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X-Men: Age of Apocalypse – The Complete Epic, Book 2 (Age of Apocalypse #2)

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See your favorite through a dark glass as the epic that literally rebuilt the X-Men in eight miniseries and more continues! Apocalypse has conquered half of humankind and is ready to destroy them all! Magneto and his Amazing X-Men fight to protect humans and mutants alike, only to learn from Bishop that his world might need to be unmade!
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 9th 2006 by Marvel
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Keely
According to this helpful site , everyone should start reading the collected epic editions of Age of Apocalypse starting with this second volume because it turns out that the first one should be the last one to read. So, by following that recommended order, does it also guarantee that readers can follow the storylines chronologically? HELL TO THE NO.

The simple, inescapable reality (much like the alternate world everyone in this goddamn story is forced to live in) is that the published volumes
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Laura
There’s the thread of a great story in this book. The X-Men are all about what you’re willing to do to build a better world from the terribly flawed one we live in. Charles Xavier, who was relatively kindly raised, thinks he can do it with kindness. Eric Lehnsherr, who survived the Nazi death camps, thinks it will take fire. Their competition and cooperation shape their world. One misguided foot soldier decides the world would have been a better place if Lensherr wasn’t in it, and goes back in t ...more
Gordon
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-book
Before you pick this up, I hope you read the reviews of the first book and decided to go with this one instead. That being said, even this book is far from perfect. You're given the first two issues of the many story lines that contain the Age of Apocalypse and there are a lot. Each of these "individual" stories refer to one another constantly, making it seem as I'm having to go back and forth just to get the context of it all. So, even after avoiding the first book, I feel as though one has to ...more
Michael Church
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
The only thing that saved this from being a single star was context. I realize it's from the 90's or whatever, so the style and the story and everything are very different from what I am used to, but good god this was painful.

I think the worst part is how LONG it all is. I get that there's a lot of content. I get the stage needs to be set and all that. The thing is, there's been hardly any setting of the stage. They repeat the same crappy lines about how terrible the world is in every one of th
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Brandt
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I've been trudging though the kind of terrible Spider-Man "Clone Saga" and to be honest, I tend to be leery of these crossovers because they usually sound like good ideas, but their execution is usually shitty. I did have issues with the previous volume, as the stories were presented in chronological story order and not in publication order, but the stories themselves were fine, and this volume gives context to those stories that make them more enjoyable.

Essentially the "Age of Apocalypse" is a
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Daniel
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was perhaps one of my favorite crossover events. The X-Men are completely reimagined in a dystopian world ruled by mutants. Professor X is killed in the past by his son allowing Apocalypse to conquer North America and start a global genetic war. Magento eventually forms the X-Men to protect humans and bring an end to the reign of terror. Every X-Men series was stopped in 1995 for four months and replaced with an Age of Apocalypse title. Yes, it was incredibly gimmicky, but it was also compl ...more
Connor
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Faisal Habib
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Rating: 3.5 stars

Still getting used to the back stories of the main characters. It is getting pretty interesting at this point. Lookimg forward to the next...
d
Drama. Action. Nineties artwork and colouring. SO MUCH DRAMA. Naps. More drama.

I just felt exhausted by this. Or maybe the prospect of there being more of this. It's a very long read...
Jasmine
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I mean I guess?
Jeff Harris
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-men, graphic-novels
The 5 stars are due to the fact that I loved the Age of Apocalypse series as a whole. It really was a fascinating adventure as it delved into what the world would have been like if Charles Xavier had been killed and the X-Men as we knew them had never existed, but were instead formed by Magneto as a team of freedom fighters working against the ruling despot, Apocalypse. Book 2 of "The Complete Epic" may be a little confusing for some, as it really includes the very first published issues of Age ...more
David
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
An astonishing accomplishment. Now I can understand why X-Men Age of Apocalypse is so wonderful. It took a bit of work on my part as a reader. Since this past summer I've been working my way through Uncanny X-men and related titles to fill in my Gap Years, those I'd never read after dropping comics as an older teen-ager/college student. Roughly spanning 1981- where we are now in 1995 with this volume.

Let me first admit, I attempted reading A of A a couple of years ago and couldn't get past date
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Jane
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The second of four books which make the complete Age of Apocalypse saga.



So far I have found this series has got progressively better and has covered a lot of ground in its pages. It would seem that despite the formidable Apocalypses hard rule he has traitors in his own forces (you will have to read to find out who).



Magneto begins to lose his cool as a stranger from the future ruffles his feathers with tales of this other universe by which Xavier had not died and how much more balanced that place
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Guillermo
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Unlike the first collection, the second book to the Age of Apocalypse epic collects essential X-Men titles - X-Men: Alpha, Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen, Generation Next #1, Astonishing X-Men #1, X-Calibre #1, Gambit and the X-Ternals #1-2, Weapon X #1-2, Amazing X-Men #1-2, Factor X #1-2 and X-Man #1.

This book places - to its best - each title in chronological order. With the exception of the one-shot title, Age of Apocalypse The Chosen, which serves no greater purpose than to introduce us to t
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Christopher Munroe
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my god, you guys, this comic is hilariously dated.

It is GUN and it is GRIMACE, it is POUCHES and PUNCHES and OVER-EXAGGERATED MUSCULATURE, X-TREME spelling and grammar and conversations between characters who refuse to face one another, choosing instead to face front like the cast of a bad high school play. In 1995 I was all up for this, but with the benefit of hindsight, I blush at some of the more over-the-top elements presented here.

