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Issue: X-Men II:29 Date: Feb-94 Story: Return to Hellfire! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Psylocke, Jubilee Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher) Villains: Sabretooth; the original Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club: Sebastian Shaw, Harry Leland, Donald Pierce, Mastermind alias Jason Wyngarde, Dark Phoenix (all in flashback); Tessa, Shinobi Shaw; Ronald Parvenue Other Characters: Warren Kenneth Worthington, Jr. (in flashback) 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: Betsy spars with Sabretooth, who is chained and muzzled, while Xavier monitors, and Warren and Hank fret and joke. Xavier: "Sometimes, I long for the days when your report cards could be used as blackmail." They're trying to teach Sabretooth to control his homicidal rages; he flirts with Betsy, and Warren seems jealous. He goes to watch Jean and Scott prepare the grounds for their wedding. Jubilee rollerblades by with the mail and hands him an envelope. It's an invitation to the Hellfire Club, from Shinobi. Betsy has fond memories of going to the London branch with her father. She asks Warren about the Inner Circle (see the Dark Phoenix saga), who have been killed one by one, and now Sebastian's heir Shinobi has formed the Upstarts (first in iss. 4). They decide to check it out. She keeps her purple hair, but Warren masks his blue face, and in their best wardrobes they attend the gala. They meet Taylor, Parvenue, and Tessa, the last of whom takes them aside and then knocks them out. They awaken in archaic clothing. Shinobi, who knew Warren as a child, wants him to be White King. Warren remembers him hating the Club and calling his father a monster, and he wants no part of this. Shinobi phases his hand through Betsy, showing himself to be a mutant; Warren arrays his wings, shoots metal feathers, and accuses him of murdering his father (X-Factor 67). Shinobi says he's not a weak child any more; Warren warns him not to push him or the X-Men, but he presses his attack, phasing through Warren's wings and skull. But by then Betsy has recovered, and her psi-blade sends Shinobi to dreamland, where he remembers his father beating him. Shinobi insists he doesn't want Warren's pity; he says he already used his up on himself (X- Factor 10 to present) and walks away, Betsy on his arm. Issue: X-Men II:30 Date: Mar-94 Story: The Ties that Bind (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Banshee, Rogue, Psylocke, Revanche, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop, Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Wolverine, Lila Cheney, Val Cooper, Artie Maddicks, Leech, Quicksilver, Crystal, Luna, Wolfsbane; X-Factor: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Forge; X-Force: Cable, Cannonball, Boomer, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn, Rictor, Domino; Excalibur: Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers Villains: Sabretooth Other Characters: Philip and Deborah Summers, John and Elaine Grey, Joey and Gailyn 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: At last! The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey! Logan writes the couple a letter, saying they matter to him, they belong together, and he's leaving. Disappointed, Jean reads it while being helped into her gown (white satin, with black piping, cowl, four foot train, and a bouquet of red roses). Mrs. Grey fusses; Rachel and Jean are now friends. Ororo has arranged a bright, warm day in January. Hank is unable to tie Scott's bowtie, and Warren has forgotten how (since UXM 289). Alex and Bobby joke with him, and he goes somber, remembering his first marriage (Madelyne Pryor, UXM 175). Xavier enters, wondering if his grown students still need him, then answers his own question by tying the tie. Scott is nervous but ready, and Xavier gets himself into his normal wheelchair. The ceremony is held on the grounds, and as dozens of family and friends seat themselves, Xavier senses Scott's deep satisfaction: an orphan, now with all these around him. Ororo and Alex are maid of honor and best man; Lila's band plays the wedding march; Jean walks down the aisle on her father's arm. The minister reads their vows: "?through pain and passion, through sorrow and hope, through death and through life. No matter what tomorrow may bring, we will face it together." He