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Enter now: The Age of Apocalypse 
The X-Ternals escape some of Apocalypse's men and meet up with their leader, Gambit, who has joined up with Magneto in a plan to steal the M'Kraan Crystal. They infiltrate a base of Apocalypse and use Lila Cheney's suppressed mutant powers to travel to the Shi'ar Galaxy.  

Jubilee has stolen some medical supplies and is now pursued by the Infinites, the watchdogs of Apocalypse. She wonders if she's chosen the right side of this fight; some mutants choose to survive as the chosen and follow Apocalypse while others, like herself, get pulled into a resistance, like those staged by Gambit and his team of X-Ternals. Unable to get away from the Infinites, Jubilee is rescued by Sunspot and Guido. The men make quick work of the Infinites and then the trio sneaks to their rebel base, avoiding the many subtle detections of Apocalypse. Once at the base, the medical supplies are distributed by a liaison between mutants and humans, the non-mutant Lila Cheney. The X-Ternals are told that their leader is below. They head down but find instead Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto, the leader of the X-Men. Feeling that Magneto has done something to their leader, the team prepares for a fight. That leader, however, arrives from the shadows. Gambit explains that he has asked Magneto to accompany him since Magneto has a plan that requires Gambit's band of thieves and their expertise in heisting things, like the biggest jewel in all the universe.
In the Fedayeen Station, the beaten Infinites report to their leader, an ambitious mutant named Julio Esteban Richter (Rictor). He is displeased with their failure because it makes him look bad and unworthy of a promotion. He charges his men to work harder so as to impress the visiting Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.
The X-ternals follow Magneto through the old Morlock Tunnels until they reach a high security door. Through it they are told they will find a major part of Apocalypse's technologies and information. On the way, a talk of love begins. Gambit had left the care of the X-Men when his love, Rogue, chose to marry Magneto. Since then, he had become attached to the human, Lila Cheney. This same Lila Cheney has picked the lock to the top secret Apocalypse technology center. Walking in, the team sees that their petty thefts have been nothing compared to the immense data Apocalypse has acquired from the four corners of the limitless universe. Despite their awe, the X-Ternals proceed. 
Gambit is a little unnerved due to the ease with which they gained access to this hub of information, but his worries are soon put to rest as the team is attacked by Jamie Madrox clones called the Madri. These Apocalypse loyalists are easily dispatched, however, and Sunspot finds a man that can help the team lock everyone else out. The man's name is Peter Corbeau and he acts as the "librarian" for Apocalypse. He and Magneto explain to the X-Ternals that the crystal they need to steal is in space and that Lila will be the one taking them there. As for Lila, she is a mutant that has suppressed her powers...until today. She gets strapped into a machine that allows her to harness her deeply buried ability to travel through space. As she opens the portal to the Shi'ar Galaxy, Rictor blasts through to the X-Ternals' location. Magneto tells the team the shirk the fight and go through Lila's portal. They do so and Magneto takes out Rictor's patrol. He isn't, however, able to stop Rictor from following the X-Ternals through Lila's portal. As the team disappears, Magneto thinks on the fact that the fate of an entire universe rests with the little rag-tag team he just sent into space. 
As a final blow, Peter Corbeau crashes Apocalypse's systems.



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I was first introduced to the Age of Apocalypse as a very young comic reader that had just begun reading comics. I was turned off by the fact that what little I knew was irrelevant. I avoided the AoA like the plague. I see this was a mistake. This first issue of a series in a new universe is very well supported. What that means is that you don't have to throw out everything you know about the characters. You are still able to read Jubilee as an impatient teenager, Gambit as a poor playboy, and M...

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