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

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Issue:	X-Men: Search for Cyclops 1
Date:	Oct-00
Story:	Lost (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops (here called ui),
Phoenix, Cable
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rogue, Colossus (both in flashback)
Villains:	En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse), Deathbird, 
Caliban, Ahab (all in flashback); Anais, 
Ozymandias, Gauntlet
Other Characters:	Achmed, Sallah
Credits:	Writer: Joseph Harris
	Pencils: Tom Raney
	Inks: Scott Hanna
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: J.C.
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	In 330 BC, Alexander the Great invades
Egypt, 
and the Nile runs red with blood, as the 
natives rebel against Persia. En Sabah Nur 
calls them fools, fighting one conqueror with 
the aid of another, not fit to rule themselves. 
He himself fights simply to fight.
	Scott wakes: it was a recurring nightmare. He 
is without memory, power, or visor and has 
joined the crew of a sailing ship manned by 
swarthy men, one of whom threatens him for 
disturbing his sleep. In a boat nearby, 
someone observes.
	In the Danger Room, Jean replays Scott's 
disappearance (X-Men II:97), sacrificing 
himself to prevent Apocalypse from taking 
over Nate Grey's body. In his safe house, 
Nathan punches a holographic reconstruction 
of Apocalypse, saying it should have been him 
and not Scott.
	Scott's ship docks at El Jadida, Morocco. His 
friend Achmed has named him ui, which 
means "Slim." In the bazaar, a monkey jumps 
on him, and then he sees a beautiful woman. 
In a mirror, he sees himself with blue lips, and 
he freaks. The woman, Anais, says she knows 
what he is and offers to take him to safety. 
Instead, he runs back to the ship. Gauntlet is 
on the mast and shoots at him. He climbs up 
to keep his crewmates from harm and swings 
a boom to dump Gauntlet in the water. He 
always knew he was a marked man, and he 
feels something dangerous inside him. 
	In his chambers below the sand, Ozymandias 
knows Apocalypse will rise again, and he 
chooses whom to send to find him.


Issue:	X-Men: Search for Cyclops 2
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Hunted (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Cable
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse, in flashback); 
Anais, Ozymandias
Other Characters:	Mamud, Hakim
Credits:	Writer: Joseph Harris
	Pencils: Tom Raney
	Inks: Scott Hanna
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: J.C.
	Asst. Editor: Peter Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Ancient Egypt: a mob hunts for En Sabah Nur.
	Scott wakes from the nightmare. He and Anais 
are stopped by guards at the Libyan border; 
they had hitched a ride on a truck to Egypt. 
Anais says Scott is ill, and she offers her body 
if the guards let them through. Then she 
transforms into her feline form and attacks 
them.
	Blaquesmith notes that Nathan's 
circumstances have changed, now that he has 
joined the X-Men. He has modified his 
psimitar, and Nathan takes it to the X-
mansion to work out in the Danger Room 
against Apocalypse. Jean manipulates the 
program to show Scott and Apocalypse 
merged and asks Nathan if he could still kill 
him. She says he's dead, since their psychic 
rapport is inactive, and Nathan should stop 
obsessing. 
	Ozymandias appears, offering to take them to 
see what really happened to Scott. They follow 
through his portal, and he says Apocalypse is 
gestating inside Scott, and they are one, yet 
still battling one another. He sent Anais to find 
him, but she never came back; he suspects her 
motives. Now he wants Jean and Nathan to 
find him.
	Scott is confused, seeing the present guards as 
his ancient persecutors. His eyes blast for a 
moment; he decides to keep following Anais, 
because the evil inside him is growing, and he 
fears he likes it.


