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Do the X-Men Need Professor X?

March 6, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
X-Men Professor X

I’m Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out 411mania’s Comic Book Review Roundtable, every Thursday! Read up on the best reviews and let us know what you’re reading as well. Click to read the latest Comic Book Review Roundtable! The Amazing Spider-Man #16, Heroes in Crisis #6, and more!

Now, on with the show!

Last week we discussed The Truth About DC’s Walmart Exclusives!. Here’s what some of you had to say:

SCGuy: “I guess I’m in the minority when I say I have seen them in mine and in nearby Walmarts, but I haven’t purchased them. As a reader of the current series, Im not how or if they even fit in with that, but I’m not the biggest fan of the small amount of new content they come with. Im sure the older stories are great, but they are not why I would want to buy. They’re a great price, but since I buy the current series, my comic budget is already filled”

unami218: “”From what I’ve been hearing, and experiencing myself, is the biggest problem is finding the books.”

Fuck yeah!

“Some, like me, have gone to their local stores (or two) and haven’t seen them at all.”

Me too! (just so we’re clear, not saying #MeToo)”

Prez Gar: “I cant judge if the Walmart exclusives have paid off or not, because I haven’t actually seen them. I know they aren’t in with the other books and magazines. (which seems to be shrinking in the Walmarts Ive been in.) And there’s never any mention of where in Walmart they are supposed to be. I did buy the Target exclusive one, since DC specifically mentioned it would be found in the toy department. (And it took a while before they actually had it. I checked three Targets the weekend it was released, and none of them had it. I went back to one about two weeks later, and they had plenty.)”

To read last week’s column go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

“Do the X-Men Need Professor X?”

We’ve covered death in comic books enough to know that it’s never forever on the printed page.

That looks to be the case with X-Men founder Professor X.

Marvel Editor Jordan White took over the Twitter hashtag #XMenMonday and teased everyone with the return the Professor.

If you’re not up-to-date on what’s been going on with Professor X and his status in the Marvel Universe, don’t worry. I had to look it up to make sure I was remembering correctly.

Professor X has been existing as X, a psychically resurrected version of himself inhabiting the body of Fantomex. What happened to Fantomex? He made the selfless decision to remain in the astral plane so Professor Xavier could take his spot.

Got all that?

White was asked when the Professor would properly return, he answered with a teaser image that shows Xavier back in all his glory. White did make it clear that he doesn’t like to spoil things…well, let’s just see what he said:

“Before I answer, I do want to say that a LOT of the questions people submit are, “When are we going to see again?” and I know it’s because you love the characters so much… but just know that those ARE spoiler questions. It’s really difficult–there are TOO MANY X-Men characters. That’s not to say that I am trying to get rid of them, or that there are ones I am deeming not worth of existing, I just mean there are numerically so many that it’s pretty much impossible to keep them all active at all times. How to deal with that is one of the struggles the X-Office has had to reckon with. Do you have them all live together in the mansion and reduce like half the characters to walk-by cameos? Do you have everyone move away and just not appear until there is a story that specifically calls for them? Both of those have been used, and both have their plusses and minuses.”

He went on to say:

“But a lot of times, bringing back a character that has not been in the spotlight is something the writer is using for dramatic effect in the story, so it’s risky for me to just be like, “You’ll see that character here and this one there,” etc. I try to be vague for that reason. Matt and Ed and everyone I am working with won’t necessarily want that info out there.

So, to your specific question, I cannot tell you when or where you will see Professor X again… but of course he will be back. He founded the X-Men, he is incredibly important to their past and their future, and we’ll be exploring his role in both.”

So we’re getting Professor X back but is that a good thing? I haven’t been keeping up on all the X-books but what I do read has been pretty good without him. Professor X was a valuable symbol for many years but the way he was written over time made him more shady, complicating his role over time. I came to think of him more of a hinderance to the X-Men concept than a help. Him being gone was fine to me.

In bring him back, is it necessary? What do you think?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!

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