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Index to X-Men Volume II Version 2.0, last modified January 21, 2001 by Robert Diehl (email@example.com) Note: UXM = Uncanny X-Men. Issue: X-Men II:1 Date: Oct-91 Story: Rubicon (39 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Forge, Gambit, Jubilee Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Col. Nick Fury, Chief Magistrate Anderson Villains: Magneto and his Acolytes including Fabian Cortez, Maj. Harry Delgado Other Characters: Nance, Sasha, Deke Credits: Writer & Pencils: Chris Claremont, Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: In space above Russia, one shuttle pursues another, lasers blasting. Magneto appears and rips them apart, refusing to allow battle near his Asteroid M. The first shuttle calls: they are mutants who want him to lead them. He protests that those days are over, but they say he can't abandon his people. Russia notices Magneto's energy signature, notifies Washington, and initiates Stage One of the Magneto Protocols. Xavier has recently returned from space (UXM 275) and now plans for the future. The X-Men test Forge's defense systems: Bobby is knocked down by missiles; Rogue leads them around to destroy their launchers; Warren tosses Piotr into the mansion, but Jean stops him telepathically. Sean notices a second assault team below the mansion and sends robots to attack; Rogue is knocked out by a second wave of missiles. Remy sneaks off alone, gets to Jean, and kisses her. She explodes: a robot decoy. Telepathically masked by Betsy, Logan rips up through the floor and tags the real Xavier, putting his claws dangerously near his head and angering Scott. Logan goes off in a huff, while Scott tests the upgraded Danger Room. Fury briefs the X-Men about Magneto. Rogue says they shouldn't assume he's going to attack (they shared a moment, UXM 274- 275). Xavier adopts Scott's plan to split the team into two strike forces. Magneto stops his new guests from fighting. Deke shoots a mutant just as she asks for sanctuary; Magneto turns Deke's gun against himself. Cortez, calling the humans "flatscans," has a proposition. Cerebro detects Magneto in the mid-Atlantic, so Xavier sends the Blue Team (Scott, Hank, Logan, Rogue, Remy, Betsy) on the new Blackbird. Magneto has raised the Leningrad, the sub he sank (UXM 150): he wants the nuclear missiles for self-defense. He stops the Blackbird in mid-flight; the X-Men attack and get their heads handed to them. Logan starts to go berserk, so Scott blasts Magneto out of his way. He lands among the bones of the sub's crew, which gives him pause, but he rallies, takes the missiles, and flies away. Rogue goes after him to talk, not fight, but Russian jets shoot her down, making Magneto's point for him. He detonates one missile and disrupts electronics across Russia, then returns to his asteroid. He is bleeding from Logan's claws; Cortez uses his power to heal him. The X-Men search for Rogue; Xavier contacts them: he got a phone call from Genosha, saying she landed there. Cortez has formed the Acolytes, including Delgado, who led the Russians but switched sides. They rampage through Hammer Bay to get Rogue as ally or as prisoner. The X-Men arrive and give battle. Magneto arrives and orates: "All my life, I have seen people slaughtered wholesale for no more reason than the Deity they worshipped, or the color of their skin--or the presence in their DNA of an extra, special gene. ? Henceforth, I declare Asteroid M a sovereign world. Home and haven to mutantkind." Sean finds Moira crying, saying this is all her fault. Issue: X-Men II:2 Date: Nov-91 Story: Firestorm (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Forge, Gambit Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Col. Nick Fury, Val Cooper, Chief Magistrate Anderson Villains: Magneto and his Acolytes including Fabian Cortez, Chrome; Alpha the Ultimate Mutant (in flashback); Gen. Akhronayev; Matsu'o Tsurayaba Other Characters: Alexyev, Dmitri Credits: Writer & Pencils: Chris Claremont, Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Magneto defends his Acolytes, even though they have just attacked a hospital, and Rogue says he's proving the anti-mutant bigots right. He uses steel beams to take down an assault helicopter, specially made from plastics, and pushes the X-Men into the basement to rescue the patients. Rogue flies at him, but he tosses her into the bay. Betsy tries to get Cortez, but he parries her blow, then uses his mutant power to greatly enhance hers. At the UN, Val and Fury observe. Alexyev is angry about a nuclear detonation over Russia, but the