- Series: X-Men
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785155082
- ISBN-13: 978-0785155089
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Prelude Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Story-wise, however, the issues collected here represent some of the best X-Men material of the mid-90s. Though this is technically a lead-up to the Age of Apocalypse universe, an alternate reality accidentally brought into existence by the crazed mutant Legion, the individual stories contain numerous sub-plots focusing on the emotional lives of various X-Men. Indeed, despite the many action sequences, the stories that make up Age of Apocalypse Prelude are primarily emotion- and character-driven. Iceman, Professor X, Rogue, Magneto, and even Mystique are here--in the hands of writers Fabian Nicieza, John Francis Moore, Todd Dezago, Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, and Jeph Loeb--at their most vulnerable and most human. While these stories lack some of the fast pacing and imaginative complexity of more recent X-Men tales, they nevertheless generally exhibit more heart. The art is also excellent throughout. Heavily influenced by Jim Lee's early-90s work on X-Men, Andy Kubert, Ron Garney, and Steve Epting's pencils feature strong lines, dynamic figures, and interesting layouts. The art here, in fact, represents a high point for Marvel's line of X-books in the 90s, which take a giant dive into the cartoony shortly after Age of Apocalypse ends.
The final question then: Given its terrible paper quality, is this a graphic novel worth picking up? If you already have the original issues or are simply after a "re-mastered" edition of the original, the answer is a definite no. But if you have not read these issues or are a new reader looking for an introduction to X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1, this book is a good buy. Indeed, though the paper quality could be better, this reviewer at least prefers the ultra-cheap newsprint to the ultra-cheap, distractingly reflective high-gloss paper Marvel has also recently begun using in its graphic novels (such as the hardcover version of Captain America: Operation Rebirth) in order to lower costs.