Updated on 16 October, 2021
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the history of the X-Men and the future of the X-Men, you can learn more about it with Apocalyptic Comics #1. Written by Tomatis and staring up-and-coming X-Men scribe James Robinson, this is the first issue of a new ongoing series called the X-Men. It promises to feature a brand new team of X-Men that will try to stop the destruction caused by the Mutant menace known as The Avengers.
The story begins in the future, long after the present day X-Men have taken center stage in the pages of the comic book world. There are three separate cliques in the future known as the New X-Men, the mutants called the X-Men, and the clan akkaba. There are four members from each clique who must form a super team to battle the Avengers: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Wolverine. This is the story of how these X-Men came together and became the team they are today.
The creative teams of Apocalypse Comics have done an excellent job of creating an interesting conflict for the series. The team has been called to action when the Avengers' mansion is attacked by a Skrull ship. With seemingly no way to fight the Skrulls off without creating an emergency shield to trap them within, the X-Men are forced to work together in order to protect the Mansion and to do so, they must recruit some new members into the fold. Once they do, they must discover what the Skrulls want with the valuable artifacts within, and put an end to their diabolical plans.
One of the most interesting members of the X-Men is Banshee, who was previously known as Stryfe. Once she was merged with the devilish entity possessed by the Skrull Ship, her personality went feral and she became one of the most wanted villains in the world. Now, Banshee has returned to the modern day world of New York and is seeking to take over the Hellfire League once again. If only she had the assistance of one of the most powerful telepaths in the world; she would be able to control her movements and remain hidden from the sight of the other X-Men.
Another member of the team, namedition named Archangel, has a complicated history that is heavily involved in the events of the comic. Originally, Archangel was once the head of the House of Heaven, but when he was struck down by a Skrull Ship, he was transformed into a powerful telepath. After this change, he has become the chief mind behind the operations of the House of X-Men and works along with Banshee and Cyclops to take down Magneto and his rogue team of X-Men. Archangel's purpose in the team is to make sure that the X-Men and humans stay divided while battling Magneto for the future of humankind.
The villainous Gambit is one of the newest additions to the cast of the comic book world. The mutant terrorist group known as the Mutant Underground wants to manipulate human emotion using Cerebro, a device invented by Professor X. Unfortunately, Cerebro fails and starts a violent and bloody war against the X-Men. This issue introduces Gambit to the reader. He attacks the X-Men, attempting to use Cerebro on the X-Men. Gambit is defeated, but he later returns to try and take over the world.
Finally, we have Cable, who has only been featured in one comic so far in his career. Cable is a telepath and ex-X-Men operative. In the first issue, Cable teleports himself, Surge, and Night Nurse to the future where they are attacked by a Skrull Ship. Once there, Cable learns that the Skrulls have implanted a device on Cable's chest that can control his mind. Cable later uses this power to have a telepathic conversation with Rogue, who tells him about the plans of the Skrulls, whom he plans to join.
All of the characters in the comic were introduced in the second series of Apocalpygian. This series is highly anticipated by many readers. The artwork is stunning and is well worth the price. The series will continue into issues of Extraordinary X-Men and future storylines will show how Cable helps the X-Men fight villains and other dangerous threats.