Since this blog is titled "X-Man's Comic Blog", I think it's high time I post something about the impending return of the X-Man, Nate Grey! Come November, Marvel is bringing back my all-time favorite comic book character in the upcoming "Dark X-Men" mini-series. I can't stress enough just how big a deal Nate's return is to me. I not only have every issue of the "X-Man" comic series, I have every Marvel comic book Nate has EVER appeared in! That should give you some idea of how huge Nate's return is to me. Calling me a big fan of Nate is an understatement!
It looks like Paul Cornell(who will be writing Nate's triumphant return)is going to give us the post-Counter X shaman version of Nate, as opposed to the younger(dumber)post-Age of Apocalypse Nate. This is one of those cases where I'm fine either way. Both versions of Nate have tons of story potential. Shaman Nate actually fits into the post-Decimation Marvel Universe extremely well. Now more than ever the few remaining mutants need a savior type of character and shaman Nate can fill that role perfectly. The thing that worries me though is that it seems Paul is going to keep Nate at the almost god-like power levels he had prior to his death. I don't know if Marvel is going to allow a character as powerful as Nate to float around after the "Dark X-Men" mini concludes. I suspect(and I REALLY hope I'm wrong)that Nate will be brought in only for the length of the mini-series and then he'll wind up dead and gone again. Remember, after studying Nate at Muir Island, Moira MacTaggart(THE expert on mutants in the Marvel U)said that Nate's power levels surpassed that of the Phoenix Force! Roll that around in your head for a while! With powers that massive, where exactly can Nate go after the "Dark X-Men" mini-series?
In a perfect world, Nate would wind up on one of the plethora of X-related teams. How about this, why not separate the Dark X-Men from Norman Osborn, slot Nate in as the leader and make that a new ongoing series? You could have the Dark X-Men, led by one of the most powerful mutants in existence battling against Norman Osborn and his goose-steppers. That sounds like a sweet premise to me! Or how about Nate just slaps the hell out of Cyclops for cheating on Jean Grey? I'd pay BIG money to see that scene play out! What about tossing Nate in X-Factor where Peter David could use him? Peter David writing Nate would be a dream come true. You could always throw him on one of the main X-Men teams as well. I've been complaining about the lack of a young male character on the X-Men for the longest time now. Nate could fill that role in a heartbeat. Of course you could just flip him and place him at the side of somebody like Magneto... Nate as Magneto's second in command would be almost unbearably awesome! Yeah, I've given a lot of thought on where Nate would fit in the current Marvel Universe!
One of the things that always bothered me about Nate's initial portrayal in the Marvel Universe was that he wasn't a team player, he was always portrayed as a loner. For some foolish reason, Marvel went to great lengths to keep Nate away from the X-teams during the 90's. Since the X-books were practically the only franchise that was selling well for Marvel back in the 90's, I don't understand why The Powers That Be didn't think it would have been a good idea to connect Nate with one of the X-teams. What's the worst thing that could have happened? Nate joining X-Force always seemed like such a gargantuan missed opportunity, especially after the Onslaught storyline. He would have been a perfect fit on that team... Sure, he was on the X-Men for a cup of coffee during the second "Astonishing X-Men" series and he was on Havok and Dark Beast's evil Brotherhood for a while, but he was never given a true shot at being an X-Man. Hopefully this time around Marvel will finally rectify that error. So, I obviously have a lot to say about Nate's forthcoming return, the question is, what do you think? Where does he fit in? What should he do? What do you think the endgame is going to be? Do you care? As always any and all comments are appreciated!