Sunday, August 8, 2010

1990 - 2000 - The X-Men

The X-Men: Cyclops (Scott Summers); Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Colossus (Piotr Rasputin); Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner); Shadowcat (Katherine "Kitty" Pryde); Rogue (Anna Marie); Gambit (Remy LeBeau); Marrow (Sarah Rushman); and Professor X (Charles Xavier)

1999 - Uncanny X-Men

After Xavier disbanded the X-Men, Scott decided to keep the team going. Ororo was set with the task of recruiting more members, while Scott and Jean went to find out why Xavier did what he did.

Over in England, Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain of Excalibur, finally married his long-time love, the shapeshifter Meggan. After this, the team was disbanded. Old X-Men members Kitty, Kurt, and Piotr decided to join Ororo and find out what was going on with Xavier.

Jean Grey-Summers finally got her psychic powers back, and was able to tap into the infinite levels of power she was able to do when the Phoenix force took over her consciousness all those years ago. After years of abandoning the codename Marvel Girl, she decided to re-adopt the name Phoenix, and started to wear her old costume. While this concerned her teammates, mostly the original X-Men, they could do nothing as this was her choice.

Cyclops and Jean managed to call upon old members and allies like Bobby, Hank, Warren, Alex, Lorna, Shiro, Sean, Erik, Betsy, Forge, Nathan, and Dr. Cecelia Reyes, as well as Nate Grey - the son of Scott and Jean from the Age of Apocalypse timeline.

They also managed to discover what Xavier had done - he disbanded the X-Men because he had discovered that one of them had been a traitor. It was Logan - he had been brainwashed into serving Apocalypse as his Horseman of Death, much like Warren had been.

Apocalypse was trying to round up a group of mutants known as the Twelve - a set of mutants who were phrophesized to save mutantkind. However, they were all deceived. It was all a plan to gather the world's powerful mutants to make Apocalypse an invincible force. He had started the rumours of the Twelve himself a long time ago. However, another powerful force also knew the identity of the Twelve - Rachel Summers, the long-lost daughter of Marvel Girl and Cyclops.

After switching places in the timestream with Captain Britain in Excalibur, she wound up in a future ruled by Apocalypse. In her future, she became the Mother Askani that saved Nathan Summers from Apocalypse in the past, and trained him to be the ultimate weapon against him. Before she died and sent Cable into the past to join the present day X-Men, she told him the names of the Twelve for just this moment.

Cable managed to stop Apocalypse, but to fully destroy him, he needed to sacrifice his own life to do so. Scott, however, had already had to lose his son twice before - to the Goblyn Queen and Mother Askani. Instead, he switched places with Cable and merged with Apcalypse himself, killing them both.

The X-Men could not deal with having their long-time leader suddenly killed in front of them. Warren, Betsy, Bobby, and Hank rejoined the X-Men, as did Nathan Summers. Lorna decided to leave for Genosha to keep an eye on her father Magneto. Havok tried to keep X-Factor together and fight for what Scott had devoted his life too, but, was lost into the world known as Mutant X. Moonstar from X-Force joined the school with Forge as well, as did Cecelia Reyes.

Xavier called all of his X-Men back to the mansion, and established the team once again.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Late-90s - The X-Men

The X-Men: Cyclops (Scott Summers); Jean Grey-Summers; Beast (Hank McCoy); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Rogue (Anna Marie); Gambit (Remy LeBeau); Bishop (Lucas Bishop); Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie); Magneto (Joseph); Maggot (Japheth); Marrow (Sarah Rushman); Dr. Cecelia Reyes; and Professor X (Charles Xavier)

1998 - X-Men

This team of X-Men no longer operated under the duel strike team system established under Scott and Ororo back when the original team of X-Factor rejoined the X-Men. Because of the new members, Xavier let the team function as a whole unit, and delegated which X-Men he wanted to go on which mission, based on the powers and experience each member had.

During this tenure of X-Men, they had to stop a threat called Operation: Zero Tolerance. A Sentinel from the future, called Bastion, managed to take control of the Sentinels in the present, and tried to exterminate mutants once and for all. Remy came back to help out during this time, and Xavier read his mind. He was cleared of any guilt, and rejoined the team.

Xavier then sent Rogue, Bishop, Joseph, Remy, and Hank into space to aid Princess Lilandra and the Shi'ar against the threat known as Phalanx, a foe the X-Men had already faced. They each got new uniforms with special capabilities (like Rogue could make physical contact) which they continued to wear when they returned to earth. Bishop decided to stay in space with Lilandra's sister Deathbird. Beast left the team to work with Moira MacTaggert on Muir Island to find a cure for the Legacy Virus. Joseph realized his past - that he was a clone of the real Erik Lehnsherr by one of his original Brotherhood members, Astra. In the ensuing battle against her, he sacrificed his own life to save Rogue and Gambit's. After this, they realized that they should be together, and made up, and made physical contact for the first time.

Maggot was trying to cope with his unusual powers, and Scott decided he would benefit more from Sean Cassidy's leadership, and sent him to the Massachusetts Academy with Generation X. Xavier welcomed new members Sarah Rushman, a surviving Morlock, and Dr. Cecelia Reyes to the mansion. They joined the team and helped out in battles. Marrow had a hard time working alongside Storm, as she didn't believe that she should be the leader of the Morlocks anymore. In the end, Ororo returned that position back to Callisto. Cecelia Reyes soon became addicted to the drug Kick, and decided to leave the team to help herself. She soon joined up with Hank, and helped him with his research.

Scott was becoming very worried over his wife. She was displaying stronger powers levels than before, and looked like she was going to turn back into Phoenix. However, her telepathic powers were still stunted thanks to Psylocke's psi-war, and it looked like the problem was going to go away. Sam realized that he didn't quite fit into this older group of X-Men. He had proved himself time and time again that he was worthy of the name, but he still didn't feel like part of the team. After a long discussion with Cyclops, he decided that X-Force was where he was needed most, and went back to join Cable and the rest of his teammates. Cyclops let him go with the assurance that they were proud of him coming a long way from his time with the New Mutants, and that he was welcome back any time.

Soon after, Xavier decided that the X-Men should try and lead normal lives, and kicked the team out of his mansion and let them disband. Little did they know this was all part of a larger plan to stop the immortal villain known as Apocalypse.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

105 - Speed and Spyke

Storm is at a high school basketball game watching her nephew Evan play. The coach makes Pietro pass the ball to Evan and Evan makes the winning basket but gets knocked down. As he falls spikes grow out of his arms. He covers them and they disappear but not before Storm and Pietro notice. Storm watches Pietro walk off the court.

Pietro and Evan argue in the locker room about who's the better ball player. Storm walks in and talks to Evan about his powers. Later at home she tries to talk him into coming to Xavier's school. He asks her to wait until the next morning before talking to his parents about it. Xavier contacts Storm and tells her Jean and Scott are coming to help. He also tells Storm that Cerebro picked up another mutant at the ball game.

Next day at school Evan finds out that his locker has been broken into again. Pietro comes along and offers to loan him money as bait to catch the thief. At home Jean, Scott and Storm talk with Evan's parents about Evan joining the X-Men. Evan is rude to them and takes off. He heads back to the school where he finds out that Pietro is really a mutant too. Pietro (Quicksilver) wrecks the lockers and leaves Evan to take the blame.

Everyone shows up at the jail to get Evan. Scott says that Xavier will use his influence to get him out if Evan will join the school. He agrees. Next morning at breakfast the X-Men talk about Evan wanting revenge. Magneto talks to Mystique about how they can get Quicksilver to join the Brotherhood. They arrange a basketball game between Bayville and Evan's old school.

