So, one of my favorite things to read, in the worlds I love to read about, is alternate reality. One of my favorite, and earliest, alternate realities was the Age of Apocalypse – a Marvel world created by one small, single event: the death of Charles Xavier. Xavier’s dream was so radical – was also such a reflection of the civil rights movements it was born into – that no one else would have espoused it or pulled it off as well as he did. You have to have Xavier – a fact that also breaks my suspension of disbelief in X-Men 3, and which makes me excited for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
One of my guilty pleasure comics lately has been the dimension-hopping X-Treme X-Men. It’s a plot about a team of inter-dimensional X-Men, led by Charles Xavier’s severed head in a bottle. The goal: kill ten Evil Xavier’s around the multiverse. Because combined, they would have the power to destroy everything. Again: Xavier is key. It has become an interesting truism of the Marvel Universe as a whole.
These two worlds recently mashed up in a dimension-hopping adventure that spelled the end for both the X-Treme X-Men and the Age of Apocalypse: X-Termination. Was X-Termination worth it? And what will I read now? Not sure I can answer those questions, but let’s take a look at these comics! Spoilers for the recent X-Termination crossover!
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Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alternate Timeline, Apocalypse, Charles Xavier, Dazzler, Marvel, Nightcrawler, Recommendations, Review, Uncanny X-Force, X-Termination, X-Treme X-Men
Logan. James Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X.
As far as Marvel heroes go, few hold our imagination as much as Wolverine does. Why? It’s a good question.
We like the mystery of him – the unknown past. Except, they’re finally working on revealing and telling that story in the comics. When, during House of M, Scarlet Witch gave all the heroes what they wanted (so they wouldn’t fight back), she gave Wolverine his memories. So there goes the mystery.
He can’t really die, it seems, so even in the most ridiculous situations, we’re pretty sure he’s making it out alive. So while we know he’ll always be around, there’s a bit less suspense when he’s around. Although, this also means Wolverine tends to get into the most ridiculous – and therefore interesting – situations. And after all, the same can be said of Deadpool, and his popularity is growing.
What is he really? Hero? Anti-hero? Barely contained villain? Let’s explore! Continue reading
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Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alignments, Apocalypse, Avengers, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Deadpool, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, House of M, James Howlett, Jubilee, Logan, Marvel, Rogue, Sabertooth, Scarlet Witch, Shadowcat, The Wolverine, Uncanny X-Force, Weapon X, Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine: First Class, X-1, X-2, X-3, X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Xavier's Dream
So I’m reading a comic now called Wolverine and the X-Men.
I know, right?
It seemed like such a ploy to bank on Wolverine’s popularity, and there is a tv show by the name which does seem to be just that. So when I was looking at Marvel’s new and growing lineup for a comic to read, Wolverine and the X-Men was not it.
But they’ve totally got me hooked. How, you ask? Let’s get you caught up. Continue reading
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Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Apocalypse, Archangel, Deadpool, Fantomex, Genesis, Marvel, Psylocke, Recommendations, Review, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine, X-Men