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#455 isn't a first appearance but a reappearance. Psylocke mysteriously returns from the dead (back in X-Treme X-Men) but no one, including her, can figure out how or why. She was even autopsied, so this should be good! In the meantime Wolverine was taking care of something of his own in Canada; the team follows up when X-23 triggers the distress signal in the X-plane. What happened, and why is X-23 there? So many mysteries!


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2nd series #11, Legacy #555. This is the first issue of the Avengers vs X-Men story in the series; #1 of the mini-series had come out earlier that month. The Phoenix Force is headed to Earth and Cyclops is convinced that Hope will use it to reignite the mutant race (this is when there are only 192 mutants left thanks to the Scarlet Witch). Captain America comes to take Hope but that starts a fight. Wolverine, on the side of the Avengers, comes for Hope but she gets away and escapes the island.


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#155 is a good one if you like creepy aliens - it's the first appearance of the Brood. The X-Men negotiate with the Shi'Ar for a day to find Lilandra before they start a war. They find that she was kidnapped by Deathbird with assistance from the Brood, and the early fighting does not go well. Colossus gets hit with acid meant for Xavier but is saved by Storm; when they leave the two to recover, Deathbird comes back and takes Xavier and apparently kills Colossus. Kitty, left on the Shi'Ar ship with Nightcrawler as a kind of collateral, again shows that she is the most important X-Man by starting to hack their computers.




People can say what they want about Claremont's writing style but he was pretty keen on making strong, complex female characters in X-Men before forced diversity was a requirement.
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Yeah, and he wrote Ms. Marvel at the same time. I believe he was pretty pissed at what the Avengers writers did with her. If there were more Chris Claremonts we wouldn't need 'forced diversity'.
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Day 56 wraps up the Living Pharaoh story. The Pharaoh reveals to Alex that they both get their power from cosmic rays and if one gets stronger, the other one gets weaker. He steals a bunch of Alex's power and turns into a giant stone version of himself, the Living Monolith. The X-Men do their best to fight the Monolith but they only succeed when Alex manages to tap his power once more, both shrinking the Monolith and destroying the temple when he can't control it.


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#156 has a few tiny first appearances, like Sikorsky of the Starjammers (named after the helicopter). It's also the first appearance of the Acanti, the whale-like aliens that Brood take over and use as spaceships. Following immediately from last issue, the Starjammers teleport the team up to their ship where Sikorsky is able to save Colossus. They chase down Deathbird's ship, with Xavier and Lilandra aboard, but are swallowed whole by an Acanti. They fight the Brood and rescue Xavier and Lilandra, but the ship may be too damaged to make it back to Earth before the Shi'Ar deadline passes.


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#256 has the transformation of Betsy Braddock into Psylocke. Matsu'o approaches the Mandarin with the offer of a partnership with the ultimate assassin as his buy-in. Most of the issue is a dream sequence revealed to be Betsy's brainwashing as she's put into an Asian body and trained to kill her teammates in order to retrieve the Mandarin's rings. In the end she becomes Lady Mandarin.




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#356 brings the original X-Men together because Scott is worried about Jean maybe using the Phoenix Force, with things being kind of touchy after Onslaught. There's also some oddness with blackbirds and one of the local Inuit talks of the Crow God.


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#456 reveals that Wolverine ran into a group of mutant human-ish dinosaurs. They had a fight and X-23 lost track of Wolverine, but it seems like the dinos did too. One of the dinos has psychic powers and convinces Rachel that she is one of them, and between Rachel and the dinos they defeat the team. They take them through a portal but have lost track of X-23, who releases Psylocke from the X-Plane. They defeat the few dinos left behind and trigger the portal to start the rescue.


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2nd series #12, Legacy #556. X-Men vs Avengers continues with the X-Men trying to track down where Hope went to. Namor, Sunspot, and Hepzibah go to Tabula Rasa and run into the Avengers squad of Luke Cage, She-Hulk, and Thing. Whereas last issue featured a Colossus/Red Hulk battle, this one features a Namor/Thing battle. Magik interrupts the battle to teleport the X-Men away, saying Hope has been found. And so off they go to the moon.


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Day 57 starts with a fairly striking Neal Adams cover and the return of a Trask, and thus the Sentinels. In New York, Lorna is attacked at home by Sentinels. In Egypt, the police are checking out what's going on and are accidentally attacked by Alex's out-of-control powers. Alex runs off and the X-Men find out that Lorna is missing when they call her to get help via Cerebro (I guess they had one that worked without psychic powers?). Beast and Iceman head back to New York while the rest look for Alex, who's also now been attacked by a Sentinel. Larry Trask, son of Bolivar, is on TV talking up the Sentinels as a solution to the mutant menace.


