November 30, 2023

Steve is on hand with his recommendation of what to read whilst in self-quarantine.

To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome literature to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its lesser-known gems, New York Times Best-Sellers, or just funs reads – we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.

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X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse

Another comic book series to get you through the pandemic lockdown is Age of Apocalypse.  Age of Apocalypse was an X-Men crossover storyline put out by Marvel Comics from 1995 to 1996.  It was an epic universe changing series that affected not just the mutants but the entire Marvel universe.

The premise was that Legion, the son of Professor X, goes back in time to kill Magneto, who at the time was still the X-Men’s biggest heel.  This story begins in the 6-part Legion Quest story arc.  Things go awry in the past and he accidentally kills his other father which, not only causes his own erasure from existence but has ramifications for the entire future.  The Age of Apocalypse series deals with those consequences.  In this timeline, with Charles Xavier dead, he was not alive to create the X-Men and uber antagonist Apocalypse is left to achieve his goal of mutant domination over the Earth.


The series is launched by X-Men Alpha and ends with X-Men Omega.  In between these, there are several issues of 8 different “main” titles:  Astonishing X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Factor-X, Weapon X, Generation Next, Gambit and the X-Ternals, X-Calibre, and X-Man.  There are also a few tie-in books that deal with how the rest of the Marvel heroes were affected by the new timeline.  The storyline details the lives of the mutants and how they are living their lives under the despotic reign of Apocalypse but also how one particular mutant that is a holdover from the correct timeline and just happens to be the only person that remembers how things really were works toward bringing back the correct timeline.


Age of Apocalypse is not only one of my favorite X-Men story arcs but also one of my favorite comic story arcs in general.  It is a great reinterpretation of some great characters and a fulfilling addition to anybody’s virus reading list.


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Steve Long is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. Aside from being a passionate Star Wars fan, he also co-hosts the Rogue One Radio Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @otter272 where he channels his passion frequently!


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