That said, Age of Apocalypse is the '90s X-Family crossov
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Hannah Givens
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is getting good! I really admire the dedication involved in giving so much time and space to this event. Plus, whoever edited this collection managed to get into a good groove, where even though the issues aren't all one sequential story, you really get the feeling and the atmosphere of being on Apocalypse's Earth. The original comic writers put together a compelling set of alternate characters, so I really do doubt along with them -- I KNOW the "real" universe is a better one, but I still ...more
Blake Strother
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first volume better but this second volume also delivers. I thought their were a few weak issues that I don't believe needed to be in the compilation for the sake of the storyline. Regardless, I still loved this volume for many reasons that I loved the first. I love the 90's artwork and the character development is quite impressive. Gambit grows up quite a bit in this volume and we get to see a lot more of the alternate universe Cyclops. The only character that I think is a general ...more
Oliver Hodson
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The age of apocalypse gathers a head of steam in volume 2 and we have the different groups spread across the universe. The characterisation has improved its depth, with interesting and high stakes for magneto, as his primal self-battle rests on the fate of the worlds and it is played from within, rather than without as the phoenix force would normally be for jean grey (it was interesting the first time!).

Also liking the twists for bishop, scott, sinister and havok.
Sooo didn't need the files of
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Nick
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Vol. 1 of this series set the stage for the entire Age of Apocalypse event and also had a nice concise story in the form of the Blink miniseries. Vol. 2 of the series, on the other hand, gives you the first one or two issues of each of the relevant comics. As such, it starts a bunch of stories that don't manage to progress very far because you're too busy jumping between teams and characters. This is not to say that it's bad, though. A number of the stories have potential. It just doesn't work g ...more
Chris Schaben
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I mean...at least it was better than the first volume. But I'm not seeing what the real hype about the Age of Apocalypse event is. It's pretty confusing unless you've read pretty much every issue of X-Men before it. And it just has too much going on to follow the story easily. It's all just kind of strange to me. But I will say that the art looks great and the concept of a mass genocide of human beings by mutants is terrifying! I will eventually get to Volumes 3 and 4, but for now my brain needs ...more
Andrew Uys
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lot more exciting than I was expecting, this alternate dimension storyline from the 90s (and possibly being brought to the silver screen in the X-Men movie after next) sees Charles Xavier die before he can found the X-Men, and by consequence, the near world domination of Apcalypse.

Moving between all the issues involved in this temporary 'series rebrand' event creates a diverse tapestry, both of characters and creators. Keep an eye out for early Andy Kubert and Ken Lashley! Definitely worth pic
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Jeff
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This second volume of the four volume Age of Apocalypse is better than book 1 because the stories collected have more of a loosely connected narrative. Set in dystopian alternative timeline where Apocalypse, a mad powerful mutant, takes over the world with social-Darwinian agenda after the death of Professor Xavier leading to new roles for all of the characters in the mutant pantheon of Marvel comics. While still not brilliant it is fascinating how writers and artists have remained a world witho ...more
Holly
So, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first volume. It seemed a bit...crowded. I'll give you that it's an X-Men comic, so there's bound to be a ton of main characters, but a lot of pages were so full of speech balloons that you could hardly see the artwork. With that out of the way, I did enjoy the story and it wasn't difficult to follow. I will continue reading this, but I hope the next installment is more like the first.
M
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
The world of the X-Men gets turned on its ear, thanks to the death of Professor Xavier long before he forms his X-Men. Time traveller Bishop - the only one who remembers what the world should have been like - finds himself face to face with a new group of X-Men, under the leadership of Magneto. As we explore familiar faces changed by the Apocalypse onslaught, this fantastic storyline redefines the X-Universe forever!
Eric
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, comics
This is book two of the Age of Apocalypse--I would argue Saga over "Epic" but that's me. My overall feelings about the Saga/Epic is posted in my comments for book one. The storyline gets a bit more intricate here and it begins to branch off more into different comic books headed by different groups of the X-men with different agendas that all lead back to defeating Apocalypse. It begins to build a stronger world in book two. Good stuff.
Ryan
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: justok
This volume of the AoA collection highlights how different writers can write the same characters in very different ways. The characters are written so differently and the transition between the different series' is so jarring that they seem like different characters altogether. At least this forms a cohesive story unlike that nonsense that DC has been cranking out recently.
EsEfEm
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Ay yi yi. That's all I can really say about this. Volume 2 was at least better, exponentially better, than volume 1, but I still wasn't impressed.
Trades were actually in order in this book, so it wasn't confusing. Plus, my loves of the Marvel universe, The Starjammers!!! showed up, so I'm gonna have to continue on to volume 3.
Molly
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love everything Marvel. The storylines are incredible! They have everything you could want: action, adventure, comedy, romance, political intrigue, allegories, metaphors, etc. Some stories drag, some end too soon.
Jon
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A fan favorite of the 90s that doesn't hold up as well as one would hope. Although part of my problem is that the some (but not all) of the art hasn't aged well. Following the storyline is a bit problematic as well, which shouldn't surprise in these multi-author crossover events.
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He is mostly known for his work throughout the 1990s on Marvel Comics' X-Men-related titles specifically Uncanny X-Men, the main title itself, and the spin-off series that he conceived with artist Chris Bachalo, Generation X. Generation X focused on a number of young mutant students who attempted to become superheroes in their own right at
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