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Issue: X-Men II:57 Date: Oct-96 Story: Man (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Wolverine, Cannonball, Iceman, Bishop, Storm, Beast, Phoenix, Joseph, Psylocke Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Val Cooper, Trish Tilby, Quicksilver, J. Jonah Jameson Villains: Bastion, Harper Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Xavier uses Cerebro to try to find himself, but he no longer registers. He deletes all files about himself. Val rings the doorbell of the ruined mansion, and Scott asks her about Alex: still MIA. She is there to take Xavier into protective custody; the X-Men refuse her. But then Ororo says they have to let Val get him examined, so Onslaught doesn't happen again. Hank is spending the day with Trish and an image inducer in Washington Square Park. He says he did some thinking while he was Dark Beast's prisoner (iss. 51-54), says he's sorry for blaming her for the Legacy Virus story (UXM 323), and realizes he loves her. In Westchester: Jean agrees with Ororo, saying it will take years for Xavier's mind to recuperate. Jameson has been investigating Graydon Creed, and Bastion meets with him, trying to warn him off. But JJJ don't scare. In Westchester: Val is aghast to find Magneto among the X-Men; Joseph says they can't punish Xavier for things Onslaught did. Jean says they owe the world assurance that Xavier is no longer Onslaught; Scott says the world owes Xavier much more than that. Xavier interrupts the argument, pointing out the irony: he created the X-Men to protect the world from dangerous mutants, but he is the most dangerous of all. He decides to go with Val. Joseph is left free to start over. In Warren's loft in Soho, Betsy finds a feather. Issue: X-Men '96 Date: 1996 Story: One Day at the Mansion (46 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Cannonball, Rogue, Gambit, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Bishop, Cyclops, Phoenix, Joseph, Psylocke; Prof. X (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Force: Cable, Domino, Shatterstar, Meltdown, Caliban, Siryn, Sunspot, Warpath; Generation X: Banshee, Emma Frost, M, Jubilee, Skin, Husk, Artie, Leech, Synch, Chamber; Gateway Villains: a Sentinel Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Roberto Flores, Anthony Castrillo Inks: Nathan Massengill, Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Paul Becton, Malibu Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: In the aftermath of Onslaught, all the X-teams that don't include Sabretooth gather at the mansion for a softball game and barbecue. As Ororo hits a homer, a damaged Sentinel drops out of the sky on them. The mutants immediately attack, and it falls into nearby power lines. "Dying," it explains that it has an upgraded processor, so it could observe Onslaught from the stratosphere. Isolated, it extrapolated possible futures, developed consciousness, and realized that to save humanity it had to warn the X-Men. It dies, and Jubilee sheds a tear. Logan and Cable argue about empathy, then about the fact that Logan killed Cable's son Tyler. Scott and Jean break it up, and Ororo gets them to look to the future. Caliban suggests that Xavier left them (iss. 57) for their own good. They return to the picnic. Everyone picks on Sam and his camcorder; Remy and Joseph vie for Rogue; Scott burns the burgers; M dominates the ping-pong table; Sam tells his old teammates that he's glad to be an X-Man. Logan says he's sorry about Tyler; Cable understands he had no choice. They drink beer together. Scott calls for everyone to get into uniform for a group picture. Gateway shows up, unexpectedly, and he and 29 X-Men pose together. Banshee has Jubilee, Meltdown, Sunspot and Sam to create a fireworks display. Jean and Cable have everyone hold hands, so they can telepathically share the good feelings. They adjourn to the mansion. Note: John Paul Leon's sketches for the Further Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix follow. Issue: X-Men II:58 Date: Nov-96 Story: Testament (23 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Gambit, Iceman, Rogue, Joseph, Bishop, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby, J. Jonah and Marla Jameson Villains: Graydon Creed; Havok Other Characters: William Drake, Carly Alverez Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio Pencils: Bernard Chang Inks: Jon Holdredge Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Joe Rosas, GCW Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Ororo reluctantly returns to the Morlock tunnels, on the anniversary of the massacre (UXM 211). Someone has lit candles along the way; she