There is a ton of really cool stuff that came out this week. I spent the majority of my shift reading today and I was easily overwhelmed by the mountain sized level of goodness that was being taken in by my eyes. However, despite the numerous titles that could be reviewed, I wanted to talk about the first two chapters of Age of X.
X-Men Legacy #245
This issue does a great job of establishing this new world for anyone that might have missed the Age of X: Alpha one shot. It opens with the remaining mutants on Earth battling the Sapien League on the 1,000th day anniversary. The first thing you'll notice is the new looks that this universes X-men sport. It's kind of like a sleek mad max. It makes sense, since they're living within a psychic shield bubble scrounging for their lives. After that, you'll notice they're killing humans left and right. The days of Xavier's dream, if it ever existed in this place, have long since passed. It's a brutal battle for survival that results in a death within this first issue. Overall, it's a great introductory issue that's full of interesting bits of information that really help flesh out the world and how different these characters are now due to this new time-line. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see more.
New Mutants #22
Oh good! I don't have to wait to see more at all. They released the first two chapters this week.
This issue focuses primarily on Rogue, or Legacy as she's referred to here. X-Men Legacy left us with a question, and Rogue is determined to get to the bottom of it. To get that answer, she'll have to break into Magneto's holding cells for mutants to unstable for battle. It doesn't help that Danger is the warden of this area, and none too pleased about Rogue's plans. We also learn that there may be something fishy going on with the Sapien Army as well. Since Cyclops, AKA Basilisk, seems to be killing the same humans again and again. This issue helps flesh out more of the Age of X world, while raising more questions at the same time. This issue definitely keeps the pace of the first issue and has left me hooked. I'm anxiously awaiting chapter 3.