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Issue: New Mutants Summer Special Date: 1990 Story: A Mutant in Megalopolis (67 pages) Feature Characters: Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Boom Boom, Warlock Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Marge Simpson, Roseanne, Whoopie Goldberg, the Beatles, Doogie Howser, Darrin and Samantha, and a few other images on Warlock's TV sets. Villains: a Siren, Moopert Rurdock of the Manufacture of Consent, a Rent-a-President (George Bush); Mutual Assured Destruction, Situation Ethics Other Characters: The Wobblies Sneaker Gang including Mookie; scientists including Jeff Credits: Writer: Ann Nocenti Pencils & Inks: Bret Blevins Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is a parable of social theory. Rahne, watching disasters on the TV news, is moved to tears by the disparity between her life and that of the poor. Boom Boom tells her to just be "Zen" about it. Then, they discover that a river on the estate is polluted. Warlock, a big TV fan, detects a new, alien signal. He and Sunspot pull it to earth and find a vidiot: a TV-headed being from another dimension ruled by a corporate-military-media megalopoly. He and Boom Boom open a portal which transports all five there. Rahne is seduced by a Siren representing consumerism and temporarily buys into a politically correct life: husband, two rent-a-kids, everything money can buy, but morally empty. The rest overhear Rurdock plotting a cover-up. He rents a president to distract public opinion and is successful. Roberto realizes that this world is like America, where the press is assumed free and is therefore free to conspire and conceal. They wander down to the Third World, which is under constant bombardment from M.A.D., a double-headed figure representing America and Russia. As they squabble, they bombard the Third World. Boom Boom and Roberto attack them, spurring them to knock each other out. When they awake, the Third World realizes how puny they are and laughs at them. Boom Boom, Warlock, Roberto, and the vidiot attack the Megalopolis itself, despite the attempt of Situation Ethics to confuse the issues. They follow the bottom line to the power center, which contains an altar to Greed and is bedecked with symbols of the US and of the USSR. They are attacked by robots and decide to fight them. Rahne comes to her senses and joins them, follows a child who has discovered the Mediamogul behind a curtain (as in the Wizard of Oz), and pulls the plug on him. His soldiers disappear, and his people laugh at him. The New Mutants are returned to earth, where kids calling themselves the Wobblie Sneaker Gang had decided to sit in the polluted river as a protest. The media took note, embarrassing the megazine president enough that he ordered his printing factory to stop polluting. The river is saved, and TV is legitimized. NOTE: a pin-up gallery follows: Rahne, Warlock, Roberto, and Boom Boom watching Donald Duck on TV; the four falling through a dimensional portal; M.A.D.; the four watching TV. Issue: New Mutants 92 Date: Aug-90 Story: When the Carnival Comes to Town (29 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: disguised Skrull slavers including Sebastian, Horio, Musard, Gragnon, a clown, lions, tigers, and pachyderms Other Characters: Mrs. Guthrie, carnival attendees including Mabel Credits: Writer: Dwight Zimmerman Pencils: Bob Hall Inks: Jeff Albrecht Letters: Michael Heisler Colors: Nel Yomtov Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Cable trains Rahne in the Danger Room and activates a holographic image of a giant clown, which brings up bad memories of the Case of the Corrupted Carnival: Flashback: the New Mutants visiting Kentucky, going to a carnival. They see animals who are really Skrulls, and the tiger tells Sebastian that the these teenagers have super powers. Roberto and Sam can't knock down milk bottles because the game is rigged as a test. Boom Boom wins by using her power, but the prize teddy bear has chemicals in it that make Rahne ill. In the first aid tent she and Rictor are knocked out, miniaturized, and put on display with other captives. Sam sees it but does not realize it is real. Boom Boom is accosted by a large Skrull, who is felled when Rictor uses his power to break out of the case. The New Mutants (and everyone else) flee, but the Skrulls attack, planning to sell them into slavery. The police arrive; and the carnival transforms itself into a spaceship and zooms