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Issue:	X-Force 51
Date:	Feb-96
Story:	Reflections in the Night (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Boomer (Meltdown henceforth), Sunspot, Warpath,
Shatterstar, Siryn, Caliban
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Bishop, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Cannonball; Mirage, Warlock (in a
picture)
Villains:	Risque (Gloria Dolores Muoz)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Luciano Lima
	Inks: Hunt, Jones, Quijano, Russell 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Tom Vincent 
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sabretooth has escaped, badly injuring Psylocke. Bishop thinks Boomer
is lying, that she burst his bonds to free him. Cable is very defensive, not
wanting to believe Boomer would lie.
	Boomer is in her room, exploding everything sentimental, dissing her
boyfriend, and cutting her hair.
	Beast is still testing Shatterstar, questioning his origins. He is suspicious,
for one thing because his DNA exactly matches Longshot's, which isn't possible.
	Siryn screams in her sleep; Gambit investigates, she had a nightmare about
being a captive with Deadpool (iss. 47).
	Warpath runs (93 mph) into the city, to meet someone from the National Council
of Indian Affairs. Risque ambushes him, then kisses him and runs away.
	Sunspot has absorbed much of Cable's culture, speaking and humming and
yoga-ing like an Askani.
	Next morning Cable confronts Tabitha, who emerges from her room with a new
look (did you see the movie Hackers?) and a new name: Meltdown.

Issue:	X-Force 52
Date:	Mar-96
Story:	Bad Girls (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn, Caliban,
Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Blob (Fred J. Dukes), Mimic (Calvin Rankin), Gideon (deceased)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Bud LaRosa 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Enhancement: Electric Crayon
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Domino, Siryn, and Meltdown break into Camp Hayden to make sure the
Nimrod program has been stopped (iss. 36) and find none, just the word
"Onslaught" graffitied on the wall.
	The Blob drops in, looking for Nimrod technology. Finding only X-chicks, he
fights them with his new, jacked-up powers (mass-shifting, which lets his catch
bullets and stretch like rubber).
	Warpath bests Shatterstar in the Danger Room (James has newfound strength and
speed, last iss.; 'Star is becoming less of a killer).
	Meltdown confronts Blob; he laughs at her; she shoves a time bomb down his
throat and starts counting. Blob surrenders, but Boomer keeps counting, until
Domino asks her nicely not to kill the lard. She reabsorbs the bomb (new power),
pops both Blob's eardrums, and struts away. As the women are deciding what to do
with him, Mimic flies in (with newfound control) and takes him back to their
employer.
	Gideon has asked Sunspot to meet him; he and Caliban go into Manhattan just in
time to see him to drop dead to the ground.

Issue:	X-Force 53
Date:	Apr-96
Story:	Even an X-Ternal Can Die! (19 pages)
Feature Characters:	Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn, Caliban,
Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Gideon, Saul (deceased); Absalom, Crule, Selene
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Separations: Malibu's Hues
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sunspot attempts to revive Gideon, but he is dead, though an
External. Absalom and Crule jump on him and Caliban, assuming they killed Gideon.
Roberto calls for back-up, and X-Force races to the rescue.
	Shatterstar attacks Crule with relish, having recently doubted his abilities
as a warrior.
	James climbs up the side of the building to Gideon's penthouse, sensing a
presence. He finds Saul, dead, and Selene, who fells him with one blow.
	Domino stops Shatterstar from killing Crule, and realizes that someone has
weakened the Externals.

Issue:	X-Force 54
Date:	May-96
Story:	Q&A (19 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Shatterstar, Siryn, Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Det. Charlotte Jones; Blaquesmith (in flashback)
Villains:	Selene, Absalom, Crule (in flashback), Bastion
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins, Bellman
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The NYPD interrogates X-Force about the recent killings (iss. 52).
	Sunspot tells how Selene drained the life-force out of Absalom, and X-Force
was unable to stop her.
	Siryn tells that Gideon's penthouse imploded, James is missing, and Caliban is
hospitalized.
	An uncooperative Shatterstar is called "Benjamin" by the police, who have a
record on him (see iss. 46), to his great surprise.
	Domino refuses to speak.
	Meltdown tells how Crule attacked Selene, only to be drained by her, as well.
Then Cable arrived with a TK bolt, but Selene manipulated his energies and
knocked him down. She said there is a war coming, the Externals outlived their
purpose, and Sam is not an External. She disappeared into mist, Blaquesmith pops
in to remove the fallen Cable, and the police show up and arrest them all.
	Det. Jones releases the team, but says she can't continue to protect them. In
the parking deck, she is accosted by Bastion, who believes in zero-tolerance.

