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Index to X-Men Volume II Version 2.1, last modified June 6, 2001 by Robert Diehl (email@example.com) Issue: X-Men II:100 Date: May-00 Story: End of Days ( pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III (Neal Sharra) Regular Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes Guest Stars: Dr. Peter Corbeau Villains: Neo including Kilmer, Rax, Domina, Jaeger, Seth Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: Claremont returns as writer, and six months have passed since last iss. Kurt is studying for the priesthood. While saying the Ave at the altar of St. Michael the Archangel, he is shot by an arrow and quickly ports away, hiding among the rooftop gargoyles. Domina sends Jaeger to finish him off; the Neo have declared war on the rest of the world. The X-Men are helping Corbeau reconstruct the High Evolutionary's space station over the objections of the Genoshan government, who see it as a security threat. Jean loses control of a girder, and Rogue and Piotr have to catch it. Thunderbird is a new member, with laser eyes and rich parents in India. Logan is off somewhere, but Kitty has one of his bone claws to use as a saw. Betsy has no use of her telepathy but has gained TK. The station is complete, and the crew throws a party in zero gravity. Piotr talks to Rogue: she has broken up with Remy again, because he is now head of the Thieves' Guild, and therefore can't be loyal to the X-Men, in her opinion. They kiss and realize Rogue doesn't absorb his psyche when he's armored. Kurt pops in to Cecelia's clinic for help. She wraps him up, but before they can get to the mansion, she is shot with an arrow. She battles Jaeger, who wasn't expecting her force field. When he is about to kill Kurt, she instinctively extends her field, killing him. Kitty has a secret rendezvous with Seth, who reveals himself to be Neo, shocks her, and elaborately binds her. Thinking quickly, she phases part of her face and grabs her sword- shaped earring with her teeth, to use to cut her bonds. Seth tells Domina that Kitty is one of them and he loves her; she realizes Jaeger is dead; Kitty kicks Seth, then goes to warn the others as the station begins to explode. Seth, in a pressure suit, jumps three hundred miles to earth. The crew blames the mutants, who rescue them anyway: Kitty phases them outside to Piotr and Rogue, who toss them quickly to Thunderbird and Corbeau aboard the space shuttle Intrepid. A girder breaks off and heads toward the shuttle; Kitty phases it just in time, so she must remain behind. Thunderbird uses his fire to propel the shuttle. Kitty finds a second pressure suit and jumps to earth. Issue: X-Men II:101 Date: Jun-00 Story: Hard Landing (22 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III Regular Characters: Archangel, Dr. Cecelia Reyes Guest Stars: Dr. Peter Corbeau, Det. Charlotte Jones; Candy Southern (in flashback) Villains: Neo including Domina, Tartarus, Elysia; Rufus Delgado Other Characters: Charley, Sidney Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Betsy uses her TK to soft-land the shuttle at JFK airport and into the bay (cf. UXM 101), while the crew complains about mutants. Kurt and Cecelia hide from the Neo; he tries to soothe her conscience over killing Jaeger. An unrelated truck crashes into the building, and Charlotte has a shoot-out with Delgado. Warren sees it with eagle eyes, and swoops down to save her with eagle wings. Cecelia throws her force field over an exploding energy weapon and picks up a syringe of Rave, an illegal stimulant. Kurt, weak, ports away with her. Delgado runs into the Neo and takes one hostage. Another gives Warren an illusion of beautiful women, and Charlotte and Delgado an illusion of a skull-filled valley. She arrests him, but then bones grow out of her back. Warren rejects and breaks out of his illusion but bumps his head. The Neo surround Kurt and Cecelia; she, desperate, takes the Rave to boost her power. Issue: X-Men II:102 Date: Jul-00 Story: The Cruelest Cut (22 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III Regular Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Det. Charlotte Jones Guest Stars: Danielle Moonstar, Sen. Robert Kelly Villains: Sinister, Sabretooth (both in a vision); Neo including Domina, Anteus, Salvo, Static, Jaeger, Barbican; Tessa Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Colors: Liquid! Graphics Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan slices his way into the Nebraska orphanage where Scott grew up and finds it trashed like many of Sinister's bases; Sinister has been killed at least 17 times. He has Moonstar with him, and she accesses the place's latent memories to produce of vision of the Neo killing Sinister and