Author: Robert Diehl
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Issue: X-Men Unlimited 27 Date: Jun-00 Story: New Dawn Rising (26 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Cable, Wolfsbane, Colossus, Beast; Neal Sharra (Thunderbird III) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Moira MacTaggert Villains: Bastion and his Sentinels, Sanjit Sharra Other Characters: Karima Shapander Credits: Writers: Chris Claremont, Joe Pruett Pencils: Brett Booth, Ron Lim Inks: Scott Elmer, Michael Kraiger, Rich Perrotta, Cliff Rathburn, Rod Ramos, Vince Russell Letters: Sharpefont & P.T. Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Jean has been at Muir Island since Scottıs death; now she and Nathan welcome Neal Sharra, a new mutant. Seven months ago he was carefree in Calcutta, on the tea plantation of his father, the chief of police. Then his brother Sanjit went missing; he was investigating disappearances among the poor of the city. Neal looked into it and was attacked in an alley; Shapander rescued him with martial arts, and they fell in love. They were ambushed by Bastion; Sanjit had become a Prime Sentinel. When Bastion tried to do the same to Neal, his mutant powers manifested. Bastion ordered his destruction, but Sanjit turned against the other Sentinels and was killed. Shapander helped Neal at first, but then warned him that she had been transformed into an Omega Sentinel and would soon be forced to destroy him. Uncharacteristically, Nathan gets seasick on the boat ride to Muir, then loses control of his T-O virus. The X-Men all use their powers, which scares Neal. Jean and Rahne calm him down and give him an X-Man uniform: he joins the team. Note: following are unused pages from X-Men 100, Mutant X 2000 Annual, X-Men Unlimited 25, Gambit 7, and X-Man. Following further are The Bishop Chronicles, including drawings of the characters from Bishop: The Last X-Man. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 28 Date: Sep-00 Story 1: A Plague among Us (25 pages) Feature Characters: Cable, Gambit, Beast, Storm, Phoenix Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna) Villains: Russians including Black Death (Dr. Ivan Kivelki) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Joe Pruett Pencils: Brett Booth, Ron Lim Inks: Sal Regla, Derek Mei Letters: Sharpefont & P.T./JC Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: 140 nations banned biological weapons in 1972. The USSR secretly broke that treaty, but when it collapsed, it abandoned its facility on Vozrozhdeniya, or Rebirth Island, in the Aral Sea. Now it is reborn. Kivelki is a researcher there and secretly a mutant. His government decides to test their anti-mutant plague on him, so they sabotage his containment suit. The X-Men are in Moscow, vacationing after their recent adventure (Uncanny X-Men 383). Remy sees a beautiful woman and offers to light her cigarette; she reveals herself to be Darkstar and flips him. Hank recognizes her: former Champion, member of the Winter Guard, with the mutant power to tap the Darkforce. She traps Ororo in a black bubble, bats away Nathanıs psimitar, and then trips him. Remy tosses cards; Hank grabs her and tries to reason with her. Ororo gets free and lets fly with lightning. She falls down unconscious, then pops right back up, acting like a hero now. Jean scans her mind: she doesnıt remember attacking and remembers the island. Remy insists they join her, so she teleports them via the Darkforce. Darkstar says itıs a military bioresearch station that she went to investigate and was overcome. Remy lights a match in the darkened main building: armored men surround them but are quickly felled. Kivelki, now Black Death, says he wants Hankıs help. He has the mutant power of suggestion, which the plague he was exposed to made stronger, but he now exudes toxins and is stuck in a containment suit. Remy thinks heıs lying, but Hank agrees to help, saying however that Reed Richards and Bruce Banner are more qualified. Kivelki refuses, not trusting non-mutants, and he takes control of the X-Men, now his hostages. Hank sets to work but calls to Jean in his mind, breaking her out of the fantasy Kivelki trapped her in. She is caged, so she wakes Ororo, who blasts them all free. They confront Kivelki; Jean says he wonıt catch them off-guard again, so he removes his helmet. Remy has Ororo drench him in rain to keep his toxins to himself (and the floor?), so Nathan, Remy, and Hank can knock him out. Darkstar encases him in Darkforce, and the X-Men return home. Story 2: Garden State Slaughter (11 pages) Feature Characters: Deadpool Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Jack Krush (in flashback) Other Characters: Sandee (in flashback) Credits: Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti Pencils & Inks: Liam McCormack-Sharp Letters: Sharpefont & P.T. Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Jason Liebig, Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Deadpool wanders Manhattan, down on his luck after his apartment blew up. With his last $200 he buys a shovel and gloves and takes a cab to Fort Lee. He remembers Sandee, in Wildwood three years ago: He is there to get a bounty on Krush, who robbed a casino. He finds him in a bar, fights him on the boardwalk, and kills him by throwing him in front of the roller coaster. He searches the body parts to find his hotel key, goes there, and finds a girl held by two thugs. He uses his image inducer to impersonate a pizza delivery boy and shoot a thug, but Sandeeıs mother shoots him in the back. The other thug kills the mother and accidentally his partner; Sandee claws and blinds him, and he falls out the window. Sandee helps Deadpool, driving him to Cape May so he can recuperate in a hotel. She isnıt freaked by his grotesque face, and he tells her his whole story. Then the second thug crashes in through the window: heıs Sandeeıs father. She apologizes to him and points a gun at Deadpool, but then shoots her father, dead this time. Deadpool counts the money and realizes the casino was committing fraud, so he contacts the insurance company and they let him keep the loot. Deadpool puts Sandee in a psychiatric hospital, but next week she suicides. He has her buried with the cash, but now he needs it, so he starts digging in the graveyard at night. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 29 Date: Dec-00 Story 1: Renewed Acquaintances (26 pages) Feature Characters: Bishop, Colossus, Rogue, Thunderbird III, Wolverine, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Prof. X Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Cerise, Forge, ZıCann; Avengers: Goliath, Warbird (Carol Danvers); Cadre K Villains: Tessa, Ronan the Accuser Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Joe Pruett Pencils: Brett Booth Inks: Sal Regla, Sandu Florea Letters: Sharpefont & P.T. Colors: Joe Rosas Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this occurs after X-Men II:107. The X-Men see Bishop arrive via the Shiıar transmat; they are immediately attacked by Skrull guards. Bishop absorbs and blasts back; Rogue says ZıCann gave her all the pertinent information, so she knew to notify the Avengers to pick them up. Only Goliath and Warbird were available, and they take them into space. With their new cloaking device they get through and crash into Ronanıs base (see Maximum Security 1). Fighting ensues, and Rogue sees through a window that Earth is well on its way being transformed by the Egospore. Then Ronan appears. In Westchester, the Skrull telepath ZıCann is near death, despite Forge and Tessaıs best efforts. Bishop gets to the right computer terminal, activated with the key implanted in his body (Logan slices it out). Itıs in Kree, which Warbird knows, so Rogue asks permission to steal her memories again (Avengers Ann. 10), adding them to ZıCannıs. Meanwhile, Goliath, Piotr, Betsy, and Kurt hold off Ronan. Neal uses his power to superheat his universal weapon, but Ronan uses it to stop them all. He realizes heıs out of time, so he orders Egoıs power transferred to himself, even though the process was only 60% complete. Kurt wisely calls a retreat, but they are cut off from the Quinjet. Rogue has retrieved the data, and now she kisses an alien pilot so they can take his craft, and ³in the immortal words of them Duke boys, Yeee Haaw!