Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Colossus Joins Apocalypse' Four Horsemen in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8

A (sort of) crossover event started off today in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8 called The Apocalypse Wars." I understand that it's kind of like the "Fall of the Mutants" crossover from the 1980s in that there's a unifying theme or inspiration, but each of the titles involved (specifically EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN, AND ALL-NEW X-MEN) all do their own thing. I actually prefer these types of crossovers as opposed to one single story that knits its way directly through each title.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8 flings Colossus and a team of young X-Men trainees (Anole, Ernst, Glob Herman, and Martha) get tossed into the future by a villain called Sugar Man. The other X-Men travel to the future to collect them and end up coming across a brand-new group of Apocalypse's Horsemen: Deadpool, Venom, Moon Knight... and Colossus!

Personally, this seems like a boring version of the Horsemen. Maybe they've all been given new powers. Otherwise, there's not a lot of diversity of abilities going on with this team!

Also, I'm getting tired of Apocalypse recruiting heroes (X-Men, specifically) into his Horsemen. By now, we've had Archangel, Caliban, Cyclops, Wolverine, Sunfire, Polaris, Gambit, Colossus, Deadpool... Pretty soon, we'll be wondering which X-Men haven't taken their turn with the Duke of Darwinian Dreams!

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