Review by: Rob Mateer
So my opinion probably isn't very objective. I heard a few people mention that the franchise is starting to run out of ideas and a 3rd Wolverine movie is getting old, but that's just something a non-fan or someone who didn't know the comics would say. The Mutant storyline for Marvel has gone on for decades and is probably their most popular story arc. The X-Men are what made me switch from D.C. to Marvel as a kid. I stopped collecting comics right when the Reavers, Mr. Sinister, and Genosha were introduced in the X Men. Supposedly, this is Hugh Jackman's last time playing Wolverine, so it's kind of fitting for me that he's ending his portrayal of the role with the same characters and story arc that I did when I quit buying comics and started buying Thrasher and Transworld Skate magazines. Also, it takes place during the aftermath of one of my favorite storylines for mutant titles: Days of Future Past. I used to have the first issues they introduced the storyline, X Men #141 and #142, in Mint condition. I had like 3 boxes full of old comics that worth a decent amount all together. At least a couple thousand at the time, but I left them in my punk ass sister's garage when I joined the Army and she sold them to a comic store and got shafted for a couple hundred.
Anyway, those issues were later followed by other comic book titles and crossover stories that went into this alternative future where the mutant genocide took place. I also used to play a role playing game with some friends back in 5th or 6th grade in Okinawa called Marvel Super Heroes. They made 4 different modules under their Nightmares of Future Past story campaign. It took place in a dystopian future that looked like something from Terminator when Skynet took over. In this timeline, Mystique reforms the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and they assassinate an anti mutant Senator named Robert Kelly. A rabid Anti-Mutant candidate was elected to become President. He passed the Mutant Registration Act making it the law that all mutants had to be registered in a Federal database so the Government had a file on every registered mutant. Mutants opposing the law and refusing to register were hunted down. Then the new President rebooted the Sentinel Program, which were giant armored robots with internal tracking, scanning, and computer abilities. They could fly and had multiple abilities with killing power and were programmed to hunt down and apprehend or exterminate mutants. Sentinels are what the X Men and New Mutants usually program to fight when they train in the Danger Room. Under the new Sentinel program, they built newer improved models called Omega Sentinels that were more powerful, faster, smarter, and lethal than their predecessors, Alpha Sentinels. They also created a head Sentinel called Nimrod to lead them and was the most advanced and powerful model. Nimrod is a name taken from the book of Genesis 10:8-9 and is described as "a mighty hunter before the Lord." He had enough superhuman strength to fight Juggernaught in hand to hand combat and could interface with any computer and transfer his consciousness into one like Ultron. His weapons were more powerful and he could scan people to determine if they had any special abilities our powers and after being exposed to a superpower, he was able to compute the nature of the power and how to nullify it. He also had abilities that mimicked known mutants. His robotic body could regenerate like Wolverine's healing power, he could levitate metallic objects like Magneto, teleport like Nightcrawler, and create force fields like Jean Grey's telekinesis, shapeshift like Mystique and assume human form.
Anyway, at first the other Superheroes assisted the Sentinels in rounding up and apprehending unregistered mutants who were now all outlaws. Evil and good mutants and groups banded together for survival. Martial law was declared and all the mutants were rounded up and put into internment camps and wore prison uniforms with a big M on the front and back like how the Jews had to wear a Star of David patch in the Nazi death camps. Most of the powerful mutants that resisted and on were on the run, were hunted down and exterminated, good guys and bad guys. Then the Sentinels turned on everyone with super powers and killed them off. They took over the country and killed anyone or thing that resisted. The remaining mutants and survivors formed resistance groups in hiding. The largest and most organized was the Canadian resistance made up of what was left of their military and surviving members of Alpha Flight, a Canadian mutant group. Logan was one of its leaders. His old stomping grounds was the Canadian Wilderness after he became Weapon X, before he was discovered by Charles Xavier. The sentinels took control of the country and ran it like an armed fortress. Their sole purpose is to exterminate all mutants and individuals enhanced with super powers in North America. Then they planned to go worldwide. Those still alive were either locked in internment camps or had severely restricted movement. Europe and the other nuclear powers cut off North America and threatened to annihilate the population centers with a nuclear strike if anyone attempted to leave the North American Continent and if Sentinels violated the no fly zone which was anything not outside of North America.
My bad for the wikipedia length reply. I got all carried away. See what happens when I let my inner geek out out of the closet? What I just described is the comic book version of the background period that took place in the years that followed the X Men movie of Days of Future Past. The movie version and background period that elapsed between Logan and the X Men movie differs.
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