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Index to X-Men Volume I, since 281: 14 / 15

Author: Robert Diehl (rfdiehl@yahoo.com)
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Updated: Version 2.1, last modified June 9, 2001

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Issue:	Magneto: Dark Seduction 1
Date:	Jun-00
Story:	Magneto Part 1: The Masada Maneuver (24 
pages)
Feature Characters:	Magneto
Regular Characters:	Fabian Cortez, Polaris (Lorna
Dane), Scanner, 
Pipeline (Cormick Grimshaw), Jenny 
Ransome, Phillip Moreau, Dr. Alda Huxley, 
Amelia Voght, Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), 
Joanna Cargill
Guest Stars:	Gabrielle Haller; Michelle Devereaux 
(Magneto's judge, see Uncanny X-Men 200); 
Adm. Gregori Mikhailovitch Suvorov, ret.; the 
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Django Maximoff)
Villains:	mayor B–erke and her hired Acolytes: 
Senyaka, Barnacle, Rem-Ram, Harlan and 
Sven Kleinstock, Spoor, Projector, Static
Other Characters:	Ambassador Patel
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Andy Owens
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Mike Rockwitz 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Since the UN gave Genosha to Magneto (X-
Men II:87), he has consolidated his power and 
rebuilt Hammer Bay.
	Pietro, his father's own Amnesty International, 
sees Genoshan soldiers holding a human 
family who tried to escape, and orders them 
returned unharmed to their home. Magneto 
has segregated humans but forbidden them to 
emigrate, because their skills are needed.
	Pipeline has digitized and sent workers into 
the fusion plant to repair it. A component falls 
from the ceiling; Magneto arrives, with Lorna 
ever at his side, and magnetically chains the 
component in place again. The sole remaining 
human outpost, Carrion Cove, has not been 
taken yet.
	Huxley is furious because the UN has assigned 
an advisor to her.
	Lorna is following Magneto's advice to 
explore her control of magnetism. Pietro, her 
old teammate (X-Factor 71-94), finds her 
sitting on the ceiling of her home. He is 
worried and wonders why she is helping 
Magneto. She explains that after Havok's 
apparent death (X-Factor 149), she didn't feel 
in control of her life, but when Apocalypse 
paired her with Magneto (X-Men II:97), she 
felt powerful and wants more, to find a way 
to bring Havok home. They embrace as 
friends and allies.
	Scanner sees soldiers who died trying to 
conquer Carrion Cove, then plays a 
surveillance video for Voght and Cargill. They 
observe Senyaka's whip and realize the 
humans have hired help, which means they 
must be able to pay them, which means 
they're hiding something important. Voght 
goes to find out.
	Huxley calls on the UN to end economic 
sanctions; they have decided to send an 
investigator. 
	Voght finds the mayor of Carrion Cove and 
the mercenary Acolytes. She says they can't 
defeat Magneto unless they give her a good 
reason to help.
	Carrion Cove forces attack Magneto's. Pietro 
disarms many, then searches the town, 
finding their secret. Voght knocks him out.
	Magneto and Lorna meet the UN plane; he 
talks to someone in his head. Huxley 
disembarks with the UN inspector: the Scarlet 
Witch.


