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5th series #21, Legacy #640. You're not going to believe this, but more X-Men die! Most of the team confronts Emma, who reveals that she removed herself from their memories and subconsciously pushed them toward finding the targets they've been finding. Instead, it's ONE that they should worry about. Speaking of which, Wolverine escapes from their custody and, on the way out, mercy-kills Velocidad who has been used to grow Warlocks. The X-Men teleport in and the battle is going ok until a Transmode Sentinel shows up and kills Banshee, and General Callahan reveals that he can turn off Magik's mutant powers. This lets Darkchylde take over and she takes away Juggernaut's Cyttorak gem and teleports him somewhere. The team has to escape to the Hellfire Club headquarters.


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Day 41 starts with the first appearance of Grotesk (to the X-Men; Gor-Tok to his people), only survivor of a large subterranean race accidentally destroyed by a nuclear test. Would you believe that radiation gave him super powers? He runs into the team a couple times while trying to get an earthquake machine, and Xavier is acting like an ass again.


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After taking a break from one of the X-Men's most important stories, Claremont starts another classic with #141. In the present the new Brotherhood plans to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly, who is working on an anti-mutant bill. Mystique is their leader, with first appearances for Destiny, Avalanche, and Pyro (with Blob along for the ride). 33 years in the future, mutants have been put in camps run by Sentinels. Rachel Summers (in her first appearance) sends grown-up Kate Pryde's mind back in time to her childhood body, where she tells the team that they have to prevent the assassination in order to avoid her future. Seems legit since Franklin Richards and Magneto die as the future team escapes their camp.

Also, while 'Uncanny' has been on the logo starting with #139, CBCS says that this is the last time the indica says only 'X-Men'.


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#241 details how Madelyne happens to look exactly like Jean Grey. Mr. Sinister cloned Jean after failing to keep her from joining Xavier's school but nothing happened until Jean became the Phoenix. Then Sinister got her a job in Alaska so she would run into Cyclops. Madelyne, fully embracing the whole Goblin Queen thing, is suitably pissed and says the world will burn, starting with her baby. Meanwhile, the X-Men finish their fight with the Marauders, including some that had died in previous battles. Colossus recognizes some demons and sees that the X-Men are starting to act oddly and decides that it's time to find his sister.


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#341 is a Christmas issue, so now the thread has Christmas in July (almost). Cannonball separates from the squad briefly when Gladiator suddenly teleports into the store. Cannonball takes the fight outside and holds up surprisingly well. When Beast (along with Trish Tilby), Gambit, Bishop, Rogue, and Joseph show up, Gladiator says that the Shi'Ar empire is in danger and needs their help. He then teleports them away but leaves Cannonball because of his young age. Seems shortsighted since he just fought so well.




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#441 wraps up the Guthrie/Cabot story with a spot-on Romeo and Juliet impression. Julia Cabot, thinking that Josh was killed by her father, takes his body out into a lake and drowns herself. Josh's wounds heal and he brings them both back out but Julia is dead. In other fighting you get the deaths of the racist sheriff, the mutant-hating Cabot father, and momma Guthrie's boyfriend (the Guthrie's father died a ways back).


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#541 has the X-Men take the fight to Juggernaut. With some difficulty they get his helmet off, which always worked in the good old days. Emma finds that his psychic defenses are much upgraded now that he's possessed by an Asgardian demon or whatever. Looks like San Fran is in trouble.


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5th series #22, Legacy #641. I noticed today that technically this is Legacy #644 because they counted the War of the Realms issues as being in the Legacy counting. I consider that bullshit so I'm not fixing it.

Emma has used Cerebro to make all the humans forget that the X-Men exist, so they're in a bit of a quiet spot. Unfortunately, General Callahan has his own Cerebro thing so he hasn't forgotten. Havok apparently dies fighting Sentinels, and Fabian Cortez decidedly does. Wolverine kills Callahan, Multiple Man dies, and Wolverine and Cyclops are ready to go out in a blaze of glory... when all the other X-Men return from the Age of X-Man world. Cyclops destroys Emma's Cerebro unit as he realizes that they can't hide forever and have always been at war with humans.

From here the series turned to the House of X/Powers of X world, but that (and the current X-Men series) aren't Uncanny, so I'm going to end the 600s here.




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Day 42 starts with a narrator voiceover: "It would turn out, dear readers, to be a hoax." Grotesk gets the earthquake machine and turns it on, but the team slows it down. In his rage Grotesk destroys the machine and the explosion appears to kill him and definitely kills Prof. X. Although, it will turn out, it wasn't Prof. X...


