AGE OF APOCALYPSE Returns As SECRET WARS Series

Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Credit: Marvel
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Credit: Marvel

Marvel is talking about everything ending with Secret Wars, so what's an ending without an apocalypse?

Marvel announced Wednesday via IGN a new comic series spinning out of Secret Wars titled Age of Apocalypse. The series, which references the major 1990s comics event of the same name, will be written by Fabian Nicieza and Gerardo Sandoval. The series will feature former New Mutant Cypher as one of the lead characters, going into a revised version of the world from the original "Age of Apocalypse" event.

"Cypher not only interprets language, he can also discern meaning and intent behind what is said," Nicieza says of the mutant's importance in this new series. "In their desperate attempt to save themselves and possibly prevent a greater war across Battleworld Magneto’s X-Men need Cypher to expose the true plans of both the desperate human faction led by Peter Borbeau and Carol Danvers and Apocalypse."

Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Credit: Marvel

The original "Age of Apocalypse" was an alternate future wherein the death of Professor X instigated a rise to power for Apocalypse, culminating with him ruling the entire planet. Magneto and a rag-tag group of fellow mutants acted as X-Men in an attempt to stop him. Nicieza was a staple at Marvel comics during the original "Age of Apocalypse" storyline, writing several of its tie-in series. This new Age of Apocalypse series will feature a new version of that setting, as the original saw several major characters die over the course of the storyline.

"In many ways, the world I am writing is very different than the original, but in other ways it is exactly the same," Nicieza tells IGN. "I feel like I am getting a chance to have my cake and eat it too, regarding the positives of the original story world while still doing something very new.

Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Credit: Marvel

Here is the solicitation info for the first two issues of the series:

Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Secret Wars: Age of Apocalypse
Credit: Marvel

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written By FABIAN NICIEZA | Art and Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
His war has been won. The few humans left alive are enslaved, the mutant rebellion crushed. EN SABAH NUR, the APOCALYPSE, rules his BATTLEWORLD kingdom without mercy, but the terrorist X-MEN plan to end his reign. Success means finding one very special mutant named CYPHER and unleashing a weapon that will kill Apocalypse -- and possibly all mutants, too!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #2
Written By FABIAN NICIEZA | Art and Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
The hunt for CYPHER brings MAGNETO's X-MEN into confrontation with CYCLOPS & HAVOK's ELITE MUTANT FORCE! Meanwhile, ANGEL has to protect a "flatscan" named JEAN GREY and DR. NEMESIS plans to sabotage DARK BEAST's quest to become APOCALYPSE's newest HORSEMAN.

Age of Apocalypse will debut in July. No word has been released on the length of the series by Marvel.

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