Here’s Axel Alonso talking to CBR last week, about the upcoming Age of Apocalypse series spinning out of Uncanny X-Force:
[I]t can’t be dismissed as an alternate reality story because it has its roots in “Uncanny X-Force”; events in this story could very well cause a ripple effect in the Marvel Universe in the future.
This kind of thinking, of course, has its roots in the idea that only books that “count” will appeal to fans, and an alternate reality story is exactly the kind of thing that doesn’t “count.” In fact, it’s something that’s even been designed to not “count” in terms of the bigger continuity, because it takes place in a different reality altogether. But at the same time, isn’t the point of setting something in an alternate reality to ensure that it can be – if not “dismissed,” then at least set aside and considered separate from the mainline reality with all of its attendant continuity?
The idea of creating a book in an alternate reality but then hinting that it really might be about the mainline reality as well feels somewhat self-defeating, and the very definition of “aiming to please two audiences, but just ending up disappointing everyone.” Here’s hoping that Alonso’s tease ends up to be empty.