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#142 continues the Days of Future Past story. In the possible future, the escaped X-Men (Colossus, Storm, and Wolverine) confront the Sentinels but are killed. In the present, the team fights the Brotherhood. Kitty, with future Kitty in her head, stops Destiny from killing Senator Kelly and the day seems saved. A month later, though, the President puts Henry Gyrich in charge of Project Wideawake, a plan for mutants that includes using Sentinels.


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#242 has the last continuous part of Inferno before it shifts to the X-Factor title. The original X-Men (X-Factor) show up and get a rude welcome from the new X-Men, who are at least somewhat under demon sway. Madelyne and N'Astirh go back to the Empire State Building with Havok, who becomes the Goblin Prince. All of the X-Men get themselves together and attack the building, seeming to take out N'Astirh and freezing the other demons, but Madelyne and Havok reappear and kidnap Jean.




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#342 has half of the team in space with Gladiator. There was a massacre on a space station with one survivor - Deathbird. Back on Earth, Cannonball tells the rest of the team that Gladiator took their friends. They try to contact the Shi'Ar but can't get anyone. Wolverine thinks they should go find out what's happening while Storm provides a nice recap, pointing out that Xavier is arrested (from Onslaught), Iceman, Psylocke, and Angel are on leave, and everyone is pissed because of the Legacy virus and Graydon Creed's assassination (in X-Factor).




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#442 takes place, I think, after New X-Men 150 in which Magneto kills Jean and then is killed by Wolverine at the end of the Xorn run. The X-Men are taking Magneto's body to Genosha for his funeral. Xavier is going to give a eulogy until Wolverine goes nuts, interrupting the service and destroying a Magneto monument. Polaris brings Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to the funeral, finally telling them that she's their half-sister. They arrive in time for Polaris to stop Wolverine's rampage.


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#542 presents another Land question: if you didn't have the context of a demon hand and Colossus, which blond would you say that is? Turns out it's Magik, brought in as magic consultant for the Juggernaut problem. None of Cyclops' plans have stopped Juggernaut at all but Magik takes Colossus and Shadowcat to Cyttorak's realm. In one of my favorite Colossus moments (which doesn't take a lot, as he's never been a favorite of mine), he steps in for Magik and becomes the new Juggernaut.


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Day 43 starts with our first of two funerals on the schedule. This time it's Prof. X. The kids watch a video he recorded before his death, letting them know that he transferred some of his mental power to Jean and that Magneto was coming back to Earth (having been snagged, I believe, by the Stranger). The X-Men figure out that he's building a giant mind-control machine on his island in the Atlantic (Mags loves his islands) and so are ready when he tries to steal the last part he needs. Unfortunately, they still get knocked out by his traps.


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#143 is a Christmas issue although it's dated March. Newest member of the team, Kitty, gets a solo adventure as she's alone at the mansion while everyone else is with family and/or girlfriends. A demon makes its way to the mansion and Kitty has to fend it off using anything she can find. The Danger Room doesn't do the trick but she's finally able to fry it with the engines from the Blackbird. We incidentally get the first appearance of future Cyclops (and later Magneto) girlfriend Lee Forrester, captain of the ship that Scott decides to work on now that he's left the team.


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#243 doesn't wrap up Inferno, which happens in X-Factor, but this is the last issue for Uncanny. Madelyne Pryor has killed herself but part of her mind, along with the Phoenix, is in Jean. We get an Astral Plane battle with Mr. Sinister as an excuse to relive some past moments in Grey/Pryor history. Everyone makes their way to the mansion, fighting various Marauders here and there, but it blows up with them in it. Everything turns out ok in the X-Factor conclusion, but Malice is still in control of Polaris and the mansion is still destroyed.


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#343 reveals that the Shi'Ar massacre was the work of the Phalanx. The team there fights off some of the Phalanx but has to give up their ship to escape to a mining colony with a teleporter to the Shi'Ar homeworld. Back on Earth, Bastion and Zero Tolerance have caught a mutant for processing, which turns out to be Jubilee.


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#443 has our second funeral of the day as we're at Magneto's on Genosha. Polaris has arrived and is taking the Magneto role in a debate with Prof. X. Xavier shows that he is unwilling to hurt Polaris in order to live, paralleling his belief that humans should not be attacked because of what they've done to mutants, and she leaves him.


