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Issue: Uncanny X-Men 333 Date: Jun-96 Story: The Other Shoe... (19 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Sen. Robert Kelly, Dark Beast, Bastion, Graydon Creed, Onslaught, Juggernaut Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Pascual Ferry Inks: Townsend, Hunter, Morales, Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Team Bucce Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Anti-mutant demagogue Kelly is in fear of his life. In his home in Arlington he waves a gun at an intruder, but it is Scott, whom he called for help. Most of the X-Men are in the Blackbird, hovering cloaked over the Pentagon. Bobby wonders why the government team X-Factor isn't handling this, but they are busy (with the Hound program, X-Factor 122-123). Remy and Jean sneak in to Operation: Zero Tolerance. They know how to avoid the mutant detectors, since Forge made them, and Jean is psionically making them look like military officers. In Colorado, Warren and Betsy recuperate and work out. Her perceptions are heightened since the Crimson Dawn, and in the shadows she senses a psionic cry for help and is overwhelmed. Bastion addresses collected ambassadors, announcing a unified international anti-mutant force. Jean doesn't sense a mind in him. Bastion warns of Onslaught, a mysterious force causing problems worldwide. Kelly explains to Scott that the operations he backed, however desperate, never aimed at mutant genocide. He warns him of a new, international group; then Graydon's thugs burst in, the room explodes, and Kelly is silenced. Xavier mentally listens to Bastion's speech, although he hadn't been able to before. Bastion pulls a gun; Jean is unable to grab him telepathically, so she and Remy run for it. Remy blasts through a wall, and they find soldiers all over the ground, unconscious. Onslaught appears, but only to Jean, saying it is a gift from him. Betsy wakes, but the form in the shadows (Juggernaut) is about to break through. Note: Jean's story is continued in X-Men II:53; Scott's in X-Force 55. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 334 Date: Jul-96 Story: Dark Horizon (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Nate Grey (X-Man) Villains: Juggernaut, Dark Beast, Graydon Creed, Bastion Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Juggernaut is waiting in the lake for Jean and Scott to return home. He's afraid for the first time in his life, over Onslaught (who knocked him all the way from Canada to Hoboken, iss. 322). He finds an underwater security camera and smashes it. Bishop is repairing Cerebro (X-Men II:51) and talking to Remy: he's glad Sinister confirmed that his memories of the AOA are real (X-Men II:52). Remy wonders why Xavier wasn't able to do that. The computer alerts them to a "subaqua" intruder. Scott is unwinding in the Danger Room, with live ammo. Jean is rattled and tells him she met Onslaught (X-Men II:53), but the memories are already fading. He wants her to talk to Xavier; she wants some time to think. In Colorado, Warren and Betsy are unable to contact Westchester to warn them about Juggernaut. Sam talks to Xavier, doubting himself after Genesis (Wolverine 100). Xavier tells him to just leave; he's too busy with real problems to worry about him, and dismisses him. Remy and Bishop investigate. Remy: "We got a mansion in Westchester where we get to hang out all day wit' friends and the closest thing any of us have t'family, and we get to use all dis way-cool technology t'help in fightin' de bad guys. ... I mean, if de entire world didn't fear and hate us and want all mutants dead, we'd be having the time of our lives." Juggernaut jumps out of the water and easily flicks them away. "Is it me... or do they not make X-Men like they used to?quot; Dark Beast is examining Logan and having a hard time trying to match the real Hank's brilliance, so he lets Logan go. Ororo is concerned, then Sam comes to her, wanting to talk about Xavier. Bastion berates Graydon for attacking Kelly. Jean goes home and finds Remy and Bishop unconscious on the porch. Juggernaut says he could have killed them, but he's not there to cause trouble. He has the secret to Onslaught trapped in his head and needs her to get it out. He removes his helmet, as a sign of good faith. Xavier remembers that Nate forced his astral body into the physical world (X-Man 10), which let him do what he's doing now. He calls Scott in to tell him what a disappointment he has been. Scott doesn't let himself get rattled; Xavier turns out to be a hologram; the real Xavier