Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 1.0, last modified February 3, 2001
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Issue: Weapon X 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Fire in the Sky! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Logan, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sentinels; Moira Trask, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock, Mariko Yashida Villains: Pierce, Clegg, Box, Copycat Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green Letters: Pat Brosseau Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Jean is missing. Logan uses their psi-link to trace her to Bristol, England, where the Sentinels brought the humans. They argue: she's against the planned Doomsday strike on Apocalypse. Box and Copycat are stopped at the weapons checkpoint, then attack everyone in sight. Logan immediately guts Box, then goes to help the Human High Council pick its targets. Mariko takes him aside, also hoping for another way. She doesn't trust Braddock, whose company manufactures the Sentinels. Just then Pierce's men attack one of the airships, so Logan leaps down through the flames and onto the airship. He kills Pierce and his men, but not before the airship rams the one with the key guidance system. Logan emerges from the wreckage, horribly burnt. He rushes to Jean, who had telepathically said goodbye. She is flying an old plane from Cornwall back to America, to warn them. Logan jumps onto the plane; Jean kisses him, then tells him to kill her quickly if he wants to stop her. Instead, he jumps off, letting her go. Issue: Generation Next 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Hither Comes the Sugar Man! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Colossus, Shadowcat, Chamber, Husk, Mondo, Skin, Vicente Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Illyana Rasputin Villains: Sugar Man, Enrique, Mat, Undercloaks, Quietus Other Characters: Ace Credits: Writer & Pencils: Scott Lobdell, Chris Bachalo Inks: Mark Buckingham Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Illyana is in the Seattle Core, teaching the new prisoners how to avoid drawing Sugar Man's attention. Two of the guards are in a cab on their way to a club. One feels guilty about helping Sugar Man. Chamber kills them, so he and Skin can use their uniforms. Colossus plans to send the kids through the front door, while he and Kitty phase through the back. Kitty thinks it's suicide, then she is abducted by an Undercloak. Colossus rips up the hillside, exposing it to moonlight and making it vulnerable, and Kitty impales it. Husk impersonates a spa attendant, so Quietus, the head of the Core, will take her to his place. He has a vaporizer that makes mutant ill, so he detects and beats her. But she has hidden Vincente in the wine bottle, and he kills Quietus from the inside, and emerges covered in gore. They think Colossus is sending them on a suicide mission, but they do their job and find Illyana's file. Together, they impersonate Quietus and walk through the front gate, with Chamber and Skin as workers. Issue: Gambit and the X-Ternals 3 Date: May-95 Story: To the Limits of Infinity (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit and the X-Ternals: Jubilee, Strong Guy, Sunspot, Lila Cheney Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gladiator, the Starjammers: Ch'od, Deathbird, Hepzibah, Raza; Jahf Villains: Rictor, Emperor D'Ken Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Salvador Larroca Inks: Al Milgrom Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Javins, Rosas, Webb, Thomas, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: D'Ken has built a huge engine to absorb the energy of the M'Kraan crystal. Remy has second thoughts about trying to sneak in, but Deathbird says they have no choice, and she beams down to the planet with them, then takes Remy and Lila to the crystal while Strong Guy, Jubilee, and Sunspot fight off the soldiers. The crystal is huge, but even a sliver contains its totality. When Lila approaches it, a hand grabs her and pulls her into it, and Remy and Deathbird go in after her and find Jahf, the guardian of the crystal for the entire multiverse. The universe blinks, and Sunspot's hand turns white. Gladiator and Rictor arrive and attack. Lila and D'Ken are transfixed by beams of light from the heart of the crystal. When Deathbird moves to kill her brother, a beam transfixes her. Jahf confirms Bishop's story: because Xavier was killed, Jean Grey never "became" Phoenix and never repaired the crystal. This reality isn't the true one, and the damage is spreading to all the others. He tells Remy to steal a piece of crystal, and send Bishop back in time to fix the problem. But