finds Remy in the burial chamber. Startled, he throws cards at her, but she uses lightning to destroy them. She asks why he would be there (since he didn't show up till UXM 265), and he lamely says he read about it in the computer files. The phrase "ultimately responsible" hangs in the air between them. Trish interviews Graydon on CBNC; he says his message is getting through to people, despite attacks by the liberal media such as the Daily Bugle. A man in the crowd heckles him: it is Bobby's father, sticking up for the mutant minority, to Bobby's great surprise. Security ejects him. In Westchester, Joseph flies in through Rogue's window, waking her. He thinks he has solved her problem and takes he to the labs. Bishop talks to Logan, not sure what he should do now that the traitor has been revealed. Logan says he should just live for the day like everyone else. Remy sees Joseph staring in Rogue's window, jumps to conclusions, and attacks him. Joseph tries to explain that he can cure her, but Remy doesn't want him to raise false hopes; they argue, and fisticuffs ensue. Remy breaks the rules and uses his powers, so Joseph wraps him up with the in-ground sprinkler system. Rogue breaks them up, says their excuses are pathetic, and flies away. Jameson is investigating Graydon; his wife makes him come to bed. Alex observes from outside, planning to stop him. Issue: X-Men II:59 Date: Dec-96 Story: Touched (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Phoenix, Bishop, Beast, Wolverine, Joseph, Iceman, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Hercules, Quicksilver; movie actors including Jimmy Stewart Villains: Graydon Creed Other Characters: Carly Alvarez Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio Pencils: Andy Kubert Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Scott spends the day in Manhattan watching "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (must look red and pink to him). Jean catches up to him, asking if he's upset about Alex (UXM 339), but he doesn't want to talk about it. Hercules is visiting the mansion; Bishop gives him the usual welcome (cf. Spider-man, UXM 339) and gets knocked down. Hank summarizes Onslaught, and Hercules says he's there to team up with Quicksilver, who is out at the lake commiserating with Logan, who lost Mariko and says he has to hold on for Luna's sake. Joseph is working on the Z'Noxx chamber (UXM 65), which can dampen psionics: he hopes to help Rogue. Quicksilver points out that Magneto also hurts everyone he touches, then runs off to leave with Hercules. Joseph catches up in time to apologize; Hercules tells Quicksilver he shouldn't carry a grudge. Scott tells Jean how, as a sickly orphan boy, he spent his time dreaming in the movies; then Xavier gave him a purpose. Jean smooches him. At Graydon's campaign headquarters, Bobby plans to get his father out of jail. Sam realizes there's a secret behind a closed door. Jean tells Scott not to worry about what Xavier would do, and to take time to enjoy life. They walk down the street together. Issue: X-Men II:60 Date: Jan-97 Story: Night (22 pages) Feature Characters: Storm, Cyclops, Cannonball, Phoenix Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Achmed el-Gibar, T'Challa (the Black Panther) (both in flashback) Villains: Candra, Jamil, Shadow King Other Characters: Karima Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ralph Macchio Pencils: Cedric Nocon Inks: Chad Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Ororo is not alone in her attic; Candra in Scott's body attacks her but dis-possesses him when Ororo counter-attacks. She tells Ororo to meet her at the Temple of Dendur (Egyptian room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Ave., Manhattan). Ororo explains to Scott: as a child thief in Cairo, she stole a ruby from Candra, then watched in horror as the empty case erupted, killing the guards and destroying the mansion. El-Gibar berated her youthful brashness and didn't entrust the ruby to her until she was an adult. Scott goes to assemble the team, but Ororo flies off alone. Jean meets Sam at the Washington Monument, after Graydon Creed's funeral (see X-Factor 130). In the museum, Ororo asks Candra why she shouldn't just destroy the gem. The answer: Candra has Karima hostage and Jamil as her ally. She explains that she stored her "heart" energies in the gem as protection, since that's the only way she could be killed. Jamil enters Ororo's mind, reminding her of her brief affair with the Black Panther. Ororo zaps Jamil, then blows him and Candra down. She pulls out the gem, triumphant, but then realizes that Jamil is still playing with her mind and has snatched the gem