Apocalypse (comic)

Apocalypse ( In Sabah Nur ) is a fictional character who is also an ancient mutant and appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics . The character first appeared in X-Factor # 5 (1986), created by Louise Simonson and designed by Walter Simonson .

Debuting in the Modern Age of Comics, the character has appeared in many X-Men stories, including spin-offs and several limited series . The character has also appeared in animated television series , toys , collectible cards, and video games .

In 2008, Apocalypse was placed third in the Top 10 of the X-Men Villains by Marvel.com, and in 2009 it ranked 24th in the Best Comics Villains of All Time, by IGN .



Apocalypse is a mutant born 5000 years ago in Akkaba, Egypt . He was abandoned by his parents when he was a baby due to his unnatural appearance (gray skin and blue lips). He was rescued by the Baal demon from the Sandstormers, who saw the potential power of the child and decided to raise him as his own, calling him In Sabah Nur. Throughout his life, Baal taught Nur the law of “survival of the fittest,” the philosophy from which the tribe lives and dies. At the same time, time traveler Kang the Conqueror had arrived in Egypt and became Pharaoh Rama-Tut, with the intention of recruiting the young Nur. Rama-Tut learned that Nur had been raised by Baal and sent General Ozymandias with his army to destroy the Sandstormers and find Nur. Nur and Baal avoided the battle, having found refuge in a sacred cave before it collapsed. Both were seriously wounded, and Baal finally died. Nur survived and vowed revenge on Rama-Tut. He traveled to the city of Tutankhamun , where he posed as a slave and laid eyes on Ozymandias’ sister, Nephri, who was attracted to the mysterious slave. However, Nephri rejected Nur at the sight of his inhuman appearance. Afflicted by this final rejection, Sabah Nur, with his prodigious mutant abilities completely out of control, was renamed to the Apocalypse. Rama-Tut fled into the old slave’s uproar, while Nur used his advanced technology to enslave and transform his former torturer, Ozymandias, into a blind blind seer to make the chronicle forever live the various futures of Apocalypse. Fifty years later, she returned to visit Nephri, now an old woman on her deathbed, and mocked at the loss of her beauty and vitality. 1 During this time Nur joined forces with the original Moon Knight and Imhotep to form the first incarnation of SHIELD and successfully defended the Earth from an invasion.

Early life

With the passage of the millennia, Apocalypse travels around the world to determine if his time of trial has arrived. It appears throughout history, encouraging ancient civilizations, worshiping it as a god, and testing its strength by manipulating them in the wars of conquest. 2 Apocalypse begins to beget offspring, who faithfully followed him as the Akkaba Clan. At some point, Apocalypse discovers advanced alien technology of the Celestials , which he uses to transform and improve himself. 3 Apocalypse now enters suspended animation state, while the mutants are expected to be more common, leaving the Clan Akkaba and Ozymandias to act in their place while sleeping. Apocalypse also fought the race of the divine immortal called Eternals , mainly the members Ikaris and Sersi . 4 In the twelfth century, Apocalypse would meet Eternal Sersi once again, when he met the Crusader Bennet du Paris and awakened his dormant mutant powers, transforming him into Exodus . 5 In Victorian London , in 1859, Apocalypse encounters Nathaniel Essex, a British scientist, and through him, learns the scientific term for beings as himself: mutant. He forces Essex and the members of the Hellfire Club to work for him. Apocalypse represents the first steps in your quest for a global conflict on an unprecedented scale. He uses his advanced technology to transform Nathaniel into Mr. Sinister , and orders him to create a plague to devastate and transmute the world’s population. At the same time, the mutant heroes Cyclops and Jean Gray had been sent back in time to stop the Apocalypse. Near the slaughter of the British royal family, Apocalypse is weakened, and Cyclops and Jean manage to defeat him. It is revealed that Sinister betrays Apocalypse. 6 In 1897, Apocalypse is awakened by his followers, in order to deal with Count Dracula , who is converting members of the Akkaba Clan into vampires. Apocalypse, with some help from Abraham Van Helsing, kills Dracula. The continuation of the Akkaba line is guaranteed by Ozymandias, through a disabled, but powerful, teleporter called Frederick Slade, who conceived with a woman. 7

