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It begins here! The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite storyline that rocked the X-Men Universe to its core is collected across four volumes! In a cracked-mirror world ruled by the genocidal mutant despot Apocalypse, only one hope remains: Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men! The first in a four volume series collecting the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline. Collects X-Men B It begins here! The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite storyline that rocked the X-Men Universe to its core is collected across four volumes! In a cracked-mirror world ruled by the genocidal mutant despot Apocalypse, only one hope remains: Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men! The first in a four volume series collecting the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline. Collects X-Men Blink #1-4 (2001), X-Men Chronicles (1995) #1-2, Tales of the Age of Apocalypse: By the Light (1996), Tales of the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines (1997)


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It begins here! The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite storyline that rocked the X-Men Universe to its core is collected across four volumes! In a cracked-mirror world ruled by the genocidal mutant despot Apocalypse, only one hope remains: Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men! The first in a four volume series collecting the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline. Collects X-Men B It begins here! The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite storyline that rocked the X-Men Universe to its core is collected across four volumes! In a cracked-mirror world ruled by the genocidal mutant despot Apocalypse, only one hope remains: Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men! The first in a four volume series collecting the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline. Collects X-Men Blink #1-4 (2001), X-Men Chronicles (1995) #1-2, Tales of the Age of Apocalypse: By the Light (1996), Tales of the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines (1997)

