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Earth X by Alex Ross
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Jan 26, 2009

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bookshelves: graphic-novel
Recommended for: retcon advocates, comic book iconoclasts, abstract art fans
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

This really was not what I thought it was going to be, which was a Marvel retread of Alex Ross' Kingdom Come, which was a pleasant surprise. The deconstruction of the Marvelverse's more omnipotent characters (Eternals, gods, etc.) as experiments in the monstrous Celestials' Petri dish was brilliant, and also very sneaky. Since so much time was spent in the first few chapters basically retelling the history of everything, you hardly notice the plot twists that happen halfway through the story.

As far as the expected character makeovers, the future-imperfect incarnations of Marvel's rouges gallery are partially underwhelming and partially bewildering, mostly because how half of them came about is so contrived and mashed-up.

Ultimately, it's odd that Marvel was able to produce such ambitious, reality-twisting stories around relatively ordinary people, while DC was almost the polar opposite.
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