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Issue:	XSE 1
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	Time Lost (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Sureshot, Trace, Recoil, Amazon, Hecat'e,
cadets Sherry (later Shirley Baylor), Trevor Fitzroy (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Iceman, Colossus, Psylocke?, Forge?, Sunspot; grandma
Storm? (in flashback)
Villains:	Nimrods, Sentinels; Exhumes Virago, Daemon; Billboy, Halftrack,
Emplates (in flashback)
Other Characters:	Hancock, Rochimbeaux, DeCamp (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils: Chris Gardner
	Inks: Terry Austin, Tom Palmer
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Derek Bellman
	Color Enhancement: Graphic Color Works 
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
	Special Thanks to: Deodato Studios, Harry Candelario, the Raiders
	In Memory of: Mark Gruenwald
Synopsis:	Note: this entire series occurs in the Danger Room, where Bishop and
Shard show holograms and talk about their future past.
	Bishop shows the final battle of the Summers Rebellion (including the death of
Cyclops). Then the mutant prison camp where they were raised, the day the XSE
came after Virago, who tries to use young Shard as a human shield. Bishop
intervenes, and Sureshot kills Virago. That is when he realized he wanted to join
the XSE.
	In the present, Bishop asks Shard to join the X-Men, but she refuses to follow
his footsteps. He shows their grandmother (evidently Storm) telling them tales of
the X-Men. On her deathbed, Bishop promised to protect Shard. He feels guilty
about her later death.
	Shard reminds him that he saved her from thugs and got her accepted to the XSE
academy with him.
	In the Summers Rebellion, humans and mutants overthrew the Sentinels, but
mutants remained outcasts. Mutant terrorists (Exhumes) spurred the formation of
the XSE, mutants policing mutants, using the M tattoo now as a badge.
	Cowardly classmate Fitzroy and Hecat'e each give them a hard time, but they
persevere. On a class trip, they are attacked by Emplates, who kill Trace and
Sureshot.

Issue:	XSE 2
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Future Intense (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Hecat'e, Amazon, Malcolm, Randall, Feral,
cadets Shirley Baylor, Trevor Fitzroy, Hooper (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Emplates, Exhumes including Styglut (in flashback)
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils & Inks: Deodato Studios, Mozart Cuto
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Derek Bellman
	Color Enhancement: Graphic Color Works 
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Emplates attack Shard, and her mutant ability to generate force
manifests, saving her. Bishop rallies the cadets until help arrives. Because of
this, he is inducted into the XSE.
	In the present, Shard explains she always had to prove herself so she wouldn't
be in Bishop's shadow. She reminds him about Malcolm and Randall, who fought
beside him against Exhumes who destroyed the human-mutant utopian commune
Harmony, killing Malcolm's brother. They later died defending Bishop (Uncanny
X-Men 278).

Issue:	XSE 3
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	Future Betrayed (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Malcolm, Randall (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Mountjoy, Trevor Fitzroy, Anthony Shaw (the Black King) (in
flashback)
Other Characters:	Lycadeon (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils & Inks: Deodato Studios, Mozart Cuto
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/DL
	Colors: Shannan Blanchard
	Color Enhancement: Malibu
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The XSE chases Mountjoy, who can possess or absorb others. He corners
Shard, but she defeats and collars him. She gets promoted and works on a
prototype holographic soldier, which Bishop shows to be flawed. They fight, and
Hecat'e reprimands both.
	Shard admits she dated the creepy Fitzroy just to bug Bishop. He is the
bastard of Anthony Shaw, and when his legitimate brother William dies, there is
room for him in the Hellfire Club. He quits the XSE and goes villain. Shard and
Bishop later catch him, and at the trial, Shaw offers Bishop a place in the
Hellfire Club. He refuses.
	Shaw gets Fitzroy off, who forms a group of debauched Hellions who torture
humans. The XSE catch him again, and since his father won't help, he makes a
deal: he tells Bishop how to find the Exhumes. Shard goes after them, without
Bishop so she gets credit, and her whole team is made vampiric by Emplates.
Fitzroy set them up.

