Posted by : Wendy B Tuesday, 1 November 2011
|Of course he's qualified.|
Some of my peers are somewhat disappointed in Wolverine and the X-Men, finding its (successful, according to this review) attempt at MTV audience targeting to be an unfortunate choice that does not appeal to them.
I don't disagree that it was a bit over the top here and there with the sillies (really, Beast?), and it was definitely aimed at a much younger audience, but I believe that's the point, for a few important reasons -- the most important one being:
Thanks to the Starfire controversy and this subsequent blog post, we've had discussions about the need for comics to cater to both adults and a younger audience. Considering, like myself, many of the adults reading comics want the maturity, but, now that we have our own children, we want to share our love with them. I can't exactly offer up Wolverine's guts or Catwoman's angry sex to my daughters. How do we give the younger audience the characters we love, while still allowing the older audience to appreciate the more mature stories?
The way I see it, while Wolverine and the X-Men may not appeal to the grown-ups, it was a conscious marketing effort on Marvel's part to freshen things up and provide a book for a younger audience without alienating its established audience by dumping the other, more maturely themed X-titles. Basically the exact opposite of what DC has done.
2. Let kids be kids
|X-Babies are not relevant. Just cute.|
Since M-Day and the 198 business, the X-titles have put an emphasis on the fact that we finally have some new mutants popping up so it makes sense that some of the books would be about them, specifically - and it's not the first time we've had an institute-centric X-title. As per Logan's point of view, do we want to constantly see these kids as soldiers? Is that what it means to be a mutant?
I haven't read Generation Hope yet and don't know what route and tone that will take, but I like the idea of Wolverine and the X-Men being a book where all these mutant children get to be just that. And the adults teaching there get a break, too.... except when they get attacked by something. Sure The
3. Give Wolverine a break
|"I'm kinda tired of this|
shit. I think I'll
run a school instead."
With this kind of stuff on his resume, Logan certainly does not seem the appropriate person to be teaching kids anything positive, but for me, I see no other X-Man who has ever truly shown any genuine interest in and care for the younger generation (even though he says otherwise). Emma may love teaching, but the Logan that I have always loved is the one that takes care of the