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Friday, May 16, 2014

Age of X





In a world where the X-Men never existed and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants band together to make their last stand. Taking refuge in FORTRESS X  - a small city surrounded by a telekinetic force field wall - the mutants spend each day beating back the forces that would see them extinguished and shoring up their barricade.


Synopsis

In this reality, mutants are almost extinct and tortured by a strike force led by Colonel Graydon Creed. The first signs of the Age of X appeared in X-Men: Legacy #244 as the events are immediately removed from Earth-616 mainstream continuity with no memories of those alternate lives.

The main event takes place 1000 days after Magneto moved most of the mutants to Fortress X, the last bastion for all mutantkind. Every day human forces from the outside try to make their way to the citadel. As of the day of the story, humans have always failed but the mutant side suffered many casualties. Legacy, acts as a 'Reaper', storing the dead's thoughts as they are killed in battle. After one of her reaper duties, Legacy witnesses the capture of Shadowcat who was coming back from a mission in the outside world. Rogue finds the camera Shadowcat is trying to hide and starts investigating. She finds out that all the pictures inside the camera are blank. Using Madison Jeffries's absorbed powers, Legacy infiltrates the Brig (Fortress X detention facility) in the attempt to question Shadowcat. In the brig, she's suddenly spotted by Earth-616 Blindfold that hints this reality is wrong and asks her to ask Professor X about the "scar tissue." As she speaks with Shadowcat and touches a comatose Xavier, Legacy starts an uncontrolled mental attack on every mutant inside the fortress and is spotted by Danger, becoming a wanted criminal. Hunted down by the New Mutants squad, she's saved by Gambit; but the two are attacked by Magneto who fakes their deaths and explains that he was the person who sent Shadowcat on the outside to investigate and he is convinced there is something wrong. As Magneto goes back to the brig to set Shadowcat and Xavier free, X (the voice controlling all of Fortress X) sends the New Mutants squad to pursue Magneto while Gambit and Legacy (who are in the room at the center of Fortress X) discover that someone has stolen their whole universe and keeps it in a box. Once Professor X is set free he's able to show telepatically to his pursuers, and to a reluctant Legion, the truth about himself and the reality they think they're living in. Age of X reality was created when Legion's mind reacted to Doctor Nemesis's attempt to restore its sanity. A new persona, with new powers, was born creating the new reality in order to protect Legion's many personalities. This new manifestation of Legion's power took the appearance of Moira MacTaggert, in order to confuse Xavier and protect Legion. In the meantime, Moira confronted Legacy and Gambit, revealing she's also X. Cornered by Xavier, X launch a last offensive to the fortress.

Moira removes the walls allowing the humans to launch a full-on assault on Fortress X. While the mutants are fighting the army homo sapiens. Legion appears while Xavier, Magneto and Shadowcat are trying to stop Moira. Moira reveals that she just wanted Legion to be happy. She created this universe so that Legion can be the hero he always wanted to be. Moira begins crying in his arms, saying that she'll create for him as many universes as he wants and she won't mess up this time. While she's distracted, Legion absorbs her back into his body and erases all of the humans fighting the mutants. He goes to the battlefield and apologizes to everyone before rewriting the universe and putting everything back the way it was.

All of the mutants suddenly return to Utopia without memory of their 616 lives. Xavier and Emma Frost reveal that the telepaths will assist in helping everyone recall their forgotten memories. Xavier is still unsure of where Legion is and what is to become of the anomalous mutants who were dead or depowered in the 616 dimension, but were brought back when Legion moved all of the Age of X mutants back to Utopia (such as Revenant, the Age of X version of Phoenix).

Checklist

January
Age of X Alpha

February
Chapter 1 - X-Men Legacy #245
Chapter 2 - New Mutants #22

March
Chapter 3 - X-Men Legacy #246
Chapter 4 - New Mutants #23
Age of X Universe #1

April
Chapter 5 - X-Men Legacy #247
Chapter 6 - New Mutants #24
Age of Universe #2



