Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Salva Espin
Colors by Israel Silva
Letters by Travis Lanham
A couple of scientists find themselves out in the middle of Kazakhstan following some strange readings. When they stumble upon an unassuming bunker in the middle of nowhere, they discover too late that they are surrounded by death.
All that seriousness aside, this issue is all about love and connection. Dazzler is entertaining the crowds as a beatnik folk singer in Greenwich Village when she gets a call to return. At the same time, Iceman is patrolling Midtown When he leaves, Kitty Pryde emerges carrying a religious symbol that has an instant connection to her and a life she can’t remember. When she and Eye-Boy get the call as well, they head over to Union Square West.
When Apocalypse arrives and finds his Light Riders, they collectively take the ultimate trip together, connecting to each other’s consciousness and relaying their thoughts and emotions. It’s a trippy spectacle that also serves to give the Riders their next assignment. An assignment that will have them travel to liberate a mutant brought up in a society whose values will challenge the status quo. Someone who is waiting to take on the god of this new world.
This is a trippy, unexpected and interesting take on Apocalypse and it’s so bizarre that I am engaged with both the characterization and the premise. Tim Seeley weaves an entertaining tale in this issue and there are some truly entertaining and even humorous moments throughout including the suspension of disbelief necessary to see Apocalypse as a hippie cult leader. It shouldn’t work, but it does and I dig it.
Salva Espin brings a light and beautiful tone and flair to the art in this issue. There are some great panels throughout and the contrast between the lightness of the previous pages and the dark details of the finale work perfectly together.