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 X-Men Alpha - ...Beginnings
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Roger Cruz, Steve Epting
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid
Release Date: February 1995
Variant Covers: A. Gold Edition Variant. Has a Holochromium cover. Indicia reads X-MEN: Gold logo.

B. Second Print Variant and Newstand. Same as standard release without the Chromium cover.

C. True Believers reprint cover.
Trade Availability: X-Men Dawn of the Age of Apocalypse and X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 2
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: While Holocaust and Apocalypse enjoy torturing the captive Magneto, they are informed of the Eurasian Human High Council having unleashed their bombs on Apocalypse’s strongholds. Apocalypse commands to expand the sea wall defense grid across the Atlantic. The Angel approaches the stronghold, searching for his missing partner Karma. After finding her turned into one of the Infinites, he decides to make a stand and he sacrifices his own life to destroy the shielding generator of Apocalypse’s base. Thanks to Blink’s teleportation powers, the X-Men and their friends secretly enter the pens and find them empty. They proceed to the chamber where Apocalypse has placed the M’Kraan crystal in and prepare to send a team into it to correct the timeline. Destiny reveals that only she, Illyana and Bishop can enter, as they no longer have a counterpart in the true reality. Meanwhile Nate Grey has entered the palace, seeking vengeance for his mentor Forge’s death. Outside in the streets, Jean Grey and Cyclops are leading the people they freed from the pens towards New Jersey. They are unaware of themselves being stalked by Havok, and when Jean senses the death of the many people in the midwestern bombing, she knows that they are about to share the same fate. Sensing the bombs approach, she erects a telekinetic shield over New York. Yet to torture his brother, Havok fires a fatal plasma blast in her back and then kills Cyclops. Although he has only a few seconds to enjoy his victory, as Weapon X stabs him from behind with his claws. Who despite the bombing he returned to be together with Jean, who now dies in his arms. In the remains of the stronghold, Nate Grey is fighting Holocaust and intending to damage his armor he rams a crystal shard into his chest, with unexpected results – both vanish without a trace. Magneto seemingly looses his final battle with Apocalypse, but he was only faking and taking time to concentrate. In the end he manages to charge enough magnetic energy to rip Apocalypse in half. As the bombs hit the ground a few minutes later, Magneto holds his wife and son close to him and he thanks Charles Xavier for giving him such a great dream. In the past Bishop manages to prevent Legion from accidentally killing Xavier. Instead he rams the psi-knife intended for Erik into his own chest, so that Legion sees the nightmarish images of the Age of Apocalypse. Seeing the horror he would cause, Legion dies of the energy feedback, and the old Bishop too fades out as reality reboots. Without Legion to anchor them, the four X-Men who went into the past after him get sucked back to the present. In Israel Charles Xavier, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr and Gabrielle Haller are left behind wondering what happened. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Prime - Racing The Night
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Brian Hitch, Jeff Matsuda, Gary Frank, Mike McKone, Terry Dodson, Ben Herrera, Paul Pelletier
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: July 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 4
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Fun Facts: This issue is technically back into the main Marvelverse, not the Age of Apocalypse, but it is the aftermath of that short storyline.
