Picking up this week's Nerdographs, I was walking past the TPs and saw Earth X in a new trade edition. As I'd never read it, I thought it might be cool to pick up. If nothing else, there was the Alex Ross cover (original, shown above, for sale for $8K) and sketches inside. I'd heard good things about the story, too, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I was not disappointed.
I started reading a bit late last night - I had the week's haul to go over first, including Justice #7 - so I only managed to get about halfway through. So far, it's a good story with some interesting takes on most of the characters. While I'm much more familiar with the DCU, I do know the basics of the Marvel multiverse. What Ross, Jim Krueger, and John Paul Leon delivered is impressive in its breadth, but somehow manages to be more than a compendium of characters.
So far, the takes on Hulk and Cyclops(?!?) have really impressed me. That's quite an achievement, since I've never found Cyclops to be anything but a complete tool. Here, he's older, wiser, and shockingly mellowed. I'll be inhaling the rest of the book tonight and imagine I'll run out this weekend to pick up Universe X and Paradise X as well.
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