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Issue:	Generation Next 3
Date:	May-95
Story:	It Only Hurts When I Sing (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Colossus, Shadowcat, Chamber,
Husk, Mondo, Skin, Vicente, Know-It-All
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Illyana Rasputin 
Villains:	Sugar Man, Monte, Poxlips
Other Characters:	May
Credits:	Writer & Pencils: Scott Lobdell, Chris
Bachalo 
	Inks: Mark Buckingham
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In the Seattle Core, prisoners are forced to
mine a mountain. A guard mercilessly kills two;
Chamber watches in horror, but Skin keeps him quiet so
he doesn't compromise the mission. Mondo emerges from
the wall and kills the guard. Vicente and Husk are
successfully impersonating Quietus, looking through
his office to find information on Illyana. The boss,
Sugar Man, comes to check, warning that someone was
psi-scanning the files. 
	Kitty arrives intangibly, with Colossus. Mondo
rescues a girl inside the mines. Chamber and Skin
knock out a guard and steal his keys. Husk and
Vincente catch up to them, but then Sugar Man walks
by. Know-It-All briefs Colossus: Mondo is 1.6 miles
underground but close to finding Illyana; the rest of
the team is cornered. Colossus says the mission is the
only important thing.
	"Quietus" claims to have caught Chamber and Skin as
intruders, so Sugar Man says he should kill them with
his mutant power. Mondo finds Illyana, so he has to
leave the other girl behind. Kitty phases Colossus
through the wall. "Quietus" shoots.

Issue:	Generation Next 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	Bye (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Colossus, Shadowcat, Chamber,
Husk, Mondo, Skin, Vicente, Know-It-All
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Illyana Rasputin 
Villains:	Sugar Man, Malthus
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer & Pencils: Scott Lobdell, Chris
Bachalo 
	Inks: Mark Buckingham
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Mondo takes human form and tries to walk out
of the core, but Illyana, in his belly, sticks her
hand through his chest. 
	"Quietus" has shot Chamber. Sugar Man still isn't
satisfied and suspects an inside job, so he impales
"Quietus" with his tongue. Vicente leaks gas, and Husk
bleeds. The team reveals itself, and Sugar Man orders
his men to attack, but then there is an explosion:
Kitty has dropped Colossus through the ceiling.
Chamber blasts Sugar Man, exploding him, but they
still have to fight their way a mile to the surface.
Colossus sends Chamber and Skin to find Illyana. 
	Mondo is attacked, but he melts into the cliff and
tosses his attackers over. He tries to make room
inside himself to save another little girl. Chamber
and Skin arrive to see him attacked by Sugar Man, his
tongue piercing his body and catching Illyana.
Colossus arrives, stomps him, and retrieves his
sister. Kitty is phased inside Colossus, watching his
back. Colossus orders her to get him and Illyana out,
abandoning their students. Outside, she says she'll go
back for them, but Colossus insists she take Illyana
to Westchester, then tries to get back inside, but the
door closes on him. He sees his students overwhelmed,
about to be killed.
	That night, he catches up to Kitty. So does Sugar
Man.

Issue:	Astonishing X-Men 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	Holocaust! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Blink, Rogue, Sunfire, Morph, Wild
Child, Magneto, Sabretooth
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Holocaust, Infinites, Apocalypse
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Joe Madureira 
	Inks: Townsend, Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Steve Buccellato, Digital Chameleon
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Blink faces Holocaust, after having severely
damaged his Infinite processing plant. She blinks away
parts of his armor; he tries to throw her against a
brick wall, but she teleports behind him, the
teleports him into the processing vats. The rest of
the team fights off Infinites and tries to free the
prisoners. 
	Apocalypse has Magneto captive, and he gloats over
the expected demise of the X-Men.
	Holocaust emerges from the vats and grabs Blink.
Rogue, who had absorbed Morph's power and was
impersonating him, reverses the electromagnetic flow
in his brain. Then she busts his gun arm. The real
Morph arrives and drops like a brick on him, but then
he punches Rogue into a stupor. Morph takes the form
of her son and begs her to get up. She does; Holocaust
says Apocalypse has her son and tries to teleport with
her to his citadel, but Bobby pulls her back. 
	Sabretooth isn't dead, and Blink hugs him. 

