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Issue: Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn 1 Date: Aug-97 Story: Before the Break of Dawn (23 pages) Feature Characters: Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock), Archangel (Warren Kenneth Worthington, III) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr the Ancient, Wolverine; Iceman, Beast, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Capt. Britain, Doug Ramsey (in flashback) Villains: Proctor Tar, Kuragari and Undercloaks; Slaymaster, Spiral, Matsuo Tsurayaba (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Salvador Larroca Inks: Thibert, Martinez, Parsons, Hack Shack Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF, AD Colors: Lichtner, Lusen, Liquid Color Editor: Matt Idelson Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Tar sends mystic symbols after Gomurr, but instead they turn on him. Kuragari announces he is the new master of the Crimson Dawn. Warren, enjoying his restored natural wings (UXM 338), flys back to Betsy in his Soho loft, with roses and Broadway tickets. But she's still too shaken to go out (she was attacked by Sabretooth in UXM 328 and healed by the Crimson Dawn in 330). Gomurr wanders the city, intangible, then senses something. He finds Tar, who says Kungari is back and then dies. Betsy meditates, trying to get herself together, when she hears a voice. She lunges into the shadows and finds herself in the next room. She creates her psychic knife and grabs Warren, about to kill him. He settles her down, and she says she was overtaken with rage. Warren says he's been trying to help her, but she just retreats into her own mind. Kuragari plans to conquer the world, only Betsy is in the way, and she is nearly insane. He sends Undercloaks to her with a gift. Logan visits Warren's apartment, to make sure Betsy's okay. He points out that Warren has undergone major changes, as well, and he should just let Betsy heal her own way. Warren flies him back to the Lower East Side, then stands on the Empire State Building in the rain and wonders if he's strong enough to help her. Betsy battles holograms of former foes: Slaymaster (Capt. Britain 13), Spiral (New Mutants Annual 2) and Matsuo (X-Men II:32), and then nearly kills Doug Ramsey. Then Undercloaks welcome her to the dark side. Issue: Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn 2 Date: Sep-97 Story: ?When the Devil Comes a Callin'! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Psylocke, Archangel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr Villains: Tar (deceased), Kuragari and Undercloaks Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Salvador Larroca Inks: Thibert, Martinez, Parsons, Hack Shack Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF, AD Colors: Liquid Color Editor: Matt Idelson Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Gomurr performs a rite incinerates Tar's body and prepares his soul for reincarnation. Warren flies home, having decided to tell Betsy he loves her and that she needs psychological help. Her dojo is on fire, and she telepathically tells him to get away, but he goes to help her fight off Undercloaks and gets himself clobbered (still not readjusted to his wings, he says). Betsy saves his pinfeathers, brutally destroying the Undercloaks. She finds a ring on the floor and tells Warren she can take care of herself. Each of them recognizes that her personality changed since the Crimson Dawn, and they both wish she could reach out to Warren for help. Kuragari destroys the Undercloak who reports the failure of the mission. At least they left the ring, which will make Betsy his bride. He looks into the vision pool to see what may stop him: Warren. That night, Warren has a dream of Betsy, who says she doesn't know who she really is. He realizes the ring is affecting her. She says she is an Undercloak and attacks him, but Gomurr's voice interrupts, identifying her as Kuragari in disguise. Warren wakes, and Betsy enters the room. Gomurr is shocked to see her wearing the ring, which she can't take off. Kuragari grabs her, and battle ensues. Kurgari knocks Warren and Gomurr back and drags Betsy through the shadows. Issue: Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn 3 Date: Oct-97 Story: The Dark Side! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Psylocke, Archangel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr; Capt. Britain (in flashback) Villains: Kuragari and Undercloaks; Tar (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Salvador Larroca Inks: Thibert, Martinez, Parsons, Hack Shack Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Liquid! Editor: Matt Idelson Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Warren picks himself up and sees the sky has turned red; Gomurr says Betsy and the world are doomed. In the Crimson Dawn, Betsy resists her captor, but he says she's an Undercloak now and traps her in a mystic cage. He explains that because the Crimson Dawn saved her life, a soul is owed. Gomurr says Warren has to save her, alone, while he protects the world from Kurgari's dragons (Excalibur 107-110). Betsy tries her psychic knife but just gets slapped across the room. She picks up a katana, and he demans she prove herself as a great warrior and become his queen. He says when she was a proper English lady she always wanted an exotic life, and slaps her around, then gives her to his Undercloaks. Gomurr sends Warren to the Crimson Dawn dimension. Betsy, black as sin all over, attacks him. Issue: Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn 4 Date: Nov-97 Story: The Dawning Dusk (2 pages) Feature Characters: Psylocke, Archangel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr, Tar Villains: Kuragari and Undercloaks Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Salvador Larroca Inks: Thibert, Martinez, Parsons, Hack Shack Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Albert Deschesne Colors: Lichgner, Lusen, Liquid! Editor: Matt Idelson Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Betsy attacks Warren, able to read his mind and slip through shadows. Kuragari looks on approvingly, and they kiss, but Warren doesn't believe Betsy would give herself to him. They leave to conquer the world, while Undercloaks attack Warren. He notices Betsy dropped some shuriken, perhaps on purpose. Tar's spirit comes back to help Gomurr. He marks his hands, making him the next Proctor, saying their battles were just tests. Gomurr goes to the Crimson Dawn, rescues Warren, then takes him to the chamber of the Ebon Vein. He says it's Warren's debt to repay, not Betsy's: he took the stuff of life for her, so he must give back from his heart. Betsy feels a change; Warren arrives and attacks the Undercloaks. Kuragari has mystic symbols attack him; he says he loves Betsy, and she breaks free and stabs Kuragari with her katana. Gomurr arrives, and the Undercloaks submit to him. He sends mystic symbols to eat Kuragari alive. Karmic accounts are back in balance, and Betsy and Warren return home; she still has her Undercloak powers. Issue: Longshot 1 Date: Feb-98 Story: Fools (48 pages) Feature Characters: Longshot Regular Characters: Nutt, Wilson, Diane, Tallulah, Mikey, Berkowitz, Dennis/Denise Guest Stars: Villains: Thingee (alias Clifford Spalding) Other Characters: Herb, Ray, Betty and Garret Fillmore, Sheriff Gale, Beatrice Lillian, Jake Benny, Elston, Dr. Joshua Doctor Credits: Writer: John Marc DeMatteis Pencils: Michael Zulli Inks: Al Williamson Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Longshot Created By: Ann Nocenti, Arthur Adams Synopsis: Longshot leaves the Mojoverse on a quest through a nonsensical land. He comes across the monster Thingee about to eat the tiny Nutt. He throws blades, but the letters "HA-HA" of the Thingee's laughter protect him, and he swallows Nutt. Longshot goes in the maw after him and explodes the Thingee from the inside. He felt queasy and insubstantial and was sucked into a black portal. He found a gold twister that he decided was the doorway to heaven and nearly went through it, but then backed away, realizing his soul was no longer pure. The twister dumped him in the cornfields near Baum, Kansas, to meet his destiny. He realizes he can't be dead because he's vomiting. He finds Nutt in his pocket, and they start walking to New York, not realizing Thingee is also on earth. They get directions from some locals who laugh at them, and then a little girl named Betty takes gives them a free meal. Longshot touches her to read her mind, and the ghost of her drowned brother Garret appears, saying he wants her to be happy. After Longshot leaves, Thingee attacks the girl, and Longshot hears the screams, but Nutt convinces him it's nothing. Cops find him in a field the next morning: Betty is catatonic, repeating his name. He attacks the cops and gets away, but Garret warns him the house is guarded, and his sister is in a sanitarium in nearby Barrie. Bea shells peas on her porch, and her dead beau from fifty years ago shows up with flowers and transforms her back to youth. But he is Thingee, and he feeds on her. The cowardly Wilson catches Longshot breaking into the sanitarium but then helps him get to Betty. Longshot reads her mind and sees Thingee. He gets her past Dr. Doctor, fighting off his guards, and frees the rest of the inmates. He mentally cleanses Betty, or a gold twister does, and his own innocence is restored, having been tested by suffering. Thingee impersonates a couple of cops and takes mental control of the sheriff, and they attack. But Nutt tells Longshot to join all the inmates together, and they purge Thingee with their gold twister of