March 19, 2005
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Son of Apocalypse Part Two
The Exiles launch a desperate plan to free themselves from the Timebroker!
Writer: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Mark McKenna
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Marts
Cover Art: Jim Calafiore
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This book, in the last few issues, has really raced up my list of most-anticipated titles. Tony Bedard took a while to get his legs, but now that’s he’s on them, he’s doing great. Sasquatch and Blink have been taken from their friends, replaced with Sabretooth and Holocaust from the world of the Age of Apocalypse. Despite being labeled as a 10th Anniversary tie-in to that storyline, this book has almost nothing to do with it, other than using the characters and the M’Krann Crystal.
The murderous Holocaust has a plan to use the Crystal to take the team to the heart of the Timebroker’s lair, finally confronting the entity that has been manipulating them since the series began. Their only obstacle remaining? Full-on battle with Magneto and his X-Men. This is a heavy action issue and is immensely satisfying on that front. I’m more anxious than ever to see how this story will play out. Don’t let the title fool out – although it’s labeled as “part two of two,” this is by no means a conclusion to the story. It’s a cliffhanger, and a particularly abrupt one. In fact, it’s how sharply the issue ends that gives it the only black mark in my book.
We’re left in the dark about two characters, but there seems to be a promise that they’re going to get the closure they need as this story continues. This seems to be one of the few instances where that old chestnut that “nothing will be the same again” may actually apply.
Jim Calafiore’s artwork, again, is quite impressive. Some of his faces, up-close, are a little sketchy this issue, but overall it’s very strong. He does a really good job with the fights this issue – there’s plenty of action, and it all looks good.
Finally, this title is exciting again. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what comes up next, and three weeks may actually be too long a wait.