30 review for X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Frankh

    THEY KILLED CHARLES XAVIER FOR THIS??! I loved the four-issued spectacle that was Legion Quest , mostly because Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr's friendship was the main focus of that, even if Charles' insane son David (Legion) had to mess that all up via time-travel and attempted murder (of Erik); and then kills his own father instead. Douche move, Dave. That story arc ( which features the gayest Charles/Erik cover ever ) was apparently the prelude for this one, the long-winded alternate THEY KILLED CHARLES XAVIER FOR THIS??! I loved the four-issued spectacle that was Legion Quest , mostly because Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr's friendship was the main focus of that, even if Charles' insane son David (Legion) had to mess that all up via time-travel and attempted murder (of Erik); and then kills his own father instead. Douche move, Dave. That story arc ( which features the gayest Charles/Erik cover ever ) was apparently the prelude for this one, the long-winded alternate reality that is Age of Apocalypse. It covers fourteen separate issues and THIS site has provided a great list for how to read this best chronologically and I only hoped the four 'Epic' books that collected all of these issues followed the same order. Unfortunately enough, they didn't. This was why the timeliness of it all as read in the first ten issues here seemed out of loop and readers may get frustrated by the severe lack of linear coherency alone. AND THEY SHOULD. It's not the tidiest collected work. Like, EVER. Personally, while reading the ten issues in this volume, I found some standalone moments between and among characters that I enjoyed but only because of how cheesy or goofy they came off. Here's the first thing you need to learn about reading Age of Apocalypse: please do understand that it's basically not meant to be taken seriously and I dare anyone who would challenge this idea because to me it came off as pretty much just a ridiculous exercise on how much readers can care about the X-Men that they are willing to sift through the woefully unnecessary expositions featured in this hefty motherfucker. Look, it's no Claremont prose which is often uniquely entertaining in spite of its cheese quality. Sure, I think the writers aspire to match that tonality and there are times it paid off. Other times, it's just alienating, bizarre and condescending, if not disappointingly flat or dumbfounding. AUs are supposed to offer something fresh and exciting but I'm only getting tiny gems along the way which only happened to draw me in because they're about characters I'm very involved in. For the first volume of Age of Apocalypse, here are the issues that were featured and it makes no sense why they are compiled together: (1) X-Men Chronicles #1; (2) Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #2, (3)Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #1; (4) X-Men Chronicles #2; (5) X-Man -1; (6) X-Man Annual ‘96; (7) Blink #1; (8) Blink #2; (9) Blink #3; (10) Blink #4 As I've mentioned before, that is not the advised reading order and yet here we are. I think I'll tackle my favorite moments instead for this review with some commentary as to why they made me giddy. Please take note that they are mostly absurd on their own and they probably stood out for me because I like the characters involved in the scenes. Nonetheless, Age of Apocalypse so far has been sorely a let-down. It's a mish-mash of separate events rather than a cohesive arc with multiple installments. Everyone is just doing their own thang, caught up with whatever bullshit battle, as all the characters are drawn like they're posing for an eighties glam rock cover band (IT'S VERY DISTRACTING). Speaking of which: NUMBER 5 FAVORITE THING ABOUT AOA Book 1: Cyclops and his puffy Bon Jovi-inspired hair; and Magneto's Fabio-styled braided silver locks. It's like they're both compensating for Charles' bald absence or something. NUMBER 4 FAVORITE THING ABOUT AOA Book 1: Morph as the comic relief. He's pretty endearing. NUMBER 3 FAVORITE THING ABOUT AOA Book 1: Whatever the hell is going on with Jean Grey and Logan (known here as Weapon X). This is my favorite spread because the illustration is SO. FUCKING. DORKY: NUMBER 2 FAVORITE THING ABOUT AOA Book 1: Magneto casually inserting Charles Xavier any chance he gets, constantly reminding everyone that he had a friend once who died saving him and he owed him everything that he has become now. And then cue sad, contemplative music (most probably). He also once referred to him as a "special person" which is totally an endearment. NUMBER 1 FAVORITE THING ABOUT AOA Book 1: That odd love triangle among Magneto, Rogue and Gambit that made me laugh and laugh and cry a little about because IT ACTUALLY WORKED FOR ME AND I AM SORT OF ASHAMED. But I guess it's acceptable because Charles is dead in this AU so it's okay for Mags to move on, totally just hook up with Rogue, and every once in a while still mention and talk about Charles. BEHOLD THE SOAP OPERA THAT IS MAGS X ROGUE X GAMBIT: [You know you want to CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGES] THIS IS SERIOUSLY THE ONLY THING WORTH READING IN VOLUME ONE!! So who the fuck is Apocalypse? Why the fuck should I worry about him? As the first volume, this one should already be giving me a glimpse of what he is capable of, what he plans to do exactly, and why is he a threat to the world. All I got are crumbs of these things and the villains who act in his name are at best vaguely represented and under-utilized while others are barely competent. I don't understand the alternate reality that AoA operates in. No amount of world-building is sufficiently spent for readers to imagine and comprehend without the narrative bubbles for that being reduced to eye-rolling purple prose. The only thing I know is the fact that Xavier died so he never founded the X-Men so it was Magneto who took his place instead and now he plays the role of this tortured good guy who laments the lost dream he shared with his late friend while also doing a 'will-they-won't-they' dance with Rogue (WHICH IS AWESOME! THIS IS PROBABLY THE ONLY THING THAT KEPT ME READING). Also, the Blink issues were...okay. I didn't know much about this character so having to read four issues about her had been rather trying for me. It's not that I didn't like her but I didn't feel the characterization for her and the role she took part in for her story were compelling enough. I can't understand how she fits into all of this yet. I could only hope things will get better in the next three books. KINDDA RECOMMENDED: 6/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    The Age of Apocalypse could easily have been titled what if Charles Xavier died young. In this series Professor X died sometime after meeting Magneto, but before they came into conflict with one another. Because of how Professor X died, Magneto adopts his vision and makes his own version of the X-Men.   Apparently Charles Xavier's more pacifist approach lulled Apocalypse into a sense of false confidence in the normal timeline, but Apocalypse apparently felt threatened by Magneto and he strikes ou The Age of Apocalypse could easily have been titled what if Charles Xavier died young. In this series Professor X died sometime after meeting Magneto, but before they came into conflict with one another. Because of how Professor X died, Magneto adopts his vision and makes his own version of the X-Men.   Apparently Charles Xavier's more pacifist approach lulled Apocalypse into a sense of false confidence in the normal timeline, but Apocalypse apparently felt threatened by Magneto and he strikes out much sooner taking over the world. The X characters we know and love initially look familiar but thanks to the world it isn't long until they change quite a bit.   I'm not often into what if and dystopian type futures, but as a die hard X-Men fan this was a must have. I loved seeing the vast changes some characters display in this harsher future. It's also fun as other Marvel characters are affected and shown in the world in minor ways.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    What if visionary Charles Xavier died far earlier than expected. This Dystopian X-Men world focuses on Magneto as the underdog hero leader fighting against evil mutants who uses humans as test subjects and worse. Look for Blink and her special romance. OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    This was confusing as hell, and I figured out why. Here is the suggested reading order from an excellent Age of Apocalypse web site (http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/time/sh... 1) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [3rd story] 02) X-Men Chronicles #1 03) X-Men Chronicles #2 04) Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #2 05) X-Man #minus 1 06) X-Man Annual '96 07) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [2nd story] 08) Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #1 09) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [1st story] 10) Blink #1 11) Blink #2 12) Blink #3 13) Blink #4 Here is the readin This was confusing as hell, and I figured out why. Here is the suggested reading order from an excellent Age of Apocalypse web site (http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/time/sh... 1) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [3rd story] 02) X-Men Chronicles #1 03) X-Men Chronicles #2 04) Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #2 05) X-Man #minus 1 06) X-Man Annual '96 07) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [2nd story] 08) Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #1 09) X-Men: AoA One-Shot [1st story] 10) Blink #1 11) Blink #2 12) Blink #3 13) Blink #4 Here is the reading order of this trade paperback, near as I can figure it: 1. X-Men Chronicles #1 2. Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #2 3. Tales of the Age of Apocalypse #1 4. X-Men Chronicles #2 5. X-Man -1 6. X-Man Annual ‘96 7. Blink #1 8. Blink #2 9. Blink #3 10. Blink #4 So, if we add the two pieces of data together, the reading order I was presented with, expressed numerically, is as follows: 2, 4, 8, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 The only issues remotely in order are the last four, and even those apparently exist outside the normal timeline. Here is the summary from the aforementioned web site: Blink’s own four issue limited series takes her amnesiac into the Negative Zone, from which she later returns after encountering Blaastar and Annihilus. The last three pages of issue #4 flash forward to the end of the Age of Apocalypse and show Blink getting teleported away from the timeline shortly before it was apparently destroyed. So we've got a character I know nothing about, in the Negative zone where who knows what the hell is going on, and then a flash forward to the end of the Age of Apocalypse. I know things were pretty chaotic, what with Apocalypse taking over the world and culling all non-mutants. But could we at least hear the story in some kind of order?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    The first instalment of Marvel's audacious attempt at rewriting history for four months in 1995, when the X-Books were discontinued and the X-Universe was thrown upside down, to a time where Prof X died in his youth (a result of the Legion Quest crossover). This book covers the background in a reality ruled savagely by Excalibur, Holocaust, Sinister, Cyclops(!), Havoc (!) etc. A reality where the Astonishing X-Men are led by Magneto! Introduces Nate Grey as 'X-Man' and continues the further adve The first instalment of Marvel's audacious attempt at rewriting history for four months in 1995, when the X-Books were discontinued and the X-Universe was thrown upside down, to a time where Prof X died in his youth (a result of the Legion Quest crossover). This book covers the background in a reality ruled savagely by Excalibur, Holocaust, Sinister, Cyclops(!), Havoc (!) etc. A reality where the Astonishing X-Men are led by Magneto! Introduces Nate Grey as 'X-Man' and continues the further adventures of Blink, from Generation X! Collects X-Chronicles #1-2, Tales of the AoA #1-2, X-Man #-1 & #0 and the McCarthy drawn, 2001 published Blink #1 -4. 5 out of 12 overall though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Oh the 90's....Man, it's kinda fun to take my own little time travel back to the good old days before smart phones and wi-fi dominated the frequencies of our existence. However, once I've traveled back, my 21st century sense of superiority starts to kick in and I begin to judge. Not too harshly, but more from a sociological perspective, taking note of the busy (yet still awesome) artwork, the long-winded narration, and (this is funny) the character thought bubbles saying things like: 'I'll take Oh the 90's....Man, it's kinda fun to take my own little time travel back to the good old days before smart phones and wi-fi dominated the frequencies of our existence. However, once I've traveled back, my 21st century sense of superiority starts to kick in and I begin to judge. Not too harshly, but more from a sociological perspective, taking note of the busy (yet still awesome) artwork, the long-winded narration, and (this is funny) the character thought bubbles saying things like: 'I'll take care of this with one of my optic blasts!' Wow. In the heat of battle, that's what's going through Scott Summers' mind? Or Wolverine saying, "You're about to feel the power of my adamantium claws!" So, anyway, the story here still holds up well, but it also makes me appreciate how far mainstream comics have come. Still, it was nice to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the comics that had me hooked as a youngster before I gave up comics for an extended period of time for...uh...other pursuits.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wreade1872