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#157 has the X-Men and Starjammers racing to repair the ship so they can stop the Shi'Ar from attacking Earth. Unknown to them, the Shi'Ar ship is run by traitors who want to start a war. Xavier psychically talks to Kitty and Nightcrawler on the ship, but in doing so notices something wrong within himself and is knocked out. Nightcrawler and Kitty convince some of the Imperial Guard that things are ok, and the battle between them and the rest of the Guard buys the X-Men enough time to show up and get Lilandra on the air.


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#257 covers a lot of ground. Wolverine and Jubilee have come to Hong Kong so that 'Patch' can talk to an old friend about finding the X-Men. Wolvie is still all banged up from the Reavers, which stretches that flexibility in his healing factor kind of a long way. The Mandarin catches wind of Patch being in town and sends his new assassin, Psylocke, to get him. She is successful thanks to his beat-up state and surprise at seeing Psylocke. Meanwhile, Storm is a little kid with amnesia in Illinois, staying one step ahead of the police and the Shadow King. Meanwhile meanwhile, on Muir Island, Legion kidnaps Polaris.




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#357 asks if the X-Men can make fighting with birds exciting. In my admittedly fuzzy memory, the answer is no. In New York, the doctor that promised to cure Rogue of her mutant powers might not be quite the quality doctor that she thinks he is. And Bishop finally gets Deathbird to set him free by pretending to be in love with her, but their ship is about to crash on some planet.


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#457 has a weird-looking Rachel because the psychic tricking her into thinking she's a dino-person is so effective that she starts telekinetically changing her DNA. Psylocke and X-23's rescue mission is stopped by attackers, but they fortunately turn out to be Ka-Zar and some Savage Land Mutates. Bishop and Nightcrawler are able to escape, with Storm not being so lucky, and run into the rescue squad.


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2nd series #13, Legacy #557. Wolverine took Hope to the moon but now the X-Men and Avengers have followed. Cyclops, Emma, Colossus, Namor, and Magik are there thanks to Magik's teleportation ability but the rest of the squad are stuck on Earth discussing what to do. The Five Lights also find a note from Hope to go chat with Unit, who reveals that the Phoenix Force likes some amount of consistency in the universe. It came to Earth because of Scarlet Witch's 'no more mutants'. He didn't tell Hope that the Force bonds with a Messiah as well as five acolytes because he wants to see what happens when there are no acolytes (the Lights) to go with the Messiah (Hope). Danger, still under Unit's control, knocks out the Lights and erases their memories and takes Unit to the moon. In the meantime, Iron Man has attacked the Phoenix Force, splitting it into five pieces that bond with Cyclops, Emma, Namor, Colossus, and Magik.


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Day 58 starts with Alex's first appearance as Havok, fulfilling the comic book promise that any character who sticks around long enough will end up in a costume one way or another. He gets the name and a costume from Larry Trask, who kidnapped Alex but needs a way to control him and his power. Trask is apparently a "gotta catch 'em all" kind of guy as his Sentinels also snag Iceman and Angel, and later the Living Monolith, Mesmero, and Banshee. Trask's partner, Judge Chalmers, is excited about all the kidnapping but less so with the inhumanity, so he takes a special medallion off of Trask when he orders the Sentinels to kill all mutants nearby. Turns out the Sentinels turn on Trask because he's a mutant.


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#158 reminds us that Carol Danvers is with the team back on Earth, where she may not have her powers but apparently her altered DNA is enough to make her a bit faster and stronger than normal folk. It comes in handy when a Senator Kelly interview reminds the X-Men that the government has files on some of them from Xavier's old buddy Agent Duncan. Storm, Wolverine, and Carol sneak into the Pentagon to erase the files but run into Rogue and Mystique. Rogue gives Storm and Wolverine all they can handle while Carol holds her own with Mystique long enough to erase the files (along with her own).

Apparently I like this issue as I have this one




this newsstand




and another newsstand that I think was from a forum sale


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#258 is another one I apparently like, as Jim Lee starts to hit stride. Psylocke works on brainwashing Wolverine for the Hand, but things go sideways when she makes a psychic connection with him. She gets her old personality back and she, Wolverine, and Jubilee are able to fight the Mandarin to enough of a draw to call a truce. The three make it out of Hong Kong.




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#358 is all about Deathbird and Bishop. They crash land on that planet and find that it's been raided by some bad news aliens. They find a way to leave but Bishop decides that he has to stay and help the locals. Deathbird decides she likes Bishop enough to stay too.


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#458 continues the X-Men battling the dino people (I've been studiously avoiding calling them the Hauk'ka because I don't want to type it over and over). Now joined by the Savage Land Mutates, the X-Men are able to fight off the dino people. However, Rachel is still brainwashed and now she's starting to control Storm, and it starts snowing in the Savage Land.

This one also doesn't say 'direct edition', but maybe by 2005 they had just stopped doing that.