Issue:	Gambit and the X-Ternals 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	The Maze (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit and the X-Ternals: Jubilee,
Strong Guy, Lila Cheney
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Dazzler, Exodus, Nanny (dead), Charles
Lensherr
Villains:	Apocalypse, Rictor
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Salvador Larroca
	Inks: Al Milgrom
	Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Dazzler and Exodus find the remains of Nanny
in the Morlock tunnels, but no sign of Charles.
Apocalypse interrogates Rictor, angry that he screwed
up. 
	Flashback: Remy gives the shard of M'Kraan to Jubilee
and Strong Guy, while he and Lila lead Rictor astray.
Jubilee has Charles in the sewers, trying to get him
and the crystal to Magneto. Strong Guy stops her: he
had been caught two months earlier and implanted with
a bomb, so he has to cooperate with Apocalypse, and he
destroyed Nanny. Rictor said he could track Jubilee,
so Remy realized there was an implant, and he takes
Lila back toward Westchester. He runs into Strong Guy
coming the other way with Charles, and realizes all.
Rictor tries to kill them all and brings down the
roof. Remy rescues Lila while Strong Guy holds up the
main support beam, then lets go and is buried in
rubble. 
	Strong Guy brought the crystal and the boy to
Apocalypse, trading them for his and Lila's freedom.
Apocalypse condemns Rictor for thinking Remy was more
important, and kills him. 
	Dazzler and Exodus rescue Remy and Lila from the
rubble. Remy tells the bad news.

Issue:	X-Man 3
Date:	May-95
Story:	Turning Point (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	X-Man 
Regular Characters:	Forge, Toad, Soaron, Brute (dead),
Mastermind, Sonique
Guest Stars:	Magneto, Storm (in flashback)
Villains:	Domino, Grizzly, Caliban, Essex (Sinister)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Steve Skroce
	Inks: Bud LaRosa, Mike Sellers
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Mike Thomas, Digital Chameleon
	Editor: Lisa Patrick
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Domino has Forge at knifepoint, demanding
the telepath. He throws a flash grenade and runs to
Mastermind, asking him to pretend to be the one
they're looking for. He creates an illusion of
Apocalypse emerging from the ground, but Domino sees
through it and shoots him. Nate flies in, but she
knocks him down with her knife hilt. She offers him
alliance with Apocalypse or death. 
	Toad duels Caliban and kills him; Grizzly kills Toad;
Forge kills Grizzly. Nate grabs Domino's mind, forcing
her to see everyone she has killed, and she falls in a
stupor.
	Nate hugs Forge, saying he doesn't like what his
power does to him, and he realizes he's not ready to
face Apocalypse. Forge finds Brute's body, and doesn't
believe Sinister's lie that Domino did it. Nate feels
his pain and rushes to his side; he tells him to find
Magneto and then dies. Nate explodes the building;
Sinister applauds him; Nate blasts him full force, but
he reappears behind him, ready to answer his
questions.

Issue:	X-Man 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	The Art of War (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	X-Man 
Regular Characters:	Soaron, Sonique
Guest Stars:	Magneto, Cyclops, Jean Grey 
Villains:	Apocalypse, Shadow King, Sinister, Infinites
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Steve Skroce
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Mike Thomas, Digital Chameleon
	Editor: Lisa Patrick
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Shadow King informs Apocalypse that Domino
failed to capture Nate. He is annoyed, but then
returns to his interrogation of Magneto.
	Nate attacks Sinister, but he doesn't fight back and
tells him to read his mind. Nate doesn't remember his
origin, and now he sees Sinister made him in a secret
lab, till Cyclops freed him. Sinister created Nate to
kill Apocalypse.
	Soaron shoots Sinister, but Nate telekinetically
keeps them away. Nate insists he's not Sinister's
puppet and lands a telekinetically-enhanced punch.
Sinister realizes he's actually bleeding, and dying. 
	Nate tells Theresa and Soaron he has to go alone, and
flies off to find Magneto. He tries telepathy, sees a
vision of Apocalypse beating him, and flies to the
pens, which are in full-scale riot while the Infinites
try to liquidate the captives. He runs into Scott and
Jean and instinctively psi-links with her. Scott
thinks it's an attack and blasts him, but Jean says
he's a friend. They wish him well, and he goes to
finish his fight.

