Still, as the team's co-creator, along with Jack Kirby, he warrants recognition and a degree of reverence on any list of the great X-Men writers.
Totally agree in regards to hoping KG gets a chance to return to the X-books in the not so distant future...
And Stan and Jack in less than 20 issues introduced the O5, Xavier, Magneto, Juggernaut, Sentinels, the Brotherhood, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Mastermind, mutantkind itself as a different group than humans, and the X-men as hated and feared by the people they are sworn to protect (although not to the extent it was developed in Claremont's run), and that's just from the top of my head. Without all those characters and concepts, there would be no X-books today.
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Outside of Cyclops/Emma, what about Morrison's run is still even a consideration? Shit, even cat Beast has effectively been ignored at least half the time over the last few years.
-Booming mutant population? Retconned with House of M.
-Magneto/Xorn? Retconned to hell within like two months.
-Cyclops is a pussy? Whedon did away with that right quick.
-Fantomex? Dead, dead, dead.
Most of his ideas were quickly swept under the rug. Some of them have been revisited, but by and large Morrison has had almost no lasting impact on the X-Men franchise. Damn near everything he did was undone within a year or two to bring it back in line with the Claremont status quo.
What Claremont status quo?
Claremont, amidst his racism analogues, did a lot of work turning the X-Men into conventional "super heroes." While they still faced plenty of mutant centric stuff, a good chunk of Claremont's early run was the X-Men tackling general threats (Cosmic stuff, Moses Magnum, the Savage Land, etc).
Whedon went in a similar direction and Fraction seemed to grab on to that too.
As "progressive" as Morrison's run was considered, he did a lot of backtracking the the early era with making the X-Men remarkably bubbled up.
For me, it's CC at #1 and Gillen at #2. I hated Fraction's run, but KG brought me back in. Glad I did.
Havent read it yet!
But it is on my list! (Have been re-reading the entire series from start to finish)
Im just glad Gillen didnt try to change the x-men if you know what i mean or go in and try to make a mark and turn everything upside down