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In a world where the X-Men never existed, and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants have banded together to make their last stand. They spend each day securing the walls of their stronghold, Fortress X, beating back the anti-mutant forces that would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within Fortress X itself, could it be t In a world where the X-Men never existed, and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants have banded together to make their last stand. They spend each day securing the walls of their stronghold, Fortress X, beating back the anti-mutant forces that would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within Fortress X itself, could it be that mutantkind's last bastion will crumble from the inside out? When the dust settles, no one will be left unscathed. Collecting: Age of X: Alpha, X-Men Legacy 245-247, New Mutants 22-24, Age of X Universe 1-2, & Age of X Historical Logs


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In a world where the X-Men never existed, and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants have banded together to make their last stand. They spend each day securing the walls of their stronghold, Fortress X, beating back the anti-mutant forces that would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within Fortress X itself, could it be t In a world where the X-Men never existed, and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants have banded together to make their last stand. They spend each day securing the walls of their stronghold, Fortress X, beating back the anti-mutant forces that would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within Fortress X itself, could it be that mutantkind's last bastion will crumble from the inside out? When the dust settles, no one will be left unscathed. Collecting: Age of X: Alpha, X-Men Legacy 245-247, New Mutants 22-24, Age of X Universe 1-2, & Age of X Historical Logs

