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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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