Released in 1999-2000 by Marvel Comics, the limited series, Earth X, was created by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger with art from John Paul Leon. Featuring a dystopian ‘what if?’ of the Marvel Universe as a whole. Whether this series and its sequels Universe X and Paradise X, have any connection to modern era comics is still some what of a mystery. However it is easier to see the series as its own separate entity.
The story features a future in which X-51, or Machine Man as he is enlisted by the now blind Uatu the Watcher. X-51 uses his new abilities as an intern watcher to gather information of how this misshapen future came to be. While the entire human population of Earth has suddenly gained mutant powers and how that has effected the heroes of yore. Uncovering dark secrets of old heroes, Celestials, and the Watchers. The Machine Man is left with very human dilemmas as with what to do with his new found information.
The highlight of the story is discovering what happened to our most beloved heroes. Some of these futures are predictable while others are very much not. Following a disgraced Captain America as he gathers a new team to destroy a powerful new threat to the planet. We meet with recognizable heroes in very unrecognizable circumstances. As many are retired, broken shadows of the characters they once were. And some have turned to monsters of their own worst nightmare.
I am a huge fan of these books and I do not believe they got the love they deserved. 4 out of 5 with a 5 for Alex Ross’ amazing cover art. I recommend this series to any comic lover or scifi fan. The ideas created in these works are existential and thought provoking, while fun for the super hero fans that want to see what may happen to their heroes in the future.
Thanks booknerds, good luck out there.