is in his study and says it was just a test. Jean takes Juggernaut deep below the mansion to a psi-shielded chamber (cf. the Z'Nox, iss. 65), where they can work. Issue: Onslaught: X-Men Date: Aug-96 Story: Traitor to the Cause (22 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Prof. X, Iceman, Cannonball, Wolverine, Gambit, Bishop, Storm, Cyclops; Psylocke (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: the Fantastic Four: Reed (Mr. Fantastic), Sue (the Invisible Woman) and Franklin Richards, Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), Ben Grimm (the Thing); Nate Grey (X-Man); Avengers: the Vision, Iron Man, Capt. America, the Scarlet Witch, the Wasp, Thor, Giant Man Villains: Dark Beast, Juggernaut, Sentinels; Post (in flashback) Other Characters: Tim, Joe Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid Art: Adam Kubert, Dan Green, Pascual Ferry, Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Jean sends a distress message (recorded for posterity, later brought back from the future by Bishop, UXM 287, Apr-92). Xavier sits in his chair, tosses an old picture of him and Magneto in the fire, and waits for his X-Men to assemble. Jean tells Scott to trust her and keeps her telepathic shields up, knowing she's the only one who stands a chance. Xavier retells what they know of Onslaught so far, while Jean tries to probe his mind, but he has locked her out. Xavier says he made a mistake: the dream was an illusion, and he means to take control now. The X-Men immediately ask him what he means, exactly; Jean realizes Juggernaut is trapped in the Cyttorak gem, as a paperweight on Xavier's desk. She tries to mentally warn the team, but it is too late: Xavier telepathically muzzles her, then transforms into Onslaught. He says Xavier created him from his fear, frustration, rage, and every dark desire. He orders the X-Men to follow him to set the world right by force; Scott says that sounds like Magneto. He lashes out, playing with Logan, Bobby, and Ororo's minds; Scott blasts him, to his surprise. He insists he truly is Xavier, as well as Mmm..., which is why he didn't just kill them all. He departs, leaving them psionically frozen. Gambit charges the floor, which causes interference and releases them, but of course it explodes the floor. Jean says Onslaught isn't as in control as he thinks; she relates her first encounter with him (X-Men II:53), saying part of Xavier's mind was trying to warn her. Bishop realizes this is the X-Men traitor. Scott sends the team to secure the ready room files and Cerebro, so Onslaught can't recruit a new team. Dark Beast tries to figure out how to turn this to his advantage. The Fantastic Four eats breakfast; Franklin has a new invisible friend, Charlie, who tries to recruit him. The X-Men see that Xavier had brought up files on Franklin Richards and Nate Grey, then Onslaught panics Sam's mind, and he blasts around the room, destroying the equipment. Onslaught returns, accuses them of betraying him, and lashes out. He tells Bishop he needed his memories to learn from Apocalypse how to conquer the world. Nate Grey has gone to the Avengers to warn them. They hesitate to believe Xavier has gone bad, but decide to go to Westchester to see for themselves. Dark Beast downloads Cerebro; Bobby ignores normal perceptions, senses body heat, and catches Onslaught. But Xavier knows his students, and he makes Scott blast Jean, Bobby, and then himself. Dark Beast is quick to submit; Xavier knew he wasn't Hank from the moment he entered the mansion and masked his psi-signature from the others. Onslaught stumbles, saying Xavier is resisting him, then taps Jean's mind, which had been the template for the Phoenix force. Onslaught tells Dark Beast to dispose of the X-Men, but he wants to experiment on them. Jean escapes to the Z'Noxx chamber to send a distress call. Onslaught interrupts and blasts her. The dream is dead. But then an optic beam blasts Onslaught; the X-Men have regrouped, and battle ensues. They kill Onslaught. But then he is behind them, blasting away. He knocks them all down, eventually even Bishop. When they wake, Onslaught and Dark Beast are gone. They confer: Ororo also notes that Onslaught is a lot like Magneto. Scott says Xavier formed the X-Men to stop out-of-control mutants, and they may need to kill him. Somewhere in middle America, Sentinels are being readied. Note: here's a line-by-line comparison of Jean's message with Bishop's faulty recording: Jean: "Alex?! Kurt? Sean? Cable... anyone?! Alex?! ... Cable... Anyone?! ... The mansion has sustained massive damage. I ... don't even know if this transmission is being don't even know ... transmission ... being received. If you can hear me -- you need to received? ... know what happened here. The X-Men have ... been hit hard... worse, we were taken totally ... taken total ... taken totally unaware. Both teams - Blue andGold -- have unaware! Both teams ... and ... been decimated! If you respond to this distress ... decimated! ... call, be advised that mansion security has ... Mansion security was been deactivated from within! As hard as it is deactivated ... activated... activated... deactivated from within! ... for me to say this... you need to know... ... we've been betrayed... by one of our own! ... betrayed by one of our own! ... Incredible as it sounds... Professor Xavier... ... Professor Xavier ... has gone insane. The most powerful psi on the ... planet is no longer in control of his mutant ... ability! As near as I can tell... Juggernaut was ...was the first to die. I'm the only one left standing the first to die. ... Only one left ... who can make this message... and he's seen to ... it that my power's negated. It's our own fault ... power's negated. ... Our own fault, really... after what I saw in his mind... we really... should never have trusted that there were no should never have trusted ... aftereffects from Professor Xavier shutting ... down Magneto's mind. We knew so little ...We knew so little about the psionic damage that would result about ... from -- Wait! I... sense... he's here. You?!" ... You?! ... Onslaught: "Of course child. Did you truly ... believe, even for an instant, that you would ... escape the same fate which befell the rest of ... your team?quot; ... Jean: "I don't believe you -- I can't believe ... you! You may have killed the X-Men... but ...may have killed the X-Men but the dream will never...!" the dream will never...! Onslaught: "...Die? On the contrary Jean die?quot; Grey-Summers. The dream is dead." ... Issue: Uncanny X-Men 335 Date: Aug-96 Story: Apocalypse Lives! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Uatu the Watcher; Avengers Iron Man, Capt. America, Thor, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision; Nate Grey; Excalibur's Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Meggan, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler; X-Force's Sunspot, Domino, Siryn Villains: Ozymandias, Apocalypse, Onslaught, Dark Beast Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 1. Ozymandias: blind but sees all; stone but with fire in his veins. Apocalypse, once his slave, now his master, has awakened (last seen X-Men II:16, Jan-93). He immediately notices Xavier and Magneto have united. He says the age of wonders and of heroes is near its end, and Uatu, sorrowful, arrives to observe. The Avengers fly to Westchester and see the mansion in ruins. Nate still senses the X-Men are alive, except for Xavier. They come under attack, and Quicksilver races to confront Remy; Bishop pulls a gun on him; the Scarlet Witch rumbles the ground under him. The Avengers explain they just want to help, and to know what happened. Ororo throws a lightning bolt; the rest of the X-Men are behind her. Jean starts to scan the Avengers' minds, to make sure they're still the good guys. Nate breaks through psi-plane interference and painfully pulls memories of Onslaught from the X-Men. Scott arrives and blasts him, then debriefs in the more traditional verbal format. He says Xavier has become Onslaught; Nate says he always knew he was evil (X-Man 10); Logan goes for his throat. In Scotland, Moira assembles Excalibur and says the key to stopping Onslaught may be the Xavier Protocols (see Excalibur 100). Jean, Scott, Warren and Betsy plan to fly there. Bishop replays Jean's distress call, blames himself for not realizing Xavier was the threat, and apologizes to Remy. X-Force arrives in Westchester to guard Nate; Ororo says they need to find and protect Cable; Cap says they need to warn the Fantastic Four that Onslaught wants Franklin. Logan goes off on his motorcycle, playing a hunch (Wolverine 104). Onslaught is in Manhattan; Dark Beast promises him attendants. Note: Phase 1 continues in Cable 34, Hulk 444, X-Man 18, Avengers 401, Fantastic Four 415, and X-Men II:45. Issue: The Incredible Hulk 444 Date: Aug-96 Story: Cable Vision (22 pages) Feature Characters: The Incredible Hulk (Dr. Bruce Banner) Regular Characters: Janis Guest Stars: Storm, Cable, Ajax Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Angel Medina Inks: Robin Riggs Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Glynis Oliver, Malibu