The GeeksverseX-People Needed Their Own Title | MC2

X-People Needed Their Own Title | MC2
Published on Monday, June 17, 2013 by

While I have many books in the back issue bins only a handful make annual visits and revisits on the reading list. Tom DeFalco’s MC2 world and its flagship title Spider-Girl make that cut. Most of the titles in the MC2 were shortlived, but one that was oddly missing was an X-People title.

MC2 Background

MC2 was a brilliant addition to the Marvel comics lineup. Sure, it carved out its own parallel existence somewhere along the way, but the premise was simple: what if Marvel comics let the clock run instead of rebooting gratuitously. In this version of the world most of the familiar heroes are gone, retired, dead, or missing in action. A new generation of angst and teen heroes has taken their place but are still finding their way.

Spider-Girl

Spider-Girl carried the world. The title held the entire world together with frequent guest stars from nearly every other hero and character. Tom DeFalco wrote Spider-Girl himself and it was the best title in the lineup. I’ve ranted and raved about Spider-Girl before. One issue stories, subplots that stretched into arcs for the curious reader, angst, and action were a nice combination. The main character, daughter of the original Spider hero, was a nice take on a new high school hero finding her way.

The Rest

The other titles were short lived. Even the titles with potential just didn’t make an impact. While Spider-Girl struggled to find sales for 100 issues the other titles just couldn’t sustain.

Three MC2 titles were launched in October 1998 as twelve issue maxiseries:

  • Spider-Girl, starring the daughter of Spider-Man.
  • A-Next, featuring a new team of Avengers who come together after the original Avengers disbanded.
  • J2, starring the Juggernaut’s son, a heroic teenager.

A-Next and J2 ended after twelve issues and were replaced by:

  • Fantastic Five, featuring the expanded Fantastic Four.
  • Wild Thing, starring Wolverine and Elektra’s daughter. This title was written by legendary Larry Hama, but this title reads more like Kitty Pryde Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. than G.I. Joe: Special Missions.

The Missing Title: X-People!

This world rested on the young shoulders of Spider-Girl, a character exploring the high school-hero dilemma freshly but with sensitivity. The world faltered on the shoulders of less convincing high schoolers like J2, Buzz, and Wild Thing that just didn’t feel like real people in real, comicbook appropriate situations.

A-Next and Fantastic Five were both team books featuring somewhat familiar lineups.

The missing team book was an X-People title.

The X-People were formed by Jubilee, who was a former member of the X-Men, Generation X and the Avengers. More importantly Jubilee was a former teen hero that aged into MC2 as a veteran and leader. Similarly Speedball and Nova from the New Warriors became pillars in the MC2 hero community.

Due to the decrease in anti-mutant sentiment because of the X-Men’s role in saving the world, the experienced Jubilee decided to start a new version of the X-Men. Like all MC2 groups and heroes these new generation heroes had their own variation on the historic name. Jubilee’s group was the X-People. Some of her first students were not very dedicated such as the speedster Bluestreak, who left due to the lack of publicity and ran into the Avengers. However, Jubilee found four exceptional heroes,the high flying Angry Eagle, the ape-like Simian, the stretchable Spanner, and the superfast Torque to form her core team.

Like her mentor, Charles Xavier, Jubilee sought out mutants in trouble as well, such as Nancy Lu, a mutant who was being harassed by anti-mutant vandals. The X-People continue to carry out the heroic ideals set by the X-Men. Lu became more interesting because of how she walked away from the team and back to the “normal” life in the Spider-Girl title. Lu played basket ball with Spider-Girl’s alter ego.

The X-People floated on the peripheral edge of the Spider world but never had their own title. Given the popularity of X titles it is surprising that the powers that be at Marvel didn’t try an X-People title as part of the lineup. Jubilee as a staple character to children turned adults in the late 90s early oos might have responded well to Jubilee acting like Night Thrasher.

Instead, the X-People were constantly in the background of all of the series. Taking a back seat in Wild Thing is odd since the daughter of Wolverine was traveling around with her father and former X-everything.

Sadly, the MC2 world was short lived. It was a great piece of story telling at its best and a nice try at its worst. Like the longer running Marvel 2099 alternate world of the early 90s, MC2 is gone but not forgotten.

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