I love comics where important people die. It’s like seeing your mom get slapped in the face. It is so shocking that it excites you. Well, that is how I felt when I read Age of X Universe 2. Because Captain America is so super-fly that he shows Mystique instantly. BLAM! I love that.
The plot in Age of X Universe 2 is that Captain America, as well as the other Avengers, took on the task to pursue the remaining mutants to Fortess X. However, they discover that they are there to kill them, not capture them. Which Captain America has no problem doing, because Captain America kills Mystique so fast that I can’t believe he is supposed to be among the greatest soldiers.
One of the most ironic things about Captain America killing is that he is supposed to represent the ultimate moral compass and symbol of good. Yet, when he takes a life, it seems to undermine everything he stands for. However, it’s this complexity that makes him such an interesting character to explore. In the case of Age of X Universe 2, his killing of Mystique adds a layer of moral ambiguity to the story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
Captain America’s moral dilemma when it comes to killing is not a new theme in comics. Throughout his long history, Captain America has been shown struggling with this issue countless times. However, the events of Age of X Universe 2 takes this conflict to a new level. His willingness to kill Mystique shows that even the paragon of truth and justice is capable of making the difficult choice to take a life.
It’s always fun when Captain America kills someone. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of superhero comics? To see our favorite heroes beat the crap out of the bad guys, and sometimes, when it’s a big enough threat, kill them? And let’s be real, Mystique had it coming.
The artwork is kind of strange in this issue. Particularly with Sue Storm, who looks more like a boy. Her hair is short and she is thin as hell. All the characters look strange, in fact. The Hulk has orange veins, and Iron Man looks half-dead. Age of X Universe is strange, I’ll say that much. But that doesn’t matter, because when Captain America kills Mystique, all I can think about is how much Mystique had it coming. Mystique always has undermined the X-Men, and has caused all kind of Chaos.
If you are curious about Age of X Universe, you can get it here.