Age of X-Man Alpha #1
Written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Clayton Cowles
It’s a new world and a new age for the children of the atom but paradise has a price.
Among the scenes of an idyllic mutant world, there are still dangers that require the presence of the X-Men. The team, with Nate in the lead, descends on a museum where a young mutant’s pain is causing her to freeze everyone around her. After peacefully ending the situation, the team disbands back to their lives.
Even with everyone living their ideal lives in an ideal world, there is still a dark side. A dark side that manifests when Bishop and Jean have an intense, intimate moment. A group of familiar faces attacks Bishop and delivers a harsh punishment for his relationship with Jean. One that is quickly covered up in a world that looks ideal, but is hiding some ugly secrets.
This is a great first issue. It does everything is should do when showcasing a beautiful world riddled with cracks in its foundation. Thompson and Nadler are beginning an interesting journey through Nate’s idealized mutant utopia. Beneath the banality of his pseudo 1950’s American interpretation of paradise, there is a sinister element that is being explored and hinted at.
That element is being explored not only in the impressive and engaging writing, but also in the art by Ramon Rosanas. All of the pages paint a beautiful facade for Nate’s new world, but Rosanas captures the cracks and issues in stark detail as well as subtle glances from characters. The art takes the reader on a remarkable visual journey.