    I wanted to read Age of Apocalypse in publication order but i had access to this and didn't want waste time trying to untangle what goes where. Anyway.. as far as i can tell like 95% of this is stuff that was written way later and even though its chronological it was still really annoying. It was clearly done for an audience who had alreay read AoA. There are a few good issues mostly with Cyclops (loved the issue with Corsair) but overall just glad to get it out of the way so i start the actual Ag I wanted to read Age of Apocalypse in publication order but i had access to this and didn't want waste time trying to untangle what goes where. Anyway.. as far as i can tell like 95% of this is stuff that was written way later and even though its chronological it was still really annoying. It was clearly done for an audience who had alreay read AoA. There are a few good issues mostly with Cyclops (loved the issue with Corsair) but overall just glad to get it out of the way so i start the actual Age of Apocalypse stuff. PS: The last few issues the Blink-mini was awful. I'm sure it would have been fairly dull anyway but since i'd been reading things in order, all i knew about Blink was from the 5-mins i saw of her in the build up to Gen-X and all that info worked against me. Her powers are different than they where in that but also... isn't she like a teenager? Her slutty-elf costume in this really didn't work for me. I mean i guess its not worse than what they used to do to illyana in New Mutants but it annoyed me more here for some reason.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The first of the mesmerising epic of the Age of Apocalypse graphic novels. The saga that shows you what could have been if Charles Xavier had been killed so many years before. The immensely evil Apocalypse is now practically a god and his chosen elite (the Prelates) will serve him and help him to submerge his enemies with his tyranny. This includes Magneto’s Astonishing X-Men who are fighting to keep order no matter how inconceivable and the remaining humans who are now the inferior race. Only t The first of the mesmerising epic of the Age of Apocalypse graphic novels. The saga that shows you what could have been if Charles Xavier had been killed so many years before. The immensely evil Apocalypse is now practically a god and his chosen elite (the Prelates) will serve him and help him to submerge his enemies with his tyranny. This includes Magneto’s Astonishing X-Men who are fighting to keep order no matter how inconceivable and the remaining humans who are now the inferior race. Only the fittest will survive but will this depend on whose side they take? Many of the better known characters are present but in guises you may not recognise, some of the bad are now good and one of the Prelates are very surprising… See also in this volume the ‘birth’ of X-Man and my two favourite X-Men characters disband from the X-Men through love and pain. This saga is well worth a read if you can keep up with the madness! I’d waited a long time to finally read them (my brother always raved about this series) and I am currently loving it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I love the Age of Apocalypse story when it was first published. Admittedly I wasn't as well-read back then, so the idea (time traveller kills Professor X, causing Magneto to instead become founder of the X-Men) seemed really fresh and original, and a lot of the changes to character and design were very interesting. Time, however, has not been kind to the Age of Apocalypse, as this collection of cheap cash-ins proves. Character motivations vary from chapter to chapter, people appear in places they I love the Age of Apocalypse story when it was first published. Admittedly I wasn't as well-read back then, so the idea (time traveller kills Professor X, causing Magneto to instead become founder of the X-Men) seemed really fresh and original, and a lot of the changes to character and design were very interesting. Time, however, has not been kind to the Age of Apocalypse, as this collection of cheap cash-ins proves. Character motivations vary from chapter to chapter, people appear in places they couldn't possibly be in for in-story reasons, people randomly disappear during fight scenes and then turn up again a few pages later. I realize that a big project like this involves a lot of cooks, but that's hardly an excuse for broth this poor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    The world suffers with the absence of Charles Xavier. I notice lately that a lot of writers have been writing Xavier as a borderline villain. After all, he is at times reckless, selfish, arrogant, etc... and if I'm being fair, those writers are correct. But at the end of it all, he is a force for good. And he is an important character because of all the times he held the darkness at bay - so to speak. This book, and really the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline, is a testament to just how import The world suffers with the absence of Charles Xavier. I notice lately that a lot of writers have been writing Xavier as a borderline villain. After all, he is at times reckless, selfish, arrogant, etc... and if I'm being fair, those writers are correct. But at the end of it all, he is a force for good. And he is an important character because of all the times he held the darkness at bay - so to speak. This book, and really the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline, is a testament to just how important Xavier is. Without him, the world goes to hell - almost literally, as Apocalypse takes over. This volume comprises of early stories in this new reality. They can range in quality from really good, to so-so. I definitely liked the issue of the early(ish) days of Magneto's X-Men. I liked the issues where the world is explored and characters are reintroduced. These issues reintroduce us to characters that we've become accustomed to being one way, but could be completely different in this world - due to the world around them and the absence of Xavier. I will admit there are some stories here that are pretty meh. The biggest one that I have a problem with is the 4 issue mini series on Blink. Don't get me wrong, she is a cool character, but the whole plot of that series is that she spends most of her time in the negative zone, not even in the AOS universe really. The art is pretty 90's but the backdrop of Apocalypse's world helped tame some of that - slightly. But overall I thought the art was really great to good. Not a bad artist on this really. A great introduction to a bold move in the X-Universe, book 1 gives us our first look into this world and just how much Xavier was needed and how important he was/is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Ah where to begin? The first part of this Epic was decent....and that is the ONLY reason this mess got 2 stars from me. Why a mess? Well this "Complete Epic" was so damn disjointed that it made little sense and whats worse is that it was damn confusing. The characters seem to change from comic to comic and the thread of the story is bizarre. I have read some excellent reviews on this site (unfortunately they , like myself, only gave 1 or 2 stars) explaining the TRUE order the comics should have Ah where to begin? The first part of this Epic was decent....and that is the ONLY reason this mess got 2 stars from me. Why a mess? Well this "Complete Epic" was so damn disjointed that it made little sense and whats worse is that it was damn confusing. The characters seem to change from comic to comic and the thread of the story is bizarre. I have read some excellent reviews on this site (unfortunately they , like myself, only gave 1 or 2 stars) explaining the TRUE order the comics should have been in....but I also agree that the stories are just NOT good. Sorry. I like the X-men and have enjoyed their adventures...but why on earth was that 4 issue miniseries of blink thought to be necessary? I have to admit that I didn't even read it...I could have cared less. It also doesn't explain much...in the first part (the only good one) we see one of Apocalypse's Horsemen named Nemisis destroy Magneto's fortress and kill Wanda Maximoff...okay cool...but then in one of the later Tales of the Age of Apocalypse he is now Holocaust, looks totally different and has a conversation with some weirdo (reminds me of a Galactus Herald known as Morg) calling himself Wolverine in which he talks about being punished by the X-men and having his body shattered.....and I was like ummmm when did this happen? So now that I think about it..I am changing my two star review to a one star review- that's what I give books that aren't even worth finishing. My advice- Avoid this one...I am going to see if the later volumes are as bad...if so I'm skipping the Age of Apocalypse entirely.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    Ugh. This was long and boring. I picked it up because I loved the way AoA was represented in Uncanny X-Force, but this is no where near as streamlined as that was. It tries to simultaneously thrust you into a world that is fully established but also build the world up around you. The result is a mashup that doesn't do justice to either format and gives a completely disjointed look at the world. It doesn't even fully explain what is revealed. The concept is fascinating. That's what saved this boo Ugh. This was long and boring. I picked it up because I loved the way AoA was represented in Uncanny X-Force, but this is no where near as streamlined as that was. It tries to simultaneously thrust you into a world that is fully established but also build the world up around you. The result is a mashup that doesn't do justice to either format and gives a completely disjointed look at the world. It doesn't even fully explain what is revealed. The concept is fascinating. That's what saved this book from being a total waste of time. That said, it really doesn't explain the differences enough. Like why doesn't Wolverine, I mean Weapon X, grow back his hand? What really is going on with Blink's powers? Where did Gambit go? Maybe some of this stuff will be explained in the later volumes, but who knows. The art also really disappoints. It's a strong representation of the 90's...hence me not digging it. It's also gratuitous. I can't tell you how many upskirt shots there were of Blink. Bottom line is I'm just so not excited about the rest of these stories. All I care about is how this all connects to what I saw in X-Force.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mattyj

