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Issue: Uncanny X-Men 301 Date: Jun-93 Story: Dominion! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Archangel, Iceman, Colossus, Bishop Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Illyana Rasputin, Forge, Opal Tanaka Villains: Selene (the Black Queen), Gamesmaster and the Upstarts: Trevor Fitzroy and Bantam, Shinobi Shaw, Sienna Blaze, Fabian Cortez, Graydon Creed; Mystique Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jon Romita, Jr. Inks: Dan Green Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Fitzroy has Selene captive and is "spooling" her: continuously shredding and reintegrating her. He's using her agony to get the Gamesmaster's attention to call a meeting of the Upstarts on the astral plane and announce the next mutant whose murder is worth the most points: Forge. Piotr is stuck in armored form (because of injuries, Ann. 17), and he and Illyana nurse each other. Moira and Xavier debate whether Illyana really has the Legacy Virus, and if they should tell Piotr. Xavier has contacted Forge to help the Shi'ar med lab do a proper diagnosis. Forge is in his lab in Eagle Plaza in Dallas, working for the Pentagon. He regrets not alerting the X-Men that Magneto may have survived (iss. 299), but he wants to distance himself from Ororo. He works out with Mystique, who lost her mind after Destiny was killed (iss. 256). Ororo and Bishop, who aren't sure if they're dating, fly the Blackbird to Dallas, and Cerebro detects another mutant approaching. Forge's alarms go off, and Fitzroy bursts through his defenses. Forge has Mystique call for help; Fitzroy boasts of his armor, from the future; Forge's gun, invented this morning, blows him through the wall. Opal visits the mansion to talk to Bobby about Hiro (iss. 290), but Warren interrupts, saying they have to go to Texas. Fitzroy plays possum, breaks Forge's bionic leg, then catches his bionic hand, so when he tries to siphon energy, it explodes. Bishop arrives; Fitzroy attacks him, and he implodes, revealing him to be Mystique. Ororo flies toward the building, just as the top floors explode. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 302 Date: Jul-93 Story: Province (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Jean Grey, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Colossus, Jubilee, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Illyana Rasputin, Kitty Pryde Villains: Trevor Fitzroy, Mystique Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jon Romita, Jr. Inks: Dan Green, Dan Panosian Letters: Chris Eliopoulos, Jon Babcock Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Steel, glass, and concrete rain down on bystanders below. Ororo uses her power to sweep it away, also blowing over a mutant hater in the crowd. Bishop enters the flaming building, worried that Forge won't become Genesis, take over after the Summers Rebellion, and establish the XSE. He finds a futuristic machine still standing and realizes Fitzroy is involved. Ororo is in trouble, since her wind just keeps knocking more debris loose, and a piece hits her in the head. The mob surrounds her, but then a cop arrives and protects her. Bishop finds Forge, who tells him to get Mystique to a medic and says Fitzroy is somewhere under the rubble. Bobby arrives, cools off the mutant hater, then fences off the mob with ice. Jean shatters Fitzroy's exoskeleton; Forge stops Bishop from blasting him, giving him time to cloak himself, and he catches them both behind the neck and starts siphoning. Piotr tackles him, says he's fed up with would-be mutant dictators, even Xavier, and punches him repeatedly, until Warren catches his arm. Piotr pushes Warren through the wall, so the rest of the team has to restrain him. Jean points to Fitzroy and says Piotr shouldn't want a world where violence begets violence. Even Bishop advises him to stand down. Jubilee is in the mansion, not studying algebra. She answers the door and finds Kitty, who has come because of Illyana. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 303 Date: Aug-93 Story: Going Through the Motions (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Jean Grey, Iceman, Storm, Colossus, Jubilee, Bishop; Cyclops, Nightcrawler (both in flashback) Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Kitty Pryde; New Mutants: Sunspot, Cannonball, Mirage, Cypher, Wolfsbane, Magma, Warlock (all in flashback) Villains: Arcade (in flashback) Other Characters: Nikolai and Alexandra Rasputin (both in flashback) Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Richard Bennett Inks: Richard Bennett, Dan Green Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Jean checks on Jubilee, who is sulking in Xavier's Ready Room. She refuses to cry or to talk. Six hours ago: most of the X-Men were in Texas or Japan, and Illyana was sick. Xavier was waiting for Forge to help with the medical equipment, and Illyana was happy to see Kitty. Jean explains that Illyana had been older, as Magik, and friends with Kitty (see various issues of the New Mutants), even after she was reverted to childhood and returned to Russia. Jubilee realized Xavier had no cure. She sat with Kitty, who translated, to talk with Illyana, and made friends with both of them. Ororo reported in that Fitzroy was in custody, and Forge kept Piotr from being arrested for assault. Then Illyana had a downturn, and everyone scrambled. Xavier put a Shi'ar helmet on her that would only keep her DNA in its current state; Moira refused to doom Illyana to a life in a coma, and Kitty passionately agreed with her. Jubilee can't think of anything to do, so she gets Kitty's Bamf doll and puts it under Illyana's arm; later, when things were calm, she read Hans Christian Andersen to her in English. Then it happened. The Blackbird returned, and Bobby was about to make jokes, when he realized. Xavier broke the news to Piotr, who showed no reaction. Jubilee tells Jean that the X-Men could handle everything, but couldn't save one little girl. Now she just wants to be left alone. Jean hugs her instead, saying between birth and death we only have each other. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 304 Date: Sep-93 Story: ?For What I Have Done (51 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Colossus, Rogue, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Lilandra, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler; X-Force: Rictor, Cannonball, Boomer, Feral, Shatterstar, Sunspot; X-Factor: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver Villains: Magneto and his Acolytes: Fabian Cortez, Sven and Harlan Kleinstock, Joanna Cargill, Carmella Unuscione, Senyaka, Javitz, Scanner, Milan, Amelia Voght, Katu, Exodus Other Characters: Anya (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: John Romita Jr., Jae Lee, Chris Sprouse, Brandon Peterson, Paul Smith Inks: Dan Green, Dan Panosian, Terry Austin, Tom Palmer, Keith Williams Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Mike Thomas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this is part 3 of the Fatal Attractions crossover. The Acolytes attack Cortez when Exodus tells them he tried to kill Magneto. He pushes them back and denies the charge. Exodus proclaims himself the voice of Magneto, says the Acolytes should prepare for the ascension, and tells Cortez Magneto will let him live, implying he will die of the Legacy Virus. Xavier has changed his self-image three times: when he realized he was a mutant, when he lost his legs, and now at his biggest failure, the death of Illyana Rasputin. Lilandra contacts him by holographic projection and says he tried his best and he isn't alone. The transmission cuts out; Xavier knows he is truly alone. Even his allies in the Mutant Underground are distant contacts. Magneto is on his space station, Avalon. (Chrome had changed him to omnium steel, dying to save him, X-Men II:3.) He remembers when he was just Eric Lensherr, who lost his daughter in a fire and lashed out with his newfound mutant power. Soldiers tracked him, caught him, shot him. He forced one soldiers to shoot the others and them himself, and lost his own humanity. Now, he dons his helmet and pledges to protect mutants by force. Kitty wishes they weren't mutants and Illyana was still alive; Ororo takes her flying, cheering her up until she sees Piotr burning all his paintings. He is impassive and metal; all she can do is rescue the portrait of Illyana from him. Bishop tells Sean future rumors of him as the leader of the next generation of mutants; Sean doesn't want to hear it, since that future is a dark one. X's from all over attend Illyana's funeral, at the cemetery of the old pilgrim chapel adjacent to the estate. Ororo gives the eulogy, saying how she triumphed over evil (New Mutants 73). Xavier tries to comfort Piotr, but he yells, saying his dream failed. Xavier calmly agrees with him, then Magneto descends from the sky. He says he has been recuperating, watching mutant factions fight each other, and