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Issue:	X-Men II:14
Date:	Nov-92
Story:	Fingers on the Trigger (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Archangel, 
Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, 
Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	Val Cooper, Stevie Hunter; X-Factor:
Havok, 
Polaris, Quicksilver, Multiple Man, Strong 
Guy, Wolfsbane; X-Force: Cannonball, 
Boomer, Shatterstar, Rictor; Cable and 
Professor; X-Force: Siryn, Warpath, 
Cannonball, Boomer, Rictor, Feral, Shatterstar, 
Sunspot
Villains:	Sinister, MLF including Zero; Apocalypse and

Dark Riders
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington
	Letters: Lois Buhalis
	Colors: Marie Javins
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 3 of the X-Cutioners's
Song 
crossover and occurs after X-Factor 84.
	Hank consults with Moira, but they can't fix 
the T-O virus in Xavier's head. X-Men Gold 
takes Quicksilver to find Scott and Jean, X-
Men Blue takes X-Factor to find Cable, and 
Bishop stays to guard Xavier (barn door: 
horse).
	In Panama, Sinister exchanges Scott and Jean 
for genetic material from Stryfe.
	X-Force, fleeing after their confrontation with 
X-Factor, crashes their stolen SHIELD carrier 
in west Texas; Cerebro is now able to track 
them. Havok and Remy suspect they don't 
have anything to do with Stryfe's 
machinations, and Logan says the dream 
might now be dead.
	In Egypt, the Dark Riders arouse Apocalypse 
early, saying Scott and Jean were captured in 
his name.
	Cable (the real one) time travels back to his 
space station. Professor briefs him; he is 
surprised to see himself shooting Xavier. 
	Jubilee takes some coffee to Bishop, out 
patrolling the grounds. An alarm sounds: 
Sinister is in the mansion, with Stevie and Val 
hostage. 
	X-Factor and X-Men Blue land, but X-Force 
blasts Betsy, to show they're ready to fight if 
necessary.
	Note: continued in X-Force 16.


Issue:	X-Men II:15
Date:	Dec-92
Story:	the Camel's Back (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Archangel, 
Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, 
Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	X-Factor: Quicksilver, Havok, Polaris,
Strong 
Guy; X-Force: Boomer, Cannonball, 
Shatterstar
Villains:	MLF: Reaper, Forearm, Dragoness, 
Thumbelina, Slag, Rusty Collins, Skids, Strobe; 
Stryfe, Zero; Dark Riders including Foxbat, 
Psynapse, Tusk, Gauntlet, Harddrive
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington
	Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 7 of the X-Cutioners's
Song 
crossover and occurs after X-Factor 85.
	Reaper is about to do a double-header on 
Remy and Quicksilver, but Havok slags his 
scythe and Betsy his mind. Boomer fends off 
an attack by Forearm. Ororo, Rogue, and 
Polaris gang up on Dragoness, knocking her 
right out of her mechanical wings. Bobby ices 
Thumbelina and Slag before they run away. 
Cannonball chases down Rusty, and Skids 
breaks Boomer's jaw. Strobe blinds Rogue, but 
Polaris binds her in her own metallic costume. 
Ororo begins to question the MLF about 
Stryfe.
	In Newfoundland, Bishop, Logan, and Cable 
have teamed up. Unwilling to kill Dept. K 
guards, Cable bodyslides them to his space 
station Graymalkin.
	Strong Guy takes some spiked coffee to Piotr, 
who is taking out his frustrations on the 
grounds.
	Hank thinks he should spend less time on 
adventures and more in the lab. Nothing he 
tries on Xavier works, and Moira says it may 
be time to admit defeat.
	Stryfe toys with Scott and Jean, giving them 
baby food. Then he has Zero take him to 
Egypt, to confront Apocalypse. He easily 
defeats the Dark Riders, gets Apocalypse out 
of his regeneration chamber, and says he's 
going to kill him. 
	Note: continued in X-Force 17.


Issue:	X-Men II:16
Date:	Jan-93
Story:	Conflicting Cathexes (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Archangel, 
Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Psylocke, Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Cable, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball,
Wolfsbane
Villains:	Dark Riders including Foxbat, Psynapse,
Tusk, 
Gauntlet, Harddrive; Apocalypse; Stryfe, Zero
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Andy Kubert, Mark Pennington
	Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 9 of the X-Cutioners's
Song 
crossover and occurs after X-Factor 86.
	Logan, Bishop, and Cable fight Dark Riders 
and automated defenses on Stryfe's moon 
base. Bishop and Cable realize they need a 
strategy, and Gauntlet shoots Logan. Just then, 
the X-Men arrive. Stryfe looks on, enjoying 
his manipulation of his past. Then he takes 
Scott and Jean out to the lunar surface to 
finish things.
	In Westchester, Hank nurses Xavier.
	Betsy and Logan track Jean and Scott to a 
door, but when they open it, they realize it 
goes outside. Apocalypse goes off alone and 
runs into the Dark Riders, who prepare to kill 
him. Cannonball gets no answers from Cable, 
who knows how to fly Apocalypse's ship.
	Xavier wakes, screaming incoherently about 
all of them being ghosts in a machine, linked 
in love and hate and blood.
	Cable finds a facility surrounded by a force 
field that lets him and Havok through but 
knocks out Polaris and Cannonball. Stryfe is 
there, calling him "failed brother."
	Note: continued in X-Force 18.


