By Satyrquaze 134 Comments
I sometimes randomly post in the forums about how annoyed I am with the X-titles and the mutant phenomenon in particular, here's why.
My main complaint is that mutants are overexposed. Wolverine is on roughly half the 12 X-teams and the Avengers- aaaaand he's supposedly a loner. He's also heavily involved in most of the crossover events. Where does he find the time?? This is especially hard to explain when one considers that everything that has happened in the Marvel Universe has done so in roughly 10-15 years. That means with everything as it currently stands the Fantastic Four gained their powers in 1995! Course, half of CV was born more recently than that so they think it's a really long time... But Wolverine is everywhere, he's oversaturated the media. He's had 4 movies in 9 years when guys like Captain America have barely had one in recent memory. He's on the cover of almost every other comic related magazine and some that aren't comic related. And also, Wolverine isn't a role-model. He kills without compunction. He slashes into his foes in rather grisley fashion. In X-2 he kills federal agents who were just tranqing their opponents. He has a history of smoking and drinking, but only recently has he started swearing.
My problem with characters like Magneto or Vulcan is they are much more powerful than they really ever should be. The basis of their character is mutation. Are we supposed to believe that a slight varation of a strand of DNA will make an otherwise average human capable of going one on one with a Herald of Galactus? I'm not saying I have a problem with the believeablity of mutant powers on the whole, I'm saying there should be a cap on their power levels. 1 in 10 mutants is an Omega level and thats ridiculously unbalancing. Yes, that means if you're already lucky enough to be a self-important douche-bag with powers, (Yes, despite what you may think, most mutants are self-important douche-bags) that there's a 1 in 10 chance that you will also have the power to kill all life on the planet with a thought. Also, my problem with Vulcan is if he wasn't a mutant, no one would give two shits about him. No one would buy anything related to him, and he sure as hell wouldn't have headlined any crossover events.
Other matter entirely is the writing. Reading an article on a random X-character is riddled with obvious references to retcons. Characters dying and coming back a paragraph later. Things being done that would shake the very foundations of the Marvel Universe and then being undone without so much as a whisper. Nevermind the fact that characters like Vulcan and Magneto are walking retcons, as bad if not worse than Sentry. How many times has Magneto died and come back a few months later with little or no explaination. If you're going to kill him, Kill him and be done with it. But don't insult the intelligence of the fans by retconning his survival because you wanted a meaningful death for him at the time, but now want him back cause he makes you $$$. It's like the X-Books have been written by Geoff Johns for two decades.