Word Count: 43858 - If I had to guess, I'm 3/4 of the way done....it's a guess still.
I have a lot of story lines going in this series. I know it, the readers know it and hopefully it's handled neatly enough that no one really minds.
1. Thomas and his hand issues
2. M...in general
3. Uhler and his long term goals
5. The facility's on/off investigations
6. The upcoming Purge
7. The future of magic and mutants
This list doesn't include a few new issues that the team has to deal with in the latest installment. One of which is M being in the public eye and the consequences of such things. To anyone not reading the series (yet), it probably sounds daunting and overwhelming. It's not, because a lot of this is a juggling act. By me and by the characters.
Something about comics, where groups are involved, that has always bothered me is the idea that everyone has the free time to deal with things. It always seems like the Justice League and the Avengers aren't too busy to drop everything and deal with the issue at hand. I realize that it's expected, no reader wants to hear that Flash can't defend the world from (insert w/e) because he missed a phone call while attending a funeral for his grandmother. In reality, this sort of stuff does happen.
I'm not saying that happens in these books, but it's been 10 years in the books and not a single Lord has been killed, why? Well, that list above, minus #4 is why. Sure, the Lords should take priority, but that's a goal that requires 1,2 and 5 to be resolved somehow (maybe more, maybe less, read the books :D ). Sometimes the team isn't up to saving the world. Sometimes Punisher needs to clean his weapons and sometimes Deadpool is busy eating...although that one does happen in the comics, doesn't it?
The fun apart all this is that even with a to-do list in front of a main plot point, the story goes on in an entertaining fashion. These minor stop offs allude to something bigger down the road. A newer, much larger problem that takes minor ideas before and converts them into something impactful and unexpected. Hopefully, it's as much fun to read as it is for me to write. Don't worry readers, we might be entering book 4 of the series, with another 6 or so to go, but I'm not out of ideas, not by a long shot.