Chinese want to make peace with Magneto. Anderson calls from Genosha, furious. Russia demands they implement the Magneto Protocols. Betsy falls under the flood of anti-mutant thoughts; Hank rescues her from the mob. Remy cracks Cortez across the back of the skull with his quarterstaff. Magneto has Scott and Logan wrapped up and demands the mutants stop squabbling. He tries to get Rogue to trust him; meanwhile, Betsy sneaks up and plunges her enhanced psychic knife through his armor. Rogue is about to finish him off when Chrome encases the X-Men in metal. Magneto lifts everyone to Asteroid M, now guarded by Soviet nukes. He chides Cortez for starting this mess; Cortez says he found an anomaly: someone altered Magneto's DNA. The Soviets launch a plasma cannon. Xavier goes to Moira, crying in the boathouse, which Magneto enters and lifts into the stratosphere while Forge and Sean watch helplessly. Magneto wants answers: he was regressed to childhood by his own creation (Defenders 16), and cared for by Moira until an alien restored him (UXM 104). He demands to know what she did to him; she refuses to answer, so he pushes Xavier through the wall and into space until she confesses. On Asteroid M, in front of Acolytes and X- Men, she says his body was unable to handle its own power, resulting in a mental imbalance. She tried to stabilize his genetic matrix to save him, as she was unable to do for her son (Proteus, UXM 126-128). Magneto takes her by the throat, furious that she played God with him. Every decision he made since then is now suspect. He encases her in metal, to force her to perform the same process on the X-Men and make them his allies. In the Sakhalin Islands, Russian soldiers sell Omega Red's container to Matsu'o, who double-crosses and kills them. Scott tells Xavier his team has joined Magneto. In Westchester, Ororo's team uses Danger Room simulations but can't see how to defeat them, Magneto, and the Acolytes all at once. Fury informs them Stage 3 of the Magneto Protocols have been activated, so a de facto state of war exists. He suggests the X-Men move quickly. Issue: X-Men II:3 Date: Dec-91 Story: Fallout! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Forge, Gambit Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Col. Nick Fury, Val Cooper, Chief Magistrate Anderson Villains: Magneto and his Acolytes including Fabian Cortez, Harry Delgado Other Characters: Ambassador Kamanev Credits: Writer & Pencils: Chris Claremont, Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Forge has rigged an invisible, non-metallic glider to let the X-Men approach Asteroid M without being detected. Ororo uses her power to draw wind high into space. Meanwhile, the UN positions its plasma cannon. Magneto must be destroyed at all costs. Fury warns Jean, saying humanity is scared of all the super-beings that have popped up. Through her psi-link with Scott, Jean knows his conversion is genuine. Cortez suggests the same for Xavier, but Magneto wants him broken, not turned. When Moira protests, he covers her mouth with metal, then yells at her for manipulating him. He falters, ill, pushes Moira away, and lets Cortez reenergize him. Scott's team relaxes on the asteroid; Remy wants to risk touching Rogue, but she flies off. Logan sneaks away, and only Hank notices. Jean exhausts herself, telekinetically pulling the glider to the asteroid. Logan reaches Moira, says he knows the glider is coming, and unsheathes his claws. Bobby super- freezes the wall of the asteroid, and Piotr punches through it. Xavier meets them. His and Jean's telepathy is being inhibited, so Scott sneaks up, kisses Jean, and then blasts her. X-Men fight X-Men and Acolytes: Delgado smashes Piotr; Hank rejoins the good guys and stomps Delgado. Remy whups Sean; Forge shoots him, but he deflects the shots; Bobby gets Remy, then Betsy stabs his brain. That was a mistake: he uncontrollably blasts ice and gets her. Jean's psi-link to Scott lets her anticipate his blasts, but she is tiring. Rogue, also reconverted, blocks one for her. Magneto arrives, saying he should have known nothing could make the X-Men his allies. Scott blasts him, angry at having been manipulated. An Acolyte shoots him, then Magneto stops the battle. Xavier tells Magneto his way will always be tainted with blood and rage; Magneto chokes him, then collapses. Logan stands ready to finish him, but he's no murderer. Moira says her process failed when the X-Men used their mutant powers and reverted to their natural state; therefore Magneto had never been under her control. She warns him that Cortez's treatments are harming him. Cortez escapes