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Issue: X-Men Prime Date: Jul-95 Story: Racing the Night (48 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X; X-Men Cyclops, Phoenix, Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Beast, Iceman, Rogue, Bishop, Storm, Gambit; X-Factor's Forge, Havok, Polaris; X-Force's Cable, Siryn, Cannonball, Rictor, Warpath, Shatterstar, Boomer, Domino, Sunspot; Excalibur's Shadowcat, Douglock, Peter Wisdom; Generation X's Synch, Jubilee, Husk; X-Man Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Val Cooper, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Rory Campbell, Blaquesmith Villains: Mystique, Marrow, Sen. Robert Kelly, Emplate, Arcade, Sugarman; Exodus, Acolytes Colossus, Rusty Collins, Joanna Cargill, Milan, Amelia Voght; Holocaust, Dark Beast; flatscans including Manny, Amy Other Characters: Dennis Hogan, Clay, Lady Gayle Edgerton, Niles, Edgerton (mutate 01) Synopsis: Two weeks ago the world ended, then rebooted (see the Age of Apocalypse crossover). Jean searches the grounds of the mansion and finds Logan, feral, angry that Sabretooth is being harbored, and psionically invisible. Bishop is having nightmares, from memory compression, vaguely recalling his life in the AOA. He attacks Scott and Hank, whom he remembers as villains. In Wyoming, X-Factor removes a bomb from the Belle Fourche River Dam, planted by Mystique to flood a Sentinel plant. Mystique is attacked by a mysterious assailant just as Val catches her. Suddenly, Alex's power explodes, destroying the dam. In a drainage tunnel, Marrow kills a homeless man for trespassing. She says the Morlocks are about to move up. She performs the ceremony of light, summoning the Dark Beast, who was the power behind the Morlocks all along. Remy is comatose after kissing Rogue (X-Men II:41), and Ororo tends him. Rogue has run off to Key Largo with Remy's awful memories in her head. She tries to party them away, with Bobby as chaperone. X-Man falls to earth in Switzerland. He is such a strong psi that he causes backlash in all other psi's worldwide. Blaquesmith notes him as a temporal anomaly, with foreboding. Emplate visits Edgerton's estate. She attacks him ineffectively, then he asks her about Chamber. Arcade finds X-Force using his old Murderworld, so he blows it up. (Roberto is no longer the villain Reignfire, but is Sunspot again.) Scott invites them to Westchester. In Genosha, Kitty and Douglock go over the Genegineer's records with Mutate 01, and he finds some surprising information but is destroyed before he can explain. It seems Sugarman has been the power behind the mutates all along. Near Avalon, Exodus and the Acolytes find Holocaust, trapped in a chunk of ice, floating in space. Hogan is a mutant with no control over his power. He tries to find the X-Men for help but stops at a bar for a bite to eat. His mutancy starts turning him into a vegetable-like state just as Trish broadcasts a story on the Legacy virus, which has spread to humans (Moira). Anti-mutant hysteria erupts, Hogan runs from the bar but is caught and beaten with ball bats. Amy: "I'm curious. I mean, mutants are supposed to be real powerful, right? So tell me -- how powerful do you feel right now?quot; Xavier senses his distress and races to the scene with Ororo. He sends his astral self to the boy and literally feels his pain as he is beaten to death. The murderers go off, triumphant. The X-Men assemble around the body and resolve to dream, and to fight, for a better world. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 322 Date: Jul-95 Story: Dark Walk (21 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Det. Charlotte Jones, Siryn (Theresa Rourke) Villains: Juggernaut (Cain Marko) Other Characters: Phil, Nero, Bartlette, John Grey Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Tom Grummett Inks: Green, Pennington, Ryan, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Charlotte calls Warren, who flies to meet her on the Manhattan docks, where the NYPD have gathered. She begins to take him into a disco when a cop pulls a gun; Warren shoots a flechette to paralyze him, and Charlotte has to calm everyone down. Warren apologizes for not keeping in touch; Charlotte says she's over him. She shows him a multiple murder scene. Mutants have taken responsibility, and she wants Warren's advice and to warn him of public backlash. Ororo wonders why Remy kissed Rogue (X-Men II:41); Logan is