30 review for X-Men: Age of X

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Yes, it's another alternate reality X-Men story. It is done very well though. It starts and ends a bit weak with the extraneous short stories set in the same world by other creative teams. The core story by Mike Carey, Clay Mann, and Steve Kurth is pretty damn good. It's a world where the X-Men never existed. All of the remaining mutants are holed up in Fortress X, which Human Coalition forces bombard everyday. I like the focus on some of the lesser known mutants like Frenzy. Seeing Cannonball l Yes, it's another alternate reality X-Men story. It is done very well though. It starts and ends a bit weak with the extraneous short stories set in the same world by other creative teams. The core story by Mike Carey, Clay Mann, and Steve Kurth is pretty damn good. It's a world where the X-Men never existed. All of the remaining mutants are holed up in Fortress X, which Human Coalition forces bombard everyday. I like the focus on some of the lesser known mutants like Frenzy. Seeing Cannonball leading the mutant forces was really great too. He's always been one of my favorite X-Men. The art is fantastic, Mann's and Kurth's styles mess really well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This started out with promise and, if I could, I would rate the first half a 4 star and the end a 2.5 star. The X-Men find themselves in an alternate reality, defending Fortress X, which is constantly under siege as the last mutant stronghold in a world where mutants are routinely exterminated and sterilized. In this world, Professor Xavier and his school never existed. The characters and their traditional story arcs have been altered, as have their appearances and their memories: Cyclops is ins This started out with promise and, if I could, I would rate the first half a 4 star and the end a 2.5 star. The X-Men find themselves in an alternate reality, defending Fortress X, which is constantly under siege as the last mutant stronghold in a world where mutants are routinely exterminated and sterilized. In this world, Professor Xavier and his school never existed. The characters and their traditional story arcs have been altered, as have their appearances and their memories: Cyclops is instead known as Basilisk, whose eyelids have been removed so he can be used as an executioner in a mutant prison; Rogue is known as Legacy, the "reaper" who collects the powers and memories of those mutants who fall on the battlefield; Wolverine has been weakened by metabolizing a mutant cure and only one "snikt" of his adamantium claws could kill him. When Legacy (who has no memory of herself as Rogue) begins to notice incongruencies in the reality with which they have been presented, she begins looking for answers, unraveling a conspiracy that threatens everything they thought they knew about who they're fighting and what they're fighting for. As I said, the beginning instantly drew me in, in part because the reader--just like the characters--has no idea what's happening and begins to piece things together along with Rogue. However, the end seems to rush toward a conclusion that's a little too "Look at how clever this is!" I would have preferred that the characters hang around a little longer, develop in fresh directions since the storyline has severed them from their pasts. Because of that, I'd have to give it 3 1/2 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    So, I got this because I was looking up comics about Legion, since I am hooked on the TV show. (The show is amazing, btw.) This is a weird, weird little short run about an alternate world where the X-Men never existed, and Magneto and the surviving mutants are holed up in a fortress that they defend endlessly against human soldiers. Or . . . do they? Sort of fizzles out at the end, and there's a strange couple of comics about the Avengers that don't really fit into this included. Not 100% sure wh So, I got this because I was looking up comics about Legion, since I am hooked on the TV show. (The show is amazing, btw.) This is a weird, weird little short run about an alternate world where the X-Men never existed, and Magneto and the surviving mutants are holed up in a fortress that they defend endlessly against human soldiers. Or . . . do they? Sort of fizzles out at the end, and there's a strange couple of comics about the Avengers that don't really fit into this included. Not 100% sure why they did this, since it makes the ending of the X-Men story not really work. But I always love seeing the characters in different timelines, their different relationships and how their personalities mesh there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This looks like a simple alternate world like Age of Apocalypse, but there is so much going on in this story. All the characters get beautiful redesigns and the artwork is worth taking time to explore. The world and characters are mysterious, allowing suspense over simple things like identity and setting and encouraging close and repeated reading. There are some really lovely moments of emotional relief and release. Also, this story has lasting effects on the X-Men which are just as compelling a This looks like a simple alternate world like Age of Apocalypse, but there is so much going on in this story. All the characters get beautiful redesigns and the artwork is worth taking time to explore. The world and characters are mysterious, allowing suspense over simple things like identity and setting and encouraging close and repeated reading. There are some really lovely moments of emotional relief and release. Also, this story has lasting effects on the X-Men which are just as compelling as the story itself. Just reread the story for the first time and really enjoyed the clues dropped in the story. I wish the collection had included the Aftermath which is really good and prevents the story from being merely an alternate view.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This post apocalyptic world has the X-Men fighting against a variety of foes. I found the artwork panels hit or miss in driving the story at times. A nice twist at the end. OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Carey starts this apocalyptic vision out with a very strong writing streak - tightly written, just enough to keep us from understanding it all before he jumps to the next interesting interchange. As a guy who's been writing a lot of background character development in the legacy book for so long, it's somehow a surprise how he writes a war story so well. The massive setups, the deep strategies that would've had to have been developed - all of it so artfully presented that I'm surprised he doesn't Carey starts this apocalyptic vision out with a very strong writing streak - tightly written, just enough to keep us from understanding it all before he jumps to the next interesting interchange. As a guy who's been writing a lot of background character development in the legacy book for so long, it's somehow a surprise how he writes a war story so well. The massive setups, the deep strategies that would've had to have been developed - all of it so artfully presented that I'm surprised he doesn't write like this all the time. Has this story been cooking in Carey's head all the way along? Unclear as we go who the "bad guys" are, though the fun is in hinting at the coming events of AvX as the cause of all this apocalyptic action. It's not like there's never been a mutant apocalypse story before, but seeing it through Carey's eyes (and some interesting up-and-comer artists') is fun and exciting. As I often feel when reading X-titles, I'm stumped on a bunch of the non-classic characters. Should I know these guys? Are they old characters from the 90's? Are they current characters in one of the third-tier books? I dunno - and I've come to not even care - if they're important, I'm sure Carey would tell us about them. Otherwise, they're throwaway eye candy (which is fine and fun). My rating definitely benefits more from the start than the finish. Spoiler plot notes: (view spoiler)[Dr. Nemesis was working to condense Legion's multiple personalities for his father Xavier, but one personality fought back and took over, rewriting the world of X-Men into a war-torn apocalypse in which Legion was a hero and Legion's antagonists were less than usual. Magneto suspects and subverts, and Legion finally has to face the "personality" that took the form of Moira MacTaggart, Legion's protector in the real world. Legion absorbs the Moira personality and reverts the "bubble world" she created back to normal. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tym

