Base of Operations
Apocalypse’s Sphinx Ship; formerly Stryfe’s pyramid; Apocalypse’s Egyptian fortress; Apocalypse’s Moon base
(As Riders of the Dark) X-Men: Apocalypse vs Dracula #1 (2006); (as Riders of the Storm) X-Factor #65 (1991); (as Dark Riders) X-Men #14 (1992)
The rechristened Dark Riders later oversaw Apocalypse’s recovery in Egypt, waking him early to face the threat of Stryfe. The Riders swore fealty to Stryfe after he defeated Apocalypse and subsequently fought members of the various X-Men teams before facing their former master. Left directionless after Stryfe’s apparent death, the Riders adopted Apocalypse’s “survival of the fittest” credo, testing superhumans such as Mesmero, Mister Sinister, Cyclops, Caliban, and even their own members Psynapse and Foxbat. Soon, the Riders served Genesis in his quest to become Apocalypse’s heir, and gained new members in the wind-generating Hurricane, psionic vampire Lifeforce, skeletal energy being Deadbolt, and the reptilian Spyne. Genesis’ father Cable and his allies defeated the Riders. Genesis later opposed Sinister, bringing the Riders into conflict with Jean Grey and Beast of the X-Men. Genesis next sought to transform the X-Man Wolverine into a new Horseman Death, sending the Riders to free the Adamantium-armored Cyber from prison while their newest member, the body-possessing Dirt Nap, was sent to test Wolverine. Genesis killed Cyber, intending to implant Wolverine with the Adamantium; however, Wolverine broke free in a berserk fury, slaying most of the Riders and Genesis. Only Gauntlet, Barrage, Tusk, Dirt Nap, and Harddrive survived.Most of the surviving Riders, along with a returned Psynapse, ultimately rejoined Stryfe upon his return in Latveria, where the X-Man Nate Grey and his ally Madelyne Pryor opposed them. In the ensuing clash, Psynapse was inadvertently slain while battling Grey. Later, Gauntlet alone was hired by Cable’s mentor Blaquesmith in a failed attempt to eliminate Cyclops, who had become the latest host for Apocalypse’s essence. With the recent return of Apocalypse, a new army of Dark Riders was assembled by Apocalypse’s servant, Ozymandias.