Issue:	X-Force 55
Date:	Jun-96
Story:	Without a Net (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	SHIELD including Contessa Valentina de la Fontaine, Timothy
Aloysuis "Dum-Dum" Dugan, George Washington Bridge; Cyclops (Scott Summers),
Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers)
Villains:	Risque
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins 
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	X-Force breaks into the SHIELD heli-carrier. Shatterstar is losing
his killer instinct; Meltdown is getting one; Caliban is scared of dying; Cable
is weak; Siryn is suddenly concerned about the missing James.
	Bridge orders Dugan not to interfere, and X-Force makes its way to where
Cyclops is being held for the murder of Sen. Kelly (Uncanny 333). Together, they
break through the heavy metal doors and find themselves surrounded by SHIELD.
Cable feigns surrender, then telekinetically frees Cyclops's vision and takes
down all of SHIELD, saving a right cross for Bridge.
	Phoenix flies them home in the Blackbird.
	James is in Florida, romancing Risque, who got him out of New York (last
iss.).

Issue:	X-Force 56
Date:	Jul-96
Story:	Crazy for You (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Deadpool (Wade Wilson)
Villains:	Dr. Weissman (Weisman henceforth), Jeremy Stevens, Gamesmaster,
Risque, the Friends of Humanity
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Adam Pollina
	Inks: Bud LaRosa, Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins 
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Siryn and Shatterstar play tag in an abandoned cathedral. Siryn is
missing Warpath, and Shatterstar Rictor. The suggestion is that Shatterstar is
gay: he has always responded negatively to women, especially Feral, and is very
fond of Rictor (see iss. 43).
	Siryn suddenly remembers Deadpool in the Weisman Institute (iss. 48). Since
Xavier and Cable may be compromised, she goes just with Shatterstar, who is
overwhelmed with dj vu and is immediately captured by Weisman. Siryn finds a
room full of Wades, handsome like before the Weapon X program, then turning
gruesome. She finds the real Wade, is confronted by Jeremy and Weisman, realizes
Gamesmaster is in Weisman now, and puts Deadpool's sword to her throat. He
leaves; Siryn has won.
	James motorbikes with Risque, and they interrupt an FOH beating. Risque
displays her mutant ability to implode things. Turns out the victim was just a
guy with a burnt face, who blames mutants for anti-mutant prejudice.
	Shatterstar has been told that he is really a human, and that his life as an
alien was invented by the Gamesmaster. 

Issue:	X-Force 57
Date:	Aug-96
Story:	In the Company of Strangers Part 2: The Best Laid Plans... (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn, Caliban,
Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	X-Man (Nate Grey), Blaquesmith
Villains:	Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex), Risque
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Anthony Castrillo
	Inks: Mark Morales
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 1 of Onslaught: Impact.
	In Westchester, Sinister has come for Nate (X-Man 18) and defeated all but
Domino, who points a gun at him, and Caliban, who attacks him, enraged. Seems
Apocalypse programmed him to hate Sinister (X-Factor 28), and they battle while
Domino blows up the mansion. Meltdown comforts Caliban, who is frightened at
having lost control.
	Sinister claims Nate as his weapon against Apocalypse; he has shut down Nate's
power so Onslaught can't use him. Domino has Nate take Cable's Askani teachings
from Roberto's mind, so he can defend himself psychically.
	The team takes on Sinister, who notes that Shatterstar has untapped power.
Warpath arrives with Risque, but worried about Siryn. Risque knows Sinister, but
Sinister doesn't know her.
	Nate attacks, Sinister recognizes that he could kill him and convinces Nate to
read his mind. But then he uses the psionic energy against them, knocking them
all out. He walks away with Nate draped over his shoulder.

