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Off My Mind: Repercussions from the Death Of Apocalypse
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Is he dead for good? What will the other X-members think of how he was killed?
Since his first appearance in 1986's X-Factor #5, he's been nothing but trouble for the X-Men and the various other X-teams. As a mutant that has lived for thousands of years, dying and coming back has become just another thing that he can do. His latest return turned out to be a little different.
With each death, Apocalypse has managed to return to his old self (more or less). The current secret team of X-Force decided they were going to kill Apocalypse before he could make his next move. To their surprise, they discovered that Apocalypse had return as a child. This wasn't just a child version of Apocalypse but more like an innocent child being educated with the beliefs of the Apocalypse we all know.
The big dilemma was could they still kill Apocalypse if he was an innocent child or could he be taught to be good?
== TEASER ==
Could a kid version of Apocalypse be taught to play nice with everyone? He seemed like an actual innocent kid. It was pretty weird that this time Apocalypse was brought back as a child. He was already getting lessons on hating Xavier's Toads and that they had twisted the natural order. But he was still a kid.
There was a fight. The team was undecided. Finally it appeared a decision was made. The boy would be allowed to live. He would be taken back with them. Then...BLAM! Fantomex did what none of them could do. Apocalypse was dead. The threat of his evil is finally over.
Or is it?
Yesterday Marvel had a press conference on Year of the X-Men. During the Uncanny X-Force portion, Senior X-Editor Nick Lowe said, "Apocalypse is dead. He's never coming back." Apparently there was a hint of sarcasm there. He's been dead before so what's to prevent him from coming back again? Rick Remender also added, "The version of Apocalypse we know is dead."
The last time everyone found out there was a team of X-Force that sanctioned killing, it all hit the fan. What will happen if people find out they killed a kid this time? Was Fantomex out of line in killing the child that would grow up to become Apocalypse? What's going to happen when X-Force journeys to the Age of Apocalypse?
While it was a big and shocking moment when Fantomex pulled the trigger, does it really matter?
Apocalypse will be back. He has to be. We know he exists in the future when Cable was taken by the Askani to survive the techno-organic virus. We also saw him in the Messiah War crossover.
More importantly, it's been said (in Cable and Deadpool #27) that all it takes is a single drop of Apocalypse's blood for him to survive. When he was shot, there was indeed a bit of blood left. Deadpool should have recalled the discovery he made about how the techno-organic cells can rewrite Apocalypse and bring him back to life.
Then again, this is Deadpool we're talking about.
The question remains, did Fantomex cross the line? X-Force had every intention to kill him. Some of the members got cold feet when they realized he was just a child at the time. Does the fact that he could return from the dead (again) make it okay? When he does return, will he recall this death and be kind of ticked off? Will X-Force encounter Apocalypse in the Age of Apocalypse reality and will he have any idea about this death?
We know the blood is there to bring him back, now Ozymandias just needs some techno-organic virus cells to complete the resurrection.