offers all of them sanctuary from the coming genocide. The X-Men charge up; Magneto forces Logan's claws to retract, destroys Xavier's wheelchair, and holds all of them still by the iron in their blood. Then he wraps Senyaka in his own whip, as punishment for murdering without permission (X-Factor 92). He lowers Avalon from the sky; Xavier recognizes the pilfered Shi'ar technology; Exodus begins raising mutants to it, but Xavier rejects his appeal, saying he's no better than Hitler. Bishop overloads from Magneto's power, blasting him through the chapel, which he destroys in anger while Scott has the team recharge Bishop with all their energy signatures. Rogue tries to get Magneto to see reason, and when that doesn't work she kisses him, but she can't absorb enough power to make a difference. He thanks her, pushes her away, and wraps the others in iron fenceposts. Bishop, Remy, Sunspot, and Bobby blast Magneto, while Jean and Ororo keep Avalon aloft. Piotr makes his decision, pounds Bishop, and joins Magneto, whose dream is the same as Xavier's, differing only in method. Xavier takes over Magneto, using his power to keep Avalon together. He appeals to him to remember the dream they both promised to keep and says he always hoped he would come to his senses, but if he won't, Xavier will take responsibility for him. He has Magneto lift them both to Avalon, then fling it into space. He drops, knowing his X-Men will catch him, and Warren does. Note: continued in X-Men II:25. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 305 Date: Oct-93 Story: The Measure of the Man (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Opal Tanaka Villains: Sen. Robert Kelly Other Characters: Ambassador Louis St. Croix Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: John Duuresma Inks: Jose Marzan Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Bobby goes to Opal's house in Montclair, NJ; silent gunmen attack them. Bobby throws up an ice shield while Rogue and Bishop knock out the men, who dissolve into sludge. Opal demands answers: Bobby says Cerebro identified anomalies nearby. Opal resents being bait, and when Bobby tries to explain what he's been busy with, she gets angrier, wanting to live a normal, boring life. Xavier and Ororo are at a party in DC, listening to St. Croix argue with Kelly about Magneto. Xavier speaks with St. Croix, who is an early member of his Mutant Underground (and distinctly Caucasian). Ororo asks him why, and he explains: in 1947 he and his new bride Lenore were hit by a drunk driver. The trauma triggered her mutant power, which scared off the ambulance drivers, so she died. The Blackbird hovers cloaked over the Parkway. Inside, the X-Men interrogate the surviving gunman with no luck. So Rogue touches him, he explodes, and she starts to dissolve. St. Croix informs them about the assassination attempt on Magneto (X-Men Unlimited 2), and that they used a suit to be invisible to his powers. Xavier wants Ororo to steal data about it, for Forge. This is the first moment she ever doubted him, but she goes. Bishop grabs Rogue so she absorbs his powers, which disrupt hers long enough for her to reincorporate. Rogue got one word from the gunman: "Hodge." Ororo remembers how she met Xavier in Cairo: she picked his pocket, and he spoke to her mind, and was then attacked by Amahl Farouk. She wonders if he implanted a suggestion in her mind. She breaks into the facility and returns with a disk full of data. She tells Xavier never to ask her steal again. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 306 Date: Nov-93 Story: Mortal Coils (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Storm, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Candy Southern, Quicksilver, Forge Villains: Cameron Hodge Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: John Romita, Jr. Inks: Dan Green Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: S. Bucce Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this occurs between iss. 304 and X-Men II:25. Warren takes Jean flying in the Colorado Rockies. Playfully, he lets them drop and asks for a kiss good-bye; Jean says, "If I kissed every guy every time I almost died, my lips would have fallen off years ago," and she catches them telekinetically. He tells her Scott is a fool for not marrying her years ago, and he remembers losing his one true love, Candy Southern (killed by Cameron Hodge in X- Factor 34). Just then, Candy walks through the door. Warren thinks she's is a construct like the