Issue:	X-Force 58
Date:	Sep-96
Story:	...Before the Dawn (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Sabretooth (Victor Creed) (in flashback) 
Other Characters:	Emmanuel and Nina da Costa, Juliana Sandoval, Thunderbird I
(John Proudstar) (in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Anthony Castrillo
	Inks: Bud LaRosa 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 2 of Onslaught: Impact.
	In Roberto's mind: he wins his school's soccer game (an alternate history from
New Mutants 1982 special). "Charlie" calls to him, and he chooses to go with him.
	Siryn finds herself the only survivor of Sinister's attack (last iss.), and
telepathically calls Cable for help, but he's busy fighting Onslaught. She tries
to revive each member of the team, but they die on her.
	In Meltdown's mind: she repeatedly kills Sabretooth, who betrayed her trust.
Roberto asks her to join him, and she does.
	In Caliban's mind: he crashes to earth Superman-like, with Cable and Domino as
the Kents. Roberto collects him.
	In James's mind: he runs with his brother John to stop a stampeding buffalo
herd. He then joins Roberto.
	In Shatterstar's mind: he relaxes, and only reluctantly joins Roberto.
	In Domino's mind: she is alone in the dark. Roberto makes her join up.
	The team follows Roberto toward the light. Charlie reveals himself to be
Onslaught, trying to trick them into accepting death, and the team immediately
turns against him. As Siryn says the Paternoster over their dead bodies, they
revive.
	Risque is missing. Charlie appears, saying he is the goodness within Xavier
that Onslaught cannot control. He saved Siryn, and X-Force's rejection of
Onslaught has freed him.

Issue:	X-Force and Cable '96 Annual
Date:	1996
Story 1:	Transmission (44 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Kree including Pulse, Shi'ar including Yahnos Tr'morr, Deathbird,
the Silver Surfer; Machine Man (Aaron Stack), Deathlok (Col. Luther Manning),
Warlock (as templates for Pulse)
Villains:	Ultron (as a template for Pulse)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Luke Ross
	Inks: Rob Hunter, Matt Ryan
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Shannon Blanchard
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The Shi'ar chase the Kree construct Pulse through the stargate near
earth. Pulse provokes the Shi'ar to destroy his ship just as he transmits himself
to earth.
	X-Force train in a Danger Room simulation of New Orleans in Cable's time, with
a giant squid from Jules Verne. Pulse downloads into the Shi'ar matrix, going
through a few iterations and fighting X-Force until reassembling in the correct
form. Cable realizes there is an alien cybernetic intelligence in the computer,
but can't open the doors, so they call the Shi'ar and get an order from Deathbird
to hold Pulse till she gets there. They finally capture and interrogate him,
learning that he was created by the Kree resistance to be a spy.
	The Shi'ar show up, but X-Force refuses to extradite Pulse until they know
what his crime was. Siryn and Warpath, meanwhile, help Pulse transmit himself to
Chandilar, so the Shi'ar leave, blaming Cable for helping a spy.
	Siryn thanks Warpath for his support; Pulse continues to try to get his
message to the Silver Surfer.
	Note: a pin-up of the team follows.

Story 2:	Denouement (10 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Cyclops (Scott Summers); Aliya (Jenskot), Tyler Dayspring (as
memories)
Villains:	
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh (plot), Ben Raab (script)
	Pencils: Ed Benes
	Inks: Joe Pimentel
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Mike Thomas
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Cyclops takes his son to Apocalypse's citadel, wanting to learn as
much as possible about their foe. They find his regeneration sarcophagus and talk
about family and loss. It starts to rain (in the Egyptian desert), and Cyclops
reassures Cable that he doesn't have to suffer the loss of Tyler alone (Wolverine
100).

Issue:	X-Force 59
Date:	Oct-96
Story:	Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been? (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino, Rictor
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Det. Charlotte Jones, Longshot
Villains:	Sentinels (as junk), Gog and Magog
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Anthony Castrillo
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In one of Cable's safe-houses upstate, X-Force interrogates
Shatterstar, trying to tell if he is really Benjamin Russell. He believes he is
both. Rictor returns to help his friend, and the team convinces Cable to help
Shatterstar, rather than punishing him.
	Cable tells James he has feelers out, trying to locate Risque. He meets with
Jones, who tells him all police files on X-Force are missing.
	X-Force goes to the Weisman Institute, which has been made to look abandoned.
They search the place but find nothing.
	Gog and Magog attack them in the PACRAT and port away with Shatterstar and
Cable.
	Longshot shows up in time to land the out-of-control PACRAT.

