Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 2.1 last modified March 21, 2001
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Story: Wolverine: Rahne of Terra (64 pages) Date: 1991 Feature Characters: Rahne Sinclair / Princess Rain; Wolverine / the Beast Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Cable / the Mage of Geshem and his staff Warlock, Rictor / Richard, Sunspot / Robert, Cannonball / Samuel and his mount Pendragon, Boom Boom / Tabby; Doug (*Ramsey), the King Villains: Magnus (*Magneto) Other Characters: Hubert Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils & Inks: Andy Kubert Letters: Jim Novak Colors: Sherilyn van Valkenburgh Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: the parallel medieval world of Geshem is populated with analogs of the usual characters. Rahne raves, claiming to be a princess, and Cable has put her in a straitjacket. In Geshem: the Mage confronts the Beast of Prophecy (Wolverine), and he and his staff are defeated by him. The Princess is destined to be killed by the Beast on her 16th birthday. Samuel finds the Mage's staff and is nearly killed by Wolverine, but blasts him with his gun, Cannonball. The King has a heart attack and dies, telling his knights to protect Rain from the Beast. The wizard Magnus has brought Wolverine to this world and is controlling his mind. He wants the castle, which sits atop a source of great power. Rain knocks out her lady-in-waiting Tabby and goes against orders to her father's funeral. Wolverine attacks her, and she is defended by the peasant Doug and her knights. Magnus directs Wolverine to defeat them. The princess, driven to desperation, turns into a wolf and fends Wolverine off for a few minutes, and she and Doug get into the city. Wolverine swims the moat, kills a crocodile and some guards, and gets in. Rahne fights him again as a wolf; Tabby throws bottles of liquor at him and lights him with a torch. That snaps him out of it. Magnus appears, is mistaken by Rahne for Magneto, and immediately realizes that Rahne is from Wolverine's world and is not the real princess. The Mage appears, Magnus challenges him to mystic combat, but he just shoots him with a crossbow. But that doesn't stop him: he taps into Geshem's mystical energy and becomes a giant, which makes him a bigger target for Wolverine, who crawls in his ear and starts hacking away at his brains. He drops dead and disappears, having made rubble of much of the city. The Mage admits that he kidnapped Rahne to protect Rain. He sends her back with curt thanks. She tries to explain things to the New Mutants, but they don't believe her until Wolverine shows up with a wolf pendant from Geshem. Story: Wolverine: Knight of Terra (64 pages) Date: 1995 Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Prof. Xavier / Shaman, Hector (*Hank McCoy), Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Bishop / Lord Paladin, Lord Summerisle (*Cyclops), Lady Jehane Grey (*Jean Grey), Lady Mistral (*Storm), Lilian (*Illyana Rasputin), Duke Handfast (*Gambit) Villains: the Beast (*Sabretooth), Magnus (*Magneto, in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writers: Ian Edginton (plot), John Ostrander (script) Pencils: Jan Duursema Inks: Rick Magyar Letters: Richard Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Tom Vincent Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: the parallel medieval world of Geshem is populated with analogs of the usual characters. Wolverine is back in Geshem, confronting the Beast, who just killed a thousand knights. They fight savagely but inconclusively. Shaman uses the wolf pendant to swap Rain for Rahne again. Rain attacks Bishop and has to be restrained. The peasants of Geshem, terrorized by the Beast, want to feed Rain to him to fulfill the prophecy. Wolverine wants a horse, so he kills three men to get it, but that's okay, since they were bad guys. Then he rides the horse so hard, it dies, too. He beats off some peasants who think he is the Beast, and then convinces Lilian he is a good guy. She lets him ride her horse. Shaman explains to Rahne that the magic of Geshem is held in restraint by the ruling class. But Queen Rain's magic is suppressed, and it gives her fits. It also has manifested itself as the Beast and seeks to kill her. Shaman wants Rahne to quell the civil unrest while he deals with the magic. Moira and Xavier examine Rain's body (she is pregnant) and mind (she is a mutant). Rain asks Xavier to help her suppress her mutant side, but he convinces her to accept it, instead. The Beast approaches the castle; the knights defend it, but the Beast defeats them. He breaks through to Rahne, who turns wolf and fights. Rain returns to her world, possessed of her own magic. Wolverine shows up, too, and guts the Beast's human host. Its spirit flies away, defeated. Rain makes Rahne a peer and Wolverine a knight, and Shaman sends them home. Story: Beast 1 (22 pages) Date: May-97 Story: Bad Karma Feature Characters: Dr. Henry P. "Hank" McCoy (Beast), Xi'an Coy Manh (Karma), Samuel Zachery "Sam" Guthrie (Cannonball) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gateway, Leong, Nga; Wolfsbane, Magik, Mirage, Cypher, Spider-Man, Storm, Longshot, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine (in flashback) Villains: Viper, Spiral and her mutates; Gen. Coy (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Keith Giffen Pencils: Cedric Nocon Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Hackshack Studios Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Marie Javins Color Separations: Digital Chameleon Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Viper uses Gateway to port to her meeting with Spiral. They have a contract. Hank emerges from Harry's Hideaway and is suddenly possessed by Karma. She uses him to bust heads in the Hellfire Club, still looking for her siblings, but Hank breaks free of her control, and instead hacks into their computer to learn that Viper now has Leong and Nga. Hank fails to locate them using Cerebro, but Spiral sends a psionic message to Karma: they are in her Body Shop, in an alternate dimension. Spiral reconfigures living creatures; she has made a squirrel into a butler, and has modified Leong and Nga. She then ports to Westchester to capture Karma, but winds up taking Sam and Hank along, too. Story: Beast 2 (21 pages) Date: Jun-97 Story: Body Shopping Feature Characters: Beast, Karma, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Leong, Nga Villains: Viper, Spiral and her mutates Other Characters: Credits: Writers: Keith Giffen (plot), Terry Kavanagh (script) Pencils: Cedric Nocon Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Hackshack