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Issue: X-Men II:92 Date: Sep-99 Story: Dream's End Chapter 2: Pressure Points (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Cyclops, Phoenix, Bishop Guest Stars: Mannites including Nina, Glub, Beautiful Dreamer, Totem, Grace Villains: Skrull Wolverine; Deathbird, the Living Monolith Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Jeff Johnson Inks: Cam Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Javins, Becton, Hicks Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 372. Ororo called the Summerses because Xavier has turned mean. They arrive to find half the team ready to quit. Remy takes off before Scott can lecture him, promising to come back for Marrow. Xavier talks to Jean alone, then Scott. The Mannites have reunited with Nina. They need her help; all sense something bad coming, especially Beautiful Dreamer, who refuses to wake up. Rogue invites Kitty and Kurt to spend some time in the city. Kurt and Piotr struggle with Marrow's irrational behavior (do they know she's a teenage girl?), while she practices controlling her bone growths. Bishop and Deathbird explore the asteroid, then she knocks him out with an energy weapon that he evidently can't absorb, saying she received a better offer. Piotr and Marrow decide to vacation in Massachusetts; Xavier denounces them all as quitters and cowards, even Scott and Jean, who had retired to start a family, and he plans to recruit a new team. Nina reads Beautiful Dreamer's mind, as Xavier taught her, and sees a monster coming to get them. She goes to the astral plane to find Xavier. Wolverine offers to stay on, but Xavier has shared his mind (iss. 88) and rejects him outright, keeping only Ororo, telling her to contact X-Force. The X-Men have disbanded (third time, I think, with UXM 46 and 251). Bishop wakes, wanders a desert, and finds a road sign for Las Vegas. Nina's astral form passes through Jean. Xavier is unavailable, so Scott, Jean, and Wolverine offer to help. Note: continued in the Astonishing X-Men limited series. Issue: X-Men II:93 Date: Oct-99 Story: Hidden Lives Part 1: Open Wounds (22 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Rogue Regular Characters: Polaris, Sunfire Guest Stars: Yakiba including Norou, Tsuba-Kyo; Havok, Shard, Greystone, Archer, Fixx, Multiple Man (all in flashback) Villains: Sabretooth (as a template for Mystique), Mystique (Raven Darkholme); Skrulls including replicants of Mastermind, Mesmero Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Glynis Oliver Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Mystique morphs into Sabretooth to fight off ninjas who tried to capture her. She doesn't know why and decides she needs help. Rogue, Kitty, and Kurt are having a night out in Manhattan. Kurt is upset over the X-Men disbanding, Rogue is angry, and Kitty just doesn't want to think about it tonight. The Japanese government sent the agents against Mystique because of a rumored threat to their country. Kitty and Rogue go dancing; Rogue is feeling wild, and when a man nearly touches her skin, she slams him across the room. She apologizes; he turns out to be Mystique, who asks for her help. Kurt has gone off to pray at church, where Lorna is lighting candles. She doesn't recognize him because of the image inducer and runs. He turns it off and ports to catch her; she is paranoid because she is being followed. In Brooklyn, Mastermind and Mesmero plan their operation against Mystique. Mystique takes Rogue and Kitty to the ultra-luxurious apartment of her alias B. Byron Biggs, billionaire recluse. She tells Rogue her story: she was on vacation and accepted an offer to be a model, becoming famous as Ronnie Lake. Then she was attacked in Milan and has been running since. Kurt tells Lorna he's sorry about Alex's death (X-Factor 149). Her heart is still telling her he's alive. Rogue investigates Lake's apartment, which has been trashed, probably by government agents. She finds Mystique's high-tech telescope, then gets jumped by ninjas who think she's Mystique. She beats them off, but then Sunfire arrives and blasts her. Issue: X-Men II:94 Date: Nov-99 Story 1: Hidden Lives Part 2: Pandora's Box (23 pages) Feature Characters: Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Rogue Regular Characters: Polaris, Sunfire Guest Stars: Yakiba; Havok (in flashback) Villains: Mystique; Skrulls including replicants of Mastermind, Mesmero; the Living Monolith (Ahmet Abdol, in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Sunfire fights Rogue, thinking she's Mystique. She bangs on him till he notices she's super-strong and can fly. While Mystique naps on the couch, Kitty finds Destiny's facemask and realizes how little she knows about Rogue's upbringing. She flips through framed pictures, and on the back of one finds written: "CAT SHADOW X REACH IN D." She reaches in and finds Destiny's journal. Sunfire explains: the Japanese government has been on the trail of a metamorph assassin, and evidence points to Mystique, but Rogue doesn't think she'd murder or leave evidence. She shows him