pronounces them husband and wife, and they kiss. Jubilee starts the cheers; Xavier is surprised to hear himself start the applause. The couple start the dancing with "One," by U2. Up on the snowy hillside, Sabretooth is kicked down and finds a message snikt into the snow: "Don't even think about it!" At the reception, Bobby and Hank bemoan their love lives: Opal and Trish are not there. Lorna gets fed up with people asking about her and Alex. Rictor is glad to see Wolfsbane well (X-Factor 100). Val turns a blind eye to Cable, still a wanted man. Jean throws the bouquet; Rogue flies and catches it. Strong Guy convinces Scott to throw the garter; Remy throws a card to make sure he gets it. Jean smashes cake into Scott's face. At the end of the evening, Jean asks for one more dance, with Xavier. She holds him up telekinetically, not worried that the few remaining guests may not know they're mutants. That night, Scott goes to Xavier's study. His father has sent his congratulations, and Alex is driving Jean and him to the airport. He embraces Xavier, thanks him for giving his life meaning, says he loves him, and leaves. Xavier reads his mail: a note from Moira saying Cable might be the key to a Legacy Virus vaccine, and a note from Logan saying "Lighten up." He laughs, his hope renewed. Note: for the honeymoon, see the Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix limited series, 1994. Issue: X-Men II:31 Date: Apr-94 Story: Soul Possessions Part 1: The Butterfly and the Hawk (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Beast, Archangel, Rogue, Psylocke, Revanche, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Spiral, Matsu'o Tsurayaba; Lord Nyoirin, the Mandarin (both in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Lovern, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Spiral watches Kwannon's memories from when she was Matsu'o's lover and paid assassin. Then she switches to the optical devices she implanted in Betsy's eyes. Xavier is sleeping, and Kwannon, now in Betsy's body, has her sword raised above him. Then the transmission cuts off. Xavier talks to Betsy (in Kwannon's body): he had awakened to find a note stuck to the floor with Kwannon's sword. She decided to leave, so the X-Men wouldn't be concerned about her and her Legacy Virus. Betsy says things were never resolved; Xavier says they both know she has Betsy's soul. Betsy shows him the bionic eyeballs that Kwannon left for her. Spiral realizes what happened and wonders where Kwannon went, blind. Matsu'o, who lost an eye (iss. 23) and wears a patch, looks at an old photo of Kwannon and remembers their time together. He served the Hand and she Nyoirin, and they were caught on opposite sides of their conflict. Kwannon said if ordered, she would kill him and asks him to do the same, to keep honor. His sad reminiscences are interrupted: Spiral has arrived. He blames her for the mess up, but she said she fixed Kwannon's body like he asked. She takes the blame for mixing up Kwannon's memories so she wouldn't return to him, but now she tells him to grab his last chance for love. Betsy works out in the Danger Room, not wanting to think. Warren interrupts with a hologram of himself as Angel, and she splits it down the middle. He wants to take her to brunch, to talk, and she appreciates his concern. Hank hangs from the ceiling fan while he has tea and chats with Xavier, who wants him to lead the Blue Team and run the mansion. He had planned to spend more time researching the Legacy Virus, but he steps up to the plate. They also discuss the Massachusetts Academy (see Generation X), which Frost had willed to them. Remy bothers Rogue in her room, sensing something bothering her, but she denies all (see Gambit 3, Feb-94). Matsu'o remembers battling Kwannon, when he had been sent to kill Nyoirin. They sliced each other, then the cliff fell out from under her. Then Nyoirin, who also loved her, let him take her back to the Hand and try to save her. Fatefully, he called on the Mandarin. Kwannon returns, a scarf around her eyes and her sword drawn. Betsy shows Warren the bionic eyes; they have a shared experience of being physically reconfigured. Betsy tries to accept who she is, but questions remain. Kwannon reads Matsu'o's mind; he had found Betsy washed up on shore and tried to use her to restore Kwannon's mind, not realizing she would possess her body. Follow this if you can: while Matsu'o