Issue:	X-Men II:17
Date:	Feb-93
Story:	A Skinning of Souls Part 1: Waiting for the 
Ripening (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman,
Storm, 
Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, 
Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Nikolai, Alexandra and Illyana Rasputin; 
Father Alexi Garnoff, Darkstar (Laynia 
Petrovna), Col. Alexei Vazhin; X-Force: 
Cannonball, Warpath
Villains:	Kwannon
Other Characters:	Fyodr, Col.-Gen. Shatalov
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington
	Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Illyana is excited that Piotr is coming for
a 
visit; a government agent observes.
	A thousand miles to the north, Garnoff and 
Darkstar investigate Neftelensk, whose 
inhabitants have been frozen in place over the 
past few days. Darkstar flies up to reconnoiter 
and finds her father, who yells at her and 
makes her look into the Darkforce, then 
another entity rips into her soul, and she falls 
unconscious. Garnoff, a telepath, loses contact 
with her, and when he reaches out, he is also 
attacked, his most hurtful memories relived. 
Fyodr, Vazhin, and Shatalov discuss the 
situation and agree to send Omega Red in.
	X-Men Blue arrives at Piotr's house; the 
government agent sees them and notifies 
Vazhin.
	In Westchester, Rogue is still half-blind (iss. 
16), so Remy, as a lesson in trust and distrust, 
has her walk to the end of the diving board, 
catching her when she falls.
	Ororo brings Cannonball and Warpath to 
Xavier: they have just learned about the death 
of the Hellions (UXM 281-282), and they 
want to go to Brazil to tell Magma and 
Empath. Xavier can't violate his agreement 
with Val and lend them a Blackbird, but he 
suggests Firestar might arrange transportation 
(see New Warriors 31).
	In Tokyo, Kwannon fights off a band of 
attackers and prepares to find the X-Men.
	Logan goes outside to smoke, and finds Piotr 
contentedly digging out a root. He asks him 
why he stopped drawing after Mikhail's 
suicide, and he says, "Sometimes I wonder if 
leaving here to follow another man's dream, 
no matter how noble, was not the single worst 
choice of my life."
	Scott is having nightmares about Cable and 
Stryfe; he gets up and finds Betsy toweling off 
in the bathroom.
	Jubilee is amazed that Illyana used to be a 
teenager (until New Mutants 73).
	Omega Red is MIA, so Fyodr wants to send in 
Red Flag 133 (Illyana), but Vazhin says they 
should use the X-Men, instead. 


Issue:	X-Men II:18
Date:	Mar-93
Story:	A Skinning of Souls Part 2: The Crops Mature 
(22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Iceman, Wolverine,
Colossus, 
Psylocke, Jubilee
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Nikolai, Alexandra and Illyana Rasputin; 
Vazhin; Father Alexi Garnoff, Darkstar
Villains:	Omega Red (Vasyliev Arkady), the Soul 
Skinner; Matsu'o Tsurayaba; Kwannon, 
Nyoirin
Other Characters:	Gen. Sheltov, Gevhersky
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington, Dan Panosian
	Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	The Soul Skinner is peeling back layers of 
Omega Red's mind, who is still defiant and 
hits him with his coils, but this just gives him 
a more direct route to assault his weak 
psyche.
	Vazhin has got the X-Men to help; the 
government lost contact with a mutant under 
surveillance for 14 years, and Cerebro can't 
find him, either. Likewise Garnoff, Darkstar, 
and Omega Red. Piotr resents having his 
family reunion interrupted.
	They arrive in Neftelensk to find the 
inhabitants frozen in place; Betsy says their 
minds are blank. They are up against a 
formidable telepath. Bobby finds Darkstar, 
whom he once had a crush on (Champions 
11), and Garnoff, likewise blank. 
	In Moscow, the generals plan a desperate 
experiment on Illyana, over Matsu'o's 
objection that it may cost him Omega Red.
	In Japan, Kwannon kills Nyoirin's bodyguard 
to prove she is ready to regain her place. He 
sends her to kill her other self, Betsy.
	Omega Red catches Jubilee and says his mind 
is a shambles. Logan wants to kill him, but 
Scott says he's under the Soul Skinner's 
control, and Betsy tries to put him down with 
her psi-blade, but he has no mind left. He 
releases his death spores, taking out Betsy and 
Bobby. Logan goes to attack again, and 
Garnoff telepathically stops Scott; the Soul 
Skinner makes him relive all his worst 
memories. But he gets hurt himself when he 
sees that Scott lost a child, like he did. Omega 
Red has meanwhile defeated Logan.
	Piotr and Vazhin retreat and find the city's 
children hiding together. Piotr reverts to 
human form and makes Vazhin remove his 
armor's helmet, to try to calm them. Vazhin 
realizes that Illyana will also be immune to 
the Soul Skinner. 
	Armed men break into the Rasputins' home, 
kill the parents, and nab Illyana.
	Piotr is furious when he realizes Vazhin is 
talking about his sister. Vazhin says they will 
accelerate her age to force her power to 
manifest, but the process might kill her.


