Cover Dated December 1995
There are several stories in this humorous take on Age of Apocalypse. We’ll be focusing on three of the stories.
This issue goes through the entire crossover, roughly in order (From what I can tell) so it goes from X-Men Alpha to Omega.
The first story we’ll covering is the Generation Next story, “Hitcher Doth the Sugar Man Take His Lumps.”
Writers Hilary Barta & Scott Lobdell
Artist Hilary Barta
Colorist Mike Worley
Letterer Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
The title is so large that Colossus barely has room to set up the four page story.
Colossus continues to update Husk about what has been going on during the event. He tells his students how difficult their part of the mission is going to be. He, on the other hand, will just float down, at some point.
We see the scenes of Husk and Vicente becoming Quietus and being confrotned by Sugar Man.
Husk is confronting Sugar Man, as we see Shadowcat, Illyana and Colossus are sneaking out the back.
This story implies that Colossus really wanted to save the students, but he really didn’t.
The third story deals with X-Man.
The fourth story deals with Admonishing X-Men.
The second story we’re covering is The Age of Apocalypse The Speed Search Version, by Steve Bunche. Bunche read the entire 38 part crossover, in one sitting and is now retelling the tale.
Bunche recaps where the other characters are at. Nightcrawler is looking for Destiny. Logan and Jean are fighting Sentinels. Storm is rescuing Bishop. Cyclops is working for Apocalypse. Gambit is searching for the M’Kraan Crystal.
Colossus and Katya are training students and are common-law married. Katya points out how silly it is that Colossus is wearing a mask, who is he hiding his identity from?
X-Man is sad that he isn’t nearly as cool as Cable.
Holocaust is the son of Apocalypse and may be the break out new character of the event.
Bunche is committed to an insane asylum.
The final story recaps X-Men Uh-Omega.
comics.org is the only place that lists the creative team –
Not Marvel Comics Database nor comicbookdb lists the creative teams. MCD does list them for every other story in the issue though. UncannyXMen.net doesn’t even list this issue.
Script Scott Lobdell, Hilary Barta and Rurik Tyler
Pencils Hilary Barta
Inks Rurik Tyler
Colors Mike Worley
Lettering Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
This pretty closely follows the actual story. The art is pretty top notch for a humor comic.
Magneto is the prisoner of Apocalypse.
To save Magneto, Colossus and Shadowcat bust in, which sadly didn’t happen in the issue.
Apocalypse beats down Magneto some more and then does a page long monologue.
Illyana walks up to a defeated Magneto and promises to sacrifice herself to save the day.
Somewhere else. Cyclops and Jean are escaping to New Jersey. Havok tries to stop them, as Logan glides down. Before Logan can finish Havok, all of these other characters show up to try to end the crossover as they have stories that they want to have attention paid to. I recognize Spider-Man, Captain America, Archie Andrews, Spawn and Batman.
Meanwhile, in the past. David Haller is about to kill Magneto and Xavier is about to foolishly sacrifice himself. Bishop tackles Xavier and Illyana tackles David, which she should have done in the original storyline but not disappeared. David is about to fight Bishop but Magneto jumps into the fight.
At that moment. Magneto rips Apocalypse in half. After that, the world comes to an end.