Thursday, 8 August 2013

X-Men Re-read: X-Men: Blood of Apocalypse

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The Great X-Men Re-read

X-Men - Blood of Apocalypse

Collects: X-Men, #182-187
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Penciller(s): Salvador Larroca

Oh. An Apocalypse story. I wonder what he's going to do. Turn some X-Men into horsemen again? Oh right. Marvelous.

Quick Synopsis
I had forgotten how bad this is. More nonsense with Mystique trying to split up Gambit and Rogue, which leads to Gambit becoming the horsemen Death. Polaris becomes Pestilence. Sunfire becomes Famine. Apocalypse goes boom at the end.

Iceman gets repowered, as it was apparently all in his mind and reconstitutes himself from steam after Sunfire's attack.

There are also short back-up stories in each of the main parts (#182-186) called Riddles of Sphinx which deal with each Horseman's conversion and finally Apocalypses fate.

The epilogue in #187 has Gambit and Sunfire going to get Polaris from Xavier's as she's apparently one of them now (an ex-horseman, I assume). Hijinks ensure and Gambit and Sunfire end up with someone Sinister.

Best Bit
The end of the Milligan era. The art, with Apocalypse's Sphinx ship floating over New York.

Final Words
3 / 10

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