in a pod, takes control of the plasma cannon, and fires. Magneto puts up a shield; Xavier says he should evacuate with the X-Men, but he stands with his Acolytes and pushes Xavier into the glider, mentally saying he is saving the X-Men because his mission is to protect mutants. He has no quarrel with them, as long as they don't oppose him. Explosions engulf the asteroid, and the X-Men return home. Issue: X-Men II:4 Date: Jan-92 Story: The Resurrection and the Flesh (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Banshee, Rogue, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Villains: Omega Red (Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich) and gunmen, Matsu'o Tsurayaba; Fenris (Andrea and Andreas von Strucker); Magneto, Kevin MacTaggert (both in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Lee, Byrne Inks: Williams Letters: Orzechowski Colors: Rosas Editor: Harras Editor-in-Chief: DeFalco Synopsis: On a volcanic island in the South Pacific, twenty men lay hands on Omega Red. They die; he rises. Technicians say the mutant death factor is under control, but then they are also killed. Matsu'o shows Omega Red a photo of Logan, his old enemy. Logan, Remy, Jubilee, and Rogue are playing basketball. Remy wins, too easily, and Rogue thinks he's cheating. They quarrel; Logan ruins the basket, and Remy charges the ball. He hits Rogue with it, then tries to kiss her, so she pushes him away. Moira has a nightmare: her son falls off a cliff. She tries to save him, but he turns into Magneto, and dark forces grab her. Sean goes to her; Xavier mindlinks them (his broken jaw is wired shut). She is distraught over her failure, and they try to convince her to stay among friends, but she decides to go, leaving Sean behind. In Berlin, Matsu'o plots with Fenris, who want to become Upstart Dominant and thereby immortal. Remy takes Rogue out to a restaurant for their first official date: her in a gown, riding on the back of his motorcycle. Hank (for whom Forge has recreated an image inducer), Logan, and Jubilee tag along in a jeep. Remy tries to lose them; a wire is stretched across the road and hits Rogue in the neck. Gunmen destroy Remy's bike, then attack the jeep, which crashes. The X-Men try to fight back; Omega Red knocks out all but Logan, whom he strangles in his tentacles. Thugs masquerading as ambulance drivers bundle the other X-Men up, as Moira rides past in a cab. Issue: X-Men II:5 Date: Feb-92 Story: Blowback (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Forge, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Maverick (David North), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Lila Cheney, Longshot Villains: Omega Red and gunmen, Upstarts Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Fenris; Dr. Cornelius; Victor Creed (in flashback); Mojo, Spiral Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, John Byrne Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams, Art Thibert, Bob Wiacek, Joe Rubinstein Letters: Tom, Lois Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Cerebro sounds an alarm; Forge, Scott, Piotr, and Betsy run to the Blackbird. Hank, Rogue, Jubilee, and Remy wake up in the ambulance, and Remy has a literal ace up his sleeve and frees them. Rogue flies ahead to the ambulance holding Logan, but gunmen shoot her down. Jubilee and Hank manage to drive off the road, while the Blackbird attacks. Betsy warns Scott and Piotr to get away, just as the gunmen blow themselves up. Piotr emerges from the wreckage with Logan's mask. Logan battles Omega Red in a snow bank, while the Upstarts observe their stamina. They call off Omega Red; Logan, half-dead, remembers seeing him in Berlin thirty years ago. Cornelius rigs Logan for a mind probe; the Upstarts want to recreate the carbonadium synthesizer. Xavier briefs the X-Men, and sends the Blue Team after Logan while the Gold Team meets with Emma Frost (UXM 281). Jubilee insists on tagging along; Sean leaves to go after Moira; Forge plays chess with Xavier while they wait. Maverick breaks into the lab, turns out the lights, and frees Logan, who grabs a canister and makes a run for it. Cornered by Omega Red, he slashes through the wall, jumps out of the building, and disappears from sight. Maverick gets him and tells him to rest. The X-Men arrive, and Maverick leaves them to their fate. In Malibu, Lila tries to make Dazzler remember her past, but she has amnesia. Longshot crashes in and kisses her, and Lila ports them away when Spiral shows up. Issue: X-Men II:6 Date: Mar-92 Story: Farther Still (21 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Maverick, Lila