Age of X-Man: Alpha #1 Review

Written by: Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler
Art by: Ramon Rasanas, Triona Farrell, and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 30, 2019

I am jumping into this book pretty cold. Yea, I’ve read all of the new Uncanny weekly series and last weeks Annual, but what this book is all about is still a mystery to me. So, how was it now that I’ve sat down with it, read it and let it digest a bit? Let’s find out…

The first thing readers will notice the minute they start reading is how good this book looks. It’s got a classic and clean look that doubles up with the beginning that seems like it’s ripped right out of a 50’s television town. The second thing they might notice is not knowing what the heck is going on here! At least that was my reaction.

This issue is an oversized setup to a bunch (and I mean a BUNCH) of other books down the line. Almost every time something big happens, we are shuffled away from it with an editors note telling us we can see what happens later in another book we can of course buy. Not only does it feel like a bit of bullshit (really, it feels like you just bought a game and all the big moments are going to be released later as DLC), but it chops up the pacing in this issue big time.

That might end up being my biggest gripe because I was struggling to figure out what is going on in this Matrix/1984/Brave New World type book that is setting up a mystery, but not doing a great job of it. Obviously, we the reader know this is not “real” and the cool bits are when some of the X-Men sense that as well. However, by the end, I felt like I still had way more questions than anything and they weren’t the “I can’t wait to find out type”, but more of the “I don’t know if I want any more of this” kind.

Final Thoughts:

In the end, I was left a bit dazed and confused and not sure if I will continue with this going forward. It looks great, but I need a bit more than a book telling me to go read other books and while this start is intriguing, it was also frustrating.


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