Age of X-Man: Omega
This is the end of the Age of X-Man series that started with Alpha. The middle issues split into multiple different stand alone stories that you could read all, or just a few, and still mostly get the effects of the story. Many of the individual series are collected in their own TPB so you can go back and read through any you missed. I only read Nightcrawler’s series so there is a ton I missed, but I still knew what was going on in the issue enough to follow along.
Credits and Thoughts
This issue of Age of X-Man was written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler. The art is provided by Simone Buonfantino and colors by Triona Farrell. I enjoyed the Nightcrawler series very much and this wrap up of the overall story was pretty good. It lead nicely into Rosenberg’s final issue of Uncanny X-Men. I will complain a little about the role of Nightcrawler in this issue. I’ll get more into why in the spoiler filled portion. But other than my biased opinion on Nightcrawler, it was a good issue. Artwork and color were great. There were no real big surprises or twists in the issue if you had read the series leading up to this. Anyway, below are the spoilers so got get the issue if you want to read it first.
Age of X-Man: Omega – The Story
If you have been following any of the series associated with Age of X-Man, you know that the world that X-Man, Nate Grey, has created is falling apart. It was meant to be a utopian world for Mutants, where everyone is a mutant and there is peace. But the restrictions on personal relationships cause the X-Men to wake up to the realization that this world was not their real world. So they are forced now to make a decision. Do they go back to living in this peaceful construct where everyone is a mutant, or do they leave this world behind to rejoin their own. In the end, they decide to go back to the real world, effectively destroying the construct that Nate has created behind. Except for Magneto, who makes a proposition to Nate that involves starting a new world without humans.
The problem for me with Nightcrawler’s role, is that he is one of the ones to argue that they should stay in Nate’s Age of X-Man. It was Kurt’s love for his daughter, TJ, and Meggan that caused his memories to return of the real world. He actually sacrificed his relationship with them, so that they could escape with their memories. So it just didn’t make sense to me that he would argue to stay in this reality when he only returned to it to free those he loved. But I guess the idea is that peace without the threat that humans always pose to mutants and living without that fear is tempting for all the X-Men. But luckily they join their real world again, just in time to save the rest of the X-Men.
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