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Issue: X-Men II:71 Date: Jan-98 Story: A House in Order (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Joseph, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow; Gambit (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby; Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Capt. America Villains: Bastion (in flashback); Sebastian Shaw, Kiko Other Characters: Brandon Majors Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Scott recovers from his wounds and Jean meditates, clearing the mansion of Bastion's psychic residue. Marrow has a bone growing out of her forehead, and everyone stares at her, so she breaks it off, acts rudely, and yells when Sam corrects her. Sam is also appalled at Maggott's brashness. Ororo isn't happy to have Marrow on the team (see UXM 325). With Logan and Jean, she pries up a stone in the barn and gets her hidden stash: her original tiara, coins, and lock picks. They are all worried about the new team members, especially Marrow, who makes a scene when she isn't invited to go into Salem Center. Logan talks to Scott, who recalls his own reluctance to have Logan on the team. In Venice, a mysterious someone stops time to deliver a message to Shaw. The heroes (FF and Avengers, missing since Onslaught) have returned, and Jean is overwhelmed by the crowd's hope. A man dies in Cairo, trying to get a package to Ororo. Maggott's slugs attack a street person. Jean and Scott overcome their doubts and take a cab to the airport. In the Danger Room, Logan confronts Marrow. Issue: X-Men II:72 Date: Feb-98 Story: Life Lessons (24 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Storm, Wolverine, Joseph, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gabrielle Haller, Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph), Callisto Villains: Georg Odekirk, Magneto Other Characters: Gumbs, Hamish Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 352. While Ororo prunes her last surviving flower, Logan prunes Marrow. Haller writes to Sen. Kelly, asking him to free Xavier. Sabra appears, saying a forger named Odekirk invented Erik Lensherr, and Haller insists they go to him in Romania, to learn Magneto's true identity. Magneto gets there first, angry that his cover was blown. He kills Odekirk and reclaims his real name, Magnus. Ororo stops Sam from befriending Marrow, saying she's just bad at heart (her remaining one). He resents being ordered around and zooms past Joseph and Hank, who were replacing girders in the roof. While his slugs are off feeding, Maggott sees Cecelia on a hillside, depressed, and hits on her till she smiles. Joseph wonders how much Maggott knows about him. Sam decides he's not a quitter and returns. Marrow demands revenge on humanity, draws blood on Logan, tastes it, and dares him to kill her. But he only kills soldiers and says she wouldn't have come to the X-Men unless she wanted training. He whups her, then offers to be her drill sergeant. She sticks a bone through his throat. He goes feral and is about to slice her brains, when Sam arrives and knocks him out ("Logan, Sir? Sir? Oh gosh... Pleasedon'twakeupmadPleasedon'twakeupmad"). Ororo accidentally steps on a weed. Weed-like Marrow runs through the tunnel back to Manhattan, where Callisto is bedridden (see UXM 346). In Salem Center, the Fargo-like cops find a dead drunk (see last iss.), and a bloody trail leading to Xavier's school. Issue: X-Men II:73 Date: Mar-98 Story: The Elements within Us (23 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Joseph, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow, Regular Characters: Archangel, Psylocke, Tony Stark (Iron Man) Guest Stars: Sabra; Sen. Robert Kelly Villains: The Hellfire Club including Sebastian Shaw, Carmen, Osborn, Trevor Fitzroy Other Characters: Simone, Graves, Myra (Armstrong, see next iss.) Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly, Joe Casey Pencils: Dan Panosian Inks: Jeff Johnson Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Steve Oliff, Digital Chameleon Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Rogue sleeps late, so Joseph checks on her, and she threatens to break his neck. The rest of the team is hanging wallpaper. They get a friendly note from Xavier, but Logan deducts it was written in a secured lab. Kelly inspects the old Hulkbuster base in Nevada, trying to free Xavier, but he was moved (see UXM 363 for the story). Shaw throws a bacchanalia in Rio (guests include Warren, Betsy, and Stark), but he's still pondering the drawing of an artifact he was given (iss. 71), then accepts