Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 1.0, last modified February 3, 2001
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Index to the Age of Apocalypse Version 1.0, last modified February 3, 2001 by Robert Diehl (email@example.com) Note: I will follow the continuity from Rajiv Mote, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Rajiv_Mote/ THE PLAYERS: Note: those who switched sides during the story, voluntarily or otherwise, are marked with an asterisk*. PROTAGONISTS: Magneto and the X-Men: Amazing (Quicksilver, Banshee, Iceman, Storm, Exodus, Dazzler), Astonishing (Rogue, Sunfire, Morph, Blink, Sabretooth, Wild Child); Charles Lensherr, Nanny; Scarlet Witch, Bova Colossus, Shadowcat, and Generation Next: Chamber, Know-It-All (Claudia St. Croix), Husk, Mondo, Skin, Vicente Gambit and the X-Ternals: Lila Cheney, Jubilee, Strong Guy*, Sunspot Weapon X and Jean Grey Forge and his troupe: X-Man (Nathaniel Summers), Soaron, Toad, Mastermind, Brute, Sonique (Theresa Rourke) X-Calibre: Nightcrawler (Kurt Darkholme), Mystique, Switchback, Damask; Destiny and Avalon inhabitants including, Cain Marko, Douglas Ramsey, Wendy*, Marcus*, Anatoly Bishop, Illyana Rasputin the Human High Council: Bolivar and Moira Trask, Mariko Yashida, Brian Braddock*, Emma Frost, Thunderbolt Ross; Sentinels; Gwen Stacy, Anthony Stark, Clint Barton, Dr. Donald Blake, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm, Victor Von Doom, Dr. Robert Bruce Banner*, Carol Danvers*, Gateway, Bullseye Angel* and staff: Scarlett McKenzie, Karma; Val Cooper, Henry Peter Gyrich, Joe Robinson, Jonath, Capt. Newell, Ace, Benjamin, N'Kim Starjammers: Deathbird (Lady Cal'syee), Ch'od, Hepzibah, Raza; Imperial Guard including Gladiator, Oracle, Starbolt; Jahf, B'nee and C'cil victims: Artemis, Phantazia, Newt (Mortimer Toynbee), Avalanche, Pyro, Polaris, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Robert Kelly, Corsair, John Proudstar, Tommy Chang, Samantha DuPris, Blob, Rossovich, May, Jodie Craig, Jeremy Graves; Rafe, Marta, Frankie ANTAGONISTS: Apocalypse, Ship, Shadow King, Rex the Horsemen: Holocaust (formerly Nemesis), Sinister* (also as Essex), Mikhail Rasputin, Abyss; previous Horsemen: Candra, Gideon, Sabretooth*, War, Death Sinister's aides: Beast, Cyclops*, Havok, Aurora, Northstar, Elizabeth and Sam Guthrie, the Bedlam brothers* (Terrence and Jesse Aaronson), previously Emplate and the Monets Mikhail's aides: Empath, Matt Murdock*, Stryfe Force Jamie Madrox* and Madri, Infinites (Fedayeen) including Rictor; Wolverine; Domino, Grizzly, and Caliban; Vanisher; Damask*, "Dead Man" Wade Wilson, and Danielle Moonstar; the Brotherhood: Copycat, Box, Spyne, Yeti, Arclight; Sugar Man, Quietus, Monte, Poxlips, Malthus, Enrique, Mat; Undercloaks; Balrog-Class Meta-Cyborgs; Diablo, Absorbing Man; Cyborgs including Donald Pierce, Clegg, Mangle, Deadeye, Vultura; Marauders: Red (Osborne), Dirigible (Fisk), Arcade, Owl; Dr. Peter Corbeau*; Magma, Unus, Delgado, Cotter; Sebastian Shaw Emperor D'Ken and Shi'ar, Brood Callisto and crew including Einarsson, Weekes bandits including Carlo Cobra Issue: X-Men: Year of the Mutants Collectors' Preview (48 pages) Date: Feb-95 Credits: There's a page full, listing every AOA contributor, from Marvel CEO William C. Bevins, Jr., to designated "elf" John Conray. Synopsis: "Reality is whatever the writer wants it to be." - Steve Saffel, p. 1 Legion went back in time to kill Magneto and accidentally killed Xavier. The Legion-Magneto battle was reported on TV and alerted Apocalypse, who arose early and took over America, giving parts of it to his horsemen: Holocaust (originally Nemesis), Mikhail Rasputin, Sinister, and Abyss. Sinister has Cyclops, Havok, and Beast as allies and X-Man (Cable in our universe) as a pawn. Magneto formed the X-Men, with his wife Rogue and son Quicksilver as deputies. Gambit split off and formed the X-Ternals. Sinister had captured Jean, so Logan split off to rescue her. Colossus and Kitty train the next generation of mutants. Moira married Bolivar Trask, and they created Sentinels as the ultimate defense. They head the Human High Council, in London. Central and South America, France, Wundagore Mountain, and Japan are destroyed. There's a mutant haven in Antarctica. Security Platforms guard the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. An enormous wall blocks escape through Alaska. The humans have militarized Africa. Between X-Men Unlimited 7-8 comes X-Men Chronicles. Issue 1 shows Magneto's X-Men challenging Apocalypse at Cape Citadel. Issue 2 shows why Logan and Gambit each left the X-Men. X-Men Alpha: Bishop, lost in time, half-remembers that this reality is not the true one. Between Uncanny X-Men 321-322 comes The Mutants: The Astonishing X-Men, and between X-Men II:41-42 comes The Mutants: the Amazing X-Men. Magneto's X-Men battle Abyss