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19th March 2015

Apocalypse: The Twelve

All Appearances: Astonishing X-Men (2nd series) #1-3, Cable (1st series) #73-76, X-Men (2nd series) #95-97, Hulk (1st series) #8, X-Men (2nd series) #95, X-Man #59-60, Wolverine (2nd series) #145, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #377
Working for: Apocalypse
Membership: Caliban, Deathbird, Hulk, Rory Campbell/ Ahab, Wolverine


Incredible Hulk (2nd series) #456-457: The Hulk shortly became War. He received armor, cybernetic implants, a whip, power sword and a helmet that protected him from being haunted by his father's ghost. Yet, when he thought he'd killed Rick Jones, he broke free from Apocalypse's control.
Wolverine (2nd series) #145 (flashback): Wolverine is captured by the Skrulls, and defeats Sabretooth in a duel to prevent his transformation into Death; in turn he becomes Death himself.
Astonishing X-Men (2nd series) #1-3: Death V (the real Wolverine) destroys a Hulkbuster Base, killing all inside, and decapitates Bastion; then he hunts the Mannites. Death shoots down the X-Men's plane and battles Archangel, Cable and Cyclops. He escapes, then sneaks onto their plane. Death attacks them again Cable and Archangel on the plane, which crashes near the other X-Men and the Mannites. The Horseman survives, defeats the X-Men, and kills “Skrullverine“, the imposter who took his place among the X-Men.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #374: Apocalypse captures Deathbird, and prepares for her transformation into his new Horseman of War.
Cable (1st series) #73-74: Caliban is reborn as Pestilence, and hunts down Cable, befriending a young boy, only to be chased away by the boy's father. When the boy runs after Caliban and is struck down by a car, an angry mob attacks Caliban, blaming him. Caliban finds Cable and X-Force, and battles them. They pursue him to the lair of Deathbird, who has become War. The two Horsemen and the Living Monolith's cultists defeat X-Force and capture Cable.
Hulk (1st series) #8:  A disguised Apocalypse prepares Wolverine for an attack on the Hulk.
X-Men (2nd series) #95: Death is sent to destroy the Skrull base. Before he does so, he is unmasked by the X-Men.
Wolverine (2nd series) #145: Wolverine battles the Hulk to a standstill.
Cable (1st series) #75: Cable escapes and defeats Death. Death then threatens to kill Caliban to make Cable surrender.
X-Man #59: Caliban teleports into mid-air and captures X-Man.
X-Men (2nd series) #96: The Horsemen continue capturing members of the Twelve. Deathbird captures Iceman, Famine (Rory Campbell) appears and captures Sunfire, while Wolverine teleports inside the X-Men's home and captures Mikhail Rasputin. When the X-Men destroy his teleporter, he battles them, and escapes into the Morlock tunnels.
Wolverine (2nd series) #146: Wolverine battles several of the X-Men in the Morlock tunnels, until they manage to free him from Apocalypse's control.
X-Man #60: Caliban confronts X-Man after Nate recovers from his hallucinations.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #377: Caliban and Famine capture Xavier for the Gathering of the Twelve. Deathbird captures Bishop.
X-Men (2nd series) #97: During a big battle between the X-Men and Apocalypse, Mikhail teleports away to another dimension with the Horsemen, sans Wolverine. Apocalypse disappears after being merged with Cyclops.


  • Wolverine broke free of Apocalypse's control and returned to the X-Men.
  • What happened to the Horsemen right after they were teleported away by Mikhail is unknown. Ahab/Famine eventually appears again in Uncanny Avengers (1st series) #23 working for the Red Skull. 
  • Deathbird was next seen in outer space again. [Bishop: The Last X-Man #15] She was suffering from lack of oxygen and was slightly insane, as she blasted herself into space through an open airlock. She later returned to the Shi’ar Empire. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #475-486]
  • Caliban tracked down Cyclops/Apocalypse, apparently reverting to the naive, stupid Caliban along the way. When he caught up with Cyclops/Apocalypse, he found the two psyches struggling for dominance. While in control, Cyclops released Caliban from Apocalypse's control. Shortly afterwards, Apocalypse’s psychic essence was sucked out of the merged body and disrupted by Cable's psimitar [X-Men: Search for Cyclops #3-4]