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Library JournalNate Grey awakens to a strange world free from Apocalypse’s dark reign, where natural beauty abounds and humans roam unafraid. With fragmented memories, Nate searches for the answers to his interdimensional travel, the limits of his powers, and the purpose of his existence. He encounters fellow mutants eager to aid him, but he also clashes with those wanting to corrupt him and use his powers to ensure a future where mutants dominate the earth. In this volume, which collects issues from X-man, Excalibur, and Cable, writers Loeb (Heroes) and John Ostrander (Suicide Squad) attempt to weave another time-displaced character into Earth-616 continuity, stressing the importance of the Summers-Grey-Sinister connection even in alternate dimensions. Readers may be hard-pressed to find cohesion or resolution, as the references to previous arcs, subtle character interconnections, and pertinent issues in the Marvel universe are continuity-heavy and can be overwhelming. Typical of 1990s comics, the art here is anime-inspired, though because of its crossover with other titles, some of the characters are interpreted differently, making it confusing to read at times.
Verdict This volume best serves readers who are familiar with the Age of Apocalypse arcs or are interested in X-man’s Earth-616 origin story.—Laura Gallardo, Urbana, IL(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.