Cheney, Longshot, Dazzler Villains: the Hand, Omega Red, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Sabretooth and Birdy, Mojo, Major Domo, Fenris, Dr. Cornelius Other Characters: Janice Hollenbeck (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Jubilee, Hank, and Scott fight past ninja guards, but then Omega Red attacks them. Carbonadium, a flexible alloy similar to adamantium, conducts his mutant death factor, and he has lethal pheromones on the side. Everyone is looking for Logan. Maverick has him; unconscious, he remembers working with him and Creed to disrupt the super soldier program, Creed killing the scientist Janice, and all of them jumping ten stories to escape Omega Red. Mojo co-opts Lila's teleport and orders his guards to attack. Lila suggests Dazzler remember how to user her light power, quickly. Longshot insists Mojo is not above the law, and an alien helps them escape down a chute. They get to Longshot's rebel base, and he kisses Dazzler, trying to jog her memory. Fenris and their ninjas attack the X-Men; their bioelectric blast fells Remy; Matsu'o takes control of Betsy by post-hypnotic suggestion; she uses her psionic knife to knock out Rogue. Through shared psionic rapport, Logan feels Betsy's pain and wakes up. He pops claws on Maverick, his memory having been erased. An alarm distracts him, and Maverick knocks him away, then pulls a gun to arrest him. Logan points out Creed is the one who tripped the alarm. Creed and Birdy meet with Matsu'o, who has an X-Man collection. He vaguely remembers Omega Red, and he has tussled with Remy before. He takes Betsy to track Logan, who convinces Maverick to free him, since he can't beat Creed alone. Turns out they can't beat him together, either, and Creed drags them back to Matsu'o. Matsu'o offers the X-Men to Omega Red, until they can stabilize his metabolism with the carbonadium synthesizer. Issue: X-Men II:7 Date: Apr-92 Story: Inside? Out! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Maverick, Longshot, Dazzler Villains: Dr. Cornelius, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Omega Red, Fenris, Sabretooth, Mojo, Major Domo Other Characters: Janice Hollenbeck (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Cornelius probes Logan's mind to see what he did with the carbonadium synthesizer: Logan, Creed, and Maverick had infiltrated the Russian lab just as they were creating their super soldier, Omega Red. Creed has Maverick captive and keeps repeating one sentence. Matsu'o realizes what happened to the synthesizer and tells Cornelius to kill Logan. Betsy attacks, having feigned being under Matsu'o's control. She makes Omega Red think he has released his death factor, then stabs him through the lung. Maverick jumps up, also having feigned defeat, and shoots one guard in the head so the other gives him directions to the lab. Then he shoots him and takes charge of Creed, who is under Betsy's mind control. Betsy takes out Andrea, but Matsu'o knocks her silly. Creed and Maverick go to free the X- Men, but when Betsy is knocked out, Creed is free. Hank kicks him with his leg restraints, then uses them to free Jubilee, who blasts Creed with fireworks. Matsu'o gloats over Betsy, but then Logan breaks free. He and Omega Red fight, then the X-Men break down the door with Creed's body. Scott blasts Matsu'o; Remy throws charged debris at Andreas; Rogue takes out Omega Red. The lab starts to explode, so Scott makes a hole in the roof and has Hank call for the Blackbird. In the Mojoverse, Longshot's rebels have been defeated, and Dazzler plans to contact the X- Men. At the German embassy, Maverick asks the X- Men to keep all this quiet. Logan goes to take care of unfinished business: Matsu'o has his men digging up Janice's grave, since Logan had put the synthesizer into her body. But he has already put himself in her coffin. Cornelius is about to shoot Logan, when Maverick shoots him through the head. Logan tosses the synthesizer to Maverick, then goes to find information about his past. Issue: X-Men II:8 Date: May-92 Story: Tooth and Claw (20 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Forge, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Bella Donna Boudreaux Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Lee, Thibert Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Logan can't get computer access to files about his past in Germany and is irritated when Jubilee wants him to meet Bishop, whom Ororo has reluctantly accepted onto the team. Bishop says Forge will be called Genesis, and that Jubilee is the last X-Man. Forge is irritated that Ororo