X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic - Book 2 Paperback – August 9, 2006
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- Publisher : Marvel; Direct Ed edition (August 9, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785118748
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785118749
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.63 x 10.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We meet a new character know as Nate Grey who has crazy levels of psychic powers and is learning to master them. We also meet many other mutants during this book. Toward the end we meet the group of mutants know as the Externals who Gambit leads during the Age of Apocalypse.
Volume 2 is where we start to get the meat and potatoes of the AoA storyline. Great storytelling, great artwork, and highly recommended for any X-Men fans or fans of post-apocalyptic/alternate timeline stories. Don't bother with volume 1 unless you absolutely have to read it. This is where is starts.
I see tons of characters that I don't know and several different stories that occur at the same time that makes me dizzy.
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The one thing is giving me a whole lot of problems is that, now that I'm done with volume 1 and 2, I feel that the whole saga I bought is rather incomplete. I tought I was going to be able to appreciate and see Charles Xavier's murder, and the machination behind it. I thought I was going to have a retrospective fantastic story of how Weapon X (aka Wolverine) rescue Jean Grey from the pits, and witness the fantastic showdown between him and Cyclops and know exactly how Weapon X lose a hand and Cyclops an eye.
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I mean, this is not the only issue I haven't seen... there are a few others, but with minor importance. Still I think I haven't got anything exiting that makes me think I made the right choice by getting these books.
I'll start book 3 today, and I hope I'll be impressed, otherwise I'll be selling my copies without even think it.
Top reviews from other countries
These editions aren't cheap, but if you want the full experience...you gotta have 'em. Prof. Xavier is dead, and Magneto carries on his mission. Sabretooth is a good guy, while Wolverine is now Weapon X, and viciously mutilated. The best part for me was that the storyline rescued Blink, the teleporting girl who was killed in the issue where her character was first introduce (Generation Next, I think).
The definitely isn't a book for the X-Men 'part time fan' though, since you need a pretty good grasp of the characters to understand why certain plot points are important, especially because many of the characters have changed sides. The artwork is quite variable, from 'old school' comic to more modern graphic novel style, so if you're not 100% sure of the characters various costumes/hairstyles/accessories etc. you could easily be confused by the differences in appearance - i.e. Rogue *always* has a white streak of hair and generally wears green and yellow. However, her face and body are drawn very differently by different artists, so you need to be aware of her 'indicators' otherwise you could end up feeling a bit lost here and there in the books.