Issue:	X-Men II:19
Date:	Apr-93
Story:	A Skinning of Souls Part 3: Harvest of the 
Innocent (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast,
Wolverine, 
Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Vazhin, Illyana Rasputin, Father Alexi 
Garnoff, Darkstar
Villains:	the Soul Skinner, Omega Red
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Pennington, Wiacek, Panosian, 
Williamson
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	The Soul Skinner has the X-Men down, and 
he revels in their worst memories. He can't see 
how Scott handled the loss of his baby, when 
he was devastated by the loss of his child 
Oskana, whose mind he had entered as she 
died, to ease her pain. He learned his wife was 
a government agent, set to watch him, and he 
shredded her mind.
	He sends Omega Red to stop Vazhin and Piotr, 
who are protecting the children and trying to 
find out how they are immune to the Soul 
Skinner. They see a government aircraft land, 
with Illyana in a box. Piotr punches out 
Vazhin and goes to rescue her; Vazhin says 
she is the only chance to save the city, and he 
hesitates. The Soul Skinner arrives and shows 
Piotr that his parents have been killed (last 
iss.). 
	In Westchester, Rogue, still blind, takes Remy 
flying to act as her eyes. Hank sees them and 
remembers being young; Jean commiserates 
with him (and complains about her lack of 
code name). He's almost 30!
	Piotr bashes Vazhin for letting his parents be 
killed. The Soul Skinner says Piotr considered 
letting Illyana be used against him and tries to 
overwhelm him with guilt, but then gets 
overwhelmed with his own. Illyana pleads 
with the Soul Skinner not to hurt Piotr; he says 
he's tired of hurting others, and just needs to 
hurt her. He presses a button on the box, and 
she screams. The X-Men arrive but can't get 
her out. Piotr brings the local children 
together and tells Betsy to knife one of them. 
She does, collecting their innocence, and then 
sticks the Soul Skinner, who shuts his own 
mind off, to forget the pain. Vazhin finishes it, 
shooting him through the head. Omega Red 
has escaped, but Illyana is unharmed.


Issue:	X-Men II:20
Date:	May-93
Story:	Digging in the Dirt (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Storm, 
Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, 
Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Illyana Rasputin
Villains:	Kwannon
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington, Bob Wiacek
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Xavier uses Cerebro to review the incident 
with the Soul Skinner, while Jubilee hangs out 
with him. He asks her if the murder of the 
Rasputins effected her, since her parents were 
killed, but she shrugs it off and rollerblades 
away. Xavier sees through her defenses, just 
as she sees through his (UXM 297). He goes 
to check on Piotr, who is nursing Illyana, still 
sick. 
	Betsy goes to the hanger to see Scott, who is 
working on the Blackbird. He slips and falls 
on her; she licks and then kisses him. He 
backs off, saying this isn't going to happen, 
even if he is confused. Just then Jean walks in, 
Scott scampers guiltily away, Betsy gives Jean 
a look, and she runs off, full of doubts.
	Jubilee finds Logan, cutting trees on the 
grounds and brooding about life's unfairness. 
He smells something funny, but realizes it's 
just Betsy; Jean sees something out the 
window, scans telepathically, and finds 
nothing. She hears Remy and Hank working 
out, and she realizes they don't need to use the 
Danger Room to hone their skills, but to relax.
	Ororo finishes checking Rogue's eyes; she can 
see again. Jean pops in: a trio of lovelorn 
hearts.
	Scott looks at the picture of Jean that he broke 
(iss. 12) and packs to leave. He tells Xavier 
he's going to visit his grandparents in Alaska; 
he sees the picture and understands all. Ororo 
catches his arm on the way out and advises 
him not to isolate himself like she did with 
Forge; Jean overhears and lets him leave 
without a goodbye. 
	Then she locates Betsy, in the Danger Room; 
they ignore the computer's warning of a 
duplicate Betsy. Jean bluntly asks Betsy if she's 
having an affair with Scott. She says no, but 
she wants to, and Jean accuses her of 
manipulating his mind. Betsy stabs her with 
her psi-blade, letting her know all, but 
knocking him out.
	Kwannon enters; Betsy thinks she's a 
hologram that Jean set up, but then she 
generates a katana blade and attacks, 
beheading Betsy psychically. 
	The X-Men arrive at the ready; Kwannon 
removes her facemask and claims to be the 
real Betsy Braddock. 


