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Author: Robert Diehl
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Issue:	Rise of Apocalypse 1
Date:	Oct-96
Story:	Hammer & Chisel (24 pages)
Feature Characters:	En Sabah Nur
Regular Characters:	Baal and Sandstormers
Guest Stars:	Nephri
Villains:	Pharaoh Rama Tut, Gen. Ozymandias, Grand Vizier Logos
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Mark Morales, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Malibu
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nearly five thousand years ago, Akkaba was a village in the Valley
of the Kings in Egypt. Unnatural things have happened since the accession of
Pharaoh Rama-Tut (a time traveler from the 30th century A.D., see Fantastic Four
19, a.k.a. Kang, Avengers 8, a.k.a. Immortus, Avengers 10).
	An unnatural baby has been abandoned to the desert. Sandstormers pillage the
village. Their leader, Baal, is trying to find a child of destiny before Pharaoh
does, and there he is, withered by the sun. One of his men sees its face and
wants to kill it as an abomination, but Baal kills him, instead.
	Seventeen years later, Logos informs Rama Tut that the unnatural child has
finally been found. He sends Ozymandias to capture him.
	Baal, meanwhile, has named him En Sabah Nur and raised him as his own son.
The other Sandstormers hate and fear him, and he wears a cover over his blue
lips. The tribal initiation rite is battle to the death, which teaches him about
survival of the fittest. Starting with no weapons, he kills three. Baal takes him
to a totem that marks Tutıs arrival point, and says his destiny is below it. They
walk across the treacherous sands, which Ozymandias prepares his army to
slaughter the tribe.
	Baal explains that he is the one who found Tut, after his airship crashed. He
nursed him back to health, but he used futuristic weapons to enslave the tribe.
They refused to show him the location of the ship and escaped, and he has hunted
them ever since. The interior of the ship is filled with huge sculptures of
faces, and Baal has seen Nurıs there.
	The tribe has evacuated, and Ozymandias is furious. Then they pop out of the
sand in ambush. Nur grabs a globe of power, and the sand caves in, sucking down
both Egyptians and Sandstormers. Logos alone returns to Tut to tell him, but heıs
sure Nur has survived, since he is an evolutionary leap.

Issue:	Rise of Apocalypse 2
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	Blood of the Father (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	En Sabah Nur
Regular Characters:	Baal; Sandstormers (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	Nephri
Villains:	Ozymandias, Logos, Rama Tut
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh, James Felder
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Jennifer Schellinger & Co.
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Everyoneıs dead in the cave-in except Ozymandias. Baal finds En
Sabah Nur pinned under fallen rock, and stops the bleeding and binds the broken
bones. The boy feels a stirring inside him and vows never to be hunted again.
They spend weeks in the tunnels, trying to find another way out. Nur reaches out,
wishing he could rend the earth, and he does.
	At the Festival of the Scarab, Ozymandias marches in triumph through a ticker
tape parade, while Rama Tut weds his sister Nephri.
	Baal says he saw the Sphinx fall from the sky, and a fragment break off, with
a wounded man he nursed and named Tut, ³visitor from beyond the sun.² He snuck
off, used his equipment to conquer Egypt, and returned demanding the location of
his ship. The Sandstormers refused to tell, so they were slaughtered and
enslaved.
	Ozymandias whips and kills a slave building the pyramids, itching for war.
Nephri sees and bemoans how Tut has brutalized society.
	Baal shows En Sabah Nur the hieroglyphs of his name: ³The First One.² He
catches and crushes a lucky scarab in his hand, tells him to go to the Sphinx,
and dies. Nur digs to the surface, where Logos finds him and takes him to his
private lab. He wants to use him to stop Ozymandias. Nephri overhears and
approves.