Issue:	Magneto: Dark Seduction 2
Date:	Jul-00
Story:	Magneto Part 2: Rotten Apples (24 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magneto
Regular Characters:	Fabian Cortez, Polaris, Scanner,
Pipeline, 
Jenny Ransome, Phillip Moreau, Dr. Alda 
Huxley, Amelia Voght, Quicksilver, Joanna 
Cargill
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel (all
in 
flashback); Gabrielle Haller; Michelle 
Devereaux; Adm. Suvorov; the Avengers: the 
Scarlet Witch, Iron Man (Tony Stark), She-
Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Goliath (Hank Pym), 
Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Triathlon (DelRoy 
Garret, Jr.), Warbird (Carol Danvers)
Villains:	mayor B–erke and her hired Acolytes: 
Senyaka, Barnacle, Rem-Ram, Harlan and 
Sven Kleinstock, Spoor, Projector, Static; Toad, 
Mastermind (both in flashback)
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Andy Owens, Morales, Thibert
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Mike Rockwitz 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Magneto tells Wanda he has brought a new 
day to Genosha; she wants to see Carrion 
Cove, but he admits he is still in process of 
conquering it. She wonders what to believe 
and admits to herself she's not objective.
	Pietro is back on his feet. He agrees with 
Voght that Magneto can't be trusted with the 
secret in Carrion Cove but doesn't trust her or 
B–erke either, especially since they've taken 
help from Roxxon corporation. 
	Magneto's forces under Moreau allow 
themselves to be defeated, so Pipeline can port 
troops to the other side and take over.
	Wanda inspects Magneto's farmlands; he 
explains he has socialized the economy 
(without using that word), she insists on 
interviewing the humans.
	Cortez is a traitor, working with Suvorov to 
super-power the Carrion Cove Acolytes. He 
warns him that the equipment has 
malfunctioned and suggests he deploy the 
contingency plan.
	Wanda finds the humans restricted but 
content. Things are better than they were, and 
they have traded away freedom for security. 
Magneto has a voice in his head, which tells 
him his iron grip is breaking. 
	Pietro orders Pipeline to stand down before 
taking the town. Pipeline realizes he knows 
the secret and shoots at the fastest man in the 
world, who ducks. So he ports him down the 
electrical line and advances, planning to take 
the town and overthrow Magneto. The UN 
observes and activates their elite task force.
	Wanda asks her father if he has built a haven 
or a launchpad for conquest. He asks her to 
decide for herself.
	Cargill attacks the mayor's bunker and Voght 
defends her, so Pipeline ports her away. Just 
then, there is an explosion. The UN has sent 
the Avengers.


Issue:	Magneto: Dark Seduction 3
Date:	Aug-00
Story:	Magneto Part 3: Something Worth Fighting 
For (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magneto
Regular Characters:	Fabian Cortez, Polaris, Scanner,
Pipeline, 
Jenny Ransome, Phillip Moreau, Dr. Alda 
Huxley, Amelia Voght, Quicksilver, Joanna 
Cargill
Guest Stars:	the Avengers: the Scarlet Witch, Iron
Man, 
She-Hulk, Goliath, Wasp, Triathlon, Warbird
Villains:	the Stranger (in flashback)
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Andy Owens, Thibert
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Mike Rockwitz 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Cargill punches She-Hulk. Pipeline brings 
Pietro back, to try to stop the battle, since 
everyone wants to stop Magneto from getting 
the technology in Carrion Cove. Magneto 
shows up with Lorna, tells Pietro he expected 
betrayal, wraps him in pipes, and attacks the 
Avengers' bloodstreams. 
	Cortez has left; Wanda demands to watch a 
message sent to him, which shows Magneto 
fighting Avengers. Huxley realizes Cortez is a 
traitor.
	Magneto demands the Avengers leave; Iron 
Man recalibrates and blasts him. Voght 
rematerializes and ports Pietro out of his 
bonds, while Magneto and Lorna hold off the 
Avengers. The voice in Magneto's head tells 
him to release her before she overloads. Pietro 
goes to destroy the technology, but Cargill 
confronts him. He insists the Avengers aren't 
anti-mutant; Wanda shows up and collapses 
the cliff-side under Cargill. Pietro explains: 
secret genetic technology of unknown origin 
(from Sugarman, see X-Man 6), as advanced 
as Sinister or the High Evolutionary, is hidden 
in the caves near Carrion Cove. Magneto 
could use it to make an army of super-
mutants or regain his own power.
	Huxley arrests Cortez for treason. He buys his 
life with dirty corporate and UN secrets.
	Lorna is tiring; Magneto has to end it quickly, 
so he wrenches power through her and 
collapses the entire city off its cliff. Lorna 
quickly reaches out to slow the falling debris, 
while the Avengers and Acolytes save 
civilians. Magneto gets to the caves and, with 
regret, knocks out his children to get to the 
technology. But then Lorna confronts him.