Comic Summary: Two weeks have passed since reality briefly ended and got rebooted again. Gambit is in a coma since he and Rogue shared a kiss. Rogue leaves and Iceman goes after her to make sure that things don’t get out of hand. At the Xavier estate, Jean is concerned over Wolverine, who refuses to live in the mansion as long as Sabretooth is inside. Bishop finds himself troubles by nightmares of what seems to be another world. On the same day, Trish Tilby breaks the news about the Legacy Virus and reports it to the public. She says the Legacy Virus is a disease of mutants and one human has already contracted it, Moira MacTaggert. Dennis Hogan, a boy with lizard-like mutation, arrives in New York on a search for the X-Men. He wants their help in controlling his mutant power. Before he gets to the mansion an angry mob starts to beat him up with a baseball bat. Xavier senses the attack. He calls out for his X-Men to help. The professor sends his astral form out to Dennis and realizes the X-Men won’t make it in time. Shortly after the X-Men show up to witness the young mutant die. Professor Xavier’s explains to his X-Men that what just happened is proof they need to fight for a better world. Meanwhile X-Factor is hot on the trail of Mystique. She’s planted a bomb on a dam in hopes of flooding a sentinel processing plant. Forge disarms the bomb before it goes off. Unfortunately for Mystique, who’s still there and running, a shadowy figure takes a swipe at her and knocks her out. Val and Forge tend to Mystique’s wounds and mention to have some plans for Mystique. When Forge radios in to see if Havok and Polaris are ready to go the dam explodes. It was not another bomb, but Havok being unable to control his powers. In the Morlock tunnels, Marrow performs the ceremony of light, hoping to make her fellow brethren come to join her, without success. Instead the Dark Beast shows up. He recognizes her as his own work, one or two generations removed, and is extremely pleased when Marrow tells him of more like her, all ready to wreak havoc on humanity. In Switzerland, Nate Grey who arrives from the Age of Apocalypse. In England, Emplate shows up at the Edgerton estate. In Murderworld, latest home of X-Force, Sunspot has been freed of the Reignfire persona and once more is part of the team. Arcade is alerted to their presence and self-destructs the building, but the team makes it out just in time. Surprisingly, Cyclops is waiting for them outside with a special offer from Xavier. In Genosha, Excalibur is searching for clues as to what kind of weapon is being used to kill the mutates. The Sugar Man, who turns out to be the mastermind behind the mutate bonding process, is watching from his monitors. Fearing they’re getting to close, he vaporizes Mr. Edgerton, the mutate who’s been helping them. Out in space, Colossus and a team of Acolytes investigate an object that has appeared near Avalon. It turns out to be a huge block of ice. Rusty uses his power to melt it down. As it melts they see there is a person inside the ice.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Amazing X-Men, The, Vol 1 #4 - Dare To Tread On Consecrated Ground
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Andy Kubert
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: June 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Amazing X-Men: Ultimate Edition
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Quebec the Madri Priests try to kill Bishop, but Storm comes and saves Bishop in time. Yet they now have to face an overwhelming army of the Madri. Quicksilver and Banshee sneak into the building disguised with hoods and manage to get to the center, where the one, true Jamie Madrox is held. To their surprise he doesn’t fight them, but asks to be killed as this would leave the Madri soulless shells. The two X-Men do not want to kill an innocent victim, and wonder what to do as Abyss appears out of the shadows. He taunts them and starts a fight, and sacrificing his own life Banshee flies into the void within Abyss to tear him apart from the inside out with his sonic scream at full force. Quicksilver grabs Jamie and manages to outrun the resulting shockwave, and Madrox repeats that he needs to die for the sake of Storm and Bishop who are about to be defeated. Jamie shuts the dupes off and the process strains him so much that he too dies. Storm, Quicksilver and Bishop return to Westchester to find the other X-Teams have returned as well. Colossus and Shadowcat successfully retrieved little Illyana though at the cost of their charges in Generation Next, and Nightcrawler convinced Destiny to come along as per Magneto’s request. In the sewers beneath the mansion Dazzler and Exodus find Gambit, Lila Cheney and Jubilee who inform the others that the M’Kraan Crystal shard and baby Charles were stolen by Guido who betrayed their team. After some deliberation the X-Men prepare to save Magneto and face Apocalypse for the last time.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1 #1 - Once More, With Feeling
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Joe Madureira
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell
Release Date: March 1995
Variant Covers: A. Ultimate Edition Variant. Has gold foil cover.

B. Second Print Edition Variant. Same as original, but barcode states that it is an "X-Tra Edition".

C. Pack Edition Variant. Generally X-Tra Edition or Newstand edition in a pack. Contained 1-4 of the series and a pack of Trading Cards.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 2 and Age of Apocalypse Astonishing X-Men (Gold Edition)
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Magneto tells his fellow X-Men of a mission he needs them to go on. He eventually tells them his feelings about Bishop and his story of this reality somehow being wrong. He’s afraid what Bishop says might be true and needs to find out if it is. He meets some resistance from his people, but he assures them it is necessary. Blink comes through her teleportation disc during the meeting. Next through is Sunfire and he’s hurting. A Prelate comes through as well, but Blink severs the disc and he is killed. Blink and Sunfire tell everyone that Holocaust has started another culling in Chicago and everyone is shocked. Later on, while still recovering, Sunfire asks Rogue to help them stop Holocaust. Gambit enters the room and he and Rogue leave to have a heart-to-heart. They’re almost about to kiss at one point when Blink steps outside with baby Charles. Gambit leaves and the X-Men resume their mission. In the hangar bay, Quicksilver stops by to try and convince Rogue not to go, only to learn that Sabretooth, Wild Child, and Morph have decided to accompanying Blink, Sunfire and her to Chicago. Rogue convinces Pietro she needs to go and after wishing each other good luck, they blast off for Chicago. Bishop enters the hangar, puzzled as to why the X-Men would go on a suicide mission. Quicksilver tells him that even if this world isn’t the right world, it’s still their world and they will fight for it. Elsewhere in the mansion, Magneto mulls over Bishop’s ramblings. Nightcrawler is in the room with him and they have a deep conversation about everything… basically, Magneto is willing to sacrifice this Earth based on a promise to his friend Xavier to make the world a better place. In his stronghold, Apocalypse learns from his servant Rex that the location of the X-Men’s base of operations will soon be known, as they can track Blink’s signature.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Chronicles #1 - Origins
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Terry Dodson
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: March 1995
Variant Covers: A. Secong Print Edition Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 1
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the storyline itself, he is in two of the art pinups in the back of the comic.