that Ronnie Lake was in Switzerland when the murders were committed, so it must have been a frame-up. Lorna tells Kurt she feels Havok is alive, since if he were dead, his counterpart the Living Monolith would have returned. Kurt knows the Monolith was last seen hurled into space, but he doesn't want to dash her hopes. Sunfire realizes Mystique's telescope is pointing at an observation post in a warehouse across the East River. Mastermind evacuates. Kitty reads the rambling journal, with glimpses of the future (lots of A's and 12's, and "Death kills the one who is become Death"), and an apocalyptic struggle in the year 2000. Rogue and Sunfire bust into the warehouse, Sunfire blasts a guard monster, and they find Mesmero and Mastermind, the latter of whom died of the Legacy Virus (UXM Ann. 17). Sunfire realizes they're shape-shifters; their soldiers attack, Mastermind flees, but Mesmero shoots him down and blows up the base to keep their secrets. Lorna apologizes to Kurt for sounding paranoid, and he says goodbye. She locks herself into her apartment, then makes a magnetic seal. She looks at the crystal on Havok's old uniform, which still shows some activity. She is observed by a Skrull in the shadows. Mystique thanks Rogue for straightening things out and says goodbye. Kitty shows Rogue the journal. Story 2: Test to Destruction (10 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Villains: Magneto, Blob, Toad, Juggernaut (all as illusions) Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Dedicated to the Memory of: John Broome Synopsis: Note: this is a preview of X-Men: the Hidden Years, written by John Byrne, and takes place after UXM 66. The X-Men have taken a Sentinel craft (UXM 59), and Xavier makes them recheck it for booby-traps. They grumble, also angry that he made them think he was dead (UXM 42). Scott is more patient, however. Hank notices a panel that wasn't there before. Magneto appears and attacks them, then Blob, Toad, and Juggernaut. Xavier sends Jean to help the boys, even though she's in on the ploy. She puts Blob to sleep, then Magneto wraps her up and takes down Scott, who realizes it's all an illusion. He lets Juggernaut swing at him, and it passes right through. Xavier ends his mental projections. It was just a pop quiz. Bobby is livid, especially when Lorna and Alex show up together. Scott is disturbed that Xavier is still treating them like novices. Issue: X-Men II:95 Date: Dec-99 Story: Do Unto Others (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Polaris, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Villains: Skrulls including Granok, Fiz, Jaq, Skrull Havok, Skrull Wolverine; the Living Monolith, Death Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Alan Davis Pencils: Tom Raney Inks: Scott Hanna Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Wes Abbott Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 375. The X-Men have a Skrull with a big hole in his chest and don't know why the Skrulls would be attacking them or where the real Logan is. The Skrulls test another fake Wolverine in combat. Having received a copy of his psyche from their ally, they have made a good impostor: this one even has a healing factor. The lead Skrull blasts it in the head, and the healing factor doesn't work well enough. They have been breeding Warskrulls (iss. 276-277), which can duplicate abilities as well as shape. One of them, Fiz, starts to think that Xavier isn't their enemy, since he is said to have opposed Galactus (iss. 90). Ororo forces Xavier to look beyond Logan to the whole problem. Kurt gets Scott and Jean to check on Lorna. The Skrulls have been observing her, attempting to take a device from her. They figure out a way: a false Havok. She lets him in, not reading his magnetic signature at first, and he immediately puts an inhibitor collar on her. He is about to take the device and wipe her memory, but decides to keep her, since she is one of the Twelve and a good bargaining chip with the Skrulls' ally. He triumphantly carries her back to base, but then finds she is really Scott, with an image inducer, and he starts blasting as the rest of the X-Men come to his aid. Melee ensues, but the Skrulls are not allowed to harm the Twelve. A portal opens, and Death walks through. Marrow notices him and gets a mouthful of knuckles. Before the X-Men can attack him, the bomb he set goes off, destroying the base. Jean and Ororo keep the flames back. Piotr gets a good whack at Death, shattering his mask. It is Logan, as predicted by Destiny (iss. 94), and he quickly teleports away. Issue: X-Men II:96 Date: Jan-00 Story: The Gathering (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Archangel, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Sunfire, Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Fiz, Mikhail Rasputin, Cable, X-Man Villains: Magneto, Fabian Cortez, Deathbird, Death (Logan), Famine (Ahab, see iss. 97), Skrulls, the Living Monolith, Apocalypse Other Characters: Saburo Credits: Writer & Pencils: Alan Davis Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Marie