“ONSLAUGHT” – MARVEL COMIC TPB 1995
You might have thought, that having shaken up the mutant world in “The Age Of Apocalypse” story arc, Marvel would have felt they did not need to create another ‘crossover’ event – you would (of course) be quite wrong. Not being content with just re-writing mutant history – now they decided a villain of such colossal power was needed to threaten every superhero, and not just mutants … enter ONSLAUGHT.
If you’re looking for a comic book series that will leave you on the edge of your seat, “Onslaught” is the one for you! This incredible story follows the creation of a sentient psionic entity, born from the consciousness of two mutants – Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto. As the plot progresses, you’ll witness how Magneto’s darkest aspects merge with Xavier’s own negative emotions, creating the powerful being known as Onslaught.
The series kicks off with a battle between the X-Men and Magneto’s Acolytes, where Magneto himself causes Wolverine devastating injuries. In response, Xavier uses his telepathic powers to shut down Magneto’s mind, causing the creation of Onslaught. But Onslaught remained dormant for some time before starting to subtly influence Xavier. Eventually, he starts recruiting others to do his evil bidding, and sets his sights on taking over the world. Onslaught’s attempts to convince Jean Grey to join his cause with the offer of power rivalling that of the Phoenix Force is another intense moment in the story.
Onslaught’s power grows throughout the series, and he proves to be a colossal opponent for even the strongest of mutants and superheroes. He challenges the X-Men and tries to convince them to join his cause, ultimately leading to a shocking reveal about Professor Xavier and his true nature. The story culminates in a massive showdown between Onslaught and a team of superheroes that spans across multiple issues and features cameos from some of Marvel’s biggest names.
If you’re a fan of action-packed storylines, engaging characters, and stunning artwork, Onslaught is a must-read. This series will keep you hooked from start to finish, and the epic finale will leave you breathless. So, grab a copy today and experience one of the most unforgettable comic book events of all time!
As The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and The Avengers join forces to challenge Onslaught, the story culminates in a massive showdown between Onslaught and a team of superheroes that spans across multiple issues and features cameos from some of Marvel’s biggest names in a savage finale in New York’s Central Park. The heroes must use all of their powers to battle Onslaught and stop him from destroying Manhattan. The story ends with the shocking and tragic ‘deaths’ of nearly all the superhero teams, leaving only the mutants behind – to face the wrath of a world that fears and hates them more than ever before!
But fear not, true believers (I do love to quote the late great Stan Lee(!), for not all hope is lost – The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and their allies are not truly gone, thanks to the heroic efforts of Franklin Richards, (son of Reed & Sue Richards of The Fantastic Four). Using his huge powers, he has created a pocket dimension, where they are reborn into new lives, and their link to Earth-616 (our Earth) is via a little blue ball, which Franklin carries protectively.
Franklin and the members of the young mutant Generation X team navigate this new world, The arc resolves a few months later, with the telling of “The Heroes Reborn” story, and even after that, Marvel revisits the ONSLAUGHT saga to tell untold tales and to tie up other unresolved plot threads. ONSLAUGHT himself would be reborn on several occasions and in several different guises. I guess you can’t keep a bad guy down!
Don’t miss out on the action-packed, emotionally charged pages of Onslaught – a true masterpiece of the MARVEL universe!