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Issue: Uncanny X-Men 337 Date: Oct-96 Story: Know Thy Enemy (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Phoenix, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Peter Parker (Spider-Man), J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Quicksilver Villains: OZT including Bastion, Harper; Graydon Creed Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Maduriera Inks: Townsend, Russell Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato, TB! Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: In the ruined mansion in the aftermath of Onslaught, Logan tries to make Xavier remember his accomplishments, not just his mistakes. In a crater in Central Park, Bastion and Parker listen to Graydon's presidential campaign speech, while Jameson and Robertson watch on TV. JJJ senses Graydon's anti mutant stance is personal and orders an investigation. In the boathouse, Scott blasts his alarm clock; Hank startles him in the bathroom and gets blasted and stuck in the bathtub. Scott lifts him out, then Bobby ices the floor and sends them both reeling back in, so Scott blasts him. Jean is making breakfast; Quicksilver has been staying with them, recovering from the loss of his wife and sister. Betsy arrives, and Quicksilver races around doing chores, so he doesn't appear emotional. Bastion walks through the rain beneath a personal force field and plans to win the genetic war by any means necessary. In his lab, Harper investigates Sentinel mutant tracking devices. Xavier blames himself for Onslaught, since his great power means great responsibility. Logan says he should let the X-Men help: he knows what it's like to be a loner, but Xavier taught him teamwork. Remy shows up, but Rogue has taken Joseph into town for breakfast. Remy considers changing his name to James; Bobby ices over Hank's pancakes. Logan comes in from the rain, unable to get Xavier to join them. Note: a preview of Heroes Reborn follows. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 338 Date: Nov-96 Story: A Hope Reborn: A Past Reclaimed (22 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Joseph, Phoenix, Cyclops, Gambit, Psylocke, Iceman, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Quicksilver, J. Jonah Jameson Villains: Ozymandias, Graydon Creed, Pyro (St. John Allerdyce); Apocalypse, Holocaust/Nemesis (in flashback) Other Characters: Carly Alverez Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Maduriera, Salvador Larroca Inks: Tim Townsend, Vince Russell Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Warren's metal wings have shattered. Ozymandias finds him lying on the floor. He says he's a servant of Apocalypse, who deemed Warren worthy of survival, and Ozymandias now sees why. He says Warren's transformation (X-Factor 18) has just begun, and leaves. Warren is in agony, and his natural, feathered wings burst forth. The X-Men are in the Danger Room, recreating their battles with Magneto, to see how much Joseph remembers. He looks into the holographic projection of Magneto's face and sees the rage, but feels nothing himself. He wonders how the X-Men could trust him, after he tried to kill them so many times. They insist that no one is beyond redemption. Betsy enters the room by melting out of the shadows, a new power. She shows them the feather she found in Warren's loft (X-Men II:57). Warren finds himself drawn to a church in Brooklyn. In the confessional, a sick mutant tries to warn the priest. In San Diego, Jameson listens to Graydon's speech, realizing he's using fear tactics to get elected. Bobby and Sam are undercover on Graydon's staff, and Alverez is the volunteer coordinator. The X-Men take Cerebro to find Warren; they arrive in Brooklyn and see the church on fire and Warren rescuing the priest. Betsy remarks on his wings; Logan smells Pyro inside just as a firebird erupts from the church. Joseph uses fencing to wrap up Pyro, but Logan boffs him, saying Pyro is dying of the Legacy Virus and can't control his power. Pyro babbles something about an assassination but gives no specific information, then an avalanche of earth engulfs and takes him away. The priest says Pyro is at peace, at least. Warren wonders is Apocalypse is manipulating him again. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 339 Date: Dec-96 Story: Fight and Flight! (24 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Wolverine, Iceman, Storm, Joseph Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Spider-Man (Peter Parker); X-Factor's Forge, Mystique (Raven Darkholme); J. Jonah Jameson Villains: Graydon Creed; the Brotherhood including Havok; Bastion Other Characters: Nick Bandouveris Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Adam Kubert, Cedric Nocon Inks: Jesse Delperdang, Scott Hanna Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Spider-Man makes his way to Westchester and gets shot at: Bishop thinks he's a villain. Spider-man shoots a web at his gun, then kicks him down, then the X-Men arrive and introduce them to each other. Spider-Man is there to warn them that Jameson is going to uncover Graydon's story. Without trying to, Jean reads his mind, which is odd. In Falls Edge, Virginia, Mystique considers assassinating Graydon, her son. She notices Bobby undercover on Graydon's staff. Hank takes a commercial flight to Muir, trying to spy on JJJ, but he figures it out. Scott, doubting his own leadership ability, is also on the flight, as backup. Ororo and Joseph are trailing in the Blackbird, and she uses the spare time to explain Scott's relationship to Cable. Bandouveris is holed up in London, afraid for his life, having discovered that Graydon's parents are mutants and criminals. The Brotherhood attacks JJJ's plane; he recognizes Alex as the leader of X-Factor, but he says he has moved on doesn't want JJJ interfering in mutant issues. Hank gets JJJ out of the way; Scott and Alex tussle. Alex threatens to blast JJJ; Scott blasts his brother's antigrav unit, and they fall from the plane, just like when they were kids. Joseph magnetically catches the plane, and when the Brotherhood's jet fires on him, he blasts it out of the sky. Alex insists he's taking charge of his life, and no one is controlling him, not even Xavier or Scott. He lets go and ports away, leaving his brother to be caught at the last second by Ororo. Joseph does an emergency landing at Heathrow, astonished at his own power. JJJ asks Hank if the X-Men should really be recruiting evil mutants. Bastion kills Bandouveris and takes the documentation. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 340 Date: Jan-97 Story: Relativity (22 pages) Feature Characters: Iceman, Storm, Gambit, Cannonball, Wolverine, Phoenix Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Graydon Creed Other Characters: William Drake, Carly Alvarez Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Graydon had Mr. Drake beaten, but he didn't rat out his son. Graydon found out anyway and dropped off Bobby to find him in the woods. He is in the hospital near death, with Bobby, Ororo, and Remy keeping watch. Graydon has a chat with Sam, asks about his father, then breaks his tumbler when Sam asks the same (because his father is Sabretooth). Jean contacts Sam telepathically, offering to pull him out, but Sam wants to stay. Mr. Drake wakes up with only Remy in the room and asks him why they do it. He says they fight rather than hide, because it's right, same as him sticking up for his son (X-Men II:58). Outside, Graydon's goons observe the clustered mutants, ready to shoot them. Then Logan shows up. On the roof, Ororo comforts Bobby, saying she wishes she still had her own parents, even if they argued. He decides to take a leave of absence from the X-Men to spend time with his father. He tells him he loves him. Issue: Uncanny X-Men '97 Date: 1997 Story: Rifts (39 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Cyclops, Phoenix, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Humanity's Last Stand including Lt. Cmdr. Coral Trent, Sean, Cmdr. McGee; the Brotherhood: Havok, Dark Beast, Fatale Other Characters: Gene Nation's Boost, Tether, D'Gard Credits: Writer: Jorge Gonzalez Pencils: Duncan Rouleau Inks: Troy Hubbs Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Glynis Oliver Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: At the Selima Oasis in Sudan, the X-Men aid Gene Nation against Humanity's Last Stand, who are using T-O machines called Razors. Boost jumps into Sam's body, giving him additional power, and the Razors are pushed back. Ororo calls off the assault so they can tend the wounded. D'Gard and Tether are angry with Ororo for putting them in this situation (iss. 325) and then not coming to the rescue until a month after the first attack. She has no real answer. Then the new Brotherhood shows up. Alex and Scott argue until Ororo and Jean tell them to knock it off. Alex offers Gene Nation protection from the next attack force. Ororo wants the help, so she calls a truce with him. Battle ensues; Jean fights alongside Dark Beast, and Sam saves Fatale. A cliff is shot and rocks fall on the village; Ororo helps dig them out, suppressing her claustrophobia, and this heroism impresses D'Gard. Meanwhile, Razors shoot down the wounded, and Gene Nation fights back furiously. Dark Beast hacks into the Razors' systems, making them all fly skyward. All the mutants counter-attack, Ororo boosted by Boost, and the battle is soon over. The mutants debate what to do with their prisoners. Tether suggests Alex blast them all; Scott warns him not to, and they duke it out while