and Holocaust. Between X-Factor 111-112 comes Factor-X, telling the tale of feuding brothers, Cyclops and Havok. Between Cable 20-21 comes X-Man. Sinister has bred a pawn from Scott and Jean's DNA, to use against Apocalypse. Between Wolverine 90-91 comes Weapon X. Logan and Jean work with the Human High Council. Between Excalibur 86-87 comes X-Calibre. Magneto sends Mystique and Nightcrawler to find Destiny, to confirm Bishop's claims. Between X-Force 43-44 comes Gambit and the X-Ternals. A Robin-Hood-like team steals the M'Kraan Crystal. Between Generation X 4-5 comes Generation Next. Colossus and Kitty are together and lead a team to rescue Illyana. X-Men Omega: the final war between humans and mutants, and the fate of Jean and Scott. Issue: X-Men Chronicles 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Origins: The First Adventure of Magneto's Astonishing X-Men (43 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto, Quicksilver, Iceman, Storm, the Scarlet Witch, Jean Grey, Colossus, Weapon X, Rogue Regular Characters: Bova Guest Stars: Mystique; mutant students (including Sunspot?, Doug Ramsey?) Villains: Apocalypse and his Horsemen: Candra, Gideon, War, Death, Sabretooth; Ship; Nemesis Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Terry Dodson Inks: Klaus Janson Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Matt Webb Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto's attitude changed when Xavier died saving his life. He created an isolated base on Wundagore Mountain, where he trains his X-Men in the Killing Zone, his version of the Danger Room. He presses them hard, so they will survive. He introduces the new recruit Logan and tells Jean to learn to telepathically control his berserker rages. Mutant hysteria has grown in the United States, and then Apocalypse's herald Candra flies Ship over Manhattan with a warning. Mystique gives Rogue to Magneto to keep her safe (Polaris had tried to abduct her, but she absorbed her power). Apocalypse sends his Horsemen to the nuclear base Cape Citadel, and Magneto realizes the struggle has begun. Ship decloaks and fires at the Blackbird. Nemesis attacks the school; Rogue and Wanda defend it. Sabretooth realizes Apocalypse plans to launch the nukes, which is more than he bargained for. Apocalypse orders him killed, but then the X-Men arrive, so Candra releases him for the duration of the battle. He duels with Logan; Jean goes up against Candra, another psi; Magneto goes to stop Gideon, but he uses his own power against him and starts the countdown. Ororo uses lightning against a human being for the first time and worries that she may have killed Death. Bobby and Piotr take out War. Logan severs Sabretooth's spine. Magneto overloads Gideon, exploding him, and the magnetic pulse destroys the computers. Apocalypse congratulates the X-Men. He collects his team, leaving Sabretooth behind as a failure. He arms Ship's weapons, but Magneto blasts first and destroys them. Magneto tells his team, "He is the reason I have pulled you all together." They return home to find Wanda has been killed. Note: following are pin-ups of Beast; Magneto and Rogue; Weapon X and Jean Grey; Factor X; the X-Men; Gambit and the X-Ternals; Generation Next; and Angel. Issue: Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines (48 pages) Date: 1997 Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Corsair (Maj. Christopher Summers), Katherine Summers (in flashback), Joe Robinson, Angel; Star Jammers: Hepzibah, Ch'od, Raza (in flashback); Weapon X, Jean Grey, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing Villains: Sinister, Cyclops, Havok, Beast, Northstar, Aurora, the Bedlam brothers (Terrence and Jesse Aaronson), Emplate, the Monets; Shi'ar (in flashback), Cobra, (Hulk?), Brood Other Characters: Benjamin Credits: Writer: John Francis Moore, Brian K. Vaughan Pencils: Steve Epting, Nick Napolitano Inks: Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Kevin Tinsley Editor: Matt Idelson Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Apocalypse has put his image in place of the Statue of Liberty. His forces shoot down an aircraft, recover it, and are shocked at its contents. Scott and Alex box with androids, and Alex panics and uses his mutant power. Sinister is disappointed and wishes he would put aside his jealousy and learn from his brother. Hank, not yet bestial in appearance, takes Sinister to the lab. Five years later, Corsair finally escapes from the lab and goes to rescue his sons. Beast, now physically transformed, sends guards after him, but he gets out to the ruins of Manhattan. Joe Robertson takes him in and tells him what has happened to his sons. Sinister sends his sibling teams out to recover Corsair but keeps Scott and Alex inside. Scott is suspicious. Alex goes to Angel's nightclub Heaven with the Bedlam brothers. The others