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Issue: X-Men Unlimited 8 Date: Oct-95 Story: First Contact (50 pages) Feature Characters: Christopher Bradley Regular Characters: Phoenix, Gambit, Prof. X, Beast, Iceman, Archangel, Storm Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Bill, Marion and Cathy Bradley, Jeff, Donna Funaro Credits: Writer: Howard Mackie Pencils: Dan Lawlis, Tom Grummett Inks: Ian Akin Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Matt Webb Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Chris is a high school freshman, and a burgeoning mutant. In the bathroom one morning, electricity bursts from him. His parents put him in bed for a day, but he doesnıt want a doctor. Next day at school, the X-Men are trailing him, making him even more nervous as he asks Donna out for the first time. She says yes. He feels energy building again, and rushes to the rest room, where sparks fly. Jean and Remy rush in, and when he passes out they take him home and tell his parents he is a mutant. He runs off to his best friend, who is now afraid of him. He relents and lets his parents take him to Xavier, who shows him the X-Men training in the Danger Room. He stays, trains for weeks, learning to control his powers, and when he is done he decides to go home. The X-Men give him a going-away party at Harryıs Hideaway; then the Beast looks at blood tests and announces that Chris has the Legacy virus. He runs off; Bobby follows and calms him down. Back home, his best friend isnıt any more, but Donna still likes him. Note: gallery follows: Iceman and Beast; the Mojoverse; Unlimited 9 sneak preview. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 9 Date: Dec-95 Story: Horse Latitudes (52 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Psylocke, Wolverine Regular Characters: Capt. Lee Forrester, Paolo Guest Stars: Villains: Bloodscream, Belasco, Kierrok and the NıGarai Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Bob McLeod Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Tom Vincent Separations: Malibuıs Hues Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Forrester rescues Paolo, whose ship had been attacked by Bloodscream. She calls the X-Men to Florida; Logan arrives at the head of a pack of raging wild pigs. They eat barbecue for dinner. They steer for the Horse Latitudes, in the Bermuda Triangle, where boats have been disappearing, and find a Spanish galleon, with Bloodscream playing pirate, with a hypnotized crew. Much fighting, but Bloodscream has been cursed and can only be killed by the honor sword of the Yashida clan. He also has a U-boat, and they all sail through a force field, to Belascoıs island, floating in mid-air (X-Men 160). The place is mined against psi-assaults, and filled with ancient art that shows captive mutants. Belasco arrives and cages Logan and Hank, then puts Betsy in a prism to use her power to open a NıGarai cairn. The NıGarai attacks him, though, and Hank and Logan break out. Belascoıs plans to conquer the NıGarai dimension with magic and a fleet of old ships, then use them to conquer Earth. Bloodscream realizes he was just a pawn; still on her ship, dead-eye Forrester shoots Belascoıs power crystal and frees Betsy; general mayhem ensues. The X-Men flee into their own dimension as the island implodes and start paddling for shore. Forrester picks them up in the Arcadia. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 10 Date: Mar-96 Story: Need to Know (54 pages) Feature Characters: Beast Regular Characters: Prof. X, Cannonball, Cyclops, Iceman Guest Stars: Villains: Dark Beast, Fatale Other Characters: Norton and Edna McCoy, Willy (all in flashback), Mindy, Father Michael Shaugnessy Credits: Writer: Mark Waid Pencils: Frank Toscano, Nick Gnazzo Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Malibu Separations Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Flashback to Dunfee Elementary School: Hank is rambunctiously inquisitive, taking apart the copier and boiler and bus to see how they work. Dark Beast is questioning his principal; when done, he smothers him. He has decided to investigate this worldıs Hank McCoy, and leaves a trail of death behind him. He genetically alters his appearance so he can impersonate him, testing himself on Hankıs parents. He canıt bring himself to kill them, so he kills an innocent bystander, instead. The real Hank is obsessively studying the Legacy virus, and even Bobby canıt get him to relax. Dark Beast sends a message to his computer terminal; he traces it back to his old Brand Corporation building, now abandoned. Dark Beast captures him so he can hide from Mr. Sinister by pretending to be Hank. Hank fights back, but doesnıt kill him because he is too curious about who he really is. A mistake: Dark Beast knocks him out, chains him up, and bricks him in. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 11 Date: Jun-96 Story: Adrift (46 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue, Joseph Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Humanityıs Last Stand including Tom Hurdler, Bastion, Maulers, Trask Other Characters: Melody Watkins, Stevie, Mike Credits: Writers: Scott Lobdell, Terry Kavagh Pencils: Epting, Miller Inks: Sellers, Milgrom, Koblish, Candelario Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Malibu Enhancement Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: With some misgivings, but thinking of her son Stevieıs future, Melody goes to Humanityıs Last Stand to denounce a suspected mutant: Rogue, who has been renting a room from her and working as a waitress, trying to get away from the X-Men for a while. Melody confesses this to Rogue, too late. Body-armored Maulers attack; Bastion