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Legion, the supremely powerful son of Charles Xavier, wants to change the world - and he's traveled back in time to kill Magneto to do it! Can the X-Men stop him, or will the world as we know it cease to exist? Featuring the last day of Cable's life; Gambit vs. Sabretooth; the beginning of Archangel and Psylocke's relationship; and Mystique, bent on revenge! Witness the fi Legion, the supremely powerful son of Charles Xavier, wants to change the world - and he's traveled back in time to kill Magneto to do it! Can the X-Men stop him, or will the world as we know it cease to exist? Featuring the last day of Cable's life; Gambit vs. Sabretooth; the beginning of Archangel and Psylocke's relationship; and Mystique, bent on revenge! Witness the final moments in the lives of the X-Men before their world changes forever!


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Legion, the supremely powerful son of Charles Xavier, wants to change the world - and he's traveled back in time to kill Magneto to do it! Can the X-Men stop him, or will the world as we know it cease to exist? Featuring the last day of Cable's life; Gambit vs. Sabretooth; the beginning of Archangel and Psylocke's relationship; and Mystique, bent on revenge! Witness the fi Legion, the supremely powerful son of Charles Xavier, wants to change the world - and he's traveled back in time to kill Magneto to do it! Can the X-Men stop him, or will the world as we know it cease to exist? Featuring the last day of Cable's life; Gambit vs. Sabretooth; the beginning of Archangel and Psylocke's relationship; and Mystique, bent on revenge! Witness the final moments in the lives of the X-Men before their world changes forever!

30 review for X-Men: Prelude to Age of Apocalypse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    Probably one of my favorite reads of the year! It was such a great read and it starts off with the usual X-men adventures and chemistry and with whatever tensions that Cyclops has with Jean, Gambit and Iceman and Rogue and then we follow the drama that Bishop and Storm maybe in with Legion as he seems to have merged all his differing personalities and has combined them into one. Also previously he was being hunted by Mystique. His new mission: Kill Magneto in the past to see his fathers dream ful Probably one of my favorite reads of the year! It was such a great read and it starts off with the usual X-men adventures and chemistry and with whatever tensions that Cyclops has with Jean, Gambit and Iceman and Rogue and then we follow the drama that Bishop and Storm maybe in with Legion as he seems to have merged all his differing personalities and has combined them into one. Also previously he was being hunted by Mystique. His new mission: Kill Magneto in the past to see his fathers dream fulfilled and thats pretty much the whole of the story. Will the X-Men be able to stop him but what happens when that goes wrong? A new age of Apocalypse maybe... This was a fantastic story and I love the way this volume focuses on multiple POVs like with whatever is going on with Gambit and Rogue and the great story focusing on Iceman and then obviously Legion as you follow his mind status and the weird thing with his destiny and the new status quo like the end of the world and its kinda like "final days before secret wars (2015)" and the after effects of it and all. So yeah a must read story with great ending and a massive change to the status quo and amazing art by everyone involved!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    As a teenager (and some since), I read lots of X-Men comics. I stopped reading them regularly just before this was released in the nineties. However, reading this one again reminded me of how much I enjoy the X-Men. They have a great cast of characters with a powerful organizing theme of a vision of a world without prejudice and oppression. They take on bigotry and hatred straight on, and lift an up an ideal. To me, this is what superhero comics should do. In this one, they set up the Age of Apoc As a teenager (and some since), I read lots of X-Men comics. I stopped reading them regularly just before this was released in the nineties. However, reading this one again reminded me of how much I enjoy the X-Men. They have a great cast of characters with a powerful organizing theme of a vision of a world without prejudice and oppression. They take on bigotry and hatred straight on, and lift an up an ideal. To me, this is what superhero comics should do. In this one, they set up the Age of Apocalypse in which Charles Xavier dies before forming the X-Men. However, the lead up to this is filled with well drawn characters, a fairly well organized plot line (a failure of lots of sprawling comic book story arcs), and exploration of a few complex issues related to time and dreams. Great fun! I look forward to reading the Age of Apocalypse in which the world of the X-Men is totally turned upside down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kirwan

