Friday, September 14, 2018

X-men Supreme Issue 174: Disillusion is LIVE! (And A Supreme Announcement)

Before I say anything about the latest issue, I want to make a quick announcement. After giving it plenty of thought, I’ve decided this issue will act as the last issue of the X-men Supreme fanfiction series, at least for now. That’s not to say that this is the definitive end of X-men Supreme. For now, assume that this fanfiction series will be on an extended hiatus. I cannot say whether it’ll be temporary or permanent, but I feel like the time has come to step away from this fanfiction series.

That said, I can say more definitively that this is the end of X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided. The High Evolutionary has been defeated. Magneto made the ultimate sacrifice to save a world which he still believes mutants must dominate. His vision, even though it frequently clashed with Charles Xavier’s, is not dead. It is simply in the hands of a new generation led by his daughter, the Scarlet Witch. A world without Magneto is full of uncertainty, but plenty of promise as well.

The High Evolution arc wasn’t just an end to Magneto’s story. It was the culmination of a process that began in the earliest issues of X-men Supreme Volume 1: Mutant Revolution. For Magneto, the status of mutants was untenable. He was not about to let humanity oppress his kind. He saw what that sort of oppression led to and was going to cross any line to stop it, even if that put him at odds with the X-men. Throughout the course of X-men Supreme, Magneto has never abandoned that vision. Now, it must carry on without him.

The world he leaves behind is intact, but still vulnerable. Humans and mutants alike have been stripped of the defenses they once relied on, thanks to the events of Crimes Against Inhumanity. There’s also a new continent in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thanks to Magneto’s sacrifice. Unlike Genosha, though, this isn’t just another mutant haven. The mutants on what was once Asteroid M must share it with the former humans that the High Evolutionary mutated. Whether or not these individuals will share the values of the mutant race remains to be seen, but there are already ominous signs brewing.

In this new world, the Mutant Monitoring Initiative that drove so many conflicts throughout X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided is no more. Both General Grimshaw and President Kelly saw first-hand as this well-intentioned plan nearly destroyed the entire world. Charles Xavier thought that he could align his dreams of peace with this plan. He was wrong and it was only by breaking it that the X-men were able to help save the world. While his dream and President Kelly’s agenda are still shaken, they are not completely lost.

This is a time of reflection and reform. The world of X-men Supreme is still full of humans and mutants who long for peace. Time and again, they’ve seen renegade mutants like Magneto pursue violent confrontation. They’ve also seen deranged humans like Mr. Sinister use mutation to inflict mass death. There’s no shortage of hate, mistrust, and threats on both sides. For the sake of a better world, they must work together moving forward.

That’s the primary goal of the final issue of X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided. The divisions that began in X-men Supreme Issue 148: New Divide must be mended. For Charles Xavier’s vision to remain intact, the X-men must be made whole again. While it’s impossible to go back to the way things were, it’s necessary to bring the team together once more. The same goes for the Scarlet Witch and the Brotherhood of Mutants. There are many deep scars that need to heal, but there are just as many opportunities to forge a new path.

As the X-men and the Brotherhood go about rebuilding their vision, General Grimshaw and President Kelly have some hard decisions to make as well. The nature of those decisions will set the tone for the future of humanity as well. Like mutants, there’s plenty of hope in that future. It’s just a matter of how they go about it. The same can be said for the X-men and Charles Xavier. There are still unresolved issues, but the key to moving forward all comes back to hope and that’s what this final issue will convey.

X-men Supreme Issue 174: Disillusion

As I said before, this issue marks the end for the X-men Supreme fanfiction series, at least for now. After a long, eventful journey that included uprisings, sewer-dwelling societies, cosmic forces, alien tyrants, long-lost fathers, and so much more, I’m ready to cap off the story of X-men Supreme for now. This vast world that I began developing in January 2010 has grown in ways I never imagined. I can honestly say I’m proud of how it has played out.

I feel like this is a good place to leave the mythos of this fanfiction series. I understand that some aspects of this final issue leave things open for another volume, but I’m not sure I have the energy to pursue it at this point. That may change at a later time. If I get enough feedback and support, I will certainly consider re-opening X-men Supreme for more stories. I may even add in a few tie-ins, be they one-shots or minis. For the moment, though, I intend to take a break from the world of X-men Supreme.

To all the wonderful people who have been following this fanfiction series and supporting it every step of the way, I sincerely thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I never could’ve taken X-men Supreme this far without you. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this uncanny journey. Even as this fanfiction series ends, I’d still love to hear from you. Send me your feedback by contacting me or posting your comments. I’m still happy to chat.

For now, though, this is it. This is the end. Again, thank you for experiencing the world of X-men Supreme with me. Xcelsior!