Editor: Bobbie Chase Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 1 and follows Cable 34. In Baltimore, Hulk is being controlled by Onslaught and has captured Cable. Storm pursues them. Wind rushes; hands clap. Janis has nightmares of villains, then wakes in Hulk's underground safe house. Then he goes off to destroy Cable. She is hallucinating: this already happened. Hulk jumps and lands in a magazine warehouse; he is about to pound Cable but gets mesmerized by a pin-up calendar of "Betti Page." Cable takes advantage and enters Hulk's mind, leaving his body defenseless to the T-O virus. He dodges a psychic boulder, forces open a psychic door, then gets knocked down a psychic void. He wakes; Hulk rears up; Storm sends a whirlwind to save him; Hulk throws pavement at her and she lands in the bay. Cable can't get bystanders to help him and remembers a time in his youth (in the far future) that he acted the same way. Then he spots a gun store. He shoots a gas cylinder at Hulk, but he leaps away. In the safe house, Ajax arrives and is surprised to find see Janis. Cable tries to jumpstart Hulk's intelligence by using his telepathy and Storm's lightning. But instead, they kill him. Cable won't settle for that, so he reenters his mind and finds Banner digging himself out. Cable helps him get rid of Onslaught's influence, and Storm uses lightning to restart his heart. They leave together in the X-Men's Blackbird. Issue: Avengers 401 Date: Aug-96 Story: Sins of the Father! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Capt. America (Steve Rogers), Thor, Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), the Vision, Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Giant Man (Hank Pym), Black Widow (Natasha Romanov), the Wasp (Janet van Dyne), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Crystal Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gambit, Iceman, Bishop, Joseph, Rogue Villains: Magneto, Mastermind, the Toad (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Mark Waid Pencils: Mike Deodato Inks: Tom Palmer Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: John Kalisz Editor: Mark Gruenwald Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 1. Gambit is with the Avengers, who plan to find Magneto to explain his connection to Onslaught. Hank has located electromagnetic spikes in South Carolina (see X-Men II:53), and he's taking half the Avengers to team up with the Fantastic Four. Wanda tells Gambit how Magneto would hurt and threaten the Brotherhood to keep them in line, and she still fears him. Pietro insists he will protect her. Rogue and Joseph hooked up in South Carolina (X-Men Unlimited 11), then their car broke down, and they walk along a pier. She is attracted to him, but she doesn't want him to learn too much to quickly, or he might become Magneto. The Avengers quinjet lands in front of them; Pietro rushes in and punches Joseph. Remy and Rogue are shocked to see each other. Rogue flies away with the Vision before he can tell Joseph who he is. The Avengers assume Magneto is controlling Rogue; she punches Thor, who blinks. Gambit throws cards into the air to get her attention and asks her to explain things. Joseph repels Iron Man through a nearby ship, then flings Piotr skyward and hits Cap's shield into him. Wanda tries to cast a hex, but she is paralyzed with fear, and then with a magnetic cocoon. Joseph releases her; she realizes he's not the same as Magneto. But Piotr is rushing toward him with a big stick; she bursts the pier from under him, stops the fight, and realizes they can finally put the past behind them. They all go together to New York. Issue: Fantastic Four 415 Date: Aug-96 Story: An Enemy Among Us! (24 pages) Feature Characters: Reed (Mr. Fantastic), Sue (the Invisible Woman), and Franklin Richards, Ben Grimm (the Thing), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) Regular Characters: Lyja, Scott Lang, Roberta, Nathaniel Richards Guest Stars: X-Men: Bishop, Iceman; Avengers: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Wasp, Crystal; Lockjaw, Uatu the Watcher Villains: Onslaught as Charlie and as Prof. X, Apocalypse Other Characters: Magda (as a vision) Credits: Writer: Tom DeFalco Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Bob Wiacek Letters: Richard Starking & Comicraft Colors: Ariane Lenshoek Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 1. Charlie has Franklin recreate the circus where Magneto met Magda, training him to concentrate and fight the pain to keep it going. Magda warns him to leave the innocent boy alone, then the illusion