hasn't been spending time with him. Ororo is irritated that Scott went down in history as "the X-Men's greatest leader." Bishop recognizes Remy as the Witness (UXM 287) and commands (!) Xavier to psi-scan him to see if he is loyal. Xavier demurs, and Jean says it's time for a picnic at the lake. Logan gets a one-word answer: "Barrington." He feels his mind slipping, full of fake memories (Wolverine 30), so Xavier says he should focus on the present. Jean psi-bolts Scott when she catches him gawking at Betsy. Ororo has to get Bishop to stand down and reminds him they can't build a better future by brutalily. Rogue has prepared a picnic basket for Remy, and he flirtatiously chases her. She runs smack into Bishop, who picks a fight with Remy, who charges Rogue's boysenberry pie and throws it. Rogue's face gets in the way, and she doesn't kill them both but tells Bishop to judge Remy as he is, not as he might become. Just then, Bella Donna appears and blasts all three of them. Remy has them stand down and says that's his wife. She meets with the team and says the New Orleans guilds are at war. Remy explains that he wed her to bring peace between the Thieves and Assassins Guilds; her brother fought Remy and was killed, and Remy was exiled (before UXM 266). He must return to restore the peace, and the X-Men go with him. Ghost Rider speeds into New Orleans, scaring a local sheriff half to death. Note: the story continues in Ghost Rider II:26. Issue: Ghost Rider II:26 Date: Jun-92 Story: Blood Feud! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men: Cyclops, Gambit, Psylocke, Jubilee, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue; Bella Donna Boudreaux; Thieves Guild including Bernard Le Branche, Jean and Michelle Martine Villains: Brood in the Assassins Guild Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Wagner Inks: Mike Witherby Letters: Janice Chiang Colors: Gregory Wright Editor: Bobbie Chase Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this occurs after X-Men II:8. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and the Assassins Guild (Boudreaux) is plying its trade against the Thieves Guild (LeBeau). Le Branche is victim #12, and Ghost Rider comes to avenge the innocent blood. His human host, Ketch, has been wounded, and he needs to find Blaze to save his life. The X-Men arrive in a rental car and get pulled over by a sheriff. He pulls his gun when he sees they're mutants, so Logan slices it, Jubilee blinds him, and Scott blasts out his tires, and Remy destroys his whole car to prevent him using the radio. They leave him there by the side of the road (protect a world that fears and hates them?). Ghost Rider goes to a church in a lonely part of the French Quarter. Nearby, an assassin kills another thief, and then his pregnant wife. Ghost Rider fights him, not sure he's human. He gets away, and Ghost Rider chases him into an ambush. The Assassins want to make him one of their own: they reveal themselves to be Brood. They overpower him, and the queen implants an egg. Rogue and Bella Donna reconnoiter the city and find nothing. Remy takes charge from Scott; Logan sniffs out the players and realizes they're up against the Brood. Melee ensues. Then they come across the Queen and Ghost Rider, who is now Brood. Note: the story continues in X-Men II:9. Issue: X-Men II:9 Date: Jun-92 Story: The Not So Big Easy (20 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Bella Donna Boudreaux Villains: Brood in the Assassins Guild, including Slaymasters Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Lee, Thibert Letters: Orzechowski, Buhalis Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this occurs after Ghost Rider II:26. The Brood has taken over half the Assassins Guild, killed half the Thieves. The X-Men fight them, and Remy sees that Bella Donna now has powers. Jubilee finds herself facing Ghost Rider, who has been infested, and Hank rescues her. ("As she is technically not an X- Man, Jubilee isn't covered by our major medical insurance. You hurt her. She sues us. We'll lose the house.") Logan decides to take the fight to the queen. Then the floor caves in, and they are separated in a labyrinth of caverns under the city. Bella Donna hits Remy, angry that he left her on their wedding day rather than taking her into exile. Logan slices and dices Ghost Rider, who was about to attack Hank, who realizes that the Brood is arguing with Ghost Rider's human host, so the implant isn't complete. Ghost Rider runs off, and Logan goes after. Scott helps Betsy, who flirts with him. Jubilee stumbles upon a chamber full of captives, whom Rogue