Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
In the swelling tide preceding Batman Incorporated #8, the promised death of the current Robin and the impending finale of Grant Morrison’s six-year opus, something jumped out at me about the writer’s previous work for hire: He has a propensity to kill the characters he introduces into the universes of Marvel and DC Comics before he leaves.
Think back to his first major mainstream superhero book, JLA. In it, Morrison and Howard Porter revived the team in a back-to-basics approach featuring the seven most popular and iconic members. But during that time Morrison also created (with Mark Millar and N. Steven Harris) the Mesoamerican hero Aztek. Launched in his own series — whose first issue teased his impending death — Aztek later joined Morrison’s JLA and was killed in JLA #41, the writer’s final issue.
Grant Morrison’s final arc of New X-Men was the futuristic “Here Comes Tomorrow,” but after his last issue much of what the writer had done in his three years on the title was shuffled out, leaving readers wondering where had “tomorrow” gone?
Truth be told, Morrison introduced a number of outside-the-box ideas during his 40-plus issues on New X-Men, and it would’ve been difficult for any publisher to juggle them all. Some concepts, such as Emma Frost joining the primary X-team and Jean Grey being written out of the picture, have proven permanent. But others, such as the X-Corps and characters like Xorn and Beak, have largely been written out of existence.
In recent months some characters, like Quentin Quire and Fantomex, have been dusted off for use in X-Men: Schism and Uncanny X-Force, but by and large Marvel has had difficulty coming to terms with Morrison’s additions to the X-Men franchise. Here’s a quick list of some Morrison-era New X-Men morsels that could (and should) be brought back to the fore come X-Men: Regenesis.