Issue:	X-Men: Search for Cyclops 3
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	Am I Evil? (24 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Cable
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse, in flashback); 
Anais, Ozymandias, Caliban (Pestilence), 
Gauntlet
Other Characters:	Bibi, Abdul
Credits:	Writer: Joseph Harris
	Pencils: Tom Raney
	Inks: Scott Hanna
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: J.C.
	Asst. Editor: Peter Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Scott dreams of himself and Apocalypse 
merged, about to be reborn. He wakes, still 
with Anais on their way to Akkaba, eyes 
bandaged. She wants him to let Apocalypse 
come out, but she won't tell him the whole 
story. They are in Farafirah, which is under 
quarantine with a sudden, unidentifiable 
plague. Someone crawls through the sewers, 
spreading the epidemic as he goes. 
	Jean is there, with Nathan screening infection 
out of the air around them. He points out they 
don't know if they'll find Scott or Apocalypse 
as the dominant personality. They find the 
room he was staying in, and then Jean senses 
him telepathically for a moment. Scott is 
pulled through a manhole by Caliban, now 
Apocalypse's Horseman Pestilence, who smells 
two scents on him. Jean and Nathan track 
him, and Gauntlet follows them. Anais gets 
there, as well, saying she wants to guard 
Apocalypse's rebirth, but Jean confronts her. 
Caliban saves Nathan from Gauntlet's blast, 
but the sewer tunnel collapses.
	Scott continues to transform, his eyes 
becoming a visor-shaped mass of energy. He 
releases Caliban from service, and Nathan 
realizes he's going to Akkaba.


Issue:	X-Men: Search for Cyclops 4
Date:	Mar-01
Story:	Found! (24 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Cable
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Apocalypse, Anais, Ozymandias
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Joseph Harris
	Pencils: Tom Raney
	Inks: Scott Hanna
	Letters: Jon Babcock
	Colors: J.C.
	Asst. Editor: Peter Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Note: this occurs before UXM 391.
	Scott (Cypocalypse? Apocalops?) crawls 
through the desert sands toward Akkaba, 
while battling Apocalypse within him. 
Tracking him, Nathan urges caution, but Jean 
is anxious to find her husband. Anais urges 
Scott to give in to the dark side, after a lifetime 
of repressing his mutant power. He refuses, so 
she offers to take Apocalypse into herself. He 
rejects that, as well, so she attacks him. 
Nathan arrives and attacks her, while Jean 
reasserts her psychic rapport with Scott. 
Apocalypse asserts himself and makes Scott 
blast her. Anais confuses Nathan with hints 
about Gauntlet and escapes.
	In New York, Blaquesmith deletes files 
including those on Gauntlet. He sent him to 
kill Scott, to prevent the return of Apocalypse.
	Nathan challenges Apocalypse and gets 
slammed. Scott tells Nathan to kill him 
quickly, but he hesitates and Apocalypse 
reasserts himself. Jean takes control of his 
mind, considers destroying the mind she 
loved, but then splits Apocalypse from Scott. 
Nathan impales his psychic form with his 
psimitar, dispelling him. He takes the visor 
from his neck and returns it to his father. 
Anais warns Nathan that what Apocalypse 
touches, he changes. Ozymandias observes 
and concurs.


Issue:	Magik 1 
Date:	Dec-00
Story:	The Crossing Guard (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magik (Amanda Sefton)
Regular Characters:	Phil Nugent, Vitchen
Guest Stars:	Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
Villains:	Nightmare, Dormammu and Mindless Ones
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
	Pencils & Inks: Liam McCormack-Sharp
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Editor: Mike Marts 
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In the realm of Nightmare, where evil dreams

spawn, Nightmare himself has a nightmare. 
He shrugs it off, but then he is attacked in his 
own bedchamber.
	A demon teleports to New York, and Amanda 
is there to confront it. With stepping disk and 
Soulsword, she is the guardian of Limbo, and 
though the battle is fierce, she kills the thing 
and leaves no evidence behind. She goes to a 
run-down hotel on Fourth Ave., where 
Nugent is creating a database of arcane lore.
	Next she visits Kurt. He's now a postulant 
priest. She spends most of her time stopping 
demons from crossing to Earth. Suddenly she 
is summoned back to Limbo, and Kurt is 
drawn in with her. Vitchen alerts them that 
the Great Wall is under attack from the 
Splintered Realms. They join the melee, 
swords swinging, and eventually turn back 
the hordes from Nightmare's realm.
	Dormammu is at the gate, begging audience.