feral and living in the woods. Siryn arrives to alert Ororo to a problem in the city. Hank has taken Bishop to see the movie Pulp Fiction; he doesn't find violence entertaining. They see a shooting star; Juggernaut falls out of the sky, slamming unconscious into the pavement. Jean finally tells her father that Sara was absorbed by the Phalanx (X-Men II:36). He has already accepted her death (she was missing since X-Factor 12) and doesn't let Jean blame herself. Scott and Jean are observed. Betsy shows up; Hank thinks Juggernaut is dead; he wakes up and attacks. Betsy uses her psychic knife through his cracked helmet to calm him down. He is afraid, especially when he realizes he was punched all the way from Canada to New Jersey. Bishop uses a power cable to shock him and stop his rampage, thereby blacking out the city. They ask him who attacked him: he says Onslaught. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 323 Date: Aug-95 Story: Nation Rising (22 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Cannonball, Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Det. Charlotte Jones Villains: Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Graydon Creed; the White Queen (Emma Frost, as a vision); Gene Nation's Sack, Vessel Other Characters: Vince, Dr. Glenn Chen Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Bryan Hitch Inks: Cam Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: For once, Rogue is living up to her name, touring the country in her Daisy Dukes, and Bobby (who has bleached his hair, evidently) tags along as nervous-nelly. They get a flat on Route 66 and she doesn't let him use his powers: she wants to get away from mutants, especially Remy. Betsy and Warren work out in the Danger Room; Warren is still shaken by the disco massacre. Suddenly Remy wakes from his coma, blasts down the door and demands to see Rogue. He says she was in his head, "in danger," and passes out. Sam has Sabretooth on a leash, trying to keep up with him as he runs across the grounds. (Logan pierced his brain in Wolverine 90 and cut off his homicidal mania.) Sabretooth smells Logan; Logan isn't sure his mind was really wiped, especially now that he can talk again. Sam intervenes to prevent homicide, so Logan pops claws on him. Ororo arrives and blows him back; she wants his help investigating the disco. Hank goes to the CNBC studio to yell at Trish because she broke the Legacy virus story and inflamed anti-mutant hysteria, indirectly inciting a murder (X-Men Prime). She insists people have a right to know, and he walks out on her. At New York's city hall, Graydon gives a speech about the massacre, inflaming anti-mutant hysteria. Rogue and Bobby talk, but she doesn't want to say what she saw in Remy's head. Bobby, meanwhile, sees the White Queen in his head (cf. X-Men II:31). Ororo, Logan, and Sam go to meet Charlotte, who takes them to the pathologist Chen, who says the 33 killed in the disco had no cause of death. Logan says something smells funny and slashes him; Sam knocks him aside. Sack emerges from Chen's corpse; Vessel comes in through the wall. They say they're from Gene Nation. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 324 Date: Sep-95 Story: Deadly Messengers (23 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Det. Charlotte Jones Villains: Gene Nation's Sack, Vessel; White Queen; Graydon Creed Other Characters: Claire DeLuc Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Roger Cruz Inks: Townsend, Russell, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Betsy, having sensed something wrong with Remy, psi-armors herself and investigates his mind. They are in New Orleans; he detects and grabs her angrily, snapping them both back to reality. Gene Nation claims to be descended from the Morlocks (drowned in iss. 293) and wants vengeance on humanity. Charlotte tries to arrest them, and battle ensues. Logan detects many scents on Vessel; he says he can absorb psionic energies and use the power. Sam blasts Sack away from Charlotte but then starts getting absorbed himself. He constricts his blast field to himself only, then smashes with Sack into a nearby building. Vessel attacks Graydon's rally; Hank arrives to save Graydon from a tossed rock; he's not thankful. Logan goes feral on Vessel, having realized that attacking him can release the life energies of those murdered in the disco. Ororo brings down lightning to finish the job. Graydon is frightened by the display of power; Hank says it's not the power but what you do with it. Rogue and Bobby walk to the nearest town: Millstone, AZ. Bobby is still seeing visions of the White Queen. Rogue tells the waitress to say hello to Grey Crow, who was Remy's friend. Bobby calls Emma to demand some answers, but she refuses to pick up the phone. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 325 Date: Oct-95 Story: Generation of Evil (36 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Generation X: Banshee, M, Jubilee, Skin; Colossus, Callisto Villains: Gene Nation: Marrow, Sack, Vessel, Reverb, Hemingway; Mr. Sinister, Threnody Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Townsend, Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is the 20th anniversary special issue (since Giant-Sized 1). The X-Men and Generation X play baseball. Bishop steals home, and when Skin breaks the rules and uses his power to reach him, Bishop just drags him along, and there's a mutant pile-up on the plate. Logan and Ororo are glad they've taken time to laugh again. Piotr teleports in from Antarctica, carrying Callisto, unconscious. Marrow returns to the Morlock tunnels and takes a subway car hostage. Callisto wakes; she needs help stopping Gene Nation. She explains that Mikhail teleported some of the Morlocks away (iss. 293) but only made it to a desolate world. The next generation grew up angry, and Marrow led them back to Earth seeking vengeance, on the anniversary of the Mutant Massacre (iss. 211). Rogue calls; Remy happens to pick up the phone. She says she and Bobby are on their way to Seattle; he assumes she knows his secret and goes after her. Threnody observes and alerts Sinister. Callisto takes Ororo, Logan, and Piotr into the tunnels; they bicker over who's responsible for the Morlocks' problems. They find a corpse (X-Men Prime) and a sign from Marrow pointing the way. Reverb detects them despite Callisto's cloak, and Gene Nation attacks. Ororo and Callisto realize it's just a diversion and find the subway passengers running down a tunnel. They question one, who pulls a gun and shoots Callisto; it is Sack, whom Ororo sends blowing down the tunnel. Marrow arrives and says she was Sarah (Cable 15) and once believed Ororo would save the Morlocks. She has wired the subway passengers with explosives and opens her chest to reveal the detonator attached to her own heart. She says Ororo is too weak to do what she must; Ororo accepts the challenge, plus two bones that Marrow pulls from her body as weapons. They dual; Ororo draws first blood and tastes it. They continue to stab each other while Logan and Piotr observe. Reverb attacks Ororo psionically, so Ororo throws knives into him. Marrow is thirty seconds from detonation, so Ororo pulls out her heart (yes, that's right: she grabs her heart and yanks it out, still beating!), killing her. Callisto and Piotr share a single passionate kiss, then she takes charge of Gene Nation. Piotr stays with the X-Men, saying he has to come to terms with his own mistakes. Logan reassures Ororo that killing happens. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 326 Date: Nov-95 Story: Nature of Evil (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Beast, Storm, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Renee Majcomb, Valerie Cooper; Excalibur's Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Nightcrawler, Douglock, Meggan; X-Force's Boomer Villains: Sabretooth Other Characters: Dr. Eiger Harnerst, Jenson, Peirot, Campagnizzi, Millie and Liza Upjohn, Alexis Conklin, Father Devon, Birdie, Henri, Genevieve (as holograms) Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Remy sits on the roof at night, brooding. He had believed his years as an X-Man made up for past crimes, but Rogue still dumped him (X-Men II:45). Ororo joins him, but he changes the subject to her recent heart rending (of Marrow, last iss.). Hank lectures about the Legacy virus at a World Health Organization conference in San Francisco. Xavier, in the audience, points out that not much is known yet, with only nine cases (*). He pretends to argue with him, to demonstrate that the media's phrase "potential epidemic" is premature. Majcomb points out that the disease is rampant among Genoshan mutates. Val gives the government response that mutates are unique, so the disease shouldn't spread from them (but then there's Madrox). On Muir, Moira and Excalibur watch, surprised that