Apocalypse, one of the strongest characters in the Marvel universe, has long deserved a strong origin story for a long time. Sadly, this isn't it. The story starts off with a roar. The first 40 or so pages develop an interesting story with En Sabah Nur being cast out from his tribe for his mutation and perceived weakness, then the infant is found by a tough nomadic tribe that believes in survival of the fittest over all else. This is certainly a way to explain the beginnings of Apocalypse's obsession.
Unfortunately, after the first 40 or so pages, it seems both scripter Kavanagh and penciller Pollina loose interest and they have to have people brought in to help them finish. That might be because in the middle of a story in ancient Egypt, the Fantastic Four are brought in. I know technically they did travel to this time period, but why this has to be included in the middle of an Apocalypse story is beyond me.
Kavanagh has produced great work before and will again. Adam Pollina remains one of my favorite pencillers for his off beat style. My fear of Apocalypse continues, but this is one graphic where the stars did not line up right. It's a weak effort, and should probably be avoided unless you're a die hard X-Men fan.
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