While writing reviews of the entire Uncanny X-Men series, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of my ideal X-Men team. Since X-Men teams are traditionally six people, I will stick to six with this list. I may update the list as I learn more about the X-Men mythos as well. Here is my list!
Cyclops: Cyclops will always be the leader of the X-Men in my mind and the centerpiece to the X-Men universe. His views and leadership styles have shifted greatly throughout the years, but there has never been a question as to who is the leader of the mutants. None of the X-Men movies have done a justice to Cyclops, but there would be no X-Men without their first deputy leader.
Wolverine: I know Wolverine is not a very original character to put in my team, but he is everyone’s favorite X-Man for a reason. He is the essence of cool and he has a really interesting story.
Kitty Pryde: Kitty Pryde has always been one of my favorite X-Men. She is very well developed as a character and is definitely one of the most interesting characters in all of Marvel. She’s also just straight up awesome. She’s a genius, and a ninja, and she has a pet dragon. If Cyclops is the core of the X-Men, than Kitty is the heart of the team.
Emma Frost: Now here’s where things get a little bit tricky. You always need a telepath on your team and I had a tough time choosing between Jean Grey and Emma Frost. I know a lot of people will disagree with me about my choice, but I think that Emma Frost is much more interesting than Jean Grey. A lot of interesting stories revolve around Jean Grey but as a stand-alone character Jean is a bit of a bore to me. On the other hand, I find Emma Frost fascinating. I enjoy how she toes the line between good and bad. Jean also toes this line, but it is usually solely because the Phoenix possesses her. Emma Frost may not be as powerful as Jean, but I’d rather team up with the White Queen.
Magik: My second controversial choice for my team is Magik over Nightcrawler. I love both characters, but I thought it would be silly to have two teleporters on one team. This was particularly tough because both characters have interesting, juicy backstories and both characters are extremely badass. When it came down to it, I chose Magik because she has more powers than Nightcrawler. Along with teleportation, she has her soul sword and she can do magic. Sorry Nightcrawler my choice has been made.
Iceman: One of the trickiest parts about making my team was choosing the sixth member. The first five were easy, but I wasn’t sure who I wanted to round out the team. In the end I chose Iceman for many reasons. Iceman is one of the most amusing X-Men and always lightens up even the darkest of storylines. Iceman is also an omega level mutant and this makes him one of the most powerful beings in the entire entire Marvel universe. He may not have reached his full potential yet, but he is still powerful. Iceman is a popular character, but people tend to think of him as more of a joke than a serious team member. I however think he deserves a spot on my team.
So what do you think of my X-Men team? Think I got it right? Who would you have on your ideal X-Men team?