Issue:	Factor X 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	Reckonings (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Angel, Scarlett McKenzie
Villains:	Cyclops, Havok, Beast, Elizabeth and Sam
Guthrie, the Bedlam brothers, Infinites, Rahne
Sinclair
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Steve Epting, Terry Dodson
	Inks: Al Milgrom 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Havok commands the elite force and has been
ordered to liquidate the pens. His traitor brother is
still causing trouble, so he sends the Guthries and
Bedlams to kill him. 
	The Bedlams catch him with Jean, trying to shut down
the Brain Trust. Scott refuses to surrender, and the
Bedlams agree to let him go, fighting off the Guthries
to cover their back. 
	Infinites break into Angel's club; he escapes down an
elevator shaft and into the tunnels. 
	Scott and Jean get to the brains, but they
telepathically restrain them. Jean, having been
supercharged by her contact with X-Man, pushes past
the pain and destroys them. 
	Alex asks Scarlett why he shouldn't summarily kill
her; she says she's pregnant. Then the lights go out:
the Bedlams have knocked out the power, and all the
captives are free. Beast's victims turn on him, and he
fights them off and runs. Jean telepathically tells
some of the prisoners how to get out, so they don't
all panic. Alex finds and attacks Scott, but their
powers cancel each other out. So Scott knocks him out
with his fists. He and Jean lead the prisoners to
freedom; a wolf wakes Alex, who vows to find his
brother.

Issue:	X-Calibre 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	On Fire (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nightcrawler, Mystique, Destiny
Regular Characters:	Douglas Ramsey
Guest Stars:	Switchback, Damask 
Villains:	Wade Wilson (dead)
Other Characters:	Anatoly, Wendy, Marcus
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:	Kurt asks Damask what forces Apocalypse is
sending to Avalon, but she doesn't know. She kisses
his cheek, verifying his fur is like velvet. 
	Doug doesn't want Destiny to leave on Mystique's
say-so. Wendy goes mad, using her mutant power to fry
everyone in her vicinity. Shadow King announces
himself, saying he came in Wade, then tries but failed
to take over Switchback. Mystique shoots Wendy, but
the Shadow King will just jump to another host. He
attacks everyone, driving them mad and making them
attack each other. Shadow King in Marcus attacks
Destiny, so Damask uses her power to psionically skin
him, but he gets away. Doug blames X-Calibre; Kurt
says Avalon was trying to hide from reality, and it
just caught up.
	Shadow King jumps into Mystique and sifts through her
worst memories. She takes Sabretooth's form. Kurt
thinks Shadow King jumps hosts through the same
adjacent dimension he uses, so he teleports Mystique,
Switchback uses her power to shift back in time, and
Damask uses her psionic blades to shred the Shadow
King. Marcus, still hearing Shadow King's voice,
strikes out at Destiny. Doug takes the blast and is
killed. Destiny, her dream in ruins, agrees to go back
with Kurt.