Comic Summary: Because of the ever growing hatred towards mutants, Magneto has isolated himself from the world and built a school for mutants atop Wundagore Mountain. His X-Men consists of his children, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, along with Storm, Colossus, Iceman and Jean Grey. Today, one more mutant joins the team: Weapon X, who might be the most dangerous of them all, because of his adamantium claws and his berserker rages. Additionally, Mystique brings Rogue to the school. The young girl was targeted by Apocalypse and after being attacked by Polaris she retained half her magnetic might. Meanwhile, Apocalypse's giant Celestial ship appears over New York City, and his five Horsemen Candra, Gideon, Death, War and Sabretooth attack Cape Citadel, the command center for America's nuclear missiles. When Magneto learns about this, he and the X-Men depart in their jet. Wanda and Rogue stay behind to take care of the school and the many children should anything happen to Magneto. Arriving at Cape Citadel, the X-men find the Horsemen at odds with each other. Candra and Gideon program all missiles to launch, but Sabretooth doesn't want to commit mass murder. Against the X-Men, however, they put aside their differences and work together. In direct battle, the X-Men manage to defeat the Horsemen, while Magneto stops Gideon from finishing the countdown by causing the entire complex to explode. Apocalypse himself appears out of his ship and tells the X-Men they have impressed him, though they still need to die. As the ship departs, the weapons charge to blast the entire area, but a magnetic pulse of Magneto disables them. Magneto is proud of his students, but when they return to Wundagore they find that in their absence it was attacked by Apocalypse's son Nemesis. Rogue did her best and the many children are safe, but the Scarlet Witch was killed. Right before she died in Rogue's arms, she made her promise to always be there for Magneto as a friend.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Chronicles #2 - Shattered Dreams
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Ian Churchill
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: June 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 1
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Having freed Jean Grey from Sinister’s clutches, Weapon X angrily leaves the X-Men with Jean. Seeing two of the team’s mainstays leave the team shatters Magneto. In the meantime, Holocaust orders his servant Wolverine to make Magneto suffer even more, by killing the one closest to him before his eyes. Wolverine spies on the overconfident X-Men, led by the rather distraught Magneto, while they save some humans from a group of bandits. He notices - as Magneto suffers an injury - that quite possibly his second-in-command Rogue and his friend Gambit are closer to the X-Men’s leader than his son Quicksilver. Changing some of the bandits, giving them powers, he sets out to find the team’s headquarters. Back in their base, Magneto cannot find it in himself to relax. Gambit in the meantime wants a commitment from Rogue, who is feeling more and more attracted to Magneto. The triangle enters an explosive phase as Magneto finds a way for Rogue to be touched, but only by him. Spying on the two, Gambit finally realizes their feelings for each other, and feeling betrayed angrily lashes out at them. At that moment, the base is attacked. The X-Men are diverted by Wolverine’s henchmen, while Wolverine himself attacks Magneto. When Rogue has to make a split-decision between saving Magneto and Gambit, she decides to save Magneto. Meanwhile the other X-Men have realized the extent of the threat and attack Wolverine - to no avail. He offers Rogue to spare Magneto’s life, if she lets herself be killed, but at that moment Gambit sneaks a charged-up rock into his belt – with explosive results. Rogue tries to apologize to Gambit, but he brushes her off and leaves the X-Men, broken-hearted.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Gambit and the X-Ternals #1 - Some Of Us Looking To The Stars
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tony Daniel
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: March 1995
Variant Covers: A. Ultimate Edition Variant. Has gold foil cover.

B. Second Print Edition Variant. Cover has orange where original is white and barcode states that it is an "X-Tra Edition".
