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!