Issue:	X-Men II:21
Date:	Jun-93
Story:	The Puzzle Box (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Storm, 
Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada)
Villains:	Kwannon (Revanche, henceforth), Mesmero, 
the Dark Riders: Psynapse, Tusk, Foxbat, 
Gauntlet, Barrage; Shinobi Shaw, Nyoirin, 
Matsu'o Tsurayaba
Other Characters:	Philip and Deborah Summers, Ashikaru
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Brandon Peterson
	Inks: Dan Panosian 
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Logan has claws around Betsy's throat, 
demanding to know who she is. The X-Men 
suspect that Kwannon is right, that she is a 
traitor and an agent of Nyoirin. Xavier says 
they have identical minds, on the surface, and 
a deeper probe might harm them. Kwannon 
volunteers for it, but Betsy refuses. They 
almost come to blows, but Xavier stops them, 
then Logan takes him aside for a word: both 
are different from Betsy before the Siege 
Perilous (UXM 251), and they need to go to 
Japan to get answers.
	Scott arrives in Anchorage, to the 
grandparents and home he barely remembers 
from childhood. He hasn't seen them since 
Madelyne and the baby died (X-Factor 13); he 
wants to tell them the truth about all that (see 
the Inferno crossover).
	In Seattle (making this a Pacific Rim issue), the 
Dark Riders find Mesmero unworthy of 
survival and throw him out the window. He 
mesmerizes Psynapse, making him mind 
control the rest of the team, but it doesn't 
work on Gauntlet, who shoots Mesmero. 
That's the last straw for Psynapse, who has 
been ill lately, so Gauntlet shoots him, too.
	Shinobi, drunk, calls for Nyoirin, to make a 
deal: he'll get the crime bosses to reinstate 
Clan Yashida under Nyoirin's control, if he 
uses Kwannon to kill the X-Men.
	Remy, Hank, and two Betsys infiltrate 
Nyoirin's estate, fighting ninjas and picking 
locks. In the private study, they find a portrait 
of Betsy's Japanese form, titled "Kwannon in 
Repose."
	Matsu'o confronts Shinobi, saying the 
Gamesmaster is allowing him to try to kill 
Psylocke. Shinobi acquiesces.
	Remy confronts Betsy, but the Silver Samurai 
interrupts, stabs Hank, and announces he will 
kill them all, for the good of the Clan Yashida.


Issue:	X-Men II:22
Date:	Jul-93
Story:	The Mask behind the Facade (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Beast, Psylocke,
Revanche, Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Silver Samurai
Villains:	Shinobi Shaw, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Tatsu'o, 
Nyoirin, Gamesmaster, Mike Milbury (Mr. 
Sinister)
Other Characters:	Philip and Deborah Summers
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Remy offers to retreat; the Samurai insists
he 
wants the women; Remy throws cards; the 
Samurai throws his sword and hits the 
portrait of Kwannon. Betsy and Kwannon use 
both their blades and take the Samurai down. 
Remy finds a scroll behind the portrait: 
Nyoirin's diary.
	Shinobi is late to the crime lord summit; 
Tatsuo throws him down for his insolence, 
and he apologizes.
	Scott explains to his grandparents that he sent 
Nathan Christopher into the future, and that 
he may have become Stryfe (see X-Factor 86), 
and that he needs to talk to someone about it. 
A neighbor knocks on the door: Mike 
Milbury.
	Kwannon can read Japanese, which Betsy says 
proves she's not her. Kwannon, desperate for 
answers, stabs Betsy with her psychic katana, 
but she resists the mind-link. They learn that 
Kwannon went out for a routine murder, 
disappeared, and wound up in Hong Kong 
(UXM 256). She found Betsy unconscious, 
newly emerged from the Siege Perilous, and 
touches her. Their minds fused together; 
Kwannon's body ran into Matsu'o, while 
Nyoirin recovered Betsy's. Kwannon (in 
Betsy's body) insists she is real and Betsy is a 
plant.
	Gamesmaster visits Shinobi and Matsu'o and 
reasserts his authority over all their games.
	Betsy attacks Kwannon, but Remy stops her. 
Nyoirin enters, saying they are both Betsy and 
Kwannon.
	Scott goes to help Milbury with a fallen tree; 
he reveals himself to be Sinister and asks Scott 
to ally with him, on pain of death.