the offer. Joseph catches Maggott alone and asks him why he called him friend (UXM 350), but Magneto swore him to secrecy. Sabra arrives and knocks them both out of the sky. Maggott sics his slugs on her, but she easily kicks them aside and is about to execute Joseph, so Maggott reveals he is not the real Magneto. Joseph goes with Sabra to find the truth, and Maggott promises to keep quiet. She knows his real name, Japheth, and that he's not a villain. Maggott's slugs gaze on Salem Center, where Graves investigates murders. Marrow steals Cecelia's books and doctor's bag. The package to Ororo (iss. 71) gets to Hamburg, where African natives appear and insist it be forwarded. It's New Years, and everyone is glum, so Hank gets them to think about the future and write resolutions. Issue: X-Men II:74 Date: Apr-98 Story: Rituals (24 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Wolverine, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Archangel Guest Stars: Callisto Villains: Harpoon (in flashback), Abomination, Dark Beast Other Characters: Harry, Myra Armstrong Credits: Story & Art: Kelly, Pacheco, Thibert, Lichtner, Lusen Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Emerson Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Callisto tells Marrow to leave her to die, but she stays and says a prayer to Angel for her recovery. Warren spends the early morning flying around the city, enjoying his natural wings. He decides to face old demons and flies through the Morlock tunnels, where Harpoon crucified him (X-Factor 10). Hank tests Maggott's powers and wrestles in the snow with Cecelia. Logan eats at Harry's Hideaway; Harry is worried about the savage murders in town. Logan investigates, impersonating a Nassau County police detective. He picks up the scent of Maggott's slugs. Warren runs into Abomination, who attacks, and he runs and hides on the ceiling, hanging on by his wings. Marrow runs to his aid. Warren, embarrassed to be rescued by a girl, stands his ground. Abomination and Marrow both expect him to be repulsed by her ugliness, but he sees her courage. She stabs Abomination's eyes with two of Warren's old flechettes. Abomination releases her to the surface but says humanity will reject her. Callisto sees Colossus come to help her, but it's really Dark Beast. Maggott goes looking for his stray slugs and finds them covered in blood. Logan is knocked unconscious, and when he wakes there are scars on his chest, for which Maggott apologizes. Issue: X-Men II:75 Date: May-98 Story: Anatomy of a Monster (40 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow; Nightcrawler (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: N'Garai demons (in flashback), Ru'Tai including Pilgrimm; Black Air Other Characters: Miller, Barney Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: German Garcia Inks: Art Thibert, Panosian, Hanna, Holdredge Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Digital Chameleon Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan is feverish and wakes angry, looking for Maggott, who is in Salem Center berating his slugs for murder. He kicks them and hurts himself. Cecelia insists to Hank that Maggott's slugs weren't responsible, but someone autopsied Logan. A man wakes on an operating table, with high-tech blades above him. Ororo, Rogue, and Sam look for Logan in the woods. He ran off after saying Maggott didn't do it. Still bleeding, he makes it to the N'Garai cairn. Hank makes Cecelia wear an old costume from the Wasp (from the Avengers, which he happened to "borrow") and swings through the trees to catch up to Logan. Maggott goes to turn himself in to the cops, but Rogue swoops him away; she and Ororo tell him he's not responsible. The slugs tunnel underground, then they are all ported away. Ru'Tai emerge from the cairn, and Hank realizes they're intelligent, not like N'Garai, and have sorcery that counteracts mutant powers. Cecelia panics and runs; Hank follows, to keep her safe. She runs into Marrow, who has already killed a Ru'Tai, then kills the one Hank is struggling with. Cecelia is ashamed. Three more Ru'Tai show up with Logan's claws and uniform in their mouths. Ororo, Sam, and Rogue are in Ukraine among dissected corpses. They see another cairn, realize they are multiplying, and go in after Maggott. He is weak without his slugs and about to be killed, when Logan rescues him. Time passes strangely inside the cairn, and Logan has been hunting Ru'Tai for a while. Hank nearly finds the cure for the Legacy Virus as he wakes; he is captive with Marrow in the Ru'Tai lab. Cecelia is being