Monday, January 11, 2010

News and Nation X: X Factor

I used to be a school teacher, so I'm enjoying this

That's at least how I can best sum up that meme. If anyone knows the words from, correct me and give me a fail at the internet.

Tangentially tied to this topic is this article from the New York Times

While through time the rules of the English Language have become increasingly optional, a loss of words to articulate the ideas our minds form can't be acceptable, can it? How many words does the average person need to convey the basic of survival we nee din this world? It seems our culture is bombarded by the need tpo use buzzwords and to sound relevant to our listeners. It sounds to me the first article bemoans that today's youth refuses to adopt the language of the entrenched society. For youth today, as it was yesterday, language is another way to rebel against authority.

The problem becomes when the teens of this country decide to ignore meaning behind the language they u se. Havign a limited vocabulary is not as detrimental as having a limited understabnding of the meaning of the words you are using.

Now, for another rebellion, more familiar to our nation's history.

In the recent months, the X-Men of the written word have seceded from the United States to establish their own Mutant government and country. The entire subtext of the story can be vaguely analogous to the formation of our own country. Read them if you want to catch up. Matt Fraction is a great writer.

However, not all mutants, like colonial Americans, wish to seperate form the country. X Factor, the equivalents of tories, find it is not proper to isolate oneself form a more powerful, domineering enemy. Norman Osborn is a nice stand in for George III.

Subtext aside, its a fairly normal Peter David work. He leaves threads hanging to be tied at a later date that make X Factor the best book to be collected as a graphic novel, but as a serialized book it can be frustrating since it seems that plots never become resolved over long periods of time. The series keeps as many stories floating around as protagonist Jamie Madrox keeps duplicates around.

This builds up to me stating that Nation X: X Factor is a fine book, but not easy for someone to jump into. It keeps X Factor present in the X Men part of the Marvel Universe but resolves only to state that X Factor doesnt want to be involved in the X Universe. X Factor fans dont need this story since it accomplshes nothing, for now, which is why they should pick it up in case Peter David builds on the introduced antagonist, a Vampiric Elderly Immortal Fate. Nation X fans don't need this book since it does nothing to forward the story and only explains why one group of X Mutants won't be bothering to involve themselve sin the current X-Men setting arc.

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