Without further ado, here are my pitches (Marvel, you can totally @ me on these):
Kitty Pryde, the X-Men’s original little sister, returns from space. Equipped with more knowledge of the world, she returns to find her purpose in life. She knows she wants to help mutants expand their boundaries, both physically and in terms of knowledge, and so she starts Generation X, a special class of students and former students who join together to travel around the world, act as mutant liaisons, and represent the next generation.
Kitty acts as the team leader, but turns to M and Jubilee, two of the original Gen X, to help her expand everyone’s boundaries. M and Jubilee represent the worldly and the down-to-earth, respectively, and the trio covers 3 different, but not dissimilar, perspectives.
The four main students I drafted were Quentin Quire, who has the potential to create or destroy the world and therefore needs to learn about the people of the world, Hellion, Laura’s ex and someone who needs to expand his perspective beyond his privileged world, Eyeboy, with the power to see everything, but who’s experienced little, and Molly Hayes of the Runaways, who’s seen a lot in her young life, but needs help continuing to see the good in people.
The series would have occasional guest stars that visit to teach the students (and ultimately help the team), such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Wasp and her GIRLS, Husk and Chamber (of course), the O5, and plenty of other X-folks!
(In retrospect, I could have easily done a “Logan’s Angels” team, with Rogue, Kitty, Jubes, Armour, Idie, Laura, and Gabby. I regret not doing this.)
Alpha Flight is funded through NASA and the Canadian government. They’re a little bit home country and a little bit space race.
Led by Carol Danvers, Alpha Flight is trying to figure out its place in the world. Are they the Guardians of the Galaxy? Well, not quite. The Avengers? Not really. So what do they actually do? Well, come back to us about that one.
Abigail Brand continues to oversee the program, but has brought on Mantis, the former Guardian’s empathy, because there’s a disturbance in the Force. No, not the Force, wrong book. It’s really that something’s a bit weird in this reality, which Mantis is in tune with, and it seems like someone needs to fix that problem.
Who better to do that than Sasquatch, Aurora, and Puck? Along with Talisman, who’s magic seems to be compatible with the multiverse and string theory, Alpha Flight fights for Earth. Or Earths, I guess.
Ultimately, Alpha Flight would explore the concept of alternate realities, but also the concept of finding your place in the world.
Heroes for Hire
Luke and Danny have moved on from Heroes for Hire. Not intentionally; they’re just busy guys. So it comes to Misty Knight to make Heroes for Hire work.
And she does this by turning it into a public service: think non-profit meets community center and you’ll hit it. She and Colleen Wing pull together the greatest heroes they can thing of who all just happen to be tied to New York and helping people, not other superheroes.
Jennifer Walters is the first one to volunteer, leaving her law firm to start working as a public defense attorney. Patsy Walker quickly follows her bff, tying her super powered temp agency into the Heroes for Hire brand. Jessica Jones begrudgingly joins, wanting to move out of the costumed spotlight, as the organization’s private detective. Silk stumbles into the team by accident, and brings Maddie Cho, who’s left her brother Amadeus to fend for himself, with her as a security blanket, and the team’s Oracle.
The fact that the Heroes are all women is totally coincidental: they’re there best there is, regardless of gender.
Squirrel Girl always idolized the New Warriors, and her mega crush Speedball, so all the coals the team has been raked over, time and again, really upset our peppy heroine. She’s determined to take the New Warriors and turn them into what they were always supposed to be: the next generation of Avengers.
Doreen turns to founding members Speedball and Firestar to get their blessing, and the two hop at the opportunity to do some good again. Ultimate fangirl Kamala Khan finds out what SG is doing, and offers up herself and her Nova pal, Sam Alexander, as team members. Former A-Force and Runaways member Nico Minoru, who happens to be on a secret heroes only message board with Kamala, decides that she needs to put herself back out there as a hero (again). Finally, Hazmat, the Avengers Academy and Avengers Arena survivor, who is dealing with her PTSD but still wants to help others, join the team.
The team’s meant to represent a little bit of everything in the Marvel Universe: Mutants (Firestar), Inhumans (Ms. Marvel), space (Nova), magic (Nico), accident (Speedball), genetics (Hazmat), squirrels (Squirrel Girl), and pet Avengers (Niels).
The New Warriors follow the tone of the current Squirrel Girl comics, where unexpected non-violence is ultimately the answer to all conflicts. Cause punching people is great and all, but what does it actually get you? Hurty knuckles, that’s what!