Saturday 20th December 2014,
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Stir the Pot Saturday: Week 8

Jeff Hill 02/23/2013 Reviews

Welcome back, everyone! Just a quick reminder of what our goal for each and every Saturday is: Stirring the pot is the act of causing trouble for the sake of your own amusement. So we here at Comic Booked would like to formally invite you to discuss, debate, and start some shit talkin’ about the characters, the creators, and the storylines given to us from the industry we all know and love, hate, and love to hate. So let’s quit wasting time and start the mud (or web) slinging!

This Saturday’s question: Whose side are you on, Professor X or Magneto?

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Do you consider yourself a Team Charles person? Or does the Brotherhood of Mutants mission statement really speak to you? Have you found yourself announcing that you are Team Erik after watching X-Men: First Class with your friends? Or do you wish you had attended a high school like Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? If you had powers, would you be good? If you knew a war was coming, would you choose the right side? Or would you say screw them both and just hide when push came to shove?

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So go forth and debate! But be sure to back up your responses. Don’t be scared. And don’t give up. After all, no one likes a quitter. And you’re not a quitter, are you?

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  1. Nick Taylor 02/23/2013 at 2:09 pm

    Well if we are going by movie versions I follow magneto. Comics? Seeing as cyclops is my favorite x-man I would make the difficult choice and join the wolverine led x-men or join someone the likes of x-factor

    • jeffhillwriter 02/26/2013 at 2:02 am

      Good rationale. I think a lot of people would disagree with you based on Cyclops (I think we're literally the only two fans out there), but I can completely understand your dilemma and overall decision.

  2. Christian_J 02/23/2013 at 8:01 pm

    I would most likely side with Magneto. Professor X is a manipulator not so much in the movies but mostly in the comics.

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 02/23/2013 at 9:39 pm

      They did kinda bring that into X3 I guess, with his history with Jean and what he did with her personality. Come to think of it they showed it in X2 as well – think about it, he knew he couldn't really help Wolverine the way he wanted, but he kinda strung him along to keep him close by the school. Just like they kinda retconned into the comics, he wanted Wolverine around because he knew Wolverine would protect his students with a killer instinct. They even kinda set it up at the end of the first movie – "I feel a great swell of pity for the poor fool who comes to that school looking for trouble." Yup.

      • jeffhillwriter 02/26/2013 at 2:04 am

        I can see where you're coming from on the whole manipulation aspect. From Danger to Vulcan to Onslaught, Chuck doesn't exactly have the best track record the last couple of decades. His heart's in the right place, though, that's for sure. I think. I hope.

  3. Scorp_Moonopoly 02/23/2013 at 9:33 pm

    Has to be Xavier. His way is idealistic for all humanity, life, the planet, the universe. Whether it's "right" or not we all know deep down it's the best, and worth fighting for. It becomes murky when you try to decide how hard to fight, and how violently, but that's the thing about it too, that anything that worth it is going to be hard, fraught with difficult choices and grey or uncharted areas, but being willing to hold yourself to a standard, walk that line and ruthlessly, endlessly self evaluate is what shows your character.

    • jeffhillwriter 02/26/2013 at 2:06 am

      I think you'd have a lot of people to support your decision for sure. That's what makes Xavier such a great and complex character.

  4. Tony_Cal 02/24/2013 at 8:51 pm

    I would go with Prof X. He is just seems like he is going to do what is best for you and everyone.

    • jeffhillwriter 02/26/2013 at 2:07 am

      I do believe that is definitely his intention.

  5. jeffhillwriter 02/26/2013 at 2:11 am

    Just like the leaders they were "based upon," Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., the two characters are interesting in the whole dynamic of "who is right?" because they are, even when they are at odds or even at each other's throats, friends. I love them both. Equally. I do not think I could choose, whether I was doing so as a participant in their shared universe or as a fan of their fictitious adventures. But, because it is MY question, I have to. So here it is: At my core, I am kind of an elitist prick, so I'd probably fit in more with Magneto. I'd secretly be friends with Xavier, and I'd be really sad when he died (all, like, 86 times), but let's be real. The Brotherhood offers more fun opportunities to be in control and get revenge and, in all honesty, ruling the world is so much better than protecting it. :) Who else has an opinion?

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