away. The miniaturization has by this time worn off. Rahne and Cable deplore the fact that nothing is completely safe and innocent. NOTE: a team picture follows, still including Rusty and Skids. Issue: New Mutants 93 Date: Sep-90 Story: Madripoor (29 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shiro Yashida (Sunfire); Wolverine Villains: Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Coy; MLF's Stryfe, Zero, Sumo, Kamikaze, Dragoness Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Rob Liefeld Inks: Hilary Barta Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: In Madripoor to meet Sunfire, a disproportionate Cable and the New Mutants are ambushed. Sunfire arrives and beats off the attack. They ally to forestall the MLF from engaging in chemical warfare. Stryfe and Coy plan the destruction of the New Mutants. Rahne defends her interest in Rictor to Roberto, who finds the newcomer too moody (!). Sunfire, Warlock, Boom Boom, and Sam fight Kamikaze, Sumo and Dragoness (read: Cannonball, Blob, and Sunfire) and are winning until Zero and Stryfe show up and paralyze and capture them. Cable spots an intruder and attacks him. When he and Wolverine recognize each other, they begin to fight in earnest. Issue: New Mutants 94 Date: Oct-90 Story: Lethal Weapons (31 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shiro Yashida (Sunfire); Wolverine Villains: MLF's Stryfe, Zero, Sumo, Kamikaze, Dragoness Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Rob Liefeld Inks: Hilary Barta Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Cable and Wolverine duke it out while the MLF plan to poison water supplies around the world. Sam flirts with Dragoness; she kisses him; he filches the key from her (while his hands are shackled above his head!), and Boom Boom, not understanding and jealous, also kisses him. They impress each other. Rictor tips a water tower onto Cable and Wolverine to stop their fight. They ally to stop Stryfe, who decides to use human soldiers to stop the escaped mutants while reserving super-powered henchmen to pour chemicals. Sam and Sunfire use judo and threats to subdue and intimidate Stryfe's soldiers and find the chemical stockpile. Cable and Wolverine arrive, then the MLF. In the ensuing battle, Cable and Stryfe argue, Wolverine destroys the poison with his claws (?), and Rictor fells Dragonness, whose fire ignites crates of explosives. The New Mutants escape and hope that Stryfe was killed in the explosion. Issue: New Mutants Annual 6 Date: 1990 Story 1: The Once and Future Mutant (45 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Warlock, Rictor, Boom Boom; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Franklin Richards 2017, Rachel Summers 2017, Doug Ramsey 2017, Blaze, Blue, Banshee 2017; Jimmy Carter (as a template for Warlock); Reed, Sue, and Franklin Richards, Banshee Villains: Ahab and his hounds and Sentinels Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Terry Shoemaker, Chris Wozniak Inks: assorted Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is part of Days of Future Present. Franklin 2017 arrives at the ruins of Xavier's mansion. Ahab, alerted to his presence, takes his hounds to capture him. The New Mutants are working out in the Danger Room when visitors arrive from the future and attack them. Trying to flee, they are transported to the future themselves. Doug is shown to have been infected by Warlock and turned into Magus. Rahne realizes that Franklin has generated all this illusion, and both it and he are dispelled. Banshee and the Richards arrive, and all are attacked by Ahab and his robots. One of the hounds explains that the adult Franklin is a monster, and they were sent into the past to abduct him as a child. Ahab kills the blabbermouth. Franklin 2017 constructs another Rachel in the Museum of Natural History. When Sentinels attack, they ignore them, but the New Mutants, Banshee, and the Richards defend them. Franklin finally realizes he is under attack and destroys Sentinels and hounds alike. Adult Franklin confronts young Franklin, tells him his powers are bad, and removes them. This, however, means he will be unable to stop the future Sentinels, so Reed pleads with him to restore the powers, but since both Franklins locked them away, they cannot be restored. Story 2: Tribute the Second (10 pages) Feature Characters: Cypher (as a ghost), Wolfsbane Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Teddy, Winston Credits: none listed Synopsis: In the