tried to love Betsy in Kwannon's body, Nyoirin gave Kwannon Betsy's memories, to keep her from returning to Matsu'o, but she eventually remembered her real past. Matsu'o says they can start again, but she shows him she's near death. She tells him to redeem himself: to kill her before the Legacy Virus does. He does, freeing her, and her thoughts spread outward. In Westchester, Betsy feels her go, and her anguish makes Warren crash the car. They crawl out of the wreck to find Spiral waiting. Issue: X-Men II:32 Date: May-94 Story: Soul Possessions Part 2: The Leopards and the Cats (21 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Beast, Archangel, Banshee, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Spiral, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Nyoirin; the Mandarin (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Kevin Somers, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Spiral wants to explain things to Betsy, to absolve herself, but Betsy attacks, angry at being twisted around. Spiral says she's been hurt, too (X-Factor Ann. 7), and then Rogue, Hank, and Remy arrive and hurt her some more. She teleports away, saying she already achieved her goal on this world, and that Betsy should see with all her eyes. Warren shows the others the bionic eyes; Hank and Sean spend hours in the lab trying to get them to work. They project the recordings from when Betsy washed up on shore (UXM 256). Matsu'o asked the Mandarin to put Kwannon's mind into Betsy's body, and Spiral to heal Kwannon's body (a different story from last iss.). Kwannon was already a low-level telepath, so she could survive the transfer. Betsy goes alone to settle things. Hank runs the mansion now and has banned smoking, so Remy is on the stoop. He uncharacteristically wants to talk to Xavier about Bella Donna and Rogue (see Gambit limited series, 1993), so they go into his study. Betsy breaks into Nyoirin's mansion, but he has just been killed by Matsu'o, who senses part of Kwannon in Betsy and takes her to the cliff where he nearly killed her. Matsu'o relates Kwannon's final thoughts: her mind had been damaged, and Nyoirin's manipulation confused and angered her, so she projected that anger to everyone else. Nyoirin sent her to kill the X-Men (UXM 257), but she came to respect them. Matsu'o kisses Betsy; Kwannon gave him the ability to remove all her memories from Betsy. There is nothing left of her, so Matsu'o takes Betsy's katana and wants to end it. Betsy stops him, saying that would make Kwannon just a killer, and he should honor her life instead of her death. The next day, they go to Kwannon's grave and return her blades to her. Six days later in Westchester, Betsy has scanned her mind and found no trace of Kwannon. She wraps the bionic eyes in paper and throws them in the lake. Warren takes her by the hand, and they walk back together. Issue: X-Men II:33 Date: Jun-94 Story: The Hearts of Thieves (19 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Rogue, Jubilee, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Henri LeBeau (in flashback) Villains: Sabretooth; Genevieve Darceneaux, Leni Zauber (Mystique), Graydon Creed (all in flashback) Other Characters: Martin Herzog Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Rogue asks Sabretooth about Paris (see iss. 28), and he uses a holographic projector Xavier gave him to show his memories: Remy is 17 and sees Sabretooth accosting a pretty girl; he protects her. Sabretooth says she stole a pendant, and he's hired to get it back. Remy explodes some cards, and he retreats, for now. Remy checks in with his brother Henri, who is sponsoring his passage into the Guild. He had sent Remy to steal the same pendant, The Cheating Star, from the girl, Darceneaux, who stole it from Herzog. Henri tells him to be serious; Remy wants to have some fun before his arranged marriage at age 18. Remy steals bread and wine for her, but when he uses his mutant power to explode the cork, they get splattered with wine. Sabretooth stalked them for days, taking Remy's measure, expecting the girl to be betrayed. "Anyone stupid enough to hold that knife called love, 'sgonna get cut by it sooner or later. Cut deep? and hard." He met with Herzog, who was heartbroken over her, his former mistress. Sabretooth says he's a sap. "Getting' involved with a frail never leads anywhere. Only ting you ever get out of it is more proof that no