This week I went a little crossover crazy. Firstly, I bought the entirety of the X-Cutioner’s Song crossover, spanning Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Force, and X-Factor. Brilliantly, all 12 issues were still in the sealed bags they were originally packaged in, way back in 1992-93. Secondly, I picked up the four issues of the untitled X-Men/Ghost Rider crossover from 1992, which ran through X-Men #8-9 and Ghost Rider #26-27.
Now, the 1990s X-Men era is not a popular one. Dropped plots, endless crossovers, editorial interference, and the over-expansion of the line resulted in a lot of comics that are not fondly remembered. Nevertheless, it’s my era – the point at which I first came to comics – and so naturally I have a certain affection for it.
Back in the 21st century, with people raving about the new Hawkeye series, I figured I’d pick up the first volume of the trade to see what all the fuss is about. It’s always exciting when a couple of talented creators take a B-list character and craft a viable ongoing series, so Matt Fraction and David Aja deserve a lot of credit. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectations.
Finally, I’m not entirely sure what inspired me to buy The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now, a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a title I didn’t even know existed until I stumbled across it on eBay. I guess developments in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers have reinvigorated my interest in Apocalypse as a character, and hopefully this one-shot will delve into the complicated minutiae of his existence.