helps free from their cocoons. Ghost Rider attacks them, and the wall collapses; Scott and Betsy are on the other side. Scott zaps Ghost Rider, who says the Brood chose the Guilds because they have been specially bred for centuries. Remy tosses a card at him before he can reveal any more. Bella Donna blasts him with her accidentally acquired powers. Betsy stabs him with her psionic blade, and when she senses Ketch's mind, she goes in. She finds herself with Ketch, Ghost Rider, the Brood, and Bella Donna. The ladies separate the Brood and destroy it. Ghost Rider is free, but Bella Donna is mortally wounded, and Remy holds her in his arms as she dies and disintegrates. The X-Men and Ghost Rider prepare to take vengeance on the Brood. Note: the story continues in Ghost Rider II:27. Issue: Ghost Rider II:27 Date: Jul-92 Story: Vengeance: Pure and Simple (22 pages) Feature Characters: Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men: Cyclops, Gambit, Psylocke, Jubilee, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue; John Blaze Villains: Brood Other Characters: Clara Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Ron Wagner Inks: Mike Witherby Letters: Janice Chiang Colors: Gregory Wright Editor: Bobbie Chase Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this occurs after X-Men II:9. Ghost Rider and the X-Men take the battle to the Brood Queen's lair, to rescue the captive children of both the Guilds, glued to the walls of the cavern. Ketch, within Ghost Rider, is dying. Clara tells Blaze that he needs help, so he leaves the carnival behind. Ghost Rider, Remy, and Logan track the queen, while the rest defend the children. Ghost Rider faces the queen and pulls her skeleton right out of her body, but even that doesn't stop her. Blaze arrives, guns blazing, and they take off the queen's head. Logan sticks claws through her eyes, tosses the head in the air, Remy explodes it with a card, and Scott blasts it, just to make sure. Ghost Rider and Blaze ride off together. Remy vows to track down the traitor to the Guilds. Issue: X-Men II: Annual 1 Date: 1992 Story 1: The Slaves of Destiny (36 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Psylocke, Rogue, Gambit, Wolverine, Cyclops, Prof. X, Forge Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Arize (Toymaker), Quark Villains: Mojo, Major Domo, Spiral, Gog, Magog Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Jim Lee, P. Craig Russell, Brian Stelfreeze, Adam Hughes, Stuart Immonen, Dan Panosian, Greg Capullo, Mark Texiera Inks: P. Craig Russell, Brian Stelfreeze, Joe Rubinstein, Harry Candelario, Dan Panosian, Mark Texiera Letters: Tom Orzechowski, Lois Buhalis Colors: Joe Rosas Managing Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this is part 1 of Shattershot. Arize narrates that Mojo has crushed the rebellion. Quark gives himself up to save the life of a hostage, who is immediately killed anyway. Mojo sees the carnage and gloats; he personally captures Arize in his hidden bunker. Arize refuses to make new slaves and blows himself up. Mojo realizes he has escaped, and Major Domo says he probably went to Earth. Hank, Betsy, Rogue and Remy train in the Danger Room, racing each other to the control panel. Betsy gets there first, but Logan pops out of the wall and says she's dead. Scott says that reaching your destination doesn't always mean the mission is over. Mojo wants more bipeds, because they bring in great ratings. Major Domo has him contact Spiral, who is on Earth looking for Longshot, so he can recapture Arize. Cerebro has detected a new mutant in Afghanistan. The X-Men find him among the Muhajedin camp (who at this point are seen as freedom fighters against the Soviets). They evade a stinger missile and punch a few rebels, then Hank says, in Pushti, that they're not here to fight and gets taken to the injured Arize. Betsy mind-links with him and learns of the rebellion and its leader, Longshot. Mojo's retrieval team, plus an announcer, arrives, and Remy and Rogue run into them on reconnaissance. The announcer is enthusiastic about the battle, until Remy knocks him off his aircraft. The rest of the X-Men join in: Scott zaps, Logan impales, Betsy uses her psionic knife, and Hank kicks, babbles, and spins one poor soul acrobatically with his feet. Gog calls a retreat, and they port away. Scott prevents the team from following them, not willing to endanger the current mission, even though Longshot is involved. Mojo is enraged to learn he received the highest ratings ever, as the fans laughed at his failure. He decides he doesn't need Arize and plans to make his own bipeds. Major Domo awaits his downfall. Note: continued in UXM Ann. 16. Note: following are diagrams of the mansion and the grounds and pin-ups of Psylocke and Beast; Colossus, Psylocke and Gambit; Wolverine; Prof. X, gambit, Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Bishop, and Iceman's foot Story 2: X-Men's top Ten Villains (5 pages) Feature Characters: Jubilee, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Dan Slott Pencils: Karl Altstatter Inks: S. Williams, B. Vancata Letters: Starkings Colors: Dana Moreshead Synopsis: Jubilee has the Danger Room set up the X- Men's top ten villains; Logan catches her and initiates the safety locks. 