hope, dreams, and love. She departs, raining her grace on them. They people she had eaten are restored, and Longshot says his goodbyes, but the inmates follow him, Dorothy-like, toward New York. Issue: Magneto Rex 1 Date: Apr-99 Story: Ascendance (22 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto (Magnus) Regular Characters: Amelia Voght, Dr. Alda Huxley, Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Phillip Moreau, Jenny Ransome, Pipeline, Fabian Cortez, Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, the Black Panther (T'Challa), Capt. America (Steve Rogers), Gabrielle Haller, Rogue Villains: magistrates, Zealot (Thomas Moreau, mutate 665) and his mutates including 407, 21 Other Characters: mutates including 201; Harold Credits: Writer: Joe Pruett Pencils: Brandon Peterson Inks: Matt Banning Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Richard Isanove, Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after X-Men II:87. The UN has given Genosha to Magneto; human refugees flood into Wakanda, Cap denounces appeasement, and Moira and Haller see dark times ahead. Magneto overlooks Hammer Bay, his half- ruined capital, and plans empire. Magistrates strafe him, but he stalls their jets and demands they kneel. When they resist, he tries to stop the blood flow to their brains, but he gets a migraine. Before the pilots shoot him, a mutate has the earth swallow them. Huxley is Genosha's representative to the UN. She is shrewd and realistic and has plans. Voght was a nurse and Charles Xavier's lover. Now she spies on Pietro as he saves a baby from a fire in the American Midwest. He confronts her, saying she's deluded for believing in his father. He decides to confront him, and she ports him to Genosha. Horrified by the ruins, Pietro takes a quick tour. Zealot picks him up on a surveillance camera and plans to use him to gain control of the island. Voght tells Pietro the UN only gave it to Magneto to keep him busy, but he is its best chance. Rogue flies in, alone since the X-Men disappeared (Uncanny X-Men 368). She hopes to find the good in Magneto, as in the Savage Land (Uncanny X-Men 274). The mutates tell Magneto they captured the magistrates' base and decrypted their intelligence. He meets Moreau (the Genegineer's son), Ransome (a mutate), and Pipeline (a former magistrate), uneasy allies. Huxley welcomes him; he suspects her motives. Moreau warns him of Zealot, his brother and a mutate, who has raised a guerilla faction. Pietro goes to save a mutate from magistrates; it's a trap, and she stuns him. Voght sees Rogue arrive. Magneto realizes his power is diminished, so he goes to Cortez, whose power is to boost powers. He forgives him for trying to kill him (X-Men II:3), and Cortez reluctantly swears allegiance. Rogue sees mutates in a ruined church; Zealot is holding a rally and has Pietro tied to a cross. Issue: Magneto Rex 2 Date: Jun-99 Story: <untitled> (22 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto Regular Characters: Amelia Voght, Dr. Alda Huxley, Quicksilver, Phillip Moreau, Jenny Ransome, Pipeline, Fabian Cortez, Ferris Guest Stars: Rogue Villains: Zealot and his mutates Other Characters: mutates including 56 Credits: (missing by mistake, listed next iss.) Writer: Joe Pruett Pencils: Brandon Peterson Inks: Matt "Batt" Banning Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Richard Isanove Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Zealot plans to kill Pietro as the first victory over Magneto. Rogue is about to intervene when Voght stops her, saying they need to plan first with Magneto. A satellite explodes and falls to earth. Magneto has destroyed it and condemns the UN for spying on him, in violation of treaty. He bashes it into a reconnaissance plane, then graciously lets the UN search for survivors. Voght and Rogue arrive and say Pietro has been captured. Magneto refuses to help because Pietro always spurned him, Amelia failed to protect him, and he has no feelings for Rogue. She refuses to believe him and kisses him. In his mind she sees only enormous hurt and something hidden and sinister. Magneto gives her an hour to vacate Genosha. Rogue questions Ransome and Moreau; they say they just want to rebuild their homeland. Huxley pumps Cortez for information on Magneto and his son. Pietro broods in Genosha's Bastille. Voght and Rogue pop in; Voght gets shot; Rogue and Pietro whup on Zealot's mutates. They break out, only to find more mutates. Zealot tortures one of Magneto's mutates, to cleanse him. Huxley tells Magneto he was one of the first mutates, and the Genegineer's son. Magneto is surprised everyone hasn't welcomed his leadership. Mutates spray-paint a scarlet L on the face of a mutate with the Legacy Virus. Pietro stops them and suggests compassion while showing none. Zealot catches them and has the ill mutate killed (before