Issue:	Magik 2
Date:	Jan-01
Story:	A Gathering of Foes (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magik
Regular Characters:	Vitchen, Phil Nugent
Guest Stars:	Nightcrawler
Villains:	Dormammu and Mindless Ones, Mephisto; 
Duke Bleys (S'ym)
Other Characters:	Gleeg
Credits:	Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
	Pencils & Inks: Liam McCormack-Sharp
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts 
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Gleeg was captain in the Silurian Guard and 
saw Nightmare's fortress overrun. He himself 
was killed, and now Dormammu releases him. 
He suggests an alliance with Magik against 
this new, powerful foe. Amanda consults with 
her advisors and sends a scouting party.
	Dormammu leads them to the next 
endangered realm: Muspelheim. It is all burnt 
out, and not even the Norse god Surtur has 
survived.
	A storm breaks, like shards of living darkness, 
slicing their forces to bits. Dormammu and 
Amanda join forces to port them all back to 
Limbo. Amanda contacts Nugent, who 
calculates that Hades will be the next target. 
While she goes to warn Mephisto, Kurt and 
Vitchen share some grog and reminisce about 
Belasco and S'ym. Mephisto at first attacks 
her, but she holds the Soulsword to his throat 
and makes him listen.


Issue:	Magik 3
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	The Fall of Hades (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magik
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	Nightcrawler
Villains:	Dormammu, Mephisto, Phemous and 
Huscarls, D'Spayre, Siffror the Lifeless, 
Malevolence, Umar, Skarabrous the Stalker, 
Molgotha, Viliven, Brutus Klor, Pluto; Duke 
Bleys (S'ym)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
	Pencils & Inks: Liam McCormack-Sharp
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts 
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Mephisto's citadel is under attack, and the 
tempest of black shards destroys everything in 
its path. Even with Amanda's aid, there's no 
choice but retreat, and the bastion collapses. 
	Amanda calls a convocation of all the lords of 
the netherworlds, who assemble with all their 
daemonic retinues. She warns them: unite or 
perish, and when Pluto weighs in on her side, 
it is decided. After 47 thousand years of 
warfare, the dark realms reunite with a 
mystical chant.
	Kurt notices Bleys speaking into a device and 
realizes he's a spy. He confronts him and gets 
knocked down. Bleys shows himself to be 
S'ym, who manipulated Amanda into uniting 
the realms as a single target.


Issue:	Magik 4
Date:	Mar-01
Story:	Bound for Destruction (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Magik
Regular Characters:	Vitchen, Phil Nugent
Guest Stars:	Nightcrawler
Villains:	Dormammu and Mindless Ones, Mephisto, 
Pluto; S'ym
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
	Pencils & Inks: Liam McCormack-Sharp
	Letters: Sharpefont & PT
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht
	Editor: Mike Marts 
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Amanda goes to the Horn of Harrowing and 
calls for the last stand, a billion demons 
against their nameless adversary. The battle is 
fierce, and Amanda calls on the dark lords to 
unite their magicks with hers to find their 
enemy's true nature. She realizes it's all her 
fault, and she teleports Kurt to New York, 
where he sees Nugent and realizes it's the 
machine, the repository of arcane knowledge, 
which had evolved unexpectedly. Kurt 
destroys it with a sword blade; Amanda 
slashes with the Soulsword at its avatar in 
Limbo, and the battle is won. 
	(So Kurt has to tell his bishop he helped rescue 
the demonic realms?)


