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X-POSITION: The 2016 That Was, The 2017 That Could Be

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X-POSITION: The 2016 That Was, The 2017 That Could Be

With this week’s X-Position, we bid 2016 a fond farewell and look ahead to 2017. As we do with the final installment of X-PO every year, we’ve put the column in the readers’ hands. This week, X-PO’s readers sound off about their favorite X-Men moments of 2016 and single out the things they are most looking forward to in 2017. Take a look below for some of the responses, and have a happy New Year!

What was your favorite X-Men moment of the year and why?

“Favorite X-moment was the reveal that Cyclops had actually died from M-Pox at the beginning of ‘Death of X’ and that Emma created a psychic version of him to hide the death. Emma is easily one of my favorite characters. It’s so true to character for her she faced devastating loss all alone while also protecting Scott’s legacy by manipulating events to give Scott a more meaningful death and continue her/their cause of protecting mutantkind.” – Justin


“Death of X” #4 interior art by Aaron Kuder and Morry Hollowell

“My favorite X-Men moment of the year was when Old Man Logan was reunited with Jubilee given how in the original event she was the last of his teammates he accidentally killed, how devastating that was for him, and how now arguably his most popular sidekick is back in his life.” – Kamose1234

“Favorite X-Men moment of the year goes to ‘All-New X-Men’ #13 when Bobby went to a gay bar. That issue REALLY hit home for me, Dennis Hopeless nailed the anxiety and intensity that comes with going to your first LGBT bar as a newly out gay kid. It was delightful to read.” – Michael

“Really loved seeing Exodus return in ‘Uncanny X-Men.’ He was a big part of the X-Men comics when I started reading them, and to see him back and in his classic costume was a big thrill. It was also great to see him be as powerful as we all knew he could be. I really hope we get to see more of him in 2017, since he’s in stasis now and not dead.” – YeahX3

Who should win X-Character of the year and why?

“Definitely Psylocke. Betsy always goes for extreme over comfort zone and that’s one way we could describe her year. While most X-Men chose to run away and hide in Limbo, Psylocke allied herself with the Master of Magnetism himself in a most proactive fashion. She cares for mutantkind and is willing to do anything it takes to save her species, even if it means breaking up with her friends and joining a team full of psychopaths. That’s some commitment right there. Her journey to save Angel and Archangel and the guilt she feels over his situation was bittersweet and made up for some great reading.” – Ben

“I think this has definitely been Laura Kinney’s year. She’s stepped into the mantle of Wolverine effortlessly (but not without problems, of course) and I’ve loved reading her in both a solo and team book. Add in Gabby and Jonathan and she’s even got a great supporting cast around her, just like Logan used to. I’m so excited her book is continuing into ResurrXion!” – Leigh


“I think it’s a slam dunk for Emma Frost (a phrase she would no doubt consider low brow). I think many fans were genuinely surprised how much we missed Emma and Scott, but especially Emma, as she brings a certain wit to the X-Men that I don’t think anyone else does. She also destroyed one of the Terrigen clouds. I think many fans have been frustrated with the approach of the X-Men to this crisis given that there seems to be multiple characters who should be able to destroy, contain and/or reconstitute the mists already in the X-Men’s ranks and/or take out Inhumans big gun Blackbolt with relative ease. Jean Grey, Magneto, Polaris, Rachel Summers, Storm, Iceman, Magik, Hope, Nate Grey, Cable — we are looking at you! The inaction of the X-Men has been maddeningly frustrating, be we can trust Emma Frost to be enduringly FABULOUS, buck the trend and actually do something useful.” – Derek

“This definitely was Cyclops’ year. From beyond the grave, his legacy affected the direction of the 2016 X-books and was one of the most talked about points along with Terrigen poisoning. ‘What did Cyclops do?’ was the year-long mystery, making us wonder exactly how he had become the most (unjustly) vilified mutant ever.” – Andre

Which series are you most looking forward to in 2017 and why?

“I am most looking forward to the ‘Cable’ series in 2017 as the character’s new solo will start around the time the ‘Deadpool’ movie sequel is filmed in which he has been confirmed to make his cinematic debut. With this coinciding, I believe Nate has an even brighter future ahead for starring in a comic than ever before.” – Kamose1234

“‘X-Men Gold.’ I love the 80’s vibe of the cast with Kitty (long overdue to take on the role of leader), Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Logan and Rachel Grey.” – Justin


“After fifty years I’m really happy that Jean Grey is getting her own series. It’s long overdue! I am also super excited to read teen Jean interact with all the previous Phoenix hosts, specifically Rachel Grey. And I’ll add in ‘X-Men Gold’ too, just because it’s bringing Rachel back to the forefront. She’s been gone too long too!” – MiddlePegasus

“The series I’m most looking forward to in 2017 is definitely ‘Iceman.’ We still don’t know much about his headspace post ‘Uncanny’ #600 and I cannot wait to see all of that be explored. A big reason I got into comics again is because of Bobby’s coming out and I can’t wait to see how Sina Grace develops and explores such a personal yet integral journey many LGBT people go through.” – Michael

Which character are you hoping makes more appearances in 2017?

“Polaris. It’s a shame that the heir and only daughter of the Master of Magnetism always seems to get the short end of the stick. Lorna is a powerhouse, has strong ties to many X-Men and should be a valuable asset to mutantkind against the Inhumans. Not to mention her close relationship with Crystal’s daughter Luna, her former niece. If that’s not enough, we know Polaris has a lot to say concerning the state of mutantkind thanks to her time in Genosha as Magneto’s heir. There’s a lot of potential there. Lorna needs to break through.” – Ben

“Illyana Rasputin is noticeably absent from all the title rosters, so I hope she finds a home or at the very least gets a hefty helping of cameo appearances. She’s a beloved and rich character with so much more to explore.” – Christopher


“I really love Quicksilver as a character (I love Evan Peters too, but in very very different way). I think Peter David really did something great with that character and the dynamic between him and Polaris which was slowly being built in ‘All-New X-Factor’ was a great loss as it was the most organic/naturalistic brother and sister relationship I had seen in Marvel Comics. Generally there is some sort of imbalance in the sibling relationships in comics whereas as Quicksilver and Polaris were equals. I want Quicksilver back in the X-Books as a mutant again alongside his half-sister Polaris.” – Derek

“It’s time for Gambit and Rogue to come back to the X-Men in a big way. Neither of them are on any of the X-Men team rosters but still, I hope we get some interaction between the X-Books and ‘Uncanny Avengers.’ And I hope that Gambit comes back, too. He has so many allies in the X-Men, specifically Storm and Wolverine, and I want to see those relationships continue.” – Karen

Thanks to everyone that sent in their responses!

Keep checking CBR for information on our first X-POSITION guest in 2017!

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