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X-Men: Age of X Hardcover – July 6, 2011

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About the Author

Linda, Louise and Mike Carey are three writers living in North London. Sometimes they write together, sometimes alone.

Louise wrote The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive. She also co-wrote the graphic novel Confessions of a Blabbermouth with Mike.

Linda, writing as A.J. Lake, authored the Darkest Age fantasy trilogy. She has also written for TV, most notably for the German fantasy animation series Meadowlands.

Mike has written extensively in the comics field, where his credits include Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men and The Unwritten (nominated for both the Eisner and Hugo Awards). He is also the author of the Felix Castor novels, and of the X-Men Destiny console game for Activision. He is currently writing a movie screenplay, Silent War, for Slingshot Studios and Intrepid Pictures.

They share their crowded house with two other writers/artists, a cat, and several stick insects.

Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur, public speaker, and author whose passion is helping people connect and express themselves with the important people in their lives. Jim s passion and vision led to his founding of1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which he has grown into the world s leading florist and gift shop. His willingness to embrace new technologies, such as the Internet, mobile commerce, and social networking, often long before others, has enabled Jim to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: X-Men
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785152897
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Age of X is not for children. It presents a bleak alternate reality where mutants are killed on sight and parents who produced mutant children are forcefully sterilized. Basilisk (Known in the mainstream Marvel universe as Cyclops) doesn't have eyelids and was used as an executioner due to his powerful optic blasts. The Avengers are a mutant kill team. The Fantastic Four are dead. And all this is told in the prelude issue.
The main series itself is about Legacy (Rogue) discovering a startling secret and being pursued by the Magneto in result. The New Mutants are a strike team who also pursue her. Also, the humans relentlessly assault Fortress X, where the last remnants of mutantkind live. This all leads to an epic conclusion full of twists that I didn't see coming.
This story has ramifications in the regular Marvel 616-Universe. It's not just an alternate reality that is quickly forgotten.
The Age of X storyline is unique and refreshing. The characters are familiar, yet pleasantly different. the whole feel of the miniseries is dark. I would recommend this for 13 and older.
Overall, this is an excellent miniseries. I would recommend it for newcomers, casual fans, and hardcore X-fans.
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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.
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Format: Paperback
Age of X is an alternate reality in which the remaining mutants, holed up in their stronghold Fortress X, are under a perpetual and unapologetic siege by humans who want to wipe them out.

I don't care for alternate reality stories. Not any more. Too often they are an excuse to paper over plot details and actual storytelling with gimmicky tweaks to characters' familiar backstories and flashy re-designs. (This was the case with Mutant X and many of the What If? stories.) Additionally, these half thought out universes have a tendency to overstay their welcome, reappearing and crossing over with the main universe well past their resolution and the fixing of the event that initially gave rise to them (i.e. the later Age of Apocalypse material). There are of course stand-out examples of alternate realities (with or without time travel) done right, such as Days of Future Past and the original Age of Apocalypse, but the success of these stories has, I think, created an unfortunate over fascination with the concept. So is this volume, Age of X, a classic? No. Is it guilty of the excesses of the truly bad alternate reality stories? For the most part, no.

Fortunately, the main crossover issues get to the plot rather quickly, as by the end of about the first issue Rogue (here called Legacy) gets on the case of what caused the reality distortion in the first place. Carey focuses on an expansive cast of characters (basically the entire population of Utopia), but he cleverly manages to give especial attention to the characters that have populated his run on X-Men: Legacy. Rogue, Gambit, Magneto (the General), Danger and, in later issues, Professor X all play substantial roles.
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This book collects X-Men Legacy #245-247 and New Mutants #22-24 as the main story, along with the Age of X Alpha issue and the Age of X Universe #1-2 issues and the Age of X Story logs.

One thing I don't really like about comics is that characters are often static. They can change; however, sometimes writers will revert them back or just simply ignore how they've changed prior being placed in charge of their destiny. What makes X-Men: Age of X so refreshing is that it takes characters you know and subverts certain aspects of them. They are true to themselves, and easily you believe that the Scott Summers of the Age of X world is the same person as the mainstream universe Scott Summers; however, it's a different Scott due to different circumstances and you get that. I write Scott Summers since he's the Basilisk now, not Cyclops. Magneto is still Magneto, but more loved and in control due to the humans going further in attempts to wipe out mutantkind. On the other hand, Rogue is known as Legacy (or the Reaper, depending on who you ask) and is more distrusted as a walking mausoleum of memories. Yet, all the characters are essentially the same characters in this apocalyptic world.

The main story focuses on the 1000th day since mutants have walled up in a citadel, and fighting invasions every day and defending their lives. Think Zion from the Matrix, as it's the exact same thing more or less. The mutants inside each seem to have specific roles - average mutants fight the invaders (Gambit, Cyclops/Basilisk, Frenzy, and Cannonball are very notable here) but others have more specific roles. Rogue/Reaper/Legacy touches the dead to remember their lives, Magneto is the leader, Logan is a pacifist barkeeper (for good reasons, actually...
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