Kitty Pryde Has No Idea What a Menorah is, in Age Of X-Man (Spoilers)

Marvel puts two Age Of X-Man comics out today, Marvelous X-Men #2 and Apocalypse And The X-Tracts #1 as we start to realise we're in for the long haul on this one. The details of this reality continue to play out. No sex, no family, no personal relationships at all, certainly no love. Everyone is born in vitro, everyone is now a mutant. There were battles, famously one in which Hope, Cyclops and Wolverine died, but they have now all been fought, there is no one else to punch and the X-Men are pacifists as a result. But also, and possibly as a result of Kitty Pryde, there is no religion. So in this reality, Kitty Pryde does not even know what a menorah is…

And so we have Apocalypse, the big bad of the Marvel mutant universe, now its potential saviour, repositioned as some kind of super-hippy-psychedelic, going all Timothy Leary on us…

It's just not quite as snappy as the phrase Leary's colleague and Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan came up with. But it probably hits the psychedelic spot. But it looks like, unlike much of the hippy movement at the time, Apocalypse keeps his clothes firmly on.

And while Genesis fights for the attention of his father in one comics…

…and getting it in another…

…the fact that he is even regarded as his father is enough for concern.

Richard Nixon called Timothy Leary, the most dangerous man in America. But he was also condemned by Marxists for promoting a kind of hippie-capitalism, that embraced private property and the profit motive and accused Leary of being a CIA Agent.

This Apocalyptic version seems to see things a little differently…

Communist heroes to fight the state? It's that kind of day it seems – such as over in Tony Stark: Iron Man #9…

Religion is the opium of the masses, isn't it?

Out today…

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Salva Espin (CA) Gerardo Sandoval
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…EN SABAH NUR?! Join Apocalypse and his rebel X-Tracts as they strive to teach the world to love again!
Rated T+In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) Marco Failla (CA) Phil Noto
With the coming of Apocalypse and the X-Tracts, the world is shaken by something it has never faced before – rebellion! Can the X-Men quell the insurrection in the name of order? Or will the insidious teachings of En Sabah Nur undermine their hard-fought peace?
Rated T+In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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