Even as Marvel further expands its mutant universe in April with the debut of X-Men by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel, it will cancel two more X-titles as part of the finale of the "X-Termination" crossover event.
The publisher's solicitations for April reveal that it will end David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre's Age of Apocalypse with Issue 14 and Greg Pak and Andre Araujo's X-Treme X-Men with Issue 13, with the latter teasing that "Kid Nightcrawler makes the ultimate sacrifice." The two series will be sent off with interlocking covers by Guiseppe Camuncoli that connects to Astonishing X-Men #61, by Marjorie Liu and Matteo Buffagni, which was also part of "X-Termination" (see all three above). That title survives.
Both Age of Apocalypse and X-Treme X-Men recently had dropped below the 20,000-copy mark, traditionally viewed as Marvel's "line of death," with the former selling an estimated 19,337 copies to the direct market in December, and the latter just 16,682.
AGE OF APOCALYPSE #14DAVID LAPHAM (W) • ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (A)COVER BY GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLIVARIANT COVER BY GREG LANDPART 3 of X-TERMINATION! – FINAL ISSUE!• The multi-verse is being consumed!• No one is safe as our heroes split up to fight a war in two universes.32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
X-TREME X-MEN #13GREG PAK (W) • ANDRE ARAUJO (A)Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLIVARIANT COVER BY KALMAN ANDRASOFSKYPart 4 OF X-TERMINATION - FINAL ISSUE!• With the rift into the AOA widening, the only chance might be to step into the void—but at what cost?• Kid Nightcrawler makes the ultimate sacrifice.32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99