Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Colorist: David Curiel
"Sticks and Stones..."
It is no secret that one of my favorite story arcs from the 90's is Age of Apocalypse. I feel that a lot of readers from that time frame have a level of fond memories attached to that book. So when I heard that there was to be a Secret Wars tie-in, I was thrilled and quickly added it to my pull list.
This first issue did an interesting job setting up the world that the rest of the tale is going to take place. The Four Horsemen are around and of course the X-Men are stationed away from them, leading their rebellion. For some reason, everyone is interested in Doug Ramsey (also known as Cypher) but he doesn't even understand why. The focus on Cypher is really the focal point in this issue. Everyone seems to want him but there is no real answer to be had unless you read between the lines; he can translate what the humans want and plan to do to deal with the mutants.
This book isn't perfect, but Sandoval does a nice job reflecting the darkness that is the world in which it takes place and the characters still have the draw that you would want. I also have an incredibly fond spot for Cypher and was pleased to see him used in the book. If you have a level of nostalgia for the original series or just dig the X-Men, give this book a go. If you want something incredibly riveting out the gate, maybe look elsewhere.