Age of Apocalypse 4 review

4794566-aoa2015004_dc11_lr-0So, for the second time in two months, I only picked up 4 comics in one week. As such, I’ll just write 4 reviews and not bother with my first impressions post. You can tell that Secret Wars is starting to wind down. Even though the main event still has 4 issues left, many of its minis are nearing their end, and All New Marvel is set to begin next month. Age of Apocalypse saw its second last issue today, and it feels like the first half of the conclusion.

Age of Apocalypse 3 ended with Apocalypse breaking open a canister with the legacy virus, sending it out to all the mutants in his domain to test who is truly fit to survive. This issue kicks off with the immediate aftermath, with one of the X-men dying very quickly from the mutant killing disease. The rest of this comic is split into two parts. The first part is the main fight between Apocalypse and pretty much everyone else, who have now realized what a madman Apocalypse truly is. Several characters face an emotional death scene during the fight, most notably Magneto. Of course, he lives long enough for Apocalypse’s plan to backfire horribly.

The other part of the comic features Wolverine, Cyclops and Sunfire hunting for Jean Grey, and in the process they find the man responsible for the virus itself. This part of the story is also well written, and gives the comic some much needed slowdown with the all-out fight happening in the streets.

The art by Iban Coello won’t be for everyone, but it’s good. It takes on a very 90’s style, with exaggerated character builds, sharp angles and 90’s hairstyles. There’s a lot of detail though, and facial expressions do a great job at expressing emotions. Emma Frost’s look after she eases Magneto’s death is especially good. The best looking page is Apocalypse’s death though. The colouring by David Curiel is nothing short of fantastic. Everything’s bright and colourful, with great shading effects too.

Fabian Nicieza is the perfect writer for this series. Not only did he write part of the original Age of Apocalypse story, but he’s one of the few writers who rose to fame in the 90’s and can still write well. He keeps with the themes of the original story, while still creating something new and utilizing different characters. Fans of the original should make sure to pick this up; you might never get a better tribute to Age of Apocalypse.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Age of Apocalypse 4 review

  1. xmenxpert says:

    For the record, Burner isn’t Sunfire. It’s Adam-X the X-Treme. Issue #3 strongly hinted at it. He cut Cyclops, exposing his blood to oxygen, so it could be ignited. Then, Burner found himself unable to actually ignite Cyclops’ blood – a reference to plans for Adam-X to be the Third Summers Brother. It’s Adam-X. Which is AMAZING.

    As for this issue, it’s really good. The fight against Apocalypse is cool. I’m eager to see Doug get to save the day next issue.


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