one's worth botherin' with 'cause people are selfish, Herzog. Selfish to the core." Remy and Darceneaux fall in love; he leaves her boudoir one night with the pendant, and Sabretooth breaks in to tell her and takes her hostage. He holds her and Henri by their feet from the top of Notre Dame and demands the jewel. Remy is shocked: he thought it was just a game. He tosses over the jewel, and Sabretooth lets go, letting him decide which hostage to catch. He catches Henri, and Darceneaux dies on the pavement, professing her love for him. Rogue takes a walk on the grounds, and Remy finds her, saying he's a different man now. She's not so sure. Hank goes to Sabretooth: he needs information about the Legacy Virus from Sinister. Sabretooth sits in his cell replaying memories of Leni Zauber and their son Graydon, who betrayed him. Issue: X-Men II:34 Date: Jul-94 Story: Life and Consequences (20 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Threnody, Marauders: Riptide, Sabretooth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Sabretooth directs the X-Men to Scott's orphanage in Nebraska. Rogue and Hank wait in the Blackbird; Betsy and Remy break in and find the secret door. They find themselves in Sinister's main complex and are attacked by Riptide, who is dead (Piotr broke his neck in UXM 211). Before Rogue can provide backup, Remy knocks him out with his Forge- enhanced staff, and they try to figure it out: Betsy can't detect a mind, and his (naked) body is flaking all over. They break through to the next level and find Threnody (iss. 27), sitting before dozens of monitors. Before the automated security can attack, Hank pulls the plug. Threnody says Sinister settled her mind, and she's hooked into machinery to scan for victims of the Legacy Virus. She likes her new life, even though she knows Sinister is a villain, and she shows them his masterwork: a huge network of storage for genetic material. They realize Sinister just clones Marauders when he needs them; Threnody wasn't aware of Riptide and says Sabretooth will have been created with him. Just then it attacks, and Rogue easily tosses it down. Hank doesn't want Sinister to have access to this DNA, but he doesn't want to destroy it, either. Threnody decides for him and activates the self-destruct. Hank doesn't want to leave her there, seeing that she's fooling herself, but she says she wants to be their double agent. Issue: X-Men II:35 Date: Aug-94 Story: Sunset Grace (20 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Nick Fury and SHIELD including Richter; Cable, Rachel Summers (both in flashback) Villains: Other Characters: Sunset Grace (Grace Lavreaux), Francois and Christian Lavreaux (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Liam Sharp Inks: Robin Riggs Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Scott and Jean are back after spending years in the future raising Cable (see the Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix limited series, 1994). They are aboard the helicarrier: SHIELD found their bodies on the beach on St. Barts. He shows them Sunset Grace, a local mutant woman who sold crafts on the beach and has now caused a spatial rift, which threatens the whole world. She mentioned "Charles" and asked for his friends to help her. They go down to the island, and when Jean calls to her telepathically, she gets sucked into the rift. Scott goes after her, using his blast to angle himself through the weirdly fractured landscape. Jean has found missing SHIELD agents; they push them back out. They deal with the restoration of their mutant powers, Jean more happily than Scott. She senses Grace's sorrow; they find her and take a stroll. She had witnessed their abduction by Rachel (Adv. C&P 1), and was caught in Jean's psychic backwash, which reopened her mutant power. The sky ripped apart, making a door to the astral plane. As a child, she built a fantasyland there but then outgrew it. She married and had a son; one rainy night their car went off the road. She was thrown free, and she opened a rift to let the car through, but was unable to remember how to get through herself. She was depressed, and her doctors eventually called for Xavier, who put her mind back together, but she could never use her power after that. Jean helps lift her guilt, and she finds her family, alive and happy. She sends Jean and Scott back through the rift and closes it from the inside. Jean