    This is the first of four volumes that collect the entire mammoth story of the Age of Apocalypse. The first volume is really not too great. However, needs to be read to get a grasp on what is going on in the rest of the volumes. What is not here is the lead up; what made the Age of Apocalypse even happen in the first place and Marvel, in their infinite wisdom have not made that available. This is one of the last really good super crossovers done in comics. Basicly, a what-if story in continuity; t This is the first of four volumes that collect the entire mammoth story of the Age of Apocalypse. The first volume is really not too great. However, needs to be read to get a grasp on what is going on in the rest of the volumes. What is not here is the lead up; what made the Age of Apocalypse even happen in the first place and Marvel, in their infinite wisdom have not made that available. This is one of the last really good super crossovers done in comics. Basicly, a what-if story in continuity; this is what would have been if Charles Xavier, Professor X had died and not formed the X-men. There are some great (now considered some of the best in the industry) writers and artists both who worked on these great and crazy issues. A must for all hard core fans of continuity laden superhero comic fans.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Fun alternate universe version of the X-Men Universe. I'm not very well-versed in comic lore, but I believe this was later retconned into the mainstream Marvel Universe? Anyway, this collection focuses on many of the less prominent X-Men in an age where Magneto is the leader of the X-Men, and it only gets crazier and more fun from there. I took one star off since the order is kind of messy and confusing, so just understand these stories are not in chronological order. Instead, it's almost as if Fun alternate universe version of the X-Men Universe. I'm not very well-versed in comic lore, but I believe this was later retconned into the mainstream Marvel Universe? Anyway, this collection focuses on many of the less prominent X-Men in an age where Magneto is the leader of the X-Men, and it only gets crazier and more fun from there. I took one star off since the order is kind of messy and confusing, so just understand these stories are not in chronological order. Instead, it's almost as if it's different short stories within the same universe; each different story provides enough context and background information to comprehend what's happening. It just takes some getting used to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    Doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Characters come and go, costumes change on every second page. Characters on the cover (Wild Child, some chick with a knife) do not even appear in the book at all. Apocalypse himself features in only about three panels. Wolverine loses a hand somewhere. And the last part of the book is a seemingly unrelated story about Blink in the Negative Zone. Maybe this all makes sense in books 2 & 3, but I doubt it. Oh, and Morph is the single most annoying character I have Doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Characters come and go, costumes change on every second page. Characters on the cover (Wild Child, some chick with a knife) do not even appear in the book at all. Apocalypse himself features in only about three panels. Wolverine loses a hand somewhere. And the last part of the book is a seemingly unrelated story about Blink in the Negative Zone. Maybe this all makes sense in books 2 & 3, but I doubt it. Oh, and Morph is the single most annoying character I have ever encountered in a Marvel comic book. Ever.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    Truly an epic story, and this is only the beginning! It's easy enough for me to follow from the beginning, as a person with some knowledge of the X-Men but not as an expert. It only gets tricky toward the last third, after everything's set up and it's more just stories about people under Apocalypse's rule. They are good stories, though, for the most part. Blink is a great character. The dialogue verges on the maudlin, but not as egregiously as it did in other stories of the time, and it's not too Truly an epic story, and this is only the beginning! It's easy enough for me to follow from the beginning, as a person with some knowledge of the X-Men but not as an expert. It only gets tricky toward the last third, after everything's set up and it's more just stories about people under Apocalypse's rule. They are good stories, though, for the most part. Blink is a great character. The dialogue verges on the maudlin, but not as egregiously as it did in other stories of the time, and it's not too distracting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Khalil