    Other crossovers should learn from Age of X, expertly done.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    For all its hype, it could have been better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This book starts off weak and ends weak. The "Alpha" issue spends way too much time on the backstory of Age of X, really undercutting its oppressive, claustrophobic feel. But the "Universe" issues at the end are just bad: mediocre, anticlimactic, and in direct contradiction of the main story. Fortunately, you can ignore all of that. In between you have a story that runs through three issues of Legacy and three issues of New Mutants. It's a fun alternate universe that doesn't feel quite like any t This book starts off weak and ends weak. The "Alpha" issue spends way too much time on the backstory of Age of X, really undercutting its oppressive, claustrophobic feel. But the "Universe" issues at the end are just bad: mediocre, anticlimactic, and in direct contradiction of the main story. Fortunately, you can ignore all of that. In between you have a story that runs through three issues of Legacy and three issues of New Mutants. It's a fun alternate universe that doesn't feel quite like any that's come before. It's also a well-paced mystery. Finally, it really plays up three characters. The first is Rogue, in her most interesting role ever as Legacy. The second is, somewhat shockingly, Frenzy, who got some really nice character work in the years after this because of what happens here (before she was forgotten again). And the third is Legion. Overall, a strong crossover, if you just read the middle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Not bad standalone story. But since it is a standalone essentially alternate world, it really doesn't add much to the Marvel Universe so is essentially pointless. The use of a couple of the characters were pretty interesting and different - Rogue, Cyclops, Wolverine, Cannonball. The Peter Parker/MJ bit was a standout. In fact the Avengers piece was pretty good. But as a whole it was just okay. 3.5 of 5. Not bad standalone story. But since it is a standalone essentially alternate world, it really doesn't add much to the Marvel Universe so is essentially pointless. The use of a couple of the characters were pretty interesting and different - Rogue, Cyclops, Wolverine, Cannonball. The Peter Parker/MJ bit was a standout. In fact the Avengers piece was pretty good. But as a whole it was just okay. 3.5 of 5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Not so much a "milestone" as a poor man's version of Age of Apocalypses but with Rogue, Magneto, Legion and Moira MacTaggart at the story's heart. I have a feeling this event had some influence on the FX show Legion but beyond that its impact doesn't seem that long lasting or memorable. Not so much a "milestone" as a poor man's version of Age of Apocalypses but with Rogue, Magneto, Legion and Moira MacTaggart at the story's heart. I have a feeling this event had some influence on the FX show Legion but beyond that its impact doesn't seem that long lasting or memorable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    I’m pleased to say that what started off as a dull and by-the-numbers alternate dystopia event actually ended up becoming pretty fresh and cool! So, if you find yourself bored, stick with it. This one doesn’t truly get interesting until the half way point (around when we find out the truth about “Moira”) This feels like an echo of Age of Apocalypse, in many ways, although it’s much more concise. We’re treated to an alternate broken mirror look at familiar characters. The art is pretty solid (alth I’m pleased to say that what started off as a dull and by-the-numbers alternate dystopia event actually ended up becoming pretty fresh and cool! So, if you find yourself bored, stick with it. This one doesn’t truly get interesting until the half way point (around when we find out the truth about “Moira”) This feels like an echo of Age of Apocalypse, in many ways, although it’s much more concise. We’re treated to an alternate broken mirror look at familiar characters. The art is pretty solid (although not mindblowing.) There are two issues at the end that take place in this alt universe, and they felt way out of place. Once you read this, you’ll understand why showing us non mutant stories within this world don’t really make sense. In fact, once you get to them, you may as well close the book and read no further. This would be a five if it didn’t have such a lackluster start and unnecessary stories at the end. Instead, it earns a 3.4