explains her family was dead before she sent them through the rift; she knows it but prefers to have her fantasy as she dies. Issue: X-Men II:36 Date: Sep-94 Story: Generation Next Part 2: Drop the Leash (22 pages) Feature Characters: Banshee, Jubilee Regular Characters: Guest Stars: M (Monet St. Croix), Husk (Paige Guthrie), Synch (Everett Thomas), Blink (Clarice Ferguson), Skin (Angelo Espinosa) Villains: Phalanx including Stephen Lang, Cameron Hodge, Harvest; Sabretooth, Emma Frost Other Characters: Lucinda, Elizabeth, Joshua, Jeb and other Guthries; Sara Grey Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Phalanx Covenant crossover. Phalanx T-O covers M like worms, but they are still unable to assimilate mutants, and she studies them. Lang and Hodge decide the answer is assimilation of all they can, and elimination of the others, starting with Xavier's next generation of recruits; Lang has reservations about attacking humans. Cops surround Everett; he is a local St. Louis kid who has started manifesting his mutant power to copy the powers of others. He had been fighting Phalanx and screamed so loud he blew out all the windows in the neighborhood. The cops don't believe him, till the Phalanx attack again; Sean and Sabretooth come to his rescue. Sean liquefies the Phalanx; the cops decide not to arrest him. The Phalanx attack the Guthrie farm in Kentucky, fight back the family and abduct Paige. Frost is guarding Jubilee, who tells her keeping young mutants hidden and ignorant won't keep them safe. She realizes the humans around them are turning into Phalanx. The others arrive; Sean and Everett scream in unison, and Sabretooth slashes, but the Phalanx adapt. Frost links minds with Jubilee and Everett, helping him copy and control her power; he explodes the Phalanx at the sub- atomic level (paf?). Lang projects through the T-O remains and tells Sean they have Sara Grey (missing since X-Factor 12), assimilating her against her will. He says the Phalanx came from Warlock's ashes (New Mutants 95). Frost tries to make him see the Phalanx are taking over humanity; he sees it as a way to out-do mutants. Frost says she's got a fix on Paige; Jubilee points out that Sabretooth has escaped. Note: continued in UXM 317. Issue: X-Men II:37 Date: Oct-94 Story: Generation Next Part 4: The Currents Shift (23 pages) Feature Characters: Banshee, Jubilee Regular Characters: Guest Stars: M (Monet St. Croix), Husk (Paige Guthrie), Synch (Everett Thomas), Blink (Clarice Ferguson), Skin (Angelo Espinosa) Villains: Phalanx including Harvest; Emma Frost, Sabretooth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Ryan, Sellers Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Phalanx Covenant crossover. The Phalanx has Blink; the others convince her to push past her fear, and use her power to instantaneously slice it in pieces, then M punches it apart. But Harvest arrives with reinforcements. Sean and Everett scuba-dive to the ship; Frost takes Jubilee aboard, and they find T-O rats, which Jubilee blasts apart. The Phalanx corner the children, but Sabretooth comes to their rescue and starts slashing. Harvest reassimilates the parts, but Sean arrives and blasts it apart, then thanks Sabretooth, who claims he just wanted to eat the children. Paige introduces herself; Sabretooth sniffs and then slashes her, to everyone's horror. But she sheds her skin with its T-O infection, revealing a metal body underneath. Then Harvest reassembles. Sabretooth and Sean attack, while Frost rounds up the children. Clarice realizes they have to stop the Phalanx here, or it will just keep coming, so she goes alone and slices it, the ship, and herself apart. Sean tries to grab her hand but loses her and falls into the water. Issue: X-Men II: Annual 3 Date: 1994 Story 1: Heart and Soul (35 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Archangel, Jubilee, Bishop, Beast, Prof. X, Gambit; Psylocke (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: the Hellfire Club: Shinobi Shaw, Candra, Benazir Kaur, Benedict Kine, Reeva Payge; the original Hellfire Club: Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, the Phoenix force, Donald Pierce, Harry Leland (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Ian Edginton Pencils: Gene Ha Inks: Rubinstein, Lowe, Green, Wiacek, Sellers, Pepoy, Moy Letters: Pat Brosseau Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Lisa