Ororo is unable to offer a solution. So Dark Beast blasts all the prisoners in a mass execution, but faked: actually, he had Fatale port them all away to his lab. Everyone is shocked and angry, but the deed is done. Gene Nation decides to stay in Africa but reject Ororo's leadership. Tether and Boost leave with the Brotherhood. The X-Men promise to get Muir to send supplies. Note: Humanity's Last Stand, responding to mutant terrorism; Gene Nation, responding the human oppression; the Brotherhood, using any means necessary to bring in peace; the X-Men, using non-lethal violence to bring in peace: each group is self-justified. Issue: Onslaught: Epilogue Date: Feb-97 Story: Prison M-13 (32 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X (M-13) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Nina (M-9), Renee Majcomb Villains: Bastion and OZT personnel, Henry Peter Gyrich, Dr. Ingrid Thysson, Daryll Smith Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Randy Green Inks: Jon Holdredge, Hilary Barta Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Dana Moreshead, Digital Chameleon Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Bastion has Xavier in an abandoned Hulkbuster base in Nevada, and even Gyrich thinks he's being too harsh (because he doesn't know he's a mutant). Bastion says Xavier is responsible for Onslaught, and plays a videotape of his brutal interrogation. Bastion also has M-9, a little girl created by the Manite Project, who has been classified as an alpha mutant. Thysson shows up to observe Xavier; Smith is a mutant hunter. M-9 makes all the monitors show a children's show while she walks through walls to visit Xavier. Her name is Nina, and she just wants to make sure he's okay and gives him her stuffed bunny Harry. Bastion scrambles the base and bursts into Xavier's cell, furious. Smith restrains Bastion; Bastion has him confined to a cell. Thysson starts a full analysis of Xavier; he warns her that his information is dangerous, that he is there against his will, and that she can't take his stuffed bunny. Gyrich says Nina must be killed. Bastion tells him to assign it to Smith, who is naturally immune to telepathy. Nina has been visiting Xavier, who tries to comfort her despite their circumstances. She tells him his mental powers are still there, and she offers to turn them back on, but he freaks and says he's not ready. He wishes he had a phone; she makes one; he calls Majcomb. Thysson takes Smith to investigate; Nina says she has no bad thoughts and reveals herself. Xavier has given her a crash course to control her powerful telepathy and says she is devoid of negative impulses and was probably created in a government lab. Alerts sound; Xavier has a hover car, and guards chase him. This gives Thysson a chance to get Nina out safely, but then Smith catches them. Xavier and Thysson are put in cells; Smith has Nina's dead body in a sack, shows it to Bastion, and tosses it in a helicopter. The crew realizes the sack is actually empty, but it's not their concern. Thysson tells Xavier she doesn't remember much, but Smith said he was one of them. Nina's phone reappears; she and Harry are safe with Majcomb. Smith is a telepath and showed her how to escape. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 341 Date: Feb-97 Story: Gladiator! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Gambit, Joseph, Rogue, Beast, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Gladiator Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The mutants are in Rockefeller Center; Hank predicts a White Christmas, then takes Trish to dinner. Remy goes off alone, angering Rogue, so Joseph takes her in a carriage ride. Bishop wants to be alone; Sam needs to shop for his family. In FAO Schwarz, an energy field opens, and Sam quickly blasts with a saleswoman to get out of the way. Gladiator grabs his head. Joseph uses his power to levitate the carriage above the city; the driver is not a bigot, and keeps going downtown, past the offices of Marvel Comics. Sam blasts away; then knocks Gladiator out of the building, away from the shoppers. Gladiator stops them in mid-blast, in mid-air. Sam can't budge him, so he grabs him and pulls the other way, bashing them both into a construction site. Joseph has brought the innards of the Z'Noxx chamber to the top of the World Trade Center. He shows Rogue that it is a psionic filter, which can keep his mind shielded, and he kisses her on the forehead. Merry Christmas. Sam knows he's outmatched but realizes Gladiator's power is fueled by confidence. He takes Gladiator's best shot without flinching, then punches him into the ground. The X-Men arrive; Hank congratulates the boy on redirecting Gladiator's punch into his own kinetic field. Gladiator emerges from the wreckage, apologizing. The Shi'ar have a crisis, and Lilandra has forbidden him to act, so he wants the X-Men to go instead. He ports all away, except Sam. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 342 Date: Mar-97 Story: <untitled> (23 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Gambit, Joseph, Rogue, Beast, Cannonball, Phoenix, Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Patricia "Trish" Tilby Villains: Deathbird Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The X-Men find themselves aboard a Shi'ar cruiser, which happens to be out of control. Hank gets the computer to stabilize the internal environment, but it stays on its pre-programmed course to a stargate, through an asteroid field. Remy gets the team to trust Joseph, who strains his power to the uttermost, deflecting the asteroids. Coming up to the stargate, they take a quick poll and decide to help the Shi'ar. Meanwhile, in Westchester, Sam explains to half the team that he lost the other half. Joseph thanks Remy for his support; Hank apologizes to Trish for getting her involved. She just readies herself by donning a Shi'ar uniform. Bishop wonders why he still hasn't made any friends on the team, and what his purpose is now, after Onslaught. Rogue tells him things will work out. Scott can't contact the Shi'ar. The X-Men consider going after their teammates, but Ororo suggests they're more needed on earth. The Shi'ar cruiser, after an unusual delay, emerges from the stargate at the ruins of starstation A'Sura Tarrel. The X-Men go aboard and find only decaying corpses: Merry Christmas. Hank notices the power core has been taken. Trish notices life signs near Bishop: he finds Deathbird, near death. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 343 Date: Apr-97 Story: Where No X-Man Has Gone Before! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Bishop, Gambit, Joseph, Rogue Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Jubilee Villains: Deathbird; Phalanx including Oralis, Vokech; Bastion, Harper Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Hank doctors Deathbird, and she comes out of her coma. Bishop is suspicious of her, the sole survivor, and she indignantly denies his insinuations. Joseph and Remy show up, she grabs Bishop's gun and shoots them. They morphs into their true forms: Phalanx. She knew they didn't stink like humans. The Phalanx have cut right through the Shi'ar empire. They have captured Remy and Joseph to feed to their young; they remember the X-Men from their attempt to conquer Earth (Phalanx Covenant crossover, including iss. 316-317). Rogue attacks them, only to get herself infected. Her last human effort is to say she always loved Remy, who by this time is loose and tries to free her. He charges a section of Phalanx, and it retreats before the explosion. On Earth, Bastion has captured Jubilee. Hank approaches the Shi'ar homeworld, planning to let the Phalanx destroy the ship, then coast in the escape pod, through debris to the main moon. It works, and Joseph guides the pod to a mining facility. They question whether they can trust Lilandra, but port with her to the planet. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 344 Date: May-97 Story: Casualties of War (23 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Bishop, Gambit, Joseph, Rogue Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Lilandra Villains: Deathbird; Phalanx; Henry Peter Gyrich, Sen. Robert Kelly Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Melvin Rubi Inks: Joe Weems, Scott Hanna, Marlo Alquiza, Harry Candelario, Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The X-Men find Lilandra being tortured by the Phalanx. Deathbird realizes she traded her life to protect the unborn; she and Bishop go to save the Nest. Kelly visit the Hulkbuster base with Gyrich, realizes it's a large military operation, and have second thoughts about its effects on society. Bishop and Deathbird, who has still not recovered from her wounds, stand back to back in the Nest, surrounded by Phalanx. Hank starts to reprogram a Shi'ar scanner to separate techno- from organic. Joseph sees the carnage on Chandilar and flashes back to the Nazi death camps. Furious, he begins attacking Phalanx, so the rest of the team backs him up. Hank gives the signal, and the Phalanx split apart, leaving nothing but mechanical and organic remains. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 345 Date: Jun-97 Story 1: Moving On (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X. (as a hologram), Rogue, Joseph, Gambit, Beast, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Lilandra, Trish Tilby Villains: Maggott, Eeny and Meany; Deathbird Other Characters: Sister Maria De La Joya Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira, Melvin Rubi Inks: Tim Townsend, Vlasco, Candelario Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Associate Editor: Mark Powers Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: The nun who helped Joseph (X-Men II:46) is attacked, then her attacker is killed by two slugs - Maggott's. He also asks her where Joseph went. The Shi'ar begin rebuilding their devastated world; Lilandra throws a celebration of their victory, and Joseph is angry they aren't mourning their dead, instead. Remy digs a hole, shamed at having once worked for a villain (see iss. 350). Hank wants to get back with Trish; she wants to take it slow this time. Deathbird escorts the X-Men home; en route, Bishop reads her history and is fascinated. She flirts with him, but when he reminds her of her exile, she throws the records in the fire. The ship lurches: a huge ship passes close by them, also on its way to Earth. But before either ship can get to it, the stargate explodes. Issue: Uncanny X-Men -1 Date: Jul-97 Story: The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Rachel Summers (Phoenix II); Colossus, Storm, Angel, Sprite, Nightcrawler, Wolverine (in a vision) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Stan Lee Villains: the Master Mold Sentinel; Bolivar and Lawrence Trask, Sanctity (Tanya Trask); Destiny, Sen. Robert Kelly (both in a vision) Other Characters: John Grey Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Bryan Hitch Inks: Paul Neary Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is a "Flashback" issue, introduced and concluded by Marvel creator Stan Lee. Stan, dressed as Uatu, looks through a huge telescope at an exploding spaceship, then tours the hall of statues in Marvel's offices. In Annandale-On-Hudson, Jean, age 11, has just been helped by Xavier after Annie's death (Bizarre Adventures 27). Her father tucks her in; she goes back to school tomorrow. She sees a falling star, which lands in South Dakota. It is Rachel, chasing someone through time. She finds herself in Trask's lab, three years before the first Sentinels (iss. 14-15). Larry has painful spells of clairvoyance, foreseeing good and bad mutants. His father Bolivar has made an amulet to suppress his mutant power. Together, they build Sentinels, preparing them for the government to protect humans from mutants. Rachel observes, guessing her quarry's plan to change the past. She herself is tempted to manipulate Larry's mind, but realizes it's too hazardous (cf. iss. 140-141). Sanctity attacks her. Rachel had saved her from the timestream (after Excalibur 75), but she is insane and wants to change the past to stop Apocalypse. The attack is an illusion; Sanctity is in the lab, and Bolivar notices her. She is his daughter Tanya, with the mutant power of time travel, and she warns him not to build the Sentinels. Rachel intervenes, stopping and wiping Bolivar's mind. She takes Sanctity back. Outside, Larry sees the evidence of their fight and realizes mutants are real. Sanctity has secretly warned Master Mold's programming about the Twelve. Stan signs off with Excelsior! Issue: Uncanny X-Men 346 Date: Aug-97 Story: The Story of the Year (23 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Urich, Robbie Robertson Villains: Henry Peter Gyrich, Callisto, Marrow, Bastion and Prime Sentinels Boyd, Mathers Other Characters: Ellis, Yin Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira, Ramos Inks: Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. JJJ wants the mutant story, and he doesn't believe TV reports that OZT was a response to an attack by the X-Men. He says Bastion is violating civil rights and is suspicious of the deaths of his reporter Bandouveris (iss. 339) and of Graydon Creed (X-Factor 130). Peter has gone to get a picture of Gyrich, just in time to rescue him from Callisto and Marrow. Somewhere distant, Remy kvetches about his life as an X-Man, and a mysterious something comes up behind him. JJJ has no luck getting information from senators Kelly or Ralston, but Bastion visits his office and drops off a CD-ROM of data on the X-Men, revealing their real identities. The story of the decade. Callisto just wants the mutant point of view to be heard, but Marrow is out for blood. Gyrich's Secret Service bodyguards (the same that guarded Creed) transform into Prime Sentinels, and they try to blast Marrow and Spider-Man, but Callisto takes the shot. The Sentinels decide to kill all witnesses, and Spider-Man orders a hasty retreat. Gyrich and the police shoot the Sentinels, which will keep them down long enough for reinforcements to come. Marrow jumps at Gyrich, but Spider-Man stops her and lectures her. Gyrich pulls a gun and tries to arrest her, but Spider-Man tells him to back off. Marrow takes the fallen Callisto into the sewers to find a healer. JJJ tells Bastion that he will uncover his background, the real story, destroys the disk, and kicks him out. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 347 Date: Sep-97 Story: Big Night (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit, Beast, Joseph, Rogue; Angel (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby Villains: Callisto, Marrow, Nanny, Maggott Other Characters: Grovel, Spat, Landscape (Brett) Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Townsend, Cannon, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Remy is accosted by old acquaintances Grovel and Spat and realizes he is on earth. They are bounty hunters, and he is their consignment. A Shi'ar craft crashes, and Hank and Trish emerge and wonder where they are and where the rest of the team was scattered to. Hank collapses, and Trish catches him. Marrow tries to nurse Callisto; Callisto tries to tell her that life is more than fighting. Marrow remembers seeing Angel captive (X-Factor 10) and wants to go fight OZT, but Callisto tells her to find the X-Men and not kill anyone. Rogue wakes next to Joseph by a gurgling brook and quickly flies off to find the others, hitting an invisible roof. Joseph powers up his magnetism and dispels the scenery: they are actually in a cavern, and Landscape had been casting an illusion. In another part of the cavern, Rogue and Spat spat over mistakes made in the choice of partners. She had taken a bolt meant for Remy and is getting younger every day. They and Grovel had been allies, until he betrayed them. Maggott tracks Joseph (see X-Men Unlimited 11), gets threatened by rednecks, and lets his girls feed on their pickup. Joseph and Rogue find Remy, captive, just as he breaks himself free. Then Nanny shows up, welcoming Joseph home. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 348 Date: Oct-97 Story: Because, I Said So (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit, Rogue, Joseph, Bishop, Archangel, Psylocke, Beast Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Spider-Man Villains: Nanny, Deathbird Other Characters: Grovel, Spat Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Townsend, Holdredge, Vey Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Joseph recognizes Nanny, who thinks he's Magneto. Beyond her there are monsters, and since Nanny can suppress mutant powers (iss. 113), the X-Men are her captives. Trish observes from a distance, then runs to find Hank. (Note: Magneto's base is located on the Filchner Ice Shelf, Weddell Sea, Antarctica.) Deathbird has Bishop in restraints. She claims the X-Men are dead and he is wounded, and she wants him as her partner in ruling the universe. With Rogue's powers negated, old stolen memories bubble up, and she yells maniacally at Remy, who she says was working for Essex. (When did Rogue touch Sabretooth?) Joseph tells Nanny he's Magneto and orders her to release him, but she says his rules are that no mutant leaves, ever. She shows him video of OZT. When he sees Moira's face, he feels an inexplicable need for vengeance. Warren and Betsy return to Soho (see Psylocke & Angel: Crimson Dawn). They find leftover ice and bullet shells (X-Men II:67), and then Betsy disappears. Hank realizes he's in Magneto's base, which was destroyed by lava, and that their ship didn't crash there by accident. Remy tries to force Spat to say who hired her to catch him, but she just calls him a lowlife. Rogue channels Remy's memories (X-Men II:41) and asks him to explain them. He begs her not to ask and to let him make everything right again, then points out that since her powers are off, they can have a night together. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 349 Date: Nov-97 Story: The Crawl (23 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue, Joseph, Gambit, Beast, Psylocke, Archangel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby Villains: Nanny, Maggott Other Characters: Grovel, Spat Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Art: Chris Bachalo Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Digital Chameleon, Dan Brown Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Maggott, on Joseph's trail, goes to the top of the World Trade Center and sees residual memories, including Rogue kissing him (iss. 341). In Antarctica, Hank has reverted to human form, and Remy is bummed because he realizes it's never going to happen with Rogue until he faces his past. Rogue remembers the start of their romance (X-Men II:4) and says she loves him. He says she can't love him until she knows him, and she could never forgive him if she did. Betsy melts out of the shadows and attacks Maggott, before he can hurt the X-Men. Warren hears bystanders scream and catches up to them. Grovel, a Klyruvian, commiserates with Remy, saying he should just fess up, but he's afraid of losing her. Grovel says that if she leaves, she