I was a fan of comic books in my prepubescent years in the late eighties and nineties but haven’t picked one up to seriously read since '93 or so but tonight, while I was at Border’s, I checked out the comic book section and saw a few titles that had Xtreme (X-treme? Extreme? I can’t remember exactly) in the title and when I picked up the X-Men comic (they were always my favorite), it was just a bit … different.
When did Collossus become an ex Russian mobster? When was he ever a Russian mobster? When did Jean Grey go back to being Marvel Girl? And when did she develop an attitude? And what’s up with the hellfire that flares out of Nightcrawler’s nostrils?
There was also something about Storm being involved with someone (Havok?) that had recently been killed. That didn’t ring a bell either.
And what the fuck is with Mr. Sinister being a tattooed Brooklyn ruffian that talks to himself!?
Have the X-Men (and Spidey and the F4 who also had Xtreme titles) been retconned? Is this some alternate world? How long has it been running? Is it here to stay?
It was pretty interesting but a little bit disconcerting.