X-Man The Man Who Fell To Earth TP 1st print Dark Beast Professor X


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by Steve Skroce (Illustrator), Jan Duursema (Illustrator), Carlos Pacheco (Illustrator), Ian Churchill (Illustrator), Phil Hester (Illustrator), Jeph Loeb (Writer), John Ostrander (Writer), Warren Ellis (Writer), John Rozum (Writer)

Straight from the Age of Apocalypse comes the saga of Nate Grey, the X-Man! Flung from his home dimension into the Marvel Universe, Nate must come to terms with being a stranger in a strange land. The powerful young man soon finds himself at odds with a host of major players – including Blaquesmith, the X-Cutioner, Excalibur, Mr. Sinister, and fellow AoA refugees Sugar Man and Dark Beast. And psionic sparks fly when Nate meets Madelyne Pryor, clashes with Professor X – and comes face-to-face with his counterpart, Cable!

Collecting X-MAN #5-14, EXCALIBUR (1988) #95 and CABLE (1993) #29-31.

Publisher ?: Marvel
Language ?: ?English
Paperback? : ?320 pages

This trade paperback collects issues #5-14 of X-Man (as well as a few crossover issues of Cable and Excalibur.) X-Man began as part of the Age of Apocalypse crossover, when all regular X-titles were replaced for 4 months. The first 4 issues of the series can be found in the Age of Apocalypse collections. This collection chronicles the arrival of Nate Grey aka X-Man from the Age of Apocalypse into the Marvel universe proper.

Nate Grey is a teenage mutant with lots of power and an attitude to match, although somehow the writers are still able to make the character basically likable. Cable, every comics reader’s favorite symbol of the 90s, features prominently in these stories, since he and Nate Grey are alternate versions of each other. The title character spends each issue running around the world, pursued by X-men characters both good and bad, never staying in one setting for long.

In the early issues, there’s a semi-romantic subplot between the title character and Madelyne Pryor, which is extremely creepy, since she’s a clone of the woman who is his mother in an alternate reality. The first few issues are written by Jeph Loeb, but is eventually replaced by John Ostrander (who’s done some excellent work over the years.) Most of the art is handled by Steve Skroce.

Nate Grey was something new to the world of the X-Men in Marvel Comics. All in all, however, X-Man: The Man Who Fell to Earth is an intruging start with plenty of potential. If you loved Age of Apocalypse and simply need more…this is an excellent place to start. Sugar Man also made his way to the main Marvel Universe and features prominently, as does Dark Beast.


Collects X-Man 5-14, Excalibur 95, Cable 29-31. Near mint, 1st print.