to take part of the crystal, you have to give part of yourself in return. The universe blinks, Sunspot absorbs more of the energy, and the people nearest the crystal turn to glass. Sunspot gets Strong Guy and Jubilee to jump into the crystal, then takes Rictor along. Jahf tells Remy he has to do it to save Rogue, so he smacks the crystal with his staff. It accepts the offer of love, breaks free of D'Ken's machine, and gives Remy a shard. Lila transports them back to Earth, leaving Sunspot behind because he has already absorbed too much energy. Issue: Factor X 3 Date: May-95 Story: Open Wounds (22 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Jean Grey; Logan (in flashback), Angel, Scarlett McKenzie Villains: Infinites, Cyclops, Havok, Apocalypse, the Bedlam brothers, Beast; Elizabeth and Sam Guthrie, Rex, Rahne Sinclair Other Characters: Credits: Writer: John Francis Moore Pencils: Steve Epting Inks: Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Glynis Oliver Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Infinite guards in the Kennel are unable to restrain a mutant grizzly bear-Bengal tiger, so Havok puts it down. He challenges Scott, implying he knows about his attack on the Beaubiers, but then the tiger-bear recovers, and Scott has to kill it. He tries to look at Havok's wounds, but he turns away in anger. Jean sneaks into the facility in a prisoner transport wagon. She telekinetically knocks out a guard, then animates his body to make it march inside with her. She wants to warn Scott: he has to stop Apocalypse before the Human High Council nukes New York. She fights past the Brain Trust's sedation and through the wreckage of Sinister's base. He had betrayed Apocalypse, giving information to her and Logan to prevent the coming world war. A wolf attacks her; she blasts its human mind, but then Havok attacks her. Scarlett suspects she's pregnant, then the Bedlam brothers arrest her, and Angel does nothing to help, since he himself is under suspicion. Alex directly accuses his brother of treason, then takes him to Beast's lab, where Jean is under interrogation. He has been fascinated by her since he first captured her. Sinister had tried to turn her, but she resisted, and then Logan returned to rescue her and Scott traded an eye for his hand. Alex says Scott and Jean have been in cahoots ever since; they both deny it; Alex tells Scott to execute her; he refuses. Alex signals the Guthries to attack, and they knock out Scott. Alex gives him to Beast to play with. Jean forces through the telekinetic inhibitor on her head and removes Scott's visor, blasting Beast. She knows Scott is decent at heart, helping to free the prisoners he can, and he agrees to help her liberate the pens. Apocalypse instructs Rex to liquidate the pens, now that Sinister is gone. Issue: X-Universe 1 Date: May-95 Story: Last Stand (34 pages) Feature Characters: Gwen Stacy, Anthony Stark, Clint Barton, Dr. Donald Blake, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm, Victor Von Doom Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Marauders: Red (Osborne), Dirigible (Fisk), Arcade, Owl; Mikhail Rasputin, Matt Murdock, Hulk (Dr. Robert Bruce Banner), Empath (Manuel Alfonso Rodrigo de la Rocha) Other Characters: N'Kim Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Cam Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers, Electric Crayon Editor: Marie Javins Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Wakanda is in ruins, its people starving, and then the Marauders attack. Apocalypse tolerates them, as long as they keep killing humans. Stacy uses an outmoded rifle to take one shot, at Dirigible. Before Arcade can retaliate, a transport arrives and drops its cargo of medical supplies on him. Then it blasts Red and Owl. Barton distributes the supplies, while Stark smarmily introduces himself to Stacy. He has been sent to bring Blake back to England. Mikhail is there, claiming he wants to help the humans. Sue Storm is mistrustful, since her brother and first boyfriend were both killed by mutants. His staff of augmented humans confirms the nuclear-capable blimps. Grimm and Storm are almost caught in an explosion at the Field Command Center, which kills every pilot they had left. They find Hulk in the wreckage: he allied with Apocalypse to get enhanced and ensure his survival. Storm shoots his ear off, and he reverts to Banner. The Human High Council is in session, so Doom greets Mikhail, who speaks to the crowd, saying he wants to establish a new world under his protection. He invites Doom, Stark, Stacy, Blake, and Banner to tour his ship, then reveals that he has Empath stirring up the crowd, and they are all his captives. Issue: Weapon X 3 Date: May-95 Story: The Common Right of Toads