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Issue:	X-Man 18
Date:	Aug-96
Story:	In the Company of Strangers (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	X-Force: Caliban, Meltdown (Tabitha
Smith), 
Domino, Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta), Siryn 
(Theresa Rourke), Shatterstar
Villains:	Sinister, his Marauders: Arclight, Scalp-
Hunter, Harpoon, Vertigo
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Steve Skroce
	Inks: Bud LaRosa, Rob Hunter
	Colors: Mike Thomas, Malibu
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Onslaught
crossover, 
Phase 1.
	Sinister finds Apocalypse's empty sarcophagus 
in Egypt.
	Nate is with X-Force in Westchester, watching 
a video of Xavier as Onslaught defeating the 
X-Men. He doubts he could ever fit into a 
team. Threnody is holed up in the cathedral of 
St. John the Divine, when the Marauders 
ambush her. She defeats them, but then runs 
into Sinister. He then goes to collect Nate, 
knocking his way through Siryn and Caliban.
	X-Force arms themselves from Cable's cache, 
but guns have no effect on Sinister, and he 
turns off their mutant powers, too. Nate 
remembers the AOA Sinister and realizes he 
created him. Sinister says Nate is the one who 
taught Onslaught to act in the physical plane 
(iss. 10), and he knocks him out, planning to 
control his near-infinite power.


Issue:	X-Man 19
Date:	Sep-96
Story:	Shades of Grey (21 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	Franklin Richards
Villains:	Sinister, his Marauders: Scalp-Hunter, 
Arclight; Onslaught, his Sentinels
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Steve Skroce
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas, Malibu
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Onslaught
crossover, 
Phase 2.
	Nate wakes, a captive of Sinister, who can 
control him ever since he entered Threnody's 
mind through Sinister's baffles (iss. 17). She, 
meanwhile, is being held by the Marauders 
and kills a rat to get the energy to escape.
	All await the end of the world. Onslaught has 
Franklin Richards in him, now, and makes 
him call out to Nate. Sinister is annoyed by the 
interruption: he was planning to use Nate as a 
weapon. Nate fights him, and his mind 
reroutes itself. He realizes his need for control 
and to choose his battles, so he reaches out to 
Franklin, ignoring Sinister's warning that it's a 
trap. Now Onslaught has Nate.
	Note: a preview of Heroes Reborn follows.


Issue:	X-Man 20
Date:	Oct-96
Story:	The Morning After (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody, Madelyne Pryor II
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Abomination (Emil Blonsky) and the Forgotten

including Watts, Cole, Roust, Joust; Selene, 
Trevor Fitzroy
Other Characters:	Emil (in flashback), Ella
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Steve Skroce
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Dana Moreshead, Malibu
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Threnody's old benefactor Abomination finds 
her in an alley and takes her underground to 
the Forgotten, his collection of vagrant 
children whom she had betrayed. Nate can 
telepathically sense her anger, as well as 
everyone's mind in New York, still recovering 
from Onslaught.
	Threnody squabbles with her former friends, 
and Nate bursts in, shoves them all back, and 
after Abomination accuses Threnody, enters 
his mind. When he had first found her, she 
couldn't control her power and killed two 
elderly people.
	Nate lets Abomination think he has defeated 
him and takes Threnody out.
	Selene, Maddie, Fitzroy, and Ella fly to New 
York to meet Shaw.
	Note: A preview of Heroes Reborn follows.


Issue:	X-Man 21
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	Open Cage (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody, Madelyne Pryor II
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Trevor Fitzroy, Tessa, Sebastian Shaw,
Selene
Other Characters:	Emily O'Hare, Liz, Foggy, Midge
Marder, 
Jeffrey Raines, Ella
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas, GCW
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
	In Memory Of: Mark Gruenwald
Synopsis:	In Washington Square Park, Threnody 
introduces Nate to 3-Card Monte, which he 
wins by reading minds, and a palm reader, 
whose life story he tells her; then he plays 
Cupid and scares off a soon-to-be arsonist. All 
these miracles gather a crowd, including 
Maddie, but he runs off with Threnody. He 
manipulates minds to impersonate Quentin 
Tarentino and Naomi Campbell and eat in the 
Rainbow Room. But when they dance on air, 
anti-mutant hysteria is raised, and Nate has to 
stop a riot and erase all memories. Threnody, 
meanwhile, has pick-pocketed from the rich, 
but Nate makes her throw it to the poor. He 
offers to reroute her mind and free her from 
Sinister's baffles, but she isn't sure.
	Selene sends Fitzroy to Shaw's yacht, to effect 
a meeting. In response to Bastion's attack on 
mutants, she wants to reestablish the Inner 
Circle of the Hellfire Club.


