That’s right. The Marvel machine is bringing us the X-Men crossover Apocalypse Wars just in time for X-Men: Apocalypse to hit theaters. As they did with Ultron and Thanos, it’s a great PR move to feature a current film’s villain in the comics as well, and fan-favorite baddie Apocalypse is always a welcome antagonist for our merry band of mutants.
It was teased earlier in the month, but not much was known at the time. Now it can be revealed that artist Humberto Ramos is joining writer Jeff Lemire in telling the time traveling tale of the X-Men as they race to save their kind from extinction, but is Apocalypse an ally vying for the same outcome, or foe vying for their destruction? Find out in March when Apocalypse Wars weaves its way through Extraordinary X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and All-New X-Men.
Here’s the solicit for Extraordinary X-Men #8
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.
Extraordinary X-Men #8 hits stores in March, 2016.
Since originally posting we’ve learned a little more about this event, in that it really isn’t one. Marvel released information and covers to three separate outlets, and we’ve combed them for nuggets of news, but much is still not known. It seems that this “event” will spin out of Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley’s Uncanny X-Men #6, not the aforementioned Extraordinary X-Men, and will continue with Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagely’s All-New X-Men #9. It is a thematic crossover, featuring different tales surrounding Apocalypse that are thematically linked so you don’t have to read all three books, but if you do you gain insights and a better story. It will be interesting to see how Kid Apocalypse’s story plays out. We’ve also now gotten the first three covers, one of which is above.