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Marvel’s Second Coming X-Posed

The truth behind the latest X-Men event!

By Chad Derdowski     March 03, 2010
Source: Mania

A visit to the comic shop this week resulted in a surprise item: a free preview of the latest X-Men event, Second Coming. Like all of the schwag that Marvel gives out to promote a new book, it featured a 4-page preview along with some sketches, a bit of text regarding the history surrounding the event and about a billion advertisements for collected editions of recommended reading. Which is cool – we like that kind of stuff and you’ll never hear us complain about something that we got for free.

But you will hear us complain about the X-Men. We’ve written at length about being that breed of old fogey who sits on their front porch wearing black socks and sandals, shaking an angry fist at those damn kids who are on our lawn again and ranting about how cool the X-Men used to be. Yeah, that’s us. Sorry, but we just can’t not complain. It’s in our nature… it’s like our Kryptonite. Considering that it’s been quite a while since Comicscape was devoted to the glory days of Chris Claremont and the infernal wreck that the book has become, we figured this new event would be a good opportunity to whine. Yes, we know we’re whining… we can admit it and it won’t stop us from doing it. Won’t even slow us down, baby. Whooo!

But we’re going to change it up a bit this time. Using the taglines from this event as a guideline, we’ll do a blow-by-blow account of just how redundant everything in the X-Verse has become these days and offer it up as proof that we are right and the millions of people who read the books and love them are wrong. And if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even learn something.

 

Second Coming

Apparently the title refers to Hope Summers, the first mutant born since Scarlet Witch declared that there would be no more mutants on earth and the mutant population went from 16 million worthless characters to 198 fairly sweet ones. Obviously Wolverine wasn’t going to lose his powers in that purge, but thankfully Jubilee did. Hope was only born a few years ago, but like so many characters on so many soap operas, she “went away to camp” and came back a whole lot older. According to the text in the back of the free promo book, there’s a lot of speculation that the Phoenix Force currently resides in Hope.

And we hope to God that this is what the title refers to. Because if it refers to Jean Grey coming back from the dead again – thanks but no thanks. Coming back from the dead once is cool. Coming back from the dead twice? Not so cool. It’s like that kid in the back of the classroom who gets a laugh out of a stupid joke so he just repeats it over and over again ad nauseam even though it wasn’t really that funny the first time around. Please Marvel, don’t mess with a good thing twice. Jean is better off dead… just let her stay that way.

The third possibility is that the title doesn’t refer to Jean’s return or a renewed hope for mutantkind. Bucky came back from the dead. So did Jason Todd. Maybe the long-dead Thunderbird (who is sort of like the X-Men’s Bucky in that he is the dead guy who will always remain dead) will be making his return and with him will come… naaaaah! There’s no way they’d do that! Would they?

 

One Will Rise/One Will Fall

Okay, we’ve kind of already covered this one. Somebody’s coming back from the dead. But then, doesn’t that apply to nearly all of the X-Men? Haven’t they all died and come back at some point? It’s kind of a prerequisite for being on the team, isn’t it? Don’t the X-Men always say “We got better”?

Now let’s see, in the X-Men’s history we’ve seen the deaths of Thunderbird, Professor X, Magneto, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Psylocke, Colossus, Warlock, Cypher, Banshee… the list goes on and on. Hell, at one point, the entire team died only to be reborn in the Siege Perilous. Some of the deaths we’ve mentioned were faked and some were honest-to-goodness six feet under deaths, but the bottom line is that if you’re an X-Man, you’re probably going to die. Don’t worry though: you’re probably going to come back too. So you’ve got that going for you.

 

One Will Lead

Since the early days of the team, the X-Men have had two traditional leaders: Professor X and Cyclops. But over the years we’ve seen Storm assume leadership as well as Magneto. And though Scott Summers is currently in charge of the team, we all know that behind every good man is a good woman so it’s not really that far fetched to call Emma Frost something of a co-leader.

Wolverine leads X-Force. Cannonball was upgraded to X-Man status and currently leads the reformed New Mutants. Nightcrawler led Excalibur, Banshee led the X-Corps, Rogue and Gambit have acted as field leader of the X-Men for a time, Forge and Havok have both led X-Factor … it seems that leading the X-Men is another requirement for membership. So if you’re an X-Man and you think you’ve got some bright ideas about the direction of the team: don’t worry, your time will come eventually, maybe even with this crossover! Keep your fingers crossed, Deadpool! There are enough X-Teams that sooner or later everyone will have their own to lead.

 

One Will Sacrifice

Blah, blah, blah… isn’t sacrifice what the X-Men are all about? This is nothing new either. If you’re not willing to sacrifice, you’re not ready to be an X-Man, kiddo.

 

All Will Unite

Magneto, Juggernaut, Banshee, Changeling, Rogue, the White Queen, Danger, Mystique, Sabretooth. Are there any X-Men villains who haven’t served on the team? At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apocalypse joined the team during this event. Hey, isn’t he dead? Maybe he can rise and become the new leader!