fades and they are back in Franklin's room. The FF are back; Charlie reminds Franklin to keep him secret. Reed gets a visit from Prof. X while Lang answers a call from the Black Widow, warning them about Onslaught, who puts Lang to sleep. Prof. X asks the FF to give him Franklin for safe keeping, but they refuse. Lyja takes her erstwhile husband Johnny aside to confess that she is also his new girlfriend Laura Green, but they are interrupted when Lockjaw ports in with Iceman, Crystal, Bishop, and Hawkeye. Prof. X reveals himself to be Onslaught and attacks. The communications are out; Crystal finds Lang unconscious; Johnny flames the room to detect Onslaught hidden in the corner. Overconfident, he attacks Onslaught, who mentally takes control of Crystal to put out his flame, then diverts him into the ceiling, then makes Crystal think she has been transported into empty space. Nathaniel Richards attacks, but the psionic armor he made to siphon Franklin's power doesn't work fast enough, and Onslaught shatters it. He finds Lyja disguised as Franklin but isn't fooled, and defeats her, Ben, and Hawkeye. Sue and Bishop search Franklin's room; Onslaught is toying with their perceptions and then attacks them. Bishop has Sue hit him with her strongest force field and redirects it to blast Onslaught, actually stopping him. He reverts to Prof. X's form and thanks them for rescuing him. But it's a ruse; he takes Bishop's hand and blasts. Apocalypse and Uatu observe from across the river in Jersey. Franklin sees nothing but his playmate Charlie, even as Reed bashes Onslaught and demands he leave his son alone. Johnny picks up Lyja from the floor, says he figured out she is Laura, and kisses her. Charlie/Onslaught extends his hand for Franklin to go with him; Sue rallies the heroes to attack him simultaneously. Onslaught is staggered, but then blasts the top off Four Freedoms Plaza and takes Franklin away. Issue: Uncanny X-Men 336 Date: Sep-96 Story: A Voice As Deep As Thunder (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Joseph, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, the Thing, Franklin Richards; the Avengers: Hawkeye, Ant-Man, the Vision, Iron Man, Giant Man, Thor; Uatu the Watcher; Cable Villains: Apocalypse, Onslaught Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Tim Townsend, Dell, V. Russell, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 2. Inside Onslaught, Franklin tries to get "Doctor X" to help him, but Xavier is catatonic. Onslaught reappears and wants Franklin's help; Franklin says he doesn't want to conquer the world. Uatu and Apocalypse observe and discuss the situation. Blue lips is impressed with the amount of damage Xavier has caused. Uatu tells him Onslaught is a new form of life, and that gets him thinking about his own survival. Reed has collected data on Onslaught and returns to the lab. The X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four battle Onslaught's citadel and rescue civilians. Joseph is surprised to see the humans are afraid of him; Remy tells him he's not responsible for Magneto's crimes; Rogue hugs Remy to thank him for that. Iron Man rouses himself after Onslaught's E-M pulse (X-Men II:55) and uses the plans Scott brought to make psionic armor. Sue Richards is impatient: her boy is in there. Scott gets her to wait, then Ororo shows up with Cable. Xavier wakes up and tells Franklin not to help Onslaught. Onslaught says he has grown beyond Xavier, and he no longer has his telepathic powers. Then Joseph attacks Onslaught from the outside; he and Xavier each vow to kill him. Onslaught lets the heroes see Xavier, to show he is no longer him. But that gives them freedom to attack. Cable mentally enhances Joseph's magnetism; Scott removes his visor to blast full force; Sue uses her force field to pry open the resulting crack; then Thor swoops in and rescues Xavier. That should end things, but instead Onslaught declares his freedom. He has the combined powers of Xavier, Magneto, and Franklin, and sends a second blast wave across the city. Sue and Cable erect shields to protect the heroes. Apocalypse says this is beyond madness. Uatu indicates Cable is the answer. Note: Phase 2 continues in Cable 35, X-Man 19, Avengers 402, Fantastic Four 416, and X-Men II:56. Issue: The Incredible Hulk 445 Date: Sep-96 Story: Dancing in the Dark (22 pages) Feature Characters: The Incredible Hulk (Dr. Bruce Banner) Regular Characters: Rick and Marlo Jones, Janis, Betty Banner Guest Stars: Avengers Quicksilver, Iron Man, Giant