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 2 and Gambit and the X-ternals Ultimate Edition
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Fun Facts: Gambit is also in an advertisement for X-men fruit snacks in the center of the comic and one for phone cards in the back.

Title Logic: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" is a quote from Oscar Wilde.
Comic Summary: Jubilee is in trouble with the Infinites. Luckily, some of her teammates within the X-Ternals show up to save the day. They take the goods she stole and bring them back to camp to give out to the needy. Much to their surprise Magneto, the leader of the X-Men, is there with Gambit. He takes the team to one of Apocalypse’s secret chambers in the Morlock Tunnels. He tells them they need to steal a piece of the M’Kraan crystal to be able to put right what went wrong. The Madri track them there and they battle. Lily Cheney, who thought she was human, learns the truth about her mutant powers and is able to manifest them. During the process, Rictor with his Infinites shows up. Lila transports the team to outer space, where the M’Kraan crystal is located. However Rictor makes it through the teleportation portal as well.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Gambit and the X-Ternals #2 - Where No External Has Gone Before!
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tony Daniel
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: April 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 2 and Gambit and the X-ternals Ultimate Edition
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: The title is a play on the popular quote from the original Star Trek opening credits, "Where no man has gone before." This quote was used again as a title for Uncanny X-Men #343.
Comic Summary: The X-Ternals find themselves on an alien planet and are immediately approached by the Imperial Guard. After a quick battle where both Starbolt and Gladiator are knocked for a loop, the X-Ternals head into the jungle to escape. They are able to hide from the Imperial Guard but are snagged by the plants and vines. A Shi’Ar / Mephistoid hybrid named Jonath comes along with his crew and releases them. He proceeds to tell them the recent history of the Shi’ar empire. Emperor D’Ken has forcefully wrested control over the empire, forcing his older sister Deathbird into exile. D’Ken’s mad quest for power caused him to tamper with the M’Kraan crystal and the expanding nexus is now endangering the entire universe. More and more frequently the crystal sends out waves of energy that cause the eradication of all reality for brief glimpses. Meanwhile Rictor, who followed the mutants through Lila’s teleportation gate, has surrendered to the Imperial Guard and makes a deal with them. He has a tracking device planted on one of them and will help to hunt them down if he can deliver the X-Ternals back to earth as his captives. Gladiator agrees and soon the Imperial Guard and Rictor crash in on the X-Ternals and their new friend. Unfortunately for everyone, the crystal wave starts enveloping the planet. Shortly after, almost everyone is crystallized. Luckily, the X-Ternals are beamed up to a ship piloted by the Starjammers, led by Deathbird. She explains that the crystal wanted to show them that it is not a mere piece of rock and that not only earth’s fate is in the hands of the mutants but that of the entire universe.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Gambit and the X-Ternals #3 - To the Limits of Infinity
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Salvador Larroca
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: May 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit and the X-ternals Ultimate Edition
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Ternals and Starjammers make it to their destination, the planet where the M’Kraan crystal is located. While the Starjammers try to distract the Shi’Ar fleet, Deathbird accompanies the X-Ternals to the planet‘s surface. Guido, Jubilee, and Sunspot take on D’Ken’s army, while Gambit, Lila and Deathbird head off to look for the crystal. They find less resistance then expected and quickly arrive in front of the giant crystal leaving Gambit and Lila puzzled how to steal something that big. Deathbird explains that one shard is as much as the entire crystal – after all it contains infinity. While they wonder how top cut off a piece, Lila gets pulled inside the structure. Gambit and Deathbird follow and meet a creature by the name of Jahf. He introduces himself as the M’Kraan’s guardian. He brings the odd couple to Lila and D’Ken, both frozen in front of the pink sphere that contains the neutron sun that makes up the crystal‘s essence. Deathbird wants to use the situation to her advantage and tries to kill her brother, but ends up in stasis as well. Jahf explains to Gambit that it’s up to him to save the universe, or actually all universes. Because of Xavier‘s death, Jean Grey never received the proper training and Phoenix never repaired the