As part of MahMuseComics’ Pitch Week X, my goal is to come up with a winning pitch for the X-Men! So here’s mine:
In his all-too-brief run on adjectiveless X-Men, Brian Wood brought two major-league X-villains into the game – Selene and Madelyne Pryor. I want to see them take advantage of this new status quo, in which the X-Men’s ranks have been brutally thinned. They gather together a group of powerful allies, an all-new Sisterhood – and their first recruit is Emma Frost.
The reason? Emma reasons that the X-Men are out of their depth, and her goal – as ever – is to safeguard the next generation. So as Madelyne and Selene launch an attack upon the X-mansion, ably assisted by the mystic Satana, Emma tries to play her own game and get young mutants out of the Jean Grey School. It all goes horribly wrong, of course, but the young mutants – under the leadership of Jubilee – wind up being the heroes of the hour. During this little crisis, Satana uses magic to reverse Jubilee’s vampirism, believing that she’s leaving her powerless, but unwittingly unlocks her mutant powers once again.
By the end of it all, Emma and Jubilee argue with the X-Men that these kids need to be taken out of the Jean Grey School – it’s clearly a massive target, and the X-Men no longer have the power to protect them. So the two unlikely co-leaders take a band of teenage mutants globe-trotting to unlock their power, unaware that Madelyne and Selene are seeking revenge on Emma…
So here’s my cast – the young mutants assembled under Emma Frost! And while we’re at it – here’s some EXCLUSIVE artwork from Benjy Borndahl featuring the team:
I want to move Jubilee into a team-leader position, a natural progression of where Brian Wood was positioning her. To me, Jubilee’s one of the most underrated characters, and restoring her powers should give her the opportunity to really grow. This time round, I want Jubilee to take a fierce thrill in developing her abilities; before, she was scared of them, and so didn’t move on from firecrackers, but this time I want her to revel in them.
I’d want to see this character given a lot more air-time, as she learns some basic magic and continues to grow as a character. Teaming her up with Velocidad, her ex, should provide some angst!
With his speed-power still accelerating his ageing; Velocidad is seeking a ‘cure’ for mutation, increasingly seeing his powers as a curse. I want Velocidad to come to a point where he almost betrays the team; after all, if Satana can restore Jubilee’s powers, perhaps she can remove his?
Adding a multicultural element, plus giving the team an excuse to head to India, where there’s since been a throwaway character with very similar powers to him – hinting that he might not be a mutant at all, but may actually be tied to the Indian pantheon (hey, Marvel have a Norse and Greek one, so why not?)
A one-note character introduced by Jason Latour, I’d want to see her develop. She’s currently little more than a blank slate, which means I’d have a lot to explore, making her ‘my own’. I see Nature as following the archetype of Storm, the mutant-who’s-almost-a-god, and I’d push her into a place where she vented Nature’s Fury!
I’d really want to get inside his head, as he continues to deal with his disability. One of the major threads behind this comic is how mutant powers tie to identity; so Jubilee’s identity is restored, Velocidad seeks to lose his powers, and Indra and Nature both have untapped aspects of their powers that radically reshape their identity. Hellion’s hands are dependent upon his powers, and – as his identity was already bound up in those powers – that’s not necessarily healthy. I’d plan a cruel twist of fate down the path, where instead of Velocidad losing his powers, it’s Hellion who does so, and has to cope without them – which, for Hellion, means far more.
First Arc Summary
I’d want the team to swiftly get caught up with Hope Summers, when they learn that the post-Phoenix Force mutants all have a mysterious tie to the Mutant Messiah – just as she can manipulate the Five Lights, so she has an element of control over all post-AvX mutants. When Selene and Madelyne learn this, they seek her power for their own…
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