the panic-defusing may be working. Like Jubilee to Logan, Boomer finds herself drawn to Sabretooth, still mindless in the Danger Room... or is he? Remy shuts off the holograms and bursts in, wanting to see how much he remembers. Hank drives across the Golden Gate Bridge, then screeches to a halt when he sees Xavier's abandoned hoverchair by the road. He finds him sitting on a rock overlooking the city: he says he feels powerless in the face of the virus and doubts that he can help Sabretooth. Remy shows Sabretooth holograms of his victims; he apologizes, not remembering or understanding why he did these things. Ororo interrupts, angry, before Remy pushes Sabretooth too far, and puts him back in a cage. (Sabretooth: "Oops.") Hank can't say if Sabretooth is redeemable but insists no one is purely good or evil. (*) Note: the Legacy virus victims thus far are: Gordon Lefferts (X-Force 18, X-Men II:23), Nicodemus (X-Force 20), Mastermind (UXM Ann. 17), Magik (UXM 303), Pyro (X-Men Unlimited 2), Revanche, Amiedi, and 4 others (X-Men II Ann. 2), Infectia (X-Men II:27), Genoshan mutates including 24601 (X-Factor 90-91), Multiple Man (X-Factor 91), Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Excalibur 80), and Maverick (Wolverine 87). Issue: Uncanny X-Men 327 Date: Dec-95 Story: Whispers on the Wind (21 pages) Feature Characters: Joseph Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Col. Ramos Other Characters: Sister Maria, orphans including Migdalia, Umberto; Father Helcio Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Roger Cruz Inks: Tim Townsend, Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: In Central America, orphans find a man half dead in the mud. He rises; they run and get their nun, who brings her shotgun. He magnetically shoves it aside and speaks in German, all to her surprise. Then he collapses. Four days later the fever breaks, and he finds himself tied to a bed, so he observes, wordlessly. Sister Maria brings food and unties him; he has amnesia, so she lets him stay there. He shaves and finds a young face, which somehow seems wrong. Migdalia gives him a name: Joseph. Suddenly, they are shot at, and Migdalia convinces Joseph to just ignore the drug runners, like they always do. Joseph befriends the orphans (Magneto having been one, himself). He senses he had an evil past; Maria says everything can be forgiven, and before things can get romantic, hands him a cross. A month later, Joseph is repairing the tractor. Umberto tells him he's learning about mutants in school. Joseph senses someone and confronts him with a levitating pitchfork; Maria rushes over and introduces him to Ramos. Migdalia explains he's a government official bribed by the drug lords. Six days later, Joseph sees the barn burning. Ramos is there: he wants Joseph as hired muscle and has Maria and the orphans hostage. Joseph wraps him in barbed wire; "I will only ask this once. Where?quot; In the church basement. Joseph flings him into the stratosphere, then rides a horse to the rescue. The children hear gunfire, then silence. Joseph frees them, having killed all the drug runners mercilessly. The orphans are horrified; he leaves early the next morning. Maria hands him an ancient Time magazine with a cover article about the X-Men, to show him there are others like himself. Maria talks to the priest, wondering if she has unleashed Magneto on the world again. He says she instead gave a man the faith he needed, and a second chance. Issue: Uncanny X-Men '95 Date: 1995 Story: Growing Pains (44 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Wolverine, Bishop, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Generation X: Skin, M, Jubilee, Chamber, Synch, Emma Frost Villains: Humanity's Last Stand including Trask, Garibaldi, Preacher, and Nimrod Sentinels ("Shepherds"); Apocalypse, Sentinels, AOA Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine (all in flashback) Other Characters: the Guthries: Mama (Lucinda), Joshua, Joelle (Jo Elizabeth?), the twins (Lewis and ?), and a sister (Elizabeth?) (Jeb/Jed must be off huntin' with 2 other siblings, for the total 10 mentioned by Sam in iss. 48. If anyone has a canonical list, please e-mail me). Credits: Writer: Terry Kavagnagh Pencils: Bryan Hitch Inks: Bob McLeod Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Glynis Oliver Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Sam flies over to the Massachusetts Academy to see his sister. He's