Issue:	X-Man '96
Date:	1996
Story 1:	Sins of the Father (41 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody, Madelyne Pryor II (both
in 
flashback)
Guest Stars:	AOA versions of Eric Magnus Lensherr,
Forge, 
Calvin Rankin, Jason Wyngarde, Sydney; AOA 
versions of Theresa Rourke, Souron (in 
flashback)
Villains:	Sugarman and his magistrates
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer & Art: Terry Kavanagh, Alan Davis
	Inks: Mark Farmer, Robin Riggs
	Colors: Tom Vincent, Malibu
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nate flies across the Atlantic from New York

in response to an energy ripple. He suddenly 
sees the AOA genetic processing plants, which 
just as suddenly disappear.
	In Genosha, Sugarman experiments on 
mutates and builds the rippling Fargate, to get 
back to the AOA. He realizes it no longer 
exists and he must go back in time as well, but 
he needs more life energy. Nate burst in and 
frees the mutates, but unwittingly powers the 
Fargate. Sugarman goes through, and Nate 
follows.
	Magnus saves him from drowning under 
Niagara, at Forge's request. Nate pushes 
Magnus off but embraces Forge, who explains 
that they have done this before, and they have 
plans to attack Sugarman's base.
	Sugarman has invented a vaccine to 
Apocalypse's penitence plague and plans to 
take over the real world. He makes Wyngarde 
pretend to be infected, to flush out Forge's 
inside man, Sydney. Forge's team attacks; Nate 
psi-links him to Sugarman, and he realizes 
Sugarman has contaminated the falls. Nate 
telekinetically stops the water and separates 
out the virus. Magnus contains it in a scrap-
metal sphere and flies it into space. Over his 
objections, Forge wants Nate to go back to the 
real world with Sugarman. Forge gets 
Wyngarde to make an illusion of Magnus 
attacking him; Nate's reflexive defenses power 
the Fargate, which Nate (in a prior time loop) 
had Forge rig to force him through, too, to 
protect the real world.

Story 2:	Mind Games (14 pages)
Feature Characters:	
Regular Characters:	Madelyne Pryor II
Guest Stars:	Scott Summers, Jean Grey
Villains:	Tessa
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Ralph Macchio
	Pencils: Terry Dodson
	Inks: Rachel Pinnock
	Colors: Joe Andreani, Malibu
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Selene has come to Shaw's yacht, offering to

reestablish the Hellfire Club, and offering him 
Maddie. Tessa distrusts, and sneaks into 
Maddie's cabin and mind. She finds images of 
the X-Men, then of baby Nathan, taken from 
Maddie, who then senses Tessa's invasion, 
slams her out, and attacks telekinetically. 
Tessa pulls her back to the psi-plane, where 
Maddie invades her mind, considers 
suffocating her, but doesn't want to anger 
Shaw. She erases Tessa's memories of the 
evening, but is disturbed by her own. She 
plans to take revenge on the X-Men and 
Sinister.
	Their battle wakes Jean, but she can't pinpoint 
it.


Issue:	X-Man 22
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Falling Up (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Bastion, Daria; Sebastian Shaw, Tessa,
Selene, 
Madelyne Pryor II, Trevor Fitzroy
Other Characters:	Frankie
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz, Manny Clark
	Inks: Bud LaRosa, Geiger
	Colors: Mike Thomas, GCW
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Someone (last iss.) is burning the Lower
East 
Side, and Nate is rescuing the homeless 
junkies there. He makes the arsonist see the 
fire through a victim's eyes, shocking him.
	Threnody is collecting money from the crowd 
in Washington Square Park, who want Nate to 
do miracles. She meets a child with cancer, 
and is drawn to his death force. Nate splashes 
up from the fountain and senses that the child 
doesn't need his aid, then eases the mother's 
mind. He is enjoying helping people, 
Threnody takes him clothes shopping with his 
fees. Then they bed down in a vacant loft 
under a huge clock.
	Bastion has Daria monitoring the Hellfire 
Clubs and the Silver Surfer. The Inner Circle 
reassembles on Shaw's yacht, with Fitzroy and 
Maddie as rooks. Tessa is worried about 
allying with the former Goblin Queen, but 
Selene sees her as a way to beat the X-Men.


