When I decided to get back into comics, I immediately went one place. I looked up my favorite character, Nightcrawler. A great character in my youth, reading Excalibur until it ended… A great character in Ultimate X-Men, where he is a product of the Weapon X project… A great character in the video games, where he can practically solo bosses…
So I returned to the Marvel Universe to find that Nightcrawler died.
I’d like to do a character study of Nightcrawler, but there’s a lot of history there. Like with Wolverine, I think I will focus mainly on lately in the comics, and about what Marvel has done with my hopes and dreams around this character.
And believe it or not, spoilers to follow! Continue reading
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Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alan Cumming, Apocalypse, Azazel, Bamf, Days of Future Past, Excalibur, Marvel, Nightcrawler, Teleportation, Ultimate X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-2, X-Men, X-Men Legends, X-Men: First Class, X-Termination, X-Treme X-Men
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