The GeeksverseX-Men Legacy #245 – Age of X Chapter 1

X-Men Legacy #245 – Age of X Chapter 1
Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Carey
Penciled by by: Clay Mann
Inked by: Jay Leisten
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: A- Leinil Yu w/ Marte Gracia; B- Clay Mann w/ Paolo Rivera
Assistant Editors: Jake Thomas & Sebastian Girner
Editor: Daniel Ketchum

The Age of X is another tale of a world gone bad for the X-Men and mutant kind in general. In this reality the Phoenix went nuts and destroyed Albany which allowed The Sapien League to take over and make the x-gene illegal. The mutants have been holed up together in Fortress X for 1000 days and the humans attack on a regular basis.

Magneto, Magnus, is in charge and he runs a tight ship. Carey does some interesting things with this new reality and it’s definately easy to see who his favorite mutants are. Frenzy is a centerpiece of this new group and so is Cannonball. Cyclops is not a leader and Storm and Namor are married. There are some other interesting couplings, Psylocke and Iceman and Frenzy and Cyclops have what can already be seen to be a pretty twisted relationship. The most interesting thing Carey does is make Rogue, Reaper, into Legacy. Rogue absorbs the personalities and memories of those that are dying so they they will always live on.

It’s an interesting use for Rogue and her powers.

The other interesting thing is that apparently the General, as Magnus is called, keeps a Brig where those mutants that are too dangerous to be with the others are kept under lock and key. Somehow Kitty Pryde classifies as too danger, and so does Professor X, as she is seen escaping from the Brig. Danger is the warden, which is odd because I can’t understand how Danger would exist in a world in which there was no Danger Room and no X-Men at all. Thats an interesting question that I hope gets answered.

I hate alternate realities where only the bits and pieces the writer wants are altered and they think they can just throw together elements that have no basis in the new reality. How does Danger exist in this new world?

Carey does a good job setting the tone and mood of what life is like for the mutants but he doesn’t do a good enough job of feeling in on what the world is like. We get that they live in Fortress X, are under constant assault, and have to keep themselves locked up to stay safe. That’s covered repeatedly. But aside from a couple of casual mentions, we don’t get how the world was made into this, what the rest of the world is like outside of Fortress X. And we definately don’t get how Fortress X even exists and functions.

How do they get food, the beer they were drinking alot of? The telekinetics put up a Force Wall every night to keep the humans out, but what is on the other side of the barriers? Do the humans really spend hours every day trying to breach the walls? Why? Why not just let the mutants “live” in the barrier and just wait ‘em out, like a siege?

There’s alot of questions that need to be answered for the foundation of this story to work. Hopefully they get answered.

Overall it’s a decent story. But it just feels incomplete, like there was an idea “let’s throw them into Fortress X” and didn’t really spend much time figuring out how the world got there.

Mann’s art is nice. Where has he been hiding? This is a good book for him to debut in. It’s high profile and should get him plenty of attention. He’s got nice forms and his work is detailed. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling and takes some risks with a couple of the layouts. All in all he does very well.

X-Men Legacy #245 receives
3.5 out of 5

It’s off to a decent start, but I want to know more of how it got to this point.

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