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Better than most X-Men crossover events, but I still felt like I have read this before. The main concept is a bit flawed. The point being that all of the characters are changed in significant ways. But the story doesn't land on more than a few of them for more than a few panels. Anyway, the fallout is a bit more interesting than the Age of X Universe because it leads into many stories that are coming up. Art is well done, with little attention paid to the backgrounds, which feel a bit spare. Art Better than most X-Men crossover events, but I still felt like I have read this before. The main concept is a bit flawed. The point being that all of the characters are changed in significant ways. But the story doesn't land on more than a few of them for more than a few panels. Anyway, the fallout is a bit more interesting than the Age of X Universe because it leads into many stories that are coming up. Art is well done, with little attention paid to the backgrounds, which feel a bit spare. Artists Clay Mann and Steve Kurth have similar styles. Both seem to emulate Olivier Coipel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    I wanted to like this more, and started out liking it quite a bit as the premise is excellent. But I really hoped they could have taken it further than what often feels like a Sit-Com's marriage to continuity. Especially as this seemed to be an alternaverse type story. Not that I want characters to die, (and not that they can't be brought back, Lord knows they usually do come back) but there needs to be a sense of danger for there to be a feeling excitement. The non-X-men stories at the end had mor I wanted to like this more, and started out liking it quite a bit as the premise is excellent. But I really hoped they could have taken it further than what often feels like a Sit-Com's marriage to continuity. Especially as this seemed to be an alternaverse type story. Not that I want characters to die, (and not that they can't be brought back, Lord knows they usually do come back) but there needs to be a sense of danger for there to be a feeling excitement. The non-X-men stories at the end had more edge and intensity, and seemed to have more fun with the premise. Weird, but not Uncanny.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Colin Moon

    I like Carey's work on the Vertigo lines he's written, but this X story just seems like a hollow shell, a sort of nod to the great alternative timelines the X-Men have seen (Age of Apocalypse, Days of Future Past) but doesn't live up to any of them. I like Carey's work on the Vertigo lines he's written, but this X story just seems like a hollow shell, a sort of nod to the great alternative timelines the X-Men have seen (Age of Apocalypse, Days of Future Past) but doesn't live up to any of them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    While it does remind me of Age of Apocalypse it is an entirely different alternate world, and under differing circumstances. Great read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave Suiter