Pietro can react!). Magneto's forces arrive, and Pietro finds himself fighting alongside Cortez (his daughter's kidnapper, X-Men II:26). Then Magneto appears, energies flashing. Issue: Magneto Rex 3 Date: Jul-99 Story: Once We Were Kings (22 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto Regular Characters: Amelia Voght, Dr. Alda Huxley, Quicksilver, Phillip Moreau, Jenny Ransome, Pipeline, Fabian Cortez, Ferris Guest Stars: Rogue, Gabrielle Haller, Trish Tilby, the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Iron Man, Marvel Boy Villains: Zealot and his mutates; Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) Other Characters: Ambassador Wychek Credits: Writer: Joe Pruett Pencils: Brandon Peterson Inks: Batt Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Richard Isanove, Monica Kubina Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto has spurred anti-mutant protests outside the UN and official protests within; Huxley calls for patience. Pietro realizes Magneto's power is out of control and watches as he bowls over Zealot. But Zealot can manipulate the island itself and counter-attacks, while his mutates attack Magneto's. Apocalypse and ravens observe the carnage with satisfaction. Zealot crushes Magneto with dirt; Pietro gets Cortez to augment his power and digs him out. Moreau tries to reason with his brother while holding a gun on him; he feels no family bond except to his mutates and says Magneto will destroy them all. Magneto wraps him in metal and shoots him into space. Rogue is appalled, but Pietro stops her from doing anything, saying he can get through to his father, even while rejecting his methods. Voght takes him to see an internment camp for mutates with the Legacy Virus and says Magneto plans to expand by force, and she's not sure she can continue to support him. This helps Pietro make up his mind. Magneto assembles the human elite. Some are allowed to remain; the rest are deported as profiteers, and then the border closes. Pietro confronts him, saying they can both agree to stop anti-mutant bigotry. He chooses to remain as his father's conscience, to keep Genosha safe for humans. Magneto agrees. Rogue recoils from them both, warns everyone the X-Men will be watching, and flies away. Magneto congratulates Voght and plans to mold Pietro in his image or kill him trying. Issue: X-Men: Hellfire Club 1 Date: Jan-00 Story: Witch Hunt (24 pages) Feature Characters: Irene Merryweather Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Rev. Hiram Shaw, Dormammu Other Characters: Sarah Shaw, Obadiah Shaw, Abigail Harkness, Henry Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils & Inks: Charlie Adlard Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Irene, a freelance reporter (see recent issues of Cable), goes to Salem to uncover the truth of the witch trials. She has researched extensively (but thinks a Congregationalist pastor should be called "Father" and "Your Grace"), and has uncovered a chronicle by Obadiah Shaw. The current Reverend warns her not to write the story, but then agrees to tell her the whole thing. In 1692: Rev. Hiram Shaw oversees the burning of witches, while his son Obadiah consorts with Abigail Harkness, whose family is suspect. Hiram forbids him to see her again, but he refuses to obey, so he accuses her of witchcraft. That night, the Dormammu pulls Hiram into his dimension, knowing him to be the current Sorcerer Supreme, and warns him to stop preventing his access to earth. He says Hiram's lust for power is the spark for mutant battles to come. Hiram is returned to his bed and finds his wife Sarah horribly dead. He blames Abigail for it, and she is condemned to death by hanging. Obadiah breaks her out of gaol and plans to sail with her from Boston to London. Hiram leads men to chase them down, but Abigail is a real witch, and she blasts the riders, while Hiram chooses not to reveal his own power. He then disappears, and Obadiah writes his chronicle to protect future generations. Irene leaves; somebody shoots the Reverend. Issue: X-Men: Hellfire Club 2 Date: Feb-00 Story: Toll the Bell Liberty (23 pages) Feature Characters: Irene Merryweather Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Archangel, Rogers (Capt. America), Ulysses Bloodstone Villains: Hellfire Club including Lady Grey, Sir Patrick, Lady Diana, Commander Clinton, Maj. Gen. Wallace Worthington Other Characters: Jarvis, Elizabeth Shaw Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils & Inks: Charlie Adlard Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Kevin Somers, Christie Scheele Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Irene is in Philadelphia to meet an expert on colonial history, but instead Warren is sitting in the bar waiting for her. He warns her she's treading on dangerous turf but agrees to tell her part of the story, off