Studios Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Ariane Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Karma, Hank, and Sam find themselves outside the Body Shop and are immediately surrounded by Spiral's mutates. Karma overreacts and starts a brawl; the three are quickly overwhelmed by numbers. They surrender and are shown into the Body Shop, where they find Leong and Nga adults, under Viper's control, and full of nanites. Leong sheds his skin to stop Karma from attacking Viper, then grows new skin. A mutate slashes Sam's leg to incapacitate him; Hank leaps high up the Body Shop wall with him to safety, then returns to attack Spiral. Nga has a large sack on her back which can create duplicates of people, including their powers. When Sam attacks Viper, she becomes a duplicate of Karma, takes control of his mind, and uses him to attack Hank. They are both defeated, and Viper tells Spiral to start procedures on Karma, and orders Nga to kill Hank and Sam. Story: Beast 3 (23 pages) Date: Jul-97 Story: Closing Shop Feature Characters: Beast, Karma, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Leong, Nga, Gateway Villains: Viper, Spiral and her mutates; Gen. Coy, Tran Coy Manh (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Cedric Nocon, Pelletier, Collazo Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Hackshack Studios/Candelario Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Ariane Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: As Nga fights the command to kill the semi-conscious Hank, Karma takes control of him, forcing him to fight back. Sam blasts over and takes Karma into the Body Shop, making her let go of Hank's mind. Nga becomes a duplicate of Hank and continues fighting him. Viper explains her vendetta against the Coys: she had tried to kill him but was taken over by Tran, Karma's twin brother, and lived in Coy's harem for weeks. She has Spiral begin procedures on her, and she realizes that Tran's psyche is inside her (see Marvel Team-Up 100). Nga dumps Hank at Viper's feet; he's faking and bounds up and frees Sam. Viper orders Leong to kill Nga, but Sam gets to him first: Hank has determined how to use the X-Men's communicator patch to block Viper's psychic control. Viper shoots spiral's equipment to prevent her from killing Karma; she wants a chance at revenge on Tran. The Body Shop starts exploding, and Spiral ports away with Viper. Karma tries to force Hank to put Leong and Nga back the way they were, but he can't. The Body Shop implodes; they narrowly escape. Karma goes off with Leong and Nga, accepting them as family even in their new forms. Story: New Mutants: Truth or Death 1 Date: Nov-97 Story: Truth or Death (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Douglock; young Cannonball, young Sunspot, young Mirage, young Wolfsbane, young Magma, Warlock, Cypher, Magik Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Kitty Pryde (in flashback) Villains: Mikhail Rasputin Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Bernard Chang Inks: Mark Pennington Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Liz Agraphiotis Colors: Tom Vincent Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Past: in Limbo, the New Mutants trounce demons. Illyana confronts S'ym, slays him with her Soulsword, and renounces Limbo. But a mysterious stranger convinces her to go with him. Dani races to where Illyana has fallen unconscious and tells Kitty to end this Danger Room session. Illyana revives, disturbed by the visit from her future. That night the mansion has a blackout, and without a TV, Illyana convinces the team to play "Truth or Dare." After playing for a while, Roberto dares Illyana to face her future; she accepts, but they must all go with her. Present: Sam, Roberto, Dani, and Shan meet Rahne at LaGuardia airport. Douglock also arrives, having stowed away. They return to the mansion, realize there are intruders, and confront their younger selves. Douglock blurts out that Illyana is dead. Upset, she ports away, and meets the mysterious stranger, who reveals himself as her brother Mikhail. Story: New Mutants: Truth or Death 2 Date: Dec-97 Story: Family Matters (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Douglock; young Cannonball, young Sunspot, young Mirage, young Wolfsbane, young Magma, Warlock, Cypher, Magik Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Mikhail Rasputin Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Bernard Chang Inks: Mark Pennington Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Liz Agraphiotis Colors: Tom Vincent Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The youngers get questions answered from their future selves. Illyana ports back with Mikhail in tow. He says he threw himself into the vortex of time to try to save his sister's life in the past, and he wants help. The elders confer: Sam and Dani decide the villainous Mikhail can't be worked with, and they attack. The elders are about to defeat the youngers, but a suddenly more powerful Karma decides to help Mikhail keep his family together. She possesses the elders, and has Roberto take out Sam. Only young Rahne is left to oppose Mikhail. Story: New Mutants: Truth or Death 3 Date: Jan-98 Story: Letting Go (24 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Douglock; young Cannonball, young Sunspot, young Mirage, young Wolfsbane, young Magma, Warlock, Cypher, Magik Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Storm (flashback) Villains: Mikhail Rasputin; Callisto (flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Bernard Chang Inks: Mark Pennington Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Tom Vincent Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Cypher readies Illyana for Mikhail to teleport the dormant Legacy virus cells out of her body. But the experiment goes awry, and they have to rush her to the ICU. Sam wakes in a cell with the rest of the elders. He touches Douglock to the containment field, shocking him awake, and they rouse the others. Mikhail vows to remain a villain. He tells the youngers that Illyana is free of the virus. Doug is suspicious and investigates, learning that she was originally healthy and Mikhail actually infected her, under the assumption that her mystical self would develop an immunity whereas her de-aged self could not. (Mikhail is infected and needs a cure.) Doug also learns of his own death. Young Rahne sneaks off to free the elders, but Mikhail stops her. They free themselves and attack him. Illyana and the youngers confront Mikhail with the truth, and he ports away. Karma wipes the youngers' memories as they port back to the past. The elders reminisce and visit Illyana's grave.
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