    Mutants have been outlawed. One thousand days ago the United States passed legislation making it a crime to be born a mutant, the rest of the world soon followed. The few remaining mutants in the world have locked themselves within Fortress X where everyday they must battle human armies to stay alive. The mutant gene is something these refugees have been born with but now they are being persecuted to the point of extinction. Age of X is the latest story in the saga of the X-Men from Marvel Comic Mutants have been outlawed. One thousand days ago the United States passed legislation making it a crime to be born a mutant, the rest of the world soon followed. The few remaining mutants in the world have locked themselves within Fortress X where everyday they must battle human armies to stay alive. The mutant gene is something these refugees have been born with but now they are being persecuted to the point of extinction. Age of X is the latest story in the saga of the X-Men from Marvel Comics. Written by Mike Carey with art from Steve Kurth and Clay Mann the X-Men have been twisted and changed in this new reality for the mutants of the Marvel Universe. In the tradition of past X-Men stories such as Days of Future Past and Age of Apocalypse, Age of X shows an alternate reality where the X-Men did not exist and their battle for mutant acceptance was never fought. This story asks all of the what if questions and shows different possibilities and paths the X-Men could have taken that could forever change their destinies. There are new relationships, new names and a new mission as the X-Men must strive just to exist. The story is a mystery built around the protection of Fortress X. When the story opens Legacy, who is the X-Man Rogue in the real X-Men reality, discovers something that makes no sense and this starts her on a path of questioning everything when none of the pieces of the puzzle fit the way they should. Writer Carey excels in plotting this six part story. The pacing is outstanding. He allows for the pieces to be put in place and he keeps the story moving forward at a tireless pace. The story does not drag in any part and the buildup quickly moves to the denouement with lots of details and action built into each part of this story. The art of Kurth and Mann is stunning. The art hits home that this is a dystopian society where the mutants must fight wave after wave of invading forces just to stay alive. The artists keep a consistent look through out the book as they alternate art duties in the main Age of X story. The designs are innovative with the characters looking more rugged than the traditional super hero flashy. There is a lot of detail on each page with the backgrounds being as interesting as the main images in each scene. This collection is available now in hardcover with the paperback edition due out in October. There are many extras that enhance the main story with short stories about some of the key characters and how their lives were shaped by this reality. There is also the bonus of seeing some of this world’s Marvel heroes and their reactions to the events. It is interesting to see how Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man deal with the genocidal world these characters live in. The decision: This is a great read. Mike Carey has really put a new spin on the alternate reality world of the X-Men. It reinforces why the battles the X-Men fight are so important. Without acceptance their lives could turn into a world of concentration camps and torturous battles. Kurth and Mann exhibit amazing artwork and keep a consistent look throughout while still maintaining their own styles.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    Something is wrong in the Marvel Universe. It’s as though mutants have been outlawed for years, hunted to the brink of extinction by the Avengers themselves. Wolverine was “cured” of his healing factor, and Cyclops narrowly escaped prison camps after the government surgically removed his eyelids and used him as a tool of execution. All the world’s telepaths seem to have disappeared, or were never known about in the first place. Where they went is the key to why this world abruptly came to be, an Something is wrong in the Marvel Universe. It’s as though mutants have been outlawed for years, hunted to the brink of extinction by the Avengers themselves. Wolverine was “cured” of his healing factor, and Cyclops narrowly escaped prison camps after the government surgically removed his eyelids and used him as a tool of execution. All the world’s telepaths seem to have disappeared, or were never known about in the first place. Where they went is the key to why this world abruptly came to be, and the mutants must find the answer before they are snuffed out altogether. It’s a funky book that collects both that main story, which is interesting, and side stories that are fairly terrible. The worst follows the Avengers, positing that Captain America wouldn’t realize all of this was wrong until he’d killed children. Alternate universes always have questionable characterization, but this one is particularly wretched. The only amusing idea in the side-stories is that in a world this brutal, Frank Castle became the head of the military. Because it draws from multiple series and miniseries, the art is all over the place. The first chapter "flashes back" to several different art styles, though none are particularly pleasant to look at, and all of them are poorly served by being the vessels for yet another fight scene. All in all, Age of X feels suited to X-Men fans who want another big mutant war story that wraps up tight. Just don't expect it to reach the heights of Age of Apocalypse.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trey

    I don't think it's a spoiler to say that the existence of these X-Men in an unfamiliar setting is not real. One character describes it this way: "This world is a fantasy. A skein of nonsense." I think that's a pretty fair summation of the book. It's a tale set in a false universe, a "what if?" story, an elseworlds story, packaged into continuity in such a way that it will never be referred to again. And that would be fine if the payoff mattered in the least. I like many of those stories, but thi I don't think it's a spoiler to say that the existence of these X-Men in an unfamiliar setting is not real. One character describes it this way: "This world is a fantasy. A skein of nonsense." I think that's a pretty fair summation of the book. It's a tale set in a false universe, a "what if?" story, an elseworlds story, packaged into continuity in such a way that it will never be referred to again. And that would be fine if the payoff mattered in the least. I like many of those stories, but this was a shameless effort to dress the X-Men up in new costumes and new names and play around for a few months without Marvel admitting that was what they were doing. Ultimately, it adds little to the X-Men mythos, even less than other similar tales like the "Age of Apocalypse."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eric England

    First of all, this storyline is not nearly as good as Age of Apocalypse or Days of Future Past, two obvious sources of inspiration for the writers and illustrators. However, taken on its own, it is a fun story with lots of twists and thrills. The Age of X version of Cyclops is easily the coolest variation on the character that I have seen and I generally do not like Cyclops. I thought the best part of the collection though were the Age of X: Universe issues. I like how they remind the reader tha First of all, this storyline is not nearly as good as Age of Apocalypse or Days of Future Past, two obvious sources of inspiration for the writers and illustrators. However, taken on its own, it is a fun story with lots of twists and thrills. The Age of X version of Cyclops is easily the coolest variation on the character that I have seen and I generally do not like Cyclops. I thought the best part of the collection though were the Age of X: Universe issues. I like how they remind the reader that even in a dark and twisted world heroes can still do what is best and inspire others to be better than themselves.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

