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What If? X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #1

December 26, 2006

Quick Rating: Average
Title: What if Legion Had Killed Xavier and Magneto?
Rating: T+

A world with no Xavier or Magneto – a different “Age of Apocalypse.”

Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Dave Wilkins
Colors: Anthony Washington
Letters: Nate Piekos
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The appeal behind a “What If?” project is showing how the Marvel universe would be different had things been changed. In a lot of ways, “Age of Apocalypse” was really just one long “What If?” storyline, so this issue is, in essence, a “What If?” about a “What If?” The Age of Apocalypse was caused when Legion went back in time and killed Charles Xavier. In the universe we visit in this issue, Legion killed not just Xavier, not just Magneto, but countless people. Fear of mutants became widespread and mutants were oppressed, until Apocalypse arrived with his troopers to conquer Earth.

To say this Earth is worse off than that of the original “Age” would be difficult, but it’s definitely different. The battle lines have been drawn quite differently, with the biggest similarity being Nate Gray again being a key player. He joins up with the last dregs of the superhuman resistance, planning to take the fight to Apocalypse.

Some of the little touches in this book are interesting – the identity of this world’s Sorcerer Supreme, for instance, is quite amusing. Others kind of bother me – I can understand the mutant characters being more or less the same, since their powers are hardwired in from birth, but in a world so different from any other, how probable is it that the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man would have evolved in such similar fashions? Remender also litters the book will little in-jokes (like a clone crack) that are amusing, but really serve to wrench you out of the story.

Dave Wilkins art, like the writing, is a mixed bag. It tells the story fairly effectively, but it’s really dark and gritty, and not in a way that necessarily matches the story.

I’ve read worse What If? stories, but I’ve read much better ones too.

Rating: 5/10

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