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Issue:	X-Men II:57
Date:	Oct-96
Story:	Man (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X, Cyclops, Wolverine,
Cannonball, Iceman, Bishop, Storm, Beast, Phoenix,
Joseph, Psylocke
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Val Cooper, Trish Tilby, Quicksilver, J.
Jonah Jameson
Villains:	Bastion, Harper
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Xavier uses Cerebro to try to find himself,
but he no longer registers. He deletes all files about
himself.
	Val rings the doorbell of the ruined mansion, and
Scott asks her about Alex: still MIA. She is there to
take Xavier into protective custody; the X-Men refuse
her. But then Ororo says they have to let Val get him
examined, so Onslaught doesn't happen again.
	Hank is spending the day with Trish and an image
inducer in Washington Square Park. He says he did some
thinking while he was Dark Beast's prisoner (iss.
51-54), says he's sorry for blaming her for the Legacy
Virus story (UXM 323), and realizes he loves her.
	In Westchester: Jean agrees with Ororo, saying it
will take years for Xavier's mind to recuperate. 
	Jameson has been investigating Graydon Creed, and
Bastion meets with him, trying to warn him off. But
JJJ don't scare.
	In Westchester: Val is aghast to find Magneto among
the X-Men; Joseph says they can't punish Xavier for
things Onslaught did. Jean says they owe the world
assurance that Xavier is no longer Onslaught; Scott
says the world owes Xavier much more than that.
	Xavier interrupts the argument, pointing out the
irony: he created the X-Men to protect the world from
dangerous mutants, but he is the most dangerous of
all. He decides to go with Val. Joseph is left free to
start over. 
	In Warren's loft in Soho, Betsy finds a feather.

Issue:	X-Men '96
Date:	1996
Story:	One Day at the Mansion (46 pages)
Feature Characters:	Wolverine, Cannonball, Rogue,
Gambit, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Bishop, Cyclops,
Phoenix, Joseph, Psylocke; Prof. X (in flashback)
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	X-Force: Cable, Domino, Shatterstar,
Meltdown, Caliban, Siryn, Sunspot, Warpath; Generation
X: Banshee, Emma Frost, M, Jubilee, Skin, Husk, Artie,
Leech, Synch, Chamber; Gateway
Villains:	a Sentinel
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Larry Hama
	Pencils: Roberto Flores, Anthony Castrillo
	Inks: Nathan Massengill, Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Paul Becton, Malibu
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In the aftermath of Onslaught, all the
X-teams that don't include Sabretooth gather at the
mansion for a softball game and barbecue. As Ororo
hits a homer, a damaged Sentinel drops out of the sky
on them. The mutants immediately attack, and it falls
into nearby power lines. "Dying," it explains that it
has an upgraded processor, so it could observe
Onslaught from the stratosphere. Isolated, it
extrapolated possible futures, developed
consciousness, and realized that to save humanity it
had to warn the X-Men.
	It dies, and Jubilee sheds a tear. Logan and Cable
argue about empathy, then about the fact that Logan
killed Cable's son Tyler. Scott and Jean break it up,
and Ororo gets them to look to the future. Caliban
suggests that Xavier left them (iss. 57) for their own
good.
	They return to the picnic. Everyone picks on Sam and
his camcorder; Remy and Joseph vie for Rogue; Scott
burns the burgers; M dominates the ping-pong table;
Sam tells his old teammates that he's glad to be an
X-Man.
	Logan says he's sorry about Tyler; Cable understands
he had no choice. They drink beer together.
	Scott calls for everyone to get into uniform for a
group picture. Gateway shows up, unexpectedly, and he
and 29 X-Men pose together. Banshee has Jubilee,
Meltdown, Sunspot and Sam to create a fireworks
display. Jean and Cable have everyone hold hands, so
they can telepathically share the good feelings. They
adjourn to the mansion.
	Note: John Paul Leon's sketches for the Further
Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix follow.