Issue:	XSE 4
Date:	Feb-97
Story:	Conflagration (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Hecat'e, Malcolm, Randall (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	the Witness (LeBeau, presumably Gambit), Shackle (Shirley Baylor)
(in flashback); Storm
Villains:	
Other Characters:	Lycadeon (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils & Inks: Deodato Studios, Mozart Cuto
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Shannan Blanchard
	Color Enhancement: Graphic Color Works
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Bishop's team is ordered to kill Shard's team, now Emplates. He
knocks her out, instead, and takes her to see the Witness. He asks him to make
Shard a hologram, and agrees to work for him for a year. Hecat'e is willing to
just suspend him from the XSE, since information about the Witness would be
useful.
	Bishop works with Shackle, his former classmate Shirley, who sold out to
Stark/Fujikawa. He talks to the Witness, who says he is in jail and is a jail.
After a year, he takes his sister's holoprojector and returns to the XSE, who
send him after Fitzroy, whom he chased back through time (Uncanny X-Men 282).
	In the present, Shard goes off to be part of X-Factor, with Bishop's approval.

Issue:	Mystique and Sabretooth 1
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Old Sins Cast Long Shadows (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Raven Darkholme (Mystique)
a.k.a. Mossad agent Amichai Benvenisti, Irene Adler (Destiny, in flashback)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Warren Worthington (Angel, as a template for Mystique)
Villains:	Hydra agent Catalyst; Commander Cypher and A.I.M. agents including
Karl Steiner, Ritter
Other Characters:	S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including Kenneth Avery, Cameron Bisset;
James Hedrickson (deceased)
Credits:	Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
	Pencils & Inks: Ariel Olivetti, Pier Brito
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Color Enhancements: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	X-Factor's criminal members break into the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier,
crack a few heads, go to the on-board morgue, and extract a capsule from the
stomach of a corpse.
	They are immediately attacked by A.I.M., who claim the capsule, and
S.H.I.E.L.D., who aren't sure what's going on. They get away to Mystique's
safe-house in the Alps.
	A.I.M. discusses them: they faked their deaths in a jet crash so they could
get away from X-Factor and take care of some private business. A.I.M. plans to
track them through their government restraints (X-Factor 112, 120).
	Flashback to Jerusalem, where Mystique poses as a Mossad agent, teamed with
Creed (a CIA agent at that time). They try to rendezvous with Irene, and all are
captured by Catalyst.
	In the present, Mystique explains to Sabretooth that the capsule is a computer
program called Access, created by Catalyst to unscramble satellite transmissions,
and which also contains the location of Catalyst's secret base. Since Mystique
and Sabretooth saw Irene kill Catalyst, all that's left to do is destroy his
life's work.
	Then A.I.M. breaks into the safe-house.

Issue:	Mystique and Sabretooth 2
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	Torture (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Sabretooth, Mystique, Destiny (in flashback)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Ben Grimm (the Thing), Warren Worthington (the Angel), Forge, as
templates for Mystique
Villains:	Hydra agents including Catalyst, Dismember, Corrosion; Commander
Cypher and A.I.M. agents including Ritter
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
	Pencils & Inks: Ariel Olivetti
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Mystique and Sabretooth barely escape A.I.M.
	Flashback: Mystique wakes in a cell with Irene. Catalyst enters and torments
them with his power to change the rates of chemical reactions, including
biological ones. Unafraid, Irene predicts that hers will be the last face he sees
before his death. Unimpressed, Catalyst takes her away to torture her. Mystique
escapes with Creed.
	In the present: Mystique realizes that A.I.M. is tracking Sabretooth through
his restraining collar, and she has no choice but to remove it. They jet to
Catalyst's secret base on an island in the Labrador Sea, find it inhabited by
Hydra, and are shot down. A.I.M. is already storming the base, and Mystique and
Sabretooth separately try to get into the base. Sabretooth falls into a moat
filled with piranha, and Mystique is captured by Catalyst's guards Dismember and
Corrosion.
	Cypher blames Ritter for letting them escape in Switzerland, and kills him.

Issue:	Mystique and Sabretooth 3
Date:	Feb-97
Story:	Willing Victims (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Sabretooth, Mystique, Destiny (in flashback)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Commander Cypher and A.I.M. agents including Ritter; Hydra agents
including Catalyst, Dismember, Corrosion
Other Characters:	James Hedrickson (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
	Pencils & Inks: Ariel Olivetti, Pier Brito
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KS
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sabretooth swims through piranha to shore, leaving a bloody trail in
the water. But his healing factor kicks in, and he climbs up to the base of the
base.
	Flashback: Mystique refuses to leave without Irene, and Creed wants to kill
Catalyst, anyway. They find him torturing her, Creed crashes in, and Irene kicks
Catalyst into a vat of acid, dissolving him.
	In the present, Mystique finds herself a prisoner of Catalyst, who had been
regenerated (with an uglier face) by his mutant power. He plans to complete the
Access program and become Supreme Hydra.
	Sabretooth breaks in, a stray shot frees Mystique, and A.I.M. simultaneously
takes over the bas and floods it with poisonous gas.

