Age of Apocalypse: Part 1 of 4 – “Breaking Away!” Story by Jeph Loeb. Art by Steve Skroce. Story continued from X-Men #41. Welcome to the Age of Apocalypse. North America resides under the iron rule of the tyrant Apocalypse. It is here that the scholarly Toad, the reptilian Soaron, the illusionist Mastermind, and the monstrous Brute join their leader Forge as a small band of resistance fighters posing as circus performers roaming the countryside helping when and where they can. They are joined by a mysterious young man with immense psionic powers. Nate doesn’t remember his past but the future of mutant and mankind may rest in his hands.