Issue:	X-Men II:23
Date:	Aug-93
Story:	Leaning towards Oneself (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Beast,
Wolverine, Rogue, 
Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, Gambit
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	the Silver Samurai
Villains:	Mr. Sinister, Dark Riders: Tusk, Foxbat, 
Gauntlet, Barrage, Harddrive; Nyoirin, Shinobi 
Shaw, Matsu'o Tsurayaba
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Mark Pennington
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Scott blasts Sinister and the trees behind
him, 
but he just recorporates, which is how he 
survived before (X-Factor 39). He takes Scott 
for a stroll, saying he may have unwittingly 
unleashed a plague that kills only mutants (X-
Force 18), while trying to get Stryfe's DNA 
(iss. 14). He shows him Gordon's grave, and 
says now he wants to protect Scott and his 
brothers (see iss. 39). The Dark Riders show 
up and want to test them.
	Kwannon holds Nyoirin hostage, while Betsy 
keeps the Samurai at bay. Nyoirin says he just 
wanted his assassin and love, Kwannon, 
returned to him. He puts the X-Men onto 
Matsu'o and Shinobi.
	Logan tells Xavier Magneto is alive; Brainchild 
said so in Antarctica. They are both worried.
	Scott and Sinister fight side-by-side; Sinister 
tells the Dark Riders Scott is not to be killed, 
but maybe roughed up a little. He disappears.
	Hank and Remy interrupt Shinobi in the hot 
tub and interrogate him about the Upstarts; he 
claims they're just a little club of rich brats.
	Betsy and Kwannon go to Matsu'o, who 
attacks them from behind but still gets 
clobbered. He claims to have merged them, 
and Betsy uses her psychic knife on him.
	The Dark Riders knock off Scott's glasses and 
instantly regret it. They give them back and 
say he passed his test: he is ready for the 
apocalypse of the High Lord ascension. He 
blames them for making him send his baby 
into the future to start that struggle, and they 
say they knew all along. They leave him in the 
woods.


Issue:	X-Men II:24
Date:	Sep-93
Story:	Digging Deeper between Hope and Sorrow 
(22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Wolverine, 
Banshee, Rogue, Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, 
Gambit
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	Kitty Pryde
Villains:	
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils, Inks: Andy Kubert & co.
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Paul Becton
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this occurs after UXM 303.
	Remy takes Rogue to Poppa Gumbo's Cajun 
Cookout in Greenwich Village. They discuss 
Illyana's death, her eyes tear up, and she spits 
out the inedible gumbo. They still don't know 
each other very well.
	Sean drives up to the mansion; Moira greets 
him, having decided she needs him (cf. iss. 4).
	Hank is baffled by Illyana's disease and 
uncharacteristically humbled. He sees the 
virus is contagious.
	Jean goes to the airport to pick up Scott, 
unsure of their relationship, until he kisses 
her, apologizes, and says, "I'm never leaving 
you again."
	Betsy and Kwannon duel on the boat dock, 
trying to prove which is which. Logan tells 
them to accept their situation: four minds in 
two bodies.
	Jubilee cries into Illyana's Bamf doll, but when 
Kitty sees her, she throws it away. Kitty gives 
it back to her and lets her alone.
	Remy takes Rogue in a hansom cab ride, 
which she thinks is romantic, and says he 
wants to kiss her, which she pushes away 
(same old same old). He says love is more 
than physical, takes the tears from her eyes, 
and stops her when she tries to tell him her 
real name.
	Scott reports on his encounter with Sinister, 
whom Xavier knows little about and doesn't 
trust. Scott believes his son became Stryfe, and 
he released the Legacy Virus.
	Jubilee cries on Logan's shoulder; Betsy and 
Kwannon spar verbally; Scott and Jean go to 
bed; the long shadow of Magneto hangs above 
them all.


