30 Days of Marvel Day Five: Favourite Team
Full disclosure: Team Robounicorn does not actually exist. It is a delicious slice of headcanon created by myself, Cat, and Kristie. As noted yesterday, I discovered Pixie shortly after Pixie Strikes Back began and gorged myself on every appearance of hers I could find, which lead to a bizarre and disturbing realization; Pixie, X-23, Mercury, Blindfold, and Armor rarely said two words to each other prior to Pixie Strikes Back as far as I could find. There were some interactions between them to be sure, but not to the point that any actual friendships were formed. Suffice to say, the Beschel test was being failed which is distressing and alarming given that they were all in New X-Men and were in panel together a lot. Of course the plot did not revolve around any of them and was, I think, some kind of whiny soap opera love triangle thing between characters that I did not find compelling. I skipped most of the stuff where they were not on panel.
Anyway, we decided that they needed a name for this awesome little team that would probably never be a canon team ever again and so Kristie came up with “Robounicorn.” The robo part is fairly arbitrary and the unicorn part comes from Pixie’s dust making Wolverine hallucinate unicorns. This is what happens when we are left to our own devices.
The point here is that the Beschel test is a thing, and it’s important. Pixie Strikes Back was a mini series about the wacky hijinks of five ambiguously teenage girls written, drawn, and coloured by women. There isn’t enough of that anywhere in comics. Off the top of my head Kathryn Immonen, Colleen Coover, Jen Van Meter, Marjorie Liu, and Kelly Sue Deconnick all wrote one shots or miniseries for Marvel under the “Women of Marvel” banner in 2010. As far as I know, Liu is the only one currently writing an ongoing series starring a female character (X-23). That’s kind of bullshit.