    Loved this!!! Had read some of the issues at the start as I read all X-men comics up to the point of Legion Quest!! For 90’s X-Men this was a big step up!! The plot is fantastic and exciting!! The artwork across all the issues is amazing and so emotive and distinct!! It conveys all the action really well. This had been a problem for me leading up to this event. The 90’s art style was disjointed and frequently very hard to discern the characters and what happened to them on the page. Have to say, Loved this!!! Had read some of the issues at the start as I read all X-men comics up to the point of Legion Quest!! For 90’s X-Men this was a big step up!! The plot is fantastic and exciting!! The artwork across all the issues is amazing and so emotive and distinct!! It conveys all the action really well. This had been a problem for me leading up to this event. The 90’s art style was disjointed and frequently very hard to discern the characters and what happened to them on the page. Have to say, the plot and characters are on point and very true to the OG characters. Very excited for AOA!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Driscoll

    Right off the bat, I have to admit I am biased here. Not only were the X-Men a big part of my childhood and adolescence (thanks largely to the 1990's cartoon), but I have been looking for the complete Age of Apocalypse story for literally decades, so the anticipation I have built up is UNREAL. A bit of background why I was so eager to read this (skip this paragraph if you don't care) - I had a very hard time following comics as a kid. Comic stores could never survive in my hometown for some reaso Right off the bat, I have to admit I am biased here. Not only were the X-Men a big part of my childhood and adolescence (thanks largely to the 1990's cartoon), but I have been looking for the complete Age of Apocalypse story for literally decades, so the anticipation I have built up is UNREAL. A bit of background why I was so eager to read this (skip this paragraph if you don't care) - I had a very hard time following comics as a kid. Comic stores could never survive in my hometown for some reason, and all closed in less than a year. For reasons I don't remember, I didn't think subscription by mail was an option for me. So my only way to get comic books was at the drug store, which was too far for me to walk by myself, so I could only go there when I could hitch a ride with one of my parents. As a result, I could never follow any comic storylines for more than about 2 issues before I would miss some. The Age of Apocalypse storyline is actually the one I read the most of because I got a gift set of 4 whole issues for my birthday once, so that's one reason I really liked it. Also, I have been trying to find collected editions of this for years, but never had any luck. Every bookstore and comic store I checked didn't have it. Even at comic cons, no one had it. I couldn't find it on Amazon for whatever reason. My previous library didn't have it either. FINALLY I was able to get my current library to borrow the whole series from within their system, starting with this here prelude. And so I was already predisposed to like this. Early to mid-90's X-Men is pretty much my favorite thing in all of Marvel. But anyway, back to the comic. The various X-teams are still dealing with some of the fallout from the X-Cutioner's Song arc (another favorite of mine) in which Stryfe unleashed a mutating virus upon mutantkind that is wreaking havoc. Cyclops and Jean finally got married. Rogue and Gambit are pretty much as together as they can be, given the limitations of her powers. Psylocke has recently started to get her act back together after being mentally fragmented into two people, and is now developing a romance with Archangel. Somehow the X-Men have captured Sabretooth (I missed that issue so don't know how it happened). So overall, many of the X-Men are doing quite well (except for Iceman, who is dealing with a crisis of confidence after Emma Frost recently mind controlled him and used his powers far more impressively than he ever had used them himself). Enter Legion. Legion is the son of Professor X, who is extraordinarily powerful but severely mentally handicapped. Not only is he autistic (or at least, a not-very-accurate version of autistic since it was the 90's and autism wasn't that well understood), but he has several distinct personalities living in his head, each of which has their own mutant powers. Legion is comatose after previous adventures, but that doesn't last. He sets in motion a chain of events that leads to one of the greatest storylines in all of X-Men history (at least in my opinion). Overall, the journey is a fun one. There are little bits that bug me a little, such as the aforementioned less than stellar portrayal of autism. But I'm willing to cut some slack there because I think they were at least trying, based on available knowledge at the time, to portray it well and sympathetically. Legion is seen not as evil, but as someone whose unique combination of of autism, fractured personality, and overwhelming mutant powers make him extremely dangerous and difficult to help. Another little detail that bugs me has to do with Psylocke. Early on, she is sporting a new short haircut instead of her usual flowing purple locks. However, it seems like not everyone got the memo, because during some of her scenes with Archangel she has long flowing hair, only for it to be back short again in the next scene. It's a minor detail but it's very noticeable to me. Overall I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite those little issues I had with it. It really sets the stage for Age of Apocalypse, and drives home just how big of a change everything was. While readers know everything will turn more or less back to normal eventually because it's comic books, the ending still felt very impactful to me. I dig this and will definitely read it again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Thanks to the library and marvel unlimited, I have now read every single comic with Legion in it. My trade paperback recommendations for any Legion (FX) fan then will be (mostly in publication order, except for X-Men: Legacy - Legion): X-Men Legacy: Legion Omnibus This actually