We’ve already looked at The Heroic Age: X-Men file cards of Storm and Emma Frost, and now we look at the rest of mutants who appear to be the official roster of the X-Men. These mini-dossiers are “written” by former Captain America Steve Rogers as he assesses every super-powered individual on the planet. Wolverine leads the pack. I find Steve’s worries about Wolverine to be similarly expressed in his writeup about Storm and her loyalties to the X-Men and the Black Panther. Hasn’t Steve been balancing his loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers and his country all of these years? Surely he knows people can belong to more than one organization and still fulfill their duties. What I find rather hilarious (in a purely hypocritical way) is how the former Captain (and World War II veteran) professes to be against Wolverine’s killer ways (and acknowledges that having him on the Avengers is bad publicity) but he chooses to ignore it because he’s a “valuable resource.” I suppose it would take a mind smarter than Steve’s to reconcile the paradox that is Wolverine. Wolvie is just one of the eighteen heroes (counting Storm and Emma)–who are considered active X-Men–looked at through the eyes of a super-soldier…
Namor is an X-Man. That is still weird to me. Does anyone else find it strange, too? I love the idea of Atlanteans living below the floating island of Utopia, but we haven’t seen many stories dealing with that new aspect of mutant life. Namor is stuck being a foil for Emma and Scott’s relationship as he is for Reed and Susan of the Fantastic Four. Can he please get his own girlfriend?
I suppose the recently martyred Nightcrawler was included in Steve’s files so new readers who haven’t been following the X-Men saga would know of his death, but it just serves to make me sad all over again. I think Kurt stopped being the X-Men’s moral compass a long time ago, and it almost laughable that Steve spends so much time lamenting his death when his files on Psylocke and Colossus speak so blithely of their return from the dead.
Northstar’s quote couldn’t be more funny or more unfortunate. *rolls eyes*
Steve Rogers prays for Cyclops, isn’t that cute? He hopes that “he’s got the proper people surrounding him,” but has he noticed that those folks are Magneto, Emma Frost and Namor? No offense to the reformed, but Cyclops seems to represent all of the things he used to fight against. You’d think Steve would be more concerned.
Dazzler needs a new costume. And a storyline.
I think at this point I’m simply tolerating Pixie. I’m not a fan of her visual or her character. I enjoy the venomous relationship she has with Magik, however, and that is because Pixie is getting the short end of the stick in that situation. She’s certainly no Kitty Pryde, who needs to revert back to tangibility, and with Kurt dead, become the new moral backbone of the X-Men. And with Beast gone, she’s the smartest X-Man on the island. Let’s see her act like it.
Psylocke is becoming interesting again thanks to Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force. I love her renewed relationship with Archangel and her unapologetic stoic warrior stance.
While the artwork chosen to depict Rogue makes me cringe, I have to admit that Mike Carey is making great strides with her character in X-Men: Legacy. Her character development may be taking longer than some readers may like, but the fact that she stars in her own X-Title is a testament to her longevity and popularity. I love the fact that she can control her powers now and is finding her voice as a leader. Every time she and Cyclops butt heads I find myself on her side. Looking forward to how the “Age of X” crossover puts her in a new light.
Out of all of the X-Men, Gambit seems to be the most stuck in the form he was in during the 90s. Excepting his Drow–oops, I mean Death— incarnation, Gambit is more or less the same guy he’s always been. What can we do about this, Marvel?
Steve Rogers seems to agree with my assessment of Iceman if not for the same reasons, and Magneto really needs to change outfits if he’s gonna go around proclaiming himself a good guy. Seriously.
I love Warren Kenneth Worthington the III as Angel, not the death-dealing Archangel, but I gotta admit that Rick Remender has written him well in Uncanny X-Force.
Armor has been a regular mainstay in Astonishing X-Men for years now and all I know about her is that she has a snarky relationship with Wolverine (who doesn’t?). As far as I am concerned, she and Pixie need a mini-series with some serious character development if I am ever going to care about them.
Does anyone really understand how Colossus was brought back to life on Ordworld as written by Joss Whedon? If we have to tolerate his return can he please do something other than pine for Kitty Pryde? He’s “made of rage,” right? Give him something to rage against!
So now you’ve read Steve Rogers’ opinions about the X-Men as well of my own fanboy rants. Let me know what you think of our assessments in the comments!