Javins Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 376 and is part of the Apocalypse: The Twelve storyline. Magneto dreams of struggle, then Xavier shows up in psionic form, apologizes for the intrusion, but insists they talk. Magneto calls Cortez, orders him to review security, gets a hypercharge, then strikes him for insolence. Scott and Ororo discuss the situation. Scott isn't willing to take Fiz at face value, since Skrull society is based on guile. Jean uses Cerebro to find the rest of the Twelve. She locks onto Bobby, who is under attack, racing across Long Island Sound toward the mansion. Deathbird attacks, but he draws back from killing her and gets captured. Jean loses contact. Xavier and Magneto confer on the raised ruins of the Leningrad (X-Men II:1) and continue the debate on human-mutant relations. Then Xavier mind-links and tells him about Apocalypse and the Twelve. Magneto wonders if he could disrupt the plan simply by killing the other eleven, but it hasn't come to that yet. Jean is eavesdropping via Cerebro, and Hank says Apocalypse surely would have a backup plan. Jean sees a dimensional portal open and telepathically warns everyone. Moira gives Mikhail a clean bill of health, then calls Jean to the infirmary. Death has come for Mikhail. Piotr tries to stop him, but he knows all their weaknesses and zaps him, knocks Mikhail down, and bats away the gun Moira has aimed at his head. Scott blasts his portal control, but Ororo fails to stop him from getting away on foot. Scott realizes Apocalypse chose Logan because none of the X-Men will risk killing him. Sunfire tells his superiors about the threat of Apocalypse. They refuse to believe him, until Famine shows up. He devours all of Sunfire's blast, till he collapses. Kitty catches up with Logan, who swings his sword through her. She tries to get him to fight Apocalypse's control, but he flicks a switch on the sword and fries her. Rogue is up next and gets flattened. Then Fiz. Then Kurt, who is able to disarm him. But the X-Men hold back, and he slices a pillar with his sword and brings down the ceiling, trying to kill them all. Fiz gets big and props the ceiling back up, but Logan is gone through the wall. Jean has located four of the Twelve. Scott sends Warren, Kurt, Kitty, and Jubilee after Logan. The rest, with Fiz, go to Egypt. The Monolith blames the Skrulls for tipping their hand by attacking Lorna. Apocalypse decides he doesn't need to capture the rest of the Twelve, because they're coming to him. Issue: X-Men II:97 Date: Feb-00 Story: The End of the World As We Know It Part 2 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Polaris, Storm, Colossus, Rogue, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Iceman, Sunfire, Bishop Guest Stars: Mikhail Rasputin, Cable, X-Man, mutant Skrulls including Fiz, Zcann Villains: Magneto, Skrulls, the Living Monolith, Apocalypse and his horsemen: War (Deathbird), Famine (Ahab), Pestilence (Caliban) Other Characters: Credits: Writer & Pencils: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jason Levine Colors: Steve Oliff Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 377 and is part of the Apocalypse: The Twelve storyline. The X-Men whom Apocalypse doesn't need fight for their lives against Skrulls and Monolith's cultists. Apocalypse says he was the first mutant and intends to be the last. He is using the Twelve to power technology taken from the Celestials and plans to take over X-Man's body. Suddenly, the Celestial machine reverse direction, unbalanced. Apocalypse didn't know Magneto's powers were weakened, and now he has to rush his plans. Xavier asks the Monolith to resist, but he just thrashes about mindlessly, and Sunfire, Ororo, and Bobby try to contain him, but he just processes their energies. Xavier leads the others to find Apocalypse. Fiz convinces the mutant Skrulls to rebel; they free the X-Men to join their teammates. The Horsemen show up; Mikhail, still able to jump dimensions, ports away with them, allowing Xavier and the Summerses to get to Apocalypse. Magneto, powerless on his own, grabs the magnetic field through Lorna and blasts the Monolith, to no effect. Bishop realizes he's the solution; he can absorb energy, too, so he does. The Monolith collapses, and chronal energy builds to the critical point, taking Bishop away (to his own series). Apocalypse takes down Cable, then telepathically grabs Scott's energy. But Jean can then into get in, through her link to Scott, and blasts him, destroying his mask and revealing an ancient body. He counterblasts Jean, then continues taking over X-Man's body. Scott's energy is depleted, but he realizes Apocalypse is vulnerable. He tells Jean he loves her, then pushes X-Man aside. Jean hears his final thoughts, laughter, as Apocalypse merges with him: his body is genetically similar enough to X-Man's. Issue: X-Men II:98 Date: Mar-00 Story: First & Last Part 2 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Gambit, Marrow Regular Characters: Sunfire, Polarity (Lorna Dane), Guest Stars: mutant Skrulls including Gen. Fiz; Thor, the Silver Surfer, X-Man, Cable