Issue:	X-Men II:58
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	Testament (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Storm, Gambit, Iceman, Rogue,
Joseph, Bishop, Wolverine
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Trish Tilby, J. Jonah and Marla Jameson
Villains:	Graydon Creed; Havok
Other Characters:	William Drake, Carly Alverez
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio
	Pencils: Bernard Chang
	Inks: Jon Holdredge
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Joe Rosas, GCW
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Ororo reluctantly returns to the Morlock
tunnels, on the anniversary of the massacre (UXM 211).
Someone has lit candles along the way; she finds Remy
in the burial chamber. Startled, he throws cards at
her, but she uses lightning to destroy them. She asks
why he would be there (since he didn't show up till
UXM 265), and he lamely says he read about it in the
computer files. The phrase "ultimately responsible"
hangs in the air between them.
	Trish interviews Graydon on CBNC; he says his message
is getting through to people, despite attacks by the
liberal media such as the Daily Bugle. A man in the
crowd heckles him: it is Bobby's father, sticking up
for the mutant minority, to Bobby's great surprise.
Security ejects him.
	In Westchester, Joseph flies in through Rogue's
window, waking her. He thinks he has solved her
problem and takes he to the labs.
	Bishop talks to Logan, not sure what he should do now
that the traitor has been revealed. Logan says he
should just live for the day like everyone else. Remy
sees Joseph staring in Rogue's window, jumps to
conclusions, and attacks him. Joseph tries to explain
that he can cure her, but Remy doesn't want him to
raise false hopes; they argue, and fisticuffs ensue.
Remy breaks the rules and uses his powers, so Joseph
wraps him up with the in-ground sprinkler system.
Rogue breaks them up, says their excuses are pathetic,
and flies away.
	Jameson is investigating Graydon; his wife makes him
come to bed. Alex observes from outside, planning to
stop him.

Issue:	X-Men II:59
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Touched (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cyclops, Phoenix, Bishop, Beast,
Wolverine, Joseph, Iceman, Cannonball
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Hercules, Quicksilver; movie actors
including Jimmy Stewart
Villains:	Graydon Creed
Other Characters:	Carly Alvarez
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio
	Pencils: Andy Kubert
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks 
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Scott spends the day in Manhattan watching
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (must look red and pink
to him). Jean catches up to him, asking if he's upset
about Alex (UXM 339), but he doesn't want to talk
about it.
	Hercules is visiting the mansion; Bishop gives him
the usual welcome (cf. Spider-man, UXM 339) and gets
knocked down. Hank summarizes Onslaught, and Hercules
says he's there to team up with Quicksilver, who is
out at the lake commiserating with Logan, who lost
Mariko and says he has to hold on for Luna's sake.
	Joseph is working on the Z'Noxx chamber (UXM 65),
which can dampen psionics: he hopes to help Rogue.
Quicksilver points out that Magneto also hurts
everyone he touches, then runs off to leave with
Hercules. Joseph catches up in time to apologize;
Hercules tells Quicksilver he shouldn't carry a
grudge.
	Scott tells Jean how, as a sickly orphan boy, he
spent his time dreaming in the movies; then Xavier
gave him a purpose. Jean smooches him.
	At Graydon's campaign headquarters, Bobby plans to
get his father out of jail. Sam realizes there's a
secret behind a closed door.
	Jean tells Scott not to worry about what Xavier would
do, and to take time to enjoy life. They walk down the
street together.

