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Issue: Astonishing X-Men 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Once More with Feeling (22 pages) Feature Characters: Magneto and the X-Men: Quicksilver, Iceman, Sabretooth, Morph, Storm, Banshee, Nightcrawler, Blink, Sunfire, Rogue Regular Characters: Charles Lensherr Guest Stars: Gambit; Charles Xavier (in flashback); Bishop Villains: Apocalypse, Prelate Delgado, Rex; Legion (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Dan Green, Tim Townsend Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Steve Buccellato, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: In the wake of Bishop's revelations, Magneto prepares his team for a suicidal mission. Blink ports in with Sunfire, whose power is out of control, so Magneto and Bobby have to contain him. Delgado pokes his head through the portal, so Blink closes it on him. Sunfire reports that the cullings Apocalypse disavowed are actually being carried out by his son, Holocaust. Apocalypse sits above a pile of human remains in his capital in Manhattan. He tells Rex his predictions were correct about Delgado, and they have located the X-Men's base. Magneto has sent Gambit on another mission, but he takes time to say goodbye to Rogue. Blink arrives with her son Charles before they can kiss. Kurt is concerned that Bishop is a distraction from their effort to help humans evacuate through Maine, but he trusts Magneto, who thinks this whole universe may yet be undone. Rogue, Blink, Sunfire, Sabretooth, Wild Child, and Morph go to stop the cullings. Issue: Weapon X 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Unforgiven Trespasses (23 pages) Feature Characters: Logan, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sentinels; the Human High Council: Bolivar and Moira Trask, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock, Mariko Yashida Villains: Infinites, a Balrog-Class Meta-Cyborg, Havok, Apocalypse, Cyclops, Abyss, Holocaust, Beast, Magma Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Karl Kesel, Dan Green, Chris Warner Letters: Pat Brosseau Colors: Mike Thomas Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: As a favor to the Human High Council, Logan and Jean ride a Sentinel to the Atlantic sea wall, crash in, and fight past a Balrog. Havok ports in, so Jean deals with him while Logan destroys the control center. Havok blasts Jean, but Logan returns and stomps him. They get to their Sentinel; Havok follows, so the Sentinel puts him back in the transporter and gets rid of him. A swarm of Sentinels and transports fly over the deactivated sea wall, evacuating humans from Maine to Europe. Cyclops tells Apocalypse that Sinister has fed information to their enemies. Havok has been fused with the Sentinel's hand, but he alerts them that Logan and Jean were responsible. The Human High Council is considering a Doomsday strike against Apocalypse. Then Magma attacks, and Logan immediately guts her. Braddock assembles the attack force of huge aircraft, but Jean says it's madness. Issue: Gambit and the X-Ternals 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Some of Us Looking to the Stars (23 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit and the X-Ternals: Jubilee, Strong Guy, Sunspot, Lila Cheney Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Magneto Villains: Infinites (Fedayeen) including the Kurbaj Squadron under Rictor, Madri, Dr. Peter Corbeau Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Tony Daniel Inks: Kevin Conrad Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Jubilee flees the Infinites, after stealing medical supplies. Strong Guy and Sunspot come to her rescue. They return to their base in the old Morlock tunnels and find Magneto there. They are defensive, till Remy says he brought him there. Two years ago, he left the X-Men because Rogue married Magneto, and he has Lila now. Magneto wants them to steal the M'Kraan crystal, so he can reshape reality. Rictor is angry that his squad can't catch the X-Ternals. He wants to make a name for himself. Magneto leads them to a door, behind which is Apocalypse's science lab. Madri attack; Jubilee explodes their cloaks, felling them all. Sunspot finds Corbeau, who explains the lab is the remains of Ship. He has scanned for the Shi'ar galaxy; Magneto tells Lila she needs to use her dormant mutant power to teleport them there, so he cybernetically hooks her into the computers. Rictor's squad attacks; Magneto tells Remy to stay with Lila while he deals with them. Lila opens a portal, which suck in the X-Ternals and Rictor with them. Magneto leaves; Corbeau self-destructs the lab. Issue: Gambit and the X-Ternals 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Where No External Has Gone Before! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit and the X-Ternals: Jubilee, Strong Guy, Sunspot, Lila Cheney Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Imperial Guard including Gladiator, Oracle, Starbolt; C'cil, B'nee; the Starjammers: Ch'od, Deathbird (Lady Cal'syee), Hepzibah, Raza Villains: Rictor Other Characters: Jonath Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Tony Daniel Inks: Conrad, Milgrom, Christian Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Marie Javins, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: The X-Ternals flee the Imperial Guard, while Rictor just surrenders. Starbolt attacks Sunspot with solar energy, and Gladiator throws a rock onto Guido: mistakes both. The team makes it into a forest, but the trees attack them. B'nee and C'cil can't track them, but Rictor says he planted a tracking device on one of them. Emperor D'Ken's telepaths have warned him about this planet, Ch'reesharaa, and these mutants. The universe blinks. The "nexus expansion" is approaching, so Gladiator orders retreat. Jonath, half-Shi'ar and half-Mephistoid, says D'Ken used the M'Kraan crystal to oust Deathbird and kill Lilandra. But since the nine stars aligned, the power is out of his control and nullifying the universe. The Imperial Guard finds and attacks them, but the world begins to crystallize. Just in time, the Starjammers teleport the X-Ternals to their ship. (Note: Deathbird's name is revealed to be Cal'syee.) Issue: X-Calibre 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Infernal Gallop (22 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler (Kurt Darkholme), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Destiny (Irene Adler) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Switchback, Cain Marko, Sentinels, Angel, John Proudstar Villains: Madri, Apocalypse, Pale Riders: Damask, "Dead Man" Wade Wilson, Danielle Moonstar Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Warren Ellis Pencils: Ken Lashley Inks: Wegryzyn, Moy, Lardsa Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: A ferryman (Mystique, see iss. 3) takes Switchback along an icy underground river to Cain, her guide. They walk through jungle for days, the come to the warm haven in the Antarctic: Avalon. Sentinels patrol the ruins of Manhattan, where Angel runs a nightclub, Heaven. Kurt wants him to arrange passage for him to Avalon, so he can find Destiny. Magneto contacts Mystique, ordering her to meet Kurt in Avalon. She has been ferrying people there, for a price. Angel sends Kurt to an old Stark warehouse, where Proudstar is holding a ghost dance. Kurt hates churches; Proudstar doesn't like the Darkholmes; Kurt ports away with the finger he pointed at him, then demands passage. He puts him on the sub Excalibur, with other refugees. Dani is an informant; she tells Apocalypse Kurt is at the ghost dance, and Avalon is in Antarctica. Destiny welcomes Switchback, but when she touches her, she sees Apocalypse. Issue: Factor X 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Sinister Neglect (22 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Artemis, Phantazia (Eileen Harshaw), Newt (Mortimer Toynbee), Avalanche (Dominic Petros), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Angel, Scarlett McKenzie Villains: Aurora, Northstar, Cyclops, Havok, Sinister, the Bedlam brothers, Beast; Elizabeth and Sam Guthrie; Henry Peter Gyrich 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: Artemis leads escapees from the pens, but Cyclops, Havok, Aurora, and Northstar attack them. The battle is brief, and Havok kills Artemis, to save Scott from her knife. In the statue of Apocalypse in New York harbor, Sinister plots his overthrow, before he starts a world war. Apocalypse had put in him charge of breeding the next generation of mutants, and now his "children" are on their own. The Guthries guard the pens full of test subjects. Havok and Sam both resent Scott's insistence on benevolence. Havok visits Beast in his lab: he dissolves people and uses their genetic material to grow Infinites, who only last about a year. He is willing to support Havok, but says Apocalypse won't tolerate killing Scott. Havok goes next to Angel's club, which is interrupted by gunfire: Gyrich, who has himself wired with explosives. The Bedlam brothers scramble his mind and equipment, and he is escorted out. Scarlett and Havok are having a scandalous secret affair: human and mutant. Sinister has been missing for days, so Scott has the Bedlams break into his sanctum, which he wrecked before he left. Scott realizes he abandoned them, so he takes charge, but Havok has other ideas. Sinister remotely detonates the statue. Issue: Generation Next 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: From the Top (22 pages) Feature Characters: Colossus, Shadowcat, Chamber, Know-It-All (Claudia St. Croix), Paige Guthrie (Husk), Mondo, Skin, Vicente Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Magneto, Bishop; Illyana Rasputin Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Bachalo, Lobdell Inks: Mark Buckingham Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: In Colorado, Chamber fights Husk in a training session, while Claudia, who is mostly computer, observes. Mondo interrupts when they start kissing, and then Colossus