It's been 20 years since we entered the world of the Age of Apocalypse. It's been 20 years since Legion accidently killed his father Professor X instead of Magneto, which ushered a world where nobody can defeat the ultimate menace and the world fell into chaos. It's been 20 years since the X-men that we knew were seen as villains and the villains that we knew were seen as heroes. It's been 20 years since the world of the X-men was changed forever and a new era was created. This world has been visited a few times since this epic event, and in 2013, the world was forever destroyed in a crossover with the X-treme X-men comic. But now, we are in Secret Wars, and we again are treated to the reality by writer Fabien Nicienza.
Age of Apocalypse lives up to its original namesake and has plenty new to say on the event. Fans of the '90s event will find this series true to the original while adding in plenty of twists and turns. If you're a newer reader, you should still be able to get into this crossover because they explain it all as they go along. Apocalypse is back in control of this region, and his Four Horsemen are along for the ride. Their target is a mutant known as Cypher, who might have the key to destroying all the mutants out there. But, how is the mystery and what they want with him is also up in the air at the point. The art for the book by Gerardo Sandoval is perfect for this comic, as it has a feel for something straight out of th 90's. Sure, some people might complain about the comic because it defeats alot of what happened in that epic storyline. Characters are back who should be dead and some heroes have again gone on the line of villains even though they converted in the original. So, we have questions about if this is really the world that we saw in the 90's or another incarnation of it. But, it's still fun to read it and learn as we go along. It is a challenging enough task, condensing a huge story arc into a few issues, but at least a proper job is done at this if if this issue ends up being a bit clunky at times. There is enough action mixed in with establishing the scenario that it doesn't become too heavy in the dialogue and concept. The ending also is an engaging cliffhanger that sets the tone for what is to come in the next few issues of this event. I give this story a 8 out of 10.