Issue:	X-Men II:60
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	Night (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Storm, Cyclops, Cannonball,
Phoenix
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Achmed el-Gibar, T'Challa (the Black
Panther) (both in flashback)
Villains:	Candra, Jamil, Shadow King
Other Characters:	Karima
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio
	Pencils: Cedric Nocon
	Inks: Chad Hunt
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks 
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Ororo is not alone in her attic; Candra in
Scott's body attacks her but dis-possesses him when
Ororo counter-attacks. She tells Ororo to meet her at
the Temple of Dendur (Egyptian room in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Ave., Manhattan). 
	Ororo explains to Scott: as a child thief in Cairo,
she stole a ruby from Candra, then watched in horror
as the empty case erupted, killing the guards and
destroying the mansion. El-Gibar berated her youthful
brashness and didn't entrust the ruby to her until she
was an adult.
	Scott goes to assemble the team, but Ororo flies off
alone.
	Jean meets Sam at the Washington Monument, after
Graydon Creed's funeral (see X-Factor 130).
	In the museum, Ororo asks Candra why she shouldn't
just destroy the gem. The answer: Candra has Karima
hostage and Jamil as her ally. She explains that she
stored her "heart" energies in the gem as protection,
since that's the only way she could be killed.
	Jamil enters Ororo's mind, reminding her of her brief
affair with the Black Panther. Ororo zaps Jamil, then
blows him and Candra down. She pulls out the gem,
triumphant, but then realizes that Jamil is still
playing with her mind and has snatched the gem from
her. Then he announces he is the Shadow King. (Bet 'Ro
wishes she waited for Scott.)

Issue:	X-Men II:61
Date:	Feb-97
Story:	Bolt (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Archangel, Psylocke, Storm,
Phoenix, Cyclops, Wolverine
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Gomurr, Cable
Villains:	Undercloaks, Candra, Jamil, Shadow King,
Juggernaut, Sebastian Shaw
Other Characters:	Karima
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Cedric Nocon
	Inks: Chad Hunt, Miller
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks 
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Graydon Creed has been assassinated
(X-Factor 130), and fear of mutants is spreading.
	Betsy is locked in Warren's Soho loft, battling
Undercloaks. Warren breaks in through the skylight to
find her sitting peacefully. Gomurr shows up, saying
Betsy's healing was not free (see Psylocke &
Archangel: Crimson Dawn).
 	Ororo encases Jamil in a snowdrift; Candra attacks
her; then Juggernaut busts out of the snowdrift. Ororo
theorizes that Jamil's power, enhanced by Candra's
heart, allows him to become other villains; Candra
keeps attacking her instead of trying to get the gem
back. Ororo throws her into the temple, then turns to
find Jamil as Cable. He pulls her close, then uses the
gem to zap Candra. Ororo uses lightning and fog to get
away. She realizes Jamil has help, and takes Karima
outside to have a chat.
	Logan, Jean, and Scott are on their way to help,
telepathically cloaked. For a moment, Jean sees the
city deserted.
	Ororo explains that Jamil never existed; Karima can
make dreams come true and created him as a companion
for her, then made him a powerful mutant for Candra to
mentor. Ororo tosses her the gem, but Logan puts a
claw through it. Candra disappears. Ororo takes Karima
home.
	Control of Hong Kong is about to be transferred from
London to Beijing. Shaw toasts his son, who thought he
killed him (X-Factor 67). He has been working in the
shadows since then (June 1991), preparing the Hellfire
Club.

