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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – Magneto Tears Apocalypse a New One

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

We finish out the X-Men side of the month with the conclusion to the Age of Apocalypse in X-Men Omega by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid and Roger Cruz (plus eleventy billion inkers).

To set the scene, Magneto has learned that his reality only exists because of a time anomaly. He helps the X-Men known as Bishop go back in time to fix the anomaly while he also fights his final battle against Apocalypse (while Nate Grey, X-Man, also fights his battle against Apocalypse’s son, Holocaust). Meanwhile, nuclear bombs are about to come raining down on Apocalypse’s now unguarded citadel (as his force fields were destroyed earlier) as the clock ticks down…

Cue the drama…

While “the” moment is Magneto tearing Apocalypse apart, I do have an affection for the closing sequence, as Magneto holds his wife and his son and awaits the nuclear holocaust, knowing that he helped Bishop wipe this timeline out (of course, like all alternate timelines, Marvel could not let it actually stay wiped out, but that’s neither here nor there).

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If I remember correctly, the image where Magneto tears Apocalypse apart, was took from Uncanny X-Men Annual 17 published in 1992 as drawn by Jason Pearson. As much as I loved Age of Apocalypse, I couldn´t stand the art from the bookends, Alpha and Omega, specially after seeing Madureira´s art from Astonishing X-Men. The moment you present here is a great one, though.

Never did read AoA but any story which ends with a heroic Magneto saving the day works for me.

Still, eleven billion inkers… Yikes!

Marvel did a parody book called “Marvel Riot” shortly after this which parodied the bulk of the AOA saga. When they got to this part, Magneto’s son starts pestering him: “You ripped Apocalypse in half! Why didn’t you do that 20 years ago, dad? Why why why?)”

Captain Haddock

October 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

Ah Roger Cruz. The 90s wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank God by the time you started workign on x-men first class, you had decided to move away from being the poor man’s Joe Mad.

Some day I would like to see a list of the top ten Great comics very nearly ruined by terrible art (or a sub-par fill-in artist at an incredibly inopportune time). Because this is a strong contender for #1.

I LOVE the Age of Apocalypse, but it’s major weakness is definitely the book-end art, which is shockingly bad. Considering the extremely high pedigree of artists Marvel had on the regular x-books at the time (the Kubert bros, Maduriera, Bachalo, Steve Skroce, Steve Epting…), it’s really disappointing that they couldn’t get someone better for the bookends. Even if they had just switched Cruz onto X-Universe and pulled Carlos Pacheco onto the bookends, it would have been dramatically better. It’s sad realizing that if this story were done even five years earlier, Art Adams probably would have been the guy doing the book-ends. In the words of Magneto, “What a world that would have been.”

I remember the first time I ran into Roger Cruz’s art. It was during that Hulk issue he made, and he was almost as good as Dale Keown. How did things get ruined so quickly for him?

This does seem like an overly easy end for Apocalypse. If the guy has compete control of his molecular structure (that IS still his power, right?), why have any metals in his body when fighting friggin Magneto?

I never knew X-Man’s power was that his teeth could grow bigger than the rest of his face!

@Clutch: If you haven’t read any AoA, you really should. I know a lot of die-hard fans of the Claremont era avoided the entirety of ’90s X-Men (and I’m not going to try to win that argument, don’t worry), but there’s a reason this story placed so high on the top stories list.

The fact that it was an alternate reality allowed them to ignore the muddled continuity that the X-Family had become, and all bets were off as far as consequences went. Despite being (in many ways) meaningless to the 616 itself, there were a lot of surprisingly meaningful sequences. Plus, the hopelessness of the setting somehow made the ’90s-ness of it all work really well. If nothing else, the two series that everyone seems to have agreed were the best of them (“Generation Next” and “Astonishing X-Men”) are worth a look.

Psh, Apocalypse went down too easy. I thought I recalled a longer battle.

Great choice! A great ending to the timeline. I did get the tenth anniversay series but was extremely underwhelmed by it. I choose to ignore everything that went back to AoA in the past few years. This is how the alternate timeline ended for me.

As an aside, I remember during one of my first forays into the internet way back in the late 1990s at university and finding fan theories – a couple of the ones I thought were interesting related to AoA:

- Bishop ends up being the traitor he was hunting
- Joseph was actually a grown up Charles Lehnsherr

Despite the really depressing feel to so much of the storyline, I really enjoyed the AoA comics. And Nate Grey, while really out of place in the normal continuity when they brought him over was easily one of my favorite new characters.

But when I read Magneto’s line “I’m concentrating” I remember thinking “He’s doing wha….HOLY MF SH*T!” That just blew me away. And him standing with Rogue looking, in his mind, not to the destruction heading towards him, but into what he hopes will be a better world was a beautiful moment too.

Bishop ends up being the traitor he was hunting

Like most fan theories in the 90s, that is so much more interesting than what we actually got.

Joseph being an adult Charles Lehnsherr would have been an incredible twist done with intellegence and continuity … so Marvel could not have that.

I remember really liking Cruz’s work when this came out … now not so much.

I loved AOA. Still do, in fact. I agree Generation Next was awesome but I also thoroughly enjoyed X-Calibre; that was written by Warren Ellis, was it not…?

That’s a great thought on Joseph. That would have been a far better story for him than the one they covered. I was quite fond of Joseph back in the day… although it would have been ultra-weird had Joseph been Rogue’s son from AOA given the underlying romantic tension that seemed to be simmering between the two (or was tgat only me…?).

Yep – X-Calibre was written by Warren Ellis.

I didn’t think it was underlying romantic tension between Rogue and Joseph. Its been a while since I read it but it seemed to me to be more along the lines of they both had the unconscious feeling that the other was a missing part of their lives – which would make sense.

Then again, if it was meant to be underlying romantic tension, its nothing compared to the weirdness that was the romance between X-Man and Madelyne Pryor…

Some day I would like to see a list of the top ten Great comics very nearly ruined by terrible art (or a sub-par fill-in artist at an incredibly inopportune time).

The 5th and final issue of the Punisher LS comes to mind. It wasn’t even that bad, it just sucked that we didn’t get the great Zeck art to finish it.

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