ends the session, angry that they haven't pushed themselves harder. Husk turns her hands to acid and burns his head, but he slaps her away, then Kitty attacks her with her claws. She feigns defeat, then stabs Kitty through the belly with her arm, now a diamond spike, but Kitty phases through it. Chamber drops a tree on Colossus, and Skin wraps up Kitty, who pulls him out of a tree. Husk morphs to a bio-pattern that Kitty can't phase through and takes her out, even though Skin is still in the way. Colossus is angry at Husk, but Vincente captures him, while Claudia ineffectively calls and end to the session. Magneto arrives and freezes everyone in place. He takes Colossus and Kitty aside, explaining about Bishop. Although Apocalypse killed all known time travelers, Claudia scans for those with an unrecognized power. She learns Illyana is alive, in Portland. Issue: X-Man 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Breaking Away (23 pages) Feature Characters: X-Man (Nathaniel "Nate" Summers) Regular Characters: Forge, Toad, Soaron, Brute, Mastermind Guest Stars: Magneto; Bishop (in flashback), Theresa Rourke Villains: Cyclops, Cotter, Apocalypse, Shadow King, Domino, Infinites, Sinister Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jeph Loeb Pencils: Steve Skroce Inks: Sellers, Smith, LaRosa, Conrad Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Mike Thomas Editor: Lisa Patrick Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Nate remembers Cyclops helping him escape, then going to the X-mansion and seeing Bishop argue with Magneto. Forge taps him on the shoulder, explaining they're not really there, and he used their psi-link to find him. He brings him back to his body, where he sees he has blasted the terrain, endangering his team. Forge says he has to stop training by himself, and they need to move along. Forge's team wanders and puts on plays in the ruins of the Midwest. Mastermind makes sure no one sees them for what they really are, but the local prelate is suspicious. Nate uses his power to change his mind, but Forge says every time he uses his power it's like a beacon. Cyclops tells Apocalypse that Sinister has fled. Shadow King warns him of a powerful psi, which gives Cyclops thoughts of rebellion. Apocalypse sends Domino to capture or kill this new threat. In Kansas, Infinites put humans including Theresa into boxcars. Forge's team derails the train and frees them, but then Infinites attack, wounding Soaron. Nate lets loose with his power, and Theresa's sonic power manifests. She realizes she's a mutant and will never be helpless again. Forge is unhappy with Nate, but the team moves on. They meet a man named Essex, who says he can help. Issue: Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen (23 pages) Date: Apr-95 Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Apocalypse, Madri (Jamie Madrox) Other Characters: Credits: Cover: Ian Churchill, Scott Hanna, Ashley Underwood Colors: Ashley Underwood Designer: Ronnie Lawler Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Madri are Apocalypse's priests and agents. One of them violates his sanctuary and reads his classifications: Chosen: Magneto, Rogue, Cyclops, Storm, Quicksilver, the Four Horsemen (Holocaust, Mikhail Rasputin, Sinister, Abyss), Weapon X, Jean Grey, Colossus, Angel, Sabretooth, Wild Child, Bishop Forgotten: X-Man, Havok, Northstar, Aurora, Beast, X-Calibre (Nightcrawler, Mystique), Human High Council (Bolivar and Moira Trask, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock, Mariko Yashida), Gambit and the X-Ternals (Lila Cheney, Strong Guy, Jubilee, Sunspot), Xavier He learns the Madri are Chosen as well, but then Apocalypse catches him, marks him Forgotten, and destroys him. Issue: Astonishing X-Men 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: No Exit (22 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue, Sunfire, Morph, Blink, Magneto, Sabretooth, Wild Child Regular Characters: Charles Lensherr Guest Stars: Bishop Villains: Nemesis (in flashback), Apocalypse, Rex Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Dan Green, Tim Townsend Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Steve Buccellato, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Rogue leads her team to Chicago to stop Holocaust's culling. The crowd is panicked, and Sunfire goes berserk, so Rogue has to absorb his power while the team guides the humans to safety. She sees his memories of the massacre in Japan, and that he blames himself for not stopping it. In Westchester, Magneto cradles his son, saying goodbye in case the world dies. Apocalypse is angry at Abyss's failure to stop the evacuation of Maine. But Rex has located Magneto's base. Sabretooth asks a reluctant Blink to teleport him and Wild Child to Holocaust, a suicidal delaying tactic. Rogue tries to stop it, but Blink zaps her and then sends them along to Indianapolis. Sabretooth wakes Wild Child, and they confront Holocaust, who tells him the location of the Infinite processing plant. Sabretooth sends