graveyard, the ghost of Doug Ramsey is sad that he is dead. Other ghosts tell him to get over it. Rahne visits, lays flowers on the grave, and asks Doug's permission to love Rictor. Vandals start spray painting the tombstones and attack Rahne. She shifts to wolf-form and nearly kills one, but since animals can sense ghosts, Doug is able to call her off. He tells her it's okay for her to love someone else. NOTE: a possible future team picture follows: Rictor, Boom Boom, Cable, Wolfsbane, Magma (?), Magik (?), Sunspot, Cannonball, Warlock, Shatterstar NOTE: a pinup of Cable follows. Issue: New Mutants 95 Date: Nov-90 Story: Shell Game (30 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Stevie Hunter (last in iss. 48!) Guest Stars: X-Men: Storm, Gambit, Forge, Banshee; X-Factor: Archangel, Iceman, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast Villains: Cameron Hodge's head (see X-Factor 34), Pipeline, Wipeout; Dr. David Moreau (Genegineer), Havok as a Genoshan magistrate Other Characters: Genoshan mutates including 9212, 985, Michael Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Rob Liefeld & co. Inks: Joe Rubinstein & co. Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is part of the X-Tinction Agenda. Pipeline has transmitted Storm, Boom Boom, Rahne, Rictor and Warlock from Westchester (Uncanny X-Men 270) to Genosha, an island nation off the east coast of Africa, made rich by using mutate slaves. Warlock's energy is gravely depleted. The rest are subdued, and Wipeout removes their powers. Hodge plans to try them for crimes against the state, and to make Warlock infect him with the transmode virus so that he can shape-shift. Warlock slips away from Hodge and shorts out the prison cell to let the rest escape. He is left behind, depleted, while the others split up, fleeing to the American embassy. Rahne doubles back to help Warlock and interrupts Hodge absorbing his energy, but is too late to save his life. He disintegrates into dust. X-Factor meets up with the X-Men in Westchester, and they realize that Havok is helping the Genoshans. They are called upon by the U.S. president. Issue: New Mutants 96 Date: Dec-90 Story: Flashpoint! (30 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men: Wolverine, Psylocke, Jubilee, Forge, Gambit; X-Factor: Cyclops, Beast, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Archangel Villains: Cameron Hodge, the Genegineer, Genoshan magistrates including Frank, Havok; Wipeout Other Characters: Genoshan kids, mutates including 8765 Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Rob Liefeld Inks: Art Thibert, Joe Rubinstein Letters: Task Force Z Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is part of the X-Tinction Agenda. Jubilee, guarding Rictor and Boom Boom, leads magistrates right to them. They knock them out without powers, take their mutate slave under their wing, and find a place to rest. X-Factor and Cable are on the island, and attack the citadel. Havok, having battled Cyclops and Psylocke (X-Factor 60), is having doubts. The Gengineer makes Rahne a mutate, and she and Rictor separately admit their love. Cable, Gambit, Sunspot, Marvel Girl, and Forge are captured, their powers wiped out. Jubilee, Rictor, and Boom Boom are nearly captured, but the mutate lies to cover them. Seeing Rahne as mutate, Rictor plans to force Wipeout to return his powers, then shake the island apart. Issue: New Mutants 97 Date: Jan-91 Story: War (31 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock (deceased), Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men: Gambit, Wolverine, Storm, Banshee, Jubilee, Psylocke, Havok, Forge; X-Factor: Iceman, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Archangel, Beast Villains: Cameron Hodge; the Genegineer Other Characters: mutates including 360, magistrate "Tam" Anderson Credits: Writer: Louise Simonson Pencils: Guang Uap Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is part of the X-Tinction Agenda. The Genegineer, plotting against Hodge, gave Storm the ability to restore the mutants' powers, and Anderson has let her do so to Cyclops (Uncanny X-Men 272). Storm restores Jean, but the three of them barely hold back Hodge, until a tracker bomb detonates, courtesy Forge, and Hodge flees. Jubilee, Boom Boom, and Rictor follow the Genegineer as his mutate tunnels into Hodge's complex, just in time for Forge's bomb. Boom Boom recovers Warlock's ashes. Storm restores powers to the rest, and Cable and Forge rebuild their