Patrick Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Shinobi beats Kaur at chess; she asks him about his other games. Ororo soars among the clouds, then sees TV news about war and refugees and plagues. Then Warren comes in with a delivery of red roses: Shinobi has asked Ororo to dinner, and she decides to go, despite Warren's warning (see iss. 29). She cuts herself on a thorn, then dresses in a revealing leather outfit (reminiscent of her Mohawk days). Xavier warns her, but she says she wants a life outside the mansion, and Remy takes her into town on his motorcycle. After dinner, she walks with Shinobi through his gorgeous home and asks him why he's being nice. He says when Betsy spiked his brain it brought out repressed memories, and he realized he'll never be his father, so now he's his own man. He wants Ororo and her powers at his side as he brings in a new day of peace for all, an end to war and famine. She's not sure she should trust him and knocks him down with a breeze; he says she should trust her instincts. She leaves, saying she'll think about it. Candra shows herself; she and Shinobi have put neurotoxins in Ororo's flowers and food to suppress her conscience and make her a tool of the new Hellfire Club. Xavier frets about Ororo's personality shift, but he won't invade her private thoughts. She has a nightmare: because she failed to use her power to stop drought, she is being killed and her power given to a refugee child. She lashes out in her sleep; lightning hits the mansion; X-Men come running; Ororo has already gone to confront Shinobi, who readily admits to drugging her. He says he has just released her suppressed feelings of alienation from the X-Men, and although the toxin has worn off, she came to him. But when she rejects him, he doesn't take no for an answer. He has Kine attack her: he can manipulate her nervous system, causing pain. He hastens his schedule, planning to inject more toxin directly into her brain, but Xavier reaches out to her telepathically and helps her shrug off the drugged haze. She blasts off her restraints and tells Shinobi although he brought out her weaknesses, she has the strength to overcome them. Kine attacks; she blows him into the corner and calls Shinobi a bully. The X-Men arrive; Bishop blasts Shinobi but he phases through it, then grabs Bishop's heart, but Remy tosses cards and distracts him. Kaur attacks Remy, giving him advanced cancer, but Bishop knocks her down. Payge sings, giving both of them hallucinations. Remy tosses her a quarter, which explodes in her face. Ororo has surrounded Shinobi and her with electricity, then dares him to kill her, and himself with her. He chickens out. Ororo recovers, then tells Xavier she feels guilty over how easily Shinobi effected her. He says he knew she was herself again when she spared Shinobi's life. He expresses his fear of ever losing her, and they embrace. Story 2: A Moment of Silence (10 pages) Feature Characters: Banshee Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Hydra Other Characters: Interpol including Price, Brig. McBride, Patrick Lipton Credits: Writer: Jim Krueger Pencils & Inks: Steve Yeowell Letters: Dave Sharpe Colors: Dana Moreshead Synopsis: Sean breaks into Interpol, for whom he used to work, and confronts McBride, who never told him Lipton was still alive, never let him try to rescue him. He screams everyone unconscious, and storms out. Sean remembers the only time he saw Lipton: he guarded him and his invention on a train to Rome. Hydra dropped a tree across the tracks; Sean got him out away from the bystanders, then tried to move the tree. Hydra shot him, and he screamed. Lipton threw his Morrison-Einstein grenades at Hydra, but they surrounded him. He gave himself up to distract them from Sean, whom he realized was too powerful a weapon for them to have. Sean gets to the Hydra base in Ireland and stands by Lipton as he dies in his infirmary bed. Note: pinups follow of Jean Grey, Mojo, Gambit and Rogue, Beast, Psylocke, Archangel and Apocalypse, and Rogue. Issue: X-Men II:38 Date: Nov-94 Story: Smoke and Mirrors (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Sabretooth, Carter Ryking, Legion (David Haller); Destiny (Irene Adler, in flashback) Other Characters: Adam X (X-Treme), Gareb Bashur (Commcast) Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Special Thanks To: Alfred J. Kehn, Jr., Dr. David Berger Synopsis: Xavier, Scott, and Jean inspect