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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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#245 follows the ladies' outing from last issue with one for the guys. Wolverine takes the boys to Sydney where they somewhat accidentally stop an alien invasion. In an aside, Tessa (aka the future Sage) of the Hellfire Club finds out that former White King Donald Pierce is free.




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#345 is mostly about the X-Men leaving Shi'Ar space after their fight with the Phalanx (which ends in a cliffhanger explosion at a stargate), but let's get to the important part: first appearance of Maggot! Hold on to the Punchlines and whatnot folks, these things always pay off.


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#445 picks up with Wolverine and Nightcrawler, who teleported into a school which thereafter exploded. Turns out it was because of a student who couldn't control his mutant power. The police take it out on Kurt and Logan, of course. Some of the rest of the team go with Rachel to Britain only to find the Braddock mansion empty. She's going to pay her respects to Psylocke, who died only four (publication) years earlier in X-Treme X-Men. They get taken down by some kind of fancy robot thing called the Fury.


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2nd series #1, Legacy #545. Uncanny reboots for no great reason. There's kind of a new X-team, with Wolverine and half the crew in New York, but otherwise this follows directly from the previous issue. In Utopia we have Cyclops, Emma, Magneto, Storm, Danger, Namor, Hope, Magik, and the Juggernaut-ed Colossus form the 'Extinction Team' as the X-Men who will fight to make sure mutants survive (in a twist, Wolverine went pacifist and thought the kids shouldn't have to be warriors).

Their first mission is to figure out what Mr. Sinister is up to. There's a Celestial in Golden Gate Park and Sinister steals its head. Turns out he wants it to turn everyone in the area into a clone of himself.




A positive to this thread that just came up: I hadn't rebagged these issues since I got them via subscription. So now instead of being in a torn plastic bag with the 'backing board' mailer, it's in a happy fresh BCW bag/board.
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#245 follows the ladies' outing from last issue with one for the guys. Wolverine takes the boys to Sydney where they somewhat accidentally stop an alien invasion. In an aside, Tessa (aka the future Sage) of the Hellfire Club finds out that former White King Donald Pierce is free.




and a newsstand




I remember 245 being a nice change of pace issue from the doom and gloom of the Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, Brood, Genosha and Inferno that dominated the last few years.
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@Studley_Dudley I haven't read 245 in a bit but 244 certainly has that tone. I also forgot to mention, 245 is Liefeld art, cover and interiors.
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Day 46 reminds me that I like pretty much all the old Juggernaut covers. He apparently has been sent to some other dimension by a Prof. X gadget, which was also set to bring him back to Earth occasionally. The team now owns the mansion as trustees of Xavier's will and Juggy starts trashing it, not believing that Xavier is dead. The team can't defeat him but the machine sends him back automatically just as it brought him in. Following the suggestion of Xavier's FBI friend, Agent Duncan, the team decides that they should disband as they are too easy targets living at the mansion. And they never printed an X-Men comic again!


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jk, 100 issues later we have #146. The back-up X-team makes it through Murderworld and defeats Miss Locke, rescuing their various girlfriends and family members. Back in Latveria, the X-Men have been imprisoned in specifically-designed cages. Storm is still encased in chrome and her claustrophobia is making her cause a storm across the whole Eastern seaboard (kind of like earlier this week, I guess). Nightcrawler, trapped in a featureless room with no idea of where he is, makes a blind teleport out.


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#246 has Senator Kelly at the Hellfire Club with Sebastian Shaw offering more funding for Sentinels (kind of stupid, given that he's a mutant). Kelly doesn't want more Sentinels. Ironically, Nimrod has been going around disguised as a person but gets turned into a Master Mold. Rogue (as Carol Danvers) and Psylocke happen to be in the area and go to check it out, but in the initial battle Kelly's wife is hit by Master Mold's blast.




and a relatively roughed up newsstand


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#346 has J. Jonah Jameson in the unusual position of being on the side of super-heroes. The X-Men have been attacked by Operation Zero Tolerance and he doesn't like what the news is saying. He send Peter Parker after ZT figurehead Peter Gyrich. Gyrich gets attacked by Marrow and Callisto and Peter has to become Spider-Man once Gyrich's bodyguards are revealed to be Prime Sentinels. Callisto is injured in the fight but everyone gets away in the end. We get a quick peek at Gambit, who appears stuck on an alien planet.


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#446 continues the battle with the Fury, but mostly at the mansion. The Fury uses Cannonball's fancy tech glasses to remotely attack Sage back at the mansion, taking over her mind with nanobots. Sage attacks Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Storm but they fend her off and then help her free herself.


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2nd series #2, Legacy #546 continues the city of Sinisters. The X-Men find out that Celestials are coming to Earth and let Sinister know, but he is unbothered. Instead he uses the hive mind of all his clones to take over the X-Men except for Emma, who is stuck in diamond form (her arm was shot off in the previous issue). Fortunately the X-Men had a plan where Emma could use a code word to have Hope copy her power; free of Sinister's control, she also copies Magik's power and teleports away. She then shoots Sinister in the head, but unfortunately all the clones are Sinister.

For some reason, I assume subscription shenanigans, I have two of this one.





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Day 47 starts with the X-Men still disbanded. Hank and Bobby are sad about it but go on a double-date and find some excitement... in the form of a hypnosis act by the Maha Yogi. It turns out he's really their previous foe the Warlock, hypnotizing people into joining his army. In perhaps the funnier part of the story, before getting into the Maha Yogi's act, the boys are attacked by hipsters because the Beast doesn't like their poetry.