as Legion as a main character, and that part in Legion (FX) where he actually looks like Legion (Marvel Comics)? That what he looks like in this one. No knowledge of X-men required. David Haller struggles to become one wit Thanks to the library and marvel unlimited, I have now read every single comic with Legion in it. My trade paperback recommendations for any Legion (FX) fan then will be (mostly in publication order, except for X-Men: Legacy - Legion): X-Men Legacy: Legion Omnibus This actually as Legion as a main character, and that part in Legion (FX) where he actually looks like Legion (Marvel Comics)? That what he looks like in this one. No knowledge of X-men required. David Haller struggles to become one with himself. Instead he becomes Legion. X-Men: Legion - Shadow King Rising Particularly the New Mutants storyline where Legion makes his first appearance. Then the Shadow King Rising one, just because, you know... Shadow King. But that storyline kinda sucks, in my opinion. And the art is... very much this time period. Very much... the fantasy of a 13 year-old boy. And compared to the fantastic art of Bill Sienkiewicz, it's like... huh? You will need to know basic X-men stuff. Legion has problems... so many problems. Poor David (DANIEL?!! wut) Haller buttmonkey. They don't even get his name right. So sad. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Prelude Much better than the Shadow King storyline! But this is like, the height of 90s X-men-ness. But if you remember the 90s cartoon show you are good. Legion destroys the universe. Good going, Legion. New Mutants, Volume 1: Return of Legion Legion Returns! After more than 10 years absence, Legion comes back as your standard crazy antagonist. Do you know the New Mutants? You're gonna have to know who the New Mutants are (but if you have read Shadow King Rising TP then you will). X-Men: Age of X Legion creates a Universe! It sucks. Good going, Legion. This is the hardest one to get into if you don't know anything about the X-men. It's like... meta x-men. Decent self-contained story though, otherwise. X-Men Legacy: Aftermath X-Men Legacy: Lost Legions The aftermath of Age of X. Lost Legions focuses more on Legion than Aftermath (but he is still in a couple of issues in the Aftermath trade). Legion's lost some pieces of himself, then he finds and absorbs them. Pretty basic, but hey! Legion. Legion: Trauma Did you know they made a new Legion comic in 2018? And it's written by Peter Milligan? Exciting! But it sucks (so far, anyway). This trade focuses on getting rid of Legion's trauma... I am hoping so they can do more exciting stuff in the future, where Legion actually does things?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    An essential story in the X-Men universe, this explanded version of X-Men Legion Quest sets up the most ambitious, complicated era of the X-Men, an alternate reality that engulfed all of the X-Men and spinoff books for over a year. While X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus is generally regarded as a cool, reimagining of the X-Men, it's also a mess of convoluted character relationships and plot points that get completely undone by the final issue, with very few ramifications to the restored timeline An essential story in the X-Men universe, this explanded version of X-Men Legion Quest sets up the most ambitious, complicated era of the X-Men, an alternate reality that engulfed all of the X-Men and spinoff books for over a year. While X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus is generally regarded as a cool, reimagining of the X-Men, it's also a mess of convoluted character relationships and plot points that get completely undone by the final issue, with very few ramifications to the restored timelines, sooooo...I'm skipping it. This volume is one of the better Lobdell X-Men books. It has a clear purpose, and a large but managable cast. Cable, X-Factor, and both teams of X-Men are all trying to prevent Professor X's son, David, newly awakened from (sigh....what a trope) a coma, and more powerful than ever, from...well...they're not sure what he's trying to do. But he eventually travels into the past, followed by some of the X-Men. It's there that his plan to rewrite the Marvel Universe is revealed. But it, uhhh, doesn't end up the way he hoped.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    Marvel goofed with the new paperback editions of Age of Apocalypse. None of them have the Complete version kick-off story-line Legion Quest. You'll need a copy of this book for that. *%#@!!(*^ -Marvel. Not in either Omniboo neither! What's up with that? Far as I can tell this is the only edition that reprints the full version of the Legion Quest story that begins the Age of Apocalypse. It's also one of the most artful and well accomplished books in the X-Men library. It's cohesive across differe Marvel goofed with the new paperback editions of Age of Apocalypse. None of them have the Complete version kick-off story-line Legion Quest. You'll need a copy of this book for that. *%#@!!(*^ -Marvel. Not in either Omniboo neither! What's up with that? Far as I can tell this is the only edition that reprints the full version of the Legion Quest story that begins the Age of Apocalypse. It's also one of the most artful and well accomplished books in the X-Men library. It's cohesive across different titles and artists, including Andy Kubert at the top of his game. It's a down-right page-turner. Lots of working parts all moving well together. And that's hard to do with so many characters. The newer editions of Age of Apocalypse paperbacks and the Age of Apocalypse Omniboo give a very shortened version of "Prelude". Be a sport. Treat yourself to the full ride. You'll only increase your pleasure. Buy this version. Oh and yeah - it's one of the best X-Men books I've read. And I've read them all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Great prelude. Really sets the stage for this event. I recommend reading this and not relying on the end of LegionQuest that’s included in the AoA Omnibus. I’ll have more to say in my Age of Apocalypse review, but this is an easy perfect score. This is one of the greatest comic book sagas of all time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael B Tager