Issue:	X-Men Forever 1
Date:	Jan-01
Story:	The Destiny Pact (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Gambit, Nightcrawler,
Cable, Iceman
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prosh, Sen. Robert Kelly; universal
forces: Eon, 
the Watchers, Death, the In-Betweener, Lord 
Chaos, Master Order, the Living Tribunal, the 
Ethicals, Oblivion, Infinity, Eternity
Villains:	a Celestial, Mystique (as Mr. Adler),
Ruckus, 
Juggernaut, Toad, Graydon Creed; Ruckus
Other Characters:	Holt, Parsons, William and Maddy
Drake
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Lara Castle
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Note: this occurs before X-Men II:106.
	Background: Ship was a Celestial spacecraft 
crashed in ancient Egypt by Rama Tut (a.k.a. 
Kang, Immortus; Rise of Apocalypse 1-4) and 
commandeered by Apocalypse (X-Factor 46, 
X-Force 37). Damaged and abandoned, X-
Factor made it their headquarters (X-Factor 
25). It upended and became a skyscraper in 
Manhattan (X-Factor 51), housed the New 
Mutants for awhile (New Mutants 76), then 
partly self-destructed in space (X-Factor 66). 
In the future, it became Cable's mentor 
Professor (X-Force 20), given to him by his 
time-traveling self (Cable 25), and becoming 
incorporated into his T-O virus (Askani'son 
1), then into his space station Graymalkin (X-
Force 8), later commandeered by Magneto, 
who made it into Avalon, but Cable rescued 
Professor (X-Force 25), who was attacked by 
a Phalanx, became Prosh, and returned to 
outer space (X-Force 39), because its 
frequencies caused Cable's T-O to go out of 
control. Or something like that.
	Prosh is in space, under attack, systems 
compromised. He had gone exploring inside 
the bloodstream of a Celestial, and he barely 
escapes to warn earth of what he has learned.
	The X-Men monitor Senator Kelly, who is 
leading in the presidential race and is 
suddenly a convert to Xavier's dream. Jean 
senses anger in the crowd and has Kurt 
quickly port in and out, capturing Ruckus. 
Remy stuffs a charged card in his mouth to 
silence him, while Kelly's staff tries to figure 
out what just happened.
	Nathan's T-O has gone haywire: Prosh has 
returned, and it contacts Jean, asking to meet 
her at Bard College's chapel, where a 
tombstone with her name once stood (UXM 
139, 175, 240). He has generated a human 
form: that of a manifestation of Death who 
tried to help the Phoenix force (Classic X-Men 
43). He wants Jean to remember those 
memories and help save the universe.
	Prosh as Destiny meets Mystique, now Kelly's 
aide, Mr. Adler. He notes she's working for 
Kelly while sending Ruckus to kill him. He 
wants her help, and she is intrigued.
	Prosh as the White Queen in Bobby's body 
(UXM 314) goes to Long Island to recruit 
Bobby: he needs to use all his power for this 
one.
	Prosh as Kurt Marko pretends to be 
Juggernaut's lawyer and talks to him in prison 
(Avengers III:25). He refuses to help, so Prosh 
mesmerizes him.
	Prosh as the Stranger goes to San Francisco to 
recruit Toad, who says he's on Ridlin now, 
trying to control his shifting personality and 
biology. Prosh reveals himself, and Toad 
readily agrees to help.
	Prosh collects his unusual team on a 
mountaintop and explains: eons ago, the 
Celestials seeded Earth, from which sprung 
Eternals, Deviants, and humans. The Kree 
later created the Inhumans, and mutants 
evolved naturally, first from humans, and 
now as Mannites and Neo. Mutants have often 
disturbed various parallel timelines, and the 
embodiments of universal forces are 
concerned. They see that mutants will soon 
replace them and remake the universe.
	Jean as Phoenix has touched these 
fundamental forces; Bobby represents 
untapped mutant potential; Mystique the fear 
of humans for mutants; Toad the 
manipulation of mutants by humans; 
Juggernaut the human jealousy of mutants. 
(They don't particularly like these 
designations, but?) Prosh channels their 
psychic forms to their own pasts, where they 
can unlock secrets that can save the universe. 
They find themselves scattered, on the day 
Graydon Creed was assassinated (X-Factor 
130).


