Re: Walking Charles Xavier
Wow, that actually sounds pretty cool.
It's ****ing brilliant. Xorn appears in the fifth issue, and it pays off in the fifth issue at the end of the run. When it happened, I just stopped. And I had to go back and re-read the entire run. It blew me away.
Ultimate E said:
That's just the thing...it was good enough that I thought maybe X-books aren't that bad, and it didn't hurt that all of the X-books would be building off the events that happened during that run. Except that's not what happened, they totally ****ed it all up by changing what happened and watering it down.
It's ****ing terrible because all the things they're trying to do now Morrison already did extremely well. They brought him on to create a new X-Universe. He did that. Then they immediately undid it, then tried to do it again, but in a much worse way.
For example, Morrison starts his run by killing off the entire mutant nation of Genosha resulting in 16 million deaths (an astronomical percentage of the global mutant population) which the X-Men are unable to prevent. They attack those responsible, and seemingly dispose of them. It's these acts that spiral to form Morrison's entire run. This is the beginning of the story.
A couple of years later, Marvel decides to have a story which starts as the Avengers are besieged by all their old enemies, it then transpires that Scarlet Witch, for no reason, went crazy and become omnipotent and did all this. Then she creates an alternate world, and then decides, to eliminate all the non-marketable mutants and everyone is forced to watch and be unable to do anything, not that they had done anything prior to this. This is the entire story.
If you want to 'streamline' the mutants in the X-Universe and make them a minority again, there was your chance, solely within the X-Men title (where it has actual relevance as opposed to the Avengers) without relying on deus ex machina endings and overblown casts. Morrison did it, in his first issue, and it still resonated powerfully with meaning.
Morrison has Wolverine, who has started to remember parts of his earlier life, go off in a perilous search for his true identity and what the Weapon X programme was about. In a stunning flash of insight, Morrison explains Weapon X means "Weapon Ten" and we meet Weapon XIV (14), aka Fantomex. Fantomex leads Wolverine and Cyclops into the belly of the World Plus programme in which Wolverine finds out more about his origin and has to fight the insanely powerful Weapon XV (15). Wolverine not only uncovers some of his past, but also works out Xorn's true identity.
Marvel's new attempt - Wolverine finds out his origin at random, because they wanted to do a new Wolverine ongoing. Scarlet Witch eradicates "all" the mutants from the world and is so doing, gives Wolverine his memory back. For no reason. It just happens. There's no more satisfying an ending to an 8-issue "event" than, "It just happens".
Another example - Magneto, who died in Morrison's first issue during the attack on Genosha, returns and says, "I always come back. Haven't you noticed? I think it's my secondary mutation."
The "New" way - Magneto dies at the end of Morrison's run. Magneto comes back because the Magneto who died was actually an impersonator who was pretending to be his own twin brother pretending to be Magneto. Then, because this made no sense, Scarlet Witch, for no reason, apparently created the dead-pretending-pretender Magneto because she thought her father was dead. Magneto surviving his death in Morrison's first issue is now totally unexplained.
I want you to reread the above "New" way and realise the futile idiocy of the current quality since Morrison's departure. It's pathetic.