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Unnecessary prequels, leave to last
on 14 August 2006
However good the Age of Apocalypse story line was, arranging the stories in "chronological" order is misleading, as the first volume is essentially a collection of prequels, most of which were written after the main story had been published, and the result is very sketchy conitinuity throughout this book, the ending is more or less given away, and a four issue Blink limited series which is set predominantly in a world called the negative zone and therefore entirely irrelevant to the story seen in volumes 2-4. If you haven't read the Age of Apocalypse before, I strongly recommend that you start on book 2, and only read book 1 after you've read books 2-4, and even then only if you really enjoyed books 2-4.
There are however two issues from this collection which although still prequels to the Age of Apocalypse story were originally written and published at the same time, and these two could be read before the main Age of Apocalypse story, but won't add too much to it.