Thursday, August 11, 2011

X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic Book 4

And so concludes the epic that I never came around to finishing as a teenager - with the bad guys losing (except for those who got away) and the heroes winning (only to watch the world they know end). 

Much like book one, the final collection of the Age of Apocalypse epic contains what I'd like to call filler - stories related to the epic, but not a part of it. It collects the fourth and final issues of Generation Next, X-Calibre, Factor X, Gambit and the X-Ternals, Amazing X-Men, Weapon X, X-Man #4 & 53-54, X-Universe #2, X-Men: Omega, X-Men: Prime, and Blink #4 (for some odd reason, as it is also featured in book one, but it's quite possibly the last four pages of the final issue).

What can I say about this collection? While most of it's worth the read, I ignored Blink and the other two issues of X-Man. The writing is magnificent and the art is stellar - there is not disappointment here! The stories are heartbreaking - especially the collection opener of Generation Next. Again, we are hit with the choices our heroes and villains make in this world. And how, no matter how much we distance ourselves from the conflict, we will have to make a decision in the end. Sometimes it's for the better and sometimes it's for our undoing. 

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