Mike Carey (w) Clay Mann, Jay Liesten (a)
Even before this book hit shelves, the naysayers were comparing the Age of X to the Age of Apocalypse, which is like comparing apples to oranges. Both ages have to do with alternate universes (speaking of which, some of the best Star Trek stories are alternate universe tales – including the recent movie), but just like apples and oranges are fruit, that is where the comparisons end with the ages.
X-Men Legacy #245 shows that Mike Carey has a plan – and from this debut issue and chapter two (also out this week in New Mutants #22), this plan of his promises to be a doozy. I do not particularly care to give out spoilers, it’s too easy and not fair to people who like to be surprised. And it is hard to review this issue without giving some things away. Suffice to say, the X universe is turned on its head as the Marvel world that we know is now existing in another reality, one where mutant has been hunted down to the brink of extinction.
What we do get is a brand-new look at some familiar characters, as they are thrust into new roles and relationships. However, everything is not as it seems, and for me, that’s where the money lies with Age of X. The first two issues (counting New Mutants #22, also written by Carey) begin to lay the seeds for what should be a promising tale over the next few months.
So, if you are fan of the Star Trek mirror dimension episodes (while not a perfect comparison), than you should enjoy this new version of what we used to know as the X-Men.
Brian Michael Bendis (w) Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet (a)
First, I cannot believe this mini-series and trilogy is just one issue away from ending. It has been so good. I always want each issue to continue. This of course rang true once again with Ultimate Doom #3 as the gang is finally thrust together by book’s end, gearing up for the final climatic confrontation next month.
This series perhaps more than any other has really turned the Marvel Ultimate Universe on its head with its antagonist being none other than Reed Richards. I mean, who saw that one coming. It’s an arc that Bendis has been working on since the re-launch at the conclusion of Ultimatum.
My guess, more than one person is going down next issue, this being the Ultimate universe – any takers on whom?
But wait, as usual, there is more! Sadly you will not be getting steak knives with this issue (or review for that matter). No, there is a new partnership that the good guys are forced into if they truly want to save the day.
Also, there was another awesome heroic moment for one certain character while another was rooting against that moment. These are the moments I live for, character moments – love ‘em.
Brian Michael Bendis (w) John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson (a)
The best compliment I can pay to the main Avengers title is that each issue feels like a movie, and a blockbuster movie at that. The team splits up this month in an attempt to locate the remaining infinity gems to keep them out of the hands of a certain evildoer. However, when you think of that plan, isn’t it a flawed one? Don’t you think that’s just what the bad dude wants? Well yes, but it turns out it did not seem to matter.
So we get our separate squads looking for the gems, meanwhile they discover at one site that they are already too late – cue music.
Bendis does a terrific job as usual giving each character their moment while moving all plot threads and such ahead.
As for the visuals, there is one great scene that Romita Jr drew that looks like it came straight out of The Right Stuff – truly heroic and all that. You should know it when you see it.
Honorable Mention goes out this week to Victor Gischler’s X-Men #8. I don’t know why I did not pick up on this in the first issue of the Serve and Protect arc, but this story appears to be a continuation of the Shed storyline from Amazing Spider-Man #629-633, complete with Chris Bachalo’s fun pencils. So if you enjoyed the Lizard’s recent metamorphosis, then pick up this week’s X-Men (and last month’s as well).
Well that’s it for this week boys and girls. Sadly I did not get the opportunity to read everything this week yet, but I am sure Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and American Vampire were awesome. If they are truly noteworthy, I will drop you another line. Also looking forward to reading Daniel Way and Jason Pearson’s new take on Astonishing X-Men.