Issue:	X-Man 23
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	Crash Course (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	Bishop, Rogue
Villains:	Scribe, Madelyne Pryor II, Sebastian Shaw, 
Tessa, Selene, Trevor Fitzroy, Mountjoy
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz, Manny Clark
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nate has been vegging for days, absorbing TV

and takeout food and ignoring Threnody, 
whom he is beginning to love, although he 
doesn't trust her because of her connection to 
Sinister.
	On Liberty Island, Shaw makes Maddie fight 
Scribe. She sees through the ruse, pulls 
Mountjoy out of her, and becomes the Black 
Rook.
	Bishop and Rogue break in on Nate; after a 
brief scuffle they talk. They're both worried 
about Nate, who is making a spectacle of 
himself in the park. Rogue encourages him to 
keep in touch if he needs help.
	He returns to the loft and feels a strange 
presence.


Issue:	X-Man 24
Date:	Feb-97
Story:	First Noel (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	Peter (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Parker, 
Aunt Anna
Villains:	Sebastian Shaw, Tessa, Madelyne Pryor II; 
Michael Morbius
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas, GCW
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	At Christmas, Threnody tours the cancer 
ward, killing the patients and feeding off their 
deaths. For dessert, she kills the homeless.
	In Queens, Anna gives gifts to Mary Jane and 
Peter, whose spider-sense warns him to go to 
the neighbor's garage. He finds Nate, whose 
psi-powers have gone amuck in proximity to 
Morbius, transforming him into a vampire.
	Maddie has gone to Shaw without Selene and 
heals his facial scar, offering a direct alliance.
	With Spider-Man, Nate follows the trail of 
death to Threnody, who is visiting her 
mother's grave in the Bronx. Morbius is there, 
too, having absorbed Nate's attraction to her. 
They share a hunger for death. She attacks 
Spider-Man, while Morbius gets slammed by 
Nate. Spider-Man chases him, and Threnody 
apologizes to Nate, who realizes what she has 
done and leaves her.
	Just then, Maddie confronts her.


Issue:	X-Man 25
Date:	Mar-97
Story:	Closer to the Flame (35 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	Threnody
Guest Stars:	Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Cable (Nathan 
Christopher Summers), Havok (Alex 
Summers)
Villains:	Madelyne Pryor II; Mother Sanctity; Sinister

(in flashback), Sebastian Shaw
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas, GCW
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Threnody relates Maddie's history
(Sinister's 
clone of Jean, became the Goblin Queen, 
died), then realizes she is still dead. Maddie 
refuses to believe it, pulls a baffle from 
Threnody's head, contains the resulting 
explosion, then clobbers her. Ripples on the 
psi-plane alert Cable and Havok (Maddie's 
son and ex-lover).
	Sanctity appears to Jean, warning her about 
Maddie.
	Nate's mind wanders to Threnody, then to 
Maddie, and he realizes she's nearby. He 
follows her to the graveyard, not noticing 
Threnody, and then to Switzerland. She tries 
to figure herself out and collapses. Nate takes 
her to Claris's cabin (iss. 5); they kiss but are 
interrupted by a mental command from Jean, 
who has flown the Blackbird there. Maddie 
crashes right through it; Nate keeps it from 
crashing, and Maddie calls him traitor. Jean 
strikes out at Maddie, so Nate defends her. 
Sanctity reappears and goads Jean to kill him.
	Nate asks Maddie to explain Jean, but she just 
makes the ground erupt, forcing Nate to put 
up a TK shield, which makes his nose bleed. 
Jean realizes Maddie is feeding off him and 
tells him to shut off his power. She wants his 
help to invade her mind, but Maddie knocks 
him down first, then lets Jean in, to taste the 
dark side and trap her there.
	Nate reaches out to help Jean, and they all 
realize the truth: when Nate first crashed to 
earth (iss. 5), his subconscious sought the 
AOA Jean and reassembled Maddie. He tries to 
reverse it and let her rest in peace, but she 
continues to live on her own, and leaves.
	Jean invites Nate back to the X-mansion, but 
he's a loner. Maddie goes to bed with Shaw in 
Hong Kong. Nate realizes his TK is burnt out, 
and only his telepathy is left.