find Robertson dead, and yet alive. Aurora flash fries him. They track Corsair to the (sealed) Lincoln Tunnel; cornered, he shoots Emplate, then a car, making it explode and knock out Aurora and Northstar. He has to restrain himself from more killing. Scott finds his brother in the club and yells at him; they have to go back up the first team. They find Emplate dead, his sisters catatonic, and the Canucks unconscious. They track Corsair to a graveyard; he pulls a gun, but Havok blasts him. He says he's their father, and that he tried to fly them to Canada before the war started but was captured and experimented on by aliens, broke out, and was captured and experimented on by Sinister. Alex believes him, but Scott is loyal to Sinister. Then scavengers attack, wanting to eat them, and they beat them off, then go to an abandoned church for shelter from a storm. Beast has found Jean, a perfect complement to Scott's DNA. Sinister is worried about the Summers reunion. Scott scouts around and finds fresh corpses, then frees Knight. They find Wing, dead, then return to Corsair and Havok, who are bonding over a motorcycle. Turns out the corpses aren't dead but have become monsters and attack; Knight is forced to kill Wing. They run but get cornered, and Sinister comes to their rescue in an aircraft. Scott confronts him with his lies, but then Corsair can't control it any longer and becomes Brood. Sinister says he didn't want the Summerses to see their father this way; Scott is forced to blast him. Dying, he explains the Brood infected the Shi'ar and then him and tells Scott to look after Alex. The boys burn down the building as his pyre. Alex says he'll never forgive Scott; Scott considers making changes in his life. Note: X-Man -1 is next in the continuity, showing that Sinister has created X-Man. Issue: X-Men Chronicles 2 Date: Jun-95 Story: Shattered Dreams (44 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto, Weapon X, Iceman, Sabretooth, Quicksilver, Jean Grey, Colossus, Storm, Rogue, Gambit; the Scarlet Witch (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Holocaust, Wolverine; bandits including Carlo Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ian Churchill Inks: Hanna, Vey, Moncuse, Wiacek Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Matt Webb, Digital Chameleon Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan tells Magneto that he and Jean are leaving; he is furious that he abandoned her and he had to rescue her alone, losing his hand in the process. Magneto lets them go; Jean telepathically tells him she forgives him, and Logan needs her. Holocaust has just lived up to his name in Spokane. Beast has made his lieutenant, Wolverine, whom he now sends to kill Quicksilver, to hurt Magneto, who is the one that wounded him so badly he needs body armor. Magneto leads the team to the ruins of Denver, where bandits have been making trouble. The defeat them, but too sloppily for Magneto's taste. He is distracted by Logan and Jean's defection. Wolverine arrives and uses his power to super-charge two of the bandits. One throws a non-metallic knife and hits Magneto; Remy takes charge and calls a retreat, to their current base in New Mexico. Wolverine stays hidden and notes that either Remy or Rogue is the most important to Magneto. He kills the bandits' leader and takes charge of them. Bobby talks to Remy about his infatuation with Rogue. Meanwhile, she is with Magneto, encouraging his dream. Then she talks with Quicksilver, who still misses his sister. Remy interrupts and says he wants a relationship with her; she runs. Pietro suggests he talk about her with Magneto, who just stammers. Rogue interrupts and wants to talk to Magneto about her feelings; he touches her, showing he has learned to use his magnetic power to sheathe himself. She thanks him in tears; Remy is furious and confronts them. They are interrupted by the bandits' attack, which the team quickly beats off. Then Wolverine appears and knocks down Magneto. He and Remy get cornered, and Rogue swoops in and saves Magneto: she has made her choice. The X-Men attack Wolverine but are defeated. Remy charges a large rock and puts it behind Wolverine's belt; it blows him off the mountain. Remy leaves, and Rogue doesn't call him back. Note: pin-ups follow: Holocaust; the Rescue of Chamber; the Funeral of the Scarlet Witch; the Transformation of Nemesis into Holocaust; the Salvation of Exodus Issue: Tales from the Age of Apocalypse: By the Light (48 pages) Date: 1996 Feature Characters: Magneto, Nightcrawler, Sabretooth, Blink, Morph, Colossus Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Robert Kelly, Sunfire Villains: Diablo, the Absorbing Man (Crusher Creel), Cyclops, Death, Ship Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio Pencils: Joe Bennett Inks: Joe Pimentel Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Gloria