    I was very disappointed that there was little-to-no Apocalypse in this volume. He's the whole reason I picked it up. There's also an over-reliance on narration and exposition. I know it's a trope of many comic books, but I've read plenty other titles that are less dependent on it. The bright spots are the story lines with Cyclops and the relationship with Sabretooth and Blink, but I hope the latter becomes a little more central to the main plot over time. I was very disappointed that there was little-to-no Apocalypse in this volume. He's the whole reason I picked it up. There's also an over-reliance on narration and exposition. I know it's a trope of many comic books, but I've read plenty other titles that are less dependent on it. The bright spots are the story lines with Cyclops and the relationship with Sabretooth and Blink, but I hope the latter becomes a little more central to the main plot over time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Actually a re-read, because I realized I'd never picked up volume 4 when it came out, and was reminded by the teaser after the newest X-Men movie. One of my favorite X-Men runs here - really great alternate versions of the main characters, excellent costumes and imagery, and beautiful artwork. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Actually a re-read, because I realized I'd never picked up volume 4 when it came out, and was reminded by the teaser after the newest X-Men movie. One of my favorite X-Men runs here - really great alternate versions of the main characters, excellent costumes and imagery, and beautiful artwork. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    This is perhaps the start to one of the BEST storylines EVER done in the entire history of "X" titles. I remember loving every volume and wishing they continued with the storylines from this point on, but eventually they put everything back. This is perhaps the start to one of the BEST storylines EVER done in the entire history of "X" titles. I remember loving every volume and wishing they continued with the storylines from this point on, but eventually they put everything back.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    There are some truly bad comics in this collection, but there are also some decent ones, and I have to admit that I have a softness for these 90 comics.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    There's little to no continuty with these stories, and character relationships seem a tad rushed *coughmagentoandrougecough* There's little to no continuty with these stories, and character relationships seem a tad rushed *coughmagentoandrougecough*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    The art is so 90's. Super ridiculously buff guys and girls with teeny tiny waists but really round everywhere else. It makes me giggle. The art is so 90's. Super ridiculously buff guys and girls with teeny tiny waists but really round everywhere else. It makes me giggle.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erik Dudek