Evan is training in the danger room with the other X-Men. Kitty ends the session to tell Evan that a last minute game has been scheduled and he's needed at school. Evan confronts Pietro and Jean and Scott show up to help. Quicksilver ends up wrecking main street. The three X-Men end up taking him down. Evan is cleared of the charges and Magneto shows up to break Pietro out of jail. Quicksilver agrees to join Magneto.

At the mansion the X-Men are hanging out in the pool. Kurt cannonballs in and knocks Kitty off of her float. Xavier talks to Evan about how they're happy to have him. Evan jumps in the pool, lands on Kitty's float and pops it with his spikes. Xavier tells Storm that Evan fits in just fine.

*Summary from X-Men Beyond Evolution

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Monday, March 22, 2010

105 - Captive Hearts

Jean agrees to go on a date with Cyclops, however, they are led to a group of outcast mutants known as Morlocks. Callisto, the group leader, blackmails Cyclops into ruling the Morlocks beside her by making threats against Jean. Professor Xavier is alerted by Jean's telepathic powers and sends Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, and Storm to rescue them. Once the remaining members of the X-Men locate the Morlocks, Storm challenges Callisto's leadership of the Morlocks. Once the X-Men make peace with the Morlocks, they promise to return when the public have accepted mutants as members of society.

*Summary from Wikipedia

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Mid-90s - The X-Men

The X-Men: Cyclops (Scott Summers); Jean Grey-Summers; Archangel (Warren Worthington III); Iceman (Robert "Bobby" Drake); Beast (Hank McCoy); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Rogue (Anne Marie); Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock); Gambit (Remy LeBeau); Bishop (Lucas Bishop); Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie); Magneto (Joseph); Maggot (Japheth); and Professor X (Charles Xavier).

1994 - X-Men1

This team of X-Men went through the most disastrous events the team had ever seen. They had to face two of the most powerful mutants alive - Professor X and Magneto - as the combined entity known as Onslaught. They needed the help of various heroes - Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Green Goblin, The Avengers, The Punisher, the Hulk, and Daredevil. Many of these heroes were seemingly killed in battle.

They also created the timeline known as the Age of Apocalypse after Charles Xavier was killed in the past. In that timeline, Apocalypse had taken over the world, and it took a united front of villains and heroes alike to come to terms that this world was different, and try and get it back to what it once was.

After all was said and done, members decided to retire, and newer mutants joined Xavier's dream. It seemed as long as there was trouble, there would be a group of X-Men dedicated to making the world a better place.

After members from both squads left the team, the rosters were re-organized to include new members to the fold. Both teams were co-led by Scott and Ororo. New to the Gold Strike Force was Samuel Guthrie. He had proved himself by leading the New Mutants from its inception to its end, as well as leading X-Force when Cable was away. Thus, Xavier asked him to join the X-Men.

They also had to stop Xavier's illegitamite son Legion from trying to change the world. He thought if he could go back in time and stop Magneto from causing the world such pain, the world would be a better place. However, when he did that, Xavier saved Magneto's life by having Legion kill him instead 20 years in the past. This caused the future to be changed temporarily - the heroes in the new timeline found a way to restore past.

This group of X-Men had to deal with their regular enemies, as well as discover the identity of a bring known as Onslaught. For weeks, the various X-teams had been taunted by a being that seemed to know exactly how to defeat them, yet they could never get a fix on what it was. Finally, Jean Grey discovered his identity, but Onslaught attacked and seemingly killed the X-Men.

As Jean was the only one left, she made a transmission to Alex Summers aka Havok of X-Factor, Nathan Summers aka Cable of X-Force, Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler of Excalibur and Sean Cassidy aka Banshee of Generation X, to tell them who Onslaught was and to try and stop him. It was this message that Bishop saw in the future before he joined the present day X-Men. Because of Bishop being able to put this all together, he managed to save Jean, as well as the Gold and Blue teams of X-Men. Onslaught was the result of Xavier shutting down Magneto's mind after his Avalon failed. The psychic residue become a physical being, having Magneto's and Xavier's mentalities - wanting a better place for humanity, but by any means necessary.

The X-Men also discovered the Xavier Protocols - a listing of all super heroes, and how they would need to be killed. This shocked the X-Men as they realized that the many nights Xavier had spent studying there powers, he had also come up with a means to kill every one of them.

However, the ensuing battle left the entire universe in chaos. Heroes from around the world came to aid in the battle. It seemed that Onslaught was very interested in the second generation of X-Men and the Fantastic Four; Nathan Summers and Franklin Richards respectively. United, they managed to beat Onslaught.

As Bishop realized the Gambit was not the traitor, as he had once thought, he decided to make up for his mistakes and work alongside him. At the same time, Bobby discoveded that his father had been beaten while trying to defend mutant rights, and decided that this life was too much for him now, and quit the team. Wolverine had devolved into a feral animal, and it was only with the help of Elektra did he manage to find himself once again. Cable realized that Cyclops was his father, and that he and Jean, as well as his missing sister Rachel, had raised him in the future.

With Onslaught beaten, Xavier gone to jail to pay for his crimes, and members leaving the fold, the X-Men needed to recruit newer memebers to continue the good fight - as it seemed to get deadlier with each day they lived.

This team of X-Men was led by Scott and Ororo, but functioned more as a team when in the field, will all members providing their input as most of them had served a long tenure with the team. However, with Jubilee gone to Generation X with Sean Cassidy, and Kwannon's death, and Logan moving to the Gold team to help out Scott more, this team needed more members. Along came Joseph and Maggot.

With Magneto believed dead after the fall of Avalon, Rogue was surprised to find a younger, amnesiac version of him in Europe. Having had a relationship with Erik Lehnsherr back when she was confused with the Ms.Marvel persona, she immediately decided to help the young man, as he no longer remember the life he once led, and could therefore be taught to walk a different path. At the same time, the real Magneto was alive, and sent a mutant known as Maggot to get rid of this imposter. However, after a battle with Psylocke, he repented and let Joseph go, and was allowed to join the team.

Rogue was having a hard time sorting out her feelings between Joseph and Remy, but the answer soon came to her in the form of an old villain. Sabretooth came back to the mansion to settle the score with Betsy, and killed her in battle. At the same time, he left subtle hints to Rogue about Remy's past with Mr.Sinister, when Sabretooth and Remy were both part of his Marauders. Warren and Logan left on a hunt to find a way to ressurrect Betsy, and managed to do so with the help of the Crimson Dawn. She was now able to shadow teleport, as well as have stronger psychic powers. When they returned, the truth about Remy's past was revealed.

During the mutant massacre of the Morlocks, Remy was one of Sinister's men who led the Marauders to the sewers to kill the mutants. Remy claimed that he did not know why he was going down there, and when he did, he tried to save as many Morlocks as he could. However, the damage was done. Warren especially, as it was during this massacre that his feathered wings were ruined and he was transformed into Archangel, had a hard time forgiving Remy, and abandoned him after a mission in Antarctica, refusing to let him stay with the X-Men.

Betsy faced one of her worst enemies yet, the Shadow King. She managed to shut him down on the astral plane, but at the same time, she shut down all psychic abilities worldwide. Any hero with psychic powers was now without them, until their minds healed over time. Betsy lost hers for good, for if she used them again, she ran the risk of letting the Shadow King free. After her recent death and resurrection, and the psi-war, Warren and Betsy decided to retire from the X-Men.

This team also helped out during the Onslaught crisis by helping the other heroes of the world stop the various attacks Onslaught was causing. However, since many of the heroes believed this to be Magneto's fault, they had trouble working with Joseph, and decided to fight him instead. Rogue had defend him against everyone else, especially Magneto's children, the twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch of the Avengers.

