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Issue: Mutant X 25 Date: Nov-00 Story: Thresholds (39 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Bloodstorm, Brute, Ice-Man, Capt. America, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Cyclops (in flashback) Villains: alternate Havok (in flashback) Other Characters: Andrea "Andy," Shane Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Art: Tom Lyle Cover Art: Michael Golden Letters: Dave Sharpe Colors: Gina Going Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Hank double-checks his tests and realizes he is losing his intellect again; he's not sure he can bear that. He leads the team into the dis- ruption field, which is the doorway to the Negative Zone. He falters, not sure what to do next; cosmic radiation spikes; Hank's tether snaps, and Alex grabs it. They barely get out in time. Alex decides the team is exhausted and orders them on leave for a week. Cap goes to visit the Avengers; Bob his family; Ororo and Remy to New Orleans to find Forge and Kitty. Hank convinces Alex to let him stay and continue his research. The rest of the team all find themselves in a bar in town: no one really has a place to go, so they commiserate, then go back to the castle together. Alex strolls along the Hudson and meets a beautiful woman babysitting her nephew. They watch fireworks together; the boy nearly falls in the river, and Alex saves him. Hank announces his calculations are done, and he sends Alex back into the disruption field. A shadow passes him in the other direc- tion, and Alex goes back to help the Six push it back, then close the portal. He has decided not to go back home. For his next trick, Hank cures Bob, then re- verts to brutishness. Issue: Mutant X 26 Date: Dec-00 Story: Long Day's Journey Through the Night (22 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Bloodstorm, Brute, Ice-Man, Capt. America, Gambit Regular Characters: Cerebro Guest Stars: Gyrich Villains: Marauders: Cannonball, Husk, Jubilee, Wolfsbane, Sunspot; the Outcasts; Dracula Other Characters: Big Jim Credits: Writer & Art: Howard Mackie, Ron Lim, Sandu Florea Cover Art: Michael Golden Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Town is full of "blood bars," where patrons pretend to be vampires. Ororo busts up one, looking for "him." She threatens to bite the owner, but Remy interrupts with a kick to her diaphragm. They fight until she comes to her senses. She explains: since the Avengers are no more ('99 Ann.), Gyrich called upon the Six. A box was stolen from the Vault, and he wanted help retrieving it, but Alex didn't like being bossed around. Ororo sensed something, realized what was in the box, and ran off to get it her- self. Remy followed; she zaps him with light- ning to keep him out of it. The Marauders, somewhat inept, have the box in the sewers. Husk tries to open it, but it is booby-trapped. Shadows reach out and grab it, and the Marauders pursue. Ororo gets to a sewer entrance; Remy has re- covered and demands to accompany her, de- spite her warnings and his bad memories of the place. They get to the Marauders, who are ineffectively fighting shadows. Ororo's blood- lust rises, and Remy has to keep her from the kids. She tries to get him to feast on them with her, but he throws cards and knocks the box in the sewer, removing its influence. The Marauders leave; Ororo says Dracula is in the box, and they plan to go after him, but shadows surround them, saying Remy has to pay for his crimes against the Outcasts. Downstream, a wino opens the box, and Dracula rises. Issue: Mutant X 27 Date: Jan-01 Story: The Challenge (23 pages) Feature Characters: Bloodstorm, Havok, Brute, Ice-Man, Capt. America, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Outcasts including Dagger (Cloak and Dag- ger); Marauders: Husk, Cannonball, Jubilee, Wolfsbane, Sunspot; Dracula Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Tom Lyle Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Ororo remembers flying free in the daylight, but now she is a vampire. At least her claus- trophobia is gone. She wakes in the sewers, unsure how she got there. Dagger, the leader of the Outcasts, re- veals herself. Remy has already been tried and bound to a cross for his crimes, scheduled for execution at dawn. Ororo challenges Dagger to a dual. At the castle, Alex broods over his past life in X-Factor (mistaken here for X-Force) and waits with Jean for the rest of the team to re- turn. He has some trouble relating to her, having known another Jean and two Maddies. Hank, Bob, and Cap join them, and a holo- graphic projection of Hank (intelligent and in human form, and with the middle name Fran- cis) shows up as well. The Marauders try to hide from their boss, and someone accosts them. Ororo prepares for battle as the sun rises. She has to fight Dagger without getting burnt, and before sunlight falls on Remy. She spars with Dagger and fells her, and as she goes to free Remy, Dagger impales herself. Ororo and Remy consider waiting for the sun to kill them, too, but the Six arrive, and Bob ices over the window grille. Dagger isn't dead, but she asks Ororo to finish her. She is actually Cloak and Dagger, merged, half-suicidal. The Outcasts take them back. Hank has a serum to let vampires walk in the daylight and squelch their bloodlust. Ororo and Remy are free to roam. Outside the city, Dracula rises. Issue: Mutant X 28 Date: Feb-01 Story: The Hunted Part 1 (23 pages) Feature Characters: Jean Grey, Havok, Ice-Man, Bloodstorm, Gambit, the Brute, Capt. America Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Wolverine (Logan), Mariko, Mari