Riders of Apocalypse

Apocalypse spends many years hidden away, but wakes up from its lethargy due to the arrival of the mysterious time-traveling mutant, Cable (Ironically, Cable had come to the present to avoid the awakening of Apocalypse). It awoke almost a century earlier than it had planned, Apocalypse decides to examine the world and to determine the conditions for the test. 8 He grants superhuman powers to the terrorist known as Moses Magnum, who is put to the test by fighting the X-Men and the Avengers . 9 Apocalypse first intersects with the original X-Men team, X-Factor when he briefly employs the Evil Alliance and orders him to capture mutant Michael Nowlan. Apocalypse plans to use the power-boost of the Nowlan mutation to create a mutant race with unlimited powers. This plan was thwarted by the intervention of the X-Factor team. 10 Apocalypse then recruits mutants to serve as their “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Among them is Angel , whom he saves from the outbreak of an airplane, granting him artificial wings (after having lost his natural wings, which were amputated), in exchange for his servitude. The X-Factor member is reborn as the Death Rider, and becomes the leader of the Four Riders. 11 Revelation was interested in X-Factor, and had studied, monitoring their activities, and researching their origins and motivations behind meet Professor Charles Xavier and the X-Men. 12 Apocalypse explains his plan to unleash his riders and destroy New York, and offers X-Factor a place at his side. In the end, the Riders are defeated by X-Factor, thanks to the help of a reformed Angel. Apocalypse leaves his heavenly boat for them and, in return, has the will of the Morlock Caliban . 13 Later, Apocalypse secretly takes some control over the ship, and begins to fight X-Factor, but after regaining control, Apocalypse escapes with Caliban to one of his bases on Mount Everest . 14 During the Evolutionary War, Apocalypse , confronts the High Evolutionary, who had embarked on a quest to rid the world of a minor species that he felt prevented evolution from moving forward. Believing that the Evolutionary would disrupt the natural order of things, Revelation began the battle with Wyndham. 15 After the genetic manipulation of Caliban, Apocalypse confronts the Nordic god Loki , who wants him to join his “Acts of Revenge”, but Apocalypse refuses and both fight briefly. 16

Sins of the Future

Apocalypse learns that Sinister intended to create an adversary powerful enough to destroy him: Nathan Christopher Charles Summers, son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor . Apocalypse, seeing him as a threat and realizing that Nathan’s energy is the same energy that woke him up so many months earlier, sends his new group, the Dark Riders, to kidnap Summers’ son. Apocalypse at this time had conquered the city of Attilan , home of the Inhumans , and enslaved part of its population. X-Factor, next to the Real Inhuman Family, attacks the lunar fortress of Apocalypse. Although Apocalypse is severely defeated, young Nathan is infected with a techno-organic virus, and is sent to the future with a woman named Askani to be healed. 17

In the future of Askani, Apocalypse has conquered the world and ruled until the nineteenth century. At that moment, the body of Apocalypse had become weak, and he realizes the presence of young Nathan at this time, but only manages to kidnap a clone of the child that the Askani had created. Apocalypse plans to transfer his consciousness and power into the clone’s strong body, but he dies in combat with the Nathan (real) teenager. 18 Nathan grows up to become the warrior called Cable (as his clone grows into the mutant terrorist known as Stryfe) and travels to the past to avoid future domination of the planet’s Apocalypse.

Song of the Executioner

Apocalypse falls into a new lethargy after his defeat. Later, he is prematurely awakened from his regeneration chamber by his Dark Riders, who inform his master that his Four Horsemen have abducted Cyclops and Jean Gray, supposedly under his instructions (in fact, Sinister Master was passed as Apocalypse). 19 In attempting to rejuvenate himself once more, Apocalypse is almost killed by Stryfe, who had come to the past to avenge himself on Revelation. 20 Apocalypse is forced to ally with the X-Men against Stryfe, and proof of its good faith, is when it saves the life of Professor X of the techno-virus with which Stryfe infected it. 21 After a brief battle on the Moon with his former servants, the Dark Riders (who had joined Stryfe), Apocalypse is given for dead by Archangel. 22

Later, the new leader of the Dark Riders, Genesis (Cable’s adopted son, who had traveled to the present day to secure the power of Apocalypse and avenge himself on his father), plans to resurrect Apocalypse at the cost of sacrificing the lives of the People in the neighboring villages of Akkaba. During this time, Wolverine is captured by Genesis, who attempts to restore Wolverine’s loss of his adamantium skeleton and turn him into a Rider as a gift for Apocalypse. However, Wolverine is released and becomes a wild beast, and then kills Genesis along with almost all Dark Riders. During the fight, Cannonball opens the coffin containing the body of Revelation, but finds it empty, and wonders if Genesis was lying about Apocalypse. 2. 3