With Warren and Betsy gone, Xavier behind bars, and Remy wandering the world alone, the Blue Strike Force was no more.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

1990s - The X-Men

The X-Men: Cyclops (Scott Summers); Marvel Girl (Jean Grey-Summers); Archangel (Warren Worthington III); Iceman (Robert "Bobby" Drake); Beast (Hank McCoy); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Colossus (Piotr Rasputin); Rogue (Anna Marie); Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock); Jubilee (Jubilation Lee); Gambit (Remy LeBeau); Bishop (Lucas Bishop); Revanche (Kwannon); and team founder Professor X (Charles Xavier).

1991 - X-Men

This was a new era for the X-Men. Mutants from various eras of the team had all united under Charles Xavier to form a strong voice for mutant rights. They dedicated themselves to protecting humans and mutants, stopping enemies both super-powered and human, and working to make the world a better place for people of all colours and types to live in.

Of course, the times had become that much more dangerous. More and more mutants were were being discovered all over the world. After seeing what mutants are capable of over the years, anti-mutant hate groups had sprung up like never before, and with stronger support and weaponry to try and annihilate those that are different. Other mutants decided to take matters into their own hands, and try and remake the world and society in the way they saw fit, and by any means necessary.

The X-Men were not without allies. After this team proved themselves time and time again, a new X-Factor was introduced under the care of Alexander Summers aka Havok. Former members of the X-Men were still fighting in the team Excalibur under Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain. Xavier's next generation of X-Men, The New Mutants, were now grown up and had formed the team X-Force.

With tension building for a war between humans and mutantkind, this was the beginning of an all new, all different, all deadlier age for the X-Men.

This team of X-Men was known as the Gold Strike Force, led by Ororo Munroe. It mainly consisted of the senior members of the X-Men. However, just as this team was starting out, they met Bishop, an X-Man from the future. While chasing criminals in his future, he came across a message from Jean Grey-Summers warning the other X-Teams of a traitor within their midst, who had killed the other X-Men. At the end of the message, it seemed the traitor had gotten to her too. When Bishop first met Gambit, he thought he was the traitor, and did not trust him, as he was the only other X-Man alive in his future.

At the same time, a new group of villains, called the Upstarts, were playing a deadly game with the former members of the Hellfire Club, and the former members of the New Mutants and Hellions - whoever kills the most, wins. Jean Grey seemingly died again, but had really switched bodies with her nemesis Emma Frost to save them both. Emma Frost was then kept in Xavier's custody until she could wake up.

They also faced off against Trevor Fitzroy, a future member of the Hellfire Club from Bishop's timeline. They also dealt with newer Sentinels, Magneto and his Acolytes, Apocalypse, and the mutant Stryfe - a clone of the leader of X-Force. Cameron Hodge, a villain from their X-Factor days, resurfaced and unleashed a techno-organic virus called the Phalanx to exterminate the next genernation of young mutants. After the virus was defeated, Sean Cassidy aka Banshee and Emma Frost, after waking from her coma, decided to train this next genernation of mutants and formed the student-team known as Generation X.

Also, a new disease had broken out thanks to Mr.Sinister - the Legacy Virus. It was an incurable disease that killed only mutants. Already, former New Mutant member and Piotr's sister Illyana had succumbed to the virus, and he could do nothing but watch her wither away. After this, he left the team and joined Magneto's Acolytes on their space station Avalon.

Warren decided not to go back to using his old code-name of Angel because he was still dealing with the repercussions of Apocalypse's transformation on him. He soon started a relationship with Betsy Braddock. Jean Grey decided that she too would no longer use her old code-name of Marvel Girl, as she was not the same person after Phoenix and Madelyne had taken a part of her life. Ororo finally decided to end relationship with Forge by refusing to accept his proposal to marry.

Most importantly, Scott had finally asked Jean to marry him, and she accepted. They were sent 2000 years into the future to raise Scott's son Nathan by Mother Askani for their honeymoon. They also learned that the leader of X-Force, Nathan Dayspring, was actually the the grown up Nathan Christopher Summers from the future. When they returned from the future, they were soon faced with an enemy that they never thought they would ever face - Professor X.

This team of X-Men was known as the Blue Strike Force, and consisted most of the recent additions of the team. It was led by Cyclops. This team had alot to go through before they managed to truly work together as a unit. The team had a hard time functioning with the child Jubilee helping them. Rogue and Remy felt an attraction to each other, but could not build on that relationship due to her inabilty to touch. Betsy decided to try and win Scott over, but soon gave up and started a relationship with Warren, while still trying to deal with being in a Japanese body. Logan and Scott returned to their rivalry over Marvel Girl. When he heard of their marriage, he refused to attend their wedding.

This team managed to find out what happened to Longshot after he disappeared into the Mojoworld. Together with Dazzler, they tried to save him from an attack, but he seemingly died before the team managed to get out of Mojoworld safely.

Soon, a young woman came to Xavier's - Elizabeth Braddock in her British body. However, she was now an assassin calling herself Revanche. The X-Men had no idea who to trust - the Japanese Betsy they had just gotten used to, or the British one they had first met. Neither woman was sure of her true identity either. Revanche decided to join the team until they had the situation figured out. In, the end, Revanche learned that she had contracted the Legacy virus released by Mr. Sinister. However, before she died, the truth managed to come out - Mojo and Spiral, always having a bone to pick with Betsy, spliced her body and mind with that of a ninja named Kwannon after she emerged from the Siege Perilious. Since Revanche was dying of the virus, she ran away from the X-Men, and tried to find her lover, the man who had originially turned Betsy into Lady Mandarin. When she found him, he decided to mercy kill her before she succumbed to the disease, then took his own life. After she died, the spliced parts of Psylocke were restored to her.

The team also had to fight Magneto and his Acolytes aboard his space station Avalon, which resulted in Magneto removing the adamantium bonding from Logan's body before Xavier managed to shut down his mind. They also had to fight against an enemy known as Omega Red, a Soviet Super Soldier, and an old enemy of Logan's. Sabretooth also returned to try and kill the only woman who has ever managed to beat him in battle - Psylocke.

After they managed to face through all of their internal battles, the team proved to be quite the formidable foe against their opponents. However, nothing they had ever faced could prepare them for the result of Xavier's battle against Magneto aboard Avalon.

Monday, March 15, 2010

104 - Overflow

In an African desert, a peasant is seen dying of thirst, traveling. A generous passer-by stops to give him water but as he aids the dying man, the man awakens to show his eyes are a dark purple. He then grabs the man’s face and the energy is passed into the passer-by. The peasant faints and the passer-by leaves.

At the X-Mansion, Logan is awakened by Charles. As Logan enters the room where the Professor is and the doors are closing, Emma is seen following him. The Professor claims they are in a meeting of the minds. He proceeds to tell him that Africa in his time is completely destroyed and that it occurred twenty years before the future time. Logan realizes that it will be soon. Professor X tells him that it was a catastrophe and that no one on the continent survived. Logan, confused, wonders what may have caused this and the Professor tells him it was Ororo who in the process took her own life. Professor tells Logan that he must find her before it is too late and then realized someone else is in the room. Emma is shown spying and Logan tells her to leave as the X-Men don’t need spies.

The next day Logan and Hank talk about the weather conditions in Africa. They discover that the event hasn’t happened yet and they need to find her. Hank then explains to Logan that they’ll need Cerebro and Emma and that she’ll want something in exchange to which Logan angrily repeats ‘’I know Hank’’ to each comment he makes. Emma and Logan talk about finding Storm to which they show they have trust issues. Eventually Logan agrees to trust Emma and she finds Storm.

Storm is the shown using her abilities to create rain and give water to an African village. Grateful, they have organized a celebration for her to which she exclaims ‘Another! We just had one.’ Kitty tries to get Scott to come help Storm and that she’s in danger but Bobby intervenes and they leave. They go to board the X-Jet which Forge has just finished repairing and he is terrified. While Logan is boarding he scratches the jet to calm Forge, saying that the first scratch is always the most painful. Scott then appears and to Logan’s surprise, he boards the jet.