Issue:	Amazing X-Men 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	On Consecrated Ground (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Storm, Quicksilver, Banshee,
Morph, Wild Child, Sabretooth, Rogue, Iceman, Blink,
Exodus, Dazzler
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	Bishop, Colossus, Shadowcat, Illyana
Rasputin, Gambit, Lila Cheney, Jubilee, Nightcrawler,
Destiny
Villains:	Jamie Madrox and Madri, 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:	The Madri prepare the ritual execution of
Bishop as a heretic against Apocalypse. Storm
interrupts with hurricane winds, then uses lock picks
to free Bishop. 
	Quicksilver and Sean get to the original Jamie
Madrox, a drooling madman who begs them to kill him. 
	Rogue's team returns to Westchester, finding only
Colossus, Kitty, and Illyana there. They are shocked
to learn that Generation Next is all dead, then Rogue
leads them into the tunnels to find Charles. They find
Exodus, Dazzler, Gambit, Lila, and Jubilee. When Rogue
learns that Gambit lost her son, she punches him
through the roof. 
	While Quicksilver and Sean consider killing Madrox to
stop the Madri, Abyss attacks them. Sean holds him
off, telling Quicksilver to get Madrox out of there.
He dives into Abyss, then screams and tears him apart
from the inside. The explosion knocks down the
tabernacle. Quicksilver gets Madrox free; he uses all
his power to stop his Madri and dies.
	Rogue is still beating Gambit when Nightcrawler ports
in with Destiny, and Quicksilver's team returns and
says they have to retrieve his brother and the M'Kraan
shard.

Issue:	Weapon X 4
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	Into the Maelstrom! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Logan
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Gateway, Emma Frost, Brian Braddock,
Mariko Yashida, Moira and Bolivar Trask
Villains:	Infinites, Apocalypse, Rex, Donald Pierce,
Carol Danvers
Other Characters:	Jodie Craig (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: Larry Hama
	Pencils: Adam Kubert
	Inks: Dan Green
	Letters: Pat Brosseau
	Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Logan shows Gateway a replay of the death of
Craig in Apocalypse's Great Culling, to convince him
to lead the armada against him. 
	Rex informs Apocalypse that the armada is no longer
in London, but he believes the storm in the North
Atlantic will prevent an attack. 
	Gateway is using the electrical storm to cover their
approach. Emma voices doubts about Braddock, who has
insisted on coming along. Gateway climbs on top of the
airship, to better sense the storm, and Logan goes to
make sure he doesn't fall off. Pierce flies by,
transmitting a warning to Apocalypse's sea platforms
and then crashing into the lead ship. Braddock shows
his true, treacherous colors and attacks Frost.
Danvers has been merged with Vultura and is under
Pierce's control. Braddock fights past his implant and
shoots Pierce, who impales and kills him. Then he goes
topside and kills Carol, who was just his ride, then
grabs Gateway. Logan, his good arm shot, extends the
claws from his other forearm and guts Pierce. Gateway
uses his bola to create a huge gateway to let the
armada through. 

Issue:	X-Universe 2
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	Dying Breath (34 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gwen Stacy, Anthony Stark, Clint
Barton, Dr. Donald Blake, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm,
Victor Von Doom
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Bolivar and Moira Trask, Thunderbolt
Ross, Bullseye
Villains:	Mikhail Rasputin, Matt Murdock, Hulk
(Banner), Empath, Stryfe Force
Other Characters:	Rafe, Marta, Frankie
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco, Terry Dodson
	Inks: Cam Smith, Robin Riggs
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Kevin Tinsley, Electric Crayon
	Editor: Marie Javins
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Humans volunteer to become cyborgs, their
last hope of living on an equal footing with mutants.
They don't know they're being manipulated by Empath,
and most of them won't survive the process.
	Mikhail continues the sham negotiations with the
Human High Council. 
	Stark expected this and rewired his heart implant to
short out Mikhail's ship temporarily, freeing the
captives. Blake rushes to him with a hidden hypodermic
of adrenaline to bring him out of cardiac arrest. The
heroes arm themselves and free the transportation
arks, while Bullseye leads the mob. Stacy gets Stark
to the bridge, but Banner becomes Hulk and takes her
captive.
	Mikhail demands the Human Council submit to him, but
Blake arrives and points out his flagship has been
taken. Mikhail signals his Stryfe Force cyborgs to
attack. Doom arrives in Mikhail's personal craft and
kills the cyborg about to kill Moira. 
	While tending Empath, Murdock accidentally touches
him, and his mind is filled with the agony Mikhail has
caused. He frees Empath, then rips the optic implant
from his face, only to realize his second sight is his
own. 
	Stryfe Force massacres the mobs in London, and the
humans flee to the transports. Stacy was faking defeat
and shoots Hulk. This doesn't stop him, of course, but
it gives Stark time to hack into the computers. He
sees the Atlantic seawall forces approaching.
	Blake attacks Mikhail, crashing through a window with
him to the street below. Hulk sees Apocalypse's forces
approaching and reverts to Banner, so he can take
control of the them and ensure his own survival. Doom
announces Mikhail's death and orders them to turn the
ship around and attack, but their first priority is
leading the evacuees to safety. They reach orbital
speed, not sure where to run to.

