Uncanny X-Men 470 (Claremont & Tan)
Not much happens here apart from Val Cooper wanting a piece of Bishop
X-Men 182 (Milligan & Larroca)
Right, here we go with the 6 part Blood of Apocalypse story. Oh boy. Damn, we all forgot about Apocalypse’s powers of persuasion.
He needs a new horseman so why not just kidnap Gazer and some random archaeologist dude and have them fight to determine a winner who will become War. All the while Ozymandius plots.Oooo.
Next we see Sunfire who has lost his legs. When did that happen? Anyway he’s already thinking about suicide. Until…
…Apoc rocks up at his bedside and gives him an offer. Rather than try and fight the big bad as you would expect, Shiro calmly listeners the mass murderer.
Oh yeah, Milligan brought in a new character called Augustus who Mystique brings to the X-mansion with the sole purpose of getting him to hook up with Rogue so Gambit is out of the picture. He has powers that can disable burglar alarms. Wow.
The old skeleton stretching routine.
Then Apocalypse drives his massive sphinx to confront the X-Men.
I’m really not sure what his plan is but it’s something about wiping out 90% of the population. Oh that’s right, it’s the same plan he’s always had. Only now he’s using new horsemen as the previous ones weren’t up to the task. What we don’t know is how he intends to wipe out that 90%.
X-Men 183 (Milligan & Larroca)
I’m pretty sure Scott killed Apocalypse but then again this is comics and dead isn’t really dead. Also, it’s never explained how he came back.
Out of nowhere for a few issues, Larroca decides to go with the ‘no inks, washed out art’ approach. Not a fan.
Here comes Famine and everyone gets hungry!
Apoc’s plan revealed! He aims to starve everyone, then offer then his blood which will…do what? Cure them? Enthrall them? I’m not sure? Anyway, he thinks he’s a good guy and man, he likes the smell of that blood.
Oh yeah, Gambit strolls into Apocalypse’s Sphinx and because he’s not ‘listened to’ anymore, decides to cut a deal. Like you do.
X-Men 184 (Milligan & Larroca)
Niceish two page splash.
Ozy makes his move against his master…and pays the price in a cracking comedy panel. I hope this was a joke.
Meanwhile, we find out that Augustus can possible hurt Apocalypse.
We find out that Skids, Scalphunter and some other dude have sided with Apocalypse and now he reveals his new Death horseman.
Dun, Dun Duhhhhhhh!
(That’s Gambit by the way)
X-Men 185 (Milligan & Larroca)
Maybe should have taken a bit more time drawing those faces Salvador. And what is Apocalypse doing with his hand. Is it a Jedi mind trick?
‘What is Love master?’ This is high grade ugh right here fellow readers.
More classic dialogue from War…who turns tale at the sight a weakened ‘non-famine’ Sunfire.
Apocalypse confronts some kind of government dude and tells him earth must kill off 90% of the population…to be fair though, he does give them one week. If not Pestilence will do i. Wait a minute, we haven’t actually seen Pestilence yet.
X-Men 186 (Milligan & Larroca)
Seems the Avengers has joined the fight…out of nowhere.
Ah, the old unearthly materials and God plans shtick. Classic!
Weird infernal machine. Check. Super villain monologue. Check. Iceman joke. Check. Villain escapes clutches of heroes. Check.
X-Men 187 (Milligan & Larroca)
Anyone fancy warm sherry in their ears?
Sunfire, who had escaped Apocalypse and gone back to the goodies but now inexplicably has turned bad again, along with Death-Gambit rock up to the mansion to claim Polaris.
Not the benzodiazepines. Someone please think of the benzodiazepines!
Let’s get this straight. Polaris has new powers, that are explained, and she decides to go off and confront Apocalypse and the rest of the X-Men are okay with that? Jeez.
Sunfire and Death-Gambit slink off to Japan where a Sinister presence is waiting for them.
And that concludes the Blood of Apocalypse story and with it Peter Milligan’s run. Wow, just wow. I honestly believe this is far worse than Chuck Austen’s run and I also have to believe that Milligan was knowingly taking the piss and writing this as one big joke. If not, I don’t know what to say.