I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of revisiting old stories. You told it already, we don’t need to go back and tell it again. The original Age of Apocalypse was a classic take of 20 years ago, but now with Secret Wars, Marvel is milking every old story they can and this is no exception.
A “classic” 90s event, we return, at least in spirit, to Earth-295, where mutants are dying from a mysterious plague and it’s up to our heroes to save the day.
In the Battleworld province of Apocalypse, its namesake rules with an iron fist. Mutantkind is threatened by the Legacy Virus which may wipe them all out, but humans, falled flatscans, may beat them to extinction. Can the X-Men find a cure to the disease before there’s no one left to look?
Time to come clean, I was never really a fan of the original Age of Apocalypse storyline. It came at a time when my interest in comics had waned and even though I read it, it never really grabbed me the way it seemingly did a lot of younger comics fans. So revisiting the tale isn’t at the top of my wish list, especially since I’m not particularly a fan of dystopian storylines to begin with. Add in the Secret Wars Battleworld and this becomes even less intriguing to me, I’m afraid.
I think one of the problems that I have, not just with this, but with most of the Secret Wars tie-ins, is that they are so quick to just kill characters left and right because they know that after a couple of issues, it just doesn’t matter anymore. Character deaths are done for impact, not for story. In the first issue, five X-Men die. Why? To show how dangerous Apocalypse is, but we already knew that. To just flush lives to make a point seems worthless to me and it really shows that nobody takes the storytelling all that seriously because, as I said, nothing really matters because everything in these tie-ins is transitory. I’d even call it shock for the sake of shock, but none of it even feels shocking because I’m just not invested in any of these characters being more than cannon fodder. Who cares? They’ll be back after Secret Wars ends anyhow.
Artwise, Gerardo Sandoval does a strong job, particularly with the addition of colorist David Curiel. It has the feel of the original without feeling particularly dated and I appreciate that. I just wish it was over a much stronger and more interesting storyline.
In any case, as Secret Wars is finally done and gone, hopefully I can stop reviewing all of these tie-ins and see what Marvel is going to do in he reboot. I hope it’s a better universe than the one we’ve been stuck with through the last half of 2015 because that universe is one I am tired of playing in and would quickly abandon. It was a vaguely interesting place to visit but there’s no way in hell I’d ever live there.