Villains: Galactus (in flashback), Apocalypse, the Living Monolith Other Characters: aliens including E'tha; Anya, Marti Credits: Writer & Pencils: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Inks: Mark Farmer Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jason Levine Colors: Steve Oliff Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 378 and is part of the Ages of Apocalypse. In December 2099, alien students tour an earth museum with a commemorative hologram of Scott. Teacher explains his sacrifice, and that Xavier led a team of mutant Skrulls to bring peace and safety to the galaxy, even finding a way to feed Galactus, then establishing their base as X-World. Jean shows up, looking only a few years older. Fiz and his Skrulls greet the X-Men, who have just arrived for the centennial. Ororo has evolved to pure elemental, Xavier is ancient, and Piotr has grown a steel moustache. Jean stays behind to talk to Scott's memorial; she has never remarried. Hank has got bald and fat, spent some time with the Fantastic Foursome, and is now on a 5-year mission with the Federation. Bobby is all spiky and heads patrols on the perimeter. Piotr has two great-granddaughters who look like Kitty, who has passed on; Remy and Marrow are married and old. Rogue arrives, finally in control of her power and still young, and Marrow grabs Remy's arm tight. Sunfire mistakes X-Man for Cable. Magneto's Brotherhood arrives from beyond the rim, including Lorna and a mostly T-O Cable, and is immediately challenged by the Alliance-X guards. Magneto and Lorna push them back; they are here in peace. Magneto and Xavier debate; Xavier admits he is finally dying, from direct exposure to the now extinct Legacy Virus. Ororo tells Jean to offer him her forgiveness; he still blames himself for Scott's death, but she blames herself. A Shi'ar announces they found an alien device that could cure Xavier, but it needs power. The X-Men volunteer, Xavier protests but collapses, and they power up. Xavier calls out that it's a trick; the Shi'ar is actually Apocalypse, who has reconstructed the Celestial machine and manipulated time and space to take advantage of the X-Men in their dotage. He then reverses time, to drain all the power of their lives backwards. Jean probes his mind, deeply, and finds Scott, still fighting, looping the X-Men's energies back to them. Back in Egypt in the present, Cable attacks, but Jean holds him back to protect Scott. Apocalypse still has enough power to port away with the Monolith. They return to the mansion. Xavier didn't detect Scott at all and believes him dead and himself a failure. Logan is recovering; Lorna goes off with Magneto; the mutant Skrulls are still on hand; Jean takes a taxi and leaves. Issue: X-Men II:99 Date: Apr-00 Story: Oh, the Humanity! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Beast, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Shadowcat, Rogue, Marrow Regular Characters: Jubilee, Cannonball Guest Stars: Gabrielle Haller, Danielle Moonstar Villains: the High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham); Sinister (Dr. Essex); Magneto and his Acolytes including Lorna Dane, Amelia Voght; Genoshan mutates and magistrates; Alda Huxley; Mystique (Raven Darkholme); Neo including Domina, Jaeger Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Alan Davis, Terry Kavanagh Pencils: Brett Booth Inks: Sal Regla Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Saida Temofonte Colors: Hi-Fi Design Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this occurs after UXM 379. All mutants have been reverted to basic humanity by the High Evolutionary's satellites. He feels justified in thus averting a race war and consults with his old mentor, Essex. In Genosha, Bobby and Hank team up with Magneto's group to fight off the magistrates. The UN Security Council convenes over the emergency, Huxley and Haller debate, but no action is taken. Some mutants adjust to normal life and some don't. Kurt works out with a Danger Room simulation of himself, but the extra digits and lack of tail throw him off. Piotr has picked up his art career, and he advises Kurt to find a life away from the X-Men. Kitty is back in school; Warren and Betsy are visiting all the public beaches. Ororo and Marrow help out at a children's camp upstate; Marrow dates, but Ororo misses the weather. Rogue (too afraid to go to Remy, see next iss.), tries to get Mystique out of jail. In a hidden community, Domina mourns the loss of her daughter, drowned when her mutant powers were lost, and plans revenge. Logan saves Jubilee from a mugging. He is dying of adamantium poison. Moonstar sees a vision of Cable warning her; her powers are evolving. Hank examines the Genoshan mutates, half-unmutated into horrible forms. Magneto sends them away, but Lorna stays. Sinister reveals himself and locks the High Evolutionary in his own armor. Note: for some reason, although the men's hair reverts to normal (Kurt, Hank), the women retain their vivid hues (Lorna, Ororo, Marrow). Note: continued in UXM 380.
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