Issue:	X-Men '97
Date:	1997
Story:	Not a Cloud in the Sky (38 pages)
Feature Characters:	Iceman, Joseph, Rogue, Gambit,
Beast, Cannonball, Cyclops, Wolverine, Archangel,
Bishop, Storm
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Trish Tilby
Villains:	Bastion; Gamesmaster; Magneto, Sentinels (in
flashback)
Other Characters:	Bullseye employees including Harold
Smith
Credits:	Writer: John Francis Moore
	Pencils: Steve Epting
	Inks: Dan Green
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Brad Vancata 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	In Salem Center, a mob chases Bobby and
Joseph. Joseph wants to use their mutant powers to
evade them, but Bobby says he has more experience with
this, and they get to their car. Turns out the mob is
of the frenzied fan-girl variety; Bobby generates a
few snowflakes to satisfy them, then drives to the
mansion.
	Rogue and Remy are cooking in the kitchen gumbo and
kiss without incident. Sam watches Trish report the
capture of Bastion and the Friends of Humanity. Scott
explains that the US government invited Xavier to
Washington and is now pro mutant. He isn't wearing
glasses. Hank bounds in, having found a cure to the
Legacy Virus. Joseph realizes things are too good to
be true and goes to talk to Logan, who is puttering in
a Japanese garden and easily forgives Joseph for
Magneto's attack on him (iss. 25). Joseph thanks him
and walks away, and then Logan collapses.
	Joseph wanders into Xavier's office and realizes that
Jean is missing. He rushes back to Scott, who doesn't
remember her. The X-Men think he's crazy, and when
Rogue tries to talk to him, he scares her by
explaining the real world, so Remy attacks him. Joseph
uses his power to throw dirt in his face, then
releases him: he just wants them to listen. He puts
all the data he has on Jean into Cerebro, then scans
and finds that she is in Salem Center. 
	Jean wakes in a locked room in a telepathic
landscape, while Rogue, Remy, and Joseph go to find
her body in the Bullseye market. The salespeople get
in their way, then start shooting. The X-Men push them
aside and find Jean hooked into machinery. When Rogue
tries to disconnect her, the store manager turns off
her mind, then Remy's.
	Jean remembers going to the market, where an old
woman stuck her with a hypodermic. She realizes who
her captor is, and that he is after Joseph.
	Gamesmaster reveals himself; he is doomed to hear all
of humankind's thoughts and play games to keep himself
focused. He decided to give the X-Men their dreams and
says he can make it permanent, demanding Jean as
payment. Joseph refuses, so Gamesmaster asks for Remy.
Joseph hesitates, then grabs the iron in Remy's blood.

	But it's a trick: Jean's strength returns, and she
makes psi-armor and frees herself, while Joseph frees
her body from the machinery. The Gamesmaster retreats
to the psi-plane, where Jean traps him. He offers her
a few possible motives for his actions, then
disintegrates in her hands.
	Jean says the Gamesmaster couldn't even control Salem
Center and the X-Men, so he couldn't have remade the
world. She found out where he lives, and they go
there, not far away. No one is there, but Trish on the
TV reports the firebombing of a hospital dealing with
mutants. Everything is back to normal, with its
troubles and hopes.

Issue:	X-Men II:62
Date:	Mar-97
Story:	Games of Deceit and Death: Part 1 (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops,
Storm, Cannonball 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Shang-Chi (the Master of Kung Fu), Clive
Reston
Villains:	Si-Fan ninjas; Chiang Kai Dong, Hsien
Ming-Ho, Deng Ling-Xiao, Mao Liu-Cho; cyber-ninjas
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Liquid Color
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The Master of Kung Fu goes to Scotland at
the request of Reston, his old colleague from MI-6. He
realizes he is being stalked by his father's ninjas,
who he thought had disbanded. They fight ferociously
until Logan shows up. Shang-Chi assumes he's a villain
and attacks him. But Logan has martial arts skills and
bone claws, too, and Ororo has to pull him off, with
lightning.
	Reston had also contacted Logan. The X-Men introduce
themselves to Shang-Chi. He notices a presence nearby
and tosses a statue toward Jean and Scott, psionically
hidden till then.
	Reston enters, braces on both legs, and explains that
the Hellfire Club is after the Elixir Vitae, a
chemical compound researched by Shang-Chi's father,
which Shaw plans to use it as a vaccine for the Legacy
Virus. He can then blackmail the world with it. 
	Reston briefs them: after the death of Shang-Chi's
father, his criminal organization split into four
factions, which have all been destroyed recently. 
	In Hong Kong, one of the X-Men's two limos explodes;
Jean quickly erects a TK bubble. They are attacked.