    Don't read this first... This book should be read more of as a flashback than a starting point. This was re-printed as a new TPB called "X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Dawn". Don't read this first... This book should be read more of as a flashback than a starting point. This was re-printed as a new TPB called "X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Dawn".

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kirwan

    Artwork is great. Storytelling and action stepped up a notch from previous 1995 comics. This is a bit of a terrible binding of issues to start AOA with in my opinion. They’re all stories that relate to the formation of AOA but require a knowledge of what’s going on in AOA to be of any significance with references.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryelor

    I think the first comic book I ever read was an X-Men comic. I loved it. As is the case with most, Wolverine was my favorite. I also loved Gambit. I think it was because he had black and red eyes. Very cool. In recent years I've inched farther and farther away from reading Marvel comics and I've read more and more lit from the DC Universe. I kept seeing Age of Apocalypse in people's "must read" lists for graphic novels. So, I was pretty excited to dig into Book 1. That excitement lasted about thr I think the first comic book I ever read was an X-Men comic. I loved it. As is the case with most, Wolverine was my favorite. I also loved Gambit. I think it was because he had black and red eyes. Very cool. In recent years I've inched farther and farther away from reading Marvel comics and I've read more and more lit from the DC Universe. I kept seeing Age of Apocalypse in people's "must read" lists for graphic novels. So, I was pretty excited to dig into Book 1. That excitement lasted about three seconds, right up to the point where I started reading the dialogue of the very first story, "Chronicles #1." Terrible can't even describe how forced and hokey the dialogue felt. After a page or two I started getting really nervous. There was no way I could finish the entire book if it continued the same as Chronicles #1. Luckily the later installments were a little better, but that's not saying much. I was surprised at how many unforgivable mistakes I found in the text of these stories. A mistake here or there is forgivable. However, when every page or two has a typo, something's up. The book was also RIDDLED with needless exposition. For example (and this is made up, but just because I can't remember any of the terrible real examples), you see a picture of Gambit upset because Rogue gave him the shaft. The frame would show him screaming in anger because of the unrequited love and a text bubble would read, "Gambit walks away dejected because of his unrequited love." Duh. Also, I can understand having to establish a mutant's power when you introduce said mutant, but why is it necessary for him/her to state his/her power every time he/she decides to use it? "I am Magneto! And since I have control over metals I can . . ." Or, "Rogue! Remember that if you touch him you'll drain his powers!" It was like living in Obvious Land where everyone must state what everyone else already knows. So annoying. As many other reviewers have done, I'm going to go down the separate books included in this edition: X-Men Chronicles #1. This book is like an accident you happen to come upon in a roadway that is so bad you can't look away. Mediocre art. Terrible writing. From what I've read these are all out of chronological order anyway, so whoever decided to start this compilation out with this book should be forced to read this and only this book for the rest of his/her life. Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines. This plot line was weird. And Cyclops looked like a beefed up Michael Bolton. Overall impression after reading it was "meh." Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: By the Light. Finally, the kind of art I prefer. Still, this story was better than the first two, in my humble opinion. A fun character came in named Morph. For some reason, some distant forgotten memory of my youth surfaced. I remembered, "Oh yeah! Morph! I like Morph!" Sadly, he couldn't help this story from being much more than mediocre. X-Men Chronicles #2. Yawn. Meh. By this time I was really struggling to keep reading. X-Man #1-2, X-Man Annual '96. This one was actually pretty cool. Great art, which is never a bad thing. It didn't give enough, however, to really get into the story. Still, this section of the story outshone the rest. Blink #1-4. The version of Blink presented here was definitely better than the one in By the Light. However, according to the chronology it happens near the end of the AoA saga. Why is it in book 1? Who knows? Overall this compilation was fair. Not anything to go bonkers about by any means. It almost feels like some bully bumped into the Marvel guy holding all the comics, spilling them all over the floor then stacking them back up willy-nilly because there was no time to do it right. I may be wrong but I was completely underwhelmed while reading this and very disappointed in the writing of this story. Do yourself a favor--skip it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Centauri