Issue:	Magneto: Dark Seduction 4
Date:	Sep-00
Story:	Magneto Part 4: By Right of Force (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magneto
Regular Characters:	Fabian Cortez, Polaris, Scanner,
Pipeline, 
Jenny Ransome, Phillip Moreau, Dr. Alda 
Huxley, Amelia Voght, Quicksilver, Joanna 
Cargill
Guest Stars:	the Avengers: the Scarlet Witch, Iron
Man, 
She-Hulk, Goliath, Wasp, Triathlon, Warbird
Villains:	 
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer & Pencils: Fabian Nicieza, Michael 
Ryan, Jorge Santamaria Garcia
	Inks: Florea, McAdo, Mei, Ramos, Candelario 
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Mike Rockwitz 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Lorna has learned well and is powerful 
enough to stop Magneto. The voice in his head 
tries to dissuade him, but he fights her and 
enters the mutagenic chamber to restore his 
own powers. 
	The Avengers and the Acolytes collect the 
survivors from Carrion Cove.
	Lorna grabs at the E-M spectrum, Wanda uses 
her hex power, and Pietro races around 
disconnecting things, to try to stop Magneto's 
restoration. But, "The Master of Magnetism 
has returned!"
	Huxley frees Cortez, who is now superfluous. 
	Magneto freezes Iron Man's armor, makes 
She-Hulk punch Warbird then attacks her 
blood, and traps Triathlon in metal debris. He 
has Wanda, Pietro, and Lorna in a magnetic 
bubble and demands the Avengers leave his 
country. He demonstrates his power by 
catching up Cortez, fifty miles away, and 
slamming him into the ground at his feet. 
Executed for treason. He reaches out into 
space and moves satellites, threatening to pull 
them down onto cities around the world if the 
Avengers attack; the Wasp orders them to 
stand down, and Magneto frees them.
	Magneto's children express their disgust at his 
power-mongering. Lorna does what Alex 
would want and leaves. Magneto rebuilds 
Carrion Cove and plans for the future.
	Epilogue: Lorna and Pietro, in a small boat, 
plan for war.


Issue:	X-Men: Declassified
Date:	Oct-00
Story:	X-Men: Declassified (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Wolverine, Gambit, Shadowcat;
holograms of 
Rogue, Colossus, Beast, Cable, Gambit, 
Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Prof. X, Phoenix, 
Thunderbird III, Storm, Shadowcat, Wolverine
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	holograms of X-Man, the White Queen, 
Generation X: Husk, M, Skin, Synch, Jubilee, 
Chamber; X-Force: Bedlam, Cannonball, 
Warpath, Meltdown; Polaris
Villains:	Bastion; holograms of the Rogue monster; 
Acolytes including Amelia Voght, Fabian 
Cortez; the Hand, Mystique, the Phoenix 
Force, Onslaught, Lucifer, Mr. Sinister, the 
Shadow King as Amahl Farouk, the Neo, 
Sebastian Shaw, Apocalypse, Magneto
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Karl Bollers
	Pencils: Pascual Ferry
	Inks: Andy Owens, Rick Ketcham
	Letters: Chris Giarrusso
	Colors: Hi-Fi Design
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Logan, Remy, and Kitty unsubtly break into a

military facility. They split up to find their 
objective. They each find holograms and 
readouts on their teammates, with the 
following amazing revelations:
	When Rogue was twelve she was absorbed by 
a monster calling itself Rogue, which took her 
place.
	While Piotr was with the Acolytes (UXM 304-
X-Men II:44), he went on a mission to attack 
a Russian space station.
	While working to cure the Legacy Virus, 
Hank injected himself with it.
	As head of the Thieves' Guild, Remy allied 
with the Hand. 
	The baby that Mystique ran away with looked 
normal at first, then turned blue like Kurt (X-
Men Unlimited 4).
	When Betsy guided the shuttle to Earth (X-
Men II:101), she manifested the Phoenix 
Force.
	Onslaught was Lucifer (UXM 20-21), using 
Xavier as a vessel.
	Sinister cloned Jean many times, including the 
one that was found at the bottom of Jamaica 
Bay (Avengers 263).
	In India, Neal bullied mutants.
	The Shadow King through Amahl Farouk 
controlled Ororo as a girl in Cairo. 
	Kitty is a Neo changeling, swapped in the 
hospital (Seth said she was one of them, X-
Men II:100).
	Emma Frost planned with Sebastian Shaw to 
take over Generation X.
	Apocalypse is the one who originally gave 
Logan his adamantium.
	X-Force attacked Magneto in Genosha and 
took out Polaris, who is his real source of 
power. They warn him to toe the line.
	After this data overload, Logan and Kitty are 
attacked by holograms. Kitty shows up, 
having retrieved the data they came for: the 
facility had downloaded Xavier's files from 
Bastion's head, and Carol Danvers let the X-
Men know where it was. It remains to be seen 
how much of this is real, and how much is 
Bastion's conjecture.
	Note: bios of Rogue, Colossus, Beast, Cable, X-
Man, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Prof. X, 
Phoenix, Thunderbird, Storm, Shadowcat, and 
Wolverine are interspersed throughout the 
story.


