Well, this was interesting. A first-of-its-kind comic-book storyline from 1988, crossing over with all the annuals that year.
It’s difficult to review this as a coherent story, because really, it isn’t. The main narrative is that of the High Evolutionary slowly losing faith in humanity and deciding to bring it to its next evolutionary step via research, genetic manipulation, sterilization, and ethnic cleansing.
While as a theme the implications of that are far-reaching, it isn’t played that way in practice. This was the first annual-style crossover, and while there are good parts there are growing pains. Really the only chapters that move the Evolutionary’s storyline forward are X-Factor, the New Mutants, and the final chapter, the Avengers.
Strangely, the most entertaining to read chapters included the one involving The Punisher and the Spectacular Spider-Man. The Punisher story was the tale of a drug-bust in Bogata in which the Evolutionary was thrown in as a reference, and the Spider-Man story was a major event in the then-ongoing Gwen-clone saga, filled with heartfelt emotion and pathos from the newly-wed Spidey and MJ.
All in all, a cool concept with some good sections and a few moments of flawed execution.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Well, this was interesting. A first-of-its-kind comic-book storyline from 1988, crossing over with all the annuals that year.”