Documenting the 17 year run by writer Chris Claremont on X-Men and the universe that spawned from his work.
Chris Claremont’s X-Men is my kind of documentary. Why wouldn’t it be because this is about a favorite writer of mine and that is Chris Claremont. I know people say they love the X-Men but my favorite team was the international team that revived the book to the fame that made it the number one book at Marvel. The documentary also has so many of the creators I loved as well Len Wein, Louise Simonson, Peter Sanderson, etc. If you were a fan of the Marvel mutant titles around this time I have to tell you it’s not just about Chris’s work but what sprung from that work and how the X-Men took over in a big way. Remember this series began other books like New Mutants, X-Factor, Wolverine, X-Force, and Excaliber. The main this that is expressed in the documentary is showing the love he had for making these characters accessible and expand the reader base. There’s a reason a lot of fans of this particular period of the X-Men. He made not powerful characters so much as he made relatable characters. From different countries, backgrounds, and cultures, he broke molds with powerful female characters and ones that broke molds. I have to warn you because when I say it covers all of his tenure I mean all of it and that includes the breakup between him and Marvel. Granted Chris has returned to pen more tales and I for one am thankful that I get more stories from him. But this documentary is a testament to a 17 year career of bringing us this family of characters that despite the world hating them they saved it time and time again. People say X-Men was a soap opera but that is what made it great. The characters had depth and even on a team book they were allowed to shine and step out in the spotlight. This is what we need to give this man credit for and this documentary is well deserved for a career to be honored. The film releases on VOD February 6th and you should give it a watch. Then, go read some of his work.
-Jason The X