    While Legion Quest itself was a bit underwhelming--just like it was when I first read it--the lead up to it was really solid. My biggest gripe with LQ was that it seemed really fractured, in a bad way. Like the different writers didn't quite communicate with one another to make a complete story. But it's super solid and I'm looking forward to my reread of the entire series. While Legion Quest itself was a bit underwhelming--just like it was when I first read it--the lead up to it was really solid. My biggest gripe with LQ was that it seemed really fractured, in a bad way. Like the different writers didn't quite communicate with one another to make a complete story. But it's super solid and I'm looking forward to my reread of the entire series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    K

    Again, I bought this collection because I was a little lazy to go through my comic book pile for Legion Quest, so I've read it a long time ago. Maybe in the future I'll reread it. Always love Legion. Again, I bought this collection because I was a little lazy to go through my comic book pile for Legion Quest, so I've read it a long time ago. Maybe in the future I'll reread it. Always love Legion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Fun. I love the collections where they put the relevant issues from different titles.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    For X-Men issues, these aren't bad. They're kicking off a major plotline and they're doing it well. For X-Men issues, these aren't bad. They're kicking off a major plotline and they're doing it well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    By far the coolest X-Men story I've read in a while. Interesting premise that actually makes sense. Plus, Legion. By far the coolest X-Men story I've read in a while. Interesting premise that actually makes sense. Plus, Legion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Essential stories leading up to the Age of Apocalypse cross over event of the mid 1990's. Much has been written of this X-Event. Essential stories leading up to the Age of Apocalypse cross over event of the mid 1990's. Much has been written of this X-Event.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Bray

    The beginning of the coolest X-Men story lines ever.

