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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-11-19 12:59:33
State of Marvel
In the wake of the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover, there's a new Marvel comic called "Uncanny Avengers", a sort of hybrid Avengers/X-Men super team-up book. Marvel's been heading in this direction for a couple years now, smooshing together their biggest properties. Spidey's in all of his own books, BOTH Avengers teams, AND the Fantastic Four. I'm surprised they haven't retconned him with the mutant gene and thus eligible for the X books. We'll eventually just have a single comic book called MARVEL that's published thirty times a month.
The narrative reason for this new book is Cyclops' accusation that Captain America has neglected the mutant community and mutant tribulations. Of course, being the bleeding heart guilt-ridden liberal he is (at least, when he's not jingoistically super-soldier smashing all of America's foes), Cap builds a new Avengers team prominently featuring mutants, even though the Avengers have had sported numerous prominent mutants throughout its history.
It's funny how times change. When I was first able to go big into comic books, the Avengers were a joke. They're the biggest media franchise PERIOD right now, but I used to get mocked (and rightly so) for buying Avengers comics. The early '90s were ALL about the X-Men.
I imagine most fans don't remember the '90s Avengers vs. X-Men. It expressly involved Cap trying to step in and calm down a mutant shitstorm. Back then, Cyclops was all, "This is mutant business, step off Avengers," to the point of throwing down. Now he's, "Waaah, Cap neglected us even though it was me that screwed everything up!"
I'm a little disappointed Wolverine didn't gut him.