ones that attacked Bobby; Jean says she has a mind. Uncharacteristically, Xavier is working out with Quicksilver in the Danger Room, in a weightless environment. He finds it hard to catch his quick mind and gets a knuckle sandwich for his efforts. He comes back throwing a handful of dust and insults about Quicksilver's father; Beast calls time before it can go further. Ororo goes to a restaurant in the West Village to meet Forge (recently head of X-Factor, X- Factor 93). He regrets walking away mad (iss. 290) and wants her back, at least as a friend. They dance, though there is no music. Candy asks Jean to read her mind; she merges Warren in, as well. They see her death, and Warren realizes she was awake, and saw him kill Hodge. Later, she woke in a lab, but before they can identify the scientists responsible, a psionic failsafe goes off. Then Hodge reveals himself, and Warren attacks, but he is now mostly T- O, as is Candy. He tries to use her for spare parts, but she doesn't want to be used and starts to rip herself apart, so Jean shuts down her pain receptors. Hodge absorbs a lamp and a chair and says there are more like him passing as human all around the world. Candy's self-destruction overloads him and he explodes; Candy gurgles her love for Warren and dies (again). Note: a preview of the Midnight Sons line is included. Issue: Avengers 368 Date: Nov-93 Story: Bloodties Part 1: Family Legacy (21 pages) Feature Characters: Capt. America, Hercules, Giant-Man, Vision, Black Widow, Sersi, Black Knight, War Machine, Crystal Regular Characters: Marilla, Luna Guest Stars: Avengers West Coast: Hawkeye, Spider- Woman, Scarlet Witch, U.S. Agent; Prof. X and the X-Men: Beast, Storm, Iceman, Gambit, Rogue, Bishop, Cyclops, Jean Grey; Quicksilver, Val Cooper, SHIELD including Nick Fury, Philip Moreau, Jennifer Ransome, Trish Tilby Villains: Fabian Cortez, Henry Peter Gyrich; Genoshan humans and mutates including 682 Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Bob Harras Pencils: Steve Epting Inks: Tom Palmer Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Tom Palmer Editor: Ralph Macchio Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Special Thanks To: Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza Synopsis: Cortez sits atop a skyscraper in Hammer Bay, holding Luna, and waits for her parents (Quicksilver and Crystal) and grandfather (Magneto) to respond. Cooper briefs Fury and Gyrich at the Bureau of Mutant Affairs: Magneto's E-M pulse (X- Men II:25) scared the Genoshans into trying to slaughter their mutates, but the mutates fought back and took over. The U.S. President wants Xavier to broker a peace, but Fury unenthusiastic. Jets are launched from the SHIELD helicarrier, with orders to secure and subdue. Fury is sent to tell the Avengers to stay out of it until the UN can act; Crystal realizes her daughter is in danger and rushes to take her from her nanny, Marilla. But it isn't her: she transforms into a mutate, who tells the mutates are on the warpath, then explodes. In Westchester, Ransome and Moreau tell Xavier how vicious the war has become; he agrees to go, with Gyrich, U.S. Agent, and Beast as bodyguards. Gyrich tells Beast that his girlfriend Tilby made the videotape that alerted the world to the genocide. Quicksilver has been visiting the X-mansion and he considers visiting Crystal, to try to restore their marriage. Xavier interrupts a Danger Room session, telling the X-Men to rendezvous with him in Genosha. Storm is unenthusiastic (cf. UXM 270-272). Crystal created a cyclone to redirect the explosion; Black Knight tries to comfort her, but she is furious and leads the Avengers to Genosha. Fury has orders to stop them, and SHIELD surrounds the building. Cortez broadcasts and announcement that his mutates have taken over Hammer Bay, and if the human army doesn't surrender, he'll begin executing prisoners. Note: continued in X-Men II:26. Issue: Avengers West Coast 101 Date: Dec-93 Story: Bloodties Part 3: Genosha, Mon Amour (22 pages) Feature Characters: Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Scarlet Witch, U.S. Agent Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Avengers: Capt. America, Hercules, Giant- Man, Vision, Black Widow, Sersi, Black Knight, War Machine, Crystal; Prof. X and the X-Men: Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Bishop, Rogue, Jean Grey, Archangel, Storm, Iceman; SHIELD, Quicksilver Villains: Fabian Cortez, Exodus, Genoshan humans including the Magistrate Elite, mutates