from her. Then he announces he is the Shadow King. (Bet 'Ro wishes she waited for Scott.) Issue: X-Men II:61 Date: Feb-97 Story: Bolt (23 pages) Feature Characters: Archangel, Psylocke, Storm, Phoenix, Cyclops, Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Gomurr, Cable Villains: Undercloaks, Candra, Jamil, Shadow King, Juggernaut, Sebastian Shaw Other Characters: Karima Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Cedric Nocon Inks: Chad Hunt, Miller Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Joe Rosas, Graphic Colorworks Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Graydon Creed has been assassinated (X-Factor 130), and fear of mutants is spreading. Betsy is locked in Warren's Soho loft, battling Undercloaks. Warren breaks in through the skylight to find her sitting peacefully. Gomurr shows up, saying Betsy's healing was not free (see Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn). Ororo encases Jamil in a snowdrift; Candra attacks her; then Juggernaut busts out of the snowdrift. Ororo theorizes that Jamil's power, enhanced by Candra's heart, allows him to become other villains; Candra keeps attacking her instead of trying to get the gem back. Ororo throws her into the temple, then turns to find Jamil as Cable. He pulls her close, then uses the gem to zap Candra. Ororo uses lightning and fog to get away. She realizes Jamil has help, and takes Karima outside to have a chat. Logan, Jean, and Scott are on their way to help, telepathically cloaked. For a moment, Jean sees the city deserted. Ororo explains that Jamil never existed; Karima can make dreams come true and created him as a companion for her, then made him a powerful mutant for Candra to mentor. Ororo tosses her the gem, but Logan puts a claw through it. Candra disappears. Ororo takes Karima home. Control of Hong Kong is about to be transferred from London to Beijing. Shaw toasts his son, who thought he killed him (X-Factor 67). He has been working in the shadows since then (June 1991), preparing the Hellfire Club. Issue: X-Men '97 Date: 1997 Story: Not a Cloud in the Sky (38 pages) Feature Characters: Iceman, Joseph, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Cannonball, Cyclops, Wolverine, Archangel, Bishop, Storm Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby Villains: Bastion; Gamesmaster; Magneto, Sentinels (in flashback) Other Characters: Bullseye employees including Harold Smith Credits: Writer: John Francis Moore Pencils: Steve Epting Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Brad Vancata Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: In Salem Center, a mob chases Bobby and Joseph. Joseph wants to use their mutant powers to evade them, but Bobby says he has more experience with this, and they get to their car. Turns out the mob is of the frenzied fan-girl variety; Bobby generates a few snowflakes to satisfy them, then drives to the mansion. Rogue and Remy are cooking in the kitchen gumbo and kiss without incident. Sam watches Trish report the capture of Bastion and the Friends of Humanity. Scott explains that the US government invited Xavier to Washington and is now pro mutant. He isn't wearing glasses. Hank bounds in, having found a cure to the Legacy Virus. Joseph realizes things are too good to be true and goes to talk to Logan, who is puttering in a Japanese garden and easily forgives Joseph for Magneto's attack on him (iss. 25). Joseph thanks him and walks away, and then Logan collapses. Joseph wanders into Xavier's office and realizes that Jean is missing. He rushes back to Scott, who doesn't remember her. The X-Men think he's crazy, and when Rogue tries to talk to him, he scares her by explaining the real world, so Remy attacks him. Joseph uses his power to throw dirt in his face, then releases him: he just wants them to listen. He puts all the data he has on Jean into Cerebro, then scans and finds that she is in Salem Center. Jean wakes in a locked room in a telepathic landscape, while Rogue, Remy, and Joseph go to find her body in the Bullseye market. The salespeople get in their way, then start shooting. The X-Men push them aside and find Jean hooked into machinery. When Rogue tries to disconnect her, the store manager turns off her mind, then Remy's. Jean remembers going to the market, where an old woman stuck her with a hypodermic. She realizes who her captor is, and that he is after Joseph. Gamesmaster reveals himself; he is doomed to hear all of humankind's thoughts and play games to keep himself focused. He decided to give the X-Men their dreams and says he can make it permanent, demanding Jean as payment. Joseph refuses, so Gamesmaster asks for Remy. Joseph hesitates, then grabs