  16. 5 out of 5

    C

    Reread July 2020: So my awesome wife got me the Age of Apocalypse Omnibus as a gift and this slimmer volume came with it. I lost a lot of my x-books issues from when I originally read them in one move or another and all of the AOA books were gone. Recently, I had really been wanting to reread the story and she came through with an awesome gift... Rereading this, I am surprised. Memory is a weird thing. I *loved* the Age of Apocalypse story and kind of see it in the glory days of the 90s x-books i Reread July 2020: So my awesome wife got me the Age of Apocalypse Omnibus as a gift and this slimmer volume came with it. I lost a lot of my x-books issues from when I originally read them in one move or another and all of the AOA books were gone. Recently, I had really been wanting to reread the story and she came through with an awesome gift... Rereading this, I am surprised. Memory is a weird thing. I *loved* the Age of Apocalypse story and kind of see it in the glory days of the 90s x-books in my head. When this volume started and I saw the odd art (man, that X-factor issue is bad...) and later costume designs, etcetera, I realized that this was the point that I had started losing interest in the x-books to a point. Not really important to this review, but I thought it was interesting how the mind works... (I do remember really disliking when the books came back from the AOA series with their forced new mysteries/weird time jump...but I digress.) At any rate, I wouldn't put this story up there with the best x-tales out there, especially removed from what would follow it but it has its moments. Anything with Mystique and Legion I am there for. In the end, though, this whole book really is a prelude. Once could read AOA without this and it would still make sense. But wow, was this a big deal when it came out... I'm so glad that this storyline predated heavy internet usage, that we didn't know if the regular x-books would ever come back... It made the whole thing more exciting. But at any rate, this is important as a lead-in but maybe not the best x-book on its own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    A collection of stories leading up to the Age of Apocalypse universe. I've only read a smattering of X-Men here and there, and this was a really interesting intro to a very famous storyline. It made quite a splash in the '90s, even as a non-comics reader I recall the cover of Magneto clutching a (dead? injured?) Charles Xavier. This "prelude" starts as a somewhat disjointed collection of episodes to introduce the cast, but it all comes together by midway and really begins to gather steam as we s A collection of stories leading up to the Age of Apocalypse universe. I've only read a smattering of X-Men here and there, and this was a really interesting intro to a very famous storyline. It made quite a splash in the '90s, even as a non-comics reader I recall the cover of Magneto clutching a (dead? injured?) Charles Xavier. This "prelude" starts as a somewhat disjointed collection of episodes to introduce the cast, but it all comes together by midway and really begins to gather steam as we see Legion awake and set off on his misguided journey to the past. The characterizations and dialogue throughout are quite good, having read very little classic X-Men this was nonetheless a great intro to many of the characters, making it easier to jump in without their backstory. The final pages are exciting and poignant as the characters consider their final moments, in some cases, or fight to their deaths, in others. I find it hard to get very wrapped up in superhero stories because they are often so over the top, but this story proved that they can have both great suspense and emotional depth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    I have every one of the single issues in this volume except the issue of Cable. Until just now I've never read that issue before. The rest I've read numerous times in the 19 years since this originally came out as single issues. I'm not going to break down all of the people that worked on all of these issues. Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell were 2 of the writers involved in the different series collected here. Lobdell is largely known as the man responsible for Age of Apocalypse. Those 2 guys w I have every one of the single issues in this volume except the issue of Cable. Until just now I've never read that issue before. The rest I've read numerous times in the 19 years since this originally came out as single issues. I'm not going to break down all of the people that worked on all of these issues. Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell were 2 of the writers involved in the different series collected here. Lobdell is largely known as the man responsible for Age of Apocalypse. Those 2 guys were and still are some of my favorite comics writers of all time. This story and what follows is a big part of the reason I feel that way about them. They were definitely some of the elite writers in comics back then. Some of the art was great and some was just fair. Ian Churchill had the best art of all in the Cable issue. Andy Kubert's issues would be a close second. As a whole, this prelude and the rest of Age of Apocalypse is one of the best multi-title crossover events in the history of comics. It deserves a place with Blackest Night and a couple of others on the Mount Rushmore of comics. 5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    N!V3K