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2nd series #14, Legacy #558. Despite being part of the Avengers vs X-Men line, this issue circles back around to Mr. Sinister. He's taken his clone army underground, literally, and built a whole Victorian-era-type city. One of the Sinister clones decides to kidnap and brainwash Sinister Prime, but it turns out that Prime knew about it all along because that's how the clone system tests itself. We see a bunch of Marauder clones as well as Sinister's plan to defend himself from the Phoenix-possessed X-Men: a bunch of Madelyne Pryor clones.


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Speaking of newsstands, this copy of #358 might be one? My copy of 357 says 'direct edition' while this does not, and it's from 1998. Anywho, it's all about Deathbird and Bishop. They crash land on that planet and find that it's been raided by some bad news aliens. They find a way to leave but Bishop decides that he has to stay and help the locals. Deathbird decides she likes Bishop enough to stay too.




Unless I'm misunderstanding the post, your 358 says Direct Edition. However, your 458 is a newsstand. Marvel was still putting Direct Edition on books into the 2010s. It's neat to pull a NS copy out of the later run stuff. I never search for them, but I've been surprised by finding a few. I think I only have one for Uncanny after the 400s and two or three for X-Men vol 2 after 2000.

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#458 continues the X-Men battling the dino people (I've been studiously avoiding calling them the Hauk'ka because I don't want to type it over and over). Now joined by the Savage Land Mutates, the X-Men are able to fight off the dino people. However, Rachel is still brainwashed and now she's starting to control Storm, and it starts snowing in the Savage Land.

This one also doesn't say 'direct edition', but maybe by 2005 they had just stopped doing that.


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@Studley_Dudley yeah, brain fart there. I think when I was in my boxes I saw 458 and was surprised so I looked at the ones next to it, and maybe 459 is also a newsstand (I'll find out today). But when I did the posts I conflated a different book with 358. I edited the original post but the mistake will still live on in infamy.
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Day 59 starts with the best way to defeat computers - logic. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, and Beast sneak into Trask's base, where the Sentinels have put Trask on ice with the other mutants they've captured. Only Cyclops makes it to the control room, where he is briefly saved by Judge Chalmers. A Sentinel accidentally blasts him when trying to get Cyclops and the Sentinels stop to help him. Cyclops takes the opportunity to convince the Sentinels that mutation and humanity are intertwined and they would need to cut things off at the source. The Sentinels fly into the sun since that's where mutation-causing radiation comes from. We get a cameo at the end from one Dr. Karl Lykos, a previous friend of Xavier's, when Cyclops tries to find help for Alex.


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#159 has Dracula make an appearance. Storm is mugged after dropping Kitty with her folks and found later at the hospital with a neck injury. Kitty is convinced it was a vampire and it turns out she's right! A hypnotized Storm follows Dracula to Central Park, with the team in chase, and Kitty breaks the spell while the guys fight Dracula. Storm confronts Dracula, who lets her go. Meanwhile, Cyclops and Corsair have been in the Southwest catching up with Havok to complete the Summers reunion. The team gets a less happy call from Moira at Muir Island, as Xavier is getting worse.


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#259 is all over the place. Starting with the cover, we get some Genoshan action again. The Genegineer's son, Phil Moreau, and his girlfriend have run away from Genosha but are about to be captured by Magistrates. Colossus butts in and saves the two without his powers, because he's apparently amnesic. It's catching, too, as Dazzler wakes up in Hollywood at Lila Cheney's place with no idea who she is. She goes out to a club and ends up on TV, where former mogul Eric Beale sees her and is excited that he'll get the chance to kill her himself. We also get a quick glimpse at Muir Island where some Legion psychic action reveals the Shadow King and the words 'Storm' and 'Cairo'.


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#359 has Rogue finally about to go through the mutant cure that she's been considering. The doctor is attacked before he can start the procedure, and it turns out it was Mystique. Rogue and Mystique get some mother-daughter/mutant-mutant discussion time, then Rogue goes back and touches the doctor to get his memories. She sees that he had failed in the past, killing a mutant and deforming his sister, but the machine should work now. Instead, Rogue destroys it so that it isn't used involuntarily on mutants in the future. Back in Alaska, Jean seems to have lost her powers after a psionic attack the previous issue.


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#459 wraps up the dino people arc. With snow and freezing temperatures showing up globally, the team plus their Savage Land friends go back to stop dino-Rachel. They fight off the dino people, stop Rachel from controlling Storm, and convince her that it's probably bad if everyone freezes to death. Rachel becomes herself again after connecting with Storm's mind to calm the weather. Nightcrawler talks the dino people into being friendly instead of attacking humanity.


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2nd series #15, Legacy #559. The Phoenix Five X-Men have made Earth over into a Utopia but not everything is peachy. The other X-Men are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Colossus talks to Cyttorak to get rid of his Juggernaut stuff now that he's with the Phoenix, but Cyttorak refuses. The Phoenix Five decide that Sinister must be eliminated since he is a threat to Hope, and head to Sinister City. Sinister prepares for war.


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