the iron in Remy's blood. But it's a trick: Jean's strength returns, and she makes psi-armor and frees herself, while Joseph frees her body from the machinery. The Gamesmaster retreats to the psi-plane, where Jean traps him. He offers her a few possible motives for his actions, then disintegrates in her hands. Jean says the Gamesmaster couldn't even control Salem Center and the X-Men, so he couldn't have remade the world. She found out where he lives, and they go there, not far away. No one is there, but Trish on the TV reports the firebombing of a hospital dealing with mutants. Everything is back to normal, with its troubles and hopes. Issue: X-Men II:62 Date: Mar-97 Story: Games of Deceit and Death: Part 1 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops, Storm, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shang-Chi (the Master of Kung Fu), Clive Reston Villains: Si-Fan ninjas; Chiang Kai Dong, Hsien Ming-Ho, Deng Ling-Xiao, Mao Liu-Cho; cyber-ninjas Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Chris Lichtner, Liquid Color Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Master of Kung Fu goes to Scotland at the request of Reston, his old colleague from MI-6. He realizes he is being stalked by his father's ninjas, who he thought had disbanded. They fight ferociously until Logan shows up. Shang-Chi assumes he's a villain and attacks him. But Logan has martial arts skills and bone claws, too, and Ororo has to pull him off, with lightning. Reston had also contacted Logan. The X-Men introduce themselves to Shang-Chi. He notices a presence nearby and tosses a statue toward Jean and Scott, psionically hidden till then. Reston enters, braces on both legs, and explains that the Hellfire Club is after the Elixir Vitae, a chemical compound researched by Shang-Chi's father, which Shaw plans to use it as a vaccine for the Legacy Virus. He can then blackmail the world with it. Reston briefs them: after the death of Shang-Chi's father, his criminal organization split into four factions, which have all been destroyed recently. In Hong Kong, one of the X-Men's two limos explodes; Jean quickly erects a TK bubble. They are attacked. Issue: X-Men II:63 Date: Apr-97 Story: Games of Deceit and Death: Part 2 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops, Storm, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shang-Chi; Moira MacTaggert, Multiple Man, Magik (all in flashback) Villains: Sebastian Shaw (the Black King); cyber-ninjas including Bludgeon, Katana, Fist; Infectia, Mastermind, Pyro (all in flashback); Dr. Rory Campbell; Deng, Mao, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Graphics Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Shang-Chi takes the measure of the X-Men, while fighting the cyber-ninjas who attacked them. They defeat them but are unable to force information from them. Then their employer, Shaw, reveals himself. He goads Jean, who attacks him. She is still angry over his involvement in the Dark Phoenix (iss. 129-137, of course). Ororo stop the fight, then they adjourn to the local Hellfire Club to talk. Shang-Chi notices that Sam has gone off alone. He is quietly blasting beneath a rickshaw, suspicious of its driver. He winds up in a Fujukawa truck. Shaw proposes an alliance with the X-Men, to get the Elixir Vitae to combat the Legacy Virus. The X-Men wonder if they can trust him. Campbell provides Shaw with Moira's information on all the Legacy Virus victims. The X-Men approach the Fujikawa building. Inside, Sam has knocked out the guards, but turns to find the Kingpin, who then confronts the X-Men. Issue: X-Men II:64 Date: May-97 Story: Games of Deceit and Death: Part 3 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine, Phoenix, Cyclops, Storm, Cannonball Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Shang-Chi, Jubilee Villains: Sebastian Shaw; Fujikawa staff including Kingpin, Liu, Chen; Bastion; Si-Fan Ninjas Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Arthur Edward Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Color Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Kingpin is working for Fujikawa; he has the Elixir Vitae and also has Sam captive, threatening to inject him with an experimental vaccine for the Legacy Virus unless the X-Men reveal who sent them. Fujikawa guards point out there's only two mutants in all Asia (Sunfire, Collective Man). Shaw emerges from the water and takes them out. Jean telekinetically holds back the needle from Sam; Scott demands that Kingpin release him and turn over the elixir. He does the first, then explains: after he lost power in New York (Daredevil 319-326), he used his connections to make his way to