was never his to start with. Spat helps Rogue access Remy's memories, saying she's blocking it out because she's afraid of the truth. Joseph interrupts with the announcement that OZT has attacked the X-Men. Both he and Remy have been able to break their chains, which raises suspicions about each. Betsy scuffles with Maggott, then pulls her psi-blade and ends it, while Warren bats the slugs into the recycle bin. She senses great darkness in him. Nanny and her monsters confront the mutants, who still don't have their powers. Then Trish smashes off Nanny's head, able to get close enough because she's "only" human. Hank wonders who recreated Magneto's old base. Rogue wants to know the whole truth, but Remy instead turns himself over to Spat. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 350 Date: Dec-97 Story: Trial & Errors (36 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit, Rogue, Beast, Joseph, Archangel, Psylocke, Phoenix, Cyclops, Cannonball, Wolverine, Storm, Prof. X; Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Bishop (all in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Jubilee Villains: Mr. Sinister (in flashback), Maggott; Erik the Red (Magneto), Ferris; Marauders: Arclight, Scrambler, Scalphunter, Vertigo, Harpoon, Riptide, Sabretooth (in flashback), Marrow (in flashback) Other Characters: Grovel, Spat Credits: Writer: Steve Seagle Pencils: Joe Madureira, Andy Smith Inks: Tim Townsend, Russell, Panosian Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Before he joined the X-Men, Remy was in a church in Seattle to meet Sinister, who had hired him to assemble a team and now pays him with a high-tech vial. He demands one more job: to get the team to its objective. In Antarctica, Rogue had given Remy the queen of hearts to remember her by, before going off with Grovel and Spat, who slaps it out of his hand, expecting an attack. Rogue has Hank working to fix the skimmer, so they can rescue Remy whether he likes it or not. Betsy investigates Maggott while Warren is cornered by his slugs. Xavier has a nightmare: the center does not hold. Remy is held over for trial, by Sinister, he thinks. Rogue gets a whiff of Ms. Marvel's 7th Sense and has Hank stop the skimmer right on top of the dropped queen of hearts. Joseph collapses, saying, "he's here." A fortress rises out of the snow and ice. They enter and find a statue of Justice. Betsy's power to slip through shadows is not entirely under her control, and she and Warren find themselves separated and facing the Code of Hammurabi and a noose, respectively. Maggott finds himself facing Joseph and says he's his friend Magneto (see X-Men II:76). Someone calls Joseph an abomination and knocks him out; Maggott recognizes him and is told to cooperate. The rest of the X-Men are collected for the trial. Rogue finds Remy, but he tries to make her leave, saying he never loved her, wanting to face his fate alone. She argues with him, saying she loves him unconditionally. Erik the Red interrupts: the trial is ready. Jean is holding together Scott's insides, which are wired with a nanotech bomb (Wolverine 118), while Ororo and Logan race their craft back to Westchester. Erik stands for the prosecution, Warren for the defense, the rest are the jury, and Remy already has his head in a guillotine. He is accused of causing the deaths of Prizm and Scaleface, and the mass murder of the Morlocks (iss. 211). Warren protests, saying Erik is just an alias, maybe for Scott again (iss. 52); Rogue thinks it's Joseph until she sees him captive and beaten. Erik says the X-Men were unfair in leaving the deformed Morlocks to fend for themselves. He gets Remy to confess that he worked for Sinister; the X-Men are shocked; he claims to have put all that behind him when he joined the X-Men; Erik says "You cannot set aside your past! A man's character is the sum of his actions." Betsy testifies: she bonded with Remy (iss. 324) and now remembers that he assembled the Marauders. Remy asks forgiveness; Warren is furious and refuses to defend him. Erik forces Rogue to kills Remy to get the rest of the story: he showed them how to get into the Morlock tunnels, tried to stop them when the killing started, but Sabretooth attacked him. Horrified at what he had helped, he snatched up one little girl (Marrow), and ran. Rogue uses Remy's power and charges the queen of hearts, throwing it at Erik, who ducks. But she was aiming at Hank's shackles; Maggott's slugs also eat chains, and the X-Men are free. Erik tells the X-Men to judge, then pulls down the ceiling and leaves with Ferris. Rogue saves Remy, over his objections, but then tosses him into the snow, abandoning him to his fate. Erik, of course, is Magneto, and he gloats over causing dissention among the X-Men.
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