I'm calling a bit of an audible on the rest of the reviews for the year. My bill-paying day job is exceptionally crazy right now (which is why posts have been so late), and I've got some longer-than-usual work-related travel scheduled in both November & December. Thankfully, I'd already set a relatively lighter load of reviews for those months on account of the holidays, so now I'm mostly just moving some stuff around (and dropping in one new review - the Age of Apocalypse-centric What If?If, to add a little wiggle room), but the plan is a little different now relative to the schedule I wrote up back in June.
Anyway, the end result is that X-Men #43 will be the lone regular X-aminations review this week, as I punt Knight of Terra into November. Otherwise, we wrap up June '95, take a look at that aforementioned What If?, and spend Thanksgiving with the moody Jack the Ripper-inspired Wolverine/Gambit miniseries.
On Sale June 1995
November 6: Generation X #6
November 7: Excalibur #88
November 8: Cable #22
November 13: Wolverine: Knight of Terra
On Sale July 1995
November 27: Wolverine/Gambit: Victims #1-4
April 1995 Power Rankings
1. Generation Next #4
2. X-Man #4
In the final month of "Age of Apocalypse", Generation Next #4, an emotional gut-punch of an issue, does something difficult to do, even in the alternate-reality setting: surprise us. The final issue of X-Man, meanwhile, while not as strong as the previous one, continues the series' hot streak (and marks possibly the last time X-Man will be spoken of favorably).
3. Astonishing X-Men #4
4. Factor X #4
5. Amazing X-Men #4
All three issues are basically doing different levels of setup heading into X-Men Omega. Joe Mad puts Astonishing on top of the bunch.
6. X-Men: Omega #1
Plot-heavy with dodgy art, Omega feels overstuff at times, with many characters under-served or largely forgotten. But it gets points for, you know, wrapping the whole thing up (and doing so in a pretty moving way).
7. Gambit and the X-Ternals #4
Strong on emotion, weak on making sense.
8. Weapon X #4
9. X-Calibre #4
10. X-Universe #2
Here's the "average" line: none of these are bad, at least a couple have good art, but none rise to the level of the other issues this month.
11. X-Men Chronicles #2
Really the only bad issue of the bunch (and even then, it's more pointless than outright bad), continuing Chronicles' weak overall showing.