    Legion returns the land of the living! That can't be good, right? Even his currently sane state, David isn't only crazy, but really stupid as well. He should have anticipated that his father, being the saint he is, would sacrifice himself to save Magnus' life. And even if he didn't and Magnus had died at the hands of Legion, who's to say that Xavier wouldn't turn into the monster Magneto is today (okay, he didn't as seen in What If... Legion Had Killed Magneto), but he should have considered tha Legion returns the land of the living! That can't be good, right? Even his currently sane state, David isn't only crazy, but really stupid as well. He should have anticipated that his father, being the saint he is, would sacrifice himself to save Magnus' life. And even if he didn't and Magnus had died at the hands of Legion, who's to say that Xavier wouldn't turn into the monster Magneto is today (okay, he didn't as seen in What If... Legion Had Killed Magneto), but he should have considered that. This story line was confusing at first but then I understood what was meant when the Shi'Ar predicted the destruction of the entire universe. What they really meant was the destruction of the 616-reality involving Xavier and his X-Men, resulting in the birth of the Age of Apocalypse reality where the X-Men are lead by Magneto and not Xavier. Comic books can be so fucking confusing. I also liked the build-up throughout the other X-titles into the Age of Apocalypse. This was superbly done!! Kudos, to sir Scott Lobdell!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    B

    It's weird. I think the Golden (Pewter?) age of quality X-men comics where the X-men were the clear American #1 never really happened. There's the 1980s stuff, which few will really own outside the Phoenix Saga. I never really see a lot of attempts to bring back the glory days where Havok led the X-men in the Australian Outback. So then there's the big 90's X-Men that are practically the only group not to require a storyline to get a Secret Wars comic: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... But It's weird. I think the Golden (Pewter?) age of quality X-men comics where the X-men were the clear American #1 never really happened. There's the 1980s stuff, which few will really own outside the Phoenix Saga. I never really see a lot of attempts to bring back the glory days where Havok led the X-men in the Australian Outback. So then there's the big 90's X-Men that are practically the only group not to require a storyline to get a Secret Wars comic: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... But they really only existed in small gaps between Fatal Attractions, Phalanx Covenant, AoA, and Onslaught. Of those, only AoA is generally considered to be good, I think. From experience, I can tell that Fatal Attractions and Phoenix Covenant are not. So here the X-men seem to be partly marking time as a crystallization wave comes for them. And Legion, who always seems so interesting, isn't especially. It's fine, but this is only really interesting for AoA completionists, I think.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Harry Rubin

    Pretty disappointed by this title due to how this story is being presented. I don't know if I can call it a story since all of the individual issues are all over the place. It is supposed to help introduce the Age of Apocalypse storyline, but it feels like it needs an introduction to this introduction. I am familiar with all of these characters, but again, it feels like I don't know any of the stories that are being told. The best part is the art that resembles the 90s animated X-Men. I really w Pretty disappointed by this title due to how this story is being presented. I don't know if I can call it a story since all of the individual issues are all over the place. It is supposed to help introduce the Age of Apocalypse storyline, but it feels like it needs an introduction to this introduction. I am familiar with all of these characters, but again, it feels like I don't know any of the stories that are being told. The best part is the art that resembles the 90s animated X-Men. I really wanted to like this more. I will say the story about Legion is excellent. I see why so many X-Men fans like Legion as a character. He actually adds real depth to the story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Uys

