Thursday, 26 July 2012
Wolverine vs Rogue
Having had some more time to think about the central question in my last post - can the X-Men turn Rogue away having previously accepted Wolverine - it occurs to me that there's actually a couple of very important points to be made here that hadn't struck me at the time.
First of all, when Wolverine joined the X-Men, it was at the same time as everyone else in the Second Genesis team other than Cyclops. The X-Men learned who Logan was as they went, which meant learning about his checkered past (as much as he was prepared to let on about it, at least), at the same time as they learned the guy was smart and dependable in a fight. Sure, he was insubordinate and rude, but there was never any doubt that when the chips were down he'd pull you from a burning building. The question was never "should Wolverine join the team", it was "Are the downsides sufficient to throw Wolverine off the team", which is a very different proposition.
The second point involves why Wolverine signed up in the first place. Basically, Xavier made him a better offer, suggesting something a little more interesting and worthwhile than beating up people Canada didn't really like. He was on the team because he wanted to be on the team. Rogue has joined up because she doesn't want her powers to go any further out of control. She hasn't volunteered, she's been conscripted as the price of receiving potentially life-saving medical help (some would say that still counts as volunteering; such people are entirely wrong). This might not be quite so bad if Rogue had offered up any contrition or desire for redemption, but she didn't, at least not on-panel. The impression we get is that the Professor trusts her to keep to the deal they've struck, but it's rank sophistry to imply that deal in any way resembles Logan's motivations.