I think they should review key X-Comics that have been published in the past and pick key themes, storylines and characters for a limited series (like House of M) that deal with social and political issues. Of course, add some sci-fi, good writing
, and good art
and I think you could establish a classic, not only for the X-Men, but for the comic book genre. And consult academics that study comicbooks as literature, historians, writers of scholarly literature/comics, etc. I think it could be done, since it will expand on stories that already exist,but it would have to be carefully planned
. It could be a landmark in the history of comicbooks.
P.S. Usagicassidy You should share that paper with us!
Also some links (I haven't read all of them carefully):
Psylocke's Character Analysis
"...The idea of the X-Men is simple: they are mutants, who are feared and hated by normal humans, but they have sworn to protect the world that fears and hates them. The central theme here is obviously racism and other types of prejudice. Having one character to have literally changed race over the course of her history should make for an interesting idea. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this really goes unexplored...
...In a series about prejudice, what does it say that the one woman who should have more to say than anyone doesn't say anything at all? Most of the time, Psylocke's transformation from white to Asian is barely commented on..."
Emma Frost Character Analysis
A generally positive review of the comic book character. Unfortunately, it doesn't apply to the character in Fox's films.
An academic literature review on race focusing on Storm
More on sexism
Some links on Nightcrawler's religion
I'm not sure about her comic book development, but in Singer's films, this character has had a few interesting scenes. As a shape-shifter, she has the ability to blend in with non-mutant humans, to be whoever she wants to be. However, Mystique has an admirable ideological conviction that she should be allowed to be the way she was born: blue-skinned and yellow-eyed:
X2 scene with Nightcrawler:
X1 scene, as a terrorist working under Magneto kidnapping Senator Kelly:
(If anyone knows other cool scenes, feel free to post!)
This one is on her Baptist upbringing and Remy's Catholocism.
I'm still searching for something on Rogue's identity as a minority (she's the Southern Belle) as well as another key aspect to her character, the isolation that is brought to her by her mutation, the fact that she can't touch people without hurting them. It makes her an isolated character within a group of already isolated characters...
There's also Beast
, sometimes drawn as a brute or an ape, but surprisingly well-read and intelligent. There must be stuff on this out there... I'll keep looking