crystal. With this nexus place left open, matter drafts into the structures anti-matter galaxy, and in a cascading effect every single reality will get consumed. To prevent this, Gambit needs to get a crystal shard, get back to earth and help to send Bishop back in time. However in order to gain a piece, he needs to sacrifice something. Outside the “Blinks” keep occurring as the three X-Ternals are fighting the Shi’Ar forces including Rictor and Gladiator. ‘Berto changes color with every “Blink”, absorbing more and more of the released energy until he glows bright white. Another "Blink“ turns all of the Shi’Ar to glass, and knowing that he has reached his absorption limit, Sunspot order Guido, Jubilee and Rictor into the crystal too. There the witness Gambit whispering Rogue’s name as he hits the sphere and is granted the desired M’Kraan fragment. The team’s ready to head back to Earth, but Sunspot remains behind as he can’t contain the destructive energies much longer.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Gambit and the X-Ternals #4 - The Maze
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Salvador Larroca
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: June 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit and the X-ternals Ultimate Edition
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Ternals have returned from Shi’Ar space, but Rictor is still on their trails. Gambit orders his team to split up and predicting that Rictor will go after him and Lila, he gives the crystal shard to Jubilee and Guido to bring it to Magneto. On their way towards the mansion through the Morlock tunnels, they run into Nanny and baby Charles, and surprisingly Guido destroys the robot that could have led the way. Turns out that Guido turned traitor after being caught a few months earlier and had a bug implanted in him, that would kill him if he removed it or told anyone about it. Guido takes both the crystal and the baby, leaving Jubilee behind in tears. Meanwhile, Gambit and Lila are luring Rictor away, but when he lets out that he has a means to track Guido and Jubilee, Gambit decides they should turn around and keep them from getting to the X-Men mansion. In the main access tunnel, they run into Guido, and Rictor and chaos ensues. As the tunnels cave in, Gambit can either rescue Lila, or the crystal and baby Charles. Gambit chooses his love, and they both end up being toppled by debris. Rictor makes it out alive and goes directly to Apocalypse, hoping for a promotion when he learns of the X-Ternals fate. Yet Apocalypse is angry and kills Rictor for not realizing the importance of both the child, Magneto‘s son, and the crystal. However Guido brings Apocalypse both prizes and in return is promised freedom with Lila. When the X-Men Dazzler and Exodus search the tunnels for the child, they dig out Lila and Gambit and head off with them for the mansion.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Age of Apocalypse, The: The Chosen - The Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Various
Writer(s): Steve Skroce, Ian Churchill, Val Semeiks, Tom Lyle, Salvador Larroca
Release Date: April 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Dawn of the Age of Apocalypse and X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 2
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Fun Facts: The X-Ternals are misspelled as “Externals“ in this issue.
Comic Summary: One of the Madri walks into the innermost sanctum of Apocalypse because he wants to learn his fate. The Madri is taking a great risk by doing this, but he sits down at a monitor and opens the files that only Apocalypse’s eyes should see. Each file contains pictures and descriptions of Apocalypse’s allies and enemies. Based on their powers, personality and loyalty, he divides them into Chosen, who will make up the new world order, or Forgotten, who won’t survive the culling. The Chosen are Magneto, Rogue, Cyclops, Sinister, Storm, Quicksilver, Abyss, Mikhail Rasputin, Holocaust, Weapon X, Jean Grey, Colossus, Angel, Sabretooth, Wildchild and Bishop. The Forgotten are X-Man, Aurora, Northstar, Beast, Gambit, Sunspot, Lila Cheney, Jubilee, Guido, Havok, Charles Xavier, Nightcrawler, Destiny, Mystique and the Human High Council. Finally the Madri finds that his own entry is marked as Chosen and he is relieved. However unknown to the Madri Apocalypse observed him the whole time and after changing the Madri file to Forgotten he kills the Madri dupe.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse One-Shot - Talking About My Generation
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Alvin Lee, Paco Medina, Talent Caldwell, and Mark Brooks
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell, Tony Bedard, Larry Hama, and Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Fun Facts: In the comic there is a pin-up featuring the cast of the X-Ternals by Tony Daniel and Morry Hollowell.

Title Logic: "Talking About My Generation" are lyrics from 'My Generation', a song by the British rock group The Who.