10. Mojo 9. the Reavers 8. Sentinels 7. the Brood 6. the Upstarts 5. Omega Red 4. Apocalypse 3. Mr. Sinister and the Marauders 2. Magneto and the Acolytes Jubilee guesses that #1 is Dark Phoenix, but Logan says that scenario was already played out. 1. Hatred, in this case, anti-mutant hysteria. Note: following is a pin-up of Rogue and Psylocke, a diagram of the Blackbird, and pin- ups of Havok and Cyclops vs. Sentinels; Mojo; Forge, Wolverine, Banshee and Xavier vs. Omega Red; and Rogue Issue: X-Men II:10 Date: Jul-92 Story 1: Where Happy Little Bluebirds Fly? (16 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Longshot, Lila Cheney, Dazzler Villains: Mojo, Major Domo, Mojo II the Sequel Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Wiacek, Altstaetter, Panosian Letters: Buhalis, Orzechowski Colors: Ariane Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Longshot, amnesiac, is blown by a tornado to Kansas. His house lands on top of a woman cyclist. He sees Scott, brainless, Rogue, unable to kiss, and Logan, cowardly. Hank plays Toto, with growls only he makes Longshot remember they are being manipulated by Mojo. The start down a yellow brick road to his citadel. Mojo's "The Wizard of X" is making record ratings; he has Xavier strung up and forced to watch. Major Domo reruns how the X-Men were captured: Dazzler found a teleporter to take her to Westchester, but he was a double agent and kidnapped the X-Men to the Mojoverse. Mojo immediately jammed the psi's; Scott turned up the music to charge Dazzler, who zaps Mojo and escapes. She sees Longshot, working for Mojo again, and falls down a well. Mojo sends Remy, Betsy, Jubilee, and Lila to attack Longshot. Dazzler, unconscious among the garbage, is retrieved by Mojo II (see next iss.). Story 2: Last Stand (6 pages) Feature Characters: Maverick (David North) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: a super soldier, Alexander Ryking Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils, Inks: Mark Texiera Letters: L. Lois Buhalis Colors: Mike Rockwitz Synopsis: Maverick is surrounded by guards. He drops a grenade, locks himself in his armor, and kills a few dozen. Ryking observes and considers giving himself up, but a super soldier refuses to let him, saying Barrington needs him. Maverick blasts in; Ryking swears he told Barrington everything he knows about the Xavier File; Maverick is still under orders to kill him, but gets interrupted by a blast to the back. The super soldier says he needs Ryking to fix his body, which the X-Men rendered useless. They begin a tussle. Issue: X-Men II:11 Date: Aug-92 Story 1: The X-Men vs. the X-Men! (Again) (16 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Longshot, Lila Cheney, Dazzler Villains: Mojo, Major Domo, Mojo II Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Bob Wiacek Letters: Lois Buhalis Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Mojo II wants Dazzler to help him overthrow Mojo, whose popularity is at an all-time high because of the X-Men broadcast. Suspicious of him, she goes along. Mojo II says the spined slaves of the Mojoverse are ready to revolt if given leadership, and he has his agents controlling the cameras, to broadcast his own victory. Longshot can't read Lila out of her mind control, while Betsy stabs Scott with her psionic knife, making him blast Rogue full- force, knocking her out of the arena and out of Mojo's control. Then he blasts Mojo's control booth, but it is made of transparent Mojonium. Xavier, unable to break through Mojo's telepathic dampers alone, is linking to each of his students' minds with Betsy's help. She goes to free Jubilee, who then attacks Logan, snapping him out of his cowardice. He slashes at Mojo's control booth weakening it enough for Rogue to smash through. Mojo II arrives as well: he is a clone, "flawed" with compassion (and a spine). The spined ones raise rebellion, and Mojo fights. ("Maybe I should have stuck to Brady Bunch