Issue:	X-Men II:63
Date:	Apr-97
Story:	Games of Deceit and Death: Part 2 (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops,
Storm, Cannonball 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Shang-Chi; Moira MacTaggert, Multiple
Man, Magik (all in flashback)
Villains:	Sebastian Shaw (the Black King);
cyber-ninjas including Bludgeon, Katana, Fist;
Infectia, Mastermind, Pyro (all in flashback); Dr.
Rory Campbell; Deng, Mao, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Graphics
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Shang-Chi takes the measure of the X-Men,
while fighting the cyber-ninjas who attacked them.
They defeat them but are unable to force information
from them. Then their employer, Shaw, reveals himself.
He goads Jean, who attacks him. She is still angry
over his involvement in the Dark Phoenix (iss.
129-137, of course). Ororo stop the fight, then they
adjourn to the local Hellfire Club to talk. 
	Shang-Chi notices that Sam has gone off alone. He is
quietly blasting beneath a rickshaw, suspicious of its
driver. He winds up in a Fujukawa truck.
	Shaw proposes an alliance with the X-Men, to get the
Elixir Vitae to combat the Legacy Virus. The X-Men
wonder if they can trust him. 
	Campbell provides Shaw with Moira's information on
all the Legacy Virus victims.
	The X-Men approach the Fujikawa building. Inside, Sam
has knocked out the guards, but turns to find the
Kingpin, who then confronts the X-Men.

Issue:	X-Men II:64
Date:	May-97
Story:	Games of Deceit and Death: Part 3 (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops,
Storm, Cannonball 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Shang-Chi, Jubilee
Villains:	Sebastian Shaw; Fujikawa staff including
Kingpin, Liu, Chen; Bastion; Si-Fan Ninjas
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Arthur Edward Thibert 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Color
	Editor: Bob Harras
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Kingpin is working for Fujikawa; he has the
Elixir Vitae and also has Sam captive, threatening to
inject him with an experimental vaccine for the Legacy
Virus unless the X-Men reveal who sent them.
	Fujikawa guards point out there's only two mutants in
all Asia (Sunfire, Collective Man). Shaw emerges from
the water and takes them out.
	Jean telekinetically holds back the needle from Sam;
Scott demands that Kingpin release him and turn over
the elixir. He does the first, then explains: after he
lost power in New York (Daredevil 319-326), he used
his connections to make his way to Asia. He obtained
the elixir, for which effected mutants would pay a
great price. He threatens to contaminate it.
	Bastion has Jubilee captive.
	Shaw arrives and confronts Kingpin, whose ninjas move
to protect him. Ororo uses lightning to end the
standoff; she destroys the elixir rather than allow a
fight.
	The X-Men charter a flight home; en route Jean is
attacked. Operation: Zero Tolerance has begun.

Issue:	X-Men II:65
Date:	Jun-97
Story:	Operation: Zero Tolerance Prologue: First Blood
(23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Phoenix, Wolverine, Storm,
Cannonball, Cyclops, Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof.
X
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Iron Man
Villains:	Henry Peter Gyrich, Bastion and OZT
Sentinels
Other Characters:	Max, Roger Kren, Susan and Richard
Okada, Stan, Dr. Carter, William Drake
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert 
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Color
	Associate Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero
Tolerance (OZT) crossover. 
	Jean wakes to find Iron Man, assumed dead since
Onslaught. She attacks him, but before he can respond,
she is pulled back to her own universe. Iron Man
contacts Reed Richards to research the X-Men.
	A honeymoon couple hikes in Colorado. They see OZT's
craft attack the X-Men's charter jet, and Sam rushes
out to defend them. On TV, Gyrich says the X-Men
started it, and that OZT is an international force to
contain the "Mutant Menace." Some people cheer; others
recognize the bigotry.
	The new generation of Sentinels looks human; they
attack Sam while Scott, Ororo, and Jean are still busy
stabilizing the damaged jet. Scott blasts at the OZT
craft; Sentinels capture him, then wrap up Ororo in
polymer. Logan and Jean go down with the jet.
	In Westchester, state police surround the mansion and
wait for OZT to take charge. In a hospital in the
Bronx, doctors watch the TV coverage and debate the
mutant problem. Mr. Drake tells his boy to go be
Iceman.
	Bastion opens a channel to Xavier (labeled M-13) to
gloat; he is in the mansion, having got its location
from Jubilee's mind. He opens files on the Danger
Room, the Xavier Protocols, and the Mutant
Underground. All are in Shi'ar, but Bastion plans to
decrypt them.