Comic Summary: This Age of Apocalypse One-Shot features four different short stories. The X-Men are battling some sentinel prototypes in southern Africa. Colossus stops fighting in the middle of it all leaving his teammates to do all the work. They’re upset, but they keep fighting. When they get back to their headquarters Colossus explains to Magneto that his will to fight is gone and that he can no longer be part of the team. He goes to his room and tells his wife, Shadowcat, that he’s done fighting. She backs his decision and wants to start a family. Magneto interrupts them with a proposition. He wants them to be the teachers for a new batch of mutants. Sabretooth recounts the turning point of his life. Two years earlier he got into some trouble. Holocaust caught him trying to hide some school kids from an LA culling. He defeats Sabretooth in battle and has him sent to prison. Sabretooth is thrown in a cell with Wild Child where they fight tooth and nail for three days. Eventually, Sabretooth gives in to his animal side and defeats Wild Child. With Sabretooth asserting his role as Alpha male Wild Child obeys him. They bust out of prison together killing all Infinites that get in their way. In Neo Tokyo, some Yakuza thugs are holding Mariko captive. She was busted sabotaging their arcade games. In comes Weapon X who cuts her loose and threatens her captors. Realizing who they’re dealing with they take off. With everyone gone Mariko wants to continue her sabotage. Logan advises her to choose a better path and make something of herself. In teleports the Silver Samurai, Mariko’s half-brother. He’s mad at Logan for interfering with his family. He attacks Logan, but gets his butt handed to him. He teleports away in shame. Mariko wonders why Logan didn’t kill him. Logan tells her it that the easiest choice usually isn’t the right one. Lastly, the bombs are dropping onto New York City and all everyone can do is watch. Their lives are saved however, when the bombs stop midair and disassemble themselves. Rogue and Quicksilver both question Magneto if he was responsible for saving everyone. He tries denying this several times, but finally lets them believe what they want to believe. Motivated by Illyana’s words, Magneto reconstructs the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of hope. When he finishes he runs into Weapon X who hands over Jean Grey’s body. He wants Magneto to bury her. He also tells Magneto that now’s his chance to make his dream come true. Months later in his office, Magneto gets a visit from Sinister who wants to know what really happened on the day the bombs didn’t fall.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #1 - Like Father...Like Daughter
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Washington D.C., President Kelly is holding a press conference on mutant affairs. He wants to bolster the public’s trust in mutants. After fielding a few questions from reporters Magneto takes the stage and unveils his plan to capture mutants that were associated with Apocalypse. Via live video-feed the audience watches as Magneto’s X-Men take down the entire team of Hellions. Afterwards at the Xavier Institute, Magneto arrives and is greeted by Rogue and Charles. He heads to the dining area and congratulates his X-Men on a job well done. The Silver Samurai questions Magneto about the ethics of hunting down all these mutants. After a bit of a philosophical debate and a few X-Men getting upset, Magneto asks the Samurai to continue the conversation later. He asserts that anyone associated with Apocalypse will be brought to justice. Up in the snowy mountains of Canada, four thieves set upon a stranger cloaked in green. The stranger easily dispatches them and continues with the mission. The stranger comes to a house set in the woods and confronts the person inside. It’s Weapon X and Magneto wants his help. Logan doesn’t want to hear it, but the stranger won’t leave. They come to blows and the stranger’s hood opens up. It’s Logan’s daughter?!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #2 - Coming Up For Air
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Comic Summary: The X-Men extend their goodwill tour beneath the streets and into the sewers. There they run into the Morlocks. Magneto offers them a chance to live above, but they don’t want it. A fight breaks out and both sides take casualties. After Storm takes out Leech victory is ensured. Later, Magneto and Xorn are being treated at the hospital in D.C. Magneto thinks the dream is dead, but with the assurance of his wife his hope is renewed. Meanwhile, Xorn gets a visit from her best friends Wolfsbane and Beak. All is not as it seems, however, when the two leave and Xorn is left alone. In Canada Weapon X and X-23 discuss their possible family ties. After much cajoling X-23 is able to convince Logan to join her in hunting down Apocalypse’s former elite. A few days later they find their first targets, Northstar and Aurora. It gets pretty gruesome but the father/daughter combo can’t be beat. In an unspecified location an unidentified person is stroking the glowing window of an elongated container. He calls whatever resides inside “his angel”.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #4 - Betrayal
