The Third Eye Guide to AGE OF X-MAN

Published January 25th, 2019

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Third Eye Faithful: 2019 is gonna be a major year for the X-MEN, just trust us: big stuff is coming, and it all begins with the AGE OF X-MAN, which kicks off on Wednesday 1/30/19 in the pages of AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA!
Much like one of our favorite X-MEN events of all time, AGE OF APOCALYPSE, Age of X-Man drops us into a sprawling alternate universe, where Xavier’s son went into the past to kill Magneto, but killed Xavier instead — and changed the course of history as a whole.
Nate Grey — aka X-MAN — was one of the few characters who survived the destruction of AGE OF APOCALYPSE before it imploded in on itself, and has been a fixture in the pages of the recent UNCANNY X-MEN run (which we have all issues in stock so far — 1-10!).
While we don’t want to totally give away the incredible ending of the UNCANNY X-MEN arc X-MEN DISASSEMBLED, we will say that Nate ends up causing a similar change in the timeline as Legion did, and all hell breaks loose… leading us into the AGE OF X-MAN.
The story of AGE OF X-MAN will be told through the pages of six 5-part mini-series, which delve into an alternate timeline where the entire idea of the X-Men are removed from history.. in a sense, and the world has changed as a result.
We LOVED the alternate world of AGE OF APOCALYPSE, and we’re pretty stoked to see what changes await in the world of AGE OF X-MAN.
So, you’re probably asking now? OK, awesome — so where to start?
OK, if you wanna get the background story on of AGE OF X-MAN and how we got there, we highly recommend you dive headfirst into the stellar work of Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson and Matthew Rosenberg on UNCANNY X-MEN: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED!
In issues 1-10 of UNCANNY X-MEN, X-MEN DISASSEMBLED completely changes the dynamic of the X-MEN, taking the book back to its core, but also setting up everything with the big Nate Grey storyline.
We’ve got these in stock at all Third Eye locations to get you caught up!
Wanna jump straight into AGE OF X-MAN without the back story? You can totally do that as well by snagging AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1 on Wednesday 1/30/19!
This one-shot is the official starting point of AGE OF X-MAN, and is the perfect place to dive into what’s to come for the storyline.
There’s some big surprises in this one — and we don’t want to ruin those, so we’ll just say: trust us – you’re gonna be blown away just by how this world looks.
And, then, from there – the storyline will continue through the Winter and Spring, in the pages of these super dope mini-series that explore different corners of the AGE OF X-MAN.
Now, while the entire crossover reads so darn well when you follow them all — it’s not mandatory to read each and every one. In other words: if you’re just digging on Nightcrawler, then you can hop onto that one, and so on and so forth.
In our opinion: AGE OF X-MAN is going to be taking us into some pretty massive stuff for the X-Universe.. and we recommend following all 5 to get the total story.
So, where do you go after AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA… aka what’s that reading order?
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February 2/6/19 – AGE OF X-MAN MARVELOUS X-MEN #1

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The perfect heroes for a perfect world!
The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past.
All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm!
X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto!
And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler!
When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.


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In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe.
Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men.
But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel…
Follow Glob, Armor, Anole, and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!


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From the Munich circus to Holloywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series!
Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash superhero since Dwayne Johnson!
Juggling Kurt’s responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan!
But there’s something wrotten in Tinseltown…


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A perfect world doesn’t just… happen. It needs to be cultivated.
That’s where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee, and Moneta protect people from threats they won’t even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all – love.


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In Age of X-Man, when you break the law, you aren’t sent to just any prison.
You’re sent to the Danger Room… a penitentiary filled with the roughest and meanest mutants that don’t fit into X-Man’s utopia.
They each have a reason for being there.
And they’re all ready to kill each other.
But that’s about to change, because the newest prisoner just arrived… Lucas Bishop!


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X-Man has created a utopia for mutants… a utopia where no one knows love.
Thankfully, a hero rises up to lead the rebellion against this way of life and teach the ways of family and romance, and he goes by the name of EN SABAH NUR?!
Join Apocalypse and his rebel X-Tracts as they strive to teach the world love again!


Meet AGE OF X-MAN creators at Third Eye for our AGE OF X-MAN finale signing on 7/17/19

And, then don’t forget… we’ll be hosting a huge AGE OF X-MAN finale signing for this with writers and AGE OF X-MAN masterminds LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON at Third Eye Annapolis!
You can get all your AGE OF X-MAN goodness signed at Third Eye, and… get the first glimpses at what’s to come for the X-MEN post AGE OF X-MAN!
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AGE OF X-MAN introduces tons of major moments for the X-MEN, and opens the door for new characters, major chances, and more, including Rob Liefeld’s biggest new character since he introduced DEADPOOL!

As we said, 2019 is gonna be THE year of the X-MEN, and one of the things that will be spinning out of both AGE OF X-MAN and the big stuff coming up in UNCANNY X-MEN (which we’ll be telling you more about very soon!)
One of the coolest things we’ve learned is that Rob Liefeld, creator of DEADPOOL, is gonna debut an all new X-Character with MAJOR X… and he looks to be one of the coolest tings to come out of the X-MEN line since DEADPOOL!
We’re not sure where Major X’s first appearance may be, but make sure you keep your eyes peeled to scope what could be the next New Mutants #98 🙂

Meet Want more info on the original AGE OF APOCALYPSE? Check out these graphic novels!

Want to get more background on AGE OF APOCALYPSE, which is one of our all-time favorite X-MEN storylines… ever?
First off, we’d recommend starting with X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE VOL. 1 ALPHA, which kicks off the entire thing!
In AGE OF APOCALYPSE, Charles Xavier is dead – killed twenty years in the past during a time-travel accident – and the world created by his absence is a nightmare! Apocalypse rules with an iron fist, ruthlessly enforcing his dictum that only the strong shall survive.
But hidden in Apocalypse’s long shadow are a group of ragtag freedom fighters led by Xavier’s oldest friend, Magneto: the X-Men!
When Bishop, last survivor of the true Marvel Universe, explains how the world went wrong, these embittered mutants and their tenuous allies must risk everything to put things right!
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Revisit the AGE OF APOCALYPSE in one of the best X-Men arcs of the last couple decades with UNCANNY X-FORCE: THE DARK ANGEL SAGA!

DEADLY CLASS writer Rick Remender was the first one to take us back to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE in a big way — and holy crap: did he do it right!
Psylocke, Archangel, Deadpool, and Fantomex sign up for Wolverine’s secret squad of assassins, but their first mission – to deal with the despot Apocalypse, reborn as an innocent child – casts a long shadow.
As X-Force struggles to come to terms with their actions, startlingly familiar Deathloks attack from the future – targeting Fantomex for an early execution!
And when Archangel unravels, picking up where Apocalypse left off, X-Force must travel to one place that holds the key to saving him: the Age of Apocalypse!
All life on Earth is forfeit if the Dark Angel succeeds, but can even a team of hardened killers assassinate one of their own?
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