After a long healing dream, Apocalypse, fully restored, awakens with Ozymandias at his side and quickly learns of the present danger: Onslaught . 24 He notes the conflict between the psionic entity and heroes of Earth with Uatu , the Vigilante, who suggests a course of action Revelation, an alliance with his hated enemy, Cable. Once in the astral plane, Apocalypse tries to eliminate the small Franklin Richards , prisoner of Onslaught. The plan succeeds, but it is interrupted by the Invisible Woman , who had invisibly accompanied Cable. However, Onslaught had time to escape. 25 Following the events of the combat against Onslaught, Hulk and his human alter ego, Bruce Banner, are divided into two separate entities. Apocalypse hires Hulk to become his War Rider. To test this new recruit, Apocalypse establishes a war against the New World Order, a government organization that intends to conquer the world. The New World Order in turn establishes Juggernaut and Absorbing Man against Hulk, but both are easily defeated. However, Hulk regains his senses after injuring his friend, Rick Jones . In spite of this, Apocalypse manages to destroy the base of New World Order. 26

When Magneto , is altering the magnetic field of the Earth, Revelation sends a Skrull impersonating the mutant Astra to stop the Master of Magnetism. 27 With the intention of initiating an all-out war between humans and the underground Deviants, Apocalypse places nuclear bombs on Lemuria , causing the Deviantsa to mutate further. Apocalypse launches an attack in San Francisco, with a mentally controlled Deviant, Karkas, now a gigantic monster, which the Eternals are forced to fight. Apocalypse faces his old enemy, Ikaris. Although, Apocalypse defeats Ikaris, the Eternal still succeeds in destroying his ship and thwarting his plan. 28

The revenge of Cuchigüi

It is assumed that the lost diaries of the mutant Destiny revealer, revealed to the twelve beings that could defeat to Apocalypse once and for all. Several mutants, listed in the prophecy, are abducted by the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as well as by a faction of the Skrulls. The legend of the Twelve was actually a ruse orchestrated by the Apocalypse itself: Once the Twelve are reunited, Apocalypse intends to use them to become a divine entity beyond the Celestial. 29 is revealed at the end that the physical form of Revelation is exhausted because of the large amount of energy that has under his control, forcing him to use a bio-armor (like his future counterpart), and now plans to use The young Nate Gray (X-Man) as a host body to move his energy and consciousness into him. The X-Men face Apocalypse to avoid their merging with Nate, but they are unable to stop him. Cyclops pushes Nate Gray out of the way, and merges with Apocalypse instead. 30 While the merger is successful, the goal of Apocalypse for unlimited power fails. An amnesiac and powerless Cyclops regains control of the resulting form of fusion, but Apocalypse begins to resurface. Jean and Cable find their location in Egypt, where Jean eventually succeeds in rescuing Cyclops, telepathically tearing out his essence of Apocalypse, which makes Apocalypse into an incorporeal astral being, which Cable apparently destroys with his Psimitar. 31

The Blood of Apocalypse

After the ” M-Day ” events , in which most of the mutants lost their powers, Apocalypse revealed to be alive and well. Cable’s techno-organic virus was revealed as the means by which the spirit of Revelation was reconstituted. With only a drop of his blood in a tub of organs and blood, the virus rewrote the genetic code of Apocalypse. 32 Apocalypse awakens from a dream in a tomb in Akkaba. 33 Apocalypse is in a world with a mutated population reduced to a fraction of what it was before. Only a few hundred remaining of the millions that populated the earth before its death at the hands of Cable. Reapariciendo inside a sphinx-shaped ship, Revelation faces the X-Men with his box Riders newly re-assembled on the front lawn of the Mansion X . 34 Revelation offers mutant refugees in the Mansion, an elixir, his own blood, as long as they join him. Then Apocalypse approaches the world leaders at the UN in New York and issues an ultimatum: humanity will destroy ninety percent of its own population, putting man and mutant at the same level, or Apocalypse would unleash its meta-plague in the World and will destroy all mankind. In the end, the Riders are lost, Ozymandias betrays him, and is forced to retreat by a combined assault of the X-Men and the Avengers. Ultimately, it is discovered that the Celestials lent their technology to Apocalypse, which requires, as payment, major sufferings later on. 35