Issue:	X-Man 26
Date:	Apr-97
Story:	Down to Earth (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Peter Parker and the staff of the Daily
Bugle 
including Ralfie; Dr. Moira MacTaggert; 
Excalibur: Amanda Sefton, Nightcrawler (Kurt 
Wagner), Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), Kitty 
Pryde, Pete Wisdom; Val Cooper; Havok (Alex 
Summers)
Villains:	Dark Beast, Fatale
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Pascual Ferry
	Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Hack Shack
	Colors: Mike Thomas, GCW
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nate stows away (on Swiss ships?), sails,
and 
climbs the cliffs to Muir to get a physical form 
Moira.
	Previously he had psychically projected his 
image to talk to Parker, who lectures him on 
the impropriety of such a stunt, then suggests 
he consult the X-Men about his medical 
condition, or at least Moira.
	So he spies around Muir, hiding himself from 
everyone's perceptions. But Moira has a 
helmet with shields, and she points a big gun 
at him. He gets her to call Forge, in Virginia, 
but Cooper reports X-Factor are all dead (Nate 
knows that's false, see X-Factor 132).
	Moira is amazed that he created a living 
being, notices his binge eating, and sees his TK 
is dormant. Then she starts shooting, chasing 
him through the lab. Just a test, to see if his TK 
would reflexively kick back in. She says his 
mind is just suppressing, to save itself.
	Dark Beast sends Havok to Muir to recruit 
him to their Brotherhood.


Issue:	X-Man 27
Date:	May-97
Story:	Blood Brothers (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Havok (Alex Summers), Aurora (Jeanne-
Marie Beaubier)
Villains:	Dept. H guards, Fatale, Dark Beast
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In Canada, Dept. H has been quietly
preparing 
to cooperate with anti-mutant programs in 
the U.S. government. They are transferring 
Aurora, captive and drugged, on a train 
which Havok and his Brotherhood attack, 
with Nate observing.
	Nate reads a guard's mind and learns that the 
train is shipping poison gas (Coldsnap, or CS-
9), so he joins the battle and takes over the 
guards' minds and the train.
	They deliver Aurora to professional help, then 
give Nate a chair and helmet to restore his TK. 
He later wanders the base and finds a locked 
vault, and inside, the poison. He confronts 
Fatale and Havok, who says the poison was 
their main objective, so he reads Havok's 
mind to make sure he isn't under someone 
else's control. Alex lets him learn of Dark 
Beast.
	Back in New York, mysterious things wait for 
Threnody in the loft.


Issue:	X-Man 28
Date:	Jun-97
Story:	Dance with the Devil (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Nate Grey
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Havok (Alex Summers), Aurora (Jeanne-
Marie Beaubier)
Villains:	Fatale, Dark Beast (here called the Black 
Beast), AOA Aurora and Northstar (Jean-Paul 
Beaubier), AOA Havok; the Hellfire Club: 
Sebastian Shaw, Tessa, Madelyne Pryor II, 
Selene, Trevor Fitzroy
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Terry Kavanagh
	Pencils: Roger Cruz
	Inks: Bud LaRosa
	Colors: Mike Thomas
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Editor: Jaye Gardner
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Nate projects an image of what would happen 
if the CS-9 were released. He doesn't trust the 
Brotherhood; Havok says better them than 
Dept. H, and reminds him that Dark Beast 
fixed his TK, which neither Moira nor the X-
Men did. Nate blasts his way out and plans to 
take Aurora with him, until he realizes she's 
nuts.
	She calls out for her brother, and Nate 
remembers avoiding the AOA version of the 
twins and of Havok.
	Nate decides to leave the Brotherhood, and 
Alex tries to convince him otherwise but then 
lets him go. Nate knows his "Uncle Alex" is 
lying to himself. Fatale uses her feminine wiles 
trying to keep him, but he just stops back to 
tell Dark Beast not to harm Aurora and to 
destroy the DS-9 by exposing it to air, and to 
himself in the process.
	In Hong Kong, Maddie is officially inducted 
into the Hellfire Club, as Shaw's consort, and 
Selene allies with Fitzroy and Tessa against 
her.



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