takes Stevie hostage, tries to shoot Melody, and takes Rogue captive. He heads an internationally sanctioned organization to rid the world of mutants (Op: Zero Tolerance) and is allied with Trask. He plans to kill Rogue, massacre Humanityıs last stand, and frame her for it. Just then, one Mauler powers up and defeats the rest; it is Joseph. Rogue attacks, thinking he is Magneto (he is his clone, X-Men II:73). He restrains her and explains he infiltrated Humanityıs Last Stand to try to stop them; she decides to trust him long enough to defeat the Maulers and save the humans. They donıt appreciate it though, and they run the mutants off. Trask then attacks; Magneto stops his missiles, lets them explode, and escapes with Rogue. They say goodbye to Melody and Stevie, and drive to Westchester, like normal people. Note: gallery: Bishop, Rogue, Phoenix; Havok and Cyclops; Rogue; Colossus; Storm, Colossus, Wolverine; Colossus, Psylocke; the X-women; X-Factor; Phoenix and the Brood Issue: X-Men Unlimited 12 Date: Sep-96 Story: The Once and Future Juggernaut (45 pages) Feature Characters: Juggernaut Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Strange; Gomurr the Ancient Villains: Onslaught (Prof. X with Magnetoıs hatred, in flashback), Tar; Spite Other Characters: Kurt Marko, Sharon Xavier (in flashback) Credits: Writer: John Francis Moore Pencils: Steve Epting, Ariel Olivetti Inks: Kevin Conrad, Ariel Olivetti Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Marie Javins, Malibu Enhancement Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this issue is part of the Onslaught crossover. Strange investigates a mystic disturbance at the X-mansion. He finds the Cyttorak ruby left out on Xavierıs desk. It had been fused to Marko and given him his power; Onslaught trapped him inside. Meditating on this, Strange is attacked by a neon spider; Gomurr arrives and saves him. He enters the gem to rescue Marko. Marko has been subjected to liquid fire; then he has a vision of himself crippled, and Xavier running a home for the disabled. Gomurr dispels it, then dismisses Spite, who generated it to torture Marko. He leads Marko through reminiscences of his youth: having an uncaring father, who let the elder Xavier die; arguing with him and setting his lab aflame; watching him die and hating Charles Xavier for it. Gomurr tells him he can get out if he rejects the anger and the power of Juggernaut; otherwise he will continue to destroy until he destroys himself. Spite reappears and offers him even more power, if he breaks her out, too (her brother DıSpayre trapped her). He chooses power. She takes him to Cyttorak himself, who wants to posses Markoıs body and so return to Earth. He swallows Spite, then attacks Marko. Tar arrives, and partners with Gomurr again (as young monks, they has originally imprisoned Cyttorak in the gem, after he was summoned by evil, less capable monks). They infuse Marko with power; he destroys this manifestation of Cyttorak and frees them all from the gem. He is now and forever the Juggernaut. Note: some X-Men trivia and games follow. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 13 Date: Dec-96 Story 1: Fugutive from Space! (45 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Cyclops, Beast, Bishop, Rogue Regular Characters: Guest Stars: The Silver Surfer, Binary, Dr. Peter Corbeau, Lilandra Villains: Shiıar including Deathbird, Cmdr. Kıillace, Cmdr. Vivali; Galactus (in flashback); the Inciters Other Characters: Dr. Barnes; the Clench Credits: Writers: Perez, Gonzalez Pencils: Rouleau, Calafiore, Robinson Inks: Hunter, McKenna, Milgrom Letters: Starkings/Comicraft Colors: Smith, Malibu Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Corbeau has got the mutants to use their energy manipulation powers to refuel the Starcore. But Binary overloads; a Shiıar appears, sent from Deathbird, and says Binary is a threat; she flies off; Deathbird sentences the rest to death for resisting her. Binary has been drawn to the white hole star Kiletra, which she created. Another Shiıar ship fires on her; her out-of-control powers redirect the fire back, destroying them. The X-Men fight being executed; Deathbird orders the ship to self-destruct, but Lilandra calls to countermand that. Deathbird says the Silver Surfer is on a rampage and has destroyed his home world, Zenn-la. But itıs news to him, and he races there to see. Hank figures it out: three stars (and garters) are about to go supernova, which will cause mass destruction across two galaxies. Jean goes to psionically separate Binary from her star. Rogue touches the Surfer to see if he is being controlled; she is knocked for a loop by his energy but confirms he is okay. He finds a rift in space near Zenn-la and takes Rogue in; they find the Incitersı ship, which draws Rogue in and assimilates her. She attacks the Surfer; he uses the power cosmic to knock her out, then aims his surfboard at the ship and destroys it. The X-Men return home; the Surfer no longer has one. Lilandra covers up the incident: the Inciters were an ancient enemy, better forgotten. Story 1: Junction (15 pages) Feature Characters: Juggernaut Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr the Ancient Villains: Other Characters: Marie Cavendish Synopsis: Marko revisits Junction, a town that celebrates Halloween with gusto. Bullies pick on him, just like they did when he was a kid, so he destroys the town. Gomurr chides him for such frivolity and shows him that he hurt Marie, the only one who had been kind to him. It is the curse of Cyttorak to always destroy; Marko refuses to be bound by fate. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 14 Date: Mar-97 Story: Innocence Lost (36 pages) Feature Characters: Franklin Richards Regular Characters: Artie Maddox, Leech, Beast, Storm, Gambit, Beast, Joseph Guest Stars: Villains: Local losers including Grange Janssen, Buck, Mac Other Characters: Norton and Edna McCoy, Mikey, Corrigan, Sheriff Eddie Credits: Writer: Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Jim Cheung Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Franklin is having bad dreams since his parents sacrificed themselves to destroy Onslaught. The X-Men have taken him, Artie, and Leech to Hankıs hometown, to eat flapjacks, ride tractors, and generally relax. The boys run off, and shots are fired: the locals have resented Hank since high school, and are full of beer and bigotry. They tie up Artie and Leech, but let Franklin go since he looks normal. Hank gets caught, as well, and Remy goes after Franklin. He finds him with Joseph; Franklin ported him in from Westchester, demanding his parents back. Ororo, who has been shot, goes with the McCoys and busts up the locals with their tractor. Norton lectures them on tolerance, then the sheriff shows up. Franklin fights Joseph, but doesnıt remember being Magneto; he apologizes, and the X-Men calm Franklin down. He goes to play with his friends. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 15 Date: Jun-97 Story: Second Contact (33 pages) Feature Characters: Chris Bradley, Maverick, Iceman, Wolverine Regular Characters: Phoenix, Gambit, Cyclops, Beast; Bishop (in flashback) Guest Stars: Villains: Weasel, Jumbo, Headcase; Sabretooth (in flashback) Other Characters: Bill, Marion and Cathy Bradley, William and Beatrice Drake Credits: Writer & Pencils: Duncan Roleau, Howard Mackie Inks: Rob Hunter Letters: Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Shannon Blanchard Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Chris (from iss. 8) and Maverick both have the Legacy Virus. Mutant haters set fire to the Bradleysı house; Chris is threatening wild things, so his mom calls Bobby. He tries to convince him that revenge isnıt sweet; he runs off to meet Maverick (he met him trying to get into a clinic that mutant-haters were about to blow up). Bobby follows him to Maverickıs; so do bad guys. After an explosion, Bobby calls for Logan. (Maverick saved his and Sabretoothıs life during their black ops days, and shot his brother to do it.) Maverick tells Chris he can only rely on himself and is about to leave, when the bad guys, Bobby, and Logan arrive and start to fight. Short fight. Bobby offers Chris a helping hand, be he really has no answers for him. He goes off, Maverick decides to go and try to help him; he starts by getting his family relocated. Note: two pages of X-trivia follow. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 16 Date: Sep-97 Story: Primal (36 pages) Feature Characters: Banshee, Adam C. Berman Regular Characters: White Queen, Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Villains: Bastion, Ginny Mahoney Other Characters: Jocko Wilkins, MıBala, Arlo Credits: Writer: Ben Rand Pencils: Melvin Rudi Inks: Rod Hunter Letters: Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Shannon Blanchard Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Sean and Emma go through applications to find normal humans, as cover for their mutant school. Sean wants Adam; Emma wants Ginny. Both are geniuses in genetics; Adam is secretly a mutant who can turn into a lizard, but Ginny was recently abducted and is now a Prime Sentinel. Bastion has her get close to him. Emma has rejected Adam; he goes to see Sean to protest. Emma scans him and forces him to reveal his mutancy. Angry, he lashes out at Sean, who fends him off, and he runs away. Sean is at their high school next morning, lecturing about Xavierıs summer program. Ginny forces Adam to go lizard right in the middle, then transforms into Prime Sentinel and attacks him. Banshee intervenes, and she has second thoughts. She really likes Adam, and isnıt happy being a machine. Bastion kills her for her failure. Sean and Emma patch Adam up, then send him back with his friends. Note: 2 pages of an X-trivia game follow. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 17 Date: Dec-97 Story: Alone in His Head (30 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Angel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Sabretooth, Hoo, Sebastian Shaw Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Tom Lyle Inks: Perotta, Parsons, Wong Letters: Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Ariane Lenshoek Editor: Kelly Corvese Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Warren spends a few days at the family conglomerate; Logan goes there to confront him: his company is trying to recreate Forgeıs mutant neutralizer (Uncanny X-Men 185). Angry, Warren flies off with him to investigate. In reality, Loganıs mind has been switched with Creedıs: yesterday, Logan was skiing in Colorado when Creed showed up, attacking a woman. Logan guts him, too easily, but then the woman, Hoo, attacks. She swaps their minds. Creed cum Wolverine leaves Logan cum Sabretooth to bleed in the snow. Creed finds the hidden section of Warrenıs lab and attacks the guards; Logan is already there, disguised as one. Warren, confused, gets a machine gun. They all enter the lab and find a prototype of the neutralizer. Warren considers that it might be helpful to some unhappy mutants, but he blows it apart, anyway. Logan and Creed fight; Warren intervenes, but when he touches both of them, their minds switch back, and all are knocked out. Shaw had hired Creed; he is not surprised at the failure. Logan and Warren go skiing. Note: 5 pages of Q&A, and a game follow.
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