There’s been a lot of character development (some defamation) – shit, none of us makes it through our 30’s without every one of our defining characteristics spun, twisted and reverted – killed off and resurrected…so we die a death (hopefully in a way consistent with our birthright honor) and we come back (maybe even start reading comic books again…reviving our allegiances to our old heroes – restoring our faith and vigor) and BAM(F) we’re back….bold as ever in our birthday suit and original swagger – Swashbucklin’!
When Amazing X-Men #1’s cover art was first revealed – damn if it didn’t happen for me right on time. One look at that cover…and, what can I say, all of a sudden a real me I hadn’t been for a long time simply burst through the 35 year old skins and armors that had layered heavy and hard over my light.
Then (BAMF)…a burst of smoke and light…gleaming eyes, shimmering fangs…glint of steel…and here I am…on a Nightcrawler forum!
You know, any way we constellate him, Nightcrawler shimmers, sword-drawn and constant as Orion!
It really just occurred to me. All the way through…from the Bavarian beginnings, from the winding backroads of an orphan’s longing, from the attempts to find meaning, purpose, amends and belonging to the explosive escapes into reckless abandon – from Cockrum to Austen to Aaron…Nightcrawler is who he is…the 21st Century Swashbuclker…more real than Jack Sparrow, more penetrating than Spider-man – a real Byronic hero…for me, more personally true than Joyce’s Stephen Daedalus, Lawrence’s Paul Morel or any Künstlerroman.
Kurt’s story – his contradictions – his riddles – his deaths and resurrections; and his triumph of continuance – his Swashbuckler-soul…his artist’s-heart…his goodness and light…how it resonates and guides…it is for me…like Orion….a constellation I know, one I can find most any night…one I can speak to without question or condition…or even matriculated word…Nightcrawler is a hero for me in the best sense.
He is the hero in me.
ps: there is so much here that is amazing! this forum is full of talented thoughtful and good-hearted people. i did some exploring and have been reading blogs...this one by Sundown is incredible!!! if you haven't read it, please do, just for the sheer amount of synthesis and attention and acuity of perception...it's a MUST read!!! http://nightcrawlerprogression.blogspot.ie/