Somewhere in Africa, close to the village, the parasite passes through body to body until it eventually reaches Storm and goes into her head. She begins to panic and everyone is told to go home. Inside her head, it is revealed that it is the Shadow King who has been coming to take revenge on Storm for destroying him. When Storm demands to know who it is and what they are after, he claims that he was like a father to her and a flashback of Storm’s previous life is shown. In the flashback, Storm is shown as a young girl who steals for the Shadow King’s human form. When he threatens to attack Storm, the Professor intervenes and defends Storm. When Storm remembers, she exclaims that he was destroyed to which he replies only his body, and that he has been travelling as the Shadow King. Storm asks the Shadow king what he wants and he tells her that he wants what happened to him to happen to her and he begins to burn Africa. Storm not wanting her home to be destroyed, summons rain and tells her friend to run from the fire and he tells her that there is no fire but she is too distracted to hear.

On their way, the X-Men realize that the event has begun and Logan speeds up. The dam in which the water for the village was being held breaks, and the village begins to flood. Arriving, the X-Jet speeds towards the location. When Storm looks at it, the jet seems to be a giant fire ball, so she creates a tornado which sends the jet flying into the dam. The jet sinks and Cyclops, Emma and Iceman manage to get out first. Kitty then phases Wolverine and Beast through the roof and they swim to the surface. Now watching what is occurring, Iceman creates a bridge for them to cross. Arriving closer to Storm, at the edge of the town, the Shadow King makes the fire seem worse. Storm panicking creates hail. Everyone manages to evade it using their powers but the winds are strong and a roof blows off hitting Iceman into Kitty who allows it to pass through. She runs after Iceman who has been thrown into the water but while helping an unconscious Iceman out, she too is knocked out by a piece of hail. Beast comes to their aid and Wolverine, Cyclops and Emma continue towards Storm.

Wolverine, using Cyclops’ optic blast to bring down Storm, is able to talk to her but it doesn’t work. Emma then goes into her mind and tells her the truth and realizes that the Shadow King is who is behind this. He slaps Emma which knocks her out of Storms head. She goes back in only to be hit again. Storm now knowing the truth stops the rain and winds but is left weak. Logan realizes that he is too powerful and begins to talk to her saying that is was all a lie. Wolverine states that Storm is too weak for him to use, so the Shadow King decides to take over Wolverine but Emma intervenes and a fight ensues. Keeping him out of a host body, Emma gets the upper hand and is able to defeat the Shadow King. Africa has been saved and the villagers are happy to see that their day of terror is over. Wolverine and Emma are seen having a moment in which it seems they are both beginning to trust each other, perhaps due to Emma nearly sacrificing herself to save Storm.

Storm and Wolverine are then seen watching the Professor and they speak about what the future will be like. Storm says that she is staying alongside her family (the X-Men) and that they must ensure when the Professor awakens, it is a world worth living in.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

104 - Mutant Crush

The Blob is appearing in a monster truck show as a strong man. Mystique offers him a place at Bayville with the Brotherhood. On his first day of school he pulls Duncan up by the collar and asks him where he's supposed to be, Duncan makes fun of him and the Blob throws him and is about to dump a row of lockers on him when Jean shows up to calm him down. She helps him find his way to his first class.

In drama class Rogue and Scott are paired up to do a scene from Henry V. Scott asks Rogue if she's okay with it and she tells him that she's not afraid of him and for his "wierdo friends" to keep their distance.

At lunch the X-Men are sitting together at a table. Scott is telling them of his pairing with Rogue. Fred (the Blob) arrives in the lunch room with a HUGE tray of food. When he goes to sit down he flips the table and sends the food flying into Duncan and his jock friends. A food fight breaks out and the Blob ends up busting up the cafeteria. Jeans tries to calm him down, but he almosts slams a table into her. Scott blasts the table to nothing and Jean gets him to leave so that she can talk to Fred privately.

Rogue comments to Scott about how the X-Men watch out for one another and Mystique shows up to break them up. As Rogue leaves Scott reminds her that they have to practice that afternoon. Jean talks to Fred about controlling his powers and temper and invites him to meet Xavier at the institute. When she leaves he finds her backpack and takes out a pic of Jean and Scott. He tears out Scott and stomps it, but saves the piece with Jean in it.

The next day Fred asks Jean out but she tells him she has stuff to do, he gets mad and drags her off so they can talk privately. Jean tries to get away, but they end up fighting. They knock over some scaffolding and Jean is knocked out. Fred carries her off. She comes to later and he's tied her to a chair and set up a candlelight dinner. Jean calls the prof for help telepathically.

Xavier and Wolverine are watching Kurt and Kitty train. They're playing keep away with a football. Xavier gets Jeans call and Wolverine goes off looking for them. Rogue and Scott are rehearsing their scene. Rogue tells Scott that she wishes sometimes that she could get close to someone. Kurt 'ports in to get Cyclops. Scott asks Rogue if she knows anything about Jean being kidnapped. She tells him that even if she did she wouldn't tell him and he tells her that he hopes she can live with her conscious. Kurt and Scott port away.

Kurt, Kitty and Scott head out to find Jean, but Wolverine finds her first. He attacks the Blob, but the Blob knocks him out. Scott shows up and blasts the Blob, but he throws Wolverine at him and knocks Scott out too. Jean slams a filing cabinet into his face and he gets angry, he picks up a large piece of machinery and is going to crush Jean with it. Rogue arrives to find the unconsious Cyclops. She absorbs his powers and attacks the Blob. She tells him to leave Jean alone. When he tries to hit her she absorbs his power too. She knocks him way up into the air and he lands in a junkyard.

Jean asks Rogue why she helped them and Rogue becomes upset and tells them that she doesn't know. She runs off and Wolverine stops Jean from following saying that Rogue isn't ready yet. Kitty says that she feels like they owe Rogue now and Scott agrees.

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104 – Deadly Reunions

“Deadly Reunions” starts at the X-Mansion with Professor X entering the mind of Sabretooth. Professor X witnesses Sabretooth’s tormented thoughts and paranoia. One demon in particular resembles Wolverine. Wolverine is still furious that his old enemy is allowed to remain in the X-Mansion, and he disappears in disgust.

After Sabretooth’s therapy session, the X-Men are alerted that Magneto is attacking another human populated target. Magneto is destroying a chemical plant in order to attract Professor X. Cyclops, Rogue, Storm, and Professor X proceed to the chemical plant, while young Jubilee is left to guard Sabretooth.

At the chemical plant, Cyclops, Rogue and Storm engage Magneto. All three are quickly dispatched, however Professor X enters the chemical plant to confront Magneto. Xavier desperately tries to convince Magneto that his current actions are the same as humanity's past monsters, but his is unconvinced and relates the Mutant race's current struggle to his people's near destruction long ago. Just as Magneto prepares to finish his former friend off, Xavier unleashes a mental barrage and Magneto is tormented by suppressed memories of his childhood in Poland under the ruthless Nazi regime. Forced to remember the horrors he and his family suffered during the Holocaust, he retreats in complete panic and agony.

During all this, Cyclops is rendered unconscious from noxious fumes, and Storm is buried under a collapsed wall with Rogue. Storm’s claustrophobia incapacitates her ability to fight Magneto. Rogue, on the other hand, cannot be kept down for very long. She pulls Storm free from the rubble, and locates Cyclops. Unfortunately, Rogue has to perform CPR on Cyclops, resulting in her temporarily absorbing his mutant power. Rogue is forced to keep her eyes shut or risk destroying everything in her line of sight with Cyclops’ optic energy blasts, and Professor X guides her with his telepathy.

Back at the X-Mansion Jubilee is watching the local news. Senator Robert Kelly announces his candidacy for President. Kelly also announces his mutant policy calling for the internment of all mutants. Sabretooth growls in disgust and complains about his wrist bindings. A na├»ve Jubilee loosens the restraints, and Sabretooth captures Jubilee. Sabretooth reveals that he is working for Magneto, and his mission is to destroy the X-Mansion. With the X-Men battling Magneto, Sabretooth’s mission is ripe for success.