politely distrustful of Ms. Frost (a villain from his New Mutant days). Husk greets him by play-attacking him; then Sam says he's come on family business. Their sister Joelle has run off with Preacher, a mutant who has visions and paints them. He is also a member of Humanity's Last Stand, an anti-mutant survivalist camp. Sam and Husk get Ororo, Bishop, and Logan to drive them to their old Kentucky home, where they all get a big welcome. Mama is worried about Joelle and also Josh, who is feeling trapped there. Sam and Husk want to handle the situation themselves, so they attend a rally at the camp. Garibaldi speaks, saying mutants are unnatural, and dangerous because of the Legacy virus. Preacher speaks, telling his vision of a mutant war (the AOA). Sam wants to force Joelle to leave and starts arguing with her after the rally. She is jealous of her siblings, special because of their powers. Husk wants her to make up her own mind and goes to investigate backstage. A Nimrod Sentinel attacks Sam; he blasts, which reveals him as a mutant, and the mob gangs up on him, but he blasts away, crash landing back home. Garibaldi takes Preacher to meet Trask, the leader, who is hidden in a cavern. Husk observes but gets caught by Garibaldi, who beats her up; Preacher can't get Trask to make him stop. Mrs. Guthrie wants to call the sheriff, but Sam gets the X-Men to suit up. He finds Husk and frees her, but it was a trap, and they're both caught. Preacher, freaked, tells Joelle they're leaving, and she realizes her sister is the one he saw beaten. Bishop shows up, and Preacher at first protects Joelle from him, but then realizes he has also seen the AOA. Then Nimrods arrive. Ororo and Logan attack to free Sam and Husk. Bishop absorbs a few shots, then blasts the cavern, collapsing it on the Nimrods. Garibaldi warns the X-Men to leave before the authorities show up, and they do. Bishop asks Joelle about Preacher, who has also escaped and is painting. Note: timelines of Archangel, Beast, Storm, Rogue, and Mystique follow. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 328 Date: Jan-96 Story: Precipice (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Psylocke, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Val Cooper, Boomer Villains: Sabretooth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Sabretooth has reverted to type. Xavier tried but failed; Sabretooth just wants to get free and get bloody. Jean had been regularly scanning his mind; instead of the pastoral scene set up for him in the Danger Room, he perceived carnivorous mayhem. Bishop wants to put him down like a mad dog; Scott says if they kill whomever they don't like, the killing never ends. Bishop goes off to clear his head, still swimming with AOA memories. Scott and Jean realize his problem is similar to theirs after spending a lifetime in the future (The Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix miniseries). Val contacts Xavier: she is taking charge of Sabretooth, who cackles at Xavier's defeat. Jean tries to comfort him, but he says he has work to do. While Betsy observes from the control room, Boomer visits Sabretooth, furious that he duped her. He mentions her drunk of a father and her own questionable past (with Vanisher, Fallen Angels miniseries), to goad her into foolishly throwing some plasma bombs, and he gets loose! Betsy rushes in and fights Sabretooth (redux of iss. 213), while Boomer calls for help. Betsy is forced to use her psionic knife, but Logan's claw reconfigured his brain, so nothing happens. Sabretooth slashes away, while Boomer, her power depleted, can only watch. X-Men come running, too late. Creed has escaped, and Betsy is eviscerated. Note: the story continues in the Sabretooth special. Issue: Sabretooth Special Date: Jan-96 Story: In the Red Zone (22 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Archangel (Warren Kenneth Worthington, III), Iceman (Robert Drake), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Beast (Dr. Henry McCoy), Prof. Charles Francis Xavier; Gambit, Wolverine (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Force's Caliban, Dr. Valerie Cooper Villains: Sabretooth (Victor Creed) Other Characters: Lt. Blackwell, Stone, Joey Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Gary Frank Inks: Jon Holdredge, Mark McKenna Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Dana Moreshead, Electric Crayon Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this