limbs. Havok remembers himself and escapes Hodge. Rahne attacks Rictor until the Genegineer stops her. When Storm arrives and restores them all, her wolf-girl form is larger and stronger, courtesy the Genegineer. She, Rictor, Sunspot, Cannonball, Jubilee and Boom Boom take out some frustration on Hodge's lab and power source. Hodge attacks and downs Iceman, Banshee and Psylocke, but Gambit, Forge and Beast counter. Hodge disengages and races to defend his lab, using shoulder-spikes on Jubilee and Sunspot. The rest attack, most effectively the Genegineer, whom he kills, then he phases away. Cable and Storm lead the able-bodied mutants to follow him. Issue: New Mutants 98 Date: Feb-91 Story: The Beginning of the End: Part One (31 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Boom Boom, Rictor; Cable, Domino; Rusty, Skids, Karma, Magma, Mirage (as computer records) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Bart Simpson (on a poster); Wade Wilson (Deadpool) Villains: Gideon, Adam, Eve; Emmanuel da Costa Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Rob Liefeld Pencils & Inks: Rob Liefeld Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Gideon trains for battle in his Vail complex. Cable and Sam train in the Danger Room. Sam is unable to avoid Cable's shots silently, and Cable displays an enhanced bionic arm. Warlock is dead; Rahne is MIA in Genosha; Cable is uncaring. Gideon's agent Eve poisons Emmanuel. Rictor starts for Genosha to rescue Rahne. Deadpool sneak-attacks Cable, sent to kill him by a Mr. Tolliver, but he talks long enough for Sam to sneak up on him; Rictor, Sunspot, and Boom Boom join in; and Deadpool is about to take them each out when Domino appears and downs him. She is Cable's old friend (flame?) and stays on to help with the remaining team. Deadpool is FedEx'd back to Tolliver, and Rictor runs off to save Rahne. Gideon breaks into the mansion to tell Roberto that his father has died of a "heart attack." NOTE: Cable's first name is revealed: Nathan. Issue: New Mutants 99 Date: Mar-91 Story: The Beginning of the End: Part Two (30 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Boom Boom, Rictor, Maria Callasantos (Feral), Thunderbird II, Shatterstar; Cable, Domino Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Masque, Brute, and Hump; Gideon, Adam Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Rob Liefeld (plot), Fabian Nicieza (script) Pencils & Inks: Rob Liefeld Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: In the Morlock tunnels, Feral escapes Masque. Thunderbird, having resigned the Hellions and returned to his reservation, is offered a spot on Cable's team. Gideon convinces Roberto to leave the team and attend to his newly-inherited business. Cable chooses not to follow Rictor to Genosha, outraging Sam and Boom Boom. Thunderbird returns to find his reservation destroyed, all killed, and a Hellfire Club mask in the wreckage. Roberto tells Cable he is leaving. Cable is uncaring. Sam and Cable argue, Cable asserting that they are fighting a war and should not be sheltered from pain; Sam asserting that caring about your teammates eases that pain. Roberto leaves. The team is down to Sam and Boom Boom, and Cable plans to rebuild the team the right way: his way. Thunderbird joins up; Feral spies from the air duct and decides to do the same; Shatterstar appears, unconscious, on the Danger Room floor. Issue: New Mutants 100 Date: Apr-91 Story: The End of the Beginning (47 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Boom Boom, Feral, Thunderbird II, Shatterstar; Cable, Domino Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Morlocks Masque, Brute, and Hump; Mojo V, Spiral 2090; Imperial Protectorate soldiers; the MLF's Stryfe, Wildside, Forearm, Tempo, Kamikaze, Reaper, Zero, Rusty, Skids, Sumo, Strobe Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Rob Liefeld (plot), Fabian Nicieza (script) Pencils & Inks: Rob Liefeld Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Internal sensors alert the team to Shatterstar's presence. He is in the Danger Room, beating up robots, and defeats Thunderbird, Cable, Domino, and Sam in turn. Then Cable gets mad, takes his sword, and punches his lights out. They take him to the med lab, and bad guys materialize in the Danger Room, tracking him. The Morlocks also break into the mansion, tracking Feral (better recheck the security systems!). Shatterstar wakes and explains that he has come seeking the X-Men's help against Mojo