Geez, that’s a doozy. Listen, honestly, I started reading comics in the spring of 1993. So, those lineups and those titles? That’s how I still to this day view the X-Men. Rictor’s an X-Force character. Beast and Iceman are on different X-Men teams. Havok’s an X-Factor guy. Etc. That jam’s my heart. BUT to not cheat and just say “early 1993, all of that,” I will try to spin this answer out of what’s going on right now in the X-Men books.
This took a long time.
written by Marjorie Liu, art by Joe Quinones
The big, brightly colored super hero book. Mostly based off of my favorite X-Men roster ever (Paul Smith era), with heroes that deserve more time in the spotlight (Sam, Jean-Paul, Angelica). Liu’s run on “Astonishing X-Men” was top notch, and I think she’d kill it doing classic, fun, character driven action stories. Joe Quinones would do some modern day pop Paul Smith brilliance on a book like this.
- Storm (leader)
- Kitty Pryde
written by Greg Rucka, art by Chris Samnee
Street level, proactive action team. Emma’s in charge; let’s see her step out of Cyclops’ shadow and become even more of an A-List character. These are the brawler characters, or the characters that would help in stealth/intense situations. Also, come on, I wanna see Siryn and Dazzler use their powers in tandem! Rucka’s a no-brainer. Samnee doing a shadow X-Men team? Come on, great.
- Emma Frost (leader)
written by G. Willow Wilson, art by Annie Wu
"Ms. Marvel" naaaaaails teenage emotions, y’all. Oh man, Wilson is killing it. Wu’s Kate Bishop story is so emotive and modern and fresh. There needs to be a teen X-Book, because there are SO MANY of those kids. They don’t need to be in a book where Wolverine or any adults are the lead. I want to see my generation of X-Men—the “Generation X” crew—step it up now, so Paige and Jono are in charge. Possible pop-ins from Jubilee too.
- Husk (headmaster)
- Chamber (headmaster)
- Seriously all of the dozens of teenage students, there are so many, so so so many of them. Though, focusing primarily on:
- Young Jean Grey
- Young Beast
written by Al Ewing, art by Greg Capullo
I want an “X-Force” book that is irreverent, loud, action scenes done in an over-the-top manner; tongue in the cheek as the teeth are pulling out a grenade’s pin. Al Ewing’s doing that in “Mighty Avengers.” And yeah, Capullo did my favorite “X-Force” run 20 years ago, but his art has gotten even more impressive. I’d love to see his current style return to these characters, with bright colors! This roster’s pretty self-explanatory, and I like the idea of throwing anarchist Quire onto the wildcard team.
- Dani Moonstar (leader)
- Boom Boom
- Quentin Quire
written by Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman
I just want more “Star Wars: Legacy.” Bechko and Hardman do fun space opera so so so well. And I wanna see the X-Men’s corner of Marvel space explored more!
- Corsair (leader)
- Young Cyclops
- Rachel Grey
written by Peter David, art by Ming Doyle
I am really digging what’s going on now, so…I dunno why I kinda just blew it up? But I like the idea of X-Factor being a business. Maybe this is X-Factor going into business on their own? Iceman’s in charge because dude knows how to balance the books and run a business. Forge is tech support. Karma and Sunspot’s family money is backing it. Cypher is public relations. Reyes is medical support. Warlock and Polaris are, well, there to be awesome. PAD of course as writer, and I imagine this being a sooooap opera, so you know Ming’s gotta draw it.
- Iceman (leader)
- Cecilia Reyes
"What’s your favorite album, or book?" "I really like Metamorphosis, I think it says a lot about the human condition and psyche." "Yeah I love Franz Kafka." "Oh no, I was talking about Hilary Duff’s debut album."
I have this problem, too.
Things I do when I’m bored.