Issue:	Mystique and Sabretooth 4
Date:	Mar-97
Story:	Dead Ends (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Sabretooth, Mystique, Destiny (as a template for Mystique)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Commander Cypher and A.I.M. agents including Ritter; Hydra agents
including Catalyst, Dismember, Corrosion
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
	Pencils: Ariel Olivetti
	Inks: Pier Brito
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KS
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Color Separations: Graphic Colorworks
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sabretooth uses Corrosion's face to melt through a door, allowing him
and Mystique to escape.
	Cypher hooks herself into the base's systems so she can process all the
valuable data herself. Catalyst decides to cut and run, and Mystique follows him
while Sabretooth attacks Cypher. She has had time to use the Access program to
set up a nuclear attack from a US sub against Russia. Sabretooth is forced to let
her escape while he rips up all nearby equipment to stop the launch.
	Mystique sidesteps Dismember and catches up to Catalyst. She assumes Irene's
form, scaring him into falling off a ledge and into the moat. Irene's was the
last face he saw before his death.
	Mystique tries to convince Sabretooth to put his restraining collar back on,
since X-Factor is the safest place for both of them, in the light of recent
anti-mutant hysteria. He refuses, but when she then tells him she has poisoned
him and won't give him the antidote unless he dons the collar, he chooses to
believe her. They fly back to X-Factor.

Issue:	Strong Guy Reborn
Date:	Sep-97
Story:	The Heart of the Matter (35 pages)
Feature Characters:	Guido Carosella (Strong Guy)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Lila Cheney; Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Polaris, Havok (in
flashback)
Villains:	Jorkens including Tyno, Kronts including Ulek
Other Characters:	Kree-tor, Tommy, Rebo, Frankie
Credits:	Writer: Todd DeZago
	Pencils: Andy Smith
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In space, Jorken and Kronts have been fighting over the barren moon
Yordel for 6000 years. On Jones Beach, Guido and Lila enjoy the sun. He doesn't
fit in with X-Factor any more, but doesn't want to work for Lila. Just then,
Jorkens pop in and kidnap her. They want her to port a bomb into the Kront
palace. She just ports back to the beach and makes Guido come with her on tour.
	Meanwhile, the Jorkens decide to kidnap him and blackmail her into helping
them. But they accidentally nab Kree-tor, another of Lila's guards, who is then
nabbed away from them by the Kronts.
	Lila goes to rescue Guido, borrowing a ship to go to the Kront world. Guido
takes a ship and tries to catch up with her, but crashes instead. He, Lila, and
Kree-tor find themselves captives of the Kront king Ulek, who threatens to dip
them in acid unless Lila helps destroy the Jorkens. Guido asks him for the time,
and when he looks at his watch, he pours the acid on himself and dissolves.
	Guido uses the Jorken homing beacon to trick both sides into shooting all
their ammo at Yordel, destroying the casus belli.
	Lila gets to her concert on time, and Guido agrees to rejoin her. Her next
concert is interrupted by the forces of Jorken and Kront, united against her.
Guido gets her into the Millennium Falcon to escape.
	Note: 4 puzzle pages follow.

Issue:	Sabretooth Vol. 2 
Date:	Jan-98
Story:	Homicidal Tendencies (48 pages)
Feature Characters:	Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Kyle Gibney (Wild Child)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Puck (Eugene Judd)
Villains:	Yuri and Komarovsky "Chop Chop" Yevgraf
Other Characters:	Peter Bedford, Lori and Leisl Bradt
Credits:	Writer: Jorge Gonzales
	Pencils & Inks: Frank Teran
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Shannon Blanchard
	Asst. Editor: Jason White
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this story occurs just before X-Factor 136.
	In British Columbia, Peter and Lori are asleep in their yacht. Chop Chop
sneaks aboard, paralyzes them with darts, and hacks them to death slowly, while
they are still conscious.
	In X-Factor's basement, Sabretooth tries to kill a snake, but his restraining
collar stops him with high-voltage to the brain.
	Puck informs Kyle that his ex-girlfriend has been butchered, and he decides to
catch the killer. Sabretooth has fought the Yevgrafs before and explains that
they are ex-KGB assassins and now rogue psychopaths. He convinces Kyle to let him
come along, as a training exercise.
	At the Brandt family farm, sister Leisl runs them off with a shotgun. At the
scene of the crime, Sabretooth explains the whole scenario and discovers Yuri's
beaten and drowned victim, while Kyle gags at the stench of blood.
	Sabretooth tracks the killers by scent and by beating up the locals for info.
He and Kyle catch up with Yuri in a forest hideout, just as he kills his latest
innocent victim. Yuri is on massive pain-killers and able to fight Sabretooth.
Chop Chop shows up, and Kyle goes berzerk, but is paralyzed with darts. Leisl,
having separately tracked them, shoots at both killers, but they escape.
Sabretooth, badly wounded, falls over a cliff into the river, where Leisl
recovers him. She plans to avenge her sister's murder.
	Kyle is able to move again and starts tracking. Sabretooth and Leisl find the
Yevgrafs first, in an abandoned slaughterhouse. Leisl tries to shoot Yuri, but
Sabretooth keeps her from that and attacks Yuri himself. He swallows some dropped
pills and is able to resist his collar and break Yuri's neck.
	Kyle arrives and stops Chop Chop from attacking Leisl. Kyle resists the urge
to beat him to death, but lets him get away. He climbs toward a skylight, but
slips and impales himself on a meathook, dead.
	Kyle denies being bloodthirsty like Sabretooth, but Sabretooth says there is
potential there, and realizes he has found a way to overcome his restraining
collar.