Vasquez, Digital Chameleon Asst. Editor: Jason Liebig Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto rescues Kelly from a POW camp in Central America. He reshapes his helmet into a club to beat off the Absorbing Man. Kurt pops in to save Kelly from Diablo; Rogue absorbs the Absorbing Man's power and knocks him out. Kelly thanks them. Cyclops looks on with distaste at Sunfire being tortured. Death questions his loyalty, then says Apocalypse is not available. He is an Inhuman, and he refuses to give him the Terrigen mist, as Sinister had requested. Magneto's base is under the ruins of the Guthrie farm in Kentucky. Sabretooth tries but fails to help Blink, whom he rescued from Abyss, but who is having catatonic episodes. He gets mad when Morph tries to lighten the mood, shaped like Alice's white rabbit. Kurt says his mother and Destiny have determined that Apocalypse is recuperating on Ship, on the Blue Area of the moon. They need Blink's power to get them there, so Morph shapeshifts into Sabretooth's form and tries to encourage her. She sees through his disguise but agrees to help. Rogue encourages Magneto, who says the war is not going well. Blink takes the team to the moon, where Death has a team of mutated Inhumans who defeat and capture them. Morph morphs into Blink's shape, allowing her to escape. Cyclops finds her, says Apocalypse ported away as soon as the X-Men attacked, and agrees to help her save them. He frees Sunfire, whose power immediately overloads and destroys Ship. Blink ports everyone away in time. Issue: X-Men: Alpha Date: Feb-95 Story: Beginnings... (48 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Magneto and the X-Men: Sabretooth, Wild Child, Blink, Morph (Sidney), Rogue, Quicksilver, Storm, Iceman, Nightcrawler; Angel, Gambit, Weapon X, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Nanny, Charles Lensherr, the Human High Council: Moira Trask, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock Guest Stars: the Blob, Sentinels, Scarlett McKenzie, Karma Villains: Prelate Unus, Infinites (Fedayeen), Beast, Havok, Cyclops, Sinister, Abyss, Holocaust, Apocalypse Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid Pencils: Roger Cruz, Steve Epting Inks: Tim Townsend, Dan Panosian Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayons Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Bishop climbs through the piles of dead humans in Seattle: the aftermath of a culling. A little girl runs to him in terror, chased by Unus and Infinite soldiers. Unus tries to crush him with a force field, but he absorbs the power, revealing himself to be a mutant. Then the X-Men arrive to help him and quickly and savagely defeat the Infinites. Unus pulls a plastic gun on Magneto, so Bobby freezes and shatters him. Magneto remembers a time that he himself believed in mutant supremacy, but now he fights for Xavier's dream, and not too effectively. Magneto goes to question Bishop, who has been wandering silently for twenty years. Now he attacks Magneto, saying it's his fault Legion killed Xavier. Magneto puts him to sleep by slowing the blood flow to his brain. Beast enhances weak mutants so they can serve Apocalypse. Blob, in pain, breaks free, and Havok and Cyclops have to save him. Cyclops says they should have shut down the lab, since the Kelly Pact. Havok asserts that he is head of security, and Sinister stops their squabble. Sinister says one of their own has gone mad, and he leaves Scott to find the answers he hid from him. Sentinels patrol, enforcing the pact with the humans. Warren runs Heaven, a nightclub and haven for mutants. Karma is his assistant, and Scarlett his singer. Remy arrives, unexpected and unwelcome, and insists he arrange a meeting with Magneto. Magneto's base is in the ruins of the X-mansion. Magneto and Rogue are married and have a little boy, Charles. Bishop insists Magneto explain how Xavier died, but he refuses. Apocalypse meets with his Horsemen, planning to conquer the rest of the humans, in defiance of the recent pact. Sinister is worried that mutants may not survive the conflict either, but Apocalypse puts him in his place. Sinister has his own agenda and has been giving information to Logan and Jean, who sneak through ruined London to find the Human High Council. Magneto wants Rogue to touch Bishop and steal his memories, while he uses his power to shield her from Bishop's madness. But at first touch, they hit Bishop's counterforce and see broken shards of his memories, of our reality. Remy appears and pushes Rogue away. Sabretooth catches him, but Quicksilver says he's here at Magneto's invitation. Magneto sends Kurt to find his mother, Mystique, then retires to think. Apocalypse lets Holocaust send his forces after the traitor Sinister. The universe begins to crystallize.
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