Last year, Marvel made the announcement they have decided to bring back the beloved comic book series ‘The Age of Apocalypse.’ The original Age of Apocalypse comic series was published between 1995 and 1996. The story is set in a world where Professor X’s death allowed Apocalypse to take over the world, leaving Magneto to lead the X-Men against him. This story naturally won’t cross over with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The idea was to make it a spin-off of their massive Secret Wars series. Of course, the news was hardly surprising considering the fact that, X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theaters this summer. Now the comic book giant has announced another special surprise, leading up to this movie’s release.
IGN has had the first chance to look at seven variant covers that will be released throughout May. The covers featured popular characters such as Spider-Man and Captain America. These covers give fans a glimpse at how these heroes might have looked during the Age of Apocalypse comics. Aside from the two mentioned above, other heroes such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Uncanny X-Men, The Astonishing Ant-Man, All-New, All-Different Avengers and All-New X-Men will also be featured.
Some comics are set to get variant covers throughout the month of May. These include Black Panther #2, Black Widow #3, Captain Marvel #5, Daredevil #7, Deadpool #11, Doctor Strange #8, Extraordinary X-Men #10, Howard the Duck #7, Invincible Iron Man #9, Ms. Marvel #7, Power Man and Iron Fist #4, The Punisher #1, Spider-Gwen #8, Thunderbolts #1, Totally Awesome Hulk #7 and Uncanny Inhumans #8.
It is of a particular interest about Marvel bringing back this comic book series featuring this villain is not just the timing of it but also the fact that the company doesn’t hold the X-Men movie rights. Apocalypse Wars will kick off during May in Extraordinary X-Men, followed by Uncanny X-Men in June and All-New X-Men in July. These are the only three comics that will be involved in the series. According to information gathered, the other 20 comics that are getting variant covers will not be included in the story. However, it will still be interesting to see how these characters are shown in this unique world. The release date of the rest of the variant comic book covers is yet unknown. So readers, stay tuned for more updates.
Drawing from the story of the original comics, the new Age of Apocalypse will give the old story a new twist. It is likely to feature different characters since many heroes died in the original Age of Apocalypse run. The series was originally slated to debut in March, continuing through April and May, but now the comics have been pushed to presumably coincide with X-Men: Apocalypse’s theatrical release on May 27.
How do you find the idea of Age of Apocalypse getting a new story this May? Have a look at these comic book covers and let us know.