So about Jubilee

There’s something that’s really been bothering me about Adjectiveless X-Men.  It’s not that it’s a pointless grab for extra money using an all-girls gimmick and big name creators that adds nothing but pointless filler in the greater scope of the BIG PICTURE Marvel Universe.  You’d think that would be my problem, but it really isn’t.  X-Men‘s been a fun little read.

No, my problem is with one of the things the book has been focusing on – little Jubilation Lee and her bundle of joy.

Jubilee-baby

Jubilee showed up in issue 1 with a baby in tow and everyone is all like “ZOMG JUBES YOU GOT A BABY!!!!!!”  and on their way they go.  Not one person in the book – not Storm, not Psylocke, not Kitty Pryde, not even GUEST STAR Wolverine – pointed towards the deal and said hey, wait a second there, this might not be that good of an idea.

Jubilee is not the poster child of good character decisions in her time.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Pretty much every thing she does is a bad idea.  First appearance?  Jumped into a portal and got whisked to Australia.  Most recent appearance?  Bailed on the X-Men to go run with a vampire coven.  A lot of screw ups go in between.

So suddenly Jubilee shows up with this baby and everyone is like, aw Jubilee that’s my girl, she’ll do good.  And that bothers me.  Because Wolverine’s established character is making good decisions when the bone-heads try to make the dumb ones.  That’s what he does.  That’s why he was on the A side of AvX and all the X side people came crying to him.  But then I see him sitting here with Jubilee and this baby she found and smiles all around?  Come on.

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  1. “adds nothing but pointless filler in the greater scope of the BIG PICTURE Marvel Universe” While you say that’s not a problem for you, this complaint in general annoys me. A lot. Who gives a damn if a book is “important” to the grand scheme. It’s important to itself. Anyone who skips a well-written book just because it’s not tied into the latest event is a frigging idiot.

    I would disagree with Wolverine’s character being about making good decisions. He makes more stupid decisions than most people. Even using your AvX example: His initial plan was to kill Hope. He does stupid stuff regularly.

    As for Jubilee, she’s not stupid. She can be responsible when she has to be. Anyone who functions on a team has to be able to handle some responsibility. She obviously cares very deeply for Shogo, and considering the support she’s got – the entirety of the X-Men – she should be fine.

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    1. I seem to have offended you on this one. I’m not saying that adjectiveless-X-Men is not a fun read. Obviously, I’ve read it and I said I enjoyed it. But what annoys me is the perceived justification that there’s a reason for this book to be here beyond “give us four bucks”. It’s the redundancy that annoys me. Let’s say X-Men presents a scene in which Psylocke and Storm have a bonding moment and move their characters closer to one another. The same week that book ships, Uncanny X-Force also puts out a scene in which Storm and Psylocke are also sharing a bonding moment. You have the same characters and dynamics in numerous places – Storm/Kitty, Storm/Psylocke, Kitty/Rachel, all of these are also going on in two or three other books at the same time, and since they all pretty much tell the exact same thing, there’s no point to it.

      But the contradictions can be a problem too. Let’s say that instead of the bonding moment in Uncanny X-Force, Storm and Psylocke have a knock down drag out and aren’t speaking to one another. Well, which story takes precedence over the other? History tells us the books aren’t going to bother lining up with one another – they’ll all just eventually end when the crossover hits.

      Filler books like X-Men are why nothing that happens in the Marvel Universe means anything unless its the SUPER BIG MEGA EVENT. Over in Astonishing, Iceman just demolished the world and got all his former lovers together. Over in All-New and Wolverine and the, Iceman never went crazy and he and Kitty are still doing their regular thing. Why are these three books going?

      If the point is simply “to tell good stories”, well then fine. I smile and nod. But I long for the days gone by in which something happened in Uncanny X-Men and it mattered if someone passed by over in Fantastic Four. It irks me when I read the creators announce how all this stuff is going to be real important when it all just becomes a good read for a Wednesday and tossed onto the pile because eventually we’ll all just get a new number 1 anyway.

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      1. I wasn’t so much offended. I’ve just seen that “not important” argument before as a reason not to buy a book, and it’s an attitude that I find stupid and pointless, and I think it’s why so many great books don’t sell. The recent run on Journey Into Mystery was fantastic – Kathryn Immonen’s writing was great, and Valerio Schiti’s art was gorgeous. But no one bought it, and I think a major reason for that was the perception that it wasn’t an “important” book.

        As far as how various books interconnect, for my part, I go by which book I enjoy more. I like UXF, but X-Men’s the better book, so if there are inconsistencies, X-Men wins. It’s an arbitrary way of determining things, but meh, it works for me. Besides, it’s easy enough to simply write it off as “this arc in this book takes place before that arc in that book.”

        Like I said, it’s just that the “important” argument is a pet peeve of mine.

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