Sabretooth. Tessa, no longer working for Shaw, meets with Kelly over his wife's grave. He is running for president, and she warns him not to go anti-mutant. Cecelia, drug-enhanced, holds off the Neo until the cavalry arrive. Rogue kisses Salvo to get information, then her power goes wild. She absorbs Piotr without touching him, and her arms turn into guns like Salvo's. Cecelia tries to use her force field to stop her, but it takes Kurt porting around the room with her to shock her out of it. Then Domina shows up. She can mimic all of her team's abilities, and she single-handedly cuts through the X-Men and captures Cecelia, who killed her husband Jaeger. Then Logan shows up. Domina goes down, but she has Barbican seal the building. Betsy uses TK to keep a tunnel open to escape, but Charlotte is missing, so Cecelia stays behind. Issue: X-Men II:103 Date: Aug-00 Story: The Goth (22 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III Regular Characters: Forge Guest Stars: Sen. Robert Kelly Villains: Tessa; the Goth: Sanguine, Beldame, Wanderer Other Characters: Melanie, Kim Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Tom Raney Inks: Scott Hanna Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida, Albert Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: In the Danger Room, Betsy works kills a simulacrum of Sabretooth, but her TK is still new, and she has no fine control. Tessa has been working with the X-Men, claiming to have always been an ally. Rogue is ambushed in the hall. She wakes in a futuristic, ruined city, with no powers and Logan stalking her. She uses acrobatics to elude him, pepper and manikins to disorient him, and bullwhips on weights to string him up. But he snaps her spears with his legs and gets her in a standoff. He ends the Danger Room simulation and announces this was a test: she is the new field leader. She decides to go back to rescue Cecelia and Charlotte, before tracking down Kitty. In Harry's Hideaway, Piotr turns off an anti- mutant harangue on the TV, and nobody stops him. Some bikers get transformed into Goth and interrupt him while he sketches the local beauties. Betsy can fly alongside Warren; they and Neal go to Harry's just in time to fight. Wanderer has Piotr enthralled; Sanguine feeds off Warren; Beldame makes Betsy use her psychic katana against herself. Neal, afraid to use his powers, just sends up a flare, and Rogue, Logan, and Kurt arrive in time to see an explosion. They scan the area: Salem Center has been depopulated. Rogue decides to call Remy's team (see UXM 384). Issue: X-Men II:104 Date: Sep-00 Story: Painted Ladies (23 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Rogue, Phoenix, Nightcrawler, Beast; Gambit, Psylocke, Cable, Colossus, Archangel, Thunderbird III, Storm Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sen. Robert Kelly Villains: Hong Kong Hellfire Club including Liu Wo- Han, Chung; Mystique (Raven Darkholme); Goth including Beldame; Killian and his Crimson Pirates and Sea Dogs including Broadside Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Graphics Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan and Rogue crash a party at the Hong Kong Hellfire Club, taking out all the bodyguards. Jean enters with Kurt and Hank and scans the room, identifying a waitress as a spy for the slavers (UXM 383). She confronts Wo-Han, saying the Triads have allied with the Goth and the Crimson Pirates, and they are out of their league. The X-Men vanish, and Lo-Han makes a call to Beijing. Logan tracks the waitress while the rest crash at a friend's nearby mansion. Hank has reservations about their show of force; Rogue says if they play by the rules, the bad guys will win. Mystique impersonates Val Cooper and asks Kelly why he's basing his presidential campaign on anti-mutant bigotry. He says the world needs to be secure from super villains. Mystique consults Destiny's diaries and decides she must stop Kelly. Remy's team is captive, and Beldame feeds on them. Ororo attacks her futilely, tearing off a piece of armor and getting herself knocked toward Remy, who takes it in his mouth. When Beldame leaves, he charges it and frees himself, then the others. They wonder why alarms haven't sounded, but Remy ignores prudence and goes to get the Goth. They take guards' armor to disguise Betsy and Neal and realize they're in an ancient stronghold in a cave in China. It is full of storage containers for slaves. The Goth arrive, and Remy suggests a deal instead of a battle. The Crimson Pirates track down Rogue's team and demand surrender. Battle ensues, and the Pirates lose. A Hound touches Rogue, and she sees her memories: she is Kymri, formerly Capt. Britain on an alternate earth (Excalibur 16-17), which was conquered, and she was made a Hound. Killian realizes the battle was an illusion and Rogue is actually alone; she had absorbed Jean's telepathy. She quickly flies off. Meanwhile, the X-Men have followed the waitress to the Pirates' base in the slums and taken their transportation and backup. Note: continued in UXM 385. Issue: X-Men II:105 Date: Oct-00 Story: Killing Angels! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III, Cable Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sen. Robert Kelly, Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair) Villains: Twisted Sisters: Gyre, Coil, Ringlet, Torque, Helix; Mystique Other Characters: Mr. Perry Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales, Norm Rapmund Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid!, Hi-Fi Design Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: In Manhattan, Betsy uses her TK to fly alongside Warren. They returned to his penthouse for a romantic evening, but then there is an explosion. Betsy instintively erects a TK bubble and propels them both to the ground: they land in Jersey, where their attempted assassins, the Twisted Sisters, try again. Coil catches Warren, so Betsy fights the rest alone, finally felled when Helix's shoots her feathers at her. Just then, reinforcements arrive, alerted by Cerebro. Kelly is in Chicago, running for president and making noises about the mutant menace. Mystique observes and sees that Nathan is one of his aides. She is impersonating Moira to get access to Destiny's diaries, and she plans to let nothing stop her. The X-Men fight the Twisted Sisters, but they show effective teamwork, and Helix adapts new powers as needed. They scratch Piotr with acid, wrap Logan in webbing, and collapse a building on all of them. Betsy's TK holds, but the nearby dam doesn't, and the Hudson River comes pouring in. The X-Men capture the villains, and Betsy rebuilds the dam. Perry is furious that the mutants fought on his property, but Warren explains to the police that they rescued him from an assassination attempt and offers to reimburse the damages. A mysterious someone (perhaps Stryfe, see 2000 Ann.) gloats that Betsy no longer has telepathy and doesn't realize the hit was on her. Issue: X-Men 2000 Date: 2000 Story: Mutie.Dead (40 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue, Thunderbird III, Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Forge Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Danielle Moonstar Villains: Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama); Prime Sentinels: Lao Mei-Ling, Samuel Mbende, J¸rgen Tiebold, Delilah Fremont; Tessa; Karmina Shapandar; Stryfe Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Chris Claremont, Scot Eaton Inks: Scott Hanna Letters: Jonathan Babcock Colors: Hifi Design Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Around the world, various people get e-mail which triggers their transformation into Prime Sentinels. Lady Deathstrike gets one but blasts the computer. Then she is attacked. The X-Men swim in Breakstone Lake. Betsy beats Rogue in a race swimming, so Rogue challenges her to a flying race. Betsy exhausts herself, and Neal has to catch her, mid-air; Rogue tells both to train harder. Then Deathstrike crashes to earth at their feet, Prime Sentinels close behind. They fight; the X-Men hold back from killing them, since they were human, and Piotr gets knocked through the boathouse. Rogue takes her gloves off, touches one and realizes the humanity is gone, and sanctions lethal force. Neal blasts but fells only one. Logan guts another from behind, but the Sentinels adapt, so he teams up with Neal, cutting holes in two of them so Neal can fry their insides. They activate self- destruct sequences, so Rogue flies them skyward, gets caught in the explosion, and falls. The last Sentinel attacks her, ignoring Betsy since it has telepathic shields. But Betsy's new telekinetic katana slices like a real blade, and she splits the Sentinel in two. Deathstrike insists she wasn't attacking the X- Men. She surrenders and asks for help. Forge analyzes the Sentinel memory core. His assistant is Moonstar, who recently quit X- Force to protest their new methods. Kurt protests Betsy's willingness to kill. Logan says Deathstrike isn't human; Tessa disagrees. Deathstrike says Bastion has been trying to capture her, first through e-mail and then physically. Rogue decides to trust her for now even though she's not human enough for Rogue's power to absorb her thoughts. Neal plays cricket in the Danger Room, but the bowler becomes his Sentinel girlfriend, Shapandar, and throws a bomb at him. He bats it away and ends the program. Bastion is probably dead (Astonishing X-Men 2), so Forge thinks someone else is using his files. The transformed humans had all been to the