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Etrangere ([personal profile] salinea) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-03-13 01:37 am

Uncanny X-Men's metaphorical slash subtext

So the recent UXM was interesting, but more importantly, it had this... parallel thingy that provides fodder for slashing. Really, it does. Kieron Gillen said it does:

Pretentious (and inaccurately) I think of the issue as the leitmotif for my whole run. In the small story, you can see the whole picture. It's certainly the tightest example of how I'm using the villains in my post-relaunch issues. As in, I'm exploring them as a compare and contrast with the current situation of mutantkind, and as dark possible futures. This is the first time I've explicitly mentioned this, but every primary antagonist they meet is the last member of another species. The Phalanx is driven mad by the loneliness. The Savage and the Immortal Man are dual custodians of a people's past, fighting over what really matters. Sinister is a new species of one person — which of course simultaneously also makes him the last. And as readers of S.W.O.R.D. will know, UNIT is a very friendly ends-justify-the-means final-artifact-of-a-long-dead-people, with an ethical calculus that justifies infinite genocides to achieve their aim. When I'm writing about the villains, I'm really using it to explore the question of mutantkind and their current position as a species on the cusp of annihilation, and where that can drive you.

They're also useful for fights. Big ol' fights. Honestly, there's punching. It's not just metaphors. There's often metaphors you can punch, which are the best kind of metaphors.
Source is a Newsarama interview

They are also metaphors that you can slash, which are the very best kind of metaphors!

So we have this capsule, accelerated time aged world from which the Savage and the Immortal Man are the dual custodians of a people's past. Let the Savage explains their story:

Okay, so one's a benevolent if very condescending guy, and his old friend, even more arrogant, is not so kind - even irrationally so. I think the parallel is clear enough. What does the Immortal Man has to say for himself?

... wait, "unwife"?

Yeaaaah, the parallel haven't gotten any less obvious, but this "unwife" business, is it really as shippy as it sounds?

Yes, yes, it is.

[personal profile] darkknightjrk 2012-03-13 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, oh, okay, I thought you meant slashing between the Immortal Man and Savage--or "Good Apex and Bad Apex."

I don't know if it's my pairing bias' showing, but the bit about the two never deciding on who would be the wife reminded me more of Batman/Catwoman. XD
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[personal profile] brooms 2012-03-13 04:49 am (UTC)(link)
i'm starting to think kieron gillen could have written 10 entire pages of these "old friends" who are "dual custodians of a people's past, fighting over what really matters" playing the apex' version of chess, complete with magneto interjecting that these folks' relationship is reminding him of SOMETHING... and the penny still wouldn't have dropped for a lot of readers.
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[personal profile] blackruzsa 2012-03-13 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
The subtext needs its hammer time :)