I’m currently revisiting Marvel’s Decimation in the form of New X-men - Academy X: Childhood’s End, which I have to say was the only part of the event I didn’t read at the time cos I was (stupidly) not getting this title, and goddess I have to say, It’s Freaking BRUTAL.
I didn’t feel this moved with the world sans-muties with any of the other titles, Son of M is an excellent run (get it?, no?,go read Son of M like, right now…), but not as shocking as watching the lives of this kids fall apart overnight… Childhood’s End retells a story that the Xbooks have been telling for decades now, a tale of the now proverbial “Protecting a world who hates us” in the wake of the most disastrous event in mutant history, it is a tale of loss, impotence, grief and over all, realizing the world is a far more cruel place than we could ever see while shielded by our parents…
While Kyle and Yost’s arch stands by itself, it’s even more enjoyable/heartbreaking when you’re familiarized with the cast of students presented a couple of years before in New Mutants (another great read). If you enjoy frustrating but well-written stories (LaO:SVU I’m looking at you…mostly…) and have a thing for the least fortunate in the Marvel Universe, give this a read.
I was very skeptical about Kyle and Yost and thought the direction the series was taking was incredibly dark..but in I found myself really pleasantly surprised about how poignant this arc was despite my reservations. Excellent write up.