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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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BTW, @Studley_Dudley and @esavaro , I appreciate you guys checking in on all the books. My eagerness flags some days but it helps knowing there's at least a little outside interest.
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Day 48 bonus: turns out I have a 2nd print of 248.


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Day 49 starts with a bevy of first appearances. Lorna Dane, future Polaris; Mesmero; the Demi-Men; and a cover by the best-dressed man in comics, Jim Steranko. Interiors for this one were by Don Heck and Werner Roth, who have been doing the book for a while (particularly Roth).

Angel goes back to the mansion and finds a big gathering of mutant activity in San Fran, so he calls the team back together. Iceman saves a woman named Lorna, wandering the streets after being hypnotized by Mesmero. He's an apprentice of Magneto's and trying to attract latent mutants. After a fight with the Demi-Men Iceman keeps watch over Lorna but is attacked by Mesmero and his guards, who worship Lorna as M-II.

From my second time meeting Mr. Steranko.




More recently acquired in the hopes that it would be a higher grade, but I don't think it is. Maybe lower.


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#149 has Prof. X send the team back to Magneto's base in Antarctica as he's sure that Magneto is up to something. Instead of finding Mags they come across Garokk, who was saved (behind the scenes) after #116 by Magneto and left to guard the base. Kitty manages to save the day, with Garokk falling down a giant hole... again. Back in the Caribbean, Magneto tells Scott that he knows who he is and that he doesn't have to cover his eyes, because his powers are blocked.

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#249 starts with Storm's funeral, followed by a call for help from Polaris. The team heads to Chile and finds Lorna being kidnapped by Zaladane and some Savage Land mutates. The mutates fight the team to a draw so the X-Men ask for a truce so the citizens can be safe. The mutates leave with Polaris but don't notice that Havok has snuck in as part of the army.




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#349 starts with Rogue and Gambit having finally rounded third and made it home thanks to Nanny's power-dampeners. Unfortunately Gambit feels guilty because of whatever he did in the past, but also so guilty that he won't tell Rogue what it was. The squad gets loose, defeats Nanny, and then Gambit lets the bounty hunters take him away. Meanwhile, Psylocke and Archangel start a fight with Maggott, who has finally made it to NYC, because she senses 'a great darkness' in him.

This issue (interiors at least) by Chris Bachalo, after the long run by Joe Mads.


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#449 has a pretty convoluted summary, involving Wolverine pretending to be Sage (she didn't die after all!), Viper kidnapping the Queen of England but it actually being a maid, and a nuke. So the most notable thing is probably that Sebastian Shaw starts another round of the Hellfire Club, and this Land cover.


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2nd series #5, Legacy #549 introduces (to the team) Tabula Rasa. A small town in Montana is nuked and then covered with a sphere that cuts it off from the rest of the world. Time passes extremely quickly inside, letting millions of years of evolution happen in a day. The team splits up to investigate and Magneto grills Psylocke about how she knew about the place; Archangel did it under the control of Apocalypse in the X-Force series.


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Day 50 means we're halfway done! And we get to start with one of the prettiest covers in the series. Steranko also did the interiors this time.

Mesmero uses a machine to jump Lorna's powers and reveals her to be Magneto's daughter. Mesmero tries to sic her on the X-Men but Iceman convinces her otherwise. As the team moves toward victory, Magneto (supposedly dead) appears!


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#150 brings the team and Cyclops back together and features an important first appearance - Margaret Thatcher! Magneto threatens the entire world with destruction unless all governments put him in charge. The Russians try sending a submarine but he sinks it and uses a machine to open a volcano under one of their cities. The X-Men, looking for Scott, get to the island and have to go through shenanigans to destroy the power-blocking machine. Magneto nearly kills Kitty and, realizing that she's just a young girl (and a mutant), runs away. Seeing his grief, Xavier and Storm think that he still has the potential to change.




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Continuing the magnetic theme, #250 has Zaladane take Polaris back to the Savage Land and steal her powers. The X-Men follow but are captured by the Mutates. Polaris losing her powers seemed to turn out alright: she wasn't possessed by Malice any more, and she exhibited new powers to grow in size, strength, and invulnerability. She uses the new powers to free the X-Men and other prisoners, who destroy the tower and escape. Gateway teleports the team back to Australia.


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#350 finally has the big reveal of Gambit's secret. The bounty hunters lead him along and the rest of the team are recaptured by Erik the Red, who puts Gambit on trial. It turns out that he was responsible for bringing together the Marauders for Mr. Sinister, although he didn't know that he wanted them for the Mutant Massacre. When Gambit saw what was happening he was only able to rescue one little girl, who would turn out to be Marrow. Superheroics ensue, the team escapes, but Rogue leaves Gambit in Antarctica. Erik the Red turns out to be Magneto, keeping the theme for the day alive. Meanwhile, the original X-Men (plus Cannonball) are having a rough time with Operation Zero Tolerance, as Jean is keeping Scott alive with no help from a bomb that's been implanted in him.

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#450 does break the Magneto theme but does something somewhat important: introduce Laura Kinney, X-23, to the X-Men. The coroner for the District X part of town gives Wolverine and Storm a call because four bodies just turned up with fairly familiar claw marks. The reader has already seen that they belong to some goons who were threatening a young woman, the daughter of a mob boss. Trying to get info from an informant, Wolverine gets a familiar scent, sees a familiar face, and gets stabbed in the chest for his trouble.





