It looks like Marvel was happy with the response to the Age of Apocalypse's return over the last year in the X-titles. Most recently, the 616 and the AoA universes have intersected over in the pages of Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force in the "Dark Angel Saga." There, we saw the current state of the AoA, where characters from the original 90's event have died and circumstances are somehow even more dire.
David Lapham (Deadpool Max, Stray Bullets) will be writing with Roberto de la Torre (The Stand) providing art for the March release of the new #1. Humberto Ramos was responsible for the cover image up top.
Here are some of the highlights of the announcement call with David Lapham:
- The story spins out of Uncanny X-Force and Weapon X's heel turn as the new Apocalypse after he's wiped out the last enclave of humanity.
- The POV characters are some of the mutant-hating villains in the 343. For instance, William Stryker is now Prophet in the AoA. Stryker is the leader of the strike team while Bolivar Trask is the man behind the machines. Lapham describes him as a "one-man CIA."
- Trask also has a daughter in this universe called "Fiend."
- Donald Pierce's AoA counterpart is "Goodnight," and he's a member of the Hellfire club on that side.
- Graydon Creed is a troubled Marine named Horrorshow.
- The idea is that these characters have no powers, but they're the best of the best.
- The ranks of the Amazing X-Men have been diminished in UXF, meaning some of them are forced to work alongside Stryker and his people in what Lapham describes as "dire circumstances."
- The first issue will take place just minutes after the conclusion of Uncanny X-Force #19.1 which is coming out next week.
- Characters like Jean Grey, Sabretooth, Dark Beast, and Sugarman will be a part of the story as well.
- The story involves the difficult choices that the characters have to make at the brink of the end of the world.
- Lapham describes de la Torre's art as "epic," and that readers won't be disappointed.
- Lapham confirmed that he was coordinating with UXF writer Rick Remender on the shape of the AoA universe.
- Weapon X/Wolverine has been renamed "Weapon Omega" after acquiring the powers of Apocalypse. He's doing what he can to advance evolution to protect the planet from annihilation under the Celestials. However, Lapham doesn't currently have any plans to integrate the Celestials into the story.
- Lapham passed some sketches over to de la Torre in order to create the looks of the AoA versions of the characters.
Age of Apocalypse #1 hits in March.
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