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#147 wraps up the Doom/Arcade story. The X-Men escape their various cells and get Doom to free Storm from her chrome encasement, but by this time she's gone full Angry Goddess. Colossus gets her to become herself again and Storm simmers down the weather she's been creating across the Atlantic. Doom is impressed and hits on her. Meanwhile, Cyclops and Lee Forrester have been tossed around in their boat by the storm and ended up shipwrecked in the Caribbean. They awake to find that buildings have shown up overnight.




A relatively nice copy that will go on the sales thread.


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#247 picks up the battle with Nimrod/Master Mold, who has nearly killed Rogue. The rest of the squad comes to the rescue only to find that Master Mold is learning new tricks on the spot and has them on the ropes. Dazzler, who has been carrying around the little crystal with the Seige Perilous in it, throws it at Master Mold. Rogue has to push Master Mold through though, and is sucked in as well. The threat is ended but Senator Kelly, whose wife was killed by the Sentinel, tells Sebastian Shaw that he'll get his Sentinel legislation after all (because bigotry is stupid). Meanwhile, the Reavers are planning their revenge on the X-Men but don't know that Nanny and Orphan-Maker (who first appeared about a year earlier in X-Factor) are watching them and want the X-Men to themselves.




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#347 picks back up with the X-Men in space, where bounty hunters Grovel and Spat have trapped Gambit. Apparently they have a history. The other X-Men wake up and Joseph uses his magnetic powers to 'feel around'. It makes the alien planet disappear and they realize they're in a cave on Earth. Another bounty hunter, Landscape, had faked the look. Rogue, Joseph, and Gambit (along with the hunters) run into each other and Gambit is freed, with the hunters saying they were supposed to turn Gambit over to their employers. Elsewhere, in a coincidence with #247, Nanny is excited that 'Magneto' is home. Elsewhere elsewhere, Maggot is still looking for Joseph.


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#447 brings the X-Men team together in England to finish the fight against the Fury. Rachel uses her telekinetic power, along with the strength brought only by knowing you're part of a team, to create a miniature black hole and banish the Fury to another dimension.


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5th series #3, Legacy #547 wraps up the Sinister storyline. The team can't defeat Sinister because he's is spread across all the Sinister clones. But, once he reveals that most of his mind is based on Cyclops' brain structure, Emma uses her, ahem, intimate knowledge of his mind to make Sinister release the Celestial head. The remaining Sinisters melt away, the last one says something to the effect of "this isn't over", then shoots himself. The Celestials arrive on Earth but the X-Men say, hey, we've got it. The Dreaming Celestial apparently gives them the thumbs up because the Celestrials turn around and leave.

Today's batch seemed to wrap a bunch of stories. I guess that means fresh starts tomorrow!


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#48 picks up with the team lovebirds, Cyclops and Marvel Girl, as we tour the disbanded X-Men. Jean has taken up a modeling career and Scott is her 'jock' boyfriend (although it isn't obvious why he has to pretend to be jealous at her job). Scott has gotten a job as a radio announcer, which leads to the action when Quasimodo uses a bunch of robot agents to try to steal the radio antenna.


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#148 has the first appearance of Caliban. He grabs Kitty when he senses mutants at a Dazzler concert, but everything turns out ok after they realize he's just lonely. Meanwhile, Spider-Woman stops by to introduce Banshee to Siryn, the daughter he didn't know he had (her first appearance was earlier that year in Spider-Woman 37). Meanwhile meanwhile, if there's a mysterious island (like the one Cyclops and Lee are stuck on), you know Magneto is involved.

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#248 has Nanny and Orphan-Maker enact their plan to save the X-Men from the Reavers, obviously in not a good way. They grab Psylocke, Havok, and Dazzler and put them in mind-control suits. Ordered to get Storm and Colossus, Havok eventually breaks free and shoots at Nanny's ship. It crashes and explodes, only for Havok to find out that Storm was on board.

This issue is notable mostly for being the first X-Men work of one Jim Lee. He was going to be at a convention near me at the end of August and I'm sure hoping he comes back next year. I was going to spend a lot of money having him sign things.

I bought this one with the sigs, so it's a placeholder until that Jim Lee visit happens.




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I'll have to decide which (and if) of these I want him to sign. At least one will probably go on the sales thread since I don't really need four of this.





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I'll have to decide which (and if) of these I want him to sign. At least one will probably go on the sales thread since I don't really need four of this.


Debatable...
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#348 continues on the "what mysterious thing is Gambit hiding?" story. Nanny turns off the team's powers and imprisons them. For some reason, Rogue starts manifesting memories from people she's touched previously, revealing that Sabretooth worked with Gambit for Nathaniel Essex. Beast and Trish are still free in the cave, but Bishop and Deathbird are still on a ship in space. Deathbird tells Bishop that there was an accident and she saved him despite terrible injuries, but the rest of the team is dead.


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#448 has a Greg Land cover that I don't hate! Also it has a weird appearance by Jamie Braddock, and the team gets kidnapped by Viper. She puts them in Murderworld and is especially excited to kill Sage. Viper has blocked their powers and so has an easy run of things, and certainly appears to shoot Sage in the head at the end of the issue.


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2nd series #4, Legacy #548. A spare, lonely Phalanx was left underground after Sinister had experimented on it and destroyed the lab. It assimilated little things until it was big enough and met a little girl, and when it assimilated her to try and be friends it realized that it destroyed her mind and Sinister had removed its ability to commune with those it assimilates. In anger and sorrow it assimilates the people in a small town. SWORD calls in the X-Men, who fight the Phalanx until it lets them kill it. Sad story is sad.


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