Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s greatest foes and has been a major threat since his introduction back in the 1980s. He has attempted to rule the world with an iron-fist, and succeeded in alternative timelines, many times as he lives by the Darwinian agenda of survival of the fittest. With this agenda, it doesn’t matter if you’re human, mutant or other. If you are not seen as the peek of evolution then you are an enemy of his. While he will be featured in the upcoming X-Men: Age of Apocalypse movie, it’s been a while since he has made any major waves in the comics. Although, this is all about to change with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse Wars event.
With Apocalypse hitting the big screen Marvel has decided to give him, and his different incarnations the focus. In Extraordinary X-Men, the team are flung into a future in which Apocalypse is supreme ruler. Can they survive this terrible timeline and find a way back? In Uncanny X-Men, the focus is on Archangel and the Dark Angel persona. Created by Apocalypse begins to start creeping back. Can Magneto, Psylocke and their team of unlikely heroes stop him and restore him back to what he once was? Finally, in All-New X-Men, the focus is on the clone of Apocalypse, Evan Sabahnur, who is struggling with what could be his potential future as the next Apocalypse.
Comic book events can sometimes be confusing, especially when the event decided to opt for a different style of storytelling – see below. That’s why I’ve created the X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Reading Guide. This allows give you everything you need to know to get started with this X-event from the issues it entails, how to read it, creative teams and release dates.
When more information becomes available I’ll add it to the guide. If you see anything missing or simply incorrect please kindly let me know. I’ll try to update this in a timely manner.
How Do I Read Apocalypse Wars?
X-Men: Apocalypse Wars is not structured like a regular comic book event. Often when it comes to crossovers and events involving multiple comic series the story is intertwined with part 1 in one comic and part 2 in another and so on. X-Men: Apocalypse Wars bucks this trend by having the comics involved being thematically related but are all self-contained. This allows you to pick the stories/series that interest you the most without having to read any of the others if don’t want to. So, for example, if you only want to read the story running through Extraordinary X-Men then you’re not required to read Uncanny X-Men or All-New X-Men if you don’t want to.
For old-school X-Men fans, the best parallel I can give is Fall of the Mutants which was structured in the same way.
What Comics Are part of Apocalypse Wars?
Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Humberto Ramos.
Extraordinary X-Men #8
Available on March 16th.
Extraordinary X-Men #9
Available April 20th
Extraordinary X-Men #10
Extraordinary X-Men #11
Extraordinary X-Men #12
Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Ken Lashley.
Uncanny X-Men #6
Available April 6th
Uncanny X-Men #7
Uncanny X-Men #8
Uncanny X-Men #9
Uncanny X-Men #10
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Mark Bagley.
All-New X-Men #9
All-New X-Men #10
All-New X-Men #11