Villains: Sabretooth (Victor Creed) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Lim Inks: Andrew Pepoy Cover: Michael Golden Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: In the Pacific Northwest, armed men chase Logan through a snowstorm, saying he killed someone's bull. He outsmarts them and es- capes; they run into Creed, who kills them all and goes after Logan. Jean has a dream of the Six lying dead in the snow. She sees Logan and wakes up with a start: he is supposed to be dead. Alex gets the rest of the team to train, sur- prised they never did before. Jean walks right into it, and Hank knocks her out of the way of a battle droid. She is distraught from her nightmare and says they have to help Logan. He, running on instinct, breaks into a house and its refrigerator. A little girl, Mari, finds him and asks if he's her dead father; he re- members fighting Creed and lying in a lab with him and Wild Child, the scientists saying he has a family. He smells Creed coming and leaves; Mariko wakes and sees his claw marks. Creed catches him near the house, saying "they" sent him to bring Logan back. They fight, damaging a nearby gas pump, and Logan scrapes his claws along the ground to cause sparks and burn Creed alive. The Six arrive; Logan recognizes Jean and col- lapses into her arms. Later, Mariko is packing to leave, when Creed, horribly burnt, rings the doorbell. Issue: Mutant X 29 Date: Mar-01 Story: Logan's Running (23 pages) Feature Characters: Jean Grey, Havok Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Wolverine, James MacDonald Hudson, Wild Child Villains: Sabretooth Other Characters: Mariko, Mari, Brian Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Tom Lyle Inks: Andrew Pepoy Cover: Michael Golden Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Logan works out against robots that he pro- grammed. His feral state has passed, but Alex and Jean are worried it might return. She tries to tell him gently, but Hudson interrupts. He is more machine than man, having been evis- cerated by Logan, whom he brought in from the wilderness as a weapon for the Canadian government. Jean telekinetically stops Logan from finishing the job, while Hudson says they need to rescue Mariko and the children. Wild Child is already tracking them and finds Mari. Sabretooth, horribly burnt, finds him and slashes away. He slashes at Alex and punches Jean. Logan finds his children, Mari and Brian, but Alex tells him it was a set-up: Sabretooth has Jean. He also has Mariko and gives Logan the choice of which one dies. He realizes he's burning: Alex has been gener- ating a low-level plasma field and is incinerating him from the inside. But Logan wants the killing stroke and beheads him. Before they can get away, Hudson returns with Canadian troops, betraying Logan again. Issue: Mutant X 30 Date: Apr-01 Story: Blame Canada! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Jean Grey, Havok, Ice-Man, Bloodstorm, Gambit, the Brute, Capt. America Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Avengers: Iron Man, Deathlok, Typhoid Mary, Hawkeye, Black Widow; Wolverine Villains: Dept. H including James MacDonald Hudson, Super Soldiers Other Characters: Mariko, Mari, Brian Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Lim Inks: Andrew Pepoy Cover: Michael Golden Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: The Six go to help Alex in Canada. A giant Iron Man appears and blasts them, and the rest of the Avengers are nearby to prevent them crossing the border. Logan gets Alex to promise to take his family to safety, while he provides a distraction for Dept. H. Ororo negotiates with the Black Widow, who is angry at Cap for abandoning the team, nearly causing their deaths. She demands the Six follow international law; Ororo apologizes but then calls down lightning. Cap hesitates while his old and new teams start to fight. Logan fights a Super Soldier and loses, so Alex and Jean come to his rescue, distracting the soldier long enough for Logan to impale him. Three mutants to stop one Super Soldier, which is how Canada conquered Russia, China, and Southeast Asia. They get to the border and find both the Six and the Avengers unconscious in the snow. Only Cap is awake, and he says he did it. Then Super Soldiers arrive. Issue: Mutant X 31 Date: May-01 Story: You Say You Want a Resolution? (22 pages) Feature Characters: Jean Grey, Havok, Ice-Man, Bloodstorm, Gambit, the Brute, Capt. America Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Avengers: Iron Man, Deathlok, Typhoid Mary, Hawkeye, Black Widow; Wolverine Villains: the Beyonder, Dept. H including James Mac- Donald Hudson, Super Soldiers; Dracula Other Characters: Mariko, Mari, Brian Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Lim Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Within Earth's fiery core a being sleeps; he recently came from beyond and gathered he- roes for a secret war. Dept. H wants Logan back, and they're pre- pared to go to war. Cap has an agonizing transformation, under compulsion to destroy enemies of America. He was the sole U.S. ex- periment using stolen Super Soldier technol- ogy, and his latent mutantcy messed things up. He is now massively bulked and tele- pathic; Dept. H attacks him and loses, and his power wakes the Beyonder. Alex helps Logan and his family escape, but then goes back for the Six and the Avengers, before the U.S. and Canadian militaries start bombing. Iron Man blasts Cap and gets a fist through his helmet. The Avengers attack, but Cap is unstoppable, insane, and killing everyone in sight. Alex tells Ororo to get the Six to safety, while he goes to