Asia. He obtained the elixir, for which effected mutants would pay a great price. He threatens to contaminate it. Bastion has Jubilee captive. Shaw arrives and confronts Kingpin, whose ninjas move to protect him. Ororo uses lightning to end the standoff; she destroys the elixir rather than allow a fight. The X-Men charter a flight home; en route Jean is attacked. Operation: Zero Tolerance has begun. Issue: X-Men II:65 Date: Jun-97 Story: Operation: Zero Tolerance Prologue: First Blood (23 pages) Feature Characters: Phoenix, Wolverine, Storm, Cannonball, Cyclops, Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof. X Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Iron Man Villains: Henry Peter Gyrich, Bastion and OZT Sentinels Other Characters: Max, Roger Kren, Susan and Richard Okada, Stan, Dr. Carter, William Drake Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Color Associate Editor: Mark Powers Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. Jean wakes to find Iron Man, assumed dead since Onslaught. She attacks him, but before he can respond, she is pulled back to her own universe. Iron Man contacts Reed Richards to research the X-Men. A honeymoon couple hikes in Colorado. They see OZT's craft attack the X-Men's charter jet, and Sam rushes out to defend them. On TV, Gyrich says the X-Men started it, and that OZT is an international force to contain the "Mutant Menace." Some people cheer; others recognize the bigotry. The new generation of Sentinels looks human; they attack Sam while Scott, Ororo, and Jean are still busy stabilizing the damaged jet. Scott blasts at the OZT craft; Sentinels capture him, then wrap up Ororo in polymer. Logan and Jean go down with the jet. In Westchester, state police surround the mansion and wait for OZT to take charge. In a hospital in the Bronx, doctors watch the TV coverage and debate the mutant problem. Mr. Drake tells his boy to go be Iceman. Bastion opens a channel to Xavier (labeled M-13) to gloat; he is in the mansion, having got its location from Jubilee's mind. He opens files on the Danger Room, the Xavier Protocols, and the Mutant Underground. All are in Shi'ar, but Bastion plans to decrypt them. Issue: X-Men II:-1 Date: Jul-97 Story: I Had a Dream (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Stan Lee, Carlos Pacheco and various Marvel staffers, Spider-Man, Howard the Duck; Amelia Voght Villains: Bastion, Magneto (Erik "Magnus" von Lensherr) and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is a "Flashback" issue, introduced and concluded by Marvel creator Stan Lee. Bastion tells Xavier his dream is over. Stan interrupts, walking through Marvel's offices and remarking on how the X-Men franchise has grown over the years. Xavier floats in the pool (in a Speedo), his sanctuary from the thoughts of others and the many vicissitudes of life. Amelia is with him, having been a Red Cross nurse in India, after he first lost the use of his legs (iss. 20). She loves him and fears his determination and tries to talk him out of his plan to save the world. But he can sense Magneto, far above on Asteroid M. Pietro and Wanda discuss him: he saved them from an angry mob, but Pietro thinks he's insane. Magneto overhears them and insists he's trying to build a better future. He tells them they're going to earth in ten minutes. Xavier has Amelia port them to a Nazi death camp, knowing it's an important anniversary for Magneto. He arrives; Xavier compliments the helmet. They start the endless argument: mutant supremacy versus peaceful integration, and take the names and "Magneto" and "Professor X"; then Magneto flies off. Pacheco falls asleep on his drawing board, and Stan goes home. Issue: X-Men II:66 Date: Aug-97 Story: Start Spreadin' the News... (22 pages) Feature Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof. X, Storm, Cyclops, Cannonball, Wolverine, Phoenix Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Bastion and Prime Sentinels including Lance C. Gwynn Other Characters: Lilly Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. At a hospital in the South Bronx, the staff watches reports on OZT's attacks on mutants. Reyes is worried, but gets interrupted by Gwynn, a stabbing victim whom she fails to save. But after she calls time of death, he jumps up again, a Prime Sentinel, and attacks her, with two hospital staffers transforming to Sentinels and joining him. Her mutant force field automatically activates, saving her, but not preventing intense pain. Bobby shows up to rescue her, so she whups him with a medical tray. (Three years ago, she rejected Xavier's offer to go to the school, and she thinks the X-Men have ratted her out.) Bobby loses his