Issue:	Rise of Apocalypse 3
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	The Face of the Gods (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	En Sabah Nur
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Thing,
the Human Torch
Villains:	Ozymandias, Logos, Rama Tut
Other Characters:	Nephri
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh, James Felder
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Graphic Colorworks
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	En Sabah Nur drags stones to the pyramids with inhuman strength and
plots revenge. Ozymandias whips him and throws him off the pyramid; he lands dead
at the feet of a statue to Osiris, which transfigures into Isis, and he rises
into the sky, full of power (showing he is an External: an immortal mutant, like
Candra, Gideon, Sam Guthrie, et al.). He drops, and Ozymandias orders his death,
but the people revere him as a god.
	Pharaohıs palace is aflame. Rama Tut has used his futuristic weaponry to
capture the Fantastic Four, who never visited ancient Egypt, so he knows he has
already changed history. He plans to conquer the world and Sue.
	Nephri has taken Nur to her bedroom and says she can read the omens. Nur is
taken with her beauty, but he sees a vision of Osiris saying his destiny is not
with her, so he pushes her away and demands to go to the Sphinx.
	Tut screams at Ozymandias, demanding Nur. He has ordered all the slaves
killed, so they canıt hide him. Tut realizes Logos hid him, so he has him tied to
a post in front of the Sphinx. Ozymandias captures Nur and Nephri, and prepares
his sister for public execution, while Tut orders Nur to submit and become his
heir. He refuses but lets Nur reveal his face. The crowd shrinks back in horror,
even Nephri. Tut nearly convinces Nur, and when Logos gives a word of warning, he
spears him. Nur makes his decision and grabs Tut by the throat. Tut uses the
Ultra Diode ray gun to fuse his nervous system, then order his guards to
dismember and scatter his body.

Issue:	Rise of Apocalypse 4
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	The First Culling (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse henceforth)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Fantastic Four
Villains:	Ozymandias, Rama Tut; Logos (dead)
Other Characters:	Nephri
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh, James Felder
	Pencils: Adam Pollina, Anthony Williams
	Inks: Mark Morales, Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Graphic Colorworks
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	En Sabah Nur has escaped, and Rama Tut sends Ozymandias to hunt him
down, warning heıs a force of nature. He uses his sister Nephri as bait, on top
of a pile of dead slaves being used for compost and infested with asps. He turns
his back, and then Nur comes, saving her from snakes, taking their poison
himself. She says heıs not human; he kills a huge snake and carries her away.
Ozymandias spears him through the shoulder and has his men attack, but his body
changes, grows, and he announces himself as Apocalypse. Nephri shrinks back and
asks her brother to kill him, and he fights through all the spearmen to get to
the Sphinx. Ozymandias follows him into the machinery hidden inside it, goes past
Tut fighting the Fantastic Four, and confronts Nur, who uses the technology to
transform and enslave him.
	Tut gets to an escape pod and returns to the future. The Fantastic Four get
out just as the equipment self-destructs. Apocalypse emerges, and the people bow
to him.
	Fifty years later, Nephri is queen, and dying. Apocalypse visits her, mocking
her ³eternal² dynasty, which he will outlive. He has Ozymandias under the Sphinx,
recording his history, and he smiles.

Issue:	Cable/Machine Man Œ98
Date:	1998
Story:	Metalmorphosis (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable), Machine Man (Model
X-51, Aaron Stack)
Regular Characters:	SHIELD including Col. G.W. Bridge, Weeks, Dunlop, Kragg,
McVie, Armstrong
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Phoenix; Blaquesmith, Domino, Maverick, Sabretooth, Dr.
Able Stack, the Hulk, the Avengers: Capt. Marvel II, the Black Knight, the
Sub-Mariner, Dr. Druid (all in flashback)
Villains:	Master Mold, Bastion (Sebastion Gilberti); Stryfe (in flashback)
Other Characters:	Sen. Miles Brickman, Dr. Marx, Rose Gilberti, Joe
Credits:	Writers: Mike Higgins, Karl Bollers
	Pencils: Rick Leonardi
	Inks: Dan Green
	Letters: J.M. Babgins
	Colors: Matt Webb
	Editor: Mark Bernardo
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	SHIELD sends a team to the supposedly empty Prospero Clinic (see
Wolverine 117) and finds a sub-basement containing the Master Mold and humans
half-rebuilt into Sentinels. While reporting to Bridge, they are attacked by
Machine Man.
	Marx examines the captive Bastion and finds he is not really human but
machine. Bastion dreams, then awakes.
	Cable looks in on his parents in Alaska and hopes they can live a normal
life. SHIELD picks him up. Bridge shows him a video of Bastion breaking out of
the lab and showing super-human abilities. He suggests there is a link to the
Prospero Clinic and sends him to investigate.
	Bastion returns to his home town of Severance, NY, and talks to Rose, who
found and raised him from a child. He is confused by his newfound powers, and she
tells him to turn himself in. The authorities arrive, fire, and kill Rose by
accident. Bastion blasts through them.
	Cable blasts through the Prospero Clinicıs security systems. Then Machine Man
attacks him, although Cable knows he is supposed to be a hero. Cable realizes he
is somehow linked to the clinicıs computers.
	Bastion arrives and sucks the life out of Master Mold. Cable links minds with
Machine Man and learns how he was raised as Dr. Stackıs son. Bastion transforms
into Nimrod and attacks Machine Man as no longer useful.
	Note: the story continues in Machine Man/Bastion Œ98

