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Issue:	Gambit II:25
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	Stop Dragginı My Heart Around (40 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Mambo Mastif/Mastiff, Hercule, Abrian DuCreste
Other Characters:	Minnie Mastif
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Georges Jeanty
	Inks: Sean Parsons
	Colors: Kevin Tinsley
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	As a child, Remy stole an amulet from Mastif's neck, waking him, but
during his escape a branch broke, and he fell into a yard full of alligators.
Hercule rescued and captured him, but the biggest gator got the amulet. Mastif is
the Thieves Guild's fence, and when Remy can't return the jewelry, he nearly has
him thrown back to his pets, but his little daughter Minnie is upset, so instead
he says Remy owes him a favor.
	Present: Remy hangs from the ceiling as waiters rob a charity ball in New
Orleans. He tosses cards and knocks them all out, to general applause; naturally
he doesn't mention he happened to be there to steal a painting.
	Hercule calls in the favor, then breaks down sobbing. He takes him to Mastif,
who has seen better times. He hugs Remy and also sobs, then shows him his
beautiful, comatose daughter. She had become a reporter and argued with her
father till she left him and married DuCreste. He stole her heart, literally, and
there's a little door in her empty chest. It's voodoo, and Mastif wants Remy to
steal her heart back.
	DuCreste is at Mardi Gras with his arm around another girl. Remy trails him,
but then a huge man attacks him. Remy charges his orthodontia, exploding till he
gets an address, where he breaks in and finds stacks of hearts in jars, wired to
a huge one in a central tank.
	DuCreste holds his latest girl hostage, then throws her to Remy and smacks
him around. He says those hearts were willingly given to him, and he is strong
and fast. He breaks off some timber and is about to smash Remy with it; Remy
throws a card at the tank. DuCreste disintegrates, and all the hearts disappear,
returned to their original owners.
	Remy stays with Minnie a few days, refusing to answer the phone, as the
series ends.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop Alpha
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	May Tomorrow Never Die! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Iceman (in a dream), Prof. X, Nightcrawler, Psylocke,
Storm, Beast, Rogue
Villains:	the Bete Noir (see iss. 4)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Cary Nord
	Inks: Mark Lipka
	Colors: Jason Wright
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Remy and Bishop are under fire, unable to contact help by radio.
Cyclops blasts them and grapples with Bishop, saying even he can't absorb that
much energy at once. Bishop's hand glows; Cyclops is reduced to a skeleton;
Bishop has killed his boyhood idol! Remy shakes him from his shock; they need to
escape from the mansion. They find an icy landscape and realize Iceman has been
turned, too. Remy tries for the door, but he's frozen in mid-air. Then Iceman
attacks Bishop.
	Bishop wakes from this nightmare. Xavier is there, having sensed that
Bishop's mind was time traveling. He takes Bishop to the lab for Beast to conduct
tests. Turns out Bishop is infected with a subdermal symbiote.
	Remy and Rogue have been on a date. She's not sure their relationship can be
rebuilt, but she's willing to try. As they approach the mansion, it blows up.
Rogue disappears, and Remy sees the windows are intact. He cautiously enters and
finds the X-Men in the lab waiting for him. Something is not right.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop Genesis
Date:	Mar-01
Synopsis:	This issue is a collection of reprints:
	Uncanny X-Men 266, the first Gambit
	Uncanny X-Men 283, the first Bishop
	X-Men II:8, their first meeting

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 1
Date:	Mar-01
Story:	I See a Bad Moon RisingŠ (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prof. X, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Storm, Beast, Rogue; Thunderbird
III (in flashback)
Villains:	the Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Georges Jeanty
	Inks: Sean Parsons
	Colors: Kevin Tinsley
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs JL
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Remy, suspicious of his teammates, takes a seat. Beast shows him
that Bishop has a symbiote; he tries to leave, but Xavier stops him, so he throws
cards and kicks Xavier in the head. Surprised, the X-Men go down, all except
Storm, who powers up. Bishop realizes she intends to kill him, and he vaguely
remembers her leaving the mansion with part of the team (after X-Men II:109).