Issue:	Bishop: XSE 1 
Date:	Jan-98
Story:	Rook Takes Pawn (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Hecate, Malcolm, Randall
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	the Fanatix: Annabella Knox (Rook), Pulsar, Kali, Hardball, Dogface,
Razorback, Shadowbox; the Hellfire Club: Anthony Shaw (Black King); the Human
Defense League: Selden Seymour (Trask)
Other Characters:	Jerome J. Knox
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils: Steve Epting
	Inks: Mark Prudeaux
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Albert Deschesne
	Colors: Brad Vancata 
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In future New York, Knox throws a gala to raise money for
human-mutant relations; the mutant terrorist Fanatix attack; the XSE come to the
rescue. They kill most of them, but Shadowbox phases away with Pulsar. While
talking to Knox, Randall blasts him dead.
	At the Hellfire Club, Annabella informs Shaw that she's joining as the Rook,
and will prove herself by destroying the XSE.
	Seymour denounces the XSE on TV and demands a final solution to the mutant
problem. Bishop and Shard investigate, to prove Randall innocent. Just then, he
breaks jail. Bishop is unable to stop him joining the Fanatix.
	Randall, a captive, learns the Rook can grow and wear body duplicates, which
is how she impersonated him. She now dons Bishop's form.

Issue:	Bishop: XSE 2
Date:	Feb-98
Story:	Rook vs. Bishop (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Hecate, Malcolm, Randall
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	the Fanatix: Annabella Knox (Rook), Pulsar, Shadowbox, Razorback; the
Hellfire Club: Anthony Shaw (Black King); Toaster, Booger
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils: Steve Epting, Nick Nappalitano
	Inks: Mark Prudeaux, Robert Jones, Andrew Pepoy, Steve Moncuse
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/ST
	Colors: Brad Vancata 
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In future New York, the mayor dedicates the new Statue of Liberty,
and is shot down by the Fanatix. They kill all the humans and destroy the statue.
Rook removes her helmet, revealing Bishop's face to the TV cameras.
	Shaw lets Bishop know Annabella is out to destroy the XSE. Hecate sends
Malcolm to apprehend Bishop, and confines Shard to monitor duty. Bishop sneaks in
and asks her for information on the Knox family, then he goes to a dive bar and
asks the same. Shard learns that the ancient police force SHIELD has been
experimenting with organic Life Model Decoys, and that Annabella has no records.
Malcolm arrests Shard, and then corners Bishop.

Issue:	Bishop: XSE 3
Date:	Mar-98
Story:	Final Ploy (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Bishop, Shard 
Regular Characters:	XSE including Hecate, Malcolm, Randall
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	the Fanatix: Annabella/Jimmy Knox (Rook), Pulsar, Shadowbox,
Razorback; the Hellfire Club: Anthony Shaw (Black King); Booger; the Human
Defense League: Selden Seymour (Trask)
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: John Ostrander
	Pencils: Steve Epting 
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy, Mark Prudeaux
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/ST
	Colors: Brad Vancata 
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Bishop refuses to surrender; Malcolm refuses to kill him. Instead, he
agrees to help him catch the Rook.
	The Rook impersonates Hecate, planning to kill Trask and discredit the XSE.
Randall has turned Pulsar against the Rook, so when Bishop attacks to free him,
the Rook kills Pulsar, phases away with Shadowbox, then kills her.
	The XSE pursue, finding the Rook in her lab beneath their own building
(formerly owned by Jerome Knox). They destroy all the Rook's grown bodies,
forcing it to return to its original. Turns out to be Jimmy Knox, a little boy.
The XSE catch him and congratulate themselves.

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