Issue:	Black Sun: X-Men 1
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	First Spell: Skin the Cat! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Colossus,
Storm, 
Sunfire, Banshee
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Magik
Villains:	N'Garai demons, Belasco
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Chris Claremont
	Pencils: Thomas Derenick
	Inks: Sean Parsons
	Letters: Pop Visuals
	Colors: Tom Smith
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this series marks the 25th anniversary
of 
the New X-Men (Giant-Sized, Jun-75).
	At Christmas, Kitty goes to Grant Park in 
Chicago to fight a N'Garai demon, like she did 
before she joined the X-Men. She uses one of 
Logan's bone claws but gets smacked away, 
then she phases its legs into the tarmac, 
disrupting its nervous system by phasing 
herself through it, and slashes it dead with the 
claw. 
	End program: she is in the Danger Room, and 
the computer says her performance was 
below par. She agrees: she is angry and 
distracted. She doesn't feel at home in the 
mansion any more, and she has a picture 
collection of dead friends. She signs for a 
delivery, then naps, and Belasco emerges from 
the package.
	A N'Garai wakes Kitty; she nails it with one 
shot. Outside the mansion, she sees Capt. 
America's dead body, then a mountain of 
skulls under a red, devastated moon. She tries 
to think what villain could be playing with 
her mind, then helps Kurt and Piotr, the last 
X-Men, fighting more N'Garai. She realizes 
they can neutralize mutant powers and nearly 
gets her spine broken, but Ororo appears with 
lightning. Sunfire and Banshee provide 
backup, but they decide to retreat to the 
mansion and activate the automated defenses.
	Kurt explains that N'Garai cairns suddenly 
appeared around the world and began to 
slaughter the entire human race. 
	They lock themselves in the Danger Room and 
begin a spell to close the cairns. They draw a 
pentagram, and each sacrifices a drop of 
blood into a chalice. It turns to water, and 
Kitty drinks it down. Fire explodes from her, 
revealing that the spell actually swaps N'Garai 
souls with the X-Men, and they are in Limbo. 
Belasco has tricked Kitty and plans to make 
five bloodstones from the original X-Men, to 
open the door to the Elder Gods, who have 
given Belasco a new arm as earnest. He tears 
Kitty's soul from her chest as a "catalyst 
stone."
	Magik appears (she died in UXM 303, Aug-
93) and swordplay ensues. Belasco is about to 
defeat her, but Kitty recovers and slices 
through his sword with Logan's claw, so he 
ports away.
	Kitty and Magik see a cairn and realize that 
the N'Garai want to conquer Limbo to get 
access to all dimensions. A N'Garai emerges.


Issue:	Black Sun: X-Men 2
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Second Spell: Spear the Angel! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Shadowcat, Phoenix, Beast,
Archangel, 
Iceman, Polaris, Colossus, Nightcrawler, 
Banshee, Sunfire, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, 
Thunderbird III; Thunderbird I (in flashback) 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Magik
Villains:	N'Garai demons, Ru'Tai including Pilgrimm 
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Chris Claremont, Len Wein
	Pencils: Thomas Derenick
	Inks: Mark McKenna
	Letters: Pop Visuals
	Colors: Tom Smith
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Magik makes short shrift of the demon and 
explains that when Belasco encased Kitty in 
crystal (UXM 160), he bound her with a spell 
of dominion, which is how he kidnapped her 
(last iss.). Since Kitty no longer has her soul, 
Magik merges her form into the Soulsword 
until she can get it back. Belasco appears and 
shows Magik a devastated earth, but she 
dispels the vision.
	In Hong Kong, Pilgrimm impersonates a 
Chinese colonel and kills 169 people (13 times 
13) to open the cairn for his people. 
	Belasco has sent N'Garai within the new X-
Men to capture the original X-Men, and 
Magik goes to stop them.
	In Radiance Luminology, a Ru'Tai has been 
under observation (since X-Men II:75). 
Suddenly a cairn appears, and the Ru'Tai 
jumps onto it and disappears, but Pilgrimm 
appears and kills all the guards.
	Betsy and Neal are on their way to the lab, but 
Warren follows and attacks them. He is 
jealous, which just makes Betsy angry. Neal 
hears gunfire in the lab, but Magik appears, 
and then Ororo arrives with lightning and a 
windstorm. Warren escapes into a thick 
forest. Neal attacks Magik, assuming she is a 
villain (what with the horns and all) who is 
controlling Ororo. Pilgrimm passes through, 
slamming Neal out of the way, and Magik 
takes Neal away in a stepping disk.
	Warren realizes Ororo has been possessed; 
she is about to get jumped by Pilgrimm, but 
Warren saves her. She repays him by taking 
the air out of his wings. He's down but not 
out, and Pilgrimm makes it a three-way fight. 
Ororo makes a snowstorm and flash-freezes 
the area, then takes Betsy hostage. Pilgrimm 
knocks her down; Neal blasts him; Warren 
flies Betsy out of the way.
	Pilgrimm ports away, and Ororo steals 
Warren's soul and ports away before Magik 
can stop her. She merges Warren's body into 
her Soulsword, for safekeeping.