including the Unforgiven including Skelter, Syth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Roy Thomas Pencils: Dave Ross Inks: Tim Dzon Letters: Steve Dutro Colors: Bob Sharen Editor: Nel Yomtov Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Hawkeye (plus Spider-Woman, Vision, Black Widow, and Hercules) crashes the UN Security Council meeting on Genosha, furious that SHIELD tried to stop the Avengers from getting involved and threatening to end their UN charter. In Hammer Bay, Exodus greets Cap (plus Black Knight, Sersi, War Machine, Crystal, and Scarlet Witch). He realizes Scarlet Witch ally with him, so he flies off, and when Crystal tries to stop him, he blasts her psionically. Then War Machine scuffles with him, while the others try to keep humans and mutates from killing each other; Crystal separates them with a deluge, then goes to find Luna. Scarlet Witch goes along to keep her from killing anyone. Xavier takes Hank and U.S. Agent into the tunnels to reveal hundreds of mutates being held captive by the Magistrate Elite. The X-Men battle the Unforgiven. Jean falls; Warren and Remy protect her, and she says she has locked onto Luna. The X-Men defeat the rest and capture Cortez, who turns out to be a mutate shape-shifter. Exodus tells War Machine that some species are born to be masters and some slaves; he rams him, but Exodus just catches him, scrambles his mind, and lets him fall to the ground. Then Sersi attacks. Note: continued in UXM 307. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 307 Date: Dec-93 Story: Bloodties Part 4: Night and Fog (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Jennifer Ransome, Philip Moreau, Quicksilver, Luna; Avengers: Capt. America, Hercules, Giant-Man, Vision, Black Widow, Sersi, Black Knight, War Machine, Crystal; Avengers West Coast: U.S. Agent, Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Scarlet Witch Villains: Fabian Cortez; Genoshan humans including the Magistrate Elite, mutates; Exodus Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: John Romita, Jr. Inks: Dan Green Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Buccellato, Somers Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: The Magistrate Elite explain the mutate concentration camp is to quarantine them: they all have the Legacy Virus. Xavier psionically blasts their equipment, letting Hank and U.S. Agent defeat them, and letting Moreau realize he is a mutant. Black Widow speaks to the UN for the Avengers and resigns their commission, saying the team is out of politics. The X-Men reach Hammer Bay and find slaughtered humans. The Sersi and Exodus blastathon is a draw, and they are destroying Hammer Bay. Black Knight intervenes between them, recognizes Exodus from somewhere, and orders Sersi to stand down. Jean and Quicksilver are in the sewers, trying to track Luna; they run into Crystal and Scarlet Witch, doing the same. Quicksilver and Crystal embrace, then Cortez shows up with Luna as a hostage. Quicksilver blocks Scarlet Witch's hex, since Cortez can manipulate the powers of others. Crystal begs the life of her child; Cortez is distraught with fear of Magneto and Exodus and thinks she's his only shield. Exodus crashes through the ceiling, and Cortez calls on the others to destroy him. Issue: Avengers 369 Date: Dec-93 Story: Bloodties Part 5: Of Kith and Kin (40 pages) Feature Characters: Capt. America, Hercules, Giant-Man, Vision, Black Widow, Sersi, Black Knight, War Machine, Crystal Regular Characters: Luna Guest Stars: Quicksilver, SHIELD including Nick Fury, Trish Tilby; Avengers West Coast: Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, U.S. Agent; Prof. X and the X- Men: Beast, Storm, Iceman, Gambit, Rogue, Bishop, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Revanche; Philip Moreau, Jennifer Ransome Villains: Fabian Cortez, Exodus, Henry Peter Gyrich; Genoshan magistrates, mutates including the Unforgiven Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Bob Harras Pencils: Steve Epting, Jan Duuresema Inks: Tom Palmer Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Mike Rockwitz Editor: Ralph Macchio Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Avengers West Coast is on the SHIELD helicarrier, on the way to Genosha, which Exodus has encased in an energy barrier. Cortez is cornered and scared out of his wits, saying Magneto was a fool to awaken Exodus. He holds Luna hostage, and when Quicksilver races towards him he shuts off his power. Exodus says he is the true heir of