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Why Was This Not A Story?
Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by

For some reason my store missed out on Wolverine #309 and I got it this week. Reading it I found something that made me ask, why was this not a story?

Wolverine #309 is a one-off story, between the Cullen Bunn arc and the Jeph Loeb/Simone Bianchi return of Sabretooth story. But it was a pretty good one-off. The pacing was a bit off, hard to tell when it took place as at the start it seemed to be taking place currently but then it shifted to the past. Bit odd that, but there was an element that popped up that was excellent and I have to say that Marvel dropped the ball hardcore in not exploring this anywhere.

A one-off that should have been so much more

Mutants lost their powers right, so only 200 or so remain, and we’ve seen some depowered mutants but what happens to those that had other forms and were in those other forms when the “No More Mutants” happened? This story introduced The Dregs. The Dregs are those mutants who were stuck in their other forms, or are dying due to the loss of their abilities. It’s an interesting concept and one that could have made for some great stories.

So why wasn’t that explored back when mutants lost their powers? It’s too late now but it really should have been told.

There are depowered mutants still hanging out with the X-Men (Dani Moonstar, Prodigy and until recently Rictor), but why aren’t the X-Men helped former mutants like the Dregs? These are people that need the X-Men’s help. They are still hated and feared by the humans in the world, they just no longer have the abilities that set them apart, they just look different.

I had never thought about this side of the depowering, I had always assumed that all depowered mutants were like Moonstar and Prodigy, they were in their human forms and just didn’t have powers. But now that this angle has been opened up, it seems kind of hypocritical of Cyclops to hole up on Utopia with just the powered mutants. Not good at all.

This might have been touched on at some point. I was out of comics during House of M, but I don’t remember hearing anything about it or reading any mentions, and it seems like it would be something that got mentioned as these Dregs should have been appearing more often.

Marvel really dropped the ball on this one.

A shame not all angles of this statement were explored

4 Responses
    • I’ve been reading New Warriors from The Initiative period after Marvel’s Civil War. The group was led by a Night Thrasher that was connected to the original Night Thrasher that led the earlier New Warriors. The new New Warriors were almost exclusively de-powered mutants. All of them had been shunned by the X-World when they lost their powers. Apparently the academy is uncomfortable around de-powered mutants.  The X-Family broke down. That uncomfortableness led to a group of non-mutants to take up technology in order to “fake” powers and return to the superhero life.

      That’s not dealing with shape shifters or other non-humanoids stuck as dregs, but it is  cool exploration of familial bonds under stress. Morlocks and Dregs should also touch on the familial themes.

      •  In a way that New Warriors kind of contradicts what Ivan Brandon did the the Dregs.  One of the depowered mutants in New Warriors was Beak (along with Jubilee who apparently mended the fences with the X-Men and was accepted on Utopia until she became a vampire).  Beck was a bird-man and when he was de-powered he reverted to human.

        So it would seem that Marvel never even thought of this angle back then?

        •  Sometimes good ideas are after thoughts. Beak turned human—which answers the extra appendages idea—but didn’t one of his kids stay nearly bird like? I remember a scene where the new new warriors were hanging out having dinner together trying to forge a bond and a bird kid was running around. Granted the rest of the kids were dressed as Iron Man, Bag Man, and other random superheroes playing so maybe the bird faced kid was too.

          So, yeah, it does sound like it contradicts what has happened recently in Wolverine. Some ideas are only discovered after the fact which is how Wolverine wound up with Bone claws.

    • Holy crap. Wolverine is up to issue #309, now? I actually remember reading the Bullpen Bulletins (remember those?) item announcing the first issue’s debut.

      As for this particular story, I always wondered what the “no more mutants” spell meant for mutants whose abilities were tied to having extra appendages (like wings or tails or tentacles or whatever). I mean, would the extra bits just fall off, or would they still be there, but the mutant would lose the “power” to move them, basically turning those extra appendages into big, benign tumors. 

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