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Age of Apocalypse #2

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005
By: Shawn Hill



ďComing Up For AirĒ

Writer: Akira Yoshida
Artists: Chris Bachalo (p), Tim Townsend (i)

Publisher: Marvel

Plot:
A few very simple things occur. The X-men try to bring in the Morlocks, who reject them. Someone is attending lovingly to a high-tech coffin. X-23 reveals all in her quest to sign up Wolverine. And some old enemies are violently dispatched.

Comments:
Thatís pretty much it. Itís simple as can be, a sequence of things happening that may or may not add up to something. Magneto knows he didnít single-handedly save the world, but nobody else does, and we donít know who did either. These Morlocks seem to include Leech, Marrow and Mirage, and are wary as always.

Youíd think the principle interest would be Magneto and his family, but we see too little of them. Instead we get X-23ís origin, and it is refreshing that sheís better costumed and much more articulate than the regular version. Bachaloís art is ornate and well-suited to giving us altered versions of familiar faces, though I donít really know why weíre getting Ultimate Storm, a girl Xorn, or Lorna as a Morlock.

The art is making me flash back to Bachaloís stint on New X-men, when the boys went searching for the Weapon X satellite, where we were supposed to sort of see an ersatz JLA of super-soldiers designed by AIM to take down mutants. Here weíre supposed to sort of see a world in shambles, and we come closest in Canada, where X-23 and Wolverine track two of Apocalypseís most deadly agents, Northstar and Aurora.

Apparently living as scavengers and raiding human encampments, I suppose itís morally ambiguous that X-23 and Wolverine merely slash them to ribbons. Itís a flat-out execution, and even more troubling is that it motivates Wolverine to rejoin Magneto so he can kill more bad guys. While itís an intense fight scene, itís hard getting a reading on just what any of these mutants are supposed to be doing now that Apocalypse has been defeated. Considering Magnetoís vision at Mirageís hands, it looks like Yoshida is only planning more clumsily violent riffs on over-familiar X-men themes, rather than really answering the question.



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