Issue:	X-Men II Annual 2
Date:	1993
Story 1:	A Bluer Slice of Heaven (45 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Beast, Banshee, Jubilee,
Revanche, 
Gambit, Rogue, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Psylocke
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	Brian Braddock (as a memory)
Villains:	Jonathan Chambers, Dr. Josef Kleinbaumm, 
Dr. Nancy Alter; Avalanche (Dominic Petros), 
the Commando (Frank Bohannon, formerly 
the Crimson Commando); the Brotherhood of 
Evil Mutants: Blob (Fred J. Dukes), Pyro (St. 
John Allerdyce), Phantazia (Eileen Harshaw), 
Toad (Mortimer Toynbee); Henry Peter 
Gyrich, Cleary
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Aron Wiesenfeld
	Inks: Al Milgrom, Bob Wiacek, Keith Williams
	Letters: Steve Dutro
	Colors: Mike Thomas, Dana Moreshead
	Managing Editor: Lisa Patrick
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Chambers wants to make his private Florida 
Key into Empyrean, a haven for mutants with 
the Legacy Virus. The Brotherhood attacks his 
guards, including Commando. Chambers 
arrives and stops it: he wants to ally with the 
Brotherhood.
	In Westchester, Xavier, Moira, and Hank 
discuss the Virus, noting the recent death of 
Aminedi (UXM Ann. 15), and nearly 
despairing of a cure. Kwannon, Remy, Rogue, 
and Jubilee work out in the Danger Room. 
Kwannon, claiming to be Betsy, explains she 
took the name Revanche (French for 
"revenge"), but only takes out Jubilee before 
Rogue tags her. 
	In the control room, Betsy is mortified that she 
tried to seduce Scott (iss. 20) and wants Jean 
to scan her mind to make sure she isn't being 
controlled. Jean sees her as a child, chasing 
her brother and then slicing him with a 
Japanese sword. She and Betsy both scream 
and realize she isn't just Betsy anymore, but 
fused with Kwannon's soul, and no one is sure 
if she can survive like that.
	Avalanche apologizes for abandoning Blob 
and Pyro (X-Factor Ann. 6, 1991); they 
explain they worked as their captor's 
bodyguards until Toad bartered their freedom. 
Blob back talks Chambers, who uses his 
power to make him feel the agony of the 
Virus. Gyrich and Cleary are in a boat 
offshore, investigating for Project: 
Wideawake; Commando is wearing a wire, 
and he and Avalanche are double agents. They 
have identified two experts in genetics on the 
island but don't know why they're there.
	Xavier sends the X-Men to investigate 
Chambers, who is a celebrity writer on the 
topic of mutants and the son of a mutant, 
Timothy, who couldn't control his powers, 
aged prematurely, and died in a car crash. 
Alter is in the Mutant Underground and 
alerted Xavier when the Brotherhood arrived. 
They send Remy, Betsy, and Kwannon to 
sneak in through the ductwork, then land at 
the front door and are heartily welcomed.
	Gyrich is furious that no one detected the 
Blackbird approaching. Cleary suggests they 
wait for the X-Men and the Brotherhood to 
take each other out.
	Chambers sweet-talks the X-Men in the parlor 
while Remy, Betsy, and Kwannon battle the 
Brotherhood in the sub-basements. The rest of 
the team arrives, and the battle is short. Scott 
tells Pyro that two of his colleagues are 
working for the government, then everyone's 
power goes haywire: Chambers refuses to 
allow mutants to fight each other, so he 
drained them all. Pyro reveals that he has the 
Virus; Hank realizes that Chambers is an 
energy vampire, and although his power-
draining comforts, it may kill his patients. 
Kwannon says the X-Men have no right to 
judge and shows she also has the Virus.
	Gyrich's men arrive, disguised as DEA; Scott 
tells him there's nothing illegal going on; 
Chambers threatens to reveal all on TV; 
Gyrich leaves. Kwannon chooses not to stay 
but to keep fighting till the end and leaves 
with the X-Men.

Story 2:	Beast Foot Forward (10 pages)
Feature Characters:	Beast
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Trish Tilby
Villains:	Malvin Umbridge
Other Characters:	Dr. Cahill
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Ian Churchill
	Inks: Kevin Conrad
	Letters: David Sharpe
	Colors: George Roussos
	Managing Editor: Lisa Patrick
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Hank has been thrown down an elevator 
shaft. He calculates that grabbing the cable 
would hurt, so he bounces against the walls to 
slow himself, then starts to climb back up. The 
elevator rises; he finds rent-a-cops inside, so 
he ties the cable to keep them out of harm's 
way.
	Trish is at the top, in the office of Dr. Cahill, 
who has been attacked by Umbridge, a huge 
mutant seeking revenge. The hospital had 
budget cuts; Cahill cut back on Umbridge's 
dialysis, and his mutation developed.
	Hank returns and tries to convince him to 
surrender while battling him; Trish rifles 
through Cahill's papers, finding 
misappropriation of funds. Hank, Umbridge, 
and Cahill crash out the window; Hank grabs 
them and holds on by his feet. He is able to 
pull them back in; Umbridge resumes normal 
human form, which he can keep for only an 
hour; cops arrive and try to arrest Hank; 
Cahill has reconsidered since his brush with 
death and gives himself up.