the record. In 1780: Philadelphia is reeling from Benedict Arnold's betrayal, and paranoia is running high. Elizabeth Shaw is a guttersnipe recently arrived from England, and when she looks in a tailor's shop at the dresses, Grey takes her in, to the Hellfire Club, as her protÈgÈ. The Hellfire Club wants to turn General Worthington, the city's new commandant. They use Elizabeth as bait, and he takes it, marrying her after a brief courtship. The Revolutionary War continues, with the rebels aided by Capt. America and Ulysses Bloodstone. Elizabeth actually falls in love with her husband, and Grey berates her for not stealing military secrets. She leads the Hellfire Club to Worthington to collect the debt she owes, and there is gunplay. Rogers arrives to find the mansion ablaze, reveals himself to be Capt. America, and rescues Worthington. Elizabeth apologizes to him as he dies, saying he told the Hellfire Club nothing. Warren tells Irene not to let ambition get the best of her, like it did Elizabeth; she's surprised to learn the Shaws and Worthingtons are related. He tells her the professor she contacted was murdered, and she has made herself a target. Issue: X-Men: Hellfire Club 3 Date: Mar-00 Story: For Want of a Soul (23 pages) Feature Characters: Irene Merryweather Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Lady Jacqueline Crichton (Spitfire), Union Jack, Lord Montgomery Falsworth (the original Union Jack) Villains: Hellfire Club including Pierce, Manners, Sir Waltham, Jacob Shaw, Nathaniel Essex (Mr. Sinister) Other Characters: Brig. Gen. Cornelius Shaw, Lt. Esau Shaw Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils & Inks: Charlie Adlard Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Irene realizes her expose of Sebastian Shaw's Inner Circle has got out of hand. On a rainy London street, two women shoot at her, and Union Jack pulls her into his car and takes her to the Falsworth estate. Spitfire, an ex-World War II heroine, has tea brought while they chat. Her father was the first Union Jack, during both World Wars, and he worked with Shaw's ancestor Cornelius, killed in 1915. 1915: at the funeral, Pierce tries to recruit the son Esau to the Hellfire Club, but he's not interested. Falsworth knows they're traitors, working with the Kaiser. Sinister knows Esau's a mutant, and his brother Jacob is envious and devious. He lures Jacob to his lab and injects him, transforming and giving him power. Pierce can't convince Esau, so Jacob stabs him dead. Falsworth finds Esau's fallen pistol and realizes what happened. He crashes into the Hellfire Club, accusing them of sedition and murder, but one of the naked floozies shoots at him, jumps out a window, and runs away, having transformed back into Jacob's form. Irene thanks Crichton for the information. Issue: X-Men: Hellfire Club 4 Date: Apr-00 Story: Also Sprach Sebastian (24 pages) Feature Characters: Irene Merryweather Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men: Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Banshee, Jean Grey Villains: Jacob Shaw, Hellfire Club including Sebastian Hiram Shaw, Tessa, Warren Worthington Jr., Howard Stark, John Braddock, Harry Leland, Emma Frost, Donald Pierce, Selene, Edward Buckman (the White King); Sentinels Other Characters: Sam, Chantel Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils & Inks: Charlie Adlard Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Special Thanks To: Chris Claremont Synopsis: Shaw has Irene captive in China and sends Tessa to answer all her questions. As a young man, Shaw works in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, his family having fallen on hard times. His father Jacob dies in the hospital just as he gets a scholarship to Stevens (in Hoboken, NJ). That night in a bar, some of the locals beat him up for being ambitious, but his mutant power manifests, and he throws them off. In college, he works hard and has his choice of engineering jobs after graduation. By 30 he is a millionaire, and by 40 a billionaire. He joins the Hellfire Club, alongside Worthington, Stark, and Braddock, finds allies, and battles the White King, Edward Buckman. He proposes marriage to his mistress, Chantel, but she doesn't like him being in the Hellfire Club. He says he loves her more, but then a Sentinel kills her, sent by Buckman, and the X-Men fight back the other Sentinels. Shaw kills Buckman and assumes control of the Hellfire Club. His power has grown ever since. Shaw confronts Irene, saying he won't let her publish the story, threatening to buy all the publishing houses. He leaves and has Tessa telepathically knock her out. She wakes two days later in her own home, with an invitation to join the Hellfire Club in her hand. She tosses it in the fire and calls the Bugle with a story.
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