However, his mission has one unaccounted obstacle. Sabretooth’s archrival leaps from the shadows; as Wolverine did not stray very far. Their battle is interrupted with the return of Professor X and the other X-Men. Xavier firmly reminded Wolverine that the X-Men never seek revenge, even if endangering the members of the team. Jubilee tries to convince Xavier of Sabretooth's malicious intents, however the distraction gives the sadistic mutant the opportunity to slash Wolverine across the torso. Just as he thinks he has Wolverine down, Jubilee, with quick thinking, blasts Sabretooth out of the mansion and he runs off. Although he survives thanks to his healing factor, Wolverine is critically injured and is placed in the infirmary. Later, Xavier apologizes to an unconscious Wolverine for not listening to him. He felt that he was thinking more like Magneto by bringing Sabretooth, an evil mutant, to his cause. He may have failed, but he will not fail again, or else Magneto or those like him will prevail. Finally, Magneto made his choice just like Xavier did. He vowed that Mutants shall "come to him by the thousands" and will destroy Charles Xavier. Afterwards, Magneto hovers away thus ending the episode.

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1980-1990 - The Uncanny X-Men

The Uncanny X-Men: Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Banshee (Sean Cassidy); Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock); Jubilee (Jubilation Lee); Forge; and Gambit (Remy LeBeau)

1989 - X-Men

This team started out as a salvage mission by Wolverine. He was searching the globe for what had happened to his teammates after they passed through the Siege Perilious. However, where Logan goes, danger is usually right behind him. Enter Jubilee, a young mutant who had secretly been staying at the Austrailian base. She went with him in his search, and the two quickly developed a father-daughter relationship.

They first met Betsy in their travels, but she was not the Betsy they had once known. Somehow, her British body had disappeared, and she was now a Japanese assassin known as Lady Mandarin. Logan managed to rescue her, but neither could come up with an answer as to the transformation that had taken place.

They decided to leave Piotr and Alison alone, as they seemed happy with their new lives; and they knew that it was impossible to find Longshot since Mojo had taken him. However, the three X-Men needed more allies to find Alex, Ororo, and Rogue. Wolverine called his old friend Sean Cassidy, formerly Banshee of the X-Men, and he rejoined the team. Also, Forge, and mutant ally of Xavier's friend Moira Mactaggert, also joined the team. He started a relationship with team leader Storm, but that began to head for trouble when the precog Destiny was murdered. Her last vision was that Forge's soulmate would be Mystique.

Rogue was battling the Ms. Marvel persona in her head, even briefly dressing in her costume and calling herself Carol Danvers. When they managed to bring her back to her senses, she felt she needed to figure out who she was and decided not to rejoin the team. The resulting lifestyle had Rogue and Erik Lensherr, the man known as Magneto, developing a romantic relationship. Ororo, having been reduced to a child-like state, had become the thief she once was while living in Cairo. As she was in a vulnerable state, a young thief named Remy LeBeau took her under his wing and protected her. When the X-Men found them, Ororo convinced them to let Gambit join the team.

They met Alex on the island known as Genosha, a slave encampment for mutants. They discovered a plan called X-Tinction Agenda - a way to wipe out mutantkind. It took the combined efforts of X-Factor, the New Mutants, and the X-Men to stop them. Alex then decided to recover with Moira Mactaggert on Muir Island.

Soon enough, Xavier returned to Earth after his stay with the Shi'ar. But he was captured by the mutant known as Apocalypse, who wanted to destroy the infant son of Scott Summers. After rescuing Alex from Muir Island, the X-Men joined together with X-Factor to stop the immortal mutant. However, more help was needed. They pulled in Rogue, Polaris, and newcomers Strong Guy and Multiple Man, and even had to break Dazzler and Colossus out of their happy lives in order to defeat him. However, it was not without a loss. Cyclops had to send his infant son into the future with a woman known as Mother Askani to save him from a disease Apocalypse had infected him with.

After bringing the team together again from the Siege Perilious, and fighting side by side with X-Factor, the mutants decided to combine their teams and reunite as the X-Men once more.

Monday, March 8, 2010

103 – Enter Magneto

"Enter Magneto" begins with Beast incarcerated for his actions in the last episode. As Beast reads Animal Farm, he is mocked by the prison guards, who think that he is reading a picture book. The bigoted guards cannot fathom that Beast is literate. The prison, however, is soon under attack, and anything metal is twisted and torn: Enter Magneto.

Magneto has come to rescue Beast, but Beast refuses to escape. He wants to prove his innocence at a public trial. Magneto and Beast debate the Mutant/Human conflict as the prison guards mount an attack against Magneto. Magneto destroys the small attackforce including their tanks and other armored vehicles.

In the X-Mansion, Professor Xavier watches the video tape from the prison, and informs Jubilee of his past relationship with Magneto. He describes Magneto as an old friend that he met in an hospital, and how in the face of a brutal army, Magneto becomes convinced that peace between mutants and normal humans is not possible. Xavier was forced to stop Magneto then, and it appears that Xavier must stop Magneto again.

At Beast's bail hearing, Wolverine and Cyclops watch the proceeding from the back of the courtroom. Beast explains to the court that he is incarcerated because he was rescuing mistreated mutants. The enraged courtroom audience begins to shout at Beast. He borrows language from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", thus comparing antisemitism to anti-mutant bigotry, and when he is denied bail, he is seen holding a copy of "Crime and Punishment", by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

As the guards escort Beast back to his cell, Sabretooth watches as a prison guard shoves Beast to the ground, and demands that Beast be set free, prompting the guards to shoot Sabretooth with laser guns. Cyclops wants to aid Sabertooth before the guards inflict serious injury, but Wolverine refuses to help and warns everyone that Sabretooth can not be trusted; however, Cyclops brings Sabertooth to the Mansions' infirmary anyway. Wolverine wants Sabertooth removed from the mansion, but Xavier refuses. Storm states that some people wanted Wolverine to leave when he first came, but that he was also allowed to stay. The argument is interrupted when an alarm indicates Magneto is attacking a military missile facility.

As the X-men arrive on the scene, Magneto is preparing to launch nuclear missiles at strategic human targets in order to ensure the outbreak of a war between mutants and humans. Cyclops, Storm, and Wolverine face off with Magneto, but are unable to stop him. As Magneto leaves to prepare for the war, Storm is able to use her control over wind and lightning to cause the computers in the missiles to short-circuit, deactivating them and drop them into the water. Nevertheless, disabling the missiles demands too much from Storm's powers; she becomes unconscious and is caught just in time by Wolverine. Having prevented a nuclear war, the X-men return to the mansion, having learned the full power of Magneto. Magneto on the other hand, ponders why Charles Xavier "turns on his own kind."

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

103 - Hindsight (Part 3)

 

8An unseen person is approaching the mansion. At the same time, Wolverine is given a tour of the now in construction mansion. The unseen person turns out to be Emma Frost and Wolverine is not pleased to see her. She tells him her reason for being there; to join the X-men. He declines her but she offers to find Professor X.

On hearing this, Hank, Kitty and Bobby also come to speak with her. They speak about her prior activities and why she closed her school which was similar to Xavier’s Institute. After semi-forcing her membership, she gives Logan her card and says to call when Cerebro is completed. Wolverine believes though that she just wants access to Cerebro.

Logan tells Beast that he believes she is after something but Beast says that he would find it foolish not to accept her offer as she may be able to find the Professor or Jean. When entering the Danger Room, its automated defenses start up and attack Logan, who retaliates. When everything is destroyed he finally manages to get to Forge.

