The Age of X … or If I Was Writing X-Men Related Comics.

Every couple of months, I post team logos on my Twitter and give a stipulation of “Pick 7 members, maximum to be on your team, and at least ONE member has to have been a member of the team before” (and post Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, New Mutants, Generation X, X-Force, etc.) So I thought I would post my choices here, and maybe give some background to some of the story lines I would do.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. Vindicator (Mac)
  2. Snowbird
  3. Shaman
  4. Sasquatch
  5. Witchfire
  6. Marinna
  7. Puck

Normally Aurora and Northstar would be a part of my roster, but I will probably place them elsewhere. In this team above, I would have it be influenced by a lot of magic type villains and mystical things. Witchfire would be struggling with the darkness in her and Shaman would be trying to keep her on the light side of things, feeling guilty for having previously failed his daughter. The addition of Witchfire brings in Belasco into the picture, which I would probably use frequently. Bring him back to what he was and bring back S’ym also, to have that fight with Sasquatch.

  1. Nightcrawler
  2. Captain Britian
  3. Meggan
  4. Shadowcat
  5. Prestige (Rachel Summers)
  6. Cerise
  7. Khaos

Just because Khaos appeared in the 1993 Excalibur Annual and was offered a membership on the team; I’d have him come back around asking for their help getting back to Irth, his home plane. Unlocking some magical things Captain Britain has access to, the team would travel to Irth and make battle and break the barrier, but the world would be vastly different from what Khaos remembers (time and space having moved differently) and he feels like a stranger, and decides to return with Excalibur to Earth, and becomes a part of the team permanently.

  1. Sync
  2. Skin
  3. Husk
  4. Penance
  5. Chamber
  6. Karma
  7. Sunspot

Sunspot doesn’t do too much with the team; he’s actually the financial backer. He discovers that a mutant has been detected, and when he sends the team (with Husk as the leader, taking up lessons from her brother Cannonball), they discover that Sync is still alive; and that his power synced with another mutant (who could heal) that brought him back from death. He has no memories, which is why he’s been off the radar, and eventually gets his memories restored. They later find Skin is also alive, having survived his killing due to his excessive skin, his skin was never actually punctured, but he was believed to have been killed.

  1. Moonstar
  2. Blindfold
  3. Dust
  4. Rockslide
  5. Mamga
  6. X-23
  7. Caliban

Caliban is there to track potential new mutants that are appearing. Moonstar is the leader, who slowly sees the re-emergence of her original mutant powers. Mamga is there to try to rediscover herself and make things right. X-23 joins the team because she’s been through so much and wants to make sure the younger generation of mutants is ready for the war ahead.

  1. Cannonball
  2. Shatterstar
  3. Adam-X
  4. Random
  5. Warpath
  6. Siryn
  7. Ariel

The team would recruit Ariel (from Fallen Angels) to help them track down Lila Cheney who they learn the Shi’ar are holding. This gets Adam’s attention, who has some questions for the Shi’ar so he tags along. Random is hired on as some additional fire power as a mercenary when the team can’t get a hold of Cable. The fight with the Shi’ar leads to the fact that Adam is the son of D’Ken (and Katherine Summers) and the rightful heir to the throne. Adam’s not even sure he wants it, and Gladiator struggles with his vow to the throne (having even served D’Ken) and the idea of a “half breed” sitting on the throne. Now I realize, base on the cast of characters I picked, the book would not sell well, but this is what I’d want to do with it before being shuffled off the book for someone else to revamp my run.

  1. Havok
  2. Polaris
  3. Mutliple Man
  4. Wolfsbane
  5. Guido
  6. Aurora
  7. Dazzler

It’s pretty close to the classic X-Factor team that Peter David pulled together, originally. However, I would place Aurora here; as she’s come to X-Factor to seek help locating a former teammate (and according to continuity, a lover), Wildchild. He’s disappeared, and there’s a mystery behind it, so she’s here for the ride. Dazzler is brought on, because she wants to pick Guido’s brain about Lila Cheney and all of her (interdimensional) success as a musician.

  1. Storm
  2. Pixie
  3. Wolverine
  4. Mimic
  5. Colossus
  6. Bishop
  7. Northstar

This is the hit’em hard version of the X-Men. They’ve got the rougher edge and don’t always see eye to eye with Cyclop’s version of the Uncanny X-Men. They would often compete and bump into each other, fighting villains (X-Men using Pixie to teleport, while Uncanny uses Magik).

  1. Cyclops
  2. Jean Grey
  3. Gambit
  4. Rogue
  5. Jubilee
  6. Psylocke
  7. Magik

This is the classic/popular team; they’re softer edge than the X-Men, trying to make sure everything’s done right, and through Scott’s vision of what Professor Xavier hoped to achieve. The other X-Men believe in the Dream as well, but also know, sometimes you have to not only bend – but break – the rules.


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