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The Comic Fanatic – Week of 3/7:Age of Apocalypse, Venom, Wolverine and the X-Men

The Comic Fanatic – Week of 3/7:Age of Apocalypse, Venom, Wolverine and the X-Men

by Greg DeVriesMarch 8, 2012

Welcome back, True Believers! Like most of Fanatics, I’ve been busy this week playing the greatness that is Mass Effect 3. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t have time to go to the comic store. Rather the opposite. While I was waiting for Tuesday night, I had a chance to read a couple books that were rather excellent.

This week I picked up  Age of Apocalypse #1, Venom #14, and Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #3. Age of Apocalypse #1 follows AoA Jean and Sabretooth after the events of Uncanny X-Force’s Dark Angel Saga, and the events of Marvel .1 where they were turned human. In AoA #1, they team up with the X-Terminated, a group of human freedom fighters who are ready to kick ass and take names. Their opponent is none other than Jean’s husband, Wolverine, whose mind has been twisted. I rather enjoyed this one. The art is gritty and dark, and yet still colorful. The X-Terminated are a very interesting batch, consisting of mostly enemies from the main X-Men universe. It includes Bolivar Trask (Inventor of the Sentinels), William Stryker (Anti-Mutant Zealot), Zora Risman (Daughter of Matthew Risman, sniper for the Purifiers), Graydon Creed (Anti-Mutant terrorist) and Donald Pierce (Hellfire Club), along with Jean Grey and Sabretooth. Keep an eye on this one. It could end up being a great series.

Venom #14 concludes the Circle of Four event. If you haven’t been reading, shame on you. It’s been really fun seeing the unusual band (X-23, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider and Venom) interact and reluctantly team up to save the day from Hell. It is definitely worth your time and money. Time for me to see where X-23 will show up next. And last, but not least is Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #3 (of 5). This is a side story, written by a different writer than the main Wolverine and the X-Men run. It mostly focuses on Wolverine (Alpha) and Quentin Quire (Omega), with Armor and Rachel Grey in the supporting cast. Quire has trapped Wolverine and Armor mentally in a virtual world with his vast telepathic power, and Rachel is investigating the missing headmaster. Honestly, I’m not sure this story deserved its own run. It’s significantly weaker than Jason Aaron’s amazing Wolverine and the X-Men. The story’s a little slow and this issue is no exception. It’s not a bad read, but skippable.

I finally had a chance to read Sleeper, Season 1 by Ed Brubaker, and it might be one of my favorite comic books ever. Similar Brubaker’s other noir-style comics (Incognito, Criminal and Fatale), Sleeper follows the story of Holden Carver, a CIA agent in deep cover. When his handler falls into a coma, Carver has to figure out what to do. It’s really an amazing story with several twists and turns along the way. I also read The Promethean Challenge (Appleseed). Appleseed is one of my favorite movies, and The Promethean Challenge is the first volume of the manga that inspired it. It’s great fun to read, and Briareos and Deunan are great characters. I have since ordered the rest of the series.

That’s it for this week, True Believers! Stay tuned and as always, drop me a comment or find me on twitter!

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  • Oswaldo

    This game could have been so much better.

  • Min Berry

    Freddy is practically not possible to destroy because he stays alive from most attacks and the same for wolverine, he retains reforming. They equally have stabbers. They the two fight like animals, COUGER and WOLVERINE lol.

  • Monique Spalding

    im a anime freak and usually arguing with this dude …….help me out remember to …..think of all there strategies and powers ……to me i think zoro can cut wolverine neck even with the steel, metal, iron or whatever skeleton he has but remember to aid me out

  • Joanne Mefford

    So I am an avid X-Men admirer and I not too long ago just watched all 5 of the movies that have arrive out so far. And I noticed some points that just failed to add up among the last two movies, particularly the settings.

    In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Victor (Sabretooth) and James (Wolverine) are in the Vietnam War, let’s just say it can be the starting of the war so this would be late 1955. Most of the plot takes place 6 decades afterwards so that would make it 1961. At the end of the movie we see an Emma Frost (probably around 20 decades old?) and a Charles Xavier, bald, aged, and not in a wheelchair.

    Now, the conclude of X-Men: Very First Course occurs throughout the Cuban Missle Crisis which is in late 1962. We see an grownup and very mature Emma Frost, seeming to be the identical age as Charles Xavier. At the end, Professor X gets gunned down and he loses all sensation in his legs, confining him to the wheelchair.

    So the problem is continuity of Professor X and Emma Frost.
    If Origins occurs in 1961 and First Course in 1962, then why is Professor X so aged at the stop of Origins?
    If Origins transpires at the conclude of the Vietnam War (say, 1975) and Very First Class in 1962, then why is there a teenager Emma Frost in 1975 and an adult one in 1962? And why is there a strolling Professor X in 1975 but a handicapped 1 in 1962?

    Just wanted to stage this out and see what your views were.

  • Elinor Sturgell

    I know that the most recent one particular is Wolverine X-Men origins but I heard that a new one particular is coming out and this time it is filmed in Japan but I want to know if this is true.

  • soccermaster1

    I was thinking about trying to collect the series. Could you give me your thoughts about what was good or bad about it

  • Dana G

    David S (below) Both of them have stated the need to cut green house gasses to fight global warming. Who makes green house gasses? Or are factories a “cycle of nature”?

  • Terrence

    In other words do you think a x-men movie accurate to a comic book any comic book will be made I.e the age of apocalypse or the REAL Phoenix saga? I mean anything so far every thing has been horribly inaccurate. What do you think?

  • Arminator

    Has anyone noticed that ever since the earthquake that caused the tsunami in Indonesia, (I want to say in 2003 or so) that the whole worlds “typical” weather is changing? Like for example some places on earth typically in winter, they get MASS amounts of snow, and very frigid temps and since the earthquake that has been slowly changing? I mean for gods sake we just very recently had a hail storm in Kenya, and this was no small hail! (Hail balls the size of cantaloupes!!) I heard somewhere that the earthquake “knocked” the earth of of one of it’s axises almost 3 degrees.
    I am not talking about global warming or the wholes in the ozone layer, I am talking about the EARTH changing, like it has done for billions of years.
    Are we headed for the next ice age? or perhaps the same thing caused the extinction of the dinosaurs?
    What do you think?
    No sarcastic answers either or idiotic answers either, you can keep that information to your selves.
    I only want to hear from people that have an honest opinion on this!

  • Zanto

    If we accept the claim that “a true believers heart shall never waver”, and observer that there are many ex-christians – many of whom were completely indistinguishable from “true believers” to themselves and others, we have to accept the conclusion that they were never “true” believers, although they – and everyone around them – were sure they were.

    Doesn’t that mean that not only is there no way for anybody to know that anybody else is a “true believer”, it’s impossible for a person to know that they themselves are?

  • Ray D

    In the Marvel Universe is the “Age of Apocalypse still going on? and are they still making stories for that Marvel world?