Issue:	Machine Man/Bastion ı98
Date:	1998
Story:	Deus X Machina (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Machine Man
Regular Characters:	SHIELD including G.W. Bridge, Lt. Hriedel
Guest Stars:	the Hulk, X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman,
Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, Banshee, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Phoenix II, Shadowcat
(all in flashback)
Villains:	Master Mold, Steven Lang, Graydon Creed, Sen. Miles Brickman, Prime
Sentinels (all in flashback), Bastion/Nimrod (Nicholas Hunter)
Other Characters:	Gen. Kragg; Rose Gilberti, Dr. Able Stack (in flashback)
Credits:	Writers: Mike Higgins, Karl Bollers
	Pencils: Martin Egeland
	Inks: Howard M. Shum
	Letters: J.M. Babgins
	Colors: Kevin Tinsley
	Editor: Mark Bernardo
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis: 	Note: the story continues from Cable/Machine Man Œ98
	Bastion battles Cable and hooks himself into the Prospero Clinicıs computers,
while Machine Man self-repairs. Cable tries to escape, but Bastion controls the
clinicıs defenses. Cable is getting flashbacks of Master Moldıs memories, from
his mind-link to Machine Man. He contacts Bridge to say his agents are all dead
and is attacked by Machine Man. Bridge is ordered to bomb the clinic but refuses,
so Gen. Kragg issues the orders.
	Meanwhile, Bastion orates his history: in the future, Nimrod Sentinels battle
mutants, who send Rachel Summers back in time to change history (see Uncanny
X-Men 141-142), and a Nimrod follows her. He disguises himself as human until
contacting and amalgamating with Master Mold. Battling the X-Men, he goes through
the Siege Perilous (Uncanny X-Men 246-247) and reintegrates in human form:
Bastion. He was found and cared for by Rose Gilberti, until he left to work
against mutants. He opened the clinic to transform handicapped humans into Prime
Sentinels and launched Operation: Zero Tolerance. Captured, he escaped. He has
co-opted Machine Manıs programming and wants him to be the Sentinel Supreme.
	Cable reaches into Machine Manıs mind and reminds him that he is a hero. He
turns the clinicıs defenses against Bastion and sets it for self-destruct. It
explodes, and Cable and Machine Man shake hands.

Issue:	Cable 1999
Date:	1999
Story:	Something Sinister This Way Comes (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Stacey, Kenny, Blaquesmith, Irene Merryweather
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Aliya, Rachel Summers, Domino, Meltdown, James
Proudstar, Cannonball (all in flashback)
Villains:	Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex), his Marauders: Riptide, Scrambler,
Scalphunter, Harpoon, Arclight; Apocalypse, his Harbinger and horsemen (in
flashback)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writers: Mike Higgins, Karl Bollers
	Pencils: German Garcia, Alitha Martinez
	Inks: Matt Ryan, Candelario, Koblish
	Letters: Benchmark
	Colors: Mike Rockwitz
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sinister reviews Cableıs recent performance and decides he is not
ready to face Apocalypse. Cable drinks coffee at Staceyıs diner and is still
getting used to not having telepathy. When he gets back to his safehouse, he
finds Sinister there‹he wants to recap how he cloned Jean Grey as Madelyn Pryor,
so Cyclops and she would have a child: Cable. Cable is to be his weapon against
Apocalypse, his former master. He warns him to expect Apocalypseıs horsemen.
	Cable rushes to an explosion at the Disco Inferno and rescues many. He is
attacked by Sinisterıs Marauders, pretending to be Apocalypseıs emissaries, and
is quickly defeated. Sinister rescues him, and Cable agrees to let him restore
his telepathy.
	Cable goes to rescue Blaquesmith and Irene, and with his restored power
easily defeats and reveals the true identities of the Marauders (youıd think the
spinning with the Chinese stars would have been a clue). Sinister reappears, and
Cable knocks him into the next block. He attempts to read Sinisterıs mind, but it
backfires, and he loses his telepathy again. Cable swears to kill Apocalypse and
him, and Blaquesmith says Sinisterıs treatments would have killed Cable, after he
defeated Apocalypse for him.