Issue:	X-Men Forever 2
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	Choices Once Made (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Iceman, Cannonball,
Storm, 
Wolverine, Cyclops
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prosh, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Carol
Danvers; 
Freedom Force: Forge, Mystique, Pyro, Blob, 
Avalanche, Destiny (Irene Adler)
Villains:	Graydon Creed, Juggernaut, Toad; Legion, 
Rogue, the Phoenix force
Other Characters:	William Drake
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Brian Smith
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Mystique remembers being Leni Zauber 
(Sabretooth LS 3) and having a son, Graydon 
Creed, whom she gave up for adoption. Years 
later she assassinated him (X-Factor 130), and 
Prosh has sent her back to that event.
	Jean calls Bobby at his Dad's house, then 
contacts Sam, who is undercover as Creed's 
bodyguard. Prosh tells her she's not supposed 
to change history but to learn from it. Then he 
says Mystique's past self planned to kill 
Graydon (including a cloaking device to hide 
the gun and a fake message from the "real" 
killer, X-Factor 130), but her future self is the 
one that did/is doing the deed. Mystique, with 
a tear in her eye, chooses to flip the switch to 
arm the gun again.
	Time warp again: Jean and Bobby are in their 
X-Factor uniforms (X-Factor 43-50), 
Juggernaut in Crossmore Prison (before Thor 
411), Toad working at a burger joint, and 
Mystique on Muir, looking at Destiny's corpse 
(UXM 255). She goes to the seaside to get 
away from everyone, and Legion goes and 
asks her to kill him. In Destiny's mind he had 
seen forewarnings of his part in the AOA (X-
Men II:41) and couldn't deal with it, so he 
killed her. Mystique points two handguns at 
his temples and asks him why he doesn't just 
suicide; he says Destiny told him it would be 
Mystique's choice. Mystique realizes she can't 
change destiny and lowers her weapons. 
	Time warp again: Mystique is in the Pentagon, 
Jean in a cocoon in Jamaica Bay (FF 286), 
Bobby in college, Toad in a chicken joint, and 
Juggernaut in a block of concrete after losing 
to Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man 229). 
Prosh tells Bobby and Toad they have to stop 
Mystique from accessing secret files. He tells 
Bobby to go take a shower, then takes control 
of his mind so he can use his powers fully.
	Danvers, Ororo, and Logan had just erased 
the X-Men's FBI files and fought Rogue (UXM 
158). Mystique impersonates Nick Fury and 
copies files revealing anti-mutant conspiracies 
in the government. Toad hops onto the hood 
of her car; she knocks over a fire hydrant; 
Bobby emerges from the rushing water; 
Mystique hides in the crowd, refusing to trust 
Prosh further. She goes home; Destiny knows 
she's from the future and sends Rogue to her 
room. She has set up the computer to let 
future Mystique read the disk, but then erase 
it so past Mystique can't. The embrace as 
lovers, and Destiny apologizes for what she 
has done. Mystique reads about the 
government's Black Womb research project 
into mutations: Dr. Nathan Milbury, Xavier, 
Fred Duncan, Kurt Marko.
	Time warp again: the Phoenix is on the moon.


Issue:	X-Men Forever 3
Date:	Mar-01
Story:	All of God's Creatures (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine,
Colossus, 
Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Prof. X, 
Storm 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prosh, an avatar of Death, Theresa Roarke

(Rourke?), Lilandra; universal forces: 
Graviton, Maelstrom, the Stranger, Thanos, 
Adam Warlock, Loki, Dormammu
Villains:	Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy; the 
Phoenix force; Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: 
Mystique, Destiny, Blob, Pyro, Avalanche; Sen. 
Robert Kelly; Magneto and his Brotherhood of 
Evil Mutants: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, 
Toad; Hydra
Other Characters:	John and Elaine Grey
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Brian Smith
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Jean piloted a space shuttle through
radiation, 
saving her team but sacrificing her own life 
(UXM 101). The Phoenix force substituted 
itself for her (Classic X-Men 8), and later 
allowed herself to be killed on the moon 
(UXM 137). She had a chat with Death 
(Classic X-Men 43), and Jean has another 
now, but it's the same one. Since the dawn of 
time he has been building a skyscraper, with 
room for every civilization's idea of the 
afterlife. The Phoenix force witnessed her 
massacre of D'Bari (UXM 135) and fainted 
with guilt, then the future Jean Grey's mind 
arrived. 
	Concurrently, Mystique is forming her 
Brotherhood, Toad is running an amusement 
park (after Marvel 2-in-1 68), Juggernaut is 
in Cassidy Keep (before UXM 101), and Bobby 
is at Jean's funeral (UXM 138).
	Death tells Jean the Phoenix force chose her as 
a means to involve herself in making history, 
and that Jean chose the Phoenix, too, to save 
her friends but also out of hunger for infinite 
power. She challenged the fabric of reality 
and scared the forces behind the universe. 
Now that she knows her choice could lead to 
cataclysmic advancement of the human 
species, she must choose.
	Time warp again: Toad in jail after 
impersonating the Stranger (Avengers 137-
138); Bobby with Warren at UCLA before they 
formed the Champions; Mystique 
impersonating Duncan and talking to Kelly; 
Juggernaut with Black Tom; Jean in the 
shuttle, dying of radiation poisoning. Prosh 
wants her to face her choice again, knowing 
that Entropy, Oblivion, Death, and Life don't 
care about any particular universe, but only 
worry that humankind will evolve and replace 
them. 
	Time warp again: to the early days of the X-
Men. Juggernaut is in jail after the X-Men 
defeated him (UXM 13). Mystique has killed 
for the first time, and Destiny comforts her. 
Toad is with Magneto, having been taken by 
the Stranger as specimens for study. 
Realizations: Toad that his attempts to woo the 
Scarlet Witch were foolish; Bobby that he 
looked dumb as a snowman; Jean that Xavier 
is burdened with responsibility. She snoops in 
his computer files and sees that she and Bobby 
have unlimited potential, so Xavier knew what 
might happen. 
	Time warp again: Mystique a captive of 
Hydra; Jean a freshman in high school; Bobby 
uncontrollably chilly; Juggernaut buried 
under the Cyttorak temple; Toad on the day 
Magneto rescued and recruited him.
	Note: I just realized Nicieza has put notes on 
the back cover, so I've been wasting my time 
looking them up. And I was so proud I 
remembered the Death construction worker 
in Classic X-Men!