same resort, so the X-Men fly to Belize. They see a tourist about to become a Sentinel, and Deathstrike advocates killing them all, but Rogue just attaches an inhibitor module. She warns Deathstrike to do things the X-Men way, then advises her to put away the blood- feud with Logan and sets her as guard in a church tower. The X-Men stake out a temple that everyone has been visiting. Rogue drops Piotr down through it, and it all seems too easy. Then Rogue gets blasted. Deathstrike sees the tourists begin to transform but shoots them with a gun that Forge made to scramble the process. The X-Men find Stryfe standing over Rogue's body. Battle ensues, but Stryfe's telepathy and TK are formidable. He is about to make Neal fry himself, when Deathstrike interrupts. Stryfe says the same man designed her and the Prime Sentinels, and he wants the catalyst codes so he can trigger an instant army. But then Kurt unplugs his transmitter. Betsy is able to sneak up on him, since he's been relying on telepathy and her mind is locked down tight. She slices him, then Logan and Rogue each take a swing. Defeated, his automatic systems teleport him away. The X-Men relax around a bonfire on the beach. They rewrite the code to make sure the Prime Sentinels can't all be reactivated at once, and Logan thinks Rogue made a difference in Deathstrike's attitude. Issue: X-Men II:106 Date: Nov-00 Story: Search and Rescue (40 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III, Nightcrawler Regular Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes Guest Stars: Det. Charlotte Jones, Valerie Cooper, Sharon Carter Villains: The Neo including Domina, Ransome Sole, Rax, Antaeus, Static, Junction, Barbican, Elysia, Salvo; Jaeger (in flashback); Big Casino; Rufus Delgado; Sen. Robert Kelly; the Brotherhood of Mutants: Mystique, Blob, Avalanche, Sabre, Toad Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Chris Claremont, Leinil Francis Yu, Thomas Derenick, Anthony Williams Inks: Mark Morales, Rick Ketcham, Norm Rapmund Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Graphics, Hi-Fi Design Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Neo have holed up in a church in New York (iss. 102). They had lived secretly alongside humans, expecting them to destroy themselves, but then they were attacked, and Domina and Jaeger gathered the survivors. Cecelia killed Jaeger (iss. 100), so Domina practices killing simulcrums of X-Men. Junction interrupts: a masked person has been destroying the Neo's cyborgs. Cecelia observes, having keep hidden with the help of vials of Rave. Domina sends Rax to search the building for her and Charlotte. Rax and Delgado, who has attached himself to Jones, plot against her. The X-Men reconnoiter, and Kurt senses Junction's teleportation, so he thinks he can get through Barbican's barrier as well. He and Logan convince Rogue to let them go for it. Simultanously, the Neo port out and attack Rogue. Rax gives her a good beating, then proposes an alliance, instead. Rogue suspects a trap but needs to get her people out. Delgado-Jones have been attacking the Neo, and Kurt and Logan get in the way when it attacks Elysia. Cecelia intervenes, berates Logan for not rescuing her sooner, and gets Kurt to port them away. Cooper and SHIELD's new head, Carter, listen to Kelly's anti-mutant presidential campaign speech, then warn him that Mystique is after him. He is fatalistic, since there is no defence against a shape-shifter, and he's willing to die for his beliefs. Cecelia sees vials of Rave injecting themselves into her. Logan puts his claws to Elysia to make her stop the hallucinations. They explain to her that the High Evolutionary, not the X-Men, caused the deaths of her family (UXM 379), but she says Domina will never believe them. Mystique has assembled a new Brotherhood, including Toad, who now has a prehensile tongue with psycho-active venom. Rogue pretends to be a census-taker, and the Neo open the door (!). Betsy throws Piotr to Antaeus, who pummels him. He kisses Rogue to give her his power, and she confronts Domina. Rax and Delgado-Jones make their move, tossing Kurt aside and breaking through Betsy's TK to get to Domina. Logan slices Jones from Delgado, and Elysia defends him against Domina. Kurt tries to convince her to end her war on humanity, when only one was to blame. Rogue insists hope is better than despair, and Domina lets the X-Men go, but keeps the church as the Neo's fortress. Issue: Bishop 15 Date: Dec-00 Story: ?Been a Long Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Time (23 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop Regular Characters: Nom, Michael (in flashback) Guest Stars: Prof. X and Cadre K Skrulls including Fiz Villains: Deathbird; Trevor Fitzroy (in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Joseph Harris Pencils: Georges Jeanty Inks: Nathan Massengill Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Jason Wright Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Maximum Security crossover. Cadre K investigates a wrecked starstation, finding nothing but corpses: Deathbird's handiwork. An energy field slams into the station: Bishop has been returned to our universe. Deathbird knocks out Bishop and carries him away, uses him as a shield against the Shi'ar energy weapons, and runs away when he overloads. Bishop wakes to find Xavier in a Shi'ar suit that lets him walk, and Cadre K, the mutant Skrulls he now leads. Xavier reads his mind and sees his war against Fitzroy and the allies he made along the way, including Michael, who was left behind. Xavier explains that Earth has been made a prison planet, with an energy barrier around the solar system. Deathbird has a key, and Xavier needs to rescue his student Z'Cann, a Skrull telepath. Deathbird shoots Xavier's suit, so Bishop has to go after her alone. She wallops him with a metal rod but then uses a blaster, which he redirects to her. She throws the key to him, wanting to pit Xavier against Lilandra. She dares him to kill her, then opens an airlock and is sucked into space. Bishop is able to close the airlock, and he admits to himself that he hates her. He regrets the innocents that died before he put down Fitzroy, and he's determined to repeate that mistake. Xavier is back on his feet and volunteers Bishop to go to Earth. Issue: X-Men II:107 Date: Dec-00 Story: On the Yard! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Thunderbird III; Gambit (in flashback) Regular Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes Guest Stars: Z'Cann, Bishop, Cerise Villains: Sen. Robert Kelly, the Blood Brothers Other Characters: Joey Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Morales, Elmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Graphics Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Maximum Security crossover. Kurt swings through a Danger Room jungle, where Cerise pops in and kisses him. He shoves her away, explaining that he is planning to become a priest. Cerise says she's on a mission for Lilandra. Rogue is in Salem Center (which now has a train station), drowning her sorrows in milkshakes. She is remorseful over using Remy's power to kill the Goth (UXM 385), even though Remy said they had no choice. Rogue knows it's important for the X-Men to hold to their ideals, or they'll become the mutant monsters that people such as Kelly fear. She pushes back from the ice cream counter, and the patrons applaud her binge. On the train, a conductor wakes Z'Cann, who lets her appearance slip. She is a Skrull, and the Blood Brothers immediately attack her. Rogue, nearby, comes to the rescue and knocks them out, but not before they wound Z'Cann. She touches Rogue to pass on her information and uses telepathy to boost the transfer. Bishop is in the prisoner processing facility beyond Pluto, where he fights off the aggressive convicts. Kurt is nursing Cecelia, who is in withdrawal from the drug Rave. Rogue, who is now Skrull, arrives carrying Z'Cann, who is now human. The X-Men think Rogue may be a Skrull spy, so Piotr touches her and collapses, proving she has Rogue's power. Rogue is slowly recalling Z'Cann's memories and says the alien transmat ring is on Ellis Island, and they have to stop it by midnight. They fight the guards, whom they realize are aliens. Rogue involuntarily takes Logan's form and in the nick of time remembers that they're not supposed to destroy the ring. Rogue takes Colossus to block Neal's blast, just as Bishop comes through the transmat. Issue: Bishop 16 Date: Jan-01 Story: Dream's End Part 3 (23 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), Wolverine (Logan), Rogue Villains: The Brotherhood of Mutants: Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee); Sen. Robert Kelly (as a template for Mystique) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett Pencils: Thomas Derenick Inks: Massengill & Team X Letters: Jon Babcock Colors: Jason Wright Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this occurs after Cable 87. On Muir, Wolfsbane is trapped under a fallen girder, and Sabretooth approaches. But when he threatens Moira, she goes wolf, and he wallops her. Bishop interrupts, blasting him out of the way. He frees Wolfsbane and sends her to find Moira. Sabretooth thinks he's out of power, but Bishop blasts him again: he doesn't bluff. He sees Kelly outside, warning about the abuse of mutant powers, then Wolverine attacks, and Bishop stops him. Kelly was Mystique, of course, and she gets away. Wolfsbane finds Toad tied up and hanging by his tongue. Rogue is