They're really very interchangeable, and Crossed and Blackgas are pretty much the same story.
Ellis has a comfort box and he doesn't like to step outside of it.
From what I remember reading back when I was younger, Eve of Destruction is pretty much the end of 'classic' X-Men, with X-Men Forever published alongside it as an attempt to finally resolve the trillion plot threads from the '80s and '90s and allow new writers to come in on a clean slate.
Yeah. Plus the X-books had grown to what, thirty titles? Joe Q was putting pressure to axe allot of that.
Site's still fucked up @Mississippi Motorboater, so Immagonna try this...
From what I've read so far, the Claremont/Byrne stuff seems to be the creative peak of those desired elements.
Hopefully you post your impressions like on the grief thread.
Not gonna lie, I'm enduring Morrison's run right now, and it's making me want to shove a power drill into my mouth. I don't know why people keep recommending this run to new readers--the art is shit, the characters have zero agency outside of carrying out boring high-concept nonsense and being pretentious mouthpieces for a postmodern hipster garbage, the costumes are utter ass, and no one from Jean Grey or Cyclops or Magneto is acting like themselves. Plus, from what I'm told, half of this shit is retconned in Whedon's run anyway (which I'm not looking forward to reading either).
Morrison's run is a deconstruction. His pitch is in collections. Thanks to you I cracked my Omni open and took another look. Basically he was asked to figure out what was 'broken' with the X-Books in the 90s.
1. He rightly points out that Giant sized X-men was transgressive and in tune with fads of the time. By the time Morrison was on the books; the X-Men were normative and aged. His answer was to shift the X-Men back to youth culture of the time. As he understood it.
2. Morrison's New X-Men is if not his last than one of his last deconstructive works. He shook up stagnant characters. I even like what he did with Magneto in light of the decade of post Claremont stories. My own preference would be X-men #3 had been the end of that journey.
As to the art? I don't know what you mean. Frank Quitely is awesome as a draftsman and the other artists I remember are Phil Jiminez, Marc Silvestri, Ethan Van Sciver, and Igor Korday.