Issue:	X-Men II:-1
Date:	Jul-97
Story:	I Had a Dream (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Prof. X
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Stan Lee, Carlos Pacheco and various
Marvel staffers, Spider-Man, Howard the Duck; Amelia
Voght
Villains:	Bastion, Magneto (Erik "Magnus" von
Lensherr) and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants;
Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), the Scarlet Witch
(Wanda Maximoff)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is a "Flashback" issue,
introduced and concluded by Marvel creator Stan Lee.
	Bastion tells Xavier his dream is over. Stan
interrupts, walking through Marvel's offices and
remarking on how the X-Men franchise has grown over
the years.
	Xavier floats in the pool (in a Speedo), his
sanctuary from the thoughts of others and the many
vicissitudes of life. Amelia is with him, having been
a Red Cross nurse in India, after he first lost the
use of his legs (iss. 20). She loves him and fears his
determination and tries to talk him out of his plan to
save the world. But he can sense Magneto, far above on
Asteroid M. 
	Pietro and Wanda discuss him: he saved them from an
angry mob, but Pietro thinks he's insane. Magneto
overhears them and insists he's trying to build a
better future. He tells them they're going to earth in
ten minutes.
	Xavier has Amelia port them to a Nazi death camp,
knowing it's an important anniversary for Magneto. He
arrives; Xavier compliments the helmet. They start the
endless argument: mutant supremacy versus peaceful
integration, and take the names and "Magneto" and
"Professor X"; then Magneto flies off.
	Pacheco falls asleep on his drawing board, and Stan
goes home. 

Issue:	X-Men II:66
Date:	Aug-97
Story:	Start Spreadin' the News... (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof.
X, Storm, Cyclops, Cannonball, Wolverine, Phoenix
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Bastion and Prime Sentinels including Lance
C. Gwynn
Other Characters:	Lilly
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Liquid! 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero
Tolerance (OZT) crossover. 
	At a hospital in the South Bronx, the staff watches
reports on OZT's attacks on mutants. Reyes is worried,
but gets interrupted by Gwynn, a stabbing victim whom
she fails to save. But after she calls time of death,
he jumps up again, a Prime Sentinel, and attacks her,
with two hospital staffers transforming to Sentinels
and joining him. Her mutant force field automatically
activates, saving her, but not preventing intense
pain.
	Bobby shows up to rescue her, so she whups him with a
medical tray. (Three years ago, she rejected Xavier's
offer to go to the school, and she thinks the X-Men
have ratted her out.) Bobby loses his ice shield to
Sentinel blasts, so he ices over the room and
skedaddles into Morlock tunnels, towing Cecelia along
against her will. They pause for her to berate him for
ruining her medical career. He says they have to work
together to get out of this, tells her his real
identity and that he was assigned to protect her if
her file was compromised.
	Bastion has Xavier, Scott, Sam, Logan, and Jean
captive in the former Hulkbuster base in New Mexico.
	Note: their part of the story continues in Wolverine
115.