follows UXM 328. Creed has just escaped the X-mansion, and he runs through the sewers. Caliban catches up to him first, and they fight (redux of New Mutants 91). Creed says Caliban is just another one of Apocalypse's killing machines (see X-Factor 50), distracting him long enough to pull down a power cable and electrocute him. The original X-Men are on their way to Creed's apartment. Neither Jean nor Xavier can get a telepathic fix on him since his lobotomy (Wolverine 90), so Bobby and Scott enter cautiously. Jean scans the city, finding ample aggression and anguish. Val has alerted the police and the Avengers; Xavier vows Creed will never hurt anyone else. Creed crashes into his apartment, knocks Bobby down, and is about to slash Scott's eyes, but Bobby, iced up with vicious spikes, grabs his hand. Creed breaks free and jumps out the window before they can capture him. In Union Square Park, he takes a hostage and forces Bobby to ice over the subway entrances so he can run away. Scott sends Jean to the next stop, where Creed dumps the hostage and jumps on a train (23rd and Park). Hank also boards, and battle ensues, while the other X-Men rush to cover the 28th and 33rd Street exits. Hank reminds Creed that he came to them for help, but all he wants now is blood, and he smashes him down. Scott arrives and blasts him, but he breaks through to an access tunnel, then up the side of a building. Warren, also manipulated by Apocalypse, catches him; Creed slashes through his wing, and they drop, into a rooftop water tank; Bobby ices Warren and the debris before it hits the civilians below, but Creed gets away. Val, Xavier, and a lot of police are on the way. Scott has Bobby take Warren to a hospital, while they chase Creed, still going uptown. The NYPD find a dropped Amtrak schedule and realize Creed is trying to get to Boston. Jean realizes he wants to kill Jubilee and Generation X. Creed gets to Grand Central but realizes they won't let him on the train in full-feral fervor, so he decides to kill them all. Jean catches him and threatens to telekinetically break every bone in his body. Creed asks her to examine his mind to find out why he can't control his blood lust. She refuses, saying he's obviously just garbage, then throws him through a wall and snaps one of his legs. Scott blasts him, but Creed manipulated him into the right position and slashes him, then pulls him through a window. Scott blasts him on the way down; Hank catches Creed with his knuckles; Creed pulls him over the ledge, but pulls out Hank's hair and falls till Jean catches him. Scott tells him he's just too weak to make himself better; Creed shouts he's a force of nature; Jean can't hold him, and he drops to the pavement, where the police surround him. Jean links Scott's mind to him; he realizes he has a death wish and tries to talk him out of it. That doesn't work, so he blasts him with a tight beam, square in the forehead, knocking him out. A policeman approaches; Creed jumps up again, and many police guns are fired. As he dies, he picks up Scott's broken X symbol and throws it down in front of Val, who has the body loaded in a containment unit and sent to Bethesda. A policeman starts to give Hank a hard time; he flashes his Avengers card, and then Val takes charge. She thanks the X-Men; Scott says Creed won in a way, because he got the death he wanted. Note: Creed actually survives and is forced to work for the government (X-Factor 119). Issue: Uncanny X-Men 329 Date: Feb-96 Story: Warriors of the Ebon Night (19 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Wolverine, Psylocke Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Stephen Strange, Gomurr the Ancient Villains: a mist Ninja Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Special Thanks To: Electric Crayon's Richard Chu Synopsis: Dr. Strange sees in his scrying pool that the X-Men are in over their heads. Warren goes with Logan to a Chinese restaurant, to get a mystical elixir to save Betsy because she is a ninja. Warren, feeling he should be at her bedside, decides Logan is crazy; he tells him he's "too self-absorbed to see other possibilities" and makes him sit down. He knocks the teacup out of his hand; the steam from the tea forms itself into a ninja. The restaurant patrons flee; Logan and Warren, with his damaged wing, try to figure out how to fight it. It blasts Logan, but he isn't phased. He tells Warren the thing is sensitive to metal, so Warren slices it with his wings, but the pieces, hydra-like, regenerate into copies of itself. Logan kills an old woman who has been watching, then reaches into her corpse and pulls out Gomurr, who sent the ninja to test them. Logan tells him they want some Crimson Dawn from the Ebon Vein; he says that's madness; Logan pops claws and forces him to help. Strange appears: he's coming along. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 330 Date: Mar-96 Story: Quest for the Crimson Dawn (19 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Beast, Archangel, Wolverine, Psylocke, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Stephen Strange, Gomurr the Ancient Villains: Undercloaks, Tar Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan and Warren change into traditional Asian garb. Logan slashes through Strange's astral form, killing a sentient shadow, an Undercloak, behind him. More Undercloaks attack; Gomurr gets a dragon mask to flash-fry them all, then takes them through the mask's mouth and into a mystical world. Remy stands over Betsy's bed, remembering how she probed his mind (iss. 324) and realizing that her death would keep his secret. She worsens; he calls for help and gives her CPR. Strange realizes how badly Warren is injured, but before he can rush him to a hospital, they come across Tar, Proctor of the Crimson Dawn. Gomurr begs a favor and gets disintegrated. Tar sends neon creatures to attack. Hank and Xavier work on Betsy, but she's not responding. Logan battles Tar's creatures, while Strange and Warren reach the Ebon Vein (a glowing, orange-red sphere, with black veins). Strange reaches into Warren's chest and pulls out Betsy's soul, the part of her that she entrusted to him. He inserts it into the Vein, and in Westchester, Betsy suddenly comes alive. Warren, Logan, Strange and Gomurr are returned to earth; Betsy has a mark. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 331 Date: Apr-96 Story: The Splinter of Our Discontent (19 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Archangel, Iceman, Gambit, Bishop; Beast (as a vision) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Force's Warpath, Shatterstar, Meltdown, Sunspot; Generation X's Emma Frost, Banshee, Jubilee Villains: Dark Beast (AOA Henry McCoy) Other Characters: William Drake, Opal Tanaka (as visions) Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Bryan Hitch Inks: Paul Neary Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this takes place after X-Men II:50. Hank's lab has exploded; X-Force goes to rescue him and put out the fire. He doesn't provide much explanation (and he is actually the Dark Beast, see X-Men Unlimited 10). Emma is visiting the New York headquarters of Frost Enterprises; she finds Bobby in her office, which he has iced over. In Colorado, Bishop still doesn't trust Remy, and he doesn't care. Xavier ponders them, realizing he doesn't rally know his newer X-Men. They are all visiting Warren, who is taking time off to nurse Betsy back to health. He is hostile to Xavier, reminding him of times he manipulated people's minds, but really he is just tired and needs a break. Emma makes a joke about interior decorating (rumors have it that Bobby is gay); Bobby wants her help developing his powers. When she refuses him, he freezes the blood-flow to her brain; he still has a gaping hole in his chest and is afraid to unfreeze. He demands she help him. Scott takes Jean to a pristine desert canyon, which he is certain was Post's proving ground. No trace of it now. Scott is worried about Onslaught. Xavier has Banshee and Jubilee keeping an eye on Emma, but they let her deal with Bobby on her own. He has her bound in ice but forgets her feet and gets a boot on his chin. She disappears; Bobby sees illusions of his father, his ex-girlfriend Opal, and Hank. But he won't be distracted. Emma proved he has more power than he has ever used (iss. 313); she says (Glinda-like) if that's so, then he can change back to human form. He's scared, but she pushes him to do it, and he survives. She says she was hurt by the loss of the Hellions (iss. 281, of course), and was angry with Bobby when she realizes how much unused potential he had. But he passed this test, and best of all, he did it on his own. Issue: Uncanny X-Men '96 Date: 1996 Story: Destiny's Child (46 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Storm Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shard, Wildchild (Kyle Gibney) Villains: Feds including Dr. L. Stephens, the Hound, Bastion; Billiboy (in flash-forward) Other Characters: Preacher; Hancock, Amazon (in flash-forward) Credits: Writer: Terry Kavagnagh, Howard Mackie Pencils: David Perrin, Nick Gnazzo Inks: Art Thibert, Harry Candelario Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers, Malibu Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Preacher is a mutant artist who paints the future (see '95 annual). He has retreated to an isolated cabin and painted pictures of X-Men, then realizes that Bishop goes with Shard. He lights a match to destroy his work, then returns to the world to try to prevent the tragedy he has foreseen. Federal agents reach the cabin and retrieve some of the paintings. They had previously failed to retrieve Forge's data (X-Factor 123). The general in charge authorizes the capture of Preacher and Shard. Ororo and Bishop fly to Las Vegas, his hometown fifty years hence, to meet Shard and Wildchild. Shard wonders why Bishop hasn't tried to see her yet. He tells Ororo she isn't real, but just a recording, and when he meets her, he is cold to her. Ororo and Wildchild go off to a casino, to give them some time. Shard remembers how they fought on the mean streets of Vegas. When their friend Hancock was killed, young Bishop manifested his power and blasted the assailants. The XSE recruited him, and he insisted they take his sister, too. She realizes he won't accept her, so she starts to leave, when Preacher shows up. Bishop recognizes him as a member of Humanity's Last Stand ('95 Annual), and then has to stop Shard from blasting him. He shows them his tattoo of them running from the Hound, just as the real thing attacks. Bishop uses guns, to no avail. Shard stuffs her hands into the Hound's skull to stop him; he clicks off her holographic emitter, and she disappears. Bishop, unconscious, remembers fighting alongside Shard. Ororo wakes him; the Hound, Shard, and Preacher are gone. Bishop says they have to retrieve Shard, because she has memories of the future. In a secret federal lab, Shard's data is downloaded, which will painfully destroy her. She resists; then the X-Men burst in. Hound counter-attacks, programmed against all their mutant powers. Bishop blasts Shard; free of her containment unit, she blasts her own projection gauntlet. She says the danger dies with her. Bishop blasts Hound; the Feds have already evacuated, and the lab self-destructs. Ororo lifts Wildchild and Bishop, and Hound leaps after them, but he cannot fly. Aboard the Blackbird, Shard reappears, more solid than ever. She has become an independent, photon-based lifeform. Preacher, now one-eyed, has found another retreat and paints the future (Onslaught). He is working for Bastion. Note: timelines of Gambit, Phoenix, Iceman, and Banshee follow. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 332 Date: May-96 Story: The Road to Casablanca (19 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Iceman, Wolverine, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Ozymandias Other Characters: Landau, Luckman and Lake's Culloden Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Team Bucce Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this takes place after Wolverine 100. Logan has gone feral to defeat off Genesis, and run off. Xavier goes to Casablanca to hire the interdimensional firm Landau, Luckman and Lake to get information. Bobby tells Sam not to blame himself; Jean telepathically locks on to Logan, and they go after him. Xavier stays to parry with Culloden. He manipulates her mind to let her think she has killed him, interested in seeing how far she would go. Then he paralyzes her hands and demands information. Logan sniffs around a castle, falling through a trap door and into Ozymandias's lair. He was a king, but Apocalypse enslaved him. He chisels pictures of Apocalypse's future on the walls of his prison, which he doesn't understand. He demands Logan explain why he is there, but then Scott arrives and blasts him. He tells him Apocalypse is dead (X-Force 18), but Ozymandias says he is eternal. He strikes the wall with his mallet, and stone versions of various mutants emerge. The X-Men attack; Bobby freezes their insides so Scott can shatter most of them with one blast. But the Wolverine statue knocks Scott down an abyss, and the other X-Men are captured.
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