ice shield to Sentinel blasts, so he ices over the room and skedaddles into Morlock tunnels, towing Cecelia along against her will. They pause for her to berate him for ruining her medical career. He says they have to work together to get out of this, tells her his real identity and that he was assigned to protect her if her file was compromised. Bastion has Xavier, Scott, Sam, Logan, and Jean captive in the former Hulkbuster base in New Mexico. Note: their part of the story continues in Wolverine 115. Issue: X-Men II:67 Date: Sep-97 Story: The End of Days (23 pages) Feature Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Prof. X Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph), Det. Charlotte Jones Villains: Bastion and Prime Sentinels including Angie Quail, Boyd, Mathers; Marrow Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. In Israel, Sabra downloads classified information on OZT to help the X-Men. She barely knows them, but she knows bigotry. Agents escort her to a car and order her to turn over the information, but she resists, and they transform to Prime Sentinels. She punches through the floor of the car and grabs the tarmac to stop herself, destroying the car. Bobby takes Cecelia to Soho, to hide in plain sight. He kisses her so he can spy out the house behind her, while Marrow observes from the sewers. Cecelia is still mad at being dragged into this mutant stuff and wants to leave, but he forces her into Warren's apartment for safety. When he goes in the window, Angie tries to hit him with a lamp; she is Candy Southern's old roommate and was housesitting (sure, Warren, sure). In the Hulkbuster base, Bastion pumps Xavier for information, not yet able to decipher the Xavier Protocols. He refuses, of course, and says that part of Bastion knows he's wrong and wants Xavier to get his psi-powers back and stop him. Also, since Bastion is invisible to psi-scans, he must not be human. Bobby tries to phone Muir Island, and then Nate Grey, with no luck. Then his mutant power gets suppressed, and Angie turns into a Sentinel. Cecelia shields Bobby from her blasts. Then Charlotte shows up and shoots her; they run before she can recover. She takes them to the police station, turning them over to OZT's Boyd and Mathers because they are holding her son, Timothy. The electricity goes out, and Bobby, suspicious anyway, ices up. Many of the NYPD are Sentinels, and Marrow is at the fuse box in the basement, ready to attack. Issue: X-Men II:68 Date: Oct-97 Story: Heart of the Matter (23 pages) Feature Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sabra, Det. Charlotte Jones Villains: Prime Sentinels, Marrow, Sen. Robert Kelly, Henry Peter Gyrich, Gordo, Rose Gilberti (see next iss.) Other Characters: Aguinal, Cleveland, Bergen, Timothy Jones Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell, Steve Seagle Pencils: Pascual Ferry Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aron Lusen, Liquid Graphics Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. Aguinal and Cleveland were happy to be cops in a low-crime area, until they find Marrow's bones in the fuse box. Then she pounces and leaves them unconscious. Cecelia yells at Bobby for getting her trapped in the police interrogation room, but he just stares into the two-way mirror until he sees the red eyes of the Prime Sentinels, then tells her to duck. They are attacked; Cecelia's force field activates, and they are pushed backward through the wall to find themselves caught between real police and Sentinels. Kelly has second thoughts about his support of OZT, but Gyrich doesn't mind the carnage. Bobby freezes and breaks a wall, then makes an ice slide to let all the cops out. Cecelia guards his back, then he makes an igloo to shelter them from the collapsing ceiling. In the cells, Marrow scares the inmates into keeping still. At the docks, Sabra fells some would-be thieves. Charlotte, wounded, shoots the remaining Sentinel and explains that they took her son (captive in a mansion in Connecticut). Cecelia stabilizes her, then Marrow shows up and starts bickering with her. Bobby decides they should all get away from the Sentinels. They find the streets deserted, and Bobby (consistently too late in his suspicions), realizes it's a set-up. Sentinels surround them. Issue: X-Men II:69 Date: Nov-97 Story: Last Exit (21 pages) Feature Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Marrow (although she tries to stay in "Villains") Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sabra, Det. Charlotte Jones, SHIELD Villains: Sen. Robert Kelly, Henry Peter Gyrich, Bastion and Prime Sentinels, Rose Gilberti Other Characters: Timothy Jones