Issue:	X-Men II:67
Date:	Sep-97
Story:	The End of Days (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof. X
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph), Det. Charlotte
Jones
Villains:	Bastion and Prime Sentinels including Angie
Quail, Boyd, Mathers; Marrow
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid! 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero
Tolerance (OZT) crossover. 
	In Israel, Sabra downloads classified information on
OZT to help the X-Men. She barely knows them, but she
knows bigotry. Agents escort her to a car and order
her to turn over the information, but she resists, and
they transform to Prime Sentinels. She punches through
the floor of the car and grabs the tarmac to stop
herself, destroying the car.
	Bobby takes Cecelia to Soho, to hide in plain sight.
He kisses her so he can spy out the house behind her,
while Marrow observes from the sewers. Cecelia is
still mad at being dragged into this mutant stuff and
wants to leave, but he forces her into Warren's
apartment for safety. When he goes in the window,
Angie tries to hit him with a lamp; she is Candy
Southern's old roommate and was housesitting (sure,
Warren, sure).
	In the Hulkbuster base, Bastion pumps Xavier for
information, not yet able to decipher the Xavier
Protocols. He refuses, of course, and says that part
of Bastion knows he's wrong and wants Xavier to get
his psi-powers back and stop him. Also, since Bastion
is invisible to psi-scans, he must not be human.
	Bobby tries to phone Muir Island, and then Nate Grey,
with no luck. Then his mutant power gets suppressed,
and Angie turns into a Sentinel. Cecelia shields Bobby
from her blasts. Then Charlotte shows up and shoots
her; they run before she can recover.
	She takes them to the police station, turning them
over to OZT's Boyd and Mathers because they are
holding her son, Timothy. The electricity goes out,
and Bobby, suspicious anyway, ices up. Many of the
NYPD are Sentinels, and Marrow is at the fuse box in
the basement, ready to attack.

Issue:	X-Men II:68
Date:	Oct-97
Story:	Heart of the Matter (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman 
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Sabra, Det. Charlotte Jones
Villains:	Prime Sentinels, Marrow, Sen. Robert Kelly,
Henry Peter Gyrich, Gordo, Rose Gilberti (see next
iss.)
Other Characters:	Aguinal, Cleveland, Bergen, Timothy
Jones
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell, Steve Seagle
	Pencils: Pascual Ferry
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Graphics 
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero
Tolerance (OZT) crossover. 
	Aguinal and Cleveland were happy to be cops in a
low-crime area, until they find Marrow's bones in the
fuse box. Then she pounces and leaves them
unconscious.
	Cecelia yells at Bobby for getting her trapped in the
police interrogation room, but he just stares into the
two-way mirror until he sees the red eyes of the Prime
Sentinels, then tells her to duck. They are attacked;
Cecelia's force field activates, and they are pushed
backward through the wall to find themselves caught
between real police and Sentinels.
	Kelly has second thoughts about his support of OZT,
but Gyrich doesn't mind the carnage.
	Bobby freezes and breaks a wall, then makes an ice
slide to let all the cops out. Cecelia guards his
back, then he makes an igloo to shelter them from the
collapsing ceiling.
	In the cells, Marrow scares the inmates into keeping
still.
	At the docks, Sabra fells some would-be thieves.
	Charlotte, wounded, shoots the remaining Sentinel and
explains that they took her son (captive in a mansion
in Connecticut). Cecelia stabilizes her, then Marrow
shows up and starts bickering with her. Bobby decides
they should all get away from the Sentinels. They find
the streets deserted, and Bobby (consistently too late
in his suspicions), realizes it's a set-up. Sentinels
surround them.

