If you read UNCANNY X-FORCE #18 then you already know what happened to Archangel and even got a hint at what's next for Apocalypse. If you haven't read the issue and the finale of "The Dark Angel Saga" story arc, then you may want to before the launch of Marvel's all-new ongoing series AGE OF APOCALYPSE launching this March.
Earlier today Marvel revealed that their upcoming series AGE OF APOCALYPSE will be launching this March, spinning out of UNCANNY X-FORCE's "Dark Angel Saga." The series' first issue will be written by writer David Lapham and drawn by artist Roberto de la Torre. The series will "open from Weapon X" who acts as ruler of the Age of Apocalypse world and has recently destroyed "a mass enclave of humanity."== TEASER ==
Writer David Lapham has big plans to turn the guys we normally see as "bad guys" into the "good guys" of his story. The series' central character will be a character named Prophet," who is known in the regular Marvel Universe as William Stryker -- the mutant hater. Other characters will include Bolliver Trask as the scientist and the "leader of what is left of humanity" as well as Donald Pierce who is involved in the Hellfire Club. While the cast of characters in this series are regular humans who have no powers, they will still prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. Although the new series will feature many humans as the central characters, the X-Men we saw in UNCANNY X-FORCE will also be appearing on the pages of this new series. Although their roster may have suffered as seen in the final issues of UNCANNY X-FORCE "Dark Angel Saga," they will be joined by some new members. The premise of the book pits the humans against the X-Men, at least at first.
The humans were being defended by the Amazing X-Men, but something happens that leaves many of them dead or gone. A couple members of the X-Men end up with the heroes of the series, but under very dire circumstances. They have to adjust to not only being the protectors of humanity, but integrating themselves into the group. The main team, though they're based on people in the Marvel Universe, are essentially new characters. And the villains at the start will also be somewhat familiar.
Jean Grey, Dark Beast, Sabretooth, possibly Sugar Man will all be involved in the series, as well as Wolverine, of course.
The book will kick off with the UNCANNY X-FORCE 19.1 which is due to hit stores next week. The interesting thing about this book is that Laptham will have a lot of flexibility with these characters; taking characters we are familiar with and changing everything we know about them. What do you think of the idea? Are you looking forward to the series which launches this March? Have you read UNCANNY X-FORCE yet?