Forge completes Cerebro and Emma Frost locates a comatose Charles in Genosha. Beast tries to plea with Logan, to contact Magneto before going but Logan believes that Magneto was the cause of the blast.

Logan goes and speaks to Cyclops about them finding the Professor. Cyclops asked if Jean was they located Jean but they didn’t, however, Cyclops still returns. While on their way to Genosha, Scott talks to Emma about Jean, and Emma states that she will eventually be able to locate Jean assuming she is still around(hinting Logan’s will to get rid of her). They arrive in Genosha just as the stealth mode is fixed. Kitty phases into a part of Genosha, before the others, to scope the area and she tells them that it’s like an iron maze and their on Magneto’s turf. They split up to cover more ground but Magneto uses his powers to catch Wolverine. Cyclops and Iceman intervene but both are defeated. Iceman however, manages to knock off Magneto’s helmet. Beast, Kitty and Emma arrive. Emma, now that Magneto’s helmet is off, can try to read his thoughts. However while doing so, Magneto throws Wolverine across the room, hitting into Beast and Emma. Kitty who Magneto is not able to catch claims that it won’t work on her but he simply gives her a piece of metal to hold on to and he removes the metal flooring from beneath her.

Wolverine explains that they just came for the Professor but Magneto claims he came looking for trouble. Eventually after much pleading, Magneto releases them and they go to see the Professor bedridden. Magneto explains the professor appeared on the island one week prior and Emma states that he has no brain activity. Wolverine angrily says that Magneto is keeping an eye on him and not caring, claiming that he knows Magneto is afraid of the Professor. Beast then says to Magneto that what Wolverine is trying to ask is if they can take the Professor home to which Magneto agrees as the X-Men are Charles' children. Magneto then offers for them to stay in Genosha but they decline.

Back at the Mansion, Professor from the future manages to communicate to the X-Men. He shows them what the future is like; a world ruled by Sentinels. He states that he remembers nothing that happened and that he awakens from the coma twenty years after the explosion. He also says that the reason the future became like that is because of the X-Men. In that time line, they went their separate ways and were defeated. He tells them that only as a team do they stand a chance to change the future. He then says that he cannot stay any longer but will try to make contact again.

The scene then switches to Professor X in the future. He is seen in Cerebro and he can walk. He then exits the mansion and runs past the graves of Shadowcat, Beast, Iceman, Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Forge and Colossus.

The scene switches back to the present with Logan speaking to the X-Men about what they have to do and that the world needs them.

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103 - Rogue Recruit

 

XMEFullRoster At a school dance Cody and his friend Ty walk out onto a deck where Rogue is gazing out over the water. Ty teases Cody about being nervous and pushes him into talking to Rogue. Cody asks Rogue to dance. She hesitates at first but agrees. They head in to the dance floor. As they're dancing Ty tells Cody to "make his move" and pushes him into Rogue. They both fall down and when Cody reaches down to help Rogue get up he touches her skin and her power is activated for the first time. Cody passes out and Rogue "sees" Cody's memories.

Ty freaks out and asks her what she did to Cody, when she tries to run he jumps in her way but she tackles him and takes off. Irene (Destiny) who seems to be Rogue's guardian, foresees the whole event and calls in Mystique.

A ninja sneaks into the X-Men mansion. Storm attacks him and ends up knocking him into the danger room. The ninja takes out some machinery before Xavier calls for him to stop. Turns out to be Wolverine giving a demonstration for the students. He tells Storm that the mansions defenses were too easily breached and they talk about ways to boost security.

Kitty asks if any one else if freaked out by the whole thing and Kurt ports over to try and cheer her up. He scares her more and she phases away. Kurt is upset and Jean tells him to give Kitty time. Xavier arrives and tells Scott to assemble the team to go after Rogue. They head out in the Blackbird.

During the flight Kitty talks to Jean about how she thinks Scott is so "together" and cute. Kurt overhears them and acts jealous. He 'ports out to the front of the Blackbird trying to show off. He loses his footing and 'ports back into the Blackbird but slams into Kitty. Xavier tells him it's no place to be goofing off, and that he scared Kitty. Kurt apologizes but Kitty tells him to stay away from her.

Mystique arrives and Irene meets her at the airport. They follow Rogue to Cody's house where she's looking through Cody's things confused. Xavier uses Cody to track Rogue down.

Mystique morphs into Wolverine and attacks Rogue. She chases her out of the house, then morphs into Storm and throws fake lightening at her. Rogue runs into Irene who tells her that the X-Men are mutant hunters and that she has a friend who can protect her from them. Just then the real Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Kitty show up and Rogue takes off again.

Kurt talks Logan into letting him go after the girl, since she seems so terrified of Wolverine. He agrees and tells him to watch after the "half-pint", which makes Kitty mad. Kurt ports up to Rogue and tries to talk to her. Kitty phases through a fence behind them, and decides to "show" Wolverine by taking down Rogue. She tackles her and Rogue throws her off. When Kurt grabs Rogue she touches him and absorbs his powers. Rogue 'ports away and Kurt collapses.

Rogue reappears in a graveyard, she starts to figure out what's happening and uses Kurt's power to 'port around the graveyard until she falls. Kitty tries to revive Kurt and then calls out to Xavier for help. Xavier sends Wolverine after Kit and Kurt and sends out Storm, Scott, and Jean after Rogue. Mystique shows up at the graveyard. Jean finds Rogue, who recognizes Jean using Kurt's memories. The two talk and Jean gives Rogue a communicator in case she ever wants to talk to her. Storm shows up and Rogue runs.

Mystique follows her and morphs into the different X-Men and chases her around. When the real Storm tries to help Rogue, Rogue absorbs her powers and loses control. She wrecks the graveyard and then 'ports away. The rest of the X-Men arrive at the graveyard and they figure out that Mystique was there causing trouble.

Kurt and Storm come around and Kitty is so happy that Kurt is alright she runs up to him and hugs him, surprising all of the X-Men.

Later Mystique welcomes Rogue to Bayville. After she leaves, Magneto appears, asking if any traces of the real X-Men's memories remained. Mystique tells him no, but Rogue walks out of the office and looks at the communicator that Jean gave her.

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102 - Night of the Sentinels (Part 2)

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Wolverine smells the soldiers’ gun oil and quickly closes the door before the soldiers fire. Storm enters and sweeps the guards away with her wind power. After destroying the files on mutants, the X-Men escape to the Blackbird, but are stopped by the sentinels. During the fight with the Sentinels, Morph is shot and presumed dead. Beast gets blasted against the fence and is electrocuted and ultimately captured. The rest retreat to the Blackbird on Cyclops’ command. On TV, the President of the United States states that several mutants attacked the Mutant Control Agency and that there will be a counter-offense. But after meeting with Gyrich, the President decides to cancel the Mutant Control Registration.

Later that night, Cyclops goes to Jubilee’s foster parents’ house. Jubilee’s foster father calls Gyrich, to tell him Cyclops is in his house. Gyrich sends some Sentinels, but later the father regrets his decision when his wife tells him that Cyclops thinks that Jubilee was kidnapped by the Sentinels. Subsequently, he tells Cyclops everything. Cyclops leaves, but is attacked by a Sentinel. Cyclops blasts the Sentinel’s arm off. The wounded Sentinel escapes and the Blackbird follows it to the Sentinels’ base.

Landing clumsily, the wounded Sentinel damages the electrical box and the electricity goes out on the base. While the X-Men attack the base, Gyrich and Trask try to escape. After the sentinels are defeated and Jubilee rescued, Jubilee decides that it’s best to stay at the Mansion and waves goodbye to her foster parents, heading for a new future.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Australian X-Men

The Uncanny X-Men: Havok (Alexander Summers); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Colossus (Piotr Rasputin); Rogue (Anna Marie); Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock); Dazzler (Alison Blaire); and Longshot.