Magneto and plans to kill Cortez. First he takes over his motor functions and forces him to hand over Luna. Then, as Jean calls for him to stop, he blasts Cortez, and then the rest of them. X-Men and Avengers clean up after the battles in Hammer Bay, as Tilby continues reporting. They realize Exodus's barrier has cut them off from the outside world, and they agree to team up. War Machine's sensors don't register the barrier, so he flies into it, gets knocked down, and Storm and Sersi catch him. Storm says it must be a telekinetic barrier. Just then Xavier shouts a telepathic call for aid; magistrates are firing on him in the mutate concentration camp. Gyrich reflects on the irony of dying while defending mutants; Ransome gets tagged in the shoulder; the X- Men and Avengers come to the rescue and make short work of the magistrates. From a distance, Exodus lashes out at Rogue, who he says also betrayed Magneto. Then he speeds up Quicksilver and says he plans to kill millions. Aboard the helicarrier, Vision realizes that the force barrier is shrinking and will crush all beneath it. Exodus arrives with Jean, Quicksilver, Crystal, Scarlet Witch, and Luna all under his control (!), says Magneto always respected Xavier, calls for the rescued mutates to kill the humans, and psionically enhances their fear and hatred. The heroes split up to put down the mob and to attack Exodus. Neither force makes much headway, and the barrier starts to crush the tallest skyscraper. Exodus holds Luna aloft, ready to kill her. Quicksilver and Crystal recoil in horror; Xavier psi-blasts Exodus, but he was expecting it, then the Black Knight slices him from behind, which he wasn't expecting, and he falls. Luna is reunited with her parents. Xavier calls upon the mutates to stop the war: oppression is no excuse for the murder of innocents. He tells Exodus he is too young and raw and overextended himself, while Jean secretly probed for weaknesses. Exodus says he'll learn, blasts Quicksilver, and flies away. Black Knight does CPR on Quicksilver and brings him back; Crystal thanks him. Dawn breaks over Hammer Bay; the helicarrier is ready to start humanitarian relief. Ransome tells Xavier it's hypocritical to hide the fact he's a mutant, but he's not sure. Cap says, "Charles, in a world where we continuously find reasons to hate and kill one another, who can ever be sure?quot; Issue: Black Knight and Exodus Date: Dec-96 Story: The Bond (40 pages) Feature Characters: the Black Knight (Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Sir Eobar Garrington), Sersi Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Avengers: Giant Man, Vision, Capt. America, Crystal (all in flashback) Villains: Exodus (Bennet du Paris), Sahreed, a scarab beast, Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) Other Characters: knights including Angus Credits: Writer: Ben Raab Pencils: Jimmy Cheung Inks: Andy Lanning Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Tom Zuiko Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Sersi struggles to hold a portal open, to get her and Dane back from a parallel dimension. He wakes, with Bennet calling him Eobar Garrington and saying they're best friends. He doesn't remember anything but finds they are knights in the Crusades, wandering with Bedouins in the desert, on a quest to the Eternal Pharaoh in his tower near Akkaba. Sahreed is their guide, and a servant of the Pharaoh. He tries to take the ebon sword; Dane knocks him down and fires him; the sword is one thing he remembers. Sersi spies outside, trying to figure how to complete her bond with Dane (the Gann Josin), if his mind is in his ancestor's body. Knights catch her; she turns them to stone, but then her power backfires and knocks her cold. Dane half-remembers her and halts her execution, but he refuses to use her as a sorceress, since that would be heresy. Bennet argues with him, saying this is a test of loyalty, and Dane has changed. That night, Bennet leaves camp alone, driving his camel through a sandstorm till it collapses. Dane wants to go look for him, at night. Sersi instead tries to reopen the portal, but she falls. He is astounded, and then he remembers her name. Bennet trudges through a valley, desperate to find the tower. A voice challenges him to be one of the strong; he accepts; a boulder falls toward him; his mutant power manifests, and he bursts it apart. Then an insect-like being battles him, knocks his sword away, names him Exodus, and says his only hope is within him. So