Originally Posted by samoan619
Thanks for that man!
Miller is god. That's all I've got to say about that!
As for the Morrison run, I think it was one of the boldest block of story telling in X-History. The changes you pointed out were welcome developments, and the Beast became so much cooler after his second mutation. Some other things I liked were,
Cassandra Nova: That the Prof had a twin and he murdered her in the womb was shocking, as was the subsequent destruction of Genosha.
Weapon XI: The X being a Roman numeral was pure genius!
Students: The focus on the school aspect of the, uh, school for gifted youngsters was really cool, and the special ed class, taught by Xorn/Magneto (I know it wasn't really Magneto, but at the time it was), was a riot! Beak FTW (and RIP).
The last four issues of his run: What an original Phoenix storyline that was, with the future Beast running things making it all the more surreal.
Lastly.... The Chapters: Never before had storylines been so clear to follow, and that was due to them actually having a begining and an end. No more years long, drawn out secrets waiting to be revealed, no more threads started that had no end in sight and no more stories that required the reader to have knowledge of the past 30 or so years. Each chapter was like a movie or a season of a TV series and, for me, that just made things more simple (which can be as deep as complicated, when done correctly) to follow.
I have always been a lover of alternate/future worlds and the alternate futures that Cable and Bishop came from always fascinated me. Especially Cables, as that was so different to the present an offered the creators that much more freedom. The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix was particullary interesting, as it had shades of Egyptian times woven in with some darn right scary looking technology.
Speaking of alternate universes. Ultimate Universe!?!? Not too sure I could invest in that and the 'real world' at the same time. Saying that, I think they are fantastically well done and I've read a few of them, courtious of my wicked iPhone Marvel and ComicVine apps. What an awesome invention they were!
The Ultimate Universe does look great but I think by the time I got around to reading all the ones that interest me (all of them), I'd be a very old man. Man, I wish I had of caught them as they were released!
The funny thing is, the very reason the alternate world was created in the first place (so newer viewers didn't have to scour comic stores for back issues), is the same reason I'm put off from getting into the Ultimate world. Ironic, huh?
Edit: The Skull Kill crew were fuckin brilliant... I got the first couple of Issues before I stopped collecting, but they (along with about 150 Uncanny X-Men comics) got lost during one of my manyChanges of scenery.