March 5, 2007 at 4:59 pm (Comic Books)

Claremont Smiling Like A Twit

Okay, so the X-Men comic books are certainly some of the most famous in the whole damn world, and the X-Men as we know them were reinvisioned by a man named Chris Claremont. Now without a doubt, Claremont is an important person in the history of comic books, and without him, superhero comics would still be as silly and ridiculous as they were in the “Silver Age” Claremont wrote Uncanny X-Men, a huge title at its time, for 16 consecutive years. In that time, he wrote numerous story arcs with are both legendary and household knowledge (Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past to name a few) and made his mark as a comicbook legend, hands down.

But regrettably, Claremont did what many musicians do: instead of exploding ina blaze of glory while at their peak, they simmer down into a predictable and ignorable shadow of them former selves. Much like no one gives 2 shit about when Robert Plant releases a new album, Claremont has been on and off of X-Men titles for decades now, still using his same played out style over and over again.

What’s worse is this. One of the most imaginative and eccentric writers in comics today, a Scot named Grant Morrison, wrote a modernizing 4 year run on the X-Men that made what had become a cycle of cookie-cutter storylines into a believable and stylized book anyone could enjoy. Morrison's New X-Men via the pencils of Frank Quitely
In those 4 years, Morrison killed the X-Men’s main villain Magneto, turned Beast into a bear-like form, caused leader Cyclops to have an affair, murdered Jean Grey and killed 16 million mutants in a massive genocidal attack. He put the X-Men in practical black leather outfits padded with kevlar, and used artists who would take away the fantastic and flashy look of superheros, replacing it with heros with imperfections you can relate to. It was amazing and probably the best super-hero run i’d every read. Then once Morrison was done, Claremont took no time to start fucking it up.

He brought back everything Morrison worked hard to replace. The costumed, the boring dialogue and even Magneto, to which marvel has never fully explained. Claremont now writes many X-Men books, and is holding the industry back to an age where comics are self-contained, silly anecdotes where everything turns around in the end.

In summation, please leave comics, Chris Claremont. You’re influence is appreciated, but leave it to the kids to make things interesting. Thanks for the Wolverine mini-series with Frank Miller, and all the other great stuff, but no more please! Know your role!



  1. Miriam Anzovin said,

    First of all, I have to disagree with your evaluation of Grant Morrison. In addition to being one of the most imaginative and creative and eccentric comics authors, he is also sometimes SO eccentric as to be unreadable without hazarding a migrane. You know what I am talking about.
    Second, while Frank Q. is a fabulous penciller, do you ever notice how his figures (especially on that cover!) seem to have their legs end somewhere around the area of their solar plexus? And check out those pencil necks! Just a thought.

  2. Hillary Kimmel said,

    I think that we should all have practical black leather outfits, the kevlar is a nice touch, too.

  3. Justin Whitkin said,

    Robert Plant was definitely a wrong example for comparison purposes – i won’t go into detail, but just do a little research. i wish i could say more and not have this comment solely be about that specific point, but it is, oh well.

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