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Recently, Marvel held a series of press calls to discuss the future of the X-Men franchise. One of these calls involved Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force. A teaser image showed four members of the team battling the X-Men of the Age of Apocalypse reality. But Archangel was conspicuously absent from that teaser, a point Remender noted was not just coincidence.
Shortly thereafter, Marvel released another teaser featuring a very deranged and bloodthirsty Archangel. Is the hero finally losing control over his dark side? And how does this lead X-Force to venture to another dimension?Marvel provided some concrete answers at C2E2 today when they announced The Dark Angel Saga during the "Welcome to the X-Men" panel. That's the actual name of the storyline that brings back the Age of Apocalypse universe since it was last glimpsed in the 2005 mini-series and the pages of Exiles.
The Dark Angel Saga sees the remaining four members of the team struggling to free Warren Worthington from the influence of Archangel, the dark personality that has grown more prevalent since returning in Craig Kyle and Chris Yost's X-Force series. When Remender previously spoke about this storyline, he noted that X-Force would be searching for something in the Age of Apocalypse universe. Whether that something is a person or object, it looks to be central in curing Archangel.
Remender had also mentioned that Dark Beast would be playing a role in the series soon. That character was one of several refugees from the AoA universe to wind up in the normal Marvel Universe. Dark Beast will now join X-Force in returning to his home dimension, acting as a sort of guide through that twisted landscape.
The Dark Angel Saga will begin with a prologue chapter in May's Uncanny X-Force #10 and officially kick off in June's issue #11. Based on Remender's earlier comments, we know Mark Brooks will illustrate issue #11-13 while Jerome Opena is returning to the series for issues #14-17, the finale of this arc