 

The Bottom Line

They say that those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it, which tells us that the current creative team on the X-Books have never read an issue in their life. Or at least the guys who come up with the taglines to promote these events haven’t. According to what we’ve been seeing in these advertisements, Second Coming simply revisits the same concepts that have been going on since the first issue of X-Men came out back in 1963. What kind of event is that?

Here’s your chance to sound off, X-Fans… you’ve got a comments section, use it! Marvel is doing a terrible job convincing us that this event is worth buying but we bet that you can do better. Somebody’s gotta be buying these books, right? Tell us why we should be!

 

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Darkknight2280 3/3/2010 4:39:09 AM

Um well people will buy it regardless of this orticle or any other article out there...lol Comic fans are comic fans. I love the xmen :)

dbrock06 3/3/2010 5:38:31 AM

I am so done with the x- crossovers.  I will get the books I normally get, and just leave the rest alone.  I've been burnt too many times in the past. 

heath0920 3/3/2010 5:58:10 AM

I'm just glad that this one doesn't involve X-Factor which is the only "X" book I'm buying right now. David's kicking butt on all cylinders with a team of misfits and throw aways. Don't get me wrong, I like Mike Carey and some of what he was doing with X-Men Legends. But I'm not interested in buying thirteen comics to read a story where I only care about four of the issues. I'll gladly skip a few months and save myself some money. I'm sure they'll exlplain what I missed if I pick up Legends after the "Event."

I agree with Chad - so much of this seems rehashed. We've seen the "Mutant Paradise" idea before. We've seen Mags walking on the side of the angels. We've seen villains seeking redemption through joining the X-Men. None of this is new and my money is too valuable to me to waste on regurgitated plot ideas.

everdreaded 3/3/2010 6:11:38 AM

 Honestly I truly gave up on the X-men when the ressurected Colossus. The story in which he died meant alot to me and it just always seemed too blah how they returned him...afterwards my zest to read diminished drastically, I still keep up ( if you can call keeping up when half those lil x-men I dont have a clue who they are and honestly haven't read anything to make me want to take an interest...c'mon...ARMOR..? Really?) But for the most part heath says the rest..they just regurgitate the same thing as before and dress it up on top as new.

HunterRose 3/3/2010 6:22:30 AM

I'll just stick to the titles I buy and fill in what I miss by reading them for free at the comic book store. I'm slowly starting to weed out Marvel and DC books with all those f#%&ing  events and crossovers. 

Wiseguy 3/3/2010 6:49:50 AM

I can understand people who grew up with comics sometimes demanding more. It's your right but this is exactly why I, for the most part, stay away from these threads. It's always (95% of the time) bittching and complaining.

We know what traditional comics are, repeat, rinse then repeat again. If you're an adult and are still complaining perhaps you should move over to the No Fly Zone and read the more "sophisticated and groundbreaking" stuff where continuity and repitition aren't a problem. Now this is just a suggestion, of course you can keep buying regular comics and bittching all the while about the same old thing while emtying your wallet and driving up your blood pressure

I'm off to the comic shop now to get my full dose of Marvel goodness

Butchman 3/3/2010 6:56:05 AM

Not another "event" ... ahhhhhh

Marvel needs get back to basics. Focus on individual books and somehow put the last 7 or so years behind us.... this doesn't appear to do that.... ugh

cdale78 3/3/2010 6:59:43 AM

I agree with Wiseguy.  I've said before, if you've reached the point where you feel superhero comics are repeating themselves and you don't enjoy them anymore, than you've outgrown them.  Sorry.  Comic books have always repeated themselves, it was the standard operating procedure at the big companies to assume that the readership would turn over every 5 years or so, as kids grew up and new kids discovered comics.  The problem is that modern comics aren't made for kids, they're made for an older reader.  But the problem of serial comics publishing every single month still remains, and it's even worse because instead of 1 X-Men title, you have 4 with several mini-series and solo series every month.  It's impossible not to repeat yourself.

jedibanner 3/3/2010 7:04:55 AM

Good article Chad.

It's true ''old man like us'' are having a hard time reading the X-Men right now because we know how cool and hip they used to be Vs now. Well, I guess I should be honest that I do buy the Uncanny X-men right now since I'm one of the few who likes Fraction and Land on the book.

But...to see that ''another'' event is coming up including the X-Men...meh. It is not a need to call it an event but, I guess it's hard not to in these day and age.

The idea that it appears as if ''no other mutants'' are being borned yet no one is doing anything about it...feels like things aren't making no sense at all.The beast should be calling Reed Richard and Hank Pym and they should all be working on understanding why, how and when to fix this.

What is it, 6 years since House of M and still no actions on that?

Hobbs 3/3/2010 7:29:36 AM

Chad, I stopped buying comics a long time ago but I still like to read your articles as a quick reference to what I've missed the last 10 years or so.  The conclusion I come to is that I haven't missed anything.  It looks like I picked the right time to stop since, as you pointed out, they are basically doing the same things over and over again.  Writers fault or Marvel's fault?  That's the question. 

On another note, did you read the Badger yet? 

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