³Storm³ attacks, but it just tingles. Remy and Bishop realize the X-Men are
illusions, but Beast thumps Remy: only the X-women were illusions, and they fade
away.
	Beast, Nightcrawler, and Xavier (!) are under mind control; it must be Stryfe
(X-Men II 2000 Ann.). Remy is more concerned that Bishop is emitting energy not
his own. He throws cards and blows a hole in the floor, so they can escape.
Bishop chokes him, saying their duty was to rescue Xavier, but Remy says Stryfe
must be after Bishop's parasite. He tells Bishop to trust him, and they walk down
the Morlock tunnel together.
	Note: a flashback shows Storm, Psylocke, Rogue and Thunderbird leaving to
look for Destinyıs diaries. Tessa is not among them, and Beast and Bishop must
have joined them later. 

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 2
Date:	Apr-01 (actually Mar-01)
Story:	EnterŠ The Witness! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Nightcrawler, Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nathan Summers,
Wolverine (in flashback), Hercule; the Witness
Villains:	Magneto, the Scarlet Witch, a Sentinel (in flashback), Stryfe, the
Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Cary Nord
	Inks: Mark Lipka
	Colors: Jason Wright
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs JB
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Bishop and Remy fly commercial to the Big O; fighter and lover, they
are an odd couple. Remy reads Tome magazine, which gives Kelly's death an
anti-mutant spin. Remy has Hercule pick them up at the airport and drive them;
his boss Mastif owes him a favor. Bishop still thinks they shouldnıt have
abandoned the others to Stryfe, but Remy says to trust him.
	They stop at a beautifully serene cemetery, where Remy played as a child, and
enter a mausoleum. Bishop grows impatient and wants answers from Remy. Below
ground sits an old friend, the Witness (Uncanny X-Men 287, not 285 as in the
footnote, Gambit II:10), amid collected super-hero souvenirs. He explains that
his power is to remember all possible futures as well as the past. Remy came
across him when he was six, but he's been out of touch since he joined the X-Men.
Bishop has trouble accepting this is the same man from his own timeline, who he
thought was an aged Remy.
	The Witness says they don't always see what's there, and he points out that
Stryfe is behind them on the floor, asking for their help.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 3
Date:	May-01 (actually Apr-01)
Story:	Thatıs Stryfe: Thatıs What People Say (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Askani, Jean Grey, Rachel Summers (Mother Askani),
Jenskot, X-Force: Cannonball, Boom Boom, Feral, Warpath, Shatterstar,
Domino/Copycat; Multiple Man, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Illyana Rasputin, Maverick
(all in flashback), the Witness, Cable
Villains:	Chıvayre, Mastermind, Pyro (in flashback), Stryfe, the Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Georges Jeanty
	Inks: Parsons, Team X
	Colors: Kevin Tinsley
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs OG
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Stryfe begs for help; Bishop smacks him  (Stryfeıs Legacy Virus
killed many including Illyana Rasputin, Uncanny X-Men 303, but not Moira
MacTaggert, see X-Men II:107). Remy has to pull him off. Stryfe zaps them both,
saying he's still powerful, even if he needs their help. Remy says they should
stop fighting and go out to a diner; Stryfe telepathically masks their
appearances.
	Stryfe: "You have no right to judge me, Bishop. You did not live my life." He
tells them his story. In the future, Rachel Summers cloned him from Nathan as a
precaution, since the baby had the T-O virus; he was captured by Apocalypse, who
raised him to become his vessel, till he found out he was a clone. His life had
no purpose, and Stryfe battled Cable where- and whenever he could, as he only was
his imitation.
	Bishop has enough and blasts him through the wall. Stryfe continues that he
was demented when he created the Legacy Virus and wishes he could repair the
damage, as he now repairs the wall. He wants protection from Cable, who wants to
kill him.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 4
Date:	Jun-01 (actually Apr-01)
Story:	My Brother, My Enemy (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Witness, Cable
Villains:	Stryfe, the Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Thomas Derenick
	Inks: Cannon, Team X
	Colors: VLM
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Bishop and Remy say Stryfe deserves to die; even he admits he
brought it on himself; the Witness says he's never seen an X-Man, past or future,
kill for retribution (unless you count things like Uncanny X-Men 325, X-Factor
34, 39, X-Force 9, and donıt even get me started on Wolverine). But he's not
allowed to tell them the whole future, and that wouldn't be any fun, anyway.
	Over pie, Bishop asks Stryfe about his symbiote; it is the Bete Noir, power
beyond imagination, especially coupled to Bishop. He admits he wanted to use it
to destroy the world, and thatıs why he possessed the X-Men. The fork in Bishop's
hand becomes a techno-organic gauntlet; Remy throws a card, shattering it; Stryfe
says it's Cable's work. Techno-organics engulf Stryfe and the Witness, and Bishop
and Remy go under trying to rescue them.
	Suddenly it disappears, and the waitress says Stryfe's twin took him away
while they were roughhousing. Remy leaves a necklace to pay for the damages and
says Cable will kill Stryfe at a nexus in time, to prevent his return from the
dead again (X-Men II:18). The nearest one is the Witness's mausoleum, and they
find that the entire graveyard has been T-O'd.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 5
Date:	Jun-01  (actually May-01)
Story:	Are We Ourselves (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Witness, Cable; Jenskot/Aliya, Jubilee, Illyana Rasputin, and
Iım guessing Gordon Lefferts, Prof. X, Sen. Robert Kelly (in flashback)
Villains:	Chıvayre, the Phoenix force (in flashback), Stryfe, the Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Georges Jeanty, Cary Nord
	Inks: Lipka, Holdredge, Parsons
	Colors: VLM
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs OG
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Remy and Bishop enter the cemetery, hopping over the T-O and
wondering how to stop Cable. They find him standing over Stryfe; he
telepathically made him experience all the deaths he caused. He plans to kill
him, justifying it as "an aberrant form of suicide," since he's only his clone.
He has seen the future and will act to prevent it. Stryfe, in shock, whispers
that since Kelly's death, all futures have been disrupted, and nothing is
certain.
	Remy and Bishop try to dissuade Cable, but he forces Stryfe to explain the
Bete Noir. It is an ancient force, banished by the Phoenix Force to earthıs core
and called by many names including Satan. When Bishop returned from the
Chronomancer future, it bonded to him, the perfect host thanks to his mutant
power, and it plans first to morally corrupt and eventually to destroy all life.
The Witness gives Bishop a shirt similar to Havok's containment suit, to contain
it.
	Stryfe admits he wanted to use the Bete Noir to destroy the world, but says
it's just his nature, like Remy is a scoundrel-hero, Cable a reluctant messiah,
and Bishop a law-enforcer. None of them can change. Cable is unconvinced and
raises his gun, but just then the Bete Noir erupts from Bishop's chest.

Issue:	Gambit and Bishop 6
Date:	May-01
Story:	What Goes ŒRound Comes ŒRound (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Witness, Cable
Villains:	Stryfe, the Bete Noir
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett
	Pencils: Georges Jeanty
	Inks: Cannon, Holdredge, Lipka, Parsons
	Colors: VLM
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	As the Bete Noir erupts from Bishopıs chest, Remy tackles Cable out
of the way, but he has a TK force field, as does Stryfe, who claims to be trying
to contain the Bete Noir. Cable doesnıt trust Stryfe, but Bishop realizes the
Bete Noir is the bigger threat. Once free, it will consume all life and then
leave earth to search for the Phoenix force. Bishop asks Remy to kill him, since
he is the Bete Noir's anchor in this world. Stryfe has another option: he absorbs
it into himself. He apologizes to Cable for those he killed and for everything
else, as the power overload shatters his body: character redemption through
self-sacrifice.
	Cable heads back to the mansion to make sure Stryfe didn't leave any
surprises behind. Remy, angry at his insouciance, asks how they can be sure Cable
isn't manipulating their minds; he says they can't and leaves.
	The Witness has disappeared, evidently having seen enough. Bishop and Remy
walk off together, the start of a beautiful friendship?
	Note: nobody returns to the mansion. Bishop joins X-Treme X-Men, and Gambit
and Cable go solo.


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