the new sign. Hank works in the lab, noting that the Legacy Virus is continuously mutating and has developed three strains. At least they're less deadly than feared at first. Bobby tries to get him to come to the pool, but he stays in the lab. Rogue climbs up to take a high dive, warning Bobby not to play tricks. He's still bummed over having Emma Frost in his head; she says she's had other people's voices in her head since she was 13. He ices over the pool; she crashes, threatens to kill him, and yells that if he has a problem, at least he can do something about it. He promises to, if she gets things straight with Remy. Jean works out with Betsy on the psychic plane; she has been hobbled since the Kwannon mix-up, and she has cut her hair short. She apologizes for trying to seduce Scott, but Jean has married him now. Scott monitors Sabretooth in the Danger Room, letting him get some aggressions out. Sabretooth tries to bait him, but Scott stays cool. Remy enters and says Jean wants Scott to rearrange furniture, so he takes over. It's a ruse: he disengages the safeties and gives Sabretooth a real workout. Adam visits Ryking in prison, asking about his father's associate Milbury. Ryking directs him to Xavier. Bishop cleans up Xavier's Ready Room; Xavier says Commcast has the mutant ability to monitor every data transmission on the planet, so he could restore the lost data files. Legion is in a mental hospital in Tel Aviv, thinking about Destiny, whom he killed, who gives him a cryptic message about his father, Xavier, and shattered dreams. Remy enters the Danger Room and beats on Sabretooth, tired from his workout and still shackled. Sabretooth threatens to reveal something sinister (see UXM 350); Remy says he won't kill him and lose his place on the team, the best way to defeat him is to make a happy life with Rogue. She arrives and says they both have to accept the things they've done (see Rogue limited series). Bobby listens to Hank ramble on about the Legacy Virus, then asks him if he thinks he's a loser (see UXM 318). Hank drops his lab work and takes him to Harry's for a chat. Xavier, Scott, and Jean gaze at the sign again. Xavier wonders if his dream stands a chance of being fulfilled. Jean says it has to, but then what will they do for jobs? Xavier plans to be a barber. Issue: X-Men II:39 Date: Dec-94 Story: Birds of a Feather (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Treme (Adam X) Villains: Legion (David Haller), Destiny (Irene Adler, in a vision), Bella Donna Boudreaux, Sinister Other Characters: Philip and Deborah Summers, Ridge Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Terry Dodson Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Somers, Javins, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco X-Treme Created By: Fabian Nicieza, Greg Capullo, Jeff Johnson Synopsis: Philip Summers flew bomber missions against Germany in the Second World War. In and Canadian Yukon, Adam sees a plane go down and is annoyed that he has to delay his plans and go help. He drags Philip from the burning wreck before it explodes and starts carrying him to the nearest town. He is Shi'ar (probably the bastard son of Scott's mother Anne and her captor, D'Ken). Hank goes over the Summers' boathouse for breakfast. Jean is preoccupied thinking about her sister Sara (iss. 36), guilty she didn't do more to track her down. Then Scott gets a call: his grandfather is missing. They get the Blackbird ready to search for him. Philip wakes and half-recognizes Adam, who builds a shelter and gathers wood for a fire. Philip tells him being different and feeling alienated is part of being human. Legion wanders the Negev desert, hallucinating about Xavier and Destiny, who tells him he's the one who can heal the rift between humans and mutants. In New Orleans, Bella Donna attends her father's funeral and takes over as head of the Assassins Guild. She plans revenge on Remy. Philip probably won't make it through the night. He realizes Adam is an alien and tells him to point out his star, which is near Orion's belt. He passes out, and Adam cuts his hands, then holds them, using his mutant power to ignite the electrolytes in his blood and keep him from freezing to death. Alaskan EMS finds him in the morning and calls for Scott. He is blind now, but otherwise okay. They know he had help, but Adam didn't want to be found. Jean senses something in Philip's hospital room