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Age of Apocalypse #1 - X

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The war between humans and mutants continues in the Age of Apocalypse world. With a threat taking over Apocalypse's rule, the story is far from over.

Exploding from the pages of UNCANNY X-FORCE, we return to the Age of Apocalypse and see it's still a completely miserable place you wouldn't want live in or even visit.

The Good

If you thought X-Men comics were dark and dreary, you must have forgotten what the Age of Apocalypse was like. While the original series gave a fun different look with a "What If?" approach, this series is shaping up to take the reality to a new level. We were introduced to some 'new' characters in the recent POINT ONE issue and the recent events in UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1 changes the status quo for some characters.

One of the selling points for me is the fact that Weapon Omega (aka Wolverine) is the big bad villain. We've seen him as the hero countless times and continuing to look at him from this perspective gives us a different take. On the human side, we have a new team, the X-Terminated, made up of familiar characters with the Age of Apocalypse twist.

David Lapham does a great job in making this series feel different from past AoA stories. Despite the dark tones and deaths we've seen before, this issue cranks up the dreariness. Combined with Roberto De La Torre's art, the atmosphere of this world practically oozes off each page.

It always felt like many of the past AoA stories tried to exploit the fact that we'd have different versions of the heroes and villains we know but you don't get that impression here. We do see one non-mutant character with a different take but it comes across as being pretty cool rather than have a forced feeling of trying to give us a radical change from what we know. The character who acts as the narrator here is also one to keep an eye on.

The Bad

The series has a dark feel to it but thankfully not too dreary that it darkens your day. The members of the X-Terminated aren't really ones that I like. Or at least as far as their normal counterparts are considered. They do have some potential here in the way they're presented. They might be familiar characters but the way the world has shaped them could make them stand out in a new level. I haven't been won over by them by but I can see this easily changing.

There's also the current status of Jean Grey and Sabretooth. Changing who and what they are is a bold move. I can't say I'm thrilled about it but it will definitely shake things up and continue to separate them from their normal counterparts.

The Verdict

Forget what you know about the X-Men. AGE OF APOCALYPSE takes the idea of turning everything upside down but this title is going places the previous mini-series haven't gone. We definitely have a darker feel with desperation seeing the story from the humans' perspective. Lapham and De La Torre work wonders together is giving this series a unique feel that makes it clear this isn't your average X-title. If you like the AoA world or want to see a different take on the X-Universe, this is definitely a series to check out. Other non-mutant characters may pop up as well as we get to see how everyone has been affected by this universe. If you're looking for something new with elements of familiarity, this series won't let you down.

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I can't wait to get it.From what I've seen in previews and this reviews, it looks like it's worth it.

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I'm skimmed this, don't want to read it before I actually read the book, I'm hyping the sh*t out of this. The new character looks pretty badass.

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@ReVamp said:

 The new character looks pretty badass.

Which one?
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Meh, I'll pass, I'm pretty jaded on anything X Men related.

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I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

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@Vance Astro said:

@ReVamp said:

The new character looks pretty badass.

Which one?

Supposed to be an 's' at the end of Character.

Prophet and Horror Show caught my eye, the former specifically.

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I've been waiting for some AOA action.

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@Vance Astro said:

@ReVamp said:

Supposed to be an 's' at the end of Character.

Prophet and Horror Show caught my eye, the former specifically.

Prophet and Horror Show are William Stryker and Graydon Creed.

Yeah, I read that. I know they're not "new" but they're being revamped. (And No, there wasn't any attempt at a lame pun in that sentence, so GTFO TGO)

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@ReVamp said:

Yeah, I read that. I know they're not "new" but they're being revamped. (And No, there wasn't any attempt at a lame pun in that sentence, so GTFO TGO)

Have you read the AOA issue of Uncanny  X-Force? They give you a little taste of what Prophet can do.
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@Vance Astro said:

@ReVamp said:

Yeah, I read that. I know they're not "new" but they're being revamped. (And No, there wasn't any attempt at a lame pun in that sentence, so GTFO TGO)

Have you read the AOA issue of Uncanny X-Force? They give you a little taste of what Prophet can do.

I... Skimmed it. You mean the .1, right? I skimmed it, but it felt like Kind of a set up and I didn't have patience to give it a full look. I can haz spoilers please? (Of what he can do)

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I actually like this book. I hope hope it survives long enough to tell a good tale.

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How were Jean and Sabertooth changed?

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They've changed pretty much everything i liked about Aoa.
Don't see why they didn't just create a new reality.

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This type of things is THE exact reason why I have given up on most marvel titles and especially X-titles. FFS, you can only take so much angst before it turns your stomach.

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I almost picked this up but there were WAY too many awesome Image books this week. I think I can sit this one out.

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@InnerVenom123: They were depowered by clones of Scarlet Witch in the recent X-force .1 issue. The plan was to use the clones to create a similar effect as M day, depowering Weapon Omega and most of his forces. Of course it backfired, and the spell only had a radius of a few feet, so that all of the good guys lost their powers, giving an even greater advantage to the bad guys.

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My only problem with this issue is the nature of the X-terminated. The idea is that they're the last human resistance, but none of them are what you'd call exactly 'normal' human beings. Fair enough, Prophet's precognitive abilities come from studiying his apponents, but the rest of them (cyborg implants, perfect photographic memory, etc.) make them seem a little too... different. I don't think I'm explaining this well...

Regardless, it's a brilliant issue. Part of me hopes that Jean (and possibly Sabertooth) will be repowered at some point. We know that Weapon Omega is still searching for her, and that Celestial tech. was able to repower mutants such as Polaris and Magneto on Earth 616, so there's a chance of that happening, anyway.

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I think now with the depowered Jean and Sabretooth... I think we'll see some of the mutants that have been MIA since the original story arc!! Like Dazzler and Exodus for example!!!

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I'm not sure if i should pick this up

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Probably not going to get this

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You know what I want? I want the Celestials to come to that Earth and tell Wolverine that what he has done was not what they had in mind. :p