The Bible tells us that the end of the world will be foretold by the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, known as Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death. To fans of Marvel Comics, however, the only thing the coming of the Four Horsemen foretells is a major upcoming X-Men storyline. Marvel’s Four Horsemen are apocalyptic in a more literal sense, as they almost always work for the villain Apocalypse, the oldest and most deadly mutant of all time.
To up the dramatic stakes, Marvel writers usually have Apocalypse recruit his Four Horsemen from the ranks of popular Marvel superheroes and supervillains. Since Apocalypse and his Horsemen are defeated each and every time they make an attempt at world domination, there have been plenty of “rosters” in Apocalypse’s stable of Horsemen over the years. Characters as diverse and important as the X-Men, Morlocks, and even Avengers have served as the avatars of Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death, undergoing a transformation that always comes with a power boost and a (generally silly) new outfit.
Appeared In: Peter David’s lengthy Incredible Hulk run
Horsemen Represented: WarWhat Happened: The Hulk was nursing wounds from a brutal defeat, and agreed to become Apocalypse’s Horseman if Apocalypse could remove shrapnel from the Hulk’s brain. Under the mental control of Apocalypse, War Hulk battled against foes like the Juggernaut, until he accidentally hit his friend Rick Jones and injured him, causing him to break free from the mind control.268121Agree or disagree?
Appeared In: The X-Men: Blood of Apocalypse storyline
Horsemen Represented: FamineWhat Happened: Sunfire lost both his legs and his powers in an attack by Lady Deathstrike, which left him despondent and vulnerable to an offer from Apocalypse to become a Horseman. The proud Sunfire’s better nature eventually came to the forefront, and he turned on his Apocalyptic master.20890Agree or disagree?
Appeared In: The Twelve crossover
Horsemen Represented: PestilenceWhat Happened: Caliban had always been a weaker mutant, so he took up Apocalypse’s offer to become a Horseman just to get a power boost. He used his natural mutant gifts to help Apocalypse hunt down other mutants, and remained a loyal Horseman until his master turned on him for his constant failure.211108Agree or disagree?
Appeared In: Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers run
Horsemen Represented: DeathWhat Happened: Banshee was a popular X-Men who died attempting to stop a plane crash. He was resurrected to take on his former teammates by the Apocalypse Twins as one of Four Horsemen of Death. The X-Men eventually rescued Banshee and held him in captivity until the effects of his transformation could be reversed.16084Agree or disagree?