Why is it so popular?
The characters are badass, the world is on the verge of destruction, it's a kind of mature content for the time. (I mean, we get to see hills of corpses.)
Some characters are very interesting and kinda touching, Sabertooth, Blink, Wyldchild. The villain are great too : Holocaust is an arrogant, unkillable bastard, Apocalypse, is well, apocalypse.
Another thing is the kinda high mortality rate of the story, killed-off-for-real ! And, out of sadism, it feel good because it's not the usual "Oh I died but I get better."
And all in all, it's also the sheer epicness of the story. I mean, Japan obliterated, wave of thousands sentinel that cross the oceans. The struggle of the X-men against even more despereate odds.
It's just a dark, awesome, story.
It's nostalgic for me, I was in middle school when it came out. I remember being so miffed that Psylocke was just about the ONLY character that didn't get mentioned (until the 10yr anniversary issues that I totally hated) but it was such a radical change from the X-Men I knew and loved and all the pieces of the story flowed so effortlessly, you could see how these characters would follow this new path in the face of such terrible adversity, as opposed to the way you knew them in 616.
Exodus was a good guy, Iceman had actually realized his potential, Dazzler got more attention, Wolvie and Jean are an item, Beast is a twisted butcher....it's just cool, man.
" It's nostalgic for me, I was in middle school when it came out. I remember being so miffed that Psylocke was just about the ONLY character that didn't get mentioned (until the 10yr anniversary issues that I totally hated) but it was such a radical change from the X-Men I knew and loved and all the pieces of the story flowed so effortlessly, you could see how these characters would follow this new path in the face of such terrible adversity, as opposed to the way you new them in 616. Exodus was a good guy, Iceman had actually realized his potential, Dazzler got more attention, Wolvie and Jean are an item, Beast is a twisted butcher....it's just cool, man. "agree
There is something about it that just blew me away when I read this for the first time as a child. It was the first alternative universe story I ever read and after falling in love with the X-men seeing things twisted upside down it was just awesome for me. Cyclops being a baddie and actually being... a Cyclops, Wolverine losing a hand by Cyke... I dunno just totally loved it.
" It was a combination of great plot, bad ass reimaginings of characters and just some quite big events within the series that are just really well done. Its probs the best xmen arc of all time. "I completely agree. Probably the best alternate reality story I've ever read.
Well, in terms of size, I'd say House of M, which I think is quite a close second. Other alternate reality stories I would consider to be close, at least in terms of quality, would be Age of X, the Summers' Rebellion timeline (from X-Factor), Old Man Logan, Days of Future Past, Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Strikes Again and JLA: Earth 2.
" @John Valentine: i would go for that , short of a view much shorter alternative reality arcs/stories i cant really think of a contender. "
" I'm reading through it now and not really finding it that great to be honest. Sure, it's nice to see some re-imagined characters and all, but overall, it ain't that great. "What makes you not like the greatest X-story ever told?
" @NexusOfLight said:I dunno. I like the concept of it, the characters are cool, I like how it got started off, it's just the story telling. Maybe it's because of how the writing itself is. Nothing screams epic for me, it's just mediocre. Far from being the greatest X-story ever told. I mean, shoot, I liked Legion Quest more, and that was the story that set up AoA. Maybe I'll change my mind when I'm actually done with reading through it all, but the fact that I really have no motivation to see this through to the end, even though the books're right here really says something. As far as greatest X-stories go, I can think of at least three right off the bat that hold that spot for me." I'm reading through it now and not really finding it that great to be honest. Sure, it's nice to see some re-imagined characters and all, but overall, it ain't that great. "What makes you not like the greatest X-story ever told? "
I've finally read the whole thing... and I have mixed feelings. Gen Next is exceptional, amazing, and one of the finest things I've ever seen done with four issues of superhero comic book. Factor X and Weapon X had some really great ideas, and good stories, but both felt rushed at points and had pacing issues (you've got four months guys, make it happen). X-Calibre also seemed to try and fit too much into too little page space, and Gambit was enjoyable. I struggled to care about Amazing X-men ( a large part of that may have just been my investment in the cast... not the creators fault) but it was pretty well written and managed to move the story along well. Astonishing felt cheap, and like they were stretching out too little over too much space... and than rushing to wrap things up on the last few pages. I'm blaming Joe Madureira for the awfulness of Astonishing. I mean, what a great cast! Sabertooth! Blink! Rogue! Morph! I really wanted to like this! I'll bet if Bachalo was on pencils, it would have been much better. They could have done more with the story either way, but I think the ridiculously broad shoulders had a lot to do with my distaste. I wish the relationship between Blink and Victor was given more time... I feel like it was stated and never developed, and given the limits they both face in 616, both deserved it. I found X-Man to be awkward and awful in just about every way. Which is a shame.. .cause here too I think there was a lot of potential.
Perhaps the biggest problem with AOA is the colorists. It's a problem in almost every book. The pallets are dominated by these really bight secondary colors and yellow. In addition to being jarring it also makes the the panels really hard to decipher visually. It's like there is no foreground middle ground and background. Somehow Bachalo (whom I love) has the most decipherable art in this mix... how did that happen?
I thought it was trite drivel and had a hard time slogging through it. It was literally just an army of disproportionate mutants grab-assing each other issue after issue.
Age of Apocalypse represents everything that was wrong with comics in the 90s. It's baffling how people compare it to Claremont, Morrison or Whedon.
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