Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1
Meet En Sabah Nur and his Light Riders, a group of countercultural revolutionaries determined to return interpersonal relationships and love to the world... and take down the X-Men along the way!
Planning on using a rally out in the open as cover, En Sabah Nur dispatches his Light Riders, including Dazzler, Genesis, Eye-Boy and new character Unveil, to Russia to rescue a mutant kept in isolation for decades-- Omega Red!
Apocalypse and the X-tracts is the book I’ve been waiting for. A smart and well-crafted book, X-tracts manages to capture all the glory of counterculture and revolution necessary to destabilize the so-called utopic vision built by Nate Grey. The “Spirit of ’67” lives vibrantly in these pages, from the evocation of Timothy Leary’s famous “tune in, turn off, drop out” quote to the living embodiment of psychotropic drugs so fundamental to the era of “expanding your mind” in Unveil. Seeley does an excellent job of capturing the essence of revolution to include nods to the repression of religion and the loss of feeling “special” played out through Kitty Pryde. Alison Blaire captures the essence of the folk music movement, perfectly cast as a Dylan, a McGuire, a Guthrie. With Genesis, you start to see a picture of the weight of legacy as young Evan struggles to find his place in his father’s movement. Even the attachment of “Murshid”, Arabic for “guide” or “teacher” subtly adds depth to the narrative without overly calling attention to itself.
The art in this book is gorgeous– a perfect fit to tone of the book. Espin deploys a number of overlapping layout styles that give the issue a sense of fluidity, reinforcing the suggestion of togetherness as characters flow into each other. The color work jumps off the page evoking images of album covers from the psychedelic era of Experiences and Mystery Tours.
Apocalypse and the X-tracts is a series off to a fast start and fires on all cylinders. The best book of Age of X-Man thus far.
Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1: Talkin bout a Revolution Sounds… Like a Whisper
Writing - 10/10
Storyline - 10/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 10/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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