Issue:	X-Men II:25
Date:	Oct-93
Story:	Dreams Fade (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Archangel, 
Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Banshee, Rogue, 
Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	Nick Fury, Forge, Quicksilver, Colossus;
the 
Fantastic Four's Reed Richards, Ben Grimm; 
Sunfire; Excalibur's Nightcrawler, Capt. 
Britain
Villains:	Magneto and his Acolytes: Sven and Harlan 
Kleinstock, Javitz, Katu, Joanna Cargill, Milan, 
Scanner, Fabian Cortez, Exodus, Carmella 
Unuscione, Amelia Voght, Rusty Collins, Skids
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Matt Ryan
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this is part 4 of the Fatal
Attractions 
crossover.
	The President of the U.S. notifies the president 
of Russia that the UN has initiated the 
Magneto Protocols, alpha and beta, while Fury 
and Forge wonder if it will work. Switches 
flip; satellites in orbit around the earth create 
an electromagnetic web. Magneto, watching 
from Avalon, realizes they have skewed the 
planet's E-M field to disrupt his power and 
prevent him returning. He blasts, and lights go 
off in a wave around the world.
	Hank and Sean get the Shi'ar generator back 
on-line, and they may be the only ones on 
earth with electricity. Many thousands have 
died, and Xavier announces it is now a fight 
for survival. He has a plan, and he uses a 
Shi'ar exoskeleton to walk so he can lead the 
strike team: Logan, Remy, Jean, Quicksilver, 
and Rogue. Scott realizes he doesn't think 
they'll survive, and he is to lead the remaining 
X-Men.
	Remy check with Rogue to see whose side 
she'll be on (see UXM 269); she says the right 
side. Xavier uses Shi'ar technology to teleport 
to Avalon; Piotr is on sentry duty and hides 
their presence.
	They find Rusty and Skids first, who have 
chosen to join Magneto. Xavier, pressed for 
time, puts them to sleep. He has Quicksilver 
race ahead and put a disk into a terminal, 
then uses the base's computer to teleport all 
the Acolytes into an escape pod and jettison 
them.
	Magneto bursts in; Logan tries to attack and 
Rogue to talk, but he pushes them both back. 
Jean and Xavier attack his mental defenses, 
and when Remy tosses a card in his face, they 
break through. Over Jean's objections, they 
make him relive the tragedies in his life. 
Quicksilver confronts him, and he decides to 
kill him; Xavier realizes his weakness is seeing 
all his children betray him.
	Logan slices Magneto; he pulls the 
adamantium from his bones, leaving him a 
bloody pulp that Jean has to hold together 
telekinetically. Xavier, fed up, takes away 
Magneto's mind.
	Piotr arrives, having called Bishop to send a 
Blackbird. He stays on the ruins of Avalon to 
nurse Magneto.


Issue:	X-Men II:26
Date:	Nov-93
Story:	Blood Ties Part 2: Civil Disobedience (22 
pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Archangel, 
Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, 
Bishop
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Quicksilver, Luna, Trish Tilby, Colossus;

SHIELD including Nick Fury, Dum Dum 
Dugan, Philip Moreau, Jennifer Ransome, 
Renee Majcomb; Avengers West Coast: 
Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Scarlet Witch, U.S. 
Agent; Avengers: Capt. America, Hercules, 
Vision, Black Widow, Sersi, Black Knight, War 
Machine, Crystal
Villains:	Fabian Cortez, Genoshan humans and mutates 
including the Unforgiven, Magneto, Exodus, 
Henry Peter Gyrich
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Matt Ryan
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Note: this occurs after Avengers 368.
	Trish reports Cortez's declaration of war 
against humanity and seems to ignore the 
baby in his arms: Luna. Ororo and Scott try to 
calm Quicksilver; Remy points out that Cortez 
doesn't know Magneto is a turnip. Piotr 
considers broadcasting from Avalon and 
showing the world, but Exodus doesn't want 
that. Piotr went to Avalon to be constructive 
rather than destructive, but now he has 
second thoughts.
	The Avengers fight past SHIELD agents; 
Crystal, Scarlet Witch, Black Knight, and Cap 
get to a quinjet and start toward Genosha; 
Sersi tags along.
	Xavier has arranged to be ambushed, so he 
and Hank can get away from their escort and 
meet with Majcomb, a geneticist who now 
heads an integrated battalion that wants to 
stop the civil war atrocities. Their convoy 
heads toward Hammer Bay, and U.S. Agent 
sneaks aboard, hanging by the undercarriage 
of a truck.
	The X-Men arrive in Genosha and are 
immediately attacked by mutates calling 
themselves the Unforgiven and claiming to be 
following Magneto. Quicksilver pummels one 
and lets drop that Magneto is a rutabaga; 
Cortez is there and is glad.
	The Avengers arrive in the rich neighborhood 
of Havershaw Heights and stop a human-
mutate fight. Crystal raises a hand; a flash; all 
the humans have been incinerated. Exodus 
has arrived.
	Note: continued in Avengers West Coast 101.


