Tim: I'm still not fully seeing how they would go to Reed Richards. I think I see your point - our personal experience would lead us to change doctors. But this is such a unique situation that they would defer to the authority on mutants and their negative feelings would be swept aside. It is complex - I don't know what will happen.
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JB: Some years back a fan suggested a cool idea for two characters battling each other. However, when he showed me his written plot it turned out to be an all too typical fan story, everybody vs everybody else.
A lot of fans, given the chance, would write every book as a team up. Spider-Man is fighting Doc Ock? Well, let’s call in Iron Man and the Torch and Thor.....
Thing is, while such stories are fun occasionally—just did one—we have to remember these titles function best when treated as independent entities. Batman becomes a lot less interesting if he’s constantly calling Superman.
Is it more “logical” for the characters to interact? More “realistic”? Sure. But after a while, it becomes something else: dull.
JB had asked me, what did I see as options for Elaine? One of my answers was “Call Reed Richards? 🤷♂️“
... I ALSO mentioned: Elaine being in the mansion would set the stage for some HIGH tension scenes with the X-Men.
I completely understand the “easy solution“ doesn’t equal an “entertaining story”. I wasn’t suggesting Reed Richards should “jump into an X-Men comic and, at the last second, save the day with a gizmo”. That feels like an “easy solution” to me (also known as “lazy writing”). A dull way to help Jean.
I strongly believe it’s the job of the storyteller to play out the characters emotions in a believable and relatable way... otherwise, arcs don’t make sense and characters feel “false”.
Calling Reed Richards isn’t the best storytelling (that’s why I added the “🤷♂️“ btw) — but neither is ignoring a character’s emotional setup to move the plot along. I was shocked to see Elaine in the mansion — allowing tests to be run by those are “responsible for harming her child” in the first place. Elaine doesn’t seem to be putting up any fight — she doesn’t show any sign of having mistrust for the X-Men. In my opinion, the recent pages of Elaine didn’t connect with earlier emotional scenes of Elaine and felt “false”.
Elaine’s emotional follow through is most likely to be seen in upcoming pages... I’m sure scenes of tension and mistrust are coming... or possibly, an explanation of why that mistrust is suddenly gone. I’m sure it will all connect and make sense.
I’m excited to see where this storyline goes! :)