There's a lot of time travel around at Marvel right now. Oh sure, DC Comics has Legion, Rotworld and Booster Gold stuff going on. But Marvel has an X-Men film coming up centred around time travel. And Brian Bendis is getting ready to have lots of time travel stories on hand for when it hits.
Expect a Rotworld-style solution for Age Of Ultron, but with all sorts of implications for reality. There's All New X-Men of course, which is a clever reprise of Days Of Future Past – as 2013 was the year of the future that Days was meant to be set in.
But there's a slight problem with All New X-Men, in that the stars are from the past – but when exactly? Marvel has a sliding scale for their timeline. The present was meant to be seven years from the events of Fantastic Four #1, though that may have stretched to ten…. but now?
In All New X-Men today, the X-Men of the past seem to be from fifty years ago, not ten. Take this opening scene from today's issue.
So, Times Square of today looks so unfamiliar with its commercials on everything? Because this is what it looked like ten years ago in 2003.
And here's what it looked like twenty years ago in 1993.
So… how long in Marvel time has it been since X-Men #8 (published in 1965)? Is Cyclops meant to be in his forties now?
And then of course we can start asking questions about Franklin and Power Pack…
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Currently hosting an exhibition by Des Taylor.