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December 22, 2005


Dave Intermittent

I will wait, then, for your inevitable treatise on Milligan's X-Men.




Ah, very good on the recurring image of age/maturity displaced... I thought a lot about Guardian as well this issue, especially how both books wind up having their title characters relegated to the role of observers when the concerns of the big plot take over; at first I thought it was just a storytelling concession (maybe it still is), but perhaps Morrison is trying to emphasize how the situation is bigger than any of these characters, how they all have their contribution to make, but none of them are entirely on top of things as active participants. Helligan implores Alix to look to the big picture at the end of this one... maybe she can't participate in stories like this because her eyes aren't opened enough...

Morrison is Scottish, though.


Zatanna also played the observer for an issue when Misty and Scarface and Neb-u-loh took over. I suppose it could be a structural flaw that so much of the important backstory of Seven Soldiers has little to do with the characters whose books it's revealed in--but on the other hand, so much of the project has revolved around absence that it makes sense that we'd learn that backstory at a remove, from the few survivors of the purges of all the other teams of seven. And the few characters like Helligan who can perceive the whole story can't be allowed to remain in the narrative for long; her death leaves another absent authority. (Frankly, I'm amazed Ed Stargard has lasted this long and I'm not expecting him to outlast the finale.) At any rate, it looks like Alix may be taking center stage once again for the last two issues of her series.

"British" denotes anybody from the UK, regardless of any more local affiliations--which is probably why it's increasingly unpopular, but alas I couldn't think of another geographical adjective that would cover all of the Men from M.

Dave Intermittent

With respect to Morrison's concerns with age and ageing, note as well Luthor's throwaway line in All-Star Superman about his crows feet.


Morrison's always been preoccupied with age and aging, but lately that preoccupation does seem to have shifted from the perspective of the young hipster who doesn't want to get old to the old-timer who realizes they don't have that much time left. The characters in Seven Soldiers who still cling to that desire for eternal youth have either died trying to get it, or they're cursed by it.

We could probably find a place in this schematic for Adam Stephanides' comments about New X-Men being a profoundly middle-aged narrative.

It's rather poignant, watching your idols age in serial installments. It's just a little bit more noticeable in print than it is in the mirror.

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