With the new X-men: Apocalypse film coming out soon I figured this old article I wrote for Squidoo could be brought back out and refreshed. So here it is.
Age of Apocalypse
Epic Alternate Timeline Saga, X-Style!
When Professor X's son, Legion decides to go back in time to kill Magneto he hoped to alter the present for the good of mutant kind. But Charles (prof. X) died instead trying to save the life of his friend Erik (Magneto). This event caused a ripple in time that undid the present that we all knew. Magneto assembles a team of mutants in Charles' honor, and Apocalypse's rises to power....Welcome to the Age of Apocalypse.
I simply love the X-men, and I love alternate story lines. So I had to share this. All new costumes, different teams, very dramatic and fun saga. Here I will list the comics that made up this series. By far this is one of the best in my opinion. So sit tight, true believer the end has just begun........
The Age of Apocalypse books
X-men : Alpha - Published 1995, this was the book to start the series. The first glimpse into the world where Apocalypse reigns. Each X-title book after this became a different book to coincide with the storyline.
X-Calibre - A team lead by Nightcrawler consisting of his mother, Mystique, Switchback, and later a villain, Damask who joins after realizing which side is better. (replaced Excalibur)
Gambit and the Externals - Gambit leads this team consisting of Jubilee, Sunspot, Strong guy, and Lila Cheney. (replaced X-Force)
Generation Next - Colossus, and Kitty Pryde lead this team of New Mutant- like youngsters. This team features Chamber, Husk, Mondo, Skin, and Vincent Cimetta. They go on a rescue mission to find Magik. (replaced Generation X)
Astonishing X-men - This team is lead by Magneto's wife, Rogue. Sabretooth, Blink, Wild Child, Morph, and Sunfire make up this team. (replaced Uncanny X-men)
Amazing X-men - Quicksilver leads this team made up of Storm, Dazzler, Iceman, Banshee, and Exodus. (replaced X-men)
Weapon X - Wolverine gets the girl in this alternate reality. Jean Grey, and Logan are together in this book. Logan tries to recruit Gateway to help save N. America. (replaced Wolverine)
Factor X - Are enemy teams created by Apocalypse. Consisting of Cyclops, Havok, Emplate, Twins, Canonball, Amazon, the Bedlam Brothers, Aurora, Northstar, and Beast who conducts experiments on imprisoned mutants. (replaced X-Factor)
X-man - The mutant Nate Grey, is created from Jean Grey, and Cyclops. He is mentored by Forge, who leads a group consisting of Mastermind, Toad, Brute, Sauron, and late Sonique. (replaced Cable)
X-Universe - Colossus's Brother Mikhail is opposed by a familiar group of humans, who are Tony Stark, Gwen Stacy, Don Blake, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, Victor Von Doom, and later Bruce Banner. (replaced X-men Unlimited)
X-men: Omega - The finale of the Age of Apocalypse saga.
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse [Hardcover]
X-Men: The Age of Apocalypse Omnibus (Marvel Omnibus)
Charles Xavier is dead - killed twenty years in the past during a freak time-travel accident - and the world that has arisen in his absence is dark and dangerous indeed. The Darwinian conqueror Apocalypse rules with an iron fist, ruthlessly enforcing his dictum that only the strong shall survive - and in Apocalypse's long shadow, hidden among a downtrodden humankind, are a group of ragtag freedom fighters led by Xavier's oldest friend, Magneto: the Amazing X-Men! When Bishop, last survivor of the true Marvel Universe, locates the X-Men and explains how the world went wrong, these embittered mutants and their tenuous allies must risk everything - and undertake a dangerous and multi-pronged quest - to put things right! The comics event of 1995 is collected in one deluxe oversized hardcover! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #320-321, X-MEN (1991) #40-41, CABLE (1993) #20, X-MEN ALPHA, AMAZING X-MEN #1-4, ASTONISHING X-MEN (1995) #1-4, FACTOR X #1-4, GAMBIT & THE X-TERNALS #1-4, GENERATION NEXT #1-4, WEAPON X (1995) #1-4, X-CALIBRE #1-4, X-MAN #1-4, X-MEN OMEGA, AGE OF APOCALYPSE: THE CHOSEN and X-MEN ASHCAN #2.
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1 [Paperback]
If you cannot afford to buy the hardcover version that is above these separate paperback graphic novels are just as good.
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1
It begins here! The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite storyline that rocked the X-Men Universe to its core is collected across four volumes! In a cracked-mirror world ruled by the genocidal mutant despot Apocalypse, only one hope remains: Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men! The first in a four volume series collecting the entire Age of Apocalypse storyline.
Age of Apocalypse Tribute - A Glimpse into this alternate universe
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 2 [Paperback]
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic - Book 2
Apocalypse has conquered half of humankind and is ready to destroy them all! Magneto and his Amazing X-Men fight to protect humans and mutants alike, only to learn from Bishop that his world might need to be unmade! Plus: excerpts from Apocalypse's own files on the alternate-universe X-Men, and their friends and foes... but which is which? Featuring Blink and Sabretooth of the Exiles! Collects X-Men: Alpha, Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen, Generation Next #1, Astonishing X-Men Volume 1 #1, X-Calibre #1, Gambit and the X-Ternals #1-2, Weapon X Volume 1 #1-2, Amazing X-Men #1-2, Factor X #1-2, and X-Man #1.
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 3 [Paperback]
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 3
The mirror gets darker and the Amazing X-Men more Astonished by the minute as the Age of Apocalypse hits its third quarter! Magneto has dedicated his life to freeing humanity and mutantkind alike, but will Apocalypse now require him to destroy reality to save it! Sides are switched and secrets shown with repercussions ringing from the Savage Land to the Shi-ar Galaxy! Plus: a rare look at how Apocalypse altered the rest of Marvel's mightiest! Doctor Doom and Reed Richards, side-by-side? Matt Murdock and the Kingpin, allies? Gwen Stacy in mourning for Peter Parker? Avengers, Exiles, etc. in the original alternate X-saga! Collects X-Calibre #2-3, Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 #2-4, Generation Next #2-3, X-Man #2-3, Factor X #3, Amazing X-Men #3, Gambit & The Externals #3, and X-Universe #1.
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 4 [Paperback]
X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 4
Learn who lives and who dies in either reality as the apocalyptic arc ends in treachery and tragedy! While certain heroic humans prove their mettle without armor or magic hammers, it's a race to see who the X-Men will destroy first: Apocalypse or themselves! But even with the crisis concluded, new allies and enemies emerge, guaranteeing that reality will still never be the same! Featuring the dawn of Gene Nation and a turning point for the Legacy Virus! Collects Generation Next #4, X-Calibre #4, X-Man #4 & #53-54, Factor X #4, Gambit And The X-Ternals #4, Amazing X-Men #4, Weapon X #4, X-Universe #2, X-Men: Omega, Blink #4 and X-Men: Prime