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2nd series #6, Legacy #550. No special issues here, just continuing the exploration of Tabula Rasa. Psylocke and Magneto ran into someone called the Immortal Man last issue; he kills the natives and Storm and Danger have to come help run him off. Cyclops was captured by other natives led by The Savage. He explains that he and Immortal Man are the last surviving Apex, who were a highly developed species but apparently still got themselves killed. Immortal Man wants to restore them by any means necessary. Team pairs Magik and Colossus and Hope and Namor are exploring other parts of the area, lest we forget they exist.


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Day 51 ends the all-too-brief Steranko run on X-Men. The team starts to battle Magneto, Mesmero, and the Demi-Men but Iceman tries to run Lorna off to safety. When the fortress starts to collapse Lorna returns to rescue her father. Regrouping back in San Fran, Cyclops orders Iceman out of their next attack on Magneto because of his feelings for Lorna. Later, Erik the Red attacks Mutant City to get Magneto's attention.


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#151 has a cover that sounds like hyperbole, but let's look at what Kitty's done since she joined the team: single-handedly fought off a demon capable of destroying large parts of the mansion; traveled back in time to erase a terrible future; introduced the team to Caliban (and thus set the stage for the Morlocks); and was pivotal in defeating both Garokk and Magneto. That's doesn't include helping the team escape the Hellfire Club before she officially signed on, and it's in like 6 issues because she wasn't in the Doctor Doom arc. Kitty is basically the best X-Man is what I'm saying.

In this issue, Kitty's parents switch her from Xavier's school to Emma Frost's Massachusett's Academy. Storm drives her to the new place only to be ambushed by Emma, who uses a fancy gun to switch their bodies. Emma-as-Storm goes back to the mansion and helps a new line of Sentinels capture the X-Men, while Storm-as-Emma accidentally knocks Kitty out with her unfamiliar psychic powers.

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#251 has a fairly iconic X-cover. The Reavers have finally struck but only Wolverine was at the base; they capture him and hang him on an X for days. We get flashbacks and visions and dreams, but mostly we get Jubilee finally approaching Wolverine as he frees himself but is wiped out. This basically sets the stage for the entire Wolverine-Jubilee duo.


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#351 has Dr. Reyes leave the X-Men after less than a week with the team. She gets her hospital job back but gets the mutie treatment now that everyone knows who she is. She finally gets a surgery assignment but only because it's Pyro, who then tricks her into freeing him to boot. This gets her fired. So it's back to the X-Men after all for Cecilia. Fun facts: Dr. Reyes first appeared six months earlier in the X-Men series, she basically never had a super hero name, and she's going to be in the New Mutants movie. Go get your X-Men 65's graded!


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#451 has the second half of Laura Kinney's introduction to the X-Men. After giving Wolverine the business she heads out but Nightcrawler, and then Wolverine catch up to her. While they chat the rest of the team handles the mob goons looking for the boss' daughter. The daughter is produced and everyone goes their own ways. At the end of the story, Sage goes incommunicado and returns to the Hellfire Club.

In terms of publication history, 450 and 451 came out right after the last issue of NYX. A couple months later was the first X-23 mini-series, which is the parallel to Wolverine's Weapon X arc in Marvel Comics Presents. Laura will join the team (spoiler) in 455 and a couple months later she'll briefly be Captain Universe in a one-shot. It was a busy 2005/2006 for Laura.





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2nd series #7, Legacy #451. The Savage (the guy you don't recognize on the cover) leads Storm, Cyclops, Psylocke, and Magneto to the Apex palace to fight the Immortal Man. Writing sentences with names like these is part of what makes it hard to be a comic book fan. Anyway, they stop the Immortal Man's plan to gather a bunch of energy and destroy the other species (so that the Apex can return), then convince him not to just destroy everything by hand by saying that he would destroy the palace (and thus the memory of the Apex) as well. The Immortal Man is shamed into leaving... for the time being.


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#251 has a fairly iconic X-cover. The Reavers have finally struck but only Wolverine was at the base; they capture him and hang him on an X for days. We get flashbacks and visions and dreams, but mostly we get Jubilee finally approaching Wolverine as he frees himself but is wiped out. This basically sets the stage for the entire Wolverine-Jubilee duo.




Such an awesome cover. One of my favorites from the Silvestri era.
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Yeah, I just added it to my 9.8 list. I was hoping this whole thing would dig up a few more issues to sell but I think it's mostly making me want more extra copies.
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Day 52 starts by wrapping up the Mesmero arc. Erik the Red is let into Mutant City, where he turns out to be Cyclops in disguise. He lets the rest of the team in, and Iceman has snuck in as well. The team battles Magneto, Mesmero, and the Demi-Men but get a critical boost when Iceman tells Lorna that he looked into her background, and her parents died in a plane crash shortly after her birth. Therefor she can't be Magneto's daughter, and she joins the X-Men. Magneto self-destructs the base but the X-Men escape with new recruit Lorna back to San Fran.

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#152 features early (maybe the first?) pencil work from Bob McLeod at Marvel, and certainly on the X-books. The cover also makes much more sense if you remember that last issue Storm and Emma Frost switched bodies. Storm and Kitty escape the Massachusetts Academy and are able to free Wolverine, then the rest of the X-Men, at the mansion. The team fight the Hellfire Club and Storm is able to zap Emma and switch back. The two sides call a cease-fire after Sebastian Shaw is thrown in a lake by Colossus, but Emma swears the X-Men will pay.


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#252 is also an early art credit for an important X-artist, featuring a cover by Jim Lee (but not his best, and not the interiors). The Reavers find that Wolverine is off his cross and release cyborg hounds to find him; Wolvie and Jubilee are holed up while he heals.




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