Long incoherent post about Xmen… read at your own risk…
while i havent read much of comics in past few years, i started at the mid 250s or so of uncanny and stayed still about the 12 saga.
a few years ago, i bought a couple of those essential xmen tpb in b/w starting from uncanny 94.
and i got some scannedcomics and was able to read claremonts enitire uncanny run.
while byrne/cmont was the best, i really liked dave cockrums space (shiar/brood) art/and the growing relationships between ncrawler/wolvy. Kitty actually being a likeable "young "character who wasnt as annyoing. etc.
My min complaint w/cmont is overuswe of villains who could use “mindcontrol” /impersonate the xmen(Letsee Shadow King, dire wraiths, mastermind, malice, the adversary, nanny, etc)
Artist wise, I love dcockrum , even more than byrne (blasphemy i know).
I really wish Paul Smith had stayed as penciler longer. His style while “simple” made action easier to read and follow.
Romita Jr was great. In fact, i still think hes in one of best overall talents, his art being suitable for a broad range of chars.
Silvestri was ok. I think he reached his apex on Wolv solo book more than xmen. Then of course Jim Leee rocked, even tho every char looks like a supermodel lol
Post claremont, writing wise, I really liked Fabian Nicieza’s xmen /xforce. Lobdell was good fo rfunnier stuff and character,
One writer i wish got more time to do his thang was Joe Kelly. He had a ragtag group(Beast, cecelia reyes, cannonball, storm, maggott, Joseph, rogue). I am probably th eonly person in the universe who liked MAggott(even with hi sundecipherable/over the top slang) his origin was neat.
but all the crossovers started getting sstale for me after onslaught. I didnt care for zero tolerance, 12 saga, some fake xmen /danger room etc…
I read Grant morrisons run and while well-written, it feels the family aspect of xmen had gone down the drain imo. The business/school aspects feel too overpowering. Claremonts xtreme had great art imo, but couldnt match up to his old stuff.
And while magneto/apocalypse were kinda run int o the ground, Wat happened to sinister, Reavers, Longshot/Dazzler,. I wish some of the older chars woudl return
and all these stupid ass retcons, Xorneto and quesada can kiss my patootie!
I havent read Whedon/cassadays stuff, but it seems to be getting rave reviews.
Are they still on th ebook?
Is Salvador LArroca on any of the books? I like his stuff too…