dissected, but her force field holds. Pilgrimm speaks, saying its people were the slave caste, but they evolved and overthrew the N'Garai. He was selected to have individuality and explore, so he has been dissecting humans. Ororo, Sam, and Rogue come to the rescue but are felled by the eye of Kierokk. Logan and Maggott arrive; Maggott sees his slugs on Pilgrimm's shoulder; Pilgrimm bows in honor to Logan, calling him Mai'Keth, and releases everyone. Seems Logan inspired the Ru'Tai by showing the N'Garai could be defeated (Wolverine '95). He is shamed into inaction by his previous savagery, so Ororo leads the attack. Hank realizes the Eye is the key, so Marrow gets Maggott to throw her to it, and she slices it from Pilgrimm's neck. Logan snaps out of it, and even Cecelia participates, accidentally breaking the Eye. The lab starts collapsing, and the team rushes out of the cairn with the surviving civilians. Cairns explode around the world, and the X-Men find themselves in the fountain of a Las Vegas casino. The police capture one remaining Ru'Tai in Salem Center, and Black Air takes it away. One of the rescued civilians is actually Pilgrimm. Issue: X-Men II:76 Date: Jun-98 Story: A Boykie and His Dinges (23 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Storm, Wolverine, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Magneto (in flashback) Other Characters: Maggott's parents, Lot, Daniel (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Mat Broome Inks: Sean Parsons, Aaron Sowd Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Cecelia and Hank examine Marrow; she is fine after the Ru'tai, except for her attitude. Maggott hides from the examination in the attic, but Logan finds him and gets him to say why. He grew up in a big family in Ottoshoop, South Africa. He was sickly and lame and had trouble with his digestion. His medicine was expensive, and his mother finally prayed that his sufferings would end. He overheard, took the family jeep, and planned to die in the desert. But his little brother was in the back. He thought they were doomed, but then Magneto showed up. He touched his head and shut down his pain centers, then two slugs popped out of his abdomen and he turned blue. He was a mutant. Magneto flew them home; their village was caught in the revolt against apartheid, their brother Lot was killed, and their father had gone into town for vengeance. Maggott asked Magneto to rescue him, and he slaughtered the soldiers around him, crushing them with their own blood. It horrified Maggott, especially when the rebels cheered. Magneto left, telling Maggott to call when humanity turns against him. The slugs, Eany and Meany, eat for Maggott, and to deliver their energy, then eat their way back inside him, painfully. Ororo goes into town to pick up the school's mail, including a package for her from Africa. She finds Logan and Maggott in her attic and berates Logan for smoking. She opens the package: a talking statue of Ainet, calling for help. Issue: X-Men II:77 Date: Jul-98 Story: Stormfront (23 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Wolverine, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Psylocke Guest Stars: Dr. Strange, Cable, Spider-Man, the White Queen Villains: The Shadow King (alias Ananasi) Other Characters: Villagers including Ainet Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: German Garcia Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this issue is Psi-War, Part 1. The X-Men all died, and Ororo is buried in their corpses. The End. Half a day earlier, Ororo explains: as a young girl she wandered to Kenya, where Ainet, the village magician, took her in and became a second mother. Her plea for help has turned to sand, and Ororo must go answer it. The team insists on going with her, and Betsy joins them, providing transportation with her power of sliding through shadows. In Africa, they are immediately attacked by natives, who turn to sand. Logan goes off by himself, telling the rest to wait in the village. Ororo shows them around; it is more humble than Marrow expected of the "goddess". Sam gets separated and sucked into the sand. He finds himself back in a Kentucky coalmine, being bawled out and beaten by his father. The villagers are zombies, seated in a circle and chanting. Ainet emerges from the sand with Ananasi, the spider god, who has possessed everyone and wants to marry the Storm goddess. He sends the rest of the team's souls away; Ororo blasts him with precision lightning. Marrow and Maggott find themselves cured of their bone and slug problems, and Ananasi tells them and Cecelia that he