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men and the Guthries are at a standoff. Rogue and Charles are in the hands of the Guthries and nobody on the X-side wants to chance either of them getting killed if a fight breaks out. So they try to reason with Paige, but it only manages to make her even angrier. She recounts what happened to her in the Core and how she was abandoned until her family came to rescue her. She tells them she wants revenge. Weapon X wants to fight, but is cautioned against it by Silver Samurai who spots someone hiding amongst the shadows. It’s Psylocke and she frees Charles instantly with her psychic blades. Nightcrawler quickly teleports Charles out and the fighting begins. Magneto and Sunfire arrive at that very moment and proceed to kill Amazon, Cannonball and Jay. All that’s left is Paige and the now-conscious Rogue wants to deal with her. Rogue chastises Paige for a bit, spits in her face and tells her she’ll rot in prison. Paige, in a fit of rage, morphs her hand and prepares to impale Rogue from behind. However, Kirika reacts quickly and guts Paige from the back. Before Paige dies, she informs Magneto that they came for Charles under orders from Sinister. He wanted Charles so he could use him as bait for Magneto to hold up his end of the bargain. Everyone is shocked to hear that Sinister is alive and that Magneto has known about it. They all want to know what’s going on. Magneto tells them his big lie. It was not him who saved the world from the atomic bombs, but Jean Grey, who is alive and well and under the care of Sinister.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #5 - Sinister
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Logan takes out his anger on Magneto, but holds back on killing him. He knows he needs Magneto alive to find Jean. He demands answers, as does everyone else, so Magneto relates the story of his meeting with Sinister and the deal they made with each other. He gives the details of how Jean saved the country and not him. The X-Men are upset, but that doesn’t stop them from doing what they have to do: find Sinister and rescue Jean. Through an unusual method Wolverine figures out where Sinister is hiding and off they go. The X-Men find Sinister’s lab in New York and Logan starts trashing the place looking for Jean. Suddenly, they’re teleported outside by Cloak and are face to face with Sinister and his crew, the Sinister Six. Logan’s prayers are answered as he finds Jean. She is the final member of Sinister’s henchmen.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #6 - Chrysalis
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: June 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men are face to face with the Sinister Six. Logan tries talking to Jean, but she’s not quite herself. She attacks, but before things turn real juicy, Sinister breaks up the action to explain his motives to Magneto. Sinister describes his early days searching for Mutant Alpha, who it turns out was Jean Grey. The blackmail and the attacks were to serve as a distraction for Magneto and his X-Men so he could finish his work. Sinister monologues a bit more before the action restarts. The Sinister Six are eventually defeated after Logan manages to break Jean free of Sinister’s influence. The X-Men are not without losses of their own, though, as both Quicksilver and Gambit are dead. Sinister, barely alive, is kept hovering above the ground by Magneto and Jean. Magneto gives Logan and Kirika the honors of killing him. With the whole ordeal over Kirika asks Psylocke to unlock her memories. It turns out that Logan really is her father and Mariko her mother. Several days later, Magneto tells the world the truth and turns himself in to the authorities. While in jail Magneto gets a visit from Jean who tells him she will take over as headmaster of the X-Men. Later that day, Kirika says her goodbyes to Logan as she and Silver Samurai are heading to New Japan. She asks him to go, but he says his place is with Jean. Some more X-Men gather in the hallway to discuss their future. Jean tells them that although things are safe now, they won’t be for long and they’ll just have to wait. For now, though, they should begin to dream again.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Tales From the Age of Apocalypse - By the Light
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jon Bennett
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell
Release Date: December 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic: Book 1
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the storyline of this comic. He is only on the cover.
Comic Summary: Magneto faces off against Diablo and Absorbing Man to save Robert Kelly from a prisoner of war camp, though the odds are too much for Magneto. Luckily, two of the X-Men come and help him win the battle. After their victory, Nightcrawler informs Magneto that Mystique has discovered where Apocalypse is hiding. Later that day, Sabretooth talks to Blink about her depression, but is interrupted when Morph comes in to take him to Magneto's emergency meeting in the War Room. At the meeting, they learn that Apocalypse is hidden on the moon but the only way to get there is by using Blink's mutant ability. Blink is still in her room when Morph, disguised as Sabretooth, convinces her to take the X-Men to the moon. Already on the moon, Cyclops is watching Sunfire being tortured when Death approaches him and they discuss a later shipment. Cyclops secretly hates what Death is doing and he has doubts about Death's loyalties to Apocalypse. While Cyclops ponders, Blink transports the team to the moon's surface just below the space ship that Apocalypse is believed to be on. After an intense battle with Death and his Inhumans where the X-Men minus Blink are captured, Death has them strapped into restraints and he prepares to turn them into hideous slaves. Blink though has escaped her would-be captors and runs into Cyclops, who decides to help her save the X-Men. Finally, both mutants are able to save the X-men plus Sunfire and kill Death.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Age of Apocalypse, Vol 1 #13 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Valentine De Landro, Renato Arlem
Writer(s): Dave Lapham
