The Professor began to wonder if Cerebro needed recalibration of some kind.
Ah, the X-Men. Now here’s a comic I can get into. The Children of the Atom were some of my first heroes. My dad is the one who passed his love for comic books on, and he’s built quite a collection over the years of Marvel Masterworks, hardbound volumes on heavy paper of comics from Marvel’s Silver Age. I cut my teeth on the X-Men in their nascent stages, along with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and Spider-Man. These books have held up pretty well. Sure, some of the jokes are a little cornier than we’re used to, but they’re interesting characters even from day one. I think original Beast remains one of my favorite heroes to date. I need to get my hands on the new run of X-Men: I’ve heard good things.
It’s not surprising that not every mutant at the Academy gets to suit up and fight the bad guys.
If we’re taking this from a scientific standpoint (and really, what kind of nerd would I be if I didn’t), the basis of the X-Men is genetic mutation. Usually when that happens in our world it doesn’t mean you get cool powers, unless the power to not be alive does it for you. Still, let’s even put that aside. Genetic mutation is the result of small alterations of our incredibly complex genetic material. The resulting phenotypic variation, i.e. variations in observable traits of the organism, could be extremely diverse. So amongst the larger mutant population, you can’t really believe that everybody is getting laser eyes or functional wings. No one is going to be thwarting Magneto if they’ve developed the genetic gift to lengthen their index fingers at will. They’re not gonna tap you to face the Juggernaut for your superhuman ability to transform into sentient porridge. Just like in real life, there’s bound to be somebody at the Xavier Institute whose “gifts” are not necessarily something to get jazzed about on face value. I want to read that comic: I mean, maybe it’d be hard to keep people engaged for a long run, but just give me a few issues that chronicle the day-to-day of students like the girl with the power to make existing ice stay cold for a longer period.
At least then I’d feel better about my powers…