Adjectiveless X-Men is getting a proverbial kick in the pants here soon with not only a creative shuffle, but a theme shuffle as well. And what’s that theme, you ask?
That’s right – Brian Wood is taking Chris Claremont’s ladies section out for a spin because…well, just because.
I recall a time when a spin-off to a series needed some kind of purpose or theme to go. While Uncanny X-Men was going on, X-Factor existed because the original X-Men weren’t members of the team any more and they had adventures of their own to go on. New Mutants also existed because the the students were running around the school and they had adventures of their own to go on, which needed to be followed. Hence the titles.
But those days are gone now, and they will never return. Now we get a splash image tossed in with whatever handful of characters get tossed out to grab a bit of attention this go-around. Was anyone clamoring for a book featuring an all-female cast of X-Men? Not even a little – Wolverine’s not a girl, after all. Will this book do anything to promote a healthy example for women in today’s world or make a bold statement about the comic industry’s repeated half-assed attempt to understand the “female character”?
Absolutely not. They’re six characters that can be drawn in sexy poses and will have adventures with as little characterization as is allowed in the current “GET IT ON THE SILVER SCREEN” comics world. Rogue will say Sugah, Kitty will solve a brainy problem, Psylocke will do a sexy kick, Rachel will get in a huff, Jubilee will LOL, and Storm’s back to the mohawk because WOMEN ISSUES.
And we, the faithful X-Readers, will once again shill out $4 an issue to see how this one matters, ignoring that the last time they launched this adjectiveless X-Men book, they didn’t even bother to get around to using all the characters used on their promo images.