Phalanx Covenant - Parts I &
Beast and Jubilee stop Sabertooth from attacking several pedestrians, and bring him back
to the Mansion for questioning. When Wolverine discovers that he's there, he goes berserk.
Then he realizes that whoever they've caught, it isn't Sabertooth. The alien entity
accesses Cerebro, and starts downloading all of Xavier's files. A few minutes later,
Xavier gets an emergency call...from Mr. Sinister! He warns Xavier that they're all
in grave danger. Before Xavier can react, he's captured by a glowing black and yellow
tendril which drags him out the window.
In another part of the
Mansion, Beast is attacked by a similar creature that absorbs everything it touches. The
other X-Men have already been captured. He escapes and leaves the premises at high speed.
Unknown to him, another of the aliens is in the jeep with him. After helping Beast escape,
he tells him that his species, the Phalanx, are a collective species who destroy anything
they can't assimilate. He and his lifemate escaped, searching for a new home, but the
Phalanx collective followed him. When his ship crash-landed on Earth, they captured his
lifemate and have begun assimilating Earth.
Beast examines Warlock, the
runaway Phalanx, and discovers that they assimilate metals even faster than organic
materials. When they learn that President Kelly has already been assimilated, they meet
with Forge and Quicksilver to plan an attack. Beast tells them about the Phalanx just
before the townspeople riot outside. Warlock realizes that the 'people' are really
Phalanx. He tries to contact his lifemate, and she briefly responds. Then Phalanx takes
command again. It tries to absorb Forge, and destroys his bionic leg. Warlock merges with
Forge, reforming his damaged leg, while they dash out through the back door. After
Quicksilver is captured, they're saved by Sinister, who helps them escape in his plane.
They head to New York City,
only to discover that the Empire State Building has been assimilated and turned into a
giant spire. With it, the Phalanx will be able to take over the entire world. Sinister
changes course and takes them to Muir Island. Moira offers them her laboratory, and they
create a virus which should destroy the Phalanx. Amelia Volt is working with Moira as an
intern, and she helps them. Warlock decides to be the bait, and 'feed' it to the Phalanx.
That way if his lifemate dies, he'll be able to die with her.
When the Phalanx destroy
Sinister's plane, they escape in Moira's jet. She and Sean are captured, but Amelia
escapes with Sinister, Forge, Beast, and Warlock. She tells them to head for the Arctic
Circle to recruit Magneto, who's still living in the ruins of his shattered Asteroid M.
He's given up all hope and doesn't want to help them, until he learns that his son, Pietro
(Quicksilver) has been captured. He and Warlock risk their lives to gather a sample of the
Phalanx collective, and Magneto contains it in a magnetic sphere as they just barely
escape. They administer the virus, which destroys the sample.
Triumphant, they head back to
the 'spire' to infect the Phalanx core, which has finally learned how to assimilate mutant
DNA. Amelia has the ability to turn herself and her companions into smoke and infiltrate
secure areas. She takes Sinister and Forge into the core to start freeing the X-Men.
Magneto creates a magnetic bubble which repels the Phalanx, and takes Beast and Warlock
into another section of the core. Warlock throws the virus into the core and destroys the
Phalanx collective. The 'spire' and all the affected humans return to normal. Warlock
manages to survive, and finds that his lifemate is also still alive. They plan to return
to their homeworld, to free it from the Phalanx nexus. While Sinister slinks back into the
shadows and disappears, Magneto and Pietro are reunited, and finally make peace.
A Deal With The Devil
A team of American scientists has excavated Omega Red from the ice fields of northern
Siberia, where the X-Men buried his body after defeating him. After implanting an
explosive device in his brain and reviving him, they offer him an unusual trade--they'll
make him fully human again if he'll retrieve an abandoned nuclear submarine lying offshore
near Hawaii. He agrees to their terms, but demands two partners to assist him...Wolverine
and Storm, the two X-Men responsible for previously defeating him.
Storm struggles with her
claustrophobia while they dive in a mini-sub and dock with the Russian vehicle. The air
inside the big sub is toxic, so Wolverine and Storm wear protective suits. After Omega Red
powers up the sub, he reveals that the scientists' explosive implant is ineffective, and
takes command of the vessel and its nuclear warheads. Wolverine attacks him, but tears his
protective suit. The toxic air nearly kills him. Storm tries to return him to the mini-sub
until his healing abilities kick in, but Omega Red catches them.
Beast and Rogue intercept the
sub in the Blackbird, and drop depth charges on it to keep Omega Red from firing his
missiles. Despite this, he manages to achieve a launch depth, and fires five of the
warheads. They blow up three of them, and the Navy pilots who finally arrive destroy the
last two. When Omega Red arms the remaining warheads, Rogue plunges into the ocean and
starts damaging the sub. Storm and Wolverine escape while she mangles its guidance and
propulsion systems. Beast retrieves them, and flies them home. When Omega Red tries to
launch the last missiles, the sub overbalances and plunges into the ocean's depths...but
Jubilee's first driving lesson is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Longshot, Mojo's
genetically engineered TV star. He's being chased by Mojo's henchmen. Jubilee, who
instantly develops a crush on the handsome mutant, helps to defend him from Spiral and her
cohorts. Wolverine saves them both from being captured, and takes Longshot back to
Xavier's Mansion for questioning. Though at first Longshot can't remember anything about
his past or why he's there, Xavier probes his mind and discovers that he's leading an
armed rebellion against Mojo.