Issue:	Black Sun: X-Men 3
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Third Spell: Bare Claws! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Thunderbird III, Psylocke,
Wolverine, Iceman, 
Banshee, Sunfire, Polaris; Cyclops, 
Nightcrawler, Storm, Shadowcat, Colossus (in 
flashback)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Magik
Villains:	N'Garai demons, Pilgrimm, Magneto; Keirrok, 
Belasco (in flashback)
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Chris Claremont, Roy Thomas
	Pencils & Inks: Karl Waller
	Letters: Pop Visuals
	Colors: Tom Smith
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The N'Garai have evolved "a light-year"
since 
their first appearance. Neal blasts one as it 
emerges from a cairn. Magik has brought him 
and Betsy to Limbo and created an illusion of 
the X-mansion. Neal demands that Magik 
prove she's not a villain; she retells how Scott 
first blasted the cairn and accidentally 
released Keirrok, the X-Men fought N'Garai 
more than once, and now Belasco has allied 
with them (UXM 96, 143).
	Neal blasts the cairn full-force, but it is magic, 
and he is unable to harm it. Magik leaves him 
there to guard Betsy, who is unconscious, and 
goes after Belasco's pawns, the new X-Men.
	Logan and Bobby are in Genosha, where 
reconstruction is under way. They aren't 
happy that Magneto is in charge and want to 
make sure he isn't fostering hate crimes.
	Banshee and Sunfire come out of the sky and 
attack them. Sunfire blasts Bobby's ice slide, 
and Banshee's wail renders everyone 
unconscious. He flies to Magneto's citadel to 
kill Magneto and abduct Lorna, but Pilgrimm 
interrupts. While they fight, Lorna (who now 
wears a skull on her breast) recovers, wraps 
them both in metal, and throws Banshee 
through the roof.
	Bobby encases Sunfire with ice; he quickly 
melts it and blasts Bobby, but then realizes he 
is encased in a larger shell of ice, which melts 
under his blast, flooding and sweeping him 
away.
	Lorna surrounds Bobby with metal poles and 
demands to know why he's here. He says he 
doesn't want her to ruin her life, freezes the 
poles and busts them. They go to find Sunfire; 
Bobby encases him in super-cold ice to keep 
him unconscious, but it doesn't work, and 
then Banshee wails again.
	Logan has meanwhile recovered and attacks 
Pilgrimm. Lorna coats herself in metal and lets 
Pilgrimm strike her (big mistake), but then 
Sunfire blasts him, and he ports away. 
Banshee hits Logan with a wall of sound; 
Bobby super-cools the air around him, 
freezing his vocal cords; Sunfire sends a 
sustained blast toward Bobby, and Lorna 
surrenders before he gets killed. The N'Garai 
knock both of them down, then extract their 
souls and port away. 
	Magik appears, again too late, and Logan 
confronts her, then sheathes his claws when 
he sees who she is. She puts Bobby and 
Lorna's bodies into her Soulsword and ports 
away with Logan. 