    Great adventure this was a story I was worried I might be confused about since I hadn't read an x-men book in awhile, but to my surprise it was very easy to get into and read as a stand alone story. I know with x-men books sometimes it's easy to get lost in what's going on, but this book doesn't suffer from those problems. Great adventure this was a story I was worried I might be confused about since I hadn't read an x-men book in awhile, but to my surprise it was very easy to get into and read as a stand alone story. I know with x-men books sometimes it's easy to get lost in what's going on, but this book doesn't suffer from those problems.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    Mixed bag, hard to like this book or hate it. The age of x is a great concept but the way this particular book is put together is a bit out of order. After the main x-men story arch is over you get some side stories that happen in the middle. The basilisk story is a shining moment of good writing and art and I liked the wolverine sub story but the rogue and hulk parts are terrible art ughh

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    Very interesting self contained parallel universe story. Probably the best X-Men story I have read in a while...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leandro Escobar-herrera

    Age of X manages to be what every comic book crossover event tries to be, unexpected, fun, intriguing – a must-see spectacle. Alternative storylines usually suffer from wanting to add shock factors since it is free from consequences. Age of X avoids that trap and instead opt for the entertainment coming from the mystery and the characters. The story begins mid-action, with no explanation on why the universe has changed. We found out what is going on simultaneously as the characters, and every Age of X manages to be what every comic book crossover event tries to be, unexpected, fun, intriguing – a must-see spectacle. Alternative storylines usually suffer from wanting to add shock factors since it is free from consequences. Age of X avoids that trap and instead opt for the entertainment coming from the mystery and the characters. The story begins mid-action, with no explanation on why the universe has changed. We found out what is going on simultaneously as the characters, and every twist feels well earned. The story is greatly helped by the twists on the characters being well-realized, letting the characters play with changing relationships and attitudes that come with a different upbringing while making every character feel grounded to their regular counterparts. The best thing is that this feels like an alternative version of the world, and not a strange parallel world, making Age of X a wonderful exploration of characters, of what could have been and what could be the future. Age of X was seen as an instant classic when it came out, and it has stood the test of time. This is what happens when a strong team sets out to have fun, pure freaking magic.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Hopkins

    A fun alternate universe Extremely fun alternate universe for marvel.I enjoyed the changes in characters and seeing characters Go through different upbringings to make themselves different as an adult along with the world being completely different. All the art was not the best at times it wasn't that bad On the more detailed scenes.The characters themselves looked really good especially Cyclops' facemask. It's a nice quick read and 1 to start he kinda don't wanna stop Especially once you get to A fun alternate universe Extremely fun alternate universe for marvel.I enjoyed the changes in characters and seeing characters Go through different upbringings to make themselves different as an adult along with the world being completely different. All the art was not the best at times it wasn't that bad On the more detailed scenes.The characters themselves looked really good especially Cyclops' facemask. It's a nice quick read and 1 to start he kinda don't wanna stop Especially once you get to the 3rd comic in this graphic novel. While the Last 2 comics were full of a bunch of fun short stories It did take me a back as technically 1 of the comics before hand had finished the story. It was still nice to have those short stories to see maybe a character you didn't get to see a lot of in the main story.It has some nice art as well as little history notes of this world George the back. I found the overall story to be very solid and I'm very happy that I decided to pull the trigger and purchase this. It was a fun read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob Marney

