Age of X-Man:
The Marvelous X-Men
Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler
Artist: Marcos Failla
There is tiranny in the womb of every utopia
Nothing perfect comes without cost could easily be the X-Men’s motto at this point after so many Age of this or House of that storylines, always asking the same questions: Could a world populated only by mutants work? And if so, how?
The universe X-Man creates is all based around individualism to the extreme. Not only is it about being yourself to the extent you can be but also about not creating bonds with other people. Mutants dont have sex, they don’t sit down for tea with their mutant friends, apparently they dont hug each other either which is crazy but X-Man assures us as readers that this is the only way the peace can be kept easily.
This issue centers around a stressful day for The Marvelous X-Men when a forest burns down almost destroying a nearby mutant sector filled with kids and birth pods, housing the future of the mutant elite. We see the X-Men working together as a team to save these kids and all the forest creatures trapped and we get some very nice scenes of Nature Girl talking to trees which is really the best reason to read this comic book.
It’s not really an action packed issue but the writing is introspective enough to be intriguing and does give us enough excitement to keep going. it also presents several questions of human (and mutant) nature. But as part of an event it’s very obvious this comic works as setup for the rest of the story and isn’t about to explain much of what’s going on.
This comic manages to find a bit of an interesting thematic element that had only been explored once to a lesser extent.
The title Age of X-Man doesn’t seem incidental; there’s another story from 2011 named Age of X, where Legion using his reality warping powers creates a pocket dimension where he recreates the X-Men to his liking and wipes out the information from their previous lives very much the same way X-Man is doing right now.
Zac Thompson’s and Lonnie Nadler’s writing is competent enough and you can’t really tell there are two writers cause they’re clearly used to working together.
The art is nothing too exciting but it gets the job done, Marcos Failla is a relatively new artist in Marvel, very consistent, very prolific but ultimately generic.
This comic has good ideas, interesting execution and is easy to read, but it lacks a bit of substance just yet.
It gets a pass from me cause it made me want to read the rest of the story but this issue is clearly a TPB filler