Issue:	X-Men: Omega
Date:	Jun-95
Story:	...Endings (48 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magneto, Iceman, Rogue,
Nightcrawler, Jubilee, Destiny, Colossus, Illyana
Rasputin, Gambit, Blink, Shadowcat, Bishop,
Quicksilver, Morph
Regular Characters:	Charles Lensherr
Guest Stars:	Angel, Karma, Cyclops, Jean Grey, X-Man,
Charles Xavier, Gabrielle Haller
Villains:	Apocalypse, Holocaust, Rex, Beast,
Infinites, the Shadow King, Sugar Man, Strong Guy,
Havok, Legion
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: LaRosa, Townsend, Kesel, Candelario, Hanna,
Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayons
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Holocaust beats on Magneto, but he will not
yield. Apocalypse says he has the M'Kraan crystal, for
which the X-Men will come, and he will kill them so
they can't fix reality. 
	Angel fights his way into the pens to find Karma, who
is on the point of death. The X-Men arrive and find no
soldiers, just Beast, who had been beaten by his own
experiments. Scott and Jean try to lead the captives
to freedom in New Jersey. The X-Men see Angel fighting
Infinites and destroying the force field generator in
a suicide run. Nate crawls his way in, seeking
vengeance. The Shadow King alerts Apocalypse that the
humans have nuked the Midwest, so he orders his
Atlantic forces to destroy Europe. Nate blasts
Apocalypse and tosses Magneto his helmet. 
	The X-Men fight their way to the crystal. Destiny
sees reality in it and knows Bishop was telling the
truth. She, Illyana, and Bishop must go back and fix
it, since they don't have counterparts in that
reality. Colossus realizes that means his sister is
dead. 
	Holocaust fights Nate. Magneto and Bishop ask Illyana
to sacrifice herself, and she goes into the crystal. 
	Jean senses the nukes and telekinetically holds them
off. Logan parachutes down to her. 
	Sugar Man jumps out of Colossus's boot and jumps into
the crystal. Bobby and Remy stop Colossus from going
in to protect his sister, since that would ruin their
chances.
	Destiny tells Illyana to access her power and open a
doorway. Magneto faces Apocalypse, saying he is
finished, but Strong Guy still has Charles. 
	Alex blasts Jean, which releases the nukes. Logan
guts him. Jean dies, never to rise again. 
	Bishop drops into the past, just as Legion is about
to kill Xavier. His younger self tries to stop him.
	Beast tries to teleport into the crystal, but
Quicksilver gets to the controls and scrambles him.
	Colossus is furious and plows through Kitty trying to
get to the crystal. He kills her, then stops in shock,
and Gambit throws charged blades at him. Illyana
returns, saying they did it, just in time to see her
brother die.
	Rogue touches Strong Guy, absorbing his mass as pure
energy, then punches him with it, while Magneto
continues his duel with Apocalypse. He has the
original shard of crystal, planning to escape to the
alternate reality, but Nate knocks it away and takes
it from him.
	Bishop knocks Bishop out of the way, then impales
himself on Legion's psi-blade, to show him the reality
he was about to create. But he absorbs the energy,
creating a feedback loop, which consumes Legion. The
X-Men in the past are sucked back to their own time,
leaving Xavier, Magneto, and Gabrielle wondering what
exactly happened.
	Holocaust blasts Nate, so he stabs him with the only
thing handy: the crystal shard. Magneto concentrates
and magnetically rips Apocalypse apart. He holds his
wife and son while the nukes drop, waiting for reality
to end. 
	Note: the true reality restarts with X-Men: Prime.

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