X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Reading Guide
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X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Reading Guide

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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?

Extraordinary X-Men #8 cover by Humberto Ramos.

Extraordinary X-Men

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
Available May

Extraordinary X-Men #11
Available June

Extraordinary X-Men #12

Uncanny X-Men #6 cover by Greg Land.

Uncanny X-Men

Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Ken Lashley.

Uncanny X-Men #6
Available April 6th

Uncanny X-Men #7
Available May

Uncanny X-Men #8
Available June

Uncanny X-Men #9

All-New X-Men #9 cover by Mark Bagley.

Uncanny X-Men #10

All-New X-Men

Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Mark Bagley.

All-New X-Men #9
Available May

All-New X-Men #10
Available June

All-New X-Men #11

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Will You Be Reading X-Men: Apocalypse Wars?

Will you be reading this X-Men event? Have you found the X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Reading Order Guide helpful? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.


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Comments (8)

  • I found this REALLY helpful, thanks! I’m following ANADM X-Men in trade and the Apocalypse Wars hardcover only contains the issues directly involved in the crossover, so I thought that I’d have to double-dip and buy both the volume 2s of each series AS WELL as the hardcover, since I thought this was a more traditional crossover where the series all told one big story. Thanks for this, now I know to steer clear of that hardcover 🙂

  • I’m in for all 13 issues. I collect Extraordinary & Uncanny so I’ll just pick up the 3 All New’s. Great art too!

  • I have been steering away from Marvel comics and more into the independent scene and some DC titles. I just lost all interest in Marvel which is to bad.

    • why then are you wasting your time posting on this? go post on stuff you like, instead of being negative about stuff youre not reading. let those of us that enjoy it, enjoy it.

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