Issue:	Wolverine and Cable
Date:	Oct-99
Story:	Guts ını Glory
Feature Characters:	Cable, Wolverine
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	James MacDonald Hudson
Villains:	Adrian Toomes (the Vulture); DıVon Kray; Apocalypse (in
flash-forward)
Other Characters:	Franklin Rhodes
Credits:	Writer: Joe Casey
	Pencils: Stephen Platt
	Inks: Bat, Lary Stucker, Bob Wiacek, Mark Pennington, Johnny Greene, Scott
Koblish, Rod Ramos
	Letters: Michael Heisler
	Colors: Colorgraphix
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Shortly after Cableıs arrival in our time (see Cable ­1), he arrives
in New York City, on his way to find Xavier. His are spotty, so he checks out a
newsstand, then the public library. He interrupts the Vultureıs first outing:
robbing the Jewelry Exchange, and loses. A timebomb explodes; Cable is rescued by
Rhodes, a police officer who recognizes him as a war veteran and takes him in.
	Meanwhile, Logan is working for Dept. H in Canada. Mac sends him to Moose Jaw
to stop the Canaanite Dıvon Kray, hunting Cable but confused by his time travel
and rampaging.
	Rhodes introduces Cable to beer, haircuts, shadow ops, and big guns. Dept. H
plans to use DıVon, so they fix him up with contemporary weapons. He gets away,
with restored memories and a mad on for Cable.
	The big fight takes place, with many bullets. Rhodes is killed. Logan beheads
DıVon. Cable goes to find Xavier.

Issue:	The Astonishing X-Men 1
Date:	Sep-99
Story:	Call to Arms! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops (Scott Summers), Phoenix (Jean Grey), Wolverine
(actually a Skrull duplicate, see Uncanny X-Men 375), Angel (Warren Worthington,
III), Cable (Nathan Christopher Summers), X-Man (Nate Grey)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Mannites: Nina, Headcase, Darco, Beautiful Dreamer, Grace
Villains:	Bastion, Death
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Brandon Peterson
	Inks: Tim Townsend, Dan Panosian
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: Liquid!
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Bastion is captive in the Hulkbuster base, his former headquarters,
being examined by scientists. Death is coming for him.
	The Mannite Nina mentally calls out to Jean for help; since the X-Men have
disbanded, she mentally calls Warren, Cable, and Nate to put together an ad hoc
team, with Scott and Logan. They jet to the Mannitesı coordinates: the same
Hulkbuster base. They find it empty, with signs of a battle.
	Jean gets Scott to blast down a wall; they are attacked by Headcase, until
Nina runs out and reassures him.
	Jean is drawn to feelings of pain and investigates, over Ninaıs objections.
They find Bastions decapitated head, still alive and spewing dire warnings. They
leave him to find the rest of the Mannites, then Death arrives. He starts beating
down the titanium door; Scott has Jean lead the Mannites out, while he and Cable
go back for Bastion; he is already gone. Grace triggers the baseıs self-destruct
countdown; Jean has Nina port them all out (she sends the rest of the Mannites
somewhere else, but she stays with the X-Men). Cable TKıs Scott and him up an
evacuation chute; Angel and Nate catch them in mid-air as the base explodes.
	Death emerges from the crater, carrying the head of Bastion.