and finds Adam, who came through the window. She senses he's a friend, and links his mind to Philip, letting him "see" a voyage through the stars, a pilot's dream. She thanks Adam; he says Philip gave him hope. A mysterious someone observes; another mysterious someone (Sinister) observes the observer. Issue: X-Men II:40 Date: Jan-95 Story: The Killing Time (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Erik Magnus Lensherr, Wolverine, Gabrielle Haller, Cable, Domino, Lilandra Neramani, Uatu and brothers, Jahf Villains: Legion (David Haller), Sabretooth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Note: this is part 2 of the Legion Quest crossover. Past: Xavier tests out a new wheelchair that Magnus made, but he's not crippled yet, and Magnus is not Magneto. They are both working at a hospital in Haifa and are friends. Legion is a patient, under the name John Doe, and he has amnesia. Present: Rogue and Warren fly to the desert and find Jean half-buried in the sand. Hank examines her and says he can withstand a mental probe; Xavier does, and she wakes up screaming, "Legion!" She says he took their teammates with him into Xavier's past. Past: Betsy, Bobby, Ororo, and Bishop know they're 20 years in the past, but they don't remember why or who they are, they just know they look odd and have strange clothes and powers. Present: Sabretooth thinks he's alone in the mansion and tries to break out. Logan confronts him (see Wolverine 90). Past: Magnus is jealous of Xavier and Gabrielle. Legion attacks him and sees his memories of the concentration camp, then the loss of his daughter. Magnus lashes out, then runs to find Xavier, saying Legion is a mutant, and Xavier needs to help him. They return to find him projecting fire and images of X-Men. Present: Xavier calls for Cable and Domino for help, since he knows something about time travel. The Israeli army immediately tries to arrest him; Cable tries to explain they really want Stryfe, but they are interrupted: a hologram of Lilandra, in full battle armor, says Legion's actions in the past are threatening the universe in the present. She has a flock of Uatu's to confirm her warning. Note: continued in UXM 321. Issue: X-Men II:41 Date: Feb-95 Story: Dreams Die (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Erik Magnus Lensherr, Gabrielle Haller, Lilandra Neramani, Cable, Domino Villains: Legion (David Haller), Apocalypse, Acolytes including Exodus Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Andy Kubert, Ron Garney Inks: Andy Kubert, Matt Ryan Letters: Bill Oakley, NJQ Colors: Kevin Somers, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Past: Magnus battles Legion over Haifa. Bishop, Betsy, Bobby, and Ororo look on, their memories restored, knowing this shouldn't be happening. Gabrielle picks Xavier off the ground, asking him why Legion said he was her son. Xavier says the day of the mutants has arrived. Betsy contacts Xavier telepathically; he is new at this, but he puts Gabrielle to sleep telepathically and goes to meet the X-Men. (Why is it so surprising to meet a Japanese woman with a British accent?) He recognizes Ororo as the little pickpocket from Cairo and realizes time travel is involved. Present: Lilandra says a crystalline wave is engulfing the universe; she and Xavier say their final goodbyes, separated by light-years but together in spirit. Warren flies to his be with his friends. Past: Apocalypse notices the mutant battle and prepares his own ascension. Legion says he wants to kill Magnus before he can become Magneto and ruin Xavier's dream. Ororo catches Magnus while Bobby, his inhibitions against using his full powers gone, attacks Legion, freezing every molecule of his body. He's please with himself, but the Legion-sicle's telepathic powers still work, and he fells everyone, then unfreezes himself. He gathers a psychic charge to kill Magnus, but Xavier interposes himself. He dies. That means Legion was never born and the X-Men never existed, so they disappear, except for the already time- displaced Bishop. Present: the M'Kraan crystal's wave reaches Avalon on its way to earth. The X-Men see the sky crystallize, and in their last second, Remy and Rogue kiss. "The world ends, with neither bang nor whimper but in an eerie, silent, shimmering shroud of glass." Note: the Age of Apocalypse intervenes, see The Amazing X-Men 1-4.
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