Credits: Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Carlos Pacheco, Salvador Larroca Inks: Art Thibert Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM Colors: Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Operation: Zero Tolerance (OZT) crossover. Bobby, Cecelia, and Marrow ice-slide their way up Long Island Sound. Sabra had collapsed a building onto the Prime Sentinels, introduced herself, and bullies them all into trusting her. Bobby wonders if this team will be all that's left of the X-Men. Sabra takes them to rescue Timothy Jones, since she lost her own son to terrorism. Suddenly, Marrow dives into the water and comes up with a Sentinel. Kelly has given a speech against genocide, and Gyrich debates the issue with him. Bobby's team enters the mansion and is immediately surrounded by Sentinels. Bastion explains that he had hoped to stop the mutants by cutting down Xavier, Scott, and Ororo, but he now realizes more mutants will pop up to take their places. He lets Timothy and his "mother" Rose leave and explains that he has learned to be human and to avoid weaknesses like emotions and regrets. Marrow tries to attack him, but Bobby freezes everyone, saying this is an X-Man thing, and takes the fight out to the beach, mano-a-mano. Bastion throws him down, but turns out it was just an ice-statue, and Bobby bashes him from behind, angry over the attack on his father (UXM 340), but having nursed him and realized hate destroys the hater. He stands down and offers to let Bastion renounce his humanity and kill them all. He is about to give an order but gets interrupted by SHIELD: the US government has rescinded OZT's authority, and they are taken into custody. The rest of the X-Men are already free (Wolverine 115-118), and Bobby explains to Marrow that the desire to kill is not good. Issue: X-Men II:70 Date: Dec-97 Story: Homecoming (39 pages) Feature Characters: Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Iceman, Marrow, Phoenix, Cyclops, Cannonball, Wolverine, Storm, Maggott, Joseph, Rogue, Beast Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Trish Tilby Villains: Bastion (in memory), Juggernaut (Cain Marko) Other Characters: Brad Perkins Credits: Writer: Joe Kelly Pencils: Carlos Pacheco Inks: Art Thibert, Dell Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Chris Lichtner, Aaron Lusen, Liquid! Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Marrow dares Bobby to speed to Westchester, over Cecelia's objections. Marrow continues her habit of provoking confrontations. Bobby opens the doors to find the mansion stripped, down to the bare wood, and everyone is disheartened. Then the X-Men zoom in, racing to the (now empty) infirmary with Scott, into whom Bastion planted a time bomb (see Wolverine 118). Ororo is shocked to see Marrow. Someone is carrying a lawyer on his shoulder, down the road toward the mansion. Cecelia pushes her was in to help Scott; Jean pusher her way into her mind to explain the situation. Cecelia sends Sam to scrounge up supplies while Ororo gets water and lightning to boil it, and Marrow interrupts her to make threats (see UXM 325). Bobby ices Scott to keep the fever down; Jean mentally anesthetizes him; Logan offers claws for scalpels, and they begin the operation. Cecelia finds the nanotech bomb, but isn't sure what to do next. The doorbell rings: Juggernaut has brought a lawyer, claiming his brother's assets. Ororo closes the door on him, and washes the road out for good measure. So Juggernaut crashes in, realizes the mansion is empty and Scott is being operated on, but still wants to attack. Then the rest of the X-Men arrive from Antarctica. Juggernaut points out Remy and Bishop are missing, and Rogue tosses Joseph aside to get at him. Jean loses her grip on the bomb, and Scott wakes up. Hank and Joseph go to help, while Maggott ineffectually sends his slugs to stop Juggernaut. He just laughs at the troubles the X-Men are causing themselves and walks off, his lawyer slung over one shoulder. Hank says they have to let the nanotechs assemble to get them all out of Scott's bloodstream, but of course it will explode when complete. Logan takes time to berate Trish for breaking the mutant story; she runs off crying, and Hank is furious. Marrow applauds, then pulls out two bones from her forearm for Cecelia to use as forceps. She gets the bomb out, and Rogue has Maggott feed it to Meany. A belch, a couple of staples in Scott's abdomen, and everything starts getting better. Maggott goes into the rest room to let his slugs back in, a nasty process, while the rest retire for the evening. Marrow scratches "This way to a dark ride" on her door.
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