Issue:	The Astonishing X-Men 2
Date:	Oct-99
Story:	The Trouble with Mannites (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Wolverine, Angel, Cable, X-Man
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Mannites: Nina, Headcase, Darco, Beautiful Dreamer, Grace
Villains:	Bastion, Death
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Brandon Peterson, Brett Booth
	Inks: Tim Townsend, Dan Panosian
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: Liquid!, Bucce, Kubina
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The Blackbird is caught in the electrical backlash from the
Hulkbuster basesıs nuclear explosion, and they have a hard time keeping aloft.
Especially when Death pops up and zaps them with an energy bolt from his sword.
	Jean stays behind to guard Nina and mentally probe her for answers. She
learns they were made in a lab, and that they undergo dangerous changes at
puberty, which is now happening to Darco. Nina takes Jean, Nate, and Logan to
rescue him; they find a carnival covered in tar, which is slowly eating
everything, including the people trapped in it. It is coming from Darco; Jean
insists they try to help him.
	Cable and Scott find Bastionıs head, saying Death is just taunting them. Just
then, Death attacks Warren in the air, then disappears with him. Scott and Cable
canıt find them, even telepathically. Death drops Warren with a thud; Scott
blasts him, but he deflects it with a wave of his sword.
	Jean gets Nina to take her into Darcoıs mind, and she calms him. His tarry
tendrils disappear, and his body forms a chrysalis while he changes into
who-knows-what.
	Jean contacts Scott telepathically; Death traces it and disappears. Scott,
Cable, and Warren assume he has gone to attack the Mannites; they race there with
the Blackbird, not knowing Death is hanging on board.

Issue:	The Astonishing X-Men 3
Date:	Nov-99
Story:	In the Shadow of Death! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Wolverine, Angel, Cable, X-Man
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Mannites: Nina, Headcase, Darco, Beautiful Dreamer, Grace
Villains:	Bastion, Death
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Brandon Peterson, Brett Booth
	Inks: Tim Townsend, Dan Panosian
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: Liquid!, Bucce, Kubina
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Death spars with Cable and Warren, while Scott flies the Blackbird
toward the Mannites. He hurls Cable off, so Warren has to fly to the rescue,
leaving Scott defenceless. Jean sees; she telepathically warns him to blast
straight up. The Blackbird is crashing; Nate and Jean do their telekinetic best;
Death breaks Jeanıs link to Scott (!), and his mind seems familiar to her.
	Cable and Logan are unwilling to assume Death died in the crash. Logan finds
his sword; but then Death attacks all three of the telepaths with one mind-bolt.
His hand reaches out and drags Logan down into the wreckage. Scott uses his full
optic blast to no avail and is backhanded into unconsciousness. Warren is even
more easily discarded.
	Jean decides retreat is their best option; she blasts Death for cover, and he
is about to kill her, when Logan goes berserk and attacks. Death slices him; he
dies.
	Nina announces that Darco is coming out of his cocoon, with strong psychic
energies, which the rest augment. Death retreats, but promises this is not the
end.

Issue:	X-Men: Phoenix 1
Date:	Dec-99
Story:	Askani Rising: Part 1 (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Rachel Summers, host for the Phoenix force (Phoenix II,
alias Alyzrın Summerset)
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith; Order of Witnesses including Diogenes Chang,
Mui, Squyırr
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Scarab flyers including Commander Syrus, Kyrie; Prelate Diamandra
Nero, Chıvayre, Luminesca, Apocalypse, Hotstuff
Other Characters:	The Xavier Collectiveıs Obsydian; Loog
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Pascal Alixe
	Inks: Czop, Elmer, McKenna, Stucher
	Letters: Mike Heisler
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers, Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Rachel has been lost in the timestream (Excalibur 75); she reappears
in a rift in the desert 2000 years later. Scarab flyers arrive to close the rift,
assuming her to be hostile. Half-aware, she kills them all
	Apocalpyse has been in seclusion for a year, preparing a new host body, and
Nero has been in charge. She kills the last of the Xavier Collective; she has the
mutant ability to absorb the powers of anyone she kills. Chıvayre and Luminesca
are brother and sister, and they work for her.
	Apocalypse is annoyed that his mutants have gone soft. He has designed 3 new
weapons to destroy the weak.
	Rachel learns that mutants rule this world, and power corrupts. She joins a
human clan and helps a young Blaquesmith with a crooked cyborg merchant. She
nearly loses it and kills him, but then uses her telepathy to disappear into the
crowd. Blaquesmith follows, able to see through her power.
	Diogenes meditates in Antarctica, where the Savage Land once was, and is
interrupted to attend a psi-conference of the Order of Witnesses. They send him
and his squire Squyırr to investigate the return of the Phoenix.
	Rachel infiltrates Apocalypseıs stronghold during the festival of his
rebirth. She runs into Luminesca, drunk, and watches Chıvayre kill a beast for
sport. Diogenes shows up and warns her not to try to kill Apocalypse, but she
ignores him and makes her way to the his chamber, only to find the sarcophagi
empty. Nero appears, saying Apocalypseıs true location is always secret, and
poisons her. She unleashes the Phoenix force to save her life, and crawls for
days through pipes until she exits the citadel. Diogenes is there to meet her.