Issue:	X-Men II:27
Date:	Dec-93
Story:	A Song of Mourning: a Cry of Joy (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Beast, Iceman, Rogue, Psylocke,
Revanche
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Infectia (Josephine), Sinister (alias Dr.
Nathan 
Milbury)
Other Characters:	Threnody 
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Richard Bennett
	Inks: Bob Wiacek, Scott Hanna
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Threnody is a homeless woman in Los 
Angeles, crying about the dying. Energies 
explode from her, killing two policemen, and 
she stumbles by the General Hospital.
	Hank, Bobby, and Rogue are inside visiting 
Infectia, who is, ironically, dying of the 
Legacy Virus. Hank, whom she once tried to 
kill (X-Factor 31), can't help. Dr. Milbury, 
equally frustrated, notes the parallels between 
this disease and AIDS. He says Infectia had 
come to L.A. to find Gordon Lefferts (X-Force 
18), a mutant bioresearcher. Infectia tells 
Hank his address and asks to be taken outside 
once more before she dies. A nurse comes in 
and says there is no Dr. Milbury.
	In Westchester, Kwannon jogs, and Betsy 
ambushes her, saying it's a test, now that she 
has the Legacy Virus.
	Hank, Rogue, and Bobby go to Lefferts' lab in 
a bad part of town. They find homeless people 
including Threnody, who babbles about 
taking the pain of a bubble man in the 
hospital and then runs away. While Hank 
investigates the lab, Rogue goes after her, but 
Sinister is with her, promising to help her 
control her ability to feed on the breakdown 
of mutant powers. Rogue knocks his head half 
off his shoulders.
	Just then Threnody's energies explode again, 
and Hank and Bobby come running. Hank 
confronts Sinister, who says he just wants to 
stop this unexpected disease. He can help 
Threnody while using her as a bloodhound to 
find Legacy Virus victims. Rogue and Bobby 
are shocked when Hank agrees and lets 
Threnody go with him. Sinister says, 
"Admitting it and despising the choice are the 
first steps toward changing the indecision 
which has ruled Xavier's roost of late."
	Hank, Rogue, and Bobby go back to the 
hospital. Hank takes Infectia outside, to 
prevent the last flare of her powers from 
infecting anyone else, and they watch her last 
sunrise.


Issue:	X-Men II:28
Date:	Jan-94
Story:	Devil in the House (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey,
Beast, Storm, 
Banshee, Rogue, Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, 
Gambit; Wolverine (in a dream)
Regular Characters:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Sabretooth
Other Characters:	 
Credits:	Writer: Fabian Nicieza
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Matt Ryan 
	Letters: Bill Oakley
	Colors: Joe Rosas
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Synopsis:	Sabretooth chases Jubilee through the 
grounds. She finds Logan dead, uselessly 
shoots fireworks, and then wakes up: it was a 
nightmare. Jean goes to comfort her, then 
telepathically calls Scott, Ororo, and Hank to 
talk, even though it's 2 am.
	They go to Harry's Hideaway. Jean doesn't like 
having Sabretooth in the house (X-Men 
Unlimited 3); Ororo says it's just like Rogue 
and Logan; Hank says Sabretooth's problems 
aren't controlling his powers but his mind. 
Scott has misgivings but trusts Xavier, even 
though Jean doesn't any more.
	Xavier is doing tests on Kwannon, but all he 
can do is give her a balm that Hank 
developed. Moira calls Xavier: when Betsy 
went to give Sabretooth his psychic fix, he 
attacked and kissed her, saying her own 
psyche is too unraveled to help him, so only 
Jean would do. Then he went on a furniture-
smashing rampage. Moira says maybe raw 
meat would help, since feeding calms 
carnivores. Rogue delivers it, and Remy 
accompanies her. Sabretooth says Remy can't 
be trusted, threatens to tell Rogue about Paris 
(see iss. 33), and does tell her to ask Mystique 
about her brother (Sabretooth begat Graydon 
Creed on Mystique).
	Jean takes Scott to confront Xavier; they think 
he's been acting out of character (see the 
Onslaught crossover for later developments). 
She says he didn't see Sabretooth in the 
Morlock tunnels (X-Factor 10). Xavier says, "I 
would rather my mistakes come from trying 
too hard, rather than not trying at all."
	Scott is more worried about Jean, who is 
criticizing Xavier for being too harsh on 
Magneto and too lenient on Sabretooth. She 
says she's frightened, especially since their 
engagement. Scott realizes she's really upset 
about Logan; she says he made her see 
another side of herself, one that she's not sure 
she likes.
	Moira says Sabretooth needs a fix; Jean goes, 
to settle things with him. He says he's just like 
Logan, asks if he makes her blood boil, and 
rushes the force field. Jean shuts it off and 
walks into the cell. He tries to attack; she 
throws him around the room with a thought, 
saying he's not in her or Logan's league. 
Sabretooth says he needs the "glow"; Jean 
makes him ask for it, then denies him: Time 
for him to deal with his own problems.
	Next morning, Jubilee insists on feeding 
Sabretooth, to get over her fear. He is sitting 
quietly and tells her to let Jean know she's got 
guts.



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