In a future timeline, a very weakened Apocalypse is attacked by Stryfe and Bishop , but apparently survives the attack. Later, Apocalypse contacts Archangel in the future and asks him to kill him. Archangel refuses. But when he comes into contact with the blades of Archangel, Apocalypse rejuvenates, and offers to join forces with Archangel to kill Stryfe, who is about to kill X-Force , Cable, Bishop and Hope Summers. 36 Archangel takes Revelation to a Celestial ship, where Revelation is fully restored. Apocalypse and Archangel confront and defeat Stryfe. 37

Evan Sabahnur

Followers of the Apocalypse, the Akkaba Clan, manage to produce the return of Apocalypse, even in the form of a child they are going to indoctrinate. Upon learning of the return of Apocalypse, X-Force tries to kill him, but when they discover that he is a child, Psylocke decides to protect him, believing that they can rehabilitate him and form him as a force for good. However, Fantomex fatally shoots the boy, much to the surprise of the rest of the team. 38Later, X-Force is successful in stopping the Deathloks in the world, however, one of them is watching a young boy labeled as En Sabah Nur, aged incubation of 847 days. 39

Later it is revealed that Apocalypse had fathered a son with Autumn Rolfson, the original Horseman of the Famine , and that she kept in secret of Apocalypse by fear. 40

Later, Fantomex reveals to have a clone of Apocalypse that has been raised in “The World”, an artificial pocket dimension watched by him, with the age of a teenager. The boy, codenamed Genesis, assists X-Force in the fight with Dark Archangel, and when the battle is over his “Uncle Fantomex” enrolled him in the Jean Gray School for gifted youth. 41 Genesis, now called Evan Sabahnur, is admitted as a student at the Jean Grey School, where his classmates noticed his resemblance to Revelation. Evan worries when a visitor Deathlok, who reveals to students his likely futures, is reluctant to do so with Evan. When Evan puts pressure on him, Deathlok informs him that finding him is why he’s in school. Deathlok tells Wolverine that Evan has great potential, and he can be a great savior, or a conqueror. 42

After being called “Kid Apocalypse” by student Kid Omega , Evan begins to investigate details of his past and his connection with Apocalypse. Curiously, he formed a solid friendship with Arcangel, who at this moment had partially lost his memory. 43

Later, a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Daken , the son of Wolverine, kidnaps Evan and holds him in Genosha. Daken also offers Evan a Celestial armor, and with the help of the Shadow King, plans to manipulate the young man when it accedes to the power of Apocalypse. However, the young man is rescued by Wolverine and Deadpool and returns to Jean Gray School. 44


During AXIS events , Evan is kidnapped by Red Skull along with other mutants in Genosha. The energy unleashed by Dr. Doom and the Scarlet Witch in the battle, causes Evan to grow rapidly and eventually to turn into Apocalypse. Four. Five

As Apocalypse, Evan is committed to assisting the ascension of mutants and plans to exterminate humanity with a bomb of Celestial origin. The bomb explodes, but does not cause any effect thanks to Carnage’s sacrifice . 46However, at the time of the battle, Deadpool manages to convince Evan to embrace heroism. Finally Evan agrees to help the X-Men and the Avengers to fight the Red Skull.

Powers and Abilities

Apocalypse is an ancient mutant born with a variety of superhuman abilities that were further augmented after merging with celestial technology. The character has total control over the molecules of his body, allowing him to alter his form, such as allowing his body to become extremely flexible and malleable, or to resize, improve his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons, Or jets, regenerate themselves from mortal wounds, adapt their body to apparently avoid any hostile illness or environment, and give themselves virtually any superhuman physical power. The character is also capable of projecting and absorbing energy, and has shown to have telepathy and telekinesis , has been seen to have teleportation. It also has technopathy, capable of interacting directly with the various technologies around it. Apocalypse is also immortal, and immune to aging, without food. It is not clear whether this is a separate ability or result of its powers of change of form.

Apart from his superhuman powers, Apocalypse is extraordinarily intelligent, a scientific genius with knowledge in various areas of science and technology, including Physics , Engineering , Genetics and Biology , which are more advanced than conventional science. Apocalypse has knowledge of the celestial technology that he uses for his own applications, like altering mutants or humans. Revelation is also a skilled demagogue and a great tactician.

