I hate it when people put me in a position where I’m defending Jason Aaron’s X-Men work.
So one of the complaints I’ve seen about the Amazing X-Men debut issue is that Northstar was out-of-character because he was too laid back. And I must say, this baffles me.
The above features the vast majority of Northstar’s AXM #1 appearances; I’ve left out one line and a couple of background panels, none of which have any weight. While there’s not much there, what’s present is anything but OOC: Northstar’s snarky and demanding, he’s the first to scout out a situation, and he gives the newbie a no-care flyby. This is not laid back, it’s just not the alternating toothlessness and relentless obnoxiousness we got in the last half of Liu’s Astonishing X-Men run. Sure, you can nitpick the lack of distinct voice, but still, outside of that otherwise dreadful last Alpha Flight mini, this is the closest Northstar has come to being in line with his classic take in a good long while. And any shift away from both Fraction’s wallpaper amnesiac and Liu’s one-note take is a welcome move around these parts.
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- paper-kraken said: A comic with Northstar actually portrayed as his classic self? I may have to buy this.
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