I’m a huge sucker for alternate reality stories and Mike Carey does a masterful job of weaving a tale that immediately draws you in. Cast in a world where the X-Men never existed and mutant kind are hunted down, the last surviving mutants gather on Fortress X to make their finally stand. No time is wasted on setting up how this world came to be, instead you join this rag tag group of mutants on day 1000 in Fortress X. It’s great to see familiar faces twisted by this harsh world they’ve had to survive in. If you pick up Age of X Alpha you are treated to a few short stories that fill in some of the gaps in this realities past, but the main focus of the story is trying to figure out why things are they way they are and how can the world be put back to it’s proper course. The first two issues (X-Men Legacy#245 and New Mutants#22 ) begin that journey. Starting off with a battle between the humans and mutants, that is wonderfully illustrated by Clay Mann, the scene quickly shifts to Rouge (called Legacy/Reaper in this world) coming across knowledge that has her fleeing from Fortress X as a fugitive. The first arc ends with her being hunted by this realities version of the New Mutants, who look extremely deadly. It leaves you with two big question: what was on the camera that she found, and why is Charles Xavier locked deep down in the basement. I’m really excited for the next chapter and can’t wait to see where this goes. If you are looking for a great read I highly recommend picking this up along with Uncanny X-Force. These are in my opinions the best X-Men books out there right now.
- The Age of X Dialogues Part Two – X-Men Legacy #245 and New Mutants #22 (goodcomics.comicbookresources.com)