Nightcrawler was awesome! I'm being a bit salacious in saying the X-Women are better(even though if I had to pick, I will still pick them). That said, its hard to divide the characters from the creators. You said Storm was boring as a leader in the 90's, and while there may be some truth to that, its only because Lobdell and the others didn't get her. So when talking about what character is more interesting than another, I think its only fair to compare within the same sphere (ie, the works of Claremont). In that regard, it becomes quite clear who is more interesting. Again, I love me some fuzzy elf, though I only followed a bit of Excalibur(but even there, who were the most interesting characters? Meggan, Phoenix and Kitty!).