This is the thread where you the reader get to assign motivation to an author.
Each of the X-Books has a set team. Often these teams have little more than “I asked for my favorite characters and got them” or “These were the characters I was left with and I’m trying to make it work” as motivation.
But one of the joys of reading is that the reader can freely disregard the intentions and motivations of the author and decide on their own reasoning behind things.
So here’s the game:
We’re going to take a current X-Team. In this case, the team in X-Men: Havok, Polaris, Iceman, Rogue, Gambit, Wolverine. What I’m interested in is what you feel ties these characters together? What is the motivating force behind these character choices?
I’ll start: Milligan obviously chose his team very carefully. They all have one thing in common: they are all reluctant X-Men.
Havok and Polaris never intended to be superheroes. They intended to finish their schooling and lead quiet lives. Unfortunately life isn’t always fair and they ended up firmly entrenched in the role of superhero.
Iceman has awlays been the mutant who could “pass”. His power did have phyiscal side-effects, but only when he chose. He spent quite a bit of time away from the X-Men- at one point even quitting heroics entirely to be an accountant. But circumstances drew him back in. And changes in his mutation have made it impossible for him to “pass” now.
Rogue’s powers are a curse. She only joined the X-men in hopes of learning to control the powers that set her aside from humanity. While she has matured greatly over the years and has become an important part of the X-Men, she still longs for normalcy. Given a choice she’d abandon her powers to lead a quiet, normal life.
Gambit and Wolverine are the outsiders. Both are fiercely individualistic and don’t deal well with being expected to follow a strict rule. Both are uncomfortable with being “heroes”. But both have found an unexpected level of comfort and family as members of the X-Men.
Milligan chose these characters in order to highlight the way that mutation in the Marvel Universe can warp one’s life and lead one to unexpected situations.
Now you come up with a motivation for Milligan’s team. Or an underlying theme. After a week or so we can pick another team and do the same to them.