Issue:	X-Force 60
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	I Know You Are But What Am I? (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino, Rictor
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Longshot, Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Quark, Dr. Stephen Strange
Villains:	Gog and Magog, Mojo, Spiral (Ricochet Rita), Risque, Mimic (Calvin
Rankin), Blob (Fred J. Dukes)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Anthony Castrillo
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
	In Memory of: Mark Gruenwald
Synopsis:	Mojo tries to mindwipe Shatterstar and Cable. He knows Shatterstar
will kill him in the future.
	Longshot leads X-Force to Strange's house, and they are immediately captured,
then freed and welcomed. Longshot wants help getting back to Mojoworld.
	Risque goes home to Florida, where Blob and Mimic call her Gloria and accuse
her of reneging on their deal.
	Strange and Longshot's powers get X-Force into Mojoworld, where they meet up
with Dazzler and the rebel army. They take down Gog and Magog and enter Mojo's
palace, which is empty but for a TV set. Turning it on, they see that Cable and
Shatterstar have been digitized and trapped in a show.
	Mojo is on earth, where the show has mesmerized the natives.

Issue:	X-Force 61
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Ask Me No More Questions and I'll Tell You No More Lies! (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable, Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn,
Caliban, Domino, Rictor
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Longshot, Dazzler, Quark
Villains:	Mojo, Spiral, Gog and Magog, Gamesmaster
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Jeph Loeb
	Pencils: Kevin Lau
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	With Cable, Shatterstar is in a simulated future, where he fights and
is stabbed by Mojo. Mojo is siphoning energy from human couch potatoes and
beaming it back to Mojoworld. Spiral shows up, willing to help X-Force stop him,
and takes Longshot and Siryn into the TV, while the rest fight Gog and Magog.
	Mojo is furious at the traitor Spiral, and the TV signal goes out. Spiral
returns to the Weisman Institute, and they go to Benjamin Russell's bed, who has
been in a coma ever since his mutant powers manifested. Longshot transfers
Shatterstar's soul into Benjamin's body, and he awakens. Spiral claims a
connection to both men, and ports them all back to Mojoworld just as Mojo shows
up. Caliban smashes the TV before Mojo can trace the signal back, and he is lost
in transmission.
	The Gamesmaster observes and laughs.

Issue:	X-Force 62
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	Human Nature (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Meltdown, Sunspot, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn, Caliban,
Domino, Rictor
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Leong Xui and Nga Manh (Karma's brother and sister)
Villains:	Shinobi Shaw, Clearcut, Mindmeld, Dr. Graves, Spiral
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: John Dokes
	Pencils: Kevin Lau, Adam Pollina
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy, Norman Lee
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Lee Ann Clark
	Editor & Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Shinobi has Graves experiment on Nga, trying to remove her mutancy.
Intruder alert: Clearcut and Mindmeld go to confront X-Force. (Compare the cover
Domino with p. 5! Anime schmanime.) Mindmeld puts Domino's mind into Caliban and
Meltdown into Sunspot.
	Sunspot-Meltdown confuse each other, and Clearcut threatens to kill Domino's
body (and slips a key into her belt), so all surrender.
	Shinobi offers to take Sunspot as an ally; he refuses; Shinobi gives the Manhs
to Spiral, then reveals that Clearcut is a traitor. Mindmeld puts her own mind
into him to subdue him, and this releases Domino and Meltdown. Domino frees them
both using Clearcut's key.
	Clearcut somehow forces Mindmeld to stay in his body; Shinobi puts them both
in the lab, to let Graves remove Clearcut's mutancy. 
	X-Force attacks and destroys the lab. Mindmeld gets back to her own body, only
to find an inhibitor collar on her. Graves shows no mutant factor in Clearcut,
but he is still able to manifest blades at will (he never was a mutant). They
leave the exploding lab, and Clearcut says his debt to Cable is paid in full. 

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