Writer: Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler
Artist: Simone Buonfantino
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99
If you asked me after issue 1 or 2 of any of the Age of X-Man books if I am looking forward to the big closure, I would say looking forward to all these minis to be done with and never looking back! But I will admit surprisingly after the 5th and final issue of each of the Age of X-Man books, I am looking forward to actually reading and knowing how this comes to an end. Let’s dig in and see what we have here…
Well after 5 months, the chapter on Age of X-Man has shut their doors. But how did the ending actually do? The issue starts off with a good chunk of narration and showing us things from around this fantasy timeline. There is even a mutant scared and freaked out in the corner of a diner, in perfect view for Iceman to check things out. Now, if you thought the X-Tremists would play a part in this book, especially how theirs ended, well don’t get your hopes too high.
From there, we check out the Summers Institute where we get a bit of a parallel with this issue and the Alpha issue back in February, which actually plays out very nicely for us to see how things are doing in the prison. As some of the inmates that we grew to enjoy reading about are getting their butts handed to them, you get a glimpse of how we are going to see how this book handles showing us all the characters that we have read about for the past five months.
Now, the next part, I will admit, through me off when I was reading some of the Age of X-Man books. However, now the timeline of the events makes sense. We see the cliffhanger of two of the books in this upcoming scene, which when you read the books, you couldn’t tell they would be connected. Now with the X-Tracts and the X-Men squaring off, let’s make it a triple threat as the escaped prisoners crash-landed into them (yep you gotta read the book to see what I mean). Now with Beast and Bishop having Nate for the taking, I was thrown off because Bishop’s arm is on fire. I had no clue he could do that mainly because we didn’t really see him do that before.
While everyone is trying to play kill the carrier, ya know the game everyone used to play when they were kids when one person has the football and everyone would tackle the kid until he would give it so except with Nate being the football; Nate shows them a reason to stay and what it is like in the real world. Finally, something that has been bugging me for a long time gets answered, even though the answer felt complicated and should have been explained a little more. How does this universe and the real universe both have Dani’s?
Well, the book obviously had its ups and downs. I enjoyed the dialogue and liked how we got to see everyone from the books. But at the same time, I would have preferred more characters from NextGen and X-Tremists. The issue felt like a nice closure but at the same time, wow! The art was not that good! Juan Frigeri should have been on art. Would not recommend this book at all if you are not caught up on all of the Age of X-Man books.