has shown them their true selves. He shows them Logan, totally feral, and wants to turn them against the X-Men. Betsy shows up, having defeated sand warriors, and splits Ananasi's mask. She says he's a telepath and he's making Ainet manipulate the sand. She takes Ororo onto the psi-plane, where Ananasi has made a matrix from the villagers' minds. Betsy armors up and attacks him. Ananasi taunts her, saying she's nothing, especially next to Jean Grey. Ainet warns Ororo that Ananasi is a trickster, and she realizes Betsy is the real target. She tries to warn her, so Ananasi sends her to be buried under the corpses of her friends. Betsy focuses all her power and strikes. The energy routes through each of the villagers' minds in a chain-reaction, and she gets herself knocked out. Ananasi is really the Shadow King, and he has manipulated Betsy into disrupting the entire psi-plane, effecting every mind on earth. Issue: X-Men II:78 Date: Aug-98 Story: Storm Front: Part 2 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Wolverine, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Psylocke Guest Stars: Villains: The Shadow King; Onslaught (in flashback) Other Characters: Villagers including Ainet Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: German Garcia Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this issue is Psi-War, Part 2. In New York City, everyone has gone insane (insert your own joke). The Shadow King wants to rule a world of madness and suffering, and he gloats over Betsy's fragmented psyche. After his defeat on Muir Island (iss. 280), he hid from Xavier, but since Onslaught, the psi-plane has been unguarded. He asks Cecelia, Maggott and Marrow to ally with him and offers to make their dreams come true (a surgeon, a hero, a lovely girl). Meanwhile, Sam, Logan, and Ororo are stuck in private hells. Betsy reassembles herself as a shadow, realizing the Crimson Dawn is the only reason she survived. She encases Ainet in shadow, which hides her from the Shadow King, and they go to Ororo, who think she's being justly punished. Ainet reminds her of the good she has done and gets her to pick herself up. Betsy goes to Ananasi; he offers to make her his bride. She plays along while Ororo and Ainet sneak over and free Cecelia, Maggott and Marrow from their false dreams. Marrow hears a call from Sam and goes to free him. Betsy sends the rest back to the real world and faces the Shadow King alone, while he starts consuming every mind on earth. He gets so enraptured by this that he forgets to cover the core of his psychic being, and Betsy sends her shadows to capture it. His power dissolves, but he points out that Betsy will have to use all her telepathic power to guard him, forever. In the village, everyone tries to recover from possession. Logan was particularly effected. Issue: X-Men II:79 Date: Sep-98 Story: Little Morlock Lost (23 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Storm, Cannonball, Cecelia Reyes, Maggott, Marrow Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Callisto; Generation X (Synch, Husk, Chamber, Skin, Jubilee, M, Penance) Villains: Dark Beast Other Characters: Aguinal, Cleveland Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: German Garcia Inks: Holdredge, Mendoza, Alquiza Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/RS, AD Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Aguinal and Cleveland are the unluckiest cops in New York. Marrow terrorizes a couple who called her a freak. Ororo and Callisto track her to the financial district. Earlier, Ororo had tried to make peace with Marrow, and Callisto had shown up to say the X-Men are Marrow's best chance. Dark Beast has been nursing Callisto in the Morlock tunnels, and he has plans for Marrow. Sam finds Marrow; she throws bones at him (a twisted way of showing she likes him), but he's invulnerable while blasting. Back at the mansion, Cecelia yells at Maggott because his slugs ate her medical books and underwear. Hank suggests Maggott might want to join Generation X and get an education. Callisto berates Ororo for helping only pretty mutants and ripping Marrow's heart out (UXM 325: she just can't seem to live that down!). Sam's mother is ill, so he has to go back to Kentucky. Marrow ambushes him, but he catches her. They wrestle; he says she's not the only one who had a hard life. The cops try to arrest them; Marrow lashes out. The cops say their lives have been ruined since they first came across Marrow (iss. 68), and Sam convinces her to be a hero, not a monster. She releases the cop. Sam congratulates and hugs her; Callisto says