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#543 gives us our first full look at Colossus as Juggernaut. He convinced Cyttorak that Cain gave up his obedience when he took up with the Asgardian spirits and so now Colossus has become unstoppable. Colossus and Juggernaut have a giant slugfest until the Serpent (Fear Itself bad guy) calls Juggernaut back instead of risk defeat. Colossus is left to deal with what it means now that he's in the family business of demonic possession.


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#343 reveals that the Shi'Ar massacre was the work of the Phalanx. The team there fights off some of the Phalanx but has to give up their ship to escape to a mining colony with a teleporter to the Shi'Ar homeworld. Back on Earth, Bastion and Zero Tolerance have caught a mutant for processing, which turns out to be Jubilee.




Joe Madureria's art was much more subdued on his earlier run of Uncanny. It went full bore 90s excess. I don't want to say he mailed it in but it was a style that fit for the time frame.
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@Studley_Dudley you're right; it's hard to believe that the same guy did 312 and 326, for example. His marvel wiki page says he let his manga influence/appreciation really take over https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Joe_Madureira . I think the Larroca covers I had in the 400s and the 5th series are almost the opposite, becoming more 'standard'.
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Day 44 continues the previous story with the team captured by Magneto. Angel escapes and is sent to get the Avengers but has to rest along the way, finding the island of the Red Raven. After a weird story about some bird people the island sinks and Angel continues on his way. The back-up story changes from Cyclops' backstory to Iceman's.


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#144 follows Cyclops on his start with Lee Forrester, beginning with a team-up with Man-Thing to fight the demon D'Spayre. Back at the mansion, Kitty takes some joking about the damage caused by her fight with the N'Garai demon a little too seriously.


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#244 introduces everyone's favorite sidekick, Jubilee. After all the tension of Inferno, and Rogue still dealing with having Carol Danvers in her head, the X-ladies go to the LA mall for some retail therapy. They don't realize when they go back via Gateway portal that Jubilee hitches a ride as well.

This copy is from my Claremont submission, and I was surprised to see it come back a 9.8 like 221.




I would also be surprised to see this newsstand come back a 9.8, but it looks pretty nice.


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#344 has the X-Men land on the Shi'Ar homeworld to find that the Phalanx have already invaded it. They hold down the fort long enough for Beast to find a way to separate the technology from the organics, killing the Phalanx there. Bishop and Deathbird do some bonding. Back on Earth, Senator Kelly and Henry Gyrich start to think that maybe Zero Tolerance and Bastion are getting out of hand.


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#444 is something of a set-up issue, starting with one of the X-Men's occasional baseball games. The XSE (X-Treme Sanctions Executive, set up in the X-Treme X-Men series) comes to play and head out on missions. Some of the team fights some arms dealers in Africa, and Nightcrawler and Wolverine check out a mutant problem in Washington. They teleport into a building only to have it explode.

Alan Davis takes over pencils on this issue, having done a couple of fill-in issues in the 200s, on and off for about a year. He also did a good number of Excalibur and X-Men issues.


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#544 brings the end of the first series. Some of the X-Men are leaving Utopia to go back to the mansion as part of Schism, but Cyclops feels like he's finally graduated. We get a recap of recent events from Mr. Sinister as he puts himself in a new body.

This issue was dated December 2011; the second series of X-Men would come out the next month. So no break here, just starting the numbering over at 1.


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Day 45 continues the story of the X-Men being trapped on Magneto's island. Cyclops breaks out of his restraints and runs into Quicksilver. Quicksilver tries to convince Scott to join the Brotherhood but they fight when he won't. Meanwhile, Angel has found the Avengers and brought them back - and they aren't happy to see Cyclops beating up their teammate.

This issue crosses over into Avengers 53. It turns out that they found a tracker on Angel and so thought he was in league with Magneto, and so the Avengers attack Cyclops too. Turns out it was a ploy by the Avengers though, and when the good guys turn the tables Toad decides he's had enough bullying from Magneto and puts the island on self-destruct. Everyone except Magneto escapes.


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#145 has an interesting set-up, as Dr. Doom has apparently kidnapped Arcade. Arcade's assistant, Miss Locke, in turn kidnaps a number of X-Men friends and family and tells Storm that the X-Men need to rescue Arcade if she wants them to live. The X-Men bring Havok, Iceman, Polaris, and Banshee back into the fold to attack Murderworld and rescue the hostages while Storm and the rest of the team go to Latveria. It was, of course, a trap; Storm is turned into chrome and the rest of the Latveria team is beat up by Doom.


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