The CCF TOP 100 COMIC SAGAS: #2 May 5, 2018 22:22:21 GMT -5
Post by shaxper on May 5, 2018 22:22:21 GMT -5
X-Men (Chris Claremont)
by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, and others
originally published in: Giant-Size X-Men #1, Uncanny X-Men #94-280, X-Men #1-3, Marvel Graphic Novel #5, plus assorted miniseries, annuals and tie-ins. (1975-1991)
Nominated by: shaxper, coke & comics, and rberman (voting for Uncanny X-Men #129-138), hondobrode (voting for Uncanny X-Men # 131–138, and Phoenix: The Untold Story # 1), and Crimebuster (voting for New Mutants Special #1, and X-Men Annual #9)
coke & comics says:
"Yeah, I'll be the jerk who refuses to split up Claremont's X-Men and makes vote-totaling hard. Why can't I just put the Claremont/Byrne run? Or even Dark Phoenix Saga like a normal person. Dark Phoenix Saga even has the word "saga" right in it.
Well, Dark Phoenix Saga isn't the best Claremont/Byrne story. That's Days of Future Past. Claremont's best X-Men story is God Loves Man Kills. And for my money, the series is great whether drawn by Cockrum, Byrne, Romita Jr., Silvestri, Lee or anybody named Smith.
The characters are the thing. And the characters start to grow later. We meet them when Wein and Cockrum introduce them in Giant-Size X-Men, but we get to know them much later. Storm begins to take on a story of her own in the seminal issue 150, when she stands over a sleeping Magneto holding a knife. The spiritual journey she undergoes that leads to her assuming leadership of the Morlocks, getting a new look, helping young Kitty accept the changes she's going through that leads to the loss of her powers, her doomed romance with Forge, her return to Africa to rediscover herself, he defeating Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men, until finally being killed in battle with Nanny and Orphanmaker... that's her story.
Kitty Pryde becomes the heart and soul of the team under Paul Smith, learning, growing, finally succumbing to serious injuries which nearly kill her, until she heals well enough to join Excalibur.
Rogue steals the powers and memories of Ms. Marvel and it tears her apart until she leaves the Brotherhood to join the X-Men. A confused person in need of help. Unable to touch anyone, haunted by the other psyche that shares her mind.
When Rachel gains the power of Phoenix, Wolverine stabs her rather than let her murder a villain.
When Psylocke realizes the Reavers are closing in, she has the X-Men reflect on where they've come and how they've failed. Hiding out in Australia, doing nothing to further the dream that brought them together. They choose to quit being X-Men and enter the Siege Perilous to decide their fates for them.
Magneto goes from villain to sympathetic terrorist seeking to protect his own people. He is tried before the world for his crimes. He attempts to join the X-Men and become a teacher to the New Mutants. When the Fall of the Mutants leaves Doug Ramsey as well as all the X-Men dead, he sees himself as a failure. He finds a new path, turning his floating asteroid base into a mutant sanctuary, and independent nation for mutants. But fear feeds of fear. He can't trust the world governments and they can't trust him. So his dreams end in fire.
It's a complex saga spanning hundreds of issues, but it's a good one."