    First, the panel layout throughout the entire book was problematic, causing me to read out of sequence too many times. Sometimes the art in a single panel was so busy and misdrawn that I lost focus on the tale and wondered how the drawing could be better. The art style throughout was too busy, the drama was forced and not allowed to just happen, and on top of it all it was not to anatomic scale or structure, which was disappointing. Beyond the art and design factors, the grammar suffered as well First, the panel layout throughout the entire book was problematic, causing me to read out of sequence too many times. Sometimes the art in a single panel was so busy and misdrawn that I lost focus on the tale and wondered how the drawing could be better. The art style throughout was too busy, the drama was forced and not allowed to just happen, and on top of it all it was not to anatomic scale or structure, which was disappointing. Beyond the art and design factors, the grammar suffered as well. The fact that a professionally published work would possess so many missed grammatical errors is dumbfounding. All of these things kept drawing away from the experience I had hoped I would have finally reading this epic. Now, the story concept. I doubt that if Charles died early on in their friendship it would have changed Magneto's viewpoint on mutant versus human. En Sabah Nur would have seen Magnus' hatred and fear of retaliation from the homo sapiens as an opportunity to recruit the former victim of the holocaust. The meticulously cunning and manipulative Apocalypse would have not allowed the death of Professor X to alter Magnus' motives or beliefs; he would have used it to help fuel rage toward humans, allowing homo superior to rise from the grief with Magneto as his right-hand. Also, the way the teams ended up in the Age of Apocalypse seemed to close to the way they were in the standard Marvel universe. Wild man Logan would have never worked with the X-Men without Charles, he would have remained free and alone, roaming the woods and handling any obstacles that came his way. Sabretooth would have not betrayed Apocalypse to the X-Men, but would have gone lone wolf after being mistreated and dismissed. Rogue would have never got her strength, and I doubt she'd ever have feelings for Magneto. She would have become a recluse because her powers were too dangerous. She may have been recruited by Apocalypse, with a promise to have her be able to touch other mutants once the world was dominated. Storm would have still been a thief and weather goddess in Africa. Gambit would have remained a thief from the south, probably helping humans for a nice price. I have many more counters for this universe's team casting, simply based on Charles dying. I just could not see this world as believable to get behind the tale. Sometimes the art saves the story, but not today. I mean, why did everyone have long ponytails? Why did uniform choices not change a bit more, seeing as they were in a world where the good guys were poor, homeless rebels? How did they get tech to build a danger room, in an America which En Sabah Nur ruled? And lastly, what was with that weird bandana-mask Colossus was wearing? Why?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I picked up this mish-mash because it’s a surprisingly good collection of the Age of Apocalypse stories *not* in the omnibus. X-Men Chronicles #1. The Chronicles story by Mackie that leads off is quite good, and should have been in the omnibus, as it was written at the time *and* feels like the rest of the Age [7/10]. Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines. The Sinister Bloodlines Tale by John Moore is unfortunately not nearly as good, with its boring fights, its obvious ending, i I picked up this mish-mash because it’s a surprisingly good collection of the Age of Apocalypse stories *not* in the omnibus. X-Men Chronicles #1. The Chronicles story by Mackie that leads off is quite good, and should have been in the omnibus, as it was written at the time *and* feels like the rest of the Age [7/10]. Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines. The Sinister Bloodlines Tale by John Moore is unfortunately not nearly as good, with its boring fights, its obvious ending, its zombie/brood and its changing of the Shi’ar timeline for no obvious reason [4/10]. Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: By the Light. Scott Lobdell’s “By the Light” Tale is surprisingly mediocre as well. Most of the characters seem to be acting out of character (especially Apocalypse Cyclops) and the whole storyline seems pointless. The only good point is the cool spotlight on Blink, Morph, and Sabretooth, which I’d guess came out thanks to additional characterization in Exiles [4/10]. X-Men Chronicles #2. The second Chronicles story is again good, and probably should also have been in the omnibus. It’s actually a bit more shallow than its predecessor, and Mackie is pretty bad at writing romance, but the setup of various AoA comics like Gambit and Weapon X is nicely done [6/10]. X-Man #1, X-Man Annual '96. I opted to skip the two X-Man stories, as I hope to read them in future X-Man collections, so they’re not included in this review. Blink #1-4. Finally, we come to the “Blink” series, which is badly flawed. First, Lobdell decides to take the story out of the Age of Apocalypse, which kind of defeats the purpose, then he puts it into what looks like the regular Negative Zone. The sappy love story with someone called “Amor” is stupid as is the idea that Annihilus could devolve into a human [3/10]. Despite the couple of good stories, I’m unhappy I wasted my time on this mess (but happy I didn’t buy it).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Asilef

