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November 05 2008

(SPOILER) Giles an X-Man? Matt Fraction wishes!

Interesting interview with Matt Fraction concerning the next few months of Uncanny X-Men and the X-Universe in general. The Giles reference concerns plans he has for Beast, following on from the Endangered Species mini-event.

For those wanting to avoid X-spoilers, Matt talks about using one of the characters that Joss created in an upcoming storyline:

Fraction - "One character is Joss Whedon's. That's right-- Giles is now an X-Man. Okay not really. I wish."

Presumably Agent Brand... That means that now all the new hero X-Men characters Whedon created have now made it out of Astonishing X-Men (Blindfold was in the first arc of Young X-Men, Armor appeared in the background to a recent Uncanny (possibly 500? clearing up Sentinel Mess) and Brand is appearing in this one. Wing isn't, but then he's dead. So whatever.)

[ edited by Sparticus on 2008-11-05 18:15 ]
Brand has already showed up in Secret Invasion, if that counts.

Loves me some X-books.

EDIT: I bet the Canadian on the team will be Sasquatch.

[ edited by Nolan on 2008-11-05 19:45 ]
Can we please get Joss to fix Ultimate X-Men? Let's make BKV challenge him by saying Joss wouldn't do better than he did on Ultimate X-Men, he would totally fall for that.
Ohhhh, Fraction! (I love this guy).

I heard some speculation that the Joss-created character he's referring to here might actually be Kavita Rao. Since it's mentioned in the context of Beast's fringe science, and since she showed up in the Endangered Species mini, I think that's a good bet.
Can we please get Joss to fix Ultimate X-Men?


It hasn't been good since Millar left.
It hasn't been good since Millar left.

You didn't like Brian K. Vaughan's run?
Truthfully, I've never liked Ultimate X-Men. Never really saw the need for the Ultimate Universe, outside of the obvious marketing plan of getting younger readers into Marvel characters without the need for them to understand decades of backstory. For longtime readers like myself, who were already well invested in the established Marvel Universe, it seemed like a waste of time and money to get into what was essentially a rewrite of what had gone before. A rewrite that was in no way as good as the original version.

That said, Ultimate Spider-Man was a good read, now and again.

You didn't like Brian K. Vaughan's run?


I'm hard pressed to remember what Vaughan's run actually consisted of. Same for Kirkman. Millar's take felt fresh and memorable.
Truthfully, I've never liked Ultimate X-Men. Never really saw the need for the Ultimate Universe, outside of the obvious marketing plan of getting younger readers into Marvel characters without the need for them to understand decades of backstory. For longtime readers like myself, who were already well invested in the established Marvel Universe, it seemed like a waste of time and money to get into what was essentially a rewrite of what had gone before. A rewrite that was in no way as good as the original version.
That said, Ultimate Spider-Man was a good read, now and again.


Ultimate X-Men started out really great, I remember a panel where Xavier hugs Magneto that was very touching, but I wasn't established in the Marvel Universe so for me the Ultimate verse was the best place to start. Also Ultimates 1 & 2 are some of the best comics I've ever read and since I started reading comics I've read a lot. Also I love most of Ult. Spidey

I'm hard pressed to remember what Vaughan's run actually consisted of. Same for Kirkman. Millar's take felt fresh and memorable.

I agree that Millar's run was really good, but BKV's run was pretty good too, in BKV's run Longshot was introduced, I believe. Also the whole escape from prison plot involving Magneto, Mystique, Mastermind and Polaris. Kirkman's run was terrible imo, that's where the series really started getting bad. I especially hate what he did to Nightcrawler.
Ultimate was great, but is now as bloated (well, almost) as Earth-616. They should just restart the ultimate universe every five years. Or something. Interesting call with Kavita Rao, though not sure she was enough of a character to make it? Also, can't see Beast forming a science team without Brand seeing as they're dating (xenophilic experimentation partner) or whatever. But the Kavita is more mutant biology.
Also, someone mentioned an idea once of Whedon writing Spiderman with Chris Bachal drawing. That'd make me happy. Not as happy as Whedon writing X-Men with Chris Bachalo, that'd be awesome.
Presumably Agent Brand... That means that now all the new hero X-Men characters Whedon created have now made it out of Astonishing X-Men (Blindfold was in the first arc of Young X-Men, Armor appeared in the background to a recent Uncanny (possibly 500? clearing up Sentinel Mess) and Brand is appearing in this one. Wing isn't, but then he's dead. So whatever.)


Armor was also in Runaways as the future leader of the X-men.

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