Man, Hawkeye, Crystal, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Capt. America, Thor, Falcon; Atalanta, Ajax, Paris, Cyclops, Mr. Fantastic Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Angel Medina Inks: Robin Riggs Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Glynis Oliver, Malibu Editor: Bobbie Chase Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 2. Hulk is in the subway tunnels, scaring and rescuing stranded passengers. Rick tries to get to New York, but the airports are closed, and then Marlo takes him away. Hulk tells Cap he's going to attack Onslaught before he expects it; Falcon (whose nephew Hulk nursed until he died of AIDS), Hawkeye, Vision, and Crystal go with him, though Cap thinks it's reckless. Ajax has taken Janis for medical attention. Hulk digs a tunnel under Central Park, right to Onslaught's citadel, but he senses them and attacks telepathically. In Florida, Betty hears news reports that Hulk is alive. Hulk digs up, and the heroes attack. Onslaught blasts Vision, Falcon, Hawkeye, and Crystal in turn, but Hulk bashes him into the ground. But it was all an illusion, and Onslaught tells Hulk, still in his tunnel, that he will never reach him. Hulk returns to the Avengers. Issue: Avengers 402 Date: Sep-96 Story: End of the Line (23 pages) Feature Characters: the Wasp, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Capt. America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Quicksilver, Giant Man Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Holocaust, Post, Onslaught Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Mark Waid Pencils: Mike Deodato Inks: Tom Palmer Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: John Kalisz Editor: Mark Gruenwald Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 2. The city is blacked out, so Thor charges a subway rail to get a train to its next station. Wasp, Cap, and Wanda lead the passengers up to the street, but a panicked mob gathers, and Cap has to calm them down. Iron Man and Hank have used Prof. X's designs to build rudimentary psi-armor. Cloaked, Holocaust and Post attack, trying to capture the armor, but Wanda nabs it first. The Avengers get trounced, and Cap tells the Wasp they can't win, so he uses his shield to flip on Post's cloak, then gets Holocaust to blast him by accident, then Thor recovers and puts a hammer in Holocaust's face. The crowd cheers. Onslaught takes over the Times Square TV screen to taunt them, so the Avengers Assemble to go after him. Issue: Fantastic Four 416 Date: Sep-96 Story 1: Unfinished Business (32 pages) Feature Characters: Reed, Sue, and Franklin Richards, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm Regular Characters: Scott and Cassidy Lang, Nathaniel Richards, Lyja, Alicia Masters Guest Stars: Spider-Man; Avengers: Ant Man, Thor, the Vision, Crystal, Hawkeye; X-Men: Archangel, Iceman, Bishop, Beast; Inhumans: Karnak, Gorgon, Black Bolt, Medusa; Namor; Black Panther and the Fantastic Force: Vibraxas, Devlor, Huntara; She-Hulk; Agatha Harkness Villains: Sentinels, Dr. Doom, Onslaught, the Puppet Master (Philip Masters), Kristoff Vernard; Kang, Psycho-Man, Super-Skrull, Paibok the Power Skrull, Blastaar, the Wingless Wizard, the Mad Thinker, Devos the Devastator, the Red Ghost and his Super Apes, Annihilus, Dragon Man, Malice, Miracle Man, the Invincible Man, Mole Man, Diablo, Molecule Man, Hate-Monger, Impossible Man (all as telepathic projections). Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Tom DeFalco Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Bob Wiacek, Candelario, Russell, Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Ariane Lenshoek, Huston, Lazzelari, Malibu Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Phase 2. An aide shows Doom footage of Onslaught and his Sentinels. He is intrigued to learn he captured Franklin. The heroes recuperate in the FF's med lab and try to determine their next move. Nathaniel Richards says he's seen the future, and flight is their only option. Bishop reassures Sue that there are many timelines. Sue talks to Reed about the danger they have put their son in. Franklin, inside Onslaught, tries to telepathically contact his parents. Onslaught, who taught him telepathy to catch Nate Grey (X-Man 19), considers stopping him, but then decides to just twist it. Philip and Alicia Masters show up, wanting to help. Kristoff has Cassidy for safekeeping, but Kang shows up and blasts him, to kill his enemy Doom's heir. Kristoff strikes him, and he disappears into mist. Alicia chats with Ben, but a stone villain appears and attacks; Psycho-Man made it to feed off Ben's own negative