Meanwhile, Mojo discovers
that Longshot's found sanctuary on Earth, and travels there himself to set up a new live
episode of his high-action TV show. He kidnaps Jubilee and holds her hostage, forcing the
X-Men to participate. Longshot helps the X-Men defeat Mojo, then returns to his own
universe to take command of the rebellion again.
(This second episode with Mojo is only marginally better than
the first. Definitely a waste of time!)
While Graydon Creed was gone on 'vacation' (a nervous breakdown), another group of men
took command of the Friends of Humanity. They've decided that he's not worthy to lead the
FOH with a mutant (Sabertooth) as his father. When he begs to prove his loyalty, they
inform him that more than one mutant exists in his family tree. He promises to deliver
those mutants to them.
Several days later,
Nightcrawler arrives at Xavier's Mansion with an unusual request--he needs the X-Men's
help in finding his mother. Though she abandoned him as a newborn baby, he's received word
that she may still be alive, and in danger. Rogue, Wolverine, and Jubilee accompany him to
a deserted hydroelectric dam, only to discover that it's the new FOH headquarters.
Wolverine and Jubilee explore the warehouse, which is packed with heavy munitions, while
Rogue and Nightcrawler try to find his mother.
They find more than they
bargained for. When they break down the door, they discover that Mystique has set a trap
for Nightcrawler. Mystique is horrified to see Rogue--she never wanted her to get caught
with her half-brother. Above them, in the control room, Graydon Creed tells them that
Mystique actually gave birth to two sons, Nightcrawler...and him! Now he plans to kill all
three of them. As he floods the chamber with gas, Nightcrawler teleports up and tries to
reason with him. He goes berserk and tries to kill Nightcrawler. Down below, Wolverine and
Jubilee break into the chamber to free Rogue.
Mystique escapes, and the
X-Men follow her. When Nightcrawler sees her running along the top of the dam, he
teleports up and catches her. She's terrified that he wants to hurt her, but he only wants
to know the truth. Finally she admits that his father was an Austrian count who never knew
that she was a mutant...until Nightcrawler was born. She ran away to save her life, and
abandoned him. She admits that she never wanted him, and that she cares more about Rogue
than she does about him, but he talks about God's love and forgives her. She's so stunned
that she never even notices Creed's helicopter approaching. When Creed fires at them, she
instinctively shoves Nightcrawler out of danger, and gets shot in the arm. She falls over
the edge of the dam and disappears as Creed fires a large missile at the dam, trying to
kill Nightcrawler. The young acrobat teleports out of danger...just as the dam explodes
and destroys Creed's chopper.
Down below, the X-Men are
fighting Creed's soldiers. Wolverine distracts them while Rogue crashes their helicopters
together. Then she soars back to rescue Nightcrawler, who's half-drowning while he
searches for Mystique. She pulls him out of the flood, and tries to comfort him as she
flies him back to Wolverine and Jubilee. The police arrest Creed's soldiers for destroying
the dam. Unseen, Mystique rises from the water and slips away into the trees.
Creed's new leaders are
infuriated by his failure at the dam. They decide to impose their own justice, and leave
him with the one mutant he hates and fears the most--his father, Sabertooth.
Storm Front - Parts I & II
An alien named Arkon kidnaps Storm and takes her to his planet, which is wracked with
violent natural disasters. He begs her to heal the planet and restore peace to his people.
After she uses her tremendous powers to save the planet, Arkon proposes that she remain
with him and rule as his queen.
Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine,
and Jubilee have followed her. Though they mistrust Arkon, Storm is swept away by his
pleas, and agrees to marry him. Meanwhile, he plots to attack and enslave his neighboring
planet. When the X-Men discover his plans, they lead a rebellion and save the new
captives. Storm discovers his treachery, and refuses to marry him. She helps overthrow his
rule, then returns to Earth with her teammates.
Jubilee's Enchanted Fairy Tales
Professor Xavier has asked Jubilee to take a group of schoolchildren on a tour of the
caverns that stretch beneath the Mansion while he and the X-Men are gone. Then they're
trapped by a cave-in, and the water starts to rise. To calm the children, she tells them
fantastic stories about heroes, villains, and beautiful princesses who bear a distorted
but striking resemblance to her teammates, the X-Men. When they're finally rescued, the
children recognize the X-Men from her stories.
The Fifth Horsemen
Apocalypse escapes from the astral plane, and puts his evil plans into motion again. Aided
by Fabian Cortez, he unleashes the Hounds, leading to a bestial transformation for Beast
and possession peril for Jubilee.
A flashback story to World War II as Captain America and Logan team up to rescue a
captured scientist. Look for a guest appearance by Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, as
well as villainy from the Red Claw!
When Sam Guthrie's mutant "cannonball" powers begin to manifest themselves,
Rogue must help him before a dishonest Army official corrupts the young mutant.
Episodes (Fortunately) Never Released
It's 1859, and the origin
of Mr. Sinister is revealed, tied to an ancestor of Professor Xavier.
Professor Xavier is struck down by Henry Gyrick. Sensing Xavier's imminent death, Magneto
plans a total mutant takeover. Most of the Earth's mutant heroes (plus Lilandra) gather to
say their good-byes.