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#220 has Storm finally deciding that she wants her powers back (she lost them 30-40 issues earlier) and heading down to find Forge. This plot point didn't make a lot of sense to me; my understanding of Forge's power was that he could make whatever he wanted without understanding how it worked. So he should have been able to make a power-restoring gadget pretty easily if he made a power-removing gadget. I guess you have to suspend disbelief sometimes.


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#320 has the start to Legion Quest proper, as Legion has decided that his father (Prof. X) would have been better off if he didn't have to fight off Magneto all the time. So he makes a time travel portal, but when the X-Men investigate some of them are pulled back in time as well.


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#420, the werewolf arc comes to an end. Angel discovers that his blood can heal, which he uses to help Husk, and calls things off for the time being with Psylocke.


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#520 has the X-Men fend off a group of U-Men, and Magneto shows some really high power levels by starting to pull the bullet with Kitty Pryde in it (from Astonishing X-Men) back towards Earth.


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5th series #1, Legacy #620. Uncanny took about a year and a half break between the 4th and 5th series, so I kinda indulged on some variants. The X-Men had been doing other stuff in other series, like X-Men Red, but this storyline was supposed to bring everyone back together for a big event. This issue starts to set the table by introducing a lot of weirdness, such as a vaccine for the mutant gene, lots of Madrox duplicates all around doing odd things, and Kitty being kidnapped along with a Senator and... Apocalypse.

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Jen Bartel variant




Mark Brooks variants




David Marquez variant. I don't honestly remember getting this, so it probably came with one of the others (?)




Dave Cockrum wraparound variant





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I miss the days you could take a run of something smaller and have an artist or writer sign his work and sit and talk without paying a downpayment on a new home


At that particular con Claremont was only charging $5 a sig (or that's what he charged me, anyway) so I could've gotten a small run of something signed if I wanted. Dude is just too prolific, and I didn't know what he was going to charge before I got there anyway.

At a different con I was talking to Al Milgrom after waiting in line a bit. Another guy just walks up and asks if Milgrom would sign some ridiculous number of books, maybe a few hundred? Beyond what it would cost, since the guy was hopefully a dealer, I would feel bad asking someone to sign all those books at once. And I would definitely not jump a line like that, even if I wasn't expecting them to be signed right then. Al didn't bat an eye though so it must be more common than I think.
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Day 21 starts with the first appearance of Lucifer's Dominus machine/robot. It apparently later battles the West Coast Avengers.


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#121 has the second half of their battle with Alpha Flight. Wolverine ends it by agreeing to stay in Canada, but then escapes their 'escape proof' cage and is back with the X-Men by the end of the issue.


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#221 has the first proper appearance of Mister Sinister, who is upset the Marauders haven't killed Madelyne Pryor. They give it another spin but are foