I was its lone defender. not here, though.
I liked the run. I think it didn't live up to the hype, and was (both commercially and quality-wise) in the Morrison's shadow. Still, it was a nice companion piece to NXM, it tried to push the envelope (especially near the end), and the last couple of issues with the Vanisher are still some of my favorites.
In light of what happened later with UXM, i.e. the Austen years, it was a masterpiece in comparison
I need to find his issues again. I honestly can't remember the run outside of the leather costumes and the straps on Angel's suit so that he could carry passengers.
I know Kevin Nichols through a guy that knows a gal. Small world!
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I enjoyed a good portion of what Casey's run delivered. It had a decent enough of a start with Ian Churchill briefly on art (the costume designs took a little while to adjust to) but really hit it's stride with the X-Corps arc. Makes you wonder what could have been if Casey and even Stacy-X had stuck around longer than they did.
Has Marvel ever given a reason as to why issues #400-409 have never been collected in tpb?
Boring. I thought his run was very meh and so overrated. I didnt see the masterpiece many others did. It also didnt help that it was riddled with bad art. Too bad Churchill couldnt stay on
When it came out, I was so turned off by the Churchill art in Poptopia and his "extreme sports" Chamber, that I dropped the book for awhile. Then when I came back later and got all the back issues, I was sorry that I ever dropped it...
his Chamber was ace! third favorite interpretation of the character after BKV & Lobdell.
It was fantastic. It had Sean Phillip's art. It had Chamber. It gave us Stacy X, one of the most memorable new additions to the X-Men (for me, anyway). It had crazy Mystique and a mini Generation X reunion in one of my favorite X-Men arcs ever. And probably the best written Angel.
It was the most underrated run by a writer in the x-books. It was hurt by being stuck between Morrisson and Claremont's books, both of wich had conflicting "philosophies" (Morrisson very revolutionary and Claremont very classic), so it kind of fell of the radar for many people.
To make matters worse, Casey's worst issues where his first ones, where thinks were a bit slow and he was still finding the right tone for the book and the characters..
His last issues, on the other hand, were fantastic! Casey left when he was realling getting good and I believe that if he had stayed, we would be talking about his run as one of the best in the X-Men.
Even so, it still had his great last story, Stacy-X, the X-Corps and my favorite version of Archangel ever.
I personally really liked Joe Casey's run on Uncanny and think it greatly under-rated. i loved the way he introduced Chamber to the team (I *still* maintain "Poptopia" is under-rated) and I enjoyed Stacy-X when casey wrote her.
I also liked the militant X-Corps (not to be confused with X-Corporation) and the use of Jubilee and banshee (the last time both were well-written IMHO). I also like that Casey kept the team small.
All in all I think his run has an undeserved bad rep and is greatly under-rated.
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@James Hunter- did you happen to read any of Marjorie Liu's handlings of Jubilee from this year? The X-23 one-shot and also Girl Comics #3 are definately worth it if you want to see some good characterization of her.
I don't really get the hate against Churchill.
The worst adjective i could give to it would be "a bit 90's". But it's good 90's!
I can't say I liked Phillip's work much. I don't think his style suits super-heroes.