Wild Child off with that information, then fights. Nemesis's first kill was the Scarlet Witch, for which Magneto destroyed him, and now he is Holocaust, in body armor. Sabretooth lets loose on him, rips off his helmet, but then collapses. Issue: Amazing X-Men 1 Date: Mar-95 Story: Crossing Guards (22 pages) Feature Characters: Banshee, Iceman, Quicksilver, Storm, Exodus, Dazzler, Magneto Regular Characters: Nanny, Charles Lensherr Guest Stars: Bishop, Sentinels Villains: Abyss, Infinites, the Brotherhood: a Madri Cardinal, Vanessa Carlysle (Copycat), Box (Madison Jeffries), Spyne, Yeti, Arclight Other Characters: Jeremy Graves Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Copycat spies on the humans gathering in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, who are expecting to be evacuated to Europe. In Westchester, Bishop watches the X-Men train to disable Sentinels: the Human High Council can't program them to see them as allies. Magneto helps Exodus expand his powers, so he can transport the team to Maine. Storm whips up the weather around a monitoring tower in Newfoundland, to mask the approach of the Sentinels. They fill the sky, destroy the tower, and land near the humans, scaring them as they rescue them. They detect mutants nearby; Dazzler projects images of Logan and Jean Grey to distract them; Quicksilver inserts a disk into one and reprograms them to ignore the X-Men. But they still detect mutants, and one blasts Bobby, leaving him in shards. The Brotherhood have scrambled the disk, and they stand ready to attack. Meanwhile, Abyss has abducted the boy Jeremy. Issue: Amazing X-Men 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Sacrificial Lambs (22 pages) Feature Characters: Exodus, Quicksilver, Banshee, Dazzler, Storm, Iceman Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sentinels, Karma Villains: Abyss, the Brotherhood: a Madri cardinal, Copycat, Box, Spyne, Yeti, Arclight; Sebastian Shaw, Rex, Apocalypse Other Characters: Jeremy Graves Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Abyss feeds off Jeremy's false hopes. The Brotherhood attack the X-Men. Copycat impersonates the Scarlet Witch to distract Quicksilver, but Dazzler rescues him. Box reprograms the Sentinels to attack the X-Men. Storm uses lightning to delay them, but they are still needed to evacuate the humans. Sean goes alone after the Madri but finds him dead at the door of his aircraft. Abyss killed him for his failure, and he shows Sean he has Jeremy inside him, hostage. He tells Sean to send Quicksilver to him. His girlfriend Storm backs him up. They enter the ship and find the boy catatonic. Quicksilver punches out Abyss, then twists his ribbon-like body, making him fall endlessly into himself. They return the boy to his parents, and learn that the Sentinel directive to protect humans has overcome their aversion to mutants. Rex tortures Karma for information about Angel and Gambit. Issue: Factor X 2 Date: Apr-95 Story: Abandoned Children (22 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Angel, Scarlett McKenzie, Polaris; Rogue (in flashback), Valerie Cooper Villains: Aurora, Northstar, Cyclops, Havok, Apocalypse, the Bedlam brothers, Beast; Elizabeth and Sam Guthrie Other Characters: Tommy Chang, Samantha DuPris 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: Sinister has hooked up the Brain Trust: 6 disembodied telepaths who anesthetize the prisoners of his pens, but it doesn't work on everyone. Chang and DuPris are making a break for it, following an image of Magneto. Polaris sees him and asks to go, too, but he says the risk of discovery is too great. Alex and Scott discuss Sinister with Apocalypse: he knows to expect a devious plot but is convinced he will endure. He offers to make Scott his next Horseman, which infuriates Alex. The Guthries tell Alex about the escape, and they go to interrogate Polaris. She says it was her father, Magneto; Alex says she's crazy and slaps her; she attacks him with her power; he turns her over to Beast, who knows her story: parents killed in a culling, she manifested her magnetism and went mad, power stolen by Rogue. Scott has the Bedlams investigate the remains of Sinister's base in the statue of Apocalypse. Angel visits, worried that a war is about to start. Alex visits Scarlett and says he's plotting to get rid of his brother. Scarlett is an informant for the Human High Council, but she wants out before she's captured like Karma. Polaris's magnetism screws up Beast's scanners, so he plans brain surgery, but Scott stops him, since that would violate the Kelly Pact. Beast tells him the Pact is a ploy, and Apocalypse will destroy all humans. Scott asserts his authority, now that Sinister is gone, and Beast submits. That night, a cloaked figure with one red eye rescues her from the pens. She thinks it's Magneto. Northstar and Aurora catch them, having been alerted by Alex, but Scott and Polaris knock them out. Scott hands her over to Val, and Alex sees them.
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