Thanks for the QatD screen shots- I want to track those down now.
Anywoo, I still think Busiek's take on Quicksilver was more reminiscent of his 70s persona than 90s. There was very little that was endearing, and unintentionally funny about Quicksilver that I remember..I mean, there's one page where Pietro talks about his estranged family, maybe one instance of Pietro stealing guns from people and being smug about it, and like I mentioned before, getting annoyed at Justice for delaying an Avenger meeting. But maybe it's not fair companrison: X-Factor only had 7 characters, whereas the Avengers was a lot more crowded, so Pietro had more panel time in X-Factor than the Avengers.
He seemed a bit lighter, with some self-deprecating humor, during the Avengers Academy run, where he was both snarky, on occasion, and the object of some snark, at other times.
There were even a few running gags, like him telling Finesse that Magneto used to test him and Wanda by sending assassins to kill them, and when Finesse later mentions it to Magneto (defending Quicksilver against his father, in what was a pretty amazing character turn for her), Magneto whispers to her something like, "They had orders not to actually kill them. Never tell Pietro this."
He also did something kind-hearted, helping to save Juston Seyfert's Sentinel from Emma all hopped on Phoenix, using super-speed to save part of it's computer brain (that Juston could use to rebuild the Sentinel) faster than Emma could see as she destroyed it. After she left, he handed it to Juston and said, "I wasn't being nice or anything. I just didn't want to hear you all whine about it for the next week."
I liked that he remained standoffish, and whenever he did something halfway decent, it was entirely on his terms, rather than be soft-pedaled into a big softy or go through the kind of 'might as well have just killed him' characterization change that befell Warren Worthington, or, arguably, Scott or Hank or Xavier.
^ There's also the argument that even when he DID do something completely out of altruism, he didn't want people to know or think it was for that reason, because then they would expect it again and again, and also because such motivation makes people a bit more vulnerable, which I don't think Pietro likes.
But, yes, I loved the way Gage wrote him. I wish he could do so again, but my guess is that ship has long sailed.
I wonder if the other characters believe his assertion that he saved Speedball's cat and Justin's sentinel because he didn't want to be bothered by the children whining. Maybe they can see through his excuses?
I also liked that the usually very unemotional Finesse had an angry outburst because of Magneto berating Quicksilver. The thing though, is that we didn't get to see a lot of their interactions, so it's not entirely clear why she became so attached to her teacher.
electr1cgoblin, why dod you think Gage will never again write Quicksilver? I know he's not currently working at Marvel, but I don't see why he would never do a project for them in the future. Is there something I'm missing?
Why? Gage isn't working for Marvel now, and they didn't exactly throw choice stuff his way when he WAS there (and they should have). My guess is that he'll be happier working for other companies.
I also don't think that anyone writing Quicksilver any time soon is a big priority for the company. They, uhm, did what they did in the movies, and I don't see any substantive (or really, any) plans for him in the new "Secret Wars" or "Battleworld" or Marvel 3.0 or whatever the new universe is going to be called, either.
Could be wrong, of course, but I'm just calling them as I see them.