|Karima Shapandar (Omega Sentinel) fighting Pandemic|
|the last page of X-Men Legacy #233...made me giggle|
|The Children of the Vault|
Then there's the matter of feminism. Carey's X-Men have been less male-dominated, unlike the rest of the current titles, save for X-23 and maybe the adjectiveless X-Men at times. This many females haven't been at the forefront of a title since Claremont's pre-90s run. As I listed all the teams, the majority of them are female-centric. And that rocks. Some say that Carey has been misogynistic by beating Rogue to a pulp every arc, but I disagree. Every character does. But Rogue always ends up pulling through and saving the day for everyone. She goes through hardships, and nothing keeps her down for long. It's impressive. It was interesting to see in the Necrosha arc, a team of all women and Magneto after Colossus and Nightcrawler are taken out. The Emplate arc was not only about Rogue trying to save Bling!, but it turned out to be more about Bling! rising above and refusing to be a victim. She never gave in, and it was a mighty powerful moment when she knocked Emplate on her butt after Rogue prevents others from interfering, saying, "No. She needs to do this." A true female empowerment arc. His females continually impress with amazing feats: Loa taking down a sentinel herself, Rogue knocking down a sentinel with a bus and without anyone's powers, and Trance developing her powers in ways previously unseen.
|That Ariel...such a diva!|
And then we got the masterpiece Age of X. A compact, riveting, dark, tense story where we got to see the X-Men's lives warped. Only Blindfold and Professor X knew what was going on. And it was up to Rogue to spark the rebellion to figure out what was going on. Mann's redesigns made the alternate world even better. The fallout has had a great effect on his book post-Age of X, but we may not see any more until he returns. Age of X repercussions have great opportunities for plots and characterizations. The seeds have been sewn for future relationships, transformations, stories, etc.
|The Tempo Cadre from Age of X...Pixie/Nightmare's a sluuuut|
Now writers are taking after Carey in team creation, realizing it can create internal conflict. I look forward to a little shakeup, as I feel most of the books are trite and jaded. Mike Carey and Pater David have given us consistency in characterization, tight scripts, humor, and action all at the same time. Here's to hoping we'll see some one-shots and minis from you soon, Professor Carey!