Issue: 14

Writer - Rick Remender

Art - Steve McNiven
 

Summary:

How many Avengers must die to stop the Apocalypse Twins?! Wolverine fails mankind. Daken has his revenge. Wanda confesses her true love. Grim Reaper has his revenge. A heart-wrenching and desperate tale of betrayal, love, revenge and sacrifice.

Notes:

  • Cameo only

 

Issue: 18

Writer - Rick Remender

Art: Daniel Acuna

Summary:
Welcome to Planet X, the new mutant homeworld, where everything is great--presuming that you possess the mutant gene! Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, is the last human being alive, relentlessly pursued by Magneto and his All-New X-Force and their "No More Humans" campaign, and protected by her husband, Havok!

Issue: 19

Writer - Rick Remender

Art: Daniel Acuna

Summary:
AVENGE THE EARTH Continues! Kang's Chronos Corps arrives on Planet X with a terrible offer! The former members of the Uncanny Avengers must reunite to save the Earth! Magneto's all-new X-Force are out for the blood of a Summers!

Issue: 20

Writer - Rick Remender

Art: Daniel Acuna

Summary:
Unite or die! The Avengers Unity Squad pull it together, but is it too late? Which of the seven futures will become dominant? Kang's ultimate goal revealed! The Uncanny Avengers learn that even if you have no other choice, never trust Kang.

Issue: 21

Writer - Rick Remender

Art: Daniel Acuna

Summary:
This is it! The conclusion to an epic two years in the making and rest assured nothing will ever be the same again! The final battle will not be with the enemy--it will be with ourselves.

Issue: 22

Writer - Rick Remender

Art: Daniel Acuna

Summary:
Complete unity is established, but is it too late? The fate of the seven prime timelines decided! Kang's ultimate revenge on the Uncanny Avengers revealed.

 

Comments:

In this series of cameos, Doom 2099 mostly serves as window-dressing. In this era of spin-off teams (Dark Avengers, Secret Avengers, New Avengers, and indeed Uncanny Avengers) the idea of a Chrono-Corps is indeed an idea with potential for exploration. It is however an idea which is sadly under-used here in this story arc. Perhaps Remender (or other writer) will revisit this team in future? Doom's strongest and best appearance is in issue 19. The Chrono-Corps is pretty much a plot-device with which to effect the "Unity" team's "consciousness" time-travel. Though one wonders, with all of Kang's power, couldn't he have done this himself? Exactly what their motivation is unclear. At one point it seems he has secured the services of each Corp member by promising them the safety of their time-lines. But Iron Man 2020 says his future his "gone" because of Kang's machinations. May Parker similarly says that Kang is attempting to effect there being just one timeline. So these comments gel together. But a few pages later (in #22)  Iron Man 2020 says if he refuses Kang then all of the Corps futures will "die." I interpret from this that Kang somehow holds all of their futures in some kind of temporary hold...they may or may not exist depending on his whim. Much like the daughter he stole from Havok and Wasp. Though that future is gone, somehow Kang has her captive. So this does open up some broader questions as to the status of the 2099 universe. There is also the question of which 2099 does this Doom hail from? The original, Exiles, or perhaps even the Timestorm version. I'm leaning towards the Exiles version....just because I like to look at the original 2099 as (to use a Doctor Who term) "time locked."

A final note...the solicits refer to the timelines that the Chrono-Corp as the "prime" timelines. I've never heard this term used before...but I like that 2099 is considered "prime." A nice idea, one that again, someone should revisit. (Paging Jonathan Hickman).

 

 

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