This article is from the X-Men Comic Books FAQ, by Kate the Short (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
The answer to this is as diverse as the fans it's asked to, and the
question usually comes up once every three months or so on the
newsgroup. Realizing that this answer is going to be hopelessly
generalized, most older X-fans still follow the book because of the
loyalty generated by Claremont during his original run. Many of them
grew to care about the characters in the book during his run, and out of
some sort of perverse curiosity, care deeply when they are mismanaged as
they are currently perceived to be.
Dropping the book, of course, would send the "message" to Marvel that
they no longer agree with the direction the X-titles are heading. On the
other hand, a feeling like "If you don't vote, you don't have the right
to complain" also comes over some of them. And every small bit of good
comics that sneaks through fuels their memories of how much they once
loved it, and keeps them around for more.
It may be that they're now grown up, and wouldn't have liked the
original Claremont stories if they were coming out now. It may be that
they're just following them out of curiosity, because a few comic books
aren't much to keep up on with a professional paycheck. They may even
prefer the stories as they are now. In any case, older X-fans who are
still reading the book should be assumed to be getting some form of
enjoyment from it, or else they would probably have dropped it long ago.
It should also be noted that there is one particular breed of dino, who
don't read any of the books, but feel qualified to post on racmx
because they were once big X-Men fans, and will happily fill in
information on the older comics and the characters that appeared in them
to the newer fans.
Finally, many of the dino population have good friends who post
regularly to racmx, and hang around to share in their virtual