March 4, 2005
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Son of Apocalypse Part One
Back in the Age of Apocalypse, the Timebroker reveals a new mission – and a new teammate.
Writer: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Mark McKenna
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Marts
Cover Art: Jim Calafiore
Publisher: Marvel Comics
For some time, my major criticism of this title was that it seemed like Tony Bedard was taking too long to get around to any real plot progression. The stories seemed rather generic and not specific to the Exiles, and the members of the team didn’t get their stories advanced much, if at all.
He’s making up for that now. The Timebroker has plunked the team back onto Blink’s world, known to comic fans as the universe of the Age of Apocalypse (just in time to coincide with the 10th anniversary specials of that same event, what a coinkydink) and replaced some of their members. The team’s disenchantment with the Timebroker’s mission grows this issue, especially when they learn what their new mission is.
This book feels like it’s finally rumbling towards a final confrontation with the mysterious and increasingly malevolent Timebroker, something that Bedard has slowly been brewing since taking this title over 15 issues ago. It make have taken a little while to get here, but this issue has really started to excite me.
Jim Calafiore returns to the art again this issue, and I must say, he’s just as good as the artist he trades off with. It’s been a while since I read any of the Apocalypse issues, but he fits the visuals of that world very well, and manages to show a progression of how that world looked some time after its conclusion and supposed destruction. (I’m assuming the other issues being released this week give some sort of explanation as to how it escaped nuclear devastation, they seem to brush past it in this issue).
Next issue is labeled as the last part of this arc, but future covers would seem to indicate that there’s a good bit more to go through before the main story is over. I’m quite anxious to see how it plays out.