Issue:	Black Sun: X-Men 4
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Fourth Spell: Light the Fire! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Thunderbird III, Wolverine, Beast,
Phoenix, 
Rogue, Cable, Gambit, Colossus, Nightcrawler
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Magik, Moonstar
Villains:	N'Garai demons, Pilgrimm
Other Characters:	Father Innocent
Credits:	Writer: Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson
	Pencils: Alitha Martinez
	Inks: John Stanisci
	Letters: Pop Visuals
	Colors: Tom Smith
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Neal has been in Limbo blasting hordes of 
N'Garai, but he is finally overwhelmed. Magik 
proves she is capable of arriving in time and 
brings Logan to the rescue. She leaves the 
guys there and goes to stop Belasco's X-Men.
	A cairn has appeared in Rome. The Vatican 
has identified it in an ancient book of sorcery, 
and the Pope calls for prayer. There are 
thirteen around the world, and Hank is there 
to investigate. He senses Jean, even though she 
was telepathically masking herself. She wears 
a new uniform, trying to look forward rather 
than past. She has sent Rogue to patrol the 
cairn at the Pyramids, Nathan to the Great 
Wall of China, Remy to Notre Dame de Paris, 
and Moonstar to the one at Dr. Strange's 
home. She says she's lost touch with some of 
the X-Men, and others have been possessed. 
She realizes she and Hank are the only 
original X-Men left.
	She senses a telepathic dead zone in the Sistine 
Chapel. They find Pilgrimm knocking 
Colossus down; Jean mind-blasts Pilgrimm; he 
throws a chunk of pavement at her; Hank 
catches it and attacks Pilgrimm, demanding 
an explanation. Pilgrimm says he just wants to 
beat the N'Garai, and Earth is the prize.
	Jean takes Hank to the astral plane; she says 
when she lost her telekinetic power to Betsy 
(X-Men II:77, presumably) she gained her 
special telepathic skills and affinity for 
shadows and now appears clothed in them. 
She enhances Hank's neural network, which 
gives him "Thing-level strength" and hyper-
reflexes, and he gives Pilgrimm a run for his 
money.
	Nightcrawler observes, waiting for Colossus to 
awaken. Magik arrives, weakened in the 
Vatican because she is tainted with sorcery 
(didn't stop the cairn, did it?). Nightcrawler 
beats her in a sword fight. Jean has no choice; 
she mind-links to all her foes, but the N'Garai 
use that opening to mesmerize her, and Hank 
has to knock her down to free her. He is 
caught in psychic backlash, and Colossus 
extracts his soul and holds his body hostage. 
Magik throws her sword, merging Hank's 
body into it, and ports away from 
Nightcrawler. The N'Garai claim victory and 
leave; Magik ports to Limbo with Jean. She 
says she must face Belasco while the X-Men 
stop the N'Garai in Limbo. 


Issue:	Black Sun: X-Men 5
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Final Spell: Cast the Magik! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Thunderbird III, Wolverine,
Phoenix, colossus, 
Nightcrawler, Storm, Sunfire, Archangel, 
Beast, Iceman, Polaris, Shadowcat
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Magik (Amanda Sefton)
Villains:	Belasco, N'Garai demons, Pilgrimm
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Chris Claremont
	Pencils: Pablo Raimondi
	Inks: Jason Martin, Team X
	Letters: Pop Visuals
	Colors: Tom Smith
	Editor: Mike Marts
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Belasco has his five bloodstones and is
poised 
to open wide the N'Garai cairns.
	Neal leads the X-Men's attack on the N'Garai 
in Limbo, blasting so fiercely he fuses the 
ground to glass. Then Logan goes berserk. 
Jean attacks the N'Garai telepathically while 
she boosts her teammates. She feels and 
rejects the temptation to ultimate power.
	Magik approaches Belasco's citadel and 
recorporates the X-Men in her sword. They 
can't die in Limbo unless she wills it, and she 
needs them to distract Belasco's X-Men while 
she attacks him. 
	Bobby puts the whole citadel on deep freeze, 
but it doesn't help, and X-Men attack X-Men.
	Pilgrimm has gone into the mansion and 
captured Betsy. Jean psi-blasts him, then 
realizes he hates the N'Garai and convinces 
him to go after Belasco, instead. 
	Shadowcat distracts Belasco while Magik gets 
to the bloodstones and disrupts them. The X-
Men's souls return to their bodies, but 
Belasco's spell is still active. 
	Bobby deep-freezes the citadel again, making 
it a superconductor, and Lorna powers it up. 
Sunfire vaporizes the ice while Magik uses her 
Soulsword, and the citadel and its spell 
explode.
	The X-Men return home; Piotr asks it Magik is 
really Illyana, but she refuses to answer. Kurt 
identifies her as Amanda, his ex-girlfriend. 
She goes back to guard Limbo.



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