reruns?quot;) Longshot stabs his fat belly with a sword, and he disintegrates. Mojo II takes over; Xavier senses that Dazzler is expecting. Longshot suggests the name "Shatterstar" (see X-Force, esp. iss. 61). Story 2: Over ?Again (7 pages) Feature Characters: Maverick (David North) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: a super soldier, Alexander Ryking Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils, Inks: Mark Texiera Letters: L. Lois Buhalis Synopsis: Maverick empties his machine gun on the super soldier, who has omnium skin. Then he tries a grenade, which at least gets himself blown away from the villain. He wishes he still had his mutant healing factor. He gets to a hydraulic bolt gun and fires, piercing the weakened skin. The soldier begins to overload with energy; Ryking still insists he doesn't know how Xavier got hold of the Xavier File. Maverick follows his hateful orders, shoots another bolt, and kills them both. Issue: X-Men II:12 Date: Sep-92 Story: Broken Mirrors (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Val Cooper Villains: Sauron, Toad, Pyro, Blob (as holograms); Carter Ryking Other Characters: John, Wilcox; Blackwell; Bill, Charles Jaco Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils & Inks: Art Thibert, Dan Panosian, Trevor Scott Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Rosas, Javins Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: The Ryking Hospital near Las Cruces, New Mexico, is "the Betty Ford Clinic for rich super folks." The staff scramble to sedate Carter as he has another seizure; he is a mutant, hospitalized since childhood. He had see CNN report of his father's death. Rogue takes a swim, and Remy wants to talk about his wife. She's not sure how she feels. Hank drives Betsy to the airport; she's visiting England. Scott observes, and frustrated, smashes a picture of Jean. Xavier has Jubilee training in the Danger Room against second-string villains. Blob catches and kisses her, then Logan puts a claw through his brain. He's angry with Xavier for keeping a top-secret file from him; Xavier is angry at Logan's invasion of his privacy. Logan apologizes but still wants answers. Carter blasts free of the hospital, destroying the interns who try to taser him. He goes to find out what his father did to him. The file concerns his father's work, in 1964, saying he was researching mutations. Xavier recently received it anonymously and isn't convinced it's true. Xavier goes to Alexander Ryking's funeral in Sioux Falls; Carter flies in, kills the guards who pull guns, and says his father was evil. Xavier links with him telepathically; they had been boys together. Carter says he sent Xavier the file. Xavier sees he has gone mad but agrees to go to Alamogordo with him. The X- Men see the news reports and confer with Val. Issue: X-Men II:13 Date: Oct-92 Story: Hazardous Territory (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Cannonball Villains: Carter Ryking; Stryfe and the Mutant Liberation Force: Zero, Rusty Collins, Skids Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils & Inks: Art Thibert, Dan Panosian Letters: Lois Buhalis Colors: Rosas, Javins Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Brian Xavier, Kurt Marko, and Alexander Ryking worked together at Alamogordo, and two of their sons became mutants (and the other a big bully). Carter wants to know why, so he takes Xavier to the abandoned base. He is angry Xavier didn't believe the file he sent him, and blasts a wall to reveal a hidden staircase. The X-Men arrive, and Logan tracks Xavier. Rogue tries to help, considering his recent mental problems, but he just gets angry. He expects to find answers on this base, too. They find the hidden subbasements; Scott, Remy, and Hank arrive to find Carter holding Xavier, Logan, and Rogue. Cannonball (having just lost Cable, X-Force 15) calls the mansion, interrupting Jubilee's bubble bath, then doesn't leave a message. Rusty and Skids, working for Stryfe, recover a scroll with Egyptian writing and a picture of Apocalypse. The X-Men are uncoordinated, trying to capture Carter, while Xavier and Hank say they should just talk to him. Scott blasts the tasers he has attached to his arms; without them, he can't control the release of his energy. The X-Men are about to flee, but Xavier won't abandon him. He tries to control him telepathically, but his power explodes, destroying the base but leaving the epicenter unharmed. Logan questions Carter, but Xavier says they found nothing in the base and suggests they investigate elsewhere.
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