Age of X-Man Alpha Review 

I’ve always believed that the X-Books were best when they function on the grandest of scales. It isn’t necessarily bad when the stories tend toward the smaller, more familial dramas and neighborhood squabbles. It’s just that with characters who are essentially gods, anything short of reshaping the universe seems trivial. The drawback to this can be that the whole of existence can seem too much for the non-godlike mind to comprehend. The X-Books soar highest when, as in “Age of X-Man Alpha” , they are able to ground these limitless, existential concepts within the limited,  personalized boundaries of the team.

  While exploring the balance between the needs of the collective good vs the desires of the individual, “Age of X-Man Alpha” draws inspiration from some of the best known dystopian SciFi stories.  Astute readers will immediately recognize recurring themes from “Equilibrium”, “V For Vendetta” and “Breakfast of Champions” and others. The story tasks the reader to consider the nature of humanity absent emotion.

  Echoing the propagandistic style of the 1950s, the art reminds me of “The Godfather Part 2” during Michael’s visit to Cuba on the cusp of Castro’s rise to power. It cleverly hides the grey details of libertarian  social tension behind the mask of a broad-stroked, colorful world. It begs the reader look back and to look closely even as the narrative commands him to focus forward while skipping the details.
Overall, “Age of X-Man Alpha” proves a thoughtful introduction to what promises to be a worthy successor to “Age of Apocalypse” and “House of M”.

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