More Human Than You

In the graphic novel, X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, the survival of mutants is not only a struggle to survive but also a struggle to be accepted. In a world outnumbered by Homo sapiens it is almost impossible for a Home superior with a mutation such as phasing, teleporting or optic blasts not to stand out. However, the X-Men desire nothing more than to blend in. Torn between an egomaniac human that wants to eliminate their species and a dominant mutant who wants to further their species, the X-Men find themselves at the cliff of an apocalyptic war. Caught in the middle because they are the perfect blend, the X-Men fight to merge two opposing worlds and implore the compassion of those who will listen. They defend the Homo sapiens by using their mutant powers, exhibiting compassion and sacrifice. It is this compassion and sacrifice that makes them more human than some. It is their desire to disprove the stereotypes associated with mutation.

 

More Human Than You

–found poem by Sara K. Thompson, excerpted from X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, by Chris Claremont & Brent Eric Anderson, pp. 9, 11, 26, 57, 58, 60, & 62.

 

I have known such fear and hatred from birth,

Time does not make it any easier to take.

We’ve no rights under the law.

 

There is no answer to such hatred.

It exists as we do.

If we use our foes’ methods,

How then are we better than they?

 

What makes your link with heaven

Any stronger than mine?

 

More human than you!

 

If only that were so.

 

You brought us together to fulfill a dream

I’m not prepared to give up.

We’re human too!

It must grow from within.

 

To be proven only human

Flawed, vulnerable,

Caring for one another

 

From caring comes love,

Which makes the world go ‘round.

 

Claremont, Chris and Brent Eric Anderson. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. 2011. 9-62. Print.

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