Issue:	X-Men Forever 4
Date:	Apr-01
Story:	The Age of Innocence (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Iceman; Charles Xavier
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prosh
Villains:	Juggernaut, Mystique, Toad; Magneto, Astra, 
Hydra; Dr. Kurt Marko, Dr. Alexander 
Ryking, Destiny, Amanda Mueller (the Black 
Womb), Mr. Sinister, Externals, Kree, Skrulls, 
Cotati, Badoon, Celestials, Eternals, Deviants, 
Sentinels
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Brian Smith
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Magneto has put Toad into his first costume 
and treats him as a lackey. Juggernaut is 
digging his way to the surface. They both have 
time to regret their whole useless lives. 
Magneto squabbles with Astra (UXM 386), 
who has been stocking extra-terrestrial 
equipment and scouting mutants for him. Jean 
and Bobby are young and worried that after 
the next time jump they won't be born yet. 
Mystique has escaped from Hydra.
	Jean prompts Prosh to link them all together, 
explaining he has carefully selected the time 
jumps to help them see things more clearly.
	Time warp again: Juggernaut is a bully; his 
father has taken him on a business trip to 
separate him from Charles. He finds himself in 
Ryking's lab, full of tanks containing mutant 
babies including Toad. A guard catches him, 
then reveals herself as Mystique; she was 
investigating Destiny's involvement there. 
Ryking and Destiny explain to Kurt Marko 
that these tanks are the rejects, who could be 
fixed, but Amanda (Gambit 21) wants to see 
what happens if they develop on their own. 
They were taken from parents around the 
world, for the study of their genetics, and 
Destiny is there as archivist. 
	Time warp again: all five see events before 
they were born. The A-bomb, mutations 
caused by radiation, Sinister, Externals, Kree 
and Skrull and Celestials seeding earth, 
dinosaurs, and the formation of the universe 
itself.
	Mystique finds herself naked in the desert in 
the rain, her skin mottled scaly. Toad warns 
her to look out: they are in the future, under 
attack by a Sentinel, which blasts both of 
them. Bobby bursts the Sentinel apart, using 
his powers in new ways that he doesn't 
understand. Another Sentinel corners him.


Issue:	X-Men Forever 5
Date:	May-01
Story:	Iceman ? Present and Accounted For (23 
pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Iceman 
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	Prosh, Rachel Summers, future Katherine 
Pryde, future Wolverine (in flashback)
Villains:	Juggernaut, Mystique, Toad; Sentinels, the 
Stranger
Other Characters:	Ty
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Brian Smith
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Bobby has had pain, fear, and guilt in his
life, 
but now, in his own future, he knows he is 
about to die and can't stop it. Sentinels blast 
and kill him. An exploding arrow hits one and 
blows its head off: Marko has arrived, no 
longer Juggernaut but well equipped 
(including Klaw's sonic horn and Citizen V's 
flier), in the year 2014. Mystique and Toad 
have been killed. Two of the Sentinels are 
fractured to bits, and a mist solidifies: Bobby is 
alive and finally in full control of his powers. 
They enter the Black Womb facility; Marko 
says Mueller ran it and kept herself alive by 
dissecting mutants. 
	Jean has found herself in Rachel's body, in 
prison in Manhattan; this is a similar but 
alternate timeline to the Days of Future Past 
(UXM 141-142). Bobby finds her and gets 
confused; Marko thinks Prosh has put them 
through all this just to show them mutants are 
doomed. 
	Time warp again: they reassemble before 
Prosh, 27 seconds after they left. They want 
answers, but he says they should have figured 
it out for themselves, and they have all failed. 
Jean realizes the threat Prosh wanted to warn 
them about is himself; the Celestials are using 
him as their "harbinger of annihilation." Jean 
splits Prosh apart, but he just creates many 
robot forms, and a melee breaks out. 
	Toad has wandered off, recognizes the ship, 
and gets attacked.
	Prosh hints that the five of them need to 
combine to win; Jean has Bobby freeze the 
ship; he has realized his power makes him 
part of everything, and all are impressed. 
Toad runs back with a warning but gets 
zapped. The Stranger has been behind it all.