The blood of Apocalypse can heal other mutants, but it is fatal to humans. His blood can also restore his mutant descendants as seen when a large dose of the blood of Revelation regenerates the lost part of Chamber ‘s body , and gave it a look similar to Revelation. It was implied that this evolved Chamber’s power to the Omega Level.

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

In this universe or temporal error, Apocalypse awakens ten years before Cable arrived, and witnesses the accidental death of Charles Xavier at the hands of his son Legion . He attacks humanity, and conquers much of the world. Apocalypse becomes a tyrant with almost absolute power. Their only opposition is the X-Men, who in the absence of Xavier, have been founded by Magneto. Revelation later discovers that this timeline is a chronological error and tries to prevent it from being eradicated. At the end. The X-Men avoid the murder of Xavier in the past, and the “Age of Apocalypse” apparently disappears. Apocalypse is defeated by Magneto. 47

Ultimate Apocalypse

Apocalypse is a kind of mysterious god, worshiped by Sinister.

Amalgam Comics

Apocalypse merges with Ra’s al Ghul from DC Comics to form Ra’s Apocalypse.

In other media


  • Apocalypse appeared as recurring villain in the animated series of the X-Men . Since it is immortal, it appears in both the present and the distant future of Cable .
  • He also appeared in the series X-Men: Evolution , after Mesmero got the keys to release him from the crypt where he was locked. The X-Men confronted him in the fourth season, and beat him in the final chapter of the series.
  • Apocalypse has made a cameo as master of Sinestro in the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men .


  • Appeared in a post-credits scene of X-Men: days of the future past as a young man building the pyramids and praised by the Egyptians as “In Sabah Nur” and in front came his 4 Riders. It was interpreted by the young actor Brendan Pedder .
  • He is the main villain in the film X-Men: Apocalypse , interpreted by the Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac ( Star Wars: The Force Awakens ). Its premiere was the 27 of May of 2016.

Video Games

  • X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
  • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter * X-Men: Mutant Academy (Game Boy)
  • X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse
  • X-Men Legends
  • X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
  • Marvel Avengers Alliance

Possible inspiration

Incidentally in 1985 a fantastic film is released called “The Tower” of Michael Mann, where appears a fantastic being too similar to what later in 1986 sees the light in the comics like “Apocalypse”.


  1. Back to top↑ Rise of Apocalypse # 1-4
  2. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 24
  3. Back to top↑ X-Force vol. 1 # 37 / Cable & Deadpool # 27 / X-Men vol. 1 # 186
  4. Back to top↑ New Eternals: Apocalypse Now!
  5. Back to top↑ Black Knight: Exodus
  6. Back to top↑ The Further Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix # 1-4
  7. Back to top↑ X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula # 1-5
  8. Back to top↑ Cable vol. eleven
  9. Back to top↑ Classic X-Men # 25
  10. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 5-6
  11. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 13
  12. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 24
  13. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 25
  14. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 26-28
  15. Back to top↑ X-Factor Annual # 3
  16. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 49-50
  17. Return to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 65-68
  18. Back to top↑ The Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix # 1-4
  19. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 14
  20. Back to top↑ X-Force vol. 1 # 17
  21. Back to top↑ X-Factor vol. 1 # 86
  22. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 16 / X-Force vol. 1 # 18
  23. Back to top↑ Wolverine vol. 1 100
  24. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 # 335
  25. Back to top↑ Cable vol. 1 # 35
  26. Back to top↑ Incredible Hulk vol. 1 # 455-457
  27. Back to top↑ X-Men: Magneto War
  28. Back to top↑ New Eternals: Apocalypse Now!
  29. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 # 377
  30. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 97
  31. Back to top↑ X-Men: The Search of Cycops # 1-4
  32. Back to top↑ Cable & Deadpool # 27
  33. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 181
  34. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 182
  35. Back to top↑ X-Men vol. 1 # 183-187
  36. Back to top↑ X-Force vol. 2 # 15
  37. Back to top↑ Cable vol. 2 # 15 / X-Force vol. 2 # 16
  38. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Force # 1-6
  39. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Force # 7
  40. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Force # 14
  41. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Force # 18-19
  42. Back to top↑ Wolverine & The X-Men # 4
  43. Back to top↑ Wolverine & The X-Men “# 10
  44. Back to top↑ Uncanny X-Force # 35
  45. Back to top↑ Avengers & X-Men: AXIS # 4
  46. Back to top↑ Avengers & X-Men: AXIS # 7-8
  47. Back to top↑ X-Men: Alpha / X-Men: Omega