1985 - Uncanny X-Men This team of X-Men was known as the Austrailian X-Men. Once they had parted ways with Magneto, one of their missions seemingly killed them on national television. Instead, they were actually resurrected by the Sorceress Roma, and decided to operate clandestinely out of a base in Austrailia.

Due to Roma's abilities, once they were brought back to life, they were also immune to any type of detection - mechanical or mystical. Newcomers to the team were Alison Blaire, a musical celebrity, and Longshot, a native from Mojo's home planet. Even though Scott had left her, Madelyne and her baby decided to stay with this group of X-Men, as she had no where else to go.

AOn a trip to the Savage Land, Piotr fathered a child with a woman named Nereel. Yet he does not know of his son's existance. The team also learned of Logan's past marriage to a woman named Mariko, and how he had to mercy kill her to save her from her pain. Also, they learned of his involvement with a project known as Weapon X, and its experimentation on mutants, such as Sabretooth, Maverick, and Silver Fox of HYDRA. They also learned of his how he was tricked into marrying the terrorist known as Viper. Alison and Longshot soon started a relationship with each other, while Betsy and Alex flirted non-stop.

This team of X-Men were the first to hear about the legendary Twelve, a group of mutants that would save mutantkind in the future. They also battled Mytique and her Brotherhood, the Master Mold - a new master Sentinel, Donald Pierce - the White Bishop of the Hellfire Club and his Reavers, Lady Deathstrike - an old enemy of Wolverine, and Priestess Zaladane - the alleged sister of Lorna Dane, Polaris of the original X-Men.

This team also had to deal with the horror that was Inferno. While Madelyne was trying to deal with the ordeal of Scott leaving her and their baby, the mad geneticist, Mr.Sinister, paid her a visit. He revealed to her that he had created her as a clone of the woman known as Jean Grey, Marvel Girl of the original X-Men. The genetic potential shared by the Summers and Grey family was believed to produce children with unlimited powers. Now, Mr.Sinister wanted to claim what he sought after, the baby Nathan Christopher Summers.

Worse for Madelyne, she, as well as the rest of the X-Men, found out why Scott had left her. Warren Worthington had called Scott to tell him that the Fantastic Four and the Avengers had discovered something very shocking - Jean Grey was still alive. Together with Iceman and Beast, the five friends reunited to become the government sponsored team X-Factor. Madelyne wanted revenge for leaving her for Marvel Girl. She then tapped into her own psi-powers, and became the Goblyn Queen. She then seduced Alex and hid her baby from the X-Men so she could give Mr. Sinister what he wanted - the Summers bloodline. Though the two teams worked together to stop them, the outcome of the event resulted in Madelyne losing her life.

After getting through that ordeal, the X-Men continued to operate without the aid of their former teammates. However, trouble soon befell the team as they were confronted by the legendary Siege Perilous. While trying to escape from Donald Pierce and his reavers, Psylocke, who was leading the team, had no choice but to send them all though this magical gem. As a team, the X-Men had completely dissolved.

Alex awoke an amnesiac Genoshan Magistrate in an enslavement camp for mutants. Ororo had been reduced to a childlike state. Piotr was released as a famous artist known as Peter Nicholas. Rogue developed a split personality with the Ms. Marvel persona. Betsy was found on an island owned by the mystical assassination group known as the Hand. Longshot was ejected back into Mojoworld, and Alison as an amnesiac celebrity. The only member left was Logan, and he soon set off to discover what had become of his team.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

102 - Hindsight (Part 2)

 

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Toad, having just been arrested by the police, is being taken, when Blob attacks and breaks him out of the car. Avalanche then destroys the road beneath the police cars and Quicksilver runs up and leaves them with a threat for Senator Kelly.

Senator Kelly then has a press conference in which he tells the public about his threat. Warren Worthington III/Angel is seen having an argument with his father about attending the conference. Senator Kelly then reveals his weapon to protect humans against mutants; the Sentinel Prowler. As the machine is being demonstrated, it identifies Rogue hidden in the crowd, and begins to attack. Rogue tries to flee from the sentinel, but finds herself trapped. Angel appears and distracts the Sentinel, and manages to rescue Rogue. While flying away, he is shot in the wing, and begins to fall. However, before they hit the ground, Beast catches them, while Wolverine jumps in and destroys the Sentinel. Angel is happy to see the X-men are back together but they explain that they are not yet. Logan pleads with Rogue to join the new team, but she refuses. Beast asks Angel if he wishes to come back but he also disagrees, due to the fact that he uses his father’s money to help mutants and if he were to join a mutant group, he would be cut off.

Senator Kelly is seen talking to Angel’s father, Warren Worthington II. Senator Kelly expresses his view that the Sentinel Project was a disaster but Warren assures him that there is a way out, telling him to announce that the Sentinel project is canceled and they will be able to put the focus back on the Brotherhood of Mutants.

Toad approached Rogue in which they have a small dispute leading to Rogue touching Toad, absorbing his powers and knocking him out. The rest of the Brotherhood appears and Domino talks to Rogue about the situation mutants are in. She manages to get Rogue to join them and she mentions that they plan to chat with Senator Kelly.

Cyclops is watching the news about the mutant registration act, before blasting it into the wall. Logan bursts through the door, and starts provoking Cyclops about Jean's disappearance. Angry at his comments, Cyclops blasts Logan through the wall and into the alley.

The Brotherhood goes to Senator Kelly’s house, and Avalanche destroys his house despite Rogue’s attempt the stop them. Domino then explains to Rogue that it will be their houses being destroyed if the registration act is passed. After destroying the house, they take a van which was parked outside and they drive through town. Stopping at a traffic light next to an MRD vehicle, Rogue tells them not to do anything but Toad spits at one of the officers. The MRD start to chase them but Avalanche eventually brings down the buildings after them causing the MRD to stop the chase. They go to Warren Worthington’s home. There they use Rogue to take Warren Worthington II’s memories which include Senator Kelly’s itinerary.

Logan goes back to the X-Mansion telling Beast that neither Rogue nor Cyclops will join. He asks who else he tracked down and Beast tells him he has tracked down Kitty, Peter and Bobby. Kitty was staying at her parents’ house but when they started getting harassed she just left, Peter is in Russia but he says he will not leave his family again, and Bobby’s parents will not allow him to speak to him but he has high hopes that he is willing to return. Logan says odds are still in their favor because the Brotherhood has Toad and Blob, but Angel walks in and says that it’s time to recalculate because Rogue has joined them and they are planning to take down the Senator. On hearing this, Logan says they have to stop them but are visiting Bobby first. At Bobby’s house, his parents will not allow Bobby to go with Logan and Beast claiming that they almost got him killed last year. When they don’t comply, Logan kicks open the door and Bobby runs out. While walking away, Logan says to Bobby’s parents that he is a mutant and they have to deal with that. Bobby is excited that the X-men are back but Logan tells him that it is only the three of them. He then asks if they couldn’t get in contact with Kitty before she left, saying that she is going to Genosha. With that, they fly to the ship in which Kitty is being taken to Genosha. On seeing the helicopter, she runs and phases through the side, saying very cheerfully as she enters that it’s about time. They head back to the still destroyed mansion only to find Rogue. Kitty and Bobby are excited to see her but Logan stops them and Beast takes them to find uniforms. Rogue and Logan talk and Rogue expresses that she is not the same as the Brotherhood and tells Logan what they are planning to do.

