Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and thirty-seventh week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.
As we’ve been doing it for some time now, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.
Chris Claremont introduced a new member of the X-Men but he never got the chance to have her actually join the team.
If you were to say that Chris Claremont’s return to Uncanny X-Men in 2000 was filled with problems, you would be woefully misstating just how bad things were for the legendary X-Men writer. Almost from the word “go,” Claremont clashed with editorial on his return to writing both Uncanny X-Men and X-Men. You see, the X-Men film was debuting that year, so Marvel was extra sensitive about their X-Men titles with the presumed extra attention that the series would be receiving from outside readers. The whole thing was a mess and Claremont ended up getting pushed out after roughly a year on both books (it was actually just slightly under a full year on the books).
Anyhow, one of the areas where Claremont’s original plans were changed was with a new mutant that he introduced that he planned to have join the team.
Introduced in Uncanny X-Men #383, Sketch was a mutant who was being kept as a slave by a slaver that the X-Men came to Russia to take down.
At first, she used her mutant power of being able to create anything that she sketched on her pad to help trap the X-Men by creating an illusion to trap the X-Men…
When Storm remained free, she was forced to use her powers to capture her…
In the end, though, she took the chance to free the X-Men to free herself…
When the issue ended, she was free and hanging out with the X-Men…
But then that was it. Claremont never got a chance to return to the character to have her join the X-Men. And I don’t believe she’s been shown since. It’s too bad. She would be great as part of a DC/Marvel crossover where she teamed up with “The Writer” from Grant Morrison’s Animal Man!
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