    Covering the lead-in issues for Age of Apocalypse, including "Legion Quest", I found this GN collection very very '90s (which makes a lot of sense;). By that I mean everyone has insanely huge hair, a thousand pouches strapped across their uniform, and everyone has shoulder pads ala Cable. That said, this graphic novel contains some great artwork from creators early in their careers! And the writing is a lot better than I remember from when I read a few of these as a kid. Definitely worth picking Covering the lead-in issues for Age of Apocalypse, including "Legion Quest", I found this GN collection very very '90s (which makes a lot of sense;). By that I mean everyone has insanely huge hair, a thousand pouches strapped across their uniform, and everyone has shoulder pads ala Cable. That said, this graphic novel contains some great artwork from creators early in their careers! And the writing is a lot better than I remember from when I read a few of these as a kid. Definitely worth picking up if you're an X-Men fan, and a fun read for anyone discovering the original AoA.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    I picked this up because it's my plan to read through all of the Age of Apocalypse stuff. And, while this is all very nostalgic, it's nightmarishly convoluted and long-winded. Much of the story is told through wordy dialog rather than showing. Which is ironic because they don't seem to have quite enough story to fill up the pages and there's a lot of filler and convoluted call-backs events in other comics. This block of comics was a great reminder as to why I dropped out of the superhero comics I picked this up because it's my plan to read through all of the Age of Apocalypse stuff. And, while this is all very nostalgic, it's nightmarishly convoluted and long-winded. Much of the story is told through wordy dialog rather than showing. Which is ironic because they don't seem to have quite enough story to fill up the pages and there's a lot of filler and convoluted call-backs events in other comics. This block of comics was a great reminder as to why I dropped out of the superhero comics scene in the early 90s.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    You want to know what lead to the events of the death of Xavier, and the foundation of the nightmare world of "Age of Apocalypse"? You might want to skip this one. It has some throw away stories that don't mean anything to the main story, and doesn't mean anything till the "Legion Quest" part of the book. But you can get "Legion Quest" in "Age of Apocalyspe omnibus". If you can't afford it, (it's a biiiiig book...) and go for the four part volume collections of the story, then get this book. If You want to know what lead to the events of the death of Xavier, and the foundation of the nightmare world of "Age of Apocalypse"? You might want to skip this one. It has some throw away stories that don't mean anything to the main story, and doesn't mean anything till the "Legion Quest" part of the book. But you can get "Legion Quest" in "Age of Apocalyspe omnibus". If you can't afford it, (it's a biiiiig book...) and go for the four part volume collections of the story, then get this book. If you can shell out $150 for the omnibus, skip this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

    Frankly I found this collection a bit disappointing, because while the character of Legion (who is essentially the villain of this piece) is a powerful telepath/telekinetic in the X-Men continuity, those powers don't make you a time traveler, and that is the disbelief I am unwilling to suspend here. I understand that it had to go down this way to initiate the Age of Apocalypse, but I just have a hard time buying it. Frankly I found this collection a bit disappointing, because while the character of Legion (who is essentially the villain of this piece) is a powerful telepath/telekinetic in the X-Men continuity, those powers don't make you a time traveler, and that is the disbelief I am unwilling to suspend here. I understand that it had to go down this way to initiate the Age of Apocalypse, but I just have a hard time buying it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Briggs

    This is what started it all, Xavier's own son kills him in the past and as any Doctor Who fan knows, that creates a paradox. So we get Age of Apocalypse. Legion's Quest is to go back and kill Magneto in the past and save his father all the problems in the future, but he screws up and kills his own father. It is a small crossover but it leads into something great. I loved it. This is what started it all, Xavier's own son kills him in the past and as any Doctor Who fan knows, that creates a paradox. So we get Age of Apocalypse. Legion's Quest is to go back and kill Magneto in the past and save his father all the problems in the future, but he screws up and kills his own father. It is a small crossover but it leads into something great. I loved it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Love

    I read this when the original comics came out. Following the Phalanx Covenant story arc, Charles Xavier's son Legion returns and his actions lead to the Age of Apocalypse... Coming SOON to a movie theater near YOU! I read this when the original comics came out. Following the Phalanx Covenant story arc, Charles Xavier's son Legion returns and his actions lead to the Age of Apocalypse... Coming SOON to a movie theater near YOU!

  28. 4 out of 5

    AGraphicMaduck

    might revise once I finish the saga...liked the artwork, its definitely a bit "dated" compared to art now, but I liked it... might revise once I finish the saga...liked the artwork, its definitely a bit "dated" compared to art now, but I liked it...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Timo

    Characters talking..... endlesly. But nice cliffhanger.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rick Rowland

    My favorite of the whole series so far.

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