Issue:	X-Men Forever 6
Date:	Jun-01
Story:	Tomorrow Begins Today (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Iceman; Cyclops, Beast
(in flashback)
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	Prosh, Eternity; Order, Chaos,
Celestials, 
Galactus (in flashback)
Villains:	Juggernaut, Mystique, Toad; the Stranger;
the 
Phoenix force 
Other Characters:	Ms. Yama
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Kevin Maguire 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida!
	Colors: Paul Mounts 
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco, Brian Smith
	Editor: Mark Powers, Ralph Macchio
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	All attack the Stranger, to no effect. Toad
is 
near death. Bobby realizes he must be the key, 
since the Stranger attacked him first. Jean has 
Bobby freeze the Stranger and Juggernaut 
punch him to bits, but he's incorporeal. He 
says they are dust, refusing to admit they're 
the hurricane: Jean the touchstone, Juggernaut 
the impediment, Mystique the manipulator, 
Toad the manipulated, Bobby the potentiality. 
The full spectrum of mutant experience. He 
shows Juggernaut more reality than he can 
stand, and says when he saw the Phoenix 
force in Jean he decided to usurp the 
fundamental forces of the universe. 
	He tells her not to fear the resurrection force, 
and she touches the Phoenix. She sees the 
entire evolution of humankind until they 
become Eternity, and she realizes to control 
human evolution is to control eternity.
	Bobby has taken Mystique and Toad into 
Prosh (nee Ship) to the med lab. He has to 
unfreeze it all (see last iss.), and Prosh comes 
online. He offers not only to heal Toad but 
also to reverse the genetic tampering done to 
him, to fulfill his potential so he can help 
defeat the Stranger. He has Bobby thaw other 
parts. 
	Jean is shocked that one race, hers, can 
become Eternity. Eternity appears and agrees 
it is amusing. He has frozen time so the 
fundamental forces can discuss things with 
Jean. The Phoenix force guarantees rebirth, 
and just as Galactus was the sole survivor of 
the Big Bang, so mankind as Eternity may 
survive the end. The Stranger wants to speed 
up human evolution and leave himself as the 
sole survivor of a new universe. Jean takes this 
explanation as permission to defeat the 
Stranger.
	A cellular reconstruction conduit breaks and 
sparks; Mystique must reconnect it to save 
Toad. She debates with herself but then does 
it; he emerges with enhanced powers, but her 
body is now more fragmented (cf. the X-Men 
movie). They rendezvous with the others.
	The Stranger has got himself back together 
and attacks Jean, till she points out he needs 
her. Bobby thaws more of Prosh, while Toad 
purges its systems of the Stranger's virus. Jean 
wakes Juggernaut so he can punch the 
Stranger and free her. Bobby turns the 
Stranger's eye beams into ice and then freezes 
him in place, while the rest escape so Prosh 
can collapse upon itself and the Stranger, 
exiling them both from the universe. The 
resultant vacuum causes a whirlwind, and 
they hang onto each other (Toad with his 
prehensile tongue). Bobby reappears and 
tosses a snowball onto Mystique's head. The 
villains and heroes consider fighting each 
other, but they're stranded on a mountaintop, 
so they don't bother. 
	A week later in Westchester, Bobby says he 
understands now: your powers don't increase; 
you just change your perception of them.
	A week later in Seagate Prison, Juggernaut 
gets free by volunteering to be a bounty 
hunter for the government. 
	A week later in Manhattan, Toad lashes out at 
a crowd that mocks him and considers his 
future.
	A week later in DC, Mystique still feels 
shattered and sees that Kelly is expected to 
win the presidential election.
	The Stranger doesn't regret his gambit as he 
sits in exile aboard Prosh.

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