This saga is amazing! It is the ultimate x-men story! It is a must read for any x-men fan and its an absolute bargain! Every page has been beautyfully remastered to perfection! Completionists may not like this however as some of the books are missing. However these missing books are not required to understand the story in anyway. There is a possibility of a companion book in the works but this is not required. So buy it!!!
Apocalypse is the ultimate X-Men villain, however he has been neglected in favour of Magneto in the films and although he was in X-Men Ultimate Collection [DVD] the full story could not really be squeezed in to a few episodes.
Sadly Wolverine and the X-Men Complete Collection [DVD] was cancelled, despite the excellent build up to The Age Of Apocalypse and so the best place to experience the story is this book.
The artwork is excellent and the story is the best of all the X-Men I have read, the price put me off but seeing as it was reduced from £95 to £60 it seemed the best time to get it and I was not disappointed.
Hoping for an Apocalypse cameo at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past!
This was a controversial story at the time, because the X-Men comics were all ending and were being replaced with AOA versions. It caused an uproar, and I was among those who complained. However, after reading it and realizing that it was a temporary story arc that would eventually see the return to the normal X-Universe, I was converted. To be honest, I would've been happy if it had never ended, because it's the greatest story I've ever read . . . not just in comics . . . period! Mark Waid is such a superb writer (if you didn't read his run on Captain America prior to Onslaught/Heroes Reborn, you're missing out, because it was sublime). And the artwork here is second-to-none: Joe Madureira and the Kubert brothers, along with other artists, are at their peak (except for Chris Bachalo's--I'm not fond of his 'cluttered/messy' style, but maybe that's just me).
Anyway, long story short: Legion goes back in time to kill Magneto but instead (accidentally) kills Xavier. This produces a major change to the timeline, and without Xavier, Apocalypse seizes power of America and proceeds culling humans to the point of extinction. Only the X-Men (now lead by Magneto) and the Human Resistance based in Eurasia can hope to defeat him . . . but at what cost?
This collection would ALMOST be perfect, but Marvel omitted 'X-Men Chronicles' for some reason (it's only 2 issues, so why they omitted it is beyond me, as it's not really an Omnibus when something is left out, is it?).
Suffice to say that this--for me--it the greatest Marvel storyline ever. The only story that comes close is the Dark Phoenix Saga! So, if you've never read it, then you really will be doing yourself a favor by buying this. It's sublime.
Very 90s X-Men story and probably not a good introduction to the books however, if you know a bit about the team and have some slight knowledge that this is set in an alternate reality, then you are in for a real treat. Great story and artwork!