Marvel Reveals Apocalypse's Four Horsemen of the Future
As Marvel Comics’ X-Men relaunch continues to unfold, a new iteration of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen has been revealed in Powers of X #3 by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist R.B. Silva.Warning: full spoilers for Powers of X #3!The opening page of Powers of X #3 doesn’t jump into the action but rather displays one of those graphical charts Hickman is so fond of including in his comics. This one drops quite the big bombshell: 100 years in the future after the creation of the X-Men, the last four surviving mutants from Earth are the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Obviously anytime there are four mutants paling around with Apocalypse, it should be a given they’re his personal squad of biblically-themed enforcers, but it came as a surprise this time around. The reason being, they don’t appear to be transformed and under his control -- they seem to have joined him willingly in order to stand as one in an attempt to save mutantkind.Here they are:
War: Wolverine, alive and grumpy as ever thanks to his healing factor granting him prolonged lifeDeath: Xorn, a nihilistic mutant with a head of flame and a black hole inside his headPestilence: North, sporting a green version of Magneto's costume, an engineered “Chimera” mutant with the combined powers of “Dane/Frost” aka magnetism manipulator Polaris (explains the costume) and psychic Emma FrostFamine: Krakoa, inhabiting the deceased body of Cypher, who can open portals and communicate in any languageIn this grim future for the X-Men, some of these Horsemen were used to create a distraction by making a loud, explosive assault on Nimrod’s base, all while the rest of them slipped inside to steal data on how to destroy the hyper-advanced Sentinel. Xorn, nihilist that he is, yearns for sweet death and ends up taking quite a few enemies with him as ally Rasputin removes his helmet to unleash the singularity trapped within. It proves to buy enough time for those inside as we see Apocalypse hold off Nimrod so Wolverine can deliver the stolen plans to none other than Moira, who he kills in order to trigger her tenth reincarnation.This paints Moira’s tenth life in a new light. We now know that she’s living this life armed with knowledge of how to defeat the X-Men’s great enemy in the future, Nimrod, and so we can assume that many of the drastic actions Professor X and Magneto have taken are all part of a larger plan to eliminate this threat.As for the Horsemen of Apocalypse, it’s hard to say if any of them survived or if we’ll see them again, but given how Powers of X is a series that explores multiple timelines, and we’re only halfway through the six-issue mini-series, we could potentially see them pop up again.What do you think of Apocalypse’s latest squad? Let us know in the comments.Also be sure to check out our review of Powers of X #3.Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.