² They blast away, and Ronan lets them. Xavier tells Cadre K itıs time to act. Note: continued in Maximum Security 3. Story 2: Tempered Steel (12 pages) Feature Characters: Colossus, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Illyana Rasputin Villains: Other Characters: Lex Credits: Writer & Art: Cully Hamner Letters: Sharpefont & P.T. Colors: Marie Javins Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: A few years ago, Piotr took his sister to the Guggenheim. On the train back to Salem Center, Lex, a girl who was also there strikes up a conversation. She is studying to be an artist. A car stalls on the tracks, and the train crashes. Piotr steels up, makes an exit, and gets the passengers out. But Lex dies. Later, Logan finds Piotr on the grounds pounding boulders and says he did what he could, but Piotr feels guilty because he protected Illyana first. He thinks he should go back to the farm; Logan flicks a cigarette at him and says heıs a quitter and a loser. Piotr knocks him to the ground, saying heıs callous and cruel and wonıt let him up even when he bares his claws. Logan insists you canıt save them all, then goes to his date with Mariko. Piotr says heıll deal with it and uses the boulder to sculpt an image that Lex liked. Issue: X-Men Unlimited 30 Date: Jan-01 Story 1: Mother Knows Best (12 pages) Feature Characters: Husk, Jubilee, M Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Andi Watson Pencils & Inks: Jim Mahfood Letters: Jim Mahfood Colors: Kevin Tinsley Asst. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is a Generation X Underground episode. The girls are in a rocket ship telling unfunny jokes, battling a monster, and finally getting to an intergalactic disco partay. I will refrain further comment. Story 2: Covenant with the Devil (11 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Storm, Gambit Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Colossus, Illyana Rasputin (in a dream) Villains: Mr. Sinister Other Characters: Credits: Writers: Joe Pruett, John Czop Pencils & Inks: C. Michaels Letters: P. Tutrone, D. Sharpe Colors: K. Tinsley Asst. Editor: L. Hawkins Editor: L. Spangler Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Kurt dreams of Piotr and Illyana, happy in a wheat field. Both are now dead (Uncanny X-Men 390). He wakes with a start, and Ororo hears and checks on him. She says, ³although I still mourn the loss of a dear friend, I have found my peace. Colossus surrendered his life so that others may live. I can think of no nobler death.² Kurt doesnıt accept it so glibly, throws his coffee, and bamfs away. He goes to Salem Center and yells at a street painter and his girlfriend, then realizes heıs behaving irrationally, apologizes, and leaves. Sinister finds him and offers to bring Piotr back as a clone. Kurt pauses, then smashes the DNA material, saying nothing can restore Piotrıs spirit, and Sinister melts away. That night at the mansion, Kurt writes a letter to Ororo, saying heıs taking some time to straighten out his own head. Rant: to cast Kurtıs rejection and Ororoıs acceptance of Piotrıs suicide as unstable and mature, respectively, is egregiously self-serving of the Marvel staff. Story 3: Wild and Free (12 pages) Feature Characters: Rogue Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Friends of Humanity including W.C. Taylor, Hanratty Other Characters: Billy Lansdale, Sue Ann and Jimmy Bodine Credits: Writer: John Ostrander Pencils: Mike Lilly Inks: Pond Scum Letters: Sharpefont & PT Colors: Joe Rosas Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Jimmy is getting over a broken heart, which his friend Billy says is his mutant power. He goes to a bar and falls for Rogue; his sister Sue Ann says Billy is pretending to join the Friends of Humanity as a joke on W.C. Jimmy knows a fight is inevitable, and Billy makes fools of the FOH, pointing out that there are super-powered humans who arenıt mutants. Jimmy talks to Rogue, apologizing for Billy and saying mutants can be good or bad, just like everyone else. Sue Ann comes running, saying thereıs a fight. Jimmy goes to help; Rogue picks up a truck (Jimmyıs) and throws it, then knocks out all the FOH by herself. The sheriff comes and arrests them; Rogue tells Jimmy she canıt touch other people, and he agrees their relationship would never work for him. Story 4: Seeds of War (4 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Quicksilver Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writers: Joe Pruett, John Czop Pencils & Inks: C. Michaels Letters: P. Tutrone, D. Sharpe Colors: K. Tinsley Asst. Editor: L. Hawkins Editor: L. Spangler Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Quicksilver runs to Westchester and finds Logan on the boat dock. He says heıs no longer working for his father (see Magneto: Dark Seduction 4), gives his condolences over Piotrıs death, and warns that Magneto has united Genosha and is likely to attack soon. Logan says heıll be ready.
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