Blackcyclops wrote: ↑
24 May 2020, 17:15
This transition space between a very big team right after OZT to the return of Colossus, NC and Kitty for #360 is a very odd time.
Like the team went from Joseph, Rogue, Wolvie, Storm, Cannonball, Marrow, Cecilia, and Maggot To just Wolvie, Cecilia, Storm, Marrow and Rogue...now what happened to everybody else? Why did Joseph leave? Where is Cannonball, back with X-Force? And Maggot?
Joseph left together with Sabra in X-Men #73, to find out more about his past and what the real Magneto was up to (Maggott had to revealed to the two of them that Joseph was - in fact - not Magneto)
The others were all sent their respective ways in X-Men #79:
- Cannonball had to take care for his sick mom (a few issues before, he visited X-Force but walked in on Berto and Tabitha), so it was only a few months later that he would join X-Force full time.
- Maggott lacked training so Beast suggested for him to join Generation X. Problem was, those writers didn't want him either, so he was written out after only two issues.
- Cecilia is mentioned in UXM #360 to have opened her own medical practice in Salem Center.
That transistion period is weird, because it's an unplanned, rushed transition period. Clearly the original plan was something else. After that huge build-up for the three new members and some plot points that you mentioned (Cyke's new idea), suddenly with Excalibur ending Marvel saw an opportunity for the anniversary so Editorial Mandate declared the new line-up…. which was the pre Mutant Massacre line-up, as it was arguably the era in which the X-Men became Marvel's top-selling flagship title. Marrow got to stay and be the new rookie character, whether that made sense or not.
IMO this was a very weak move on Marvel's part. They had two X-Men books and enough characters to fill them both, and yet they settled for bi-Weekly book with a fixed 7-8 people roster (Gambit soon returns) of the same old. Business-wise, it may have been the "secure" choice, but creatively this was character regression: Nightcrawler's leadership role taken from him, but never adressed. Kitty was a founder of Excalibur and grew to womanhood there, but again has to plays third fiddle to Storm and Rogue, Cannonball was finally in a position to move on to veteran X-Man able to win anargument with Storm and Logan, of all people, and he would have had to deal with Marrow's crush... and why would Marrow even stay with this group, considering how antagonistic Logan and Storm had been towards her only a few issues ago. The O5 too were sort of left hanging, and Psylocke with them.