This week's X-Men Black: Magneto sets the stage for a big change to classic X-Men villain Apocalypse in a back-up story by writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler and artist Geraldo Borges.
With a new era of X-Men on the way, a drastic change for one of the oldest mutants could have big ramifications. Read on to find out how.
Spoilers ahead for X-Men Black: Magneto.
In X-Men Black: Magneto's Apocalypse back-up story - the first chapter of a tale that will be told through all five X-Men Black one-shots - Apocalypse attempts to ascend an unidentified mutant to the status of one of his Horsemen. However, the mutant resists the process, causing a massive chain reaction that bathes Apocalypse and himself in a wave of energy.
Once the wave subsides, Apocalypse finds himself displaced to what he deduces is another dimension. But he's got bigger problems as he suddenly realizes that he's bleeding - something that should not be possible with his injury-resistant mutant physiology.
Getting his bearings, Apocalypse is attacked by a monster only to realize his body is resisting the use of his own powers - or in his words "Not resisting. Refusing."
Though he's able to defeat the beast, Apocalypse is stunned. As he watches his hand turn from its usual mutated appearance back to a human form, he laments "I don't deserve this... I'm degenerating. Becoming... Human."
The story continues in October 10's X-Men Black: Mojo.