    This is a fun mini-crossover concept that does have impact on the later course of the book, and the central mystery is developed well using both Xavier and Rogue (the book's main characters). Unfortunately, at six issues it already feels too long. Unlike House of M or Age of Apocalypse, there's really not much going on outside the main cast, so this feels more like an alternate universe from Exiles where a couple characters are in different configurations. It doesn't help that it's yet another G This is a fun mini-crossover concept that does have impact on the later course of the book, and the central mystery is developed well using both Xavier and Rogue (the book's main characters). Unfortunately, at six issues it already feels too long. Unlike House of M or Age of Apocalypse, there's really not much going on outside the main cast, so this feels more like an alternate universe from Exiles where a couple characters are in different configurations. It doesn't help that it's yet another Gritty Dark Future. Overall, this would be fun if you aren't already suffering from crossover fatigue in the late 2000s.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    If you enjoy alternate timelines of X-Men lore, you might love this book. It has a ton of Easter Eggs, and a thorough knowledge of X-Lore. Like Age Of Apocalypse, it relies on Legion's powers. but unlike AoA, it's not a story about Legion that ends up creating a brief, alternate universe, it throws you into the universe, and once it's over, you discover it was because of Legion's powers. So it's very similar but doesn't feel completely derivative. If you liked Age Of Apocalypse or The Exiles book If you enjoy alternate timelines of X-Men lore, you might love this book. It has a ton of Easter Eggs, and a thorough knowledge of X-Lore. Like Age Of Apocalypse, it relies on Legion's powers. but unlike AoA, it's not a story about Legion that ends up creating a brief, alternate universe, it throws you into the universe, and once it's over, you discover it was because of Legion's powers. So it's very similar but doesn't feel completely derivative. If you liked Age Of Apocalypse or The Exiles books, you should check this out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This was really cool. I love the X-Men and was excited to see Mike Carey (who wrote Girl Will All the Gifts) behind this story. I loved the post-apocalypse hold up aspect of the whole thing and was excited to see where it went. If I had one complaint it would have been the ending. (view spoiler)[I didn't care for the whole "it's all in some guy's mind" twist. Not that I wanted to see them all killed, but it would have been more meaningful and impactful, than "it was all a dream." (hide spoiler)] I This was really cool. I love the X-Men and was excited to see Mike Carey (who wrote Girl Will All the Gifts) behind this story. I loved the post-apocalypse hold up aspect of the whole thing and was excited to see where it went. If I had one complaint it would have been the ending. (view spoiler)[I didn't care for the whole "it's all in some guy's mind" twist. Not that I wanted to see them all killed, but it would have been more meaningful and impactful, than "it was all a dream." (hide spoiler)] I really liked the last three or four stories where the Avengers got involved and the stuff around the world. That was way more interesting. I would have spent a lot longer in that world. Cool story, a nice break.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

    A pretty well-written and developed "What If" universe. The X-Men seem to have quite a few of them (Age of Apocalypse, House of M, Days of Future Past, Askanaverse, Here Comes Tomorrow, Mutant X, Old Man Logan, etc. This is one where the X-Men never formed and mutants are hunted down by the Avengers. Pretty Grim! I really liked the Age of X Universe books, because they're pretty mean-spirited, but also a little bit of sick fun. A pretty well-written and developed "What If" universe. The X-Men seem to have quite a few of them (Age of Apocalypse, House of M, Days of Future Past, Askanaverse, Here Comes Tomorrow, Mutant X, Old Man Logan, etc. This is one where the X-Men never formed and mutants are hunted down by the Avengers. Pretty Grim! I really liked the Age of X Universe books, because they're pretty mean-spirited, but also a little bit of sick fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grognardian

    Not bad as a contained standalone, but feels a little too random and rushed towards the end. Also; I don't know if it was the style they were going for, but everything seems a little too dark, sometimes so that I had to squint to see what was going on. The Avengers (Age of X: Universe)-story at the was completely unnecessary. Would probably rate this 3 1/2 stars. Not bad as a contained standalone, but feels a little too random and rushed towards the end. Also; I don't know if it was the style they were going for, but everything seems a little too dark, sometimes so that I had to squint to see what was going on. The Avengers (Age of X: Universe)-story at the was completely unnecessary. Would probably rate this 3 1/2 stars.

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