Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013
by Paul in Uncategorized
Right! Back to business as usual!
And after a couple of quiet weeks, this time it’s the inevitable deluge…
Age of Apocalypse #12 – Just another two issues to go, and those are both part of the X-Termination crossover. As I recall, the previous issue seemed to make the pacing work for it, at the cost of de-emphasising some of the individual cast members’ storylines. With this issue, though, David Lapham appears to be back to trying to get through loads of outstanding plots in the time available. Logan has been defeated, at least in the sense that he no longer has Apocalypse’s power and he’s sane again. But of course that doesn’t just lead to his military apparatus vanishing, so the government is still pretty much in control. So what we get is an issue that reads like it started life as the idea for a second year of stories, with Monet emerging as the rival leader figure now that she’s got some chance of coming out on top. At around the same time, we’ve also got Graydon Creed confronting his father, Goodnight being exposed within the Hellfire Club (the actual role of which has never really been made terribly clear), and the scientists wondering what they’re going to do with the power of Apocalypse that they’ve managed to harness with their Big Machine. There are a lot of threads being drawn together here, as is inevitable when a series with longer term plans is being wrapped up, and in one sense Lapham is handling them all well – but it’s hard to shake the feeling that these are storylines which were intended to play out at a much, much more leisurely pace.