Characters

Magneto (referred to as the General)
Cannonball, high-ranking field commander

Angel (Warren Worthington III)
Anole (Victor Borkowski)
Avalanche (Dominic Szilard Janos Petros)
Basilisk (Cyclops, Scott Summers), former unwilling executioner in Alcatraz prison, married to Frenzy
Berserker (Warpath, James Proudstar)
Box (Madison Jeffries)
Chamber (Jonothan Starsmore)
Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)
Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
Domino (Neema Thurman)
Dust (Sooraya Qadir)
Eclipse (Sunspot, Roberto DaCosta)
Forge 
Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), married to Basilisk
Gambit (Remy LeBeau)
Husk (Paige Guthrie)
Iceman (Bobby Drake), romantically involved with Psylocke
Jubilee (Jubilation Lee)
Karma (Xi'an Coy Mahn)
Lady Mastermind (Regan Wyngarde)
Legacy; Reaper (Rogue, Anna Raven), Magneto's lover
Loa (Alani Ryan)
Magma (Amara Aquilla)
Mastermind (Jason Martinique Wyngarde)
Moonstar (Danielle Moonstar)
Namor, romantically involved with Storm 
Gentle (Nezhno Abidemi) 
Nightmare (Pixie, Megan Gwynn) changed name during "Bleeker Street Massacre"
Northstar (Jean Paul Beaubier)
Storm (Ororo Munroe), romantically involved with Namor
Surge (Noriko Ashida)
Tempo (Heather Douglas), team leader, deceased
Vertigo 
Warlock (Cypher, Doug Ramsey), possesses techno-organic powers 

Force Warriors
Tasked with using their powers to create Force Walls after every battle with the human forces.

Hellion (Julian Keller)
Legion (David Xavier)
Psylocke (Elisabeth Braddock), romantically involved with Iceman
Revenant (Unknown), appears to be channeling the powers of the Phoenix Force
Unuscione (Carmela Unuscione)

X-Brig
A number of mutants were locked up in the X-Brig as they are deemed too dangerous to other mutants. Danger is the warden of the Brig and runs it with a number of drone copies of herself.

Blindfold (Ruth Aldine), is the only one aware of the real world
Emma Frost
Martha Johansson
Magik (Illyana Rasputin)
Professor X (Charles Xavier)
Shadowcat (Katherine Pryde)
Stepford Cuckoos (Mindee, Celeste, Phoebe)

Enemies

Arcade, warden of mutant prison Alcatraz, killed by Basilisk
Graydon Creed, mutant hunting colonel
Dr. Richard Palance, worked alongside Dr. Kavita Rao on a mutant cure
Exonim, robotic strike force 

Avengers - tasked with hunting mutants
Captain America (Steve Rogers)
Iron Man (Anthony Stark)
Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Spider Woman (Jessica Drew)
Invisible Woman (Sue Richards)
Ghost Rider

Other Characters

Aurora (Jeanne Marie Beaubier)
[Killed by soldiers]

Beast (Hank McCoy)
[Beaten to death by anti-mutant protesters during the "March of Purity" event]

Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Thing)
[Arrested by mutant hunters for having harbored Wolfsbane]

Havok (Alex Summers)
[Forcefully killed by brother Basilisk]

Jean Grey
[Manifestation of Phoenix Force in Jean Grey resulted in destruction and death in Albany, which triggered anti-mutant sentiments. Presumed deceased.]

Dr. Kavita Rao
[Worked with Dr. Palance on a cure but was actually acting as a plant for the mutants. Now in Fortress X.]

Moira MacTaggert
[Step-mother to Legion]

Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox)
[Mentioned to be deceased by Legacy]

Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
[Mentioned to be deceased by Legacy]

Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
[Killed by Exonim during "Red Hot" campaign]

Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
[Killed by Exonim during "Red Hot" campaign]

Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)
[Harbored by Fantastic Four. She almost harmed Franklin Richards, which caused the Invisible Woman to alert the mutant hunters]

Wolverine (James Howlett)
[Unable to use powers after he was injected with the mutant cure in an attempt to destroy it]


CBR Age of X Communique


CBR X-Communicated


Historical Logs


Historical Log 5E: Avengers Tasked With Hunting Mutants


Historical Log 4D: Fantastic Four Arrested



Historical Log 3C : Mutant-Hunting Exonims Begin "The Decimation"



Historical Log 2B: Phoenix destroys Albany



Historical Log 1A: The March for Purity



Images










Latest: CBR interview with Age of X writer Mike Carey, more..



The characters in the image are revealed in the following order:

Gambit & Hellion
Gambit is the one in the middle of the image holding a stick.
Hellion is on the bottom left.

Berserker & Nightmare
Berserker is the one on the left with a red eagle on his chest. (Warpath?)
Nightmare is the one with the silver wings. (Pixie)

Basilisk & Frenzy
Basilisk is the one with the face mask. (Cyclops)
Frenzy is the one with the blue costume in the middle.

Cannonball & Magneto
Cannonball is on the left with his signature blast.
Magneto is on the right in white costume.

Revenant & Reaper
Reaper is the one on the bottom right and is probably Rogue.
Revenant is the one on the top left. She looks suspiciously like Phoenix. She is confirmed not to be Hope Summers.

AGE OF X: ALPHA #1 (NOV100514)
AGE OF X: ALPHA #1 COIPEL VARIANT (NOV100515)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by PAUL DAVIDSON & MORE
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 1/3/11, On-Sale – 1/26/11


16 Nov CBR interview with writer Mike Carey, editor Daniel Ketchum and Marvel's Junior Sales Administrator James Viscardi: more..





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