Issue:	X-Men II:69
Date:	Nov-97
Story:	Last Exit (21 pages)
Feature Characters:	Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Marrow
(although she tries to stay in "Villains")
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Sabra, Det. Charlotte Jones, SHIELD
Villains:	Sen. Robert Kelly, Henry Peter Gyrich,
Bastion and Prime Sentinels, Rose Gilberti
Other Characters:	Timothy Jones
Credits:	Writer: Scott Lobdell 
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco, Salvador Larroca
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM
	Colors: Liquid!
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero
Tolerance (OZT) crossover. 
	Bobby, Cecelia, and Marrow ice-slide their way up
Long Island Sound. Sabra had collapsed a building onto
the Prime Sentinels, introduced herself, and bullies
them all into trusting her. Bobby wonders if this team
will be all that's left of the X-Men. Sabra takes them
to rescue Timothy Jones, since she lost her own son to
terrorism. Suddenly, Marrow dives into the water and
comes up with a Sentinel.
	Kelly has given a speech against genocide, and Gyrich
debates the issue with him. 
	Bobby's team enters the mansion and is immediately
surrounded by Sentinels. Bastion explains that he had
hoped to stop the mutants by cutting down Xavier,
Scott, and Ororo, but he now realizes more mutants
will pop up to take their places. He lets Timothy and
his "mother" Rose leave and explains that he has
learned to be human and to avoid weaknesses like
emotions and regrets. Marrow tries to attack him, but
Bobby freezes everyone, saying this is an X-Man thing,
and takes the fight out to the beach, mano-a-mano. 
	Bastion throws him down, but turns out it was just an
ice-statue, and Bobby bashes him from behind, angry
over the attack on his father (UXM 340), but having
nursed him and realized hate destroys the hater. He
stands down and offers to let Bastion renounce his
humanity and kill them all. He is about to give an
order but gets interrupted by SHIELD: the US
government has rescinded OZT's authority, and they are
taken into custody.
	The rest of the X-Men are already free (Wolverine
115-118), and Bobby explains to Marrow that the desire
to kill is not good. 

Issue:	X-Men II:70
Date:	Dec-97
Story:	Homecoming (39 pages)
Feature Characters:	Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Marrow,
Phoenix, Cyclops, Cannonball, Wolverine, Storm,
Maggott, Joseph, Rogue, Beast
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Trish Tilby
Villains:	Bastion (in memory), Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
Other Characters:	Brad Perkins
Credits:	Writer: Joe Kelly
	Pencils: Carlos Pacheco 
	Inks: Art Thibert, Dell
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aaron Lusen, Liquid!
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Marrow dares Bobby to speed to Westchester,
over Cecelia's objections. Marrow continues her habit
of provoking confrontations. Bobby opens the doors to
find the mansion stripped, down to the bare wood, and
everyone is disheartened. Then the X-Men zoom in,
racing to the (now empty) infirmary with Scott, into
whom Bastion planted a time bomb (see Wolverine 118).
	Ororo is shocked to see Marrow.
	Someone is carrying a lawyer on his shoulder, down
the road toward the mansion.
	Cecelia pushes her was in to help Scott; Jean pusher
her way into her mind to explain the situation.
Cecelia sends Sam to scrounge up supplies while Ororo
gets water and lightning to boil it, and Marrow
interrupts her to make threats (see UXM 325). Bobby
ices Scott to keep the fever down; Jean mentally
anesthetizes him; Logan offers claws for scalpels, and
they begin the operation. Cecelia finds the nanotech
bomb, but isn't sure what to do next.
	The doorbell rings: Juggernaut has brought a lawyer,
claiming his brother's assets. Ororo closes the door
on him, and washes the road out for good measure. So
Juggernaut crashes in, realizes the mansion is empty
and Scott is being operated on, but still wants to
attack. Then the rest of the X-Men arrive from
Antarctica. Juggernaut points out Remy and Bishop are
missing, and Rogue tosses Joseph aside to get at him.
	Jean loses her grip on the bomb, and Scott wakes up.
Hank and Joseph go to help, while Maggott
ineffectually sends his slugs to stop Juggernaut. He
just laughs at the troubles the X-Men are causing
themselves and walks off, his lawyer slung over one
shoulder. 
	Hank says they have to let the nanotechs assemble to
get them all out of Scott's bloodstream, but of course
it will explode when complete. Logan takes time to
berate Trish for breaking the mutant story; she runs
off crying, and Hank is furious. Marrow applauds, then
pulls out two bones from her forearm for Cecelia to
use as forceps. She gets the bomb out, and Rogue has
Maggott feed it to Meany. A belch, a couple of staples
in Scott's abdomen, and everything starts getting
better. Maggott goes into the rest room to let his
slugs back in, a nasty process, while the rest retire
for the evening. Marrow scratches "This way to a dark
ride" on her door.

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