Release Date: March 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Termination
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler meets with Mystique and she tells him he has no reason to go back home. He tells her he has betrayed X-Force and that he needs to go back to resume the fight against Weapon Omega. Nine months after the fall of Omega and the world has finally found peace. Lady Penance is the monarch of the new nation and the humans have freedom, as well as Hawaii. On the Hawaiian Islands, Bolivar Trask and Fiend are setting up the infrastructure there. He is more concerned with his secret bunker but she wants to build more medical facilities and shelters. He informs her he has plans for the hospitals and the two finally start to bond. Elsewhere, Graydon Creed has healed his father as much as he can but Sabretooth still won’t wake up. Creed finds a healer and has him tend to him and Sabretooth finally regains consciousness. Prophet and Deadeye relax in bed but she holds a cynical view on how long peace will last. Prophet recounts his backstory to her and tells her he has faith in the goodness of people. The deposed Weapon Omega has spent the last nine months tracking down and killing his former ministers. With Havok dead, he chases down Cyclops. After a brutal fight, Cyclops is killed but, before he can celebrate, Jean Grey appears. They talk about their relationship and the Apocalypse power and he eventually tells her she is free of him, as he will never be the man she loved. As Sebastian Shaw sits in prison, he is visited by Goodnight, who has healed from the savage beating he got for betraying Shaw. He reveals he is now more cyborg than ever and people still don’t trust him, thanks to the actions of his clones during Apocalypse’s reign. He then reveals he slipped poison into Shaw’s drink, just as the man dies in front of him. The threat from Omega Red to the East never came, as Prophet disappeared before the war was due to start. When he came back, Omega Red had backed down, thanks to the knowledge that Prophet had the Apocalypse power. Dr. Moreau wants to use the power but Prophet has hidden it and reaffirms its main use is as a deterrent. Jean Grey later meets up with Graydon and they rekindle their relationship. On Earth 616, Nightcrawler ambushes Dark Beast and orders him to take him back to the Age of Apocalypse.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Age of Apocalypse, Vol 1 #14 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Valentine De Landro, Renato Arlem
Writer(s): Dave Lapham
Release Date: April 2013
Variant Covers: A. Standard Release Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Termination
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Northstar, Hercules, Howlett and Wolverine fly through the portal and emerge in San Francisco of the 616 universe, where they find the monster draining the energy from the Dreaming Celestial’s chest. In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Jean and her group travel to the Apocalypse power. Fiend radios through from New Apocalypse, where one of the monsters is attacking. After a short conversation, the radio goes silent and Jean realizes her friend is dead. They make their way through some caverns to the room the Apocalypse power is being kept in. Dark Beast slips away as the others look at the canister the power resides in. Jean has Kurt teleport them both away as she doesn’t trust anyone else. In the 616 universe, Howlett and Wolverine try attacking the monster but it just continues attacking the Celestial. Northstar throws Hercules at it and the monster is finally ripped away from it. Wolverine and Howlett are severely injured, so Kid Nightcrawler starts to teleport them away as Hercules continues to fight the monster. The monster kills him before Kurt can get to him in time. The monster then advances on the Celestial again, which decides to leave. However, the monster uses a grappling hook to prevent it from doing so and, even though the rest of the team manages to separate the two, the monster begins to absorb the energy from the Celestial. The team can only watch as the monster kills the Dreaming Celestial and absorbs all of its energy, continuing to grow in size and power. In the AoA reality, Jean tells Kurt the plan is for her to use the Apocalypse power herself, as she managed to use the Phoenix Force and resist it. Before she can, though, Dark Beast snatches the canister off her just as one of the monsters finds them and attacks. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Age of Apocalypse, Vol 2 #2 - Secret Wars - Mutually Assured Destruction
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Gerardo Sandoval
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date:
Variant Covers: A. Humberto Ramos 1:25 Cover
Trade Availability: Age of Apocalypse, Vol. 2 Hardcover, Age of Apocalypse, Vol. 2
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears in a painting as a fallen teammate.
Comic Summary: His war has been won. The few humans left alive are enslaved; the mutant rebellion crushed. En Sabah Nur, Apocalypse, rules his Battleworld kingdom without mercy - but the terrorist X-Men plan to end his reign! For Magneto and his X-Men, success means finding a very special mutant named Cypher and unleashing a weapon that will kill Apocalypse - and possibly all other mutants, as well! As the X-Men face Cyclops and Havok's Elite Mutant Force, Angel finds himself protecting a 'flatscan' named Jean Grey, and Dr. Nemesis must sabotage Dark Beast's quest to become the newest Horseman of Apocalypse! As the race to claim the Legacy virus grows desperate, the X-Men, the Horseman and the human insurgency clash!

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