"The 'Planet X' story was partially intended as a comment on the exhausted, circular nature of the X-Men's ever-popular battle with Magneto and by extension, the equally cyclical nature of superhero franchise re-inventions. I ended the book exactly where I came on board, with Logan killing Magneto AGAIN, as he had done at the end of Scott Lobdell's run. Evil never dies in comic book universes. It just keeps coming back. Imagine Hitler back for the hundredth time to menace mankind. So, in the way that something like 'Marvel Boy' had that insistent 'teenage hard on' engine driving its rhythms, 'Planet X' is steeped in an exhausted, world-weary, 'middle-aged' ennui that spoke directly of both my own and Magneto's frustrations, disillusionment and disconnection, as well as the endless everything-is-not-enough frustrations of a certain segment of comics aging readership. In hindsight, I think I overdid the world weary a little but, you know, my loved ones were dying all around me while I was working on those issues, so I'm entitled to a little stumble into miseryland. Fantomex's line [he accused Magneto of speaking in cliches] summed up my own cynicism at that moment, definitely and seems justified by subsequent plot developments. In my opinion, there really shouldn't have been an actual Xorn - he had to be fake, that was the cruel point of him - and it should have been the genuine Magneto, frayed to the bare, stupid nerve and schizoid-conflicted as he was in Planet X, not just some impostor. There's loads of good stuff in Planet X - it's just that miasma of bleakness and futility which hovers over the whole thing.
What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto, unlike the lovely Sir Ian McKellen, is a mad old terrorist twat. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he's just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear at this time."
- Grant Morrison
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"Magneto’s an old terrorist bastard. I got into trouble—the X-Men fans hated me because I made him into a stupid old drug-addicted idiot. He had started out as this sneering, grim terrorist character, so I thought, Well, that’s who he really is. [Writer] Chris Claremont had done a lot of good work over the years to redeem the character: He made him a survivor of the death camps and this noble antihero. And I went in and shat on all of it. It was right after 9/11, and I said there’s nothing f*****g noble about this at all."
- Grant Morrison
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The thing about these two is that they have this great brother-sister vibe. They watch out for each other, they joke, they fight, they lean on each other when their friends are dying (listen, it's tough to be an X-Kid, what can I say), etc., and there's no romantic undertone. When Hellion hangs out with Mercurt, he's actually a nice guy. It halfway makes me want to ship the two of them.
The truth is that the connection between all of the Hellions (Mercury, Hellion, Tag, Rockslide, Dust and Wither--and X-23, even though she was never officially a Hellion) have with each other is something special. (Which is funny because it seemed like at the beginning of New X-Men that the guys we were supposed to identify with were the New Mutants, and the Hellions were supposed to be antagonists.)
Anyway, here are a few moments that showcase their friendship:
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"Morrison hates shades of gray. It's really that simple. You're either a hero or a villain in his book. And his villains tend to be either pure evil, pathetic manchilds/people that can't man up and deal with shit, or all of the above. There's very little room in his work for sympathetic bad guys or antagonists that actually kinda have a point."
Can anyone think of any "sympathetic bad guys or antagonists that actually kinda have a point" that Morrison has done?
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When we last left off, Sooraya and Cessily were fighting Belasco like the fierce ladies they are. Illyana was excising Megan's soul, and Noriko, Julian, and O*N*E are trying to figure out a way to save everyone from Limbo. (Also, mods, I have more than seven pages from each of two issues here, but they each had thirty pages of content including Endangered Species, where Beast is running around doing SCIENCE! to save the mutant population. I can try to cut it back down if that does not count.)
They find Amanda Sefton, who was in a coma and on the verge of death. Noriko shocks her back. Amanda says that "Belasco is coming for the children," and that they need to find Nightcrawler, who has the Soulsword. But he's in SPACE. "They're dead, then. The X-Men...the students...they're all dead."
"Shut up and get dressed. You're taking us to Limbo."
( Now. )
queenanthai asked to see the original Quest for Magik storyline. These scans are massive, so watch out for that. They will mess with your screen. The art in the prelude (first seven scans here) are crazy pretty, and I like that the students look and feel like teenage youth throughout this arc. (Some artists end up making them look like young adults or children.)
Some background: This arc comes after one where Cessily (Mercury) was kidnapped so that parts of her may be cut away to provide a skin for Predator X. Laura (X-23) and Julian (Hellion) went off on their own to save Cessily. Meanwhile, Noriko (Surge) was squad leader.
I own a deviantart page but i have yet to post anything on it because iam really paranoid about the whole proprietary issue. from what i read, in exchange for displaying your art they have the right to use it anywhere they want to with out giving you a royalty, and without crediting you? (i might be wrong about the credit part)
so yeah... could someone who has a deviantart page let me know what the deal is with it?
and for legality.... Here is this scan from New X-Men 125 (Morrison's Run)
( this was so random.... From New X-Men 125 Morrison's run )