X-Men

X-Men

Age of X

Graphic Novel - 2012
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The X-Men find themselves in a world where mutants have been hunted to near extinction and the few who remain are in hiding.
Publisher: New York : Marvel, 2012
ISBN: 9780785152903
0785152903
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Age of X

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forbesrachel Oct 14, 2013

Mutants are to be killed. There is no curing them, no helping them, they are to be annihilated. In this alternate reality the X-Men never existed, and now all mutants are confined to their fortress where they barely survive. Many of the original characters have been brought over and redesigned to match this new, darker universe. Names too differ, for example Rogue is Legacy, and Cyclops is Basilisk. Finally, personalities are vastly different, with backstories given for the most prominent, explaining their changes. Many perspectives are given, as narrators vary, so a good sense of just how different their lives are is gotten across.
Not only is all of humankind against them, hunting them to death, but there are forces moving against them within their own fortress as well. About half way through things take a very unusual turn, this is not an alternate dimension but a physiological prison created by the persona "Moira".
The artwork in general is good, but as this is a collection, different artists are used, meaning some are better than others. This does not affect the overall feel of the story though.
Many comics like to add to their respective universe, and the second portion of this collection brings in the rest of the Marvel universe, which was an unnecessary move. Not side story is not good in itself, but up to that point it was the X-Men universe alone.
These characters too are very different, darker, and harder. In the end though, most of them remain heroes though.

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GregAraujo
Oct 16, 2011

Alternate timelines and the X-Men seem to go together like peanut butter & jelly; however, this is actually a pretty good story.

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