the moment is Brian Wood; though I must say that I didn't rate his first run on X-Men Vol.3, his Ultimate Comics X-Men and X-Men Vol.4 stuff has been fantastic.

Of all time.... Well, the list would be pretty heavy, but my personal favourites include Yost, Carey, PAD, Whedon, Gillen, Remender, Morrison, Claremont, and Nicieza for starters.

Lobdell is mixed, but overall I like him. Wouldn't rate him as one of the best X-writers ever.

The worst - Milligan (for X-Men), Fraction, Chuck Austen....

#15 Posted by Billy Batson (57706 posts) - - Show Bio

Milligan is the best for X-Statix alone.

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#16 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison, obviously.

#17 Posted by chasereis (794 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: Sorry I dont see any notifications anymore for some reason. I think you need to research the behind the scenes things that wein did, such as setting the stage for chris to write it in the first place. he instrumental, look it up if dont believe me.

#18 Posted by TDK_1997 (14445 posts) - - Show Bio

Grant Morrison had the best run.Did a good bunch of issues and made some great stories.

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