and Men (22 pages) Feature Characters: Logan Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Carol Danvers, Moira and Bolivar Trask, Mariko Yashida, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock Villains: Mangle, Deadeye, Donald Pierce, Vultura Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green, Mike Sellers Letters: Pat Brosseau Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Cyborgs identify Logan, walking across the snow to Wundagore, and attack. He kills them, reminisces about his time with the X-Men, and catches Danvers trying to sneak up on him. In London, the Human High Council makes final plans for the attack on Apocalypse. Logan climbs the tower where Gateway monitors TV broadcasts in a catatonic state, making himself the repository of man's knowledge. He slashes through the equipment to get his attention, then takes his hand to download his recent memories. Gateway refuses to pilot the lead ship attacking Apocalypse, then spins his bolo to transport Logan back, but there's an explosion. The cyborgs have patched themselves together and are attacking, and Vultura and Pierce attack from the air. Logan gets them onto Pierce's plane; Vultura swoops by and gets gutted; Danvers throws herself onto Pierce before he attacks Logan, and they fall out of the plane. She blows them both up with a grenade before they hit the ground. Gateway agrees to head the armada, assembling in Paris. Issue: Astonishing X-Men 3 Date: May-95 Story: In Excess (22 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue, Sunfire, Morph, Blink, Sabretooth, Wild Child, Magneto Regular Characters: Nanny, Charles Lensherr Guest Stars: Bishop Villains: Infinites, Holocaust Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Townsend, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Infinites chase down Wild Child, blasting him through the chest. Holocaust takes him in custody, then generates a top hat and cane - it is Morph, and Sunfire kills the Infinites. Rogue asks Wild Child about Sabretooth, but he can't communicate, so he licks her, and she sees that he is fighting the real Holocaust. Blink remembers him rescuing her as a child, while Sunfire flies them all to the Infinite processing plant. Magneto prepares Bishop to murder Legion, but he's reluctant. Nanny sounds an alert and transforms herself into a cocoon around Charles: Apocalypse is coming. Morph takes the shape of a whale and swims into the plant's coolant system, with the team in his belly. Blink sees Sabretooth hanging by chains and goes to help him. Issue: X-Man 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Choosing Sides (23 pages) Feature Characters: X-Man Regular Characters: Forge, Toad, Soaron, Brute, Mastermind, Sonique (Theresa Rourke) Guest Stars: Magneto, Charles Lensherr Villains: Rossovich, Domino, Grizzly, Caliban, Essex (Sinister), Madri, Infinites Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jeph Loeb Pencils: Steve Skroce Inks: Mike Sellers, LaRosa, Conrad, Hanna Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Mike Thomas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Lisa Patrick Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Domino demands Rossovich tell her about X-Man, but he refuses, so she gets Grizzly to help knock him out. She also has Caliban, as her tracker. Forge trains Nate, trying to teach him not to rely solely on his TK, but he's too cocky. The team's new member, Essex, has quickly gained Nate's confidence. He suggests Nate try to fly, and he does, but gets a headache and nosebleed in the process. He then convinces Forge to have them reconnoiter Beast's lab: he wants Nate to use his power on bigger targets than Infinite patrols. They find it patrolled by Madri as well as Infinites, but they are detected before they can retreat. Nate lets loose with his power, destroying the factory, but he is easily knocked down by a Madri, to Essex's surprise. He telepathically turns off the minds of his attackers, then collapses. The team retreats to an abandoned farmhouse. That night, Nate sneaks out in his astral form: he is determined to do more than Forge will let him. Theresa comes along, and they go back to the X-mansion. Little Charles detects them, and Magneto confronts them, so Theresa breaks the psi-link to force them back into their bodies. Brute finally realizes that Essex is Sinister, who destroyed his mind, so Sinister kills him. Forge has meanwhile decided to kick him out, but then Domino, Grizzly, and Caliban arrive. Issue: X-Calibre 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Burn (22 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Mystique, Destiny Regular Characters: Douglas Ramsey Guest Stars: Switchback, Cain Marko, Sentinels, John Proudstar Villains: Madri; Pale Riders: Damask, Wade Wilson, Danielle Moonstar; Apocalypse, Callisto and crew including Einarsson, Weekes Other Characters: Capt. Newell Credits: Writer: Warren Ellis Pencils: Roger Cruz, Renato Arlem, Charles Mota, Eddie Wagner Inks: Phil Moy, Tom Wegrzyn, Harry Candelario Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Destiny sees Avalon under attack when she touches Switchback. Madri attack Proudstar's Ghost Dance. The sub carrying Kurt loses its equipment and has to surface before they all suffocate. They send up a flare, and Callisto's ship comes to the rescue, cutting through the door to release the passengers. Kurt had meanwhile ported out, too weak to save the others. Damask observes all this, waiting for them to get their act together so she can track them to Avalon. Apocalypse sends a transmission ordering them to also destroy Avalon. Moonstar tortures Wade for the fun of it, so Damask kills her, for the same reason. Callisto takes charge of the passengers and sends the sub back. She takes their valuables, hides them in a ballast tank, and plans to kill them all. Kurt gets to the tank an opens it to find them all drowned. The ship runs aground in corpses, dumped on islands by Apocalypse. Callisto shoots her navigator, while Kurt starts killing the crew for vengeance. Then Mystique arrives. Issue: X-Calibre 3 Date: May-95 Story: Body Heat (22 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Mystique, Destiny Regular Characters: Douglas Ramsey Guest Stars: Switchback, Cain Marko Villains: Pale Riders: Damask, Wade Wilson; Danielle Moonstar, Callisto and crew (all dead) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Warren Ellis Pencils: Ken Lashley Inks: Tom Wegrzyn, Philip Moy Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Mystique kills Callisto. "Hi, Mom." She takes Kurt to her frigid Antarctic base, and he asks her why she won't just go to Avalon. She avoids the question; he accuses her of fleecing her passengers; she says it's not her fault. She takes him by ferryboat to Marko and says she needs to talk to Destiny. En route, Cain tells him how he was a murderer, but is now a man of peace like his dead brother. They find Destiny with her adopted son, Doug. She is surprised to hear Mystique wants her to go back, takes her into the village to meet Switchback, and says they're all going to die. Damask is amazed at the beauty of Avalon; Wade wants to kill it all. He starts with a rocket launcher, which wounds Doug. Kurt tries to get Cain to defend his own, and the stress causes him an aneurysm. Damask attacks Wade, wanting to save Avalon, but he just regenerates. Till Kurt ports his head off, that is. Issue: Amazing X-Men 3 Date: May-95 Story: Parents of the Atom (22 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto, Exodus, Quicksilver, Banshee, Dazzler, Storm, Iceman Regular Characters: Nanny, Charles Lensherr Guest Stars: Bishop, Angel Villains: Infinites, Vanisher, Apocalypse, Madri, the Shadow King, Abyss Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto visits Xavier's grave, but Bishop reminds him they're on a perimeter alert. Magneto destroys and recreates the gun he has pointed at him, then tells Bishop to fire over his left shoulder. He could sense the Infinites' teleportation, which was done by Vanisher, who vanishes. Magneto and Bishop destroy the Infinites, but then Apocalypse himself attacks and defeats them. Magneto plans to set a plasma rifle to overload and kill them all, but Apocalypse says Vanisher is going after Charles, so he wants to live to protect him. Apocalypse recalls how Magneto nearly defeated him, making Ship crash but losing half his magnetic power. Now he beats him into the ground. Under the mansion, Nanny generates many big guns to protect Charles from Vanisher. The X-Men return and find signs of battle but no survivors. Bobby finds Vanisher's body in the tunnels, and they realize Nanny did it. Quicksilver sends Exodus and Dazzler to find her and Charles, Bobby to find Rogue, and Ororo and Sean to stay at the mansion, while he runs to get information from Angel, whom he punches, disarms, and generally insults. Angel is more than willing to cooperate, having tired of playing both sides, and he says Apocalypse has his father in his citadel, while Bishop is at the Madri Tabernacle in Quebec. The Madri torture Bishop, then let the Shadow King loose on him. He remembers Xavier, but knows that Bishop's memories didn't happen. Then he is ejected from Bishop's mind, which shocks the Madri, who are then swallowed by Abyss, who is unwilling to let Bishop end this reality. Quicksilver preps the team to rescue Bishop, since he is more crucial than his father and brother.
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