goodbye; Ororo pledges to be her ally and teacher, and maybe friends someday. Ororo apologizes to the cops, who let them go. Issue: X-Men II:80 Date: Oct-98 Story: Children of the Atom: Part 2 (36 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Marrow Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Peter Corbeau Villains: false X-Men: Cerebro, the Grey King, Chaos (now Xaos), Mercury, Rapture, Crux, Landslide Other Characters: Paula Reinman Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Brandon Peterson Inks: Art Thibert, Dan Panosian Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 360. Kitty tries to escape, but Cerebro as Xavier orders his false X-Men to stop her. The real X-Men crash in the nearby swamp; the original Blackbird is wrecked, and Kurt is wounded. Rogue and Marrow are missing; Marrow saves Rogue from a gator. The Benassi rocket protest continues. Kitty finds Corbeau, who says Xavier isn't real and she has to stop the launch. Cerebro tells her to surrender, but she runs for it. She finds a computer terminal and sends a warning to SHIELD, but Cerebro intercepts it. Kurt is feverish. Marrow gets Piotr to help extract her broken bones; she says she knew his brother, then suggests they leave the wounded behind, including Rogue and Ororo, who have lost their powers. Logan just yells, but Ororo rallies them, and they start walking out of the swamp together. Kitty gets to the cape and starts hacking into the computers; the false X-Men attack and take over the control tower. Before they can tear into the rocket, the real X-Men attack. The crew starts an emergency launch, even though it will fry the mutants, so Cerebro halts the computer systems. It approaches the X-Men, saying it wants the tracking device in the rocket so it can catalog every mutant worldwide. Piotr looks in its eyes, and Logan gets a good whiff, and they know it's not Xavier. The Grey King opens the rocket and takes the device; Cerebro lets the rocket, with its nuclear reactor, launch out-of-control. Kitty quickly phases the whole team, and Ororo cools off the tarmac after the blast. Rogue has a bold plan: she absorbs the powers of Kurt, Piotr, and Logan, gets to the rocket, and aims it into the sea, while the rest go after the false X-Men. Logan and Piotr beat on Mercury, then do a fastball special to get to the Grey King. He drops the satellite on Kitty, who phases. It explodes. Cerebro disappears without revealing its true identity and plans the next move. The X-Men take the false X-Men's Blackbird, Aurora. They learn they were blamed for the launch fiasco. Corbeau reveals to the public that it had an anti-mutant device on it. Note: pin-ups follow: original X-Men, X-villains, A Vision of Things to Come. Issue: X-Men II:81 Date: Nov-98 Story: Jack of Hearts: Queen of Death (23 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Mary Purcell (the green ghost) Guest Stars: Villains: Kali Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Steve Buccellato Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 361. Kurt tries to cajole Marrow into joining the Danger Room work-out; she thinks it's fake and stupid. Ororo tells her it's her duty, but she rudely disagrees, so Logan promises to give her private lessons. Remy is back but staying in the boathouse. Rogue goes there; the reunion is tense. Logan welcomes him back but warns him not to break her heart again. A visitor to the Christian Science Mapparium in Boston hears voices and plans murders. Piotr congratulates Ororo on making her attic bloom again. She says he might pick up again with Kitty. Rogue flies Remy to the roof of Boston's Fanueil Hall, so they can chat privately. He gives her a white rose; she thinks it's a funeral flower and gets mad. They both say they've suffered: him being stranded in Antarctica, her worrying about him since then. Then Kali blasts through the roof of the Mapparium. Kitty and Logan bond over knife throwing and bad jokes about Wisdom and Viper. Kali is looking for sacrifice, and two powerful mutants are a good choice. Battle ensues. Remy says Rogue only abandoned him because she had absorbed his mind, with its self-loathing, and he doesn't hate her. Kali is upset they're not paying attention to her, and they oblige. They drop her into the Christian Science Mother Church, so she fails her test to become a goddess and explodes. Firemen come; Rogue tries to get Remy to say he loves her, but he chokes on the words, and she flies off mad. A green ghost is choking him, claiming him for herself (see Gambit Ann. '99 for the story).
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