he reaches inside and disintegrates the beast. Then he disappears. Dane and Sersi ride a camel across the trackless sands. She explains to him who he really is, and he realizes if Dane is to live, Garrington must die. He kisses her, willing to risk his life for his descendant, and she psionically removes Eobar's soul from his body. Dane comes to and realizes he's in his ancestor's body. Sahreed leaps from under the sand and attacks; his arms are tentacles; Dane cuts them off and demands to know where Bennet is; he belongs to Apocalypse now. Dane and Sersi find themselves hanging by chains on a wall of Apocalypse's fortress. They recognize Exodus from the future (UXM 307); he takes Dane to test him; Sersi easily breaks free. Apocalypse orders Exodus to kill Dane; Dane fights back and cuts Exodus's forehead but chooses not to kill him. Sersi attacks telepathically and goads Dane to finish him, but he feels the bonds of friendship, and Sersi loses her grip. Exodus refuses to kill them and blasts Apocalypse, who easily wraps him in a force bubble and takes away the power he gave. Six months later, Exodus is still unconscious, and Dane and Sersi place him in one of Apocalypse's crypts in the Alps. The other knights vow to guard it in perpetuity. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 308 Date: Jan-94 Story: Mixed Blessings (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Banshee, Rogue, Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Rachel Summers, Nathan Christopher Summers (in flashback), Forge, Trish Tilby, Det. Charlotte Jones Villains: the Phoenix Force (in flashback); Phalanx including Mauro Other Characters: William and Maddy Drake Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: John Romita, Jr. Inks: Dan Green, Al Vey Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: On Thanksgiving morning, Scott and Jean stroll, and she reminisces: Shortly after she joined the team, he was in the Danger Room doing repairs, and she went to talk to him. Red eyes met green eyes; he fell off his ladder; she caught him telekinetically. "Relax. I've got you." "I don't doubt that you do, Jean." (He's such a smoothie.) As a telepath (or perhaps just as a woman), she remembers every thought, sight, smell, and taste. Jubilee on his back, Hank bounds through and into the leaves Sean, Forge, and Ororo were raking. Ororo was told it would be therapeutic, but now she yells at him, so he buries her in leaves. Remy, Rogue, and Bobby show Bishop how to make scarecrows; he reminisces about fleeing marrow-sucking Emplates in his childhood. Scott tosses a football, but Bishop doesn't understand that, either. Jean sees how easily Scott finds the right touch for everyone. She remembers Xavier helping her after three years in a coma: he showed her she was subconsciously reaching out to Scott, circumventing the failsafes he placed in her mind. She asked him what if Scott didn't love her back; he said it's called "risk." Later, she first consciously used her powers, creating an image of Scott. Scott says Jean is his inspiration and remembers fighting beside the Phoenix force, being blasted, and seeing it lash out to avenge him. But Jean's humanity reached out from the bottom of the East River and saved them all. In St. Louis, Mauro gets in a van marked "Phalanx." The X-Men play football, but Warren swoops in and steals the ball. Scott and Jean, sitting on a hill nearby, are glad to see them acting like family. Jean talks about starting a family, and Scott strategically says they already have Rachel and Nathan. Xavier interrupts the game to announce dinner. A fumble; the ball bounces into Xavier's lap; he gets tackled. Jean: "Marry me." Scott: "Wha--?! What did you say?quot; Jean: "I'm tired of waiting, Scott" (Note: this speech is missing!! but can be found on the letters page of iss. 310. Note also: she's been waiting since 1963.) He reminds her she already turned him down (X-Factor 53); she says she's ready now. He says he loves her, and they embrace, framed by a romantic sunset. The X-Men are joined at table by family and friends. Xavier speaks, reflecting on the past year: Illyana's death, Piotr's defection, Logan's injuries. He is thankful the X-Men are still with him, still striving for the day they're no longer needed. Scott and Jean announce their engagement, to general acclaim and one wet blanket: Xavier has reservations. At least he keeps quiet; "for these few moment, his 'children' are happy."
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