I find myself leaning more toward RC's feeling than Six's on this one... Sorry--
How DARE you! I -- oh, wait, this is the part of the internet where disagreements are cool. No worries!
I'm actually shocked that so many people seem to love this all. Its not BAD per se... but have always thought Hickman was a better designer and big picture guy than a writer. I think everyone's voice sounds the same and the dialog could be interchangeable. And all of it is way too flowery.
Can't argue with any of this on principle. I'm assuming sooner or later either I'll get bored or Hickman will grow lazy, and I'll walk away. For now, I love the idea of busting up the X-books' premise to such a radical degree that I'm still awed that Marvel editorial allowed it. Eventually my euphoria will wear off and we'll see.
I enjoy Scott being less of a dick. I dislike Charles being more of one. Storm feels completely mis-voiced. Definitely not a fan of Teen Cable.
All agreed, though I can live with Xavier being drastically changed by knowing what Moira knows. For now.
Never been a Cable fan in general apart from Nicieza's Cable & Deadpool and in Deadpool 2, which basically adapted same. Teen Cable is...not an improvement. At first I thought he was X-Man. Identifying these more recent characters (Prestige? wha?) has been aggravating.
Sabertooth takes the fall for being a killer, but Mystique and Magneto get a pass?
But have the latter two killed lately? I presume their "no killing humans" rule has an underlying "from NOW ON" codicil.
I like the Mutant state of Krakoa-- though it feels reminiscent of Genosha/Necrosha and the San Francisco bay era. And maybe this is weird to say... but I don't love the organicness. I always liked the X-Men as a hard scifi book and that they had fun tech. I don't love all-organic everything.
I've been away from the books long enough, and missed out on whatever "Necrosha" was, so the setting isn't bugging me. Too overwhelmed by "Dude, they let Krakoa lived AND teamed up with it? Whoa."
The big thing though, is that the X-Men are ALL now functionally able to cheat death. Part of me thinks this is a fun meta way to acknowledge that nobody in comics stays dead. Hickman has just straight up made it a device. On the other hand, it's full of plotholes, and I don't think any narrative should give its heroes access to a God machine. Wolverine was reborn after the space station attack... reborn with adamantium. How's that work?
I hadn't thought about the adamantium skeleton bit, so now that's bugging me. But my thought is, if every new regime of X-writers and X-editors are constantly resurrecting all their favorite dead toys anyway, why not just bake that into the mix? It means they can stop wasting time on contriving increasingly more ludicrous resurrection procedures, and -- my favorite part -- it means the writers can't just resort to killing off characters for "drama". Now they've painted themselves into a corner from which they can ONLY emerge by coming up with super awesome plots using anything BUT Shocking Character Deaths. If they can rise to that challenge, this might just be a cool ride. If they don't...then the next writing team will just nuke Krakoa, or destroy Sinister's DNA collection, or otherwise take The Five off the table so X-Men can go back to dying all the time. Hopefully they rise to the self-imposed challenge instead.
Excaliber-- I know it was a core aspect of the original book, but I dislike alt worlds. Also so burnt out on King Arthur stuff, so I pass.
Understandable. I never cared much for Claremont's Excalibur, but so far this reminds me more of Paul Cornell's Captain Britain & MI-13, which I loved.
Marauders-- I actually liked this one the best. Kitty Pryde is probably my favorite X-Men ever, so any time she takes center stage I like it. Her and Emma always have good interactions despite whomever is writing it. I get it is a pirate theme, but tooling around the world in a boat seems really inefficient for the X-Men. Especially when Kitty knows how to fly an X-Jet. One thing I did NOT like-- Kitty getting tattooed. I say this as an atheist who sleeve tattoos, but Kitty's Jewish heritage means more to her than to get freaking knuckle tattoos.
Good point. Very, very few writers since Claremont have bothered to get Kitty's faith/heritage right, or even pay it minimum lip service. I've thought she was awesome ever since UXM #143, her classic solo fight with the N'Garai. I was 8 and hadn't seen Alien yet. That issue was TERRIFYING. But still: Ororo being all like "Yes, ma'am!" to her threw me right out of what had sounded kinda cool up to that point.
Also, I do try to stick to a weekly comics budget. Asking me to take on SIX new books at once was too big an ask. I had to find ways to be picky. I mean, it helped that over the past few months Marvel has canceled nearly all their solo books I'd been collecting, but still.