Issue:	X-Men: Phoenix 2
Date:	Jan-00
Story:	Askani Rising: Part 2: Contagion (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix II, Ozana, Qua, Lexii, Malachi Hark
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith; Order of Witnesses including Diogenes Chang,
Mui, Squyırr
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Nero, Chıvayre, Luminesca
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Pascal Alixe
	Inks: Czop, McKenna, Stucher
	Letters: Mike Heisler/Revenge Graphics
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Two years later, Neto has tested a new deadly mutant: Plague, who
unleashes a virus. She celebrates the carnage.
	Hellhole is the power plant for Crestcoast: it taps geothermal energy. The
workers there are slaves, including Blaquesmith. Rachel has established the
Askani (³outsiders²) as a resistance cell; Hark (a beast-like mutant), Qua (a
liquid Atlantean), Lexii (a clone warrior), and Ozana (a rare Gibson-9 warbot), .
They attack Hellhole and disable the power. Ozana is disabled, but Blaquesmith
can fix her, so the Askani bring him along.
	Nero is mad; Luminesca is rebellious; Chıvayre is scared of Nero.
	The Witnesses observe; Mui predicts Rachel will die bringing down Apocalypse.
	Nero has unleashed Plague, and Qua is killed along with Blaquesmithıs adopted
colony. Nero sends Chıvayre and Luminesca to attack the Askani; they team up with
Rachel to fight Plague first. Luminesca fails to change its chemical structure
and is killed. Rachel has to unleash the Phoenix force, even if it alerts
Apocalypse. She purges the disease from Plague, but dies from the virus, and is
reborn, phoenix-like.
	They send Chıvayre back to Nero with a warning. Nero captures Chang and
Squyırr.

Issue:	X-Men: Phoenix 3
Date:	Mar-00
Story:	Askani Rising Conclusion: Sacrifice (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix II, Ozana, Lexii, Malachi Hark
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith; Order of Witnesses including Diogenes Chang,
Squyırr
Guest Stars:	Sanctity
Villains:	Nero and her Infinites, Chıvayre, Ahab (in flashbackŠ uhŠ sideways?)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Pascal Alixe, Alan Evans
	Inks: Czop, Milgrom, Pepoy
	Letters: Mike Heisler/Revenge Graphics
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nero tortures Chang and Squyırr; the boy breaks, and she hangs him
in a bazaar for Rachel to find. She comforts him with an image of Muir Island as
he dies. She gets Blaquesmith to repair an airship and goes to the Witnessesı
biosphere in the old Savage Land in Antarctica. Nero has been there and killed
them all except Chang.
	The Infinites attack, and Rachel sends Ozana and Lexii off with Blaquesmith,
who finds children including Sanctity hiding in the complex.
	Nero ambushes Hark with lightning, killing him; Rachel fights her, realizing
she can use only one mutant power at a time. But Nero impales her with two molten
spikes, and she remembers being in the time stream (Excalibur 75) and realizes
all of this is by design. As she dies, she separates the Phoenix force from her
and gives it to Nero, which starts to take her over. She asks Rachel to get it
out of her, and she does, freeing it to the cosmos.
	It also takes all of Neroıs mutant powers away, so, angry, she activates one
of Apocalypseıs machines to destroy them both. But Blaquesmith and gets inside
and sabotages it.
	Rachel gives Nero some rations and leaves her alive. Her followers start
calling her Mother Askani, and she looks forward to Nathanıs final defeat of
Apocalypse.


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