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Changing Format, again and again and again and again
on May 17, 2001
No one should be patting the backs of the creators on this one. If an X-men fan tried to keep up with the number changes to the X-men's format (with no explination) blood would start shooting out their nose. The comics had stay on a linary path for a reason, you can't just up and change things all around. Now I understand some changes have to made to bring the X-men team up to speed in the animated world. You have a whole new audience (mainly young boys) that have to adapt. Same goes for bringing the team to the Big Screen. This new team of X-men (and I say NEW because they only have things in common with the original team, names and powers only). This team takes off of two sources for their character structure. One the comic books: taking all the essitials of the real story and picking out only small aspects of the it: The names, the powers, and the set up (band of mutants that fight evil under Proffesor X). The other is the movie (and this is big influence). Proffessor X now has Patrick Stuarts english accent. Wolverine is no longer 5'2, but stands 6'2. Sabertooth is straight from the movie (duds and all). Then some genius (sacastically) went and put some wierd twist on the show making them attend public high school. Which so happens to have every mutant in the original comics attend this one school. I sit there and watch them butcher the origins and trates of the original X-men time and time again. The 90's animated X-men made their changes also, but they are nothing compared to what these guys did to the X-men team. I know times are changing and it's time to revamp the teams. But if the orginal team is lacking the appeal of modern day youth, then it's time bary the team and create all new X-men. Keep the dream alive, but with the modern day team.... It's like Shakespeare, you wouldn't keep messing with his format of plays time and time again and still call it a Shakespearian play. And as for the animation, stop trying to copy Batman and Superman animated cartoons. It won't work. I like the look of the 90's X-men cartoon.... Japanimation should the basic format for all action cartoons, they know how it's done. All and all, kids: have your fun with this revamped team, but don't expect to get in any conversations about with the comic X-men fans. Hopefully this cartoon will fade out soon and be forgotten. Then again, I could be bitter because I don't pencil for Marvel and only for a small company known as Wildstorm Comics. hee hee.