Warren Worthington III realizes his father is using the Senator as bait and his father admits he is, saying that this will cause the registration act to be signed for sure. The X-Men arrive, so Domino shoots inside the building from across the street. This causes panic inside and the MRD officers from outside are seen running into the building. Rogue comments that it’s too late, it has begun and Logan commands Kitty to phase the helicopter through, into the building. After doing this, they have a short battle with MRD officers, Domino shoots down the helicopter and while Rogue is trying to escape, Angel saves her from an MRD officer. Logan realizes that the Brotherhood is not inside and commands the X-Men to leave but Senator Kelly instructs the officers to capture them. Wolverine makes a hole through a wall and after himself, Kitty and Beast pass through, Bobby freezes the hole with solid ice, trapping the MRD inside and them on the out. They flee down the alley and Logan says that the Brotherhood used Rogue, only to realize she is not with them. While running back to get her, Angel stops them telling them to get in the car and that Rogue has escaped.

Back at the X-Mansion, the X-Men watch as Senator Kelly says that due to the attack, the registration act will be passed. Wolverine goes out to speak with Angel who tells him that the MRD doesn’t have Rogue and that she fled, probably blaming herself. Logan still upset shrugs and agrees. Warren then tells him that he did the right thing and Professor X would’ve done the same. Rogue is then seen with the Brotherhood and they congratulate her for setting up the X-Men and showing her loyalty towards them. They then welcome her as a member of their group.

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102 - The X-Impulse

 

XMEFullRoster Kitty's in bed dreaming. She's flying high through a city when she suddenly loses control and falls. She wakes up in the basement of her home and her parents come running down stairs to her cries. Her dad asks her if she was sleepwalking and she says she fell through the ceiling. Xavier picks up her signature and Cerebro gives her stats. Kitty Pryde from Northbrook, age 15. Her Mom says it was just a nightmare but the father looks up and says "I don't think so." The sheets and pillow are phased half way through the ceiling.

Next morning at Bayville High, Kurt shows up late to school and Ms. Darkholme (Mystique) stops him and threatens to make him one of her after school group.

Kitty tries to sneak out of her house. Her mom catches her and says that she's supposed to stay home today. Kitty gets mad and asks "What's the point? You guys don't want to talk about it." Her dad calls for her and Kitty begs her mom to let her go. Her mom says okay. Xavier and Jean head out in the Blackbird to see Kitty. They try to talk to her parents but the father is rude and tells them to leave them alone. Xavier sends Jean to see Kitty at school.

At the mansion Logan catches Sabretooth's scent. He suits up and takes off after him on his cycle. He blazes by Scott and Kurt. They decide to follow him.

At Kitty's school some preppy girls shove her into her locker and lock her in. Lance (Avalanche) shows up spray painting the lockers and Kitty accidentally phases through and slams into him. Lance is excited about Kitty's power, but Kitty just tries to play it off like nothing happened. He tells her he understands because they're alike, and then shows her his power (he causes tremors and shakes the school). Kitty gets upset and runs off.

During P.E. Kitty trips trying the long jump and loses her temper again. The girls laugh at her. Lance and his buddies are on the roof trying to find a way to break into an office and steal test answers. Lance realizes that he can use Kitty to get in and he sees what happens on the field below. When one of the girls that laughed at Kitty takes her turn he causes a tremor and buries her under the sand. Kitty sees him and tries to run off again. She bumps into Jean on her way off the field.

She gets into the auditorium and kicks around the set props on stage. She tries to catch a bowl she knocks over but her hands phase through it. She kneels down and phases through it again intentionally. Jean walks in and tries to talk to her about her powers. She shows Kitty her TK and tells her that she can read thoughts. Kitty freaks out and yells for her to stay out of her head. She runs off. Lance shows up and tells Jean to back off. He catches up to Kitty and tells her that he knows what she's going through and he can show her how to control her powers.

Kurt and Scott track Wolverine to a parking garage. An all out brawl breaks out between Sabretooth and Logan. Sabretooth slams a car into Logan, and while he's got him pinned he says that "One shall fall by the other's hand." Scott blasts Sabretooth off of Wolverine, and Kurt tries to 'port in and help. Sabretooth is about to attack Kurt when Logan slams him into an elevator. Sabretooth runs off. Wolverine tells Scott and Kurt to stay out of his battles.

Lance talks Kitty into phasing in the office. She's excited about her powers for the first time, but when she finds out why he really wanted her to phase in she gets upset and wants to leave. Jean and her parents show up to try and talk her out of goin with Lance. Lance gets angry and tries to drag Kitty along with him. When she refuses and phases free he drops the ceiling on her. Jean uses her TK to protect Kitty's parents. Kitty phases free of the rubble and uses her power to save everyone. Xavier tells Kitty she used her gift well and her father tells Xavier that they have things to talk about.

Lance runs off from the school and meets Mystique. She tells him that she's made a place for him at Bayville and calls him Avalanche.

Summary from X-Men Beyond Evolution.

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The Uncanny X-Men

The Uncanny X-Men: Cyclops (Scott Summers); Storm (Ororo Munroe); Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett); Colossus (Piotr Rasputin); Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner); Shadowcat (Katherine "Kitty" Pryde); Phoenix II (Rachel Summers); Rogue (Anna Marie); Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock); Magneto (Erik "Magnus" Lehnsherr); Professor X (Charles Xavier) and Madelyne Pryor-Summers.

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This team of X-Men was greatly different than any other incarnation Xavier had formed. And with this team, they were no longer known as the X-Men; they were now the Uncanny X-Men. Scott Summers returned from his leave of absence with a surprise for his old teammates - he had married a woman named Madelyne Pryor, who bore a striking resemblence to the recently departed Marvel Girl.

One of the more important occasions in the life of the X-Men was the discovery of a timeline known as "Days of Future Past" - a future where the Mutant Registration Act had been put into effect, and Sentinels were incarcerating mutants, or killing those that stood in their way. Most of the X-Men had died in this future, save for a few individuals who risked their life to try and stop this future from ever happening. One such individual was Rachel Summers, the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey. With her, and the future version of Sprite, that future was erased from existance. When Rachel realized that she was now stuck in this present time, and that her mother was dead, she took on the name Phoenix in rememberance.

This team also met newer, deadlier adversaries, such as the shapeshifting Mystique, the mad geneticist Mr. Sinister and his Marauders, Callisto and the sewer-dwelling Morlocks, television crazed Mojo and Spiral, and the Beyonder. They also battled the Black Queen Selene, the Silver Samurai, Magneto, and a new Brotherhood of Mutants (Pryo, Blob, Avalanche, Destiny, Rogue, Crimson Commando, Super Sabre) led by Mystique.

After battling the Avengers, Rogue of the Brotherhood was made to permanently absorb the powers of Carol Danvers, known then as Ms. Marvel. Not being able to deal with this new powers, she turned to Charles Xavier for help. Against some of the teammates objections, Rogue was allowed to join the team.

Kitty grew up a bit more, and changed her name to Shadowcat, and a new costome to match. Scott and Alex met their father, Major Christopher Summers, now known as Corsair of the Starjammers. After almost murdering Selene, Rachel was kidnapped Mojo and taken to another dimension. Xavier revealed to his students that he had a son named David Haller, and he was now known as the mutant Legion. Xavier decided to train his third class of young mutants, and formed the new teenage hero team, The New Mutants.

Xavier soon became ill, and had to be taken into the custody of the Shi'ar for treatment. In his stead, he left the recently reformed Magneto to look after his school and the X-Men. During a battle with the Marauders and the Morlocks, Shadowcat and Nightcrawler became injured, and had to leave the team. Scott and Madelyne had a child together, a baby boy named Nathan Christopher Summers.

Soon, an ally from Great Britain, Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain, asked the X-Men for help in rescuing his sister Betsy, a telepath. To show her gratitude, and after holding her own against a villain known as Sabretooth - an old foe of Wolverine's, she joined the team.

Soon afterward, Scott received a phone call from Warren. After speaking with his old friend, Scott left the X-Men, and his wife and child without a word. Something had happened that would change his world forever.

With Xavier, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Phoenix II, and Cyclops gone, and with Magneto in charge, the team, led by Storm, decided to part ways with the school they had always called home, and move out on their own.