emotions. Lyja apologizes to Johnny for deceiving him, but Super Skrull and Paibok appear and attack them. Then Blastaar, the Wingless Wizard, the Mad Thinker, and Devos appear, and Reed realizes Onslaught is somehow making it happen. The Inhumans and Namor show up to help. Red Ghost attacks Nathaniel, but Black Panther rescues him. She Hulk arrives to help Ben; he gives Reed the power source from the machine that can make him human again, to build a psionic dampener to prevent any more villains popping up. Doom arrives and tells Johnny to escort him to Reed; Agatha Harkness arrives and dispels Malice, who was bothering Sue. Reed throws a switch, and all the remaining villains disappear. Sue and Reed gather all their forces, including Doom, to get Franklin back. Story 2: Roads Not Taken (8 pages) Feature Characters: Reed Richards, Ben Grimm Regular Characters: Uatu the Watcher Guest Stars: Villains: Victor von Doom Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Tom DeFalco Pencils: John Buscema Inks: Tom Palmer Letters: Jim Novak Colors: Ed Lazzellari, Malibu Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Special Thanks To: Rafael Marin, Carlos Pacheco Synopsis: Uatu shows us Reed meeting Doom in college, and talk about parallel worlds, time travel, and manipulating history. Reed thinks he's a mad scientist, he storms out and bumps Ben, and Reed has to prevent a fight. He suggests they all room together and get to know each other, but Doom storms off. Uatu wonders how history would have been different if he had decided otherwise. Issue: Onslaught: Marvel Date: Oct-96 Story: With Great Power... (48 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Wolverine, Gambit, Bishop, Storm, Phoenix, Cyclops, Rogue, Joseph Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Uatu the Watcher, Cable; Fantastic Four: Reed, Sue, and Franklin Richards, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm; Avengers: Capt. America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man, the Wasp, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Crystal; Namor, the Hulk, Falcon, Black Panther; J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Roberson; Trish Tilby, Nate Grey Villains: Onslaught, Dr. Doom, Apocalypse Other Characters: Foggy, Karen Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid Pencils: Adam Kubert, Joe Bennett Inks: Dan Green, Art Thibert, Tim Townsend, Jesse Delperdang Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato, Team Bucce! Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Uatu has watched the rise humanity and the age of heroes, and now his job is done. Xavier, powerless, confronts Onslaught, and predicts his downfall because he has no humanity. The X-Men arrive and attack, the battle is fierce, and Onslaught fells them all. But then the Avengers and Fantastic Four arrive, and battle continues. Xavier goes to rescue Joseph; they must stand together against their creation. Inside Onslaught, Franklin teams up with Nate Grey to stop him. Onslaught, meanwhile, uses their powers to create a second sun, which will devastate life on earth. Cable connects to Nate and Franklin telepathically; he suggests using Joseph's magnetic powers to reroute Xavier's brain to reactivate his powers. Doom has Vision merge with Rogue to enhance both their powers; Logan, Namor and Giant Man punch a hole in Onslaught's force field, and they go in but bounce harmlessly off Onslaught. Suddenly, he bellows with fury. Hulk has Jean turn off the Banner part of his mind, and he attacks Onslaught savagely. The heroes regroup and attack in melee. Onslaught and Hulk fight so hard, Banner is knocked clear from Hulk, and Onslaught's armor is cracked, so he is no longer physical but just psionic, which is what he wanted all along. Thor flies into him, to become his physical vessel, but even he can't contain him all. The Avengers, FF, and Hulk join in, draining the energy with their own bodies. Reed has the mutants hold back, since their bodies seem to help Onslaught. Hawkeye and Iron Man catch Doom trying to siphon off some of the energy, and fly into Onslaught. Once everyone is in, the X-Men attack, and Onslaught implodes. Nate and Franklin barely make it out; no one else returns, and they are presumed dead. Nate: "Did we win?quot; Joseph: "I think it will depend on who you ask." Xavier tries to comfort Franklin (who has actually put all the heroes into an alternate universe in his toy ball, for the Heroes Reborn series). Apocalypse watches with Uatu and says it's his turn next.
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