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Age of X-Man Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)
Not content with just relaunching Uncanny X-Men, Marvel has a new X-Men event coming our way with Age of X-Man Alpha, the new starting point for, you guessed it, the Age of X-Man miniseries that will be hitting in the next few months.Fortunately, this event isn’t following in the footsteps of Age of Apocalypse and taking the place of the X-Men series that Marvel currently produces. Unfortunatley, the Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas special doesn’t do a whole lot to convince you to keep going with this event beyond the miniseries.
After being pulled into the mysterious void created by Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men, Marvel’s merry mutants find themselves in a world where Mutants are no longer feared and hated, but integrated with the human race. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler bounce between many familiar faces from Uncanny, filling us in on their current goings on, and setting the stage for the many Age of X-Man miniseries that are coming our way.
Yet, there’s a sense that we’ve seen this before, and not just once, but multiple times, in events like Age of X and even House of M. The idea of “Mutants being the majority” isn’t a new one. In fact, it’s been used so much that it’s practically an X-Men sub-genre, one that can slide right behind “potential future” as a plot point that’s been used to death.
On the art side of things, Ramon Rosanas keeps in line with the art style that’s been prevalent throughout Uncanny X-Men‘s run, and for the most part, its pretty effective. There’s not a lot of action in this special, but Rosanas knows how to make even the most static shots pretty dynamic, so you won’t get too bored looking at his art.
I wasn’t really that interested in Age of X-Man before this book came out, but I can tell you that after reading this special, that interest hasn’t changed much. While I’m sure that there will be some mini-series in this event that will be worth checking out, the Age of X-Man Alpha special sure doesn’t convince me to check out any of the other ones.