    I need to rewrite this so it's a little more coherent. I hated this book. If you've ever heard of the X-Men, you've most likely heard of the Age of Apocalypse story. It's kind of a big deal. I didn't read it when it came out, though, so I was relying on this collection. Big mistake. I'd have been better off reading what wikipedia has to say about it. NONE of the stories within the book are cohesive. It's just a mish-mash of "yeah this is kind of about Age of Apocalypse, let's include it." The timeli I need to rewrite this so it's a little more coherent. I hated this book. If you've ever heard of the X-Men, you've most likely heard of the Age of Apocalypse story. It's kind of a big deal. I didn't read it when it came out, though, so I was relying on this collection. Big mistake. I'd have been better off reading what wikipedia has to say about it. NONE of the stories within the book are cohesive. It's just a mish-mash of "yeah this is kind of about Age of Apocalypse, let's include it." The timeline is all OVER the place, and never explained. I don't understand why they didn't put everything in chronological order. This storyline takes up 4 book volumes, surely it would be better for readers, and would've been easier for editors, to put it all in order? For example, we first see Sabretooth fighting against the X-Men, and the next time we see him he's working with them. Why? How? I don't know. Rogue & Blink were drawn as TOTAL sex objects in almost every panel they're in. I mean, I know comics started being obvious about this in the 90s, but this was just over the top. We're in an alternate universe with Age of Apocalypse, so of course characters are going to be different, but... if there's going to be Logan/Weapon X, shouldn't we at least get an explanation of who Wolverine is in this story?? It's some totally different guy. Speaking of alternate universe, X-Man's part makes it very clear that this universe DOESN'T MATTER A SINGLE BIT. It isn't as important as the universe we all know, so all the characters are like, "yeah fuck it, go live in the other world." What the hell!? Why should I even keep reading, then? The book ends with a solo series about Blink, which I actually thought was pretty cool. But it really had nothing to do with AoA, other than when it took place.

  29. 5 out of 5

    RoChe Montoya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review is for the whole story line, I read the single issues and I don't know what vol. end where. So Xavier is dead and has been for a long time. Apocalypse has taken control of the US and has had it for years. Cyclops and Havok along with Beast all work for Sinister, who himself works for Apocalypse. All the other heroes that are not mutants live in Europe, those who are still alive. Spider-man is dead and so is Thor (if I remember right, it has been like 20 years or so since this came ou This review is for the whole story line, I read the single issues and I don't know what vol. end where. So Xavier is dead and has been for a long time. Apocalypse has taken control of the US and has had it for years. Cyclops and Havok along with Beast all work for Sinister, who himself works for Apocalypse. All the other heroes that are not mutants live in Europe, those who are still alive. Spider-man is dead and so is Thor (if I remember right, it has been like 20 years or so since this came out). And the leader of the X-Men is none other than Magneto, yeah he has lead them before but this is different, Xavier died in front of him, so now he has to the honorable thing and all. Things are backwards here, kind of good guys are bad and bad guys are good, but it is all done in an awesome way that when the 4 issues are up and the titles returned to the normal names, I wished that it would have continued, in a way it did, but that is another story all together, and it really is.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Because everything X-Men references like 18 other comics, it's never entirely clear what is happening. Plus, it's all about constant introduction of new, ridiculous evil races of peoples and bizarre worlds; people complain about how terribly confusing the number of characters are in the Dune novels, or in the Song of Ice and Fire novels... well, Marvel really isn't for you. And honestly, though we're supposed to be pretty far in to Apocalypse's devastation of North America... I haven't seen anyth Because everything X-Men references like 18 other comics, it's never entirely clear what is happening. Plus, it's all about constant introduction of new, ridiculous evil races of peoples and bizarre worlds; people complain about how terribly confusing the number of characters are in the Dune novels, or in the Song of Ice and Fire novels... well, Marvel really isn't for you. And honestly, though we're supposed to be pretty far in to Apocalypse's devastation of North America... I haven't seen anything at all happen. WTF? Sure, we've seen the utter ruin of major cities, but all of this stuff is happening off-screen. What an absolute load of shit. I'm not convinced, and I'm not interested. The pointless "accents" and vernacular to different characters' speech just feels condescending and inane as well. I've always disliked that about Rogue and Gambit, even though they're decent characters otherwise. I don't like this series very much. It just doesn't have much to offer.

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