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When many people hear about the X-Men they think of a silly kids comic book but that is not so X-Men actually most comic books in general are a unique blend of two classic art forms drawings sometimes even paintings and storytelling A comic artist must be able to convey the right mood and feeling for his or her art They must also be able to fluidly tell a story and fit it all in the allotted number of pages The stories often probe deep into the human psyche questioning what is right and what is wrong or showing human frailty That is not all In a series like the X-Men where there are at least a few hundred characters past and present leading and supporting even dead and alive the writer must keep track of a characters experiences and their personality They must also keep track of continuity making sure they dont contradict past events This last rule is only loosely followed sometimes All in all a long ongoing story can be like a soap opera My favorite example of this is The Summers Family Which goes a little something like this There are two brothers Scott and Alex Summers who were orphaned as children when they were pushed from a plane being attacked by an advanced alien race Their mother died but their father went on to become a space pirate Later Scott falls in love with Jean Grey who becomes an omnipotent primal force the Phoenix who commits suicide to save the universe from herself Meanwhile a bad guy has made a clone of Jean named Maddie who marries Scott They have a baby Nathan Jean returns from the dead not actually having been the Phoenix but actually a body template Scott leaves his family and joins a team of super heroes with Jean and some other old friends Well Maddie becomes a
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