Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 54

Week of September 6, 2015 (Somewhat Belatedly):

In which House of M is everything a Secret Wars series should be, and Age of Apocalypse is everything a Secret Wars series shouldn’t be.


  • Age of Apocalypse #4 (00:39)
  • *House of M #3 (03:19)

*Pick of the Week (05:35)

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  1. Yeah… About AoA. I was dissapointed too of the late issue. Spoilers aside, I really thought after the previous issue that this is going somewhere. Some insight, some twist, yet we left the previous issue with a big fight building in and what did we got issue in the end? A big fight building in… And not even an interesting one. It’s like in the beggining of Lost – when you ask more and more questions every episode and get excited of the promise that it’s gowing towards a climax – yet there is no climax. Just more questions.
    I think the final issue has the potential to rap it all up nicely and compensate for the last issue, and really make this series something more, but in the worst case scenario it will be like the ending of LoTR – a weak exhausting echo after the real final already happened.
    The worst thing that could happen to this series is another big fight. Sadly, it’s hard for me to see it going to any other place, and with only one issue left how can it tie up all the loose ends?
    but who knows? Maybe dear ol’ mr. Nicieza has something planned for us…

    1. Wow, this post is an disaster… Full of grammer mistakes and what’s not. I do wish there was some kind of editing option in here. 🙁

  2. I’ve been enjoying the Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars story (issue 4 included), but I feel that it’s suffering from it being told in a serialized manner. While this AoA does lack sufficient worldbuilding, I feel the main problem is that each issue doesn’t stand alone well enough. We’re not given enough to tie issue 4 to issues 1-3; it’s just “the thing that happens immediately after the previous thing” rather than “the next standalone chapter in a story of multiple standalone chapters”. Maybe the story will work better when collected? I tend to read all my new comics twice (once as they come out, and again as whole arcs, and sometimes the stories are better when read all at once).

    I feel that this is a problem a lot of Marvel has these days. This is a serialized medium and it’s important that an issue be enjoyed by itself as well as in its arc.

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