there, mixed up with various borrowed mutant powers. Then Mystique shoots Wolfsbane. Bishop and Wolverine find Moira in the debris of her lab (blown up in Uncanny X- Men 388). She is dying, but she says Mystique's manipulation of the Legacy Virus (to kill only flatscans, Uncanny X-Men 388), has given Moira the cure. Mystique tells Rogue she shot Wolfsbane with the gun the U.S. government had Forge make to neutralize mutant powers (Uncanny X-Men 185). Rogue wonders if it has another charge, but Mystique is unwilling to give her an easy out, and she kicks her instead. Rogue says she's sick and Xavier can help her, but Mystique stuff a knife into her belly, actually harming her. Mama knows her weaknesses. Bishop and Wolverine show up, but Mystique takes Wolfsbane hostage and points her gun at Wolverine, who would die without his healing factor. Rogue rallies and stabs her mother with her Wolverine claws. Note: the story continues in X-Men II:108 Issue: X-Men II:108 Date: Jan-01 Story: Dream's End Part 4: The Future Is Now! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Phoenix, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Cable Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair) Villains: Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Sen. Robert Kelly Other Characters: Angela, Sharon Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu, Brett Booth Inks: Mark Morales, Scott Elmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Liquid! Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this occurs after Bishop 16. Muir Island has been blown up (UXM 388), and the damaged Blackbird is en route to New York. Mystique has mutated the Legacy Virus to kill only non-mutants, but Moira has realized that's the key to a cure. But she's half-dead, so Rogue gets Logan and Wolfsbane to help stabilize her. Rogue's out of control powers have saved her life: Mystique was able to stab her, but Logan's healing factor is already knitting the wound. Luckily, Rogue still has Dr. Cecelia Reyes's memories, so she can do surgery. Meanwhile, Logan is about to kill Mystique when Wolfsbane calls him away. She wants to kill Mystique herself. Hank and Piotr return to the mansion, announcing Pyro's death while saving Kelly from the Brotherhood (Cable 87). Hank hopes Kelly will change society's attitude toward mutants, but Piotr says it won't matter: look how little the X-Men have changed things. Nathan is still with Kelly in Boston, visiting his wife's grave (killed by Master Mold, UXM 247). He says he also lost his wife, then tells him his twisted life story, and that good and bad mutants are facts of life, for better or for worse. Kelly asks to see him as he is, so Nathan turns off his image inducer and shows metal arm, flashing eye, and costume. They shake hands. Moira is conscious and says her knowledge must be preserved. She is too weak to handle Rogue's touch, and her mind is too unstable anyway, so they call out mentally to Xavier. Piotr apologizes to Xavier for his outburst. Xavier apologizes for taking over his life. But Piotr has chosen this life. Xavier finally hears Moira and races to Cerebro. She is so weak that he is unable to establish a mindlink, so Jean helps. Xavier's and Moira's psi-forms embrace, and Jean watches as they begin to glow, as death approaches. Xavier loves Moira, his first love, too much to let her go. Kelly gives another speech, with Nathan nearby as bodyguard, but Jean calls out to him, so he goes to the psi-plane and helps her convince Xavier to let Moira go. She passes into the light, "until we meet again." Kelly has meanwhile announced his change of attitude toward mutants, and one of his supporters has pulled a gun. Four shots; Kelly tells Nathan not to retaliate, and dies. Issue: X-Men II:109 Date: Feb-01 Story: Ceremonies (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit, Bishop, Thunderbird III Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Cerise, Tessa (Sage) Villains: Viper Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Thomas Derenick Inks: Rick Ketcham, Norm Rapmund Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Liquid! Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 389. Neal, who grew up on the slopes of the Himalayas, gets the team to join a children's snowball fight on Lookout Knob, a hill in Salem Center. Bobby has an unnatural advantage; children gang up on Piotr; Kurt takes down Warren; Betsy tackles Neal; Warren gets jealous but says she's free to do as she pleases. Remy and Rogue pass by; Rogue tells Neal Betsy's interested but he should consider the consequences; he's mortified and insists it wasn't like that. The four of them go for cocoa. Rogue is having headaches, and seems to have Logan's claws permanently. In the wake of Kelly's death, Betsy says mutants will always be outcasts; Neal is a Hindu and believes in karma and progress toward transcendence. He is new to the team. Remy goes to the skating pond to confer with Ororo and Hank, in a crowd to inhibit telepathic eavesdropping. Hank has confirmed that Xavier has some of Destiny's diaries. Remy doesn't trust him with them, especially since Onslaught; Hank angrily defends him. Ororo decides that such knowledge is a power that can't be trusted to anyone. Kurt gets Piotr to join him and Cerise in a circus performance. Cerise tempts, but Kurt is determined to put his God first. Piotr sees a girl like Illyana in the crowd and enjoys causing enjoyment. Warren looks over his trashed penthouse: he is getting evicted as a hazard, from his own building. Betsy says he can move in with her, but he's jealous of her attraction to Neal, realizes they don't have what Scott and Jean had, and breaks up with her. At a fire station in Brooklyn, Bishop collects toys for tots. Bank robbers drive by; he stops their car with his fists. The firemen realize he's a mutant but congratulate him and invite him in for a drink. In Japan, Logan visits Mariko's grave and finds Viper there. She has a package for him: one of his bone claws. He knows it's from Kitty and means she's okay. Viper hopes someday their marriage will become a real one. Rogue and Remy come across kids fixing a crËche made of mutants, which had been vandalized by bigots. When Rogue manifests Scott's power, she has to fly away, and the kids panic and scatter, not quite as pro mutant as they thought. That night, everyone is back in the mansion, and Rogue wears ruby quartz glasses. Ororo announces her intention to get all 13 diaries and keep it secret from Xavier. She takes Rogue, Hank, Neal, Betsy, and Bishop. Rogue refuses to let Remy come, in case she hurts him. Ororo wants Logan to stay at the mansion and be her contact there, since Xavier can't read his mind. She takes Tessa, now called Sage, who is a human computer, though her team has reservations. They open presents: Betsy gives Neal something naughty; Xavier gives him Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Ororo gets a new uniform. Xavier speaks to her; she says she has no regrets, but he is full of them. She tells him to look at his X-Men and know his dream lives. Note: following are reprints of Christmas issues: UXM 98, 143, and 341. Issue: X-Men II:110 Date: Mar-01 Story: One Tin Soldier Rides Away? (23 pages) Feature Characters: Kitty Pryde, Prof. X; Colossus, Storm, Wolverine (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Illyana Rasputin (in flashback) Villains: Mandroids (in flashback), the Neo: Salvo, Antaeus, Tartarus, Domina, Rax; Magneto Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Liquid! Graphics Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Kitty remembers the first time she saw Piotr, when the X-Men recruited her (UXM 129). Mandroids attacked the malt shop, and Piotr, Ororo, and Logan defended her. That's how she learned she was a mutant, and she developed a crush on Piotr, her hero. Piotr is dead (UXM 390); Kitty is flying commercial to Moscow. The Legacy Virus is cured?even those dying in Genosha are recovering?but she is devastated. She drives across Russia, stopping in a diner in Yaroslav. She recalls talking to Piotr, brooding alone in the cold by the pool after Illyana died (UXM 303). He blamed himself for endangering her. Kitty wanted to say the good outweighed the bad, but she didn't believe it, so she just hugged him and sat with him all night. She reaches the Ust Ordynski Collective, uncovers an urn, and lets Piotr's ashes scatter. She writes Xavier, quitting the team and telling him not to contact her, and enrolls in college. Xavier orders Cerebro to delete all files referencing her. The Neo are still in St. Michael's (iss. 106). Magneto arrives and rips through their defenses. He orders them to kneel, but they attack. He tears Rax and Salvo apart and tells Domina he won't tolerate inter-mutant bickering. He plans to unite mutants against humanity and to deal finally with Xavier. Issue: X-Men II:111 Date: Apr-01 Story: Prelude to Destruction (22 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Prof. X Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert (in flashback) Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, Jenny Ransome, Sharon Carter of SHIELD, Capt. America, Sabra, Quicksilver Villains: Magneto and Genoshan mutates, Johanna Cargill Other Characters: Jared Barthmounte, Simon Westphal Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Mark Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Graphics Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is part of Eve of Destruction. Trish reports from Genosha: a genetic war is imminent; mutates and immigrant mutants have assembled in silence in Magda Square. She reviews the history of Genosha (UXM 235): a false paradise of racial harmony actually built by enslaved mutates; civil war; interim government under Ransome; Legacy Virus (X-Factor 90); Magneto (iss. 87); revolt against him. SHIELD and the Avengers say they're ready to defend the world from Magneto. Hank says Moira found the Legacy Virus cure (iss. 108). Sabra calls Magneto a monster and a shandeh and makes direct, personal threats. Cargill is now Genosha's UN ambassador (and calling herself Johanna not Joanna); she calls on the world to accept Magneto's vision. Quicksilver has wandered aimlessly (after Magneto: Dark Seduction 4) and is on a Russian ship. Xavier watches the coverage and decides Magneto must end. Magneto gives a speech from the throne: mankind is racist and unredeemable; mutants must be protected; he didn't start the conflict, but he will end it. Trish says Magneto is looking for a symbol over which to declare war, and he will commit genocide after condemning it. Xavier is missing, a man-shaped hole broken through his office wall. Issue: X-Men II:112 Date: May-01 Story: A Call to Arms (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Wolverine, Phoenix, Jean- Paul Beaubier (Northstar), Hector Rendoza (Wraith), Paulie Provenzano, Leyu Yashida (Sunpyre), Johanna Cargill (Frenzy), Dazzler Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Polaris Villains: Magneto and his Acolytes including Amelia Voght, Blob, Random Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Dexter Vines Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/ST Colors: Liquid! Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is Part 2 of Eve of Destruction. Long ago, Voght told Xavier to just blend in and not make himself a target. Now he is on display in Genosha as Magneto's hostage, and she must take sides. Scott is back, a natural-born leader who sees the world in black and white. Logan thinks he has been changed by his fusion with Apocalypse (X-Men: Search for Cyclops); witness: he wants to interrupt the mission to help Lorna get refugees get to Wakanda. Scott and Logan traipse through the sewers, and Scott uncharacteristically shows off, ricocheting his eyebeam to knock out Blob and Random. Humans surround them with advanced Roxxon weaponry; Scott takes them all out by himself. Jean and her interim team start out from Westchester, with Cargill as guide. Issue: X-Men II:113 Date: Jun-01 Story: Conclusion! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Northstar, Wraith, Paulie Provenzano, Sunpyre, Frenzy, Dazzler, Prof. X, Cyclops, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Magneto, Amelia Voght Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu Inks: Dexter Vines Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/ST Colors: Liquid! Asst. Editor: Pete Franco Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is Part 4 of Eve of Destruction. Jean scrambles her team, minus one, against Magneto. Paulie insults him, so he tries to magnetically manipulate his blood but discovers he's truly invulnerable. Jean-Paul punches him repeatedly, but he's used to Quicksilver and catches him. He throws Paulie into the upper atmosphere, so Jean-Paul has to rescue him before he suffocates. Magneto wraps his former Acolyte Cargill in metal and accuses Jean of manipulating her mind. Scott and Logan take out two guards; Scott has no qualms about the brutality of war, and Logan is convinced that Apocalypse changed him. Leyu blasts Magneto, but he has encased himself in iron and deflects the heat away, then encases her in iron. Jean-Paul gets Paulie to an American destroyer offshore and gives him mouth-to- mouth; Paulie pushes him off, mistaking it for a sexual advance. But then he thanks him, as they return to battle. Magneto grabs Hector, asking to see his mutant power, and he makes Magneto see- through like him. Magneto, disoriented, tosses him aside. Scott arrives and blasts; Logan is unimpressed with Jean's team. Jean tells him not to free Xavier; Scott is unimpressed with Magneto's megalomania. He blasts; Magneto deflects it, but Scott was opting for a ricochet and knocks Magneto's helmet into him, and then Magneto knocks Scott down with it. Magneto vs. Logan, the rematch: Jean has had Alison project holograms to fake her death and impersonate Xavier, while Voght freed the real one, who has telepathically turned off Magneto's powers. Logan guts him. Xavier speaks to the Genoshans, sympathizing with their sufferings but warning them not to start a genetic war. Back in Westchester, Jean watches her team disband, leaving just her, Scott, Logan, and Xavier.
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