V and Spiral, one hundred years after Longshot's Mojo. Cable is skeptical. Boom Boom goes to fetch food for the new bohunk and catches Feral in the kitchen. She asks for asylum from the Morlocks. Shatterstar, Thunderbird, and Domino are attacked by the Imperial soldiers, and when the others assist, they learn that Feral is, well, feral. Shatterstar is also extreme, sticking a sword through his own body to kill the man holding him from behind. As soon as the soldiers are defeated, Masque shows up and demands Feral's return. Cable shoots Brute in the head, and Masque and Hump retreat. Cable assembles his new "fighting unit," including three new members with personal enemies. Cable decides too many of their enemies know their location, so they must relocate. He declares Xavier's dream "dead," and they must now fight for what's right. Sam and Boom Boom stay on, convinced they can still help the world. Stryfe plans terrorism in Genosha as payback for the X-Tinction Agenda. He removes his helmet, revealing that he looks like Cable. NOTE: the series continues as X-Force. Issue: New Mutants Annual 7 Date: 1991 Story 1: Pawns of Senescence (34 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Boom Boom, Thunderbird II, Shatterstar, Feral; Cable, Domino Regular Characters: Guest Stars: The X-Terminators: Takeshi "Taki" Matsuya (Wiz Kid), Arthur "Artie" Maddicks (miscalled Maddox), Leech; the New Warriors: Firestar, Namorita, Speedball, Night Thrasher, Nova, Marvel Boy Villains: The Alliance of Evil: Harness, Frenzy, Tower, Stinger, Piecemeal; the IDIC Corporation; Gideon, Mortimer Toynbee (the Toad) Other Characters: Harmon Furmintz and Walter Rosen of Genetech, Holly Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Guang Yap Inks: Dan Panosian Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this is part of Kings of Pain. The Alliance of Evil attacks the prep school that Taki, Artie, and Leech attend, fell them all, and force Piecemeal to eat some sort of energy deposit. In the hospital, Taki is introduced to the new New Mutants. They explain that the Alliance has been working its way up the East Coast, and they plan to stop them. Genetech has a meeting, in which they realize that the energy pattern being collected by the Alliance matches one they have been paid to duplicate. In Vail, Gideon and Toad play chess. At Niagara Falls, Harness forces Piecemeal to eat another energy deposit right over the falls. The New Mutants attack and defeat them, but Harness and Piecemeal teleport away. The New Mutants interrogate Tower and then break into Genetech. They easily defeat the guards, but they find that the New Warriors are defending the lab. Story 2: The Killing Stroke, Part I: The First Cut (10 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Freedom Force: Blob, Crimson Commando, Avalanche, Super Sabre, Pyro Villains: Desert Sword: Sirocco, Aminedi, Arabian Knight, the Veil, Black Raazer Other Characters: Dr. Reinhold Kurtzmann Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Kirk Jarvinin Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Mike Thomas Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco "Big Boss Man": Irving Forbush Synopsis: Freedom Force is on a mission to get Kurtzmann out of Kuwait. They easily defeat Iraqi tanks. Then Desert Sword attacks, beheading Sabre. Story 3: Close Encounters of the Mutant Kind (10 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Cyclops, Marvel Girl; The X-Terminators: Takeshi "Taki" Matsuya (Wiz Kid), Arthur "Artie" Maddicks, Leech; Annalee (as a hologram) Villains: Other Characters: Ida Fassbender, police officers including Sgt. Winchenbach, Roy Credits: Writer: Judy Bogdanove Pencils: Jon Bogdanove Inks: Hilary Barta Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Mike Thomas Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Scott and Jean see Taki, Artie, and Leech in a school play. Later, Taki takes Artie and Leech up in a flying saucer that he has built. Fassbender sees them, calls the cops and the news, and starts a general panic. Leech sees her on the news and wants to help her, thinking that she is really under attack by UFO's. When they get to her house, she is frightened of Leech. Taki makes a small model of the saucer, and says that is all that she saw. That satisfies her and the police, and she invites them in for cocoa. NOTE: a chart of New Mutant membership follows, as do new and an old team pictures.
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