kill Cap. They blast each other; shockwaves rock the planet and shatter the moon. Cap is left on his back in a ruined landscape, and the Beyonder pulls him underground to learn more. The remaining Six return to their castle; Alex plans to rally the surviving heroes and handle the worldwide disasters his battle caused. Suddenly Dracula attacks and bites him. Issue: Mutant X 2001 Date: 2001 Story: The Key (40 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Ice-Man, Bloodstorm, Gambit, the Brute, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Scotty, Elektra Guest Stars: Capt. America; Magneto and the X-Men: Rogue, Colossus, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler; Wolverine; Raven; Avengers: Iron Man, Deathlok, Typhoid Mary, Hawkeye, Black Widow (in flashback); many heroes including Man-Spider (here called Spider-Man), Dr. Doom, Wonderman, Namor, Namorita, Dr. Strange, Father Donald Blake, Daredevil and the Lethal Legion, Thor, Warriors Three, Val- kyrie, Lucas Cage, Iron Fist, Drax, Strong Guy, Nova, Hulk Villains: the Beyonder, Dracula; alt. Havok, the Fallen, the Goblin Queen (all three in flashback), many villains including Dr. Octopus, Reed Richards Other Characters: Mariko, Mari, Brian Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: James Fry Inks: Andrew Pepoy, Sandu Florea Cover: Tom Raney Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: The Beyonder drains Cap's life force and learns everything that has happened while he slept. He realizes Alex has more power than he knows; he announces his return to his enemies worldwide and calms the worldwide ecological disasters. He walks on water to Manhattan and is acclaimed as savior and de- nounced as Satan. Daredevil and the Lethal Legion attack; the Beyonder, bored, blow eve- ryone up. Magneto forms a magnetic bubble and trans- ports the X-Men down from the shattered moon. The Six are fighting Dracula to get Alex free of him; the Beyonder's arrival fells them all telepathically. Alex is near death, so Ororo gets him to the med lab, while Logan tends to his family. Dracula has misted away but lurks about, waiting for his chance to attack. Both he and the Beyonder sense that Alex is the key; the Beyonder sits above Manhattan, im- patiently probing minds and tossing bodies, looking for his quarry. The X-Men and Dr. Strange arrive at the cas- tle. Scotty worries about his father and reaches into his mind to wake him up. Carnage downtown: the Beyonder blasts vari- ous super-powered beings with a wave of his hand. Carnage in the castle: Dracula scythes through mutants one by one. Ororo wants to stop him but is under his control; Remy has fled with his daughter; Elektra pulls a grenade and blows herself up but still doesn't stop Dracula. Alex revives and blasts him before he gets to Scotty. Dracula warns that the Beyonder threatens to destroy the multiverse. Issue: Mutant X 32 Date: Jun-01 Story: The End (39 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Ice-Man, Bloodstorm, the Brute Regular Characters: Scotty Guest Stars: Magneto, Polaris, many heroes including Man-Spider, Sue Storm, Hulk, Nightcrawler, Dr. Doom, Inhumans; our dimension's Polaris, Cyclops Villains: the Beyonder/Goblin Queen, Dracula, Reed Richards, Charles Xavier, the Fallen, Baron Mordo the Ancient One Other Characters: Mariko, Mari, Brian Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Lim Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Gina Going Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: While the Beyonder rages, Magneto cradles his dying daughter Polaris; she had come to tell him that Dracula killed all the X-Men. Strange stops Magneto from lashing out im- pulsively. Scotty says his "daddy" Alex saved everyone but Elektra, but that's okay because no one is ever gone forever. Alex wakes, disoriented; Scotty says Dracula bit him, and Strange says he's their only chance at stopping the Beyon- der. But they he realizes the Beyonder wants them both, as the nexus of all realities (see '99 Ann.). He ports them away, before the Beyon- der can break through into the castle. Dracula offers to help him find them. Magneto has built a citadel at the magnetic South Pole, where his powers are magnified. He restrains Alex from confronting the Be- yonder prematurely; Strange says he is not their real enemy, since he was destroyed in the second Secret War. He summons villains Richards, Xavier, Warren, and Mordo to assist them. Mordo uses his third eye and sees the nexus resides in Alex now. Dracula takes the Beyonder to Washington, where Doom and the Inhumans attack them. The Beyonder has agreed to let Dracula drain them, so he will lead him to Ororo, and hence Alex. Black Bolt's dying word destroys the Washington Monument. Alex is finally told that the remnants of Mad- die and the Goblin Queen merged with the Beyonder. She and Dracula arrive, and Havok blasts her, telling her to show her true self, so she rips apart and discards the Beyonder's corpse. Dracula knocks out Richards and goes to feast on the super-being he has wired into machin- ery to defeat the Beyonder. Ororo puts a stake through his heart. Maddie reminds Alex how bad his life was in his home universe, but he blasts her. She blasts back, taking the battle to the astral plane and saying he has wasted his potential in self-pity. Alex taps into the power of Strange, Mordo, and Xavier, to absorb the Goblin Queen into the nexus, erasing her. Maddie is returned to her universe, now guardian of the nexus, and Scotty embraces her. Alex falls through darkness between death and life, and the series ends.
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