The "Apocalypse Wars" X-Men event announced earlier this month will begin in March's Extraordinary X-Men #8, according to ComicBook. Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos' flagship X-Men book will focus squarely on the returning Apocalypse, with All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Meni exploring other facets of Apocalypse-related characters in the following two months.
"One of the first things I looked at when accepting the Extraordinary X-Men assignment was Apocalypse. To me, Apocalypse stands with Magneto at the premier X-Men villains," said Lemire. "The original Apocalypse story in X-Factor by Walter and Louis Simonson is a real touchstone for me. As a kid that story had a massive impact on me."
According to Lemire, part of "Apocalypse Wars" will be set in the future to show just how mutantkind will progress with Apocalypse's involvement.
"The future aspects of the story are very rooted in Mutant's present-day situation. It's not just some imaginary story or some pocket universe," Lemire explained. "This story, even though partially set in the future, will have lasting impact on the Extraordinary X-Men team and Mutants in the Marvel Universe moving forward."
Lemire declined to answer if the erstwhile quartet of accomplices, the Horsemen, would show up at Apocalypse's side in this 2016 event, but promised "fun and exciting twists".
Here is the solicitation for March's kickoff:
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8
JEFF LEMIRE (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
“APOCALYPSE WARS” STARTS NOW!
Mutantkind is an endangered species once more. But what better way to ensure your people see the future…than to skip ahead right to it? As the mutant race’s last hope is jettisoned into the time stream, the Extraordinary X-Men make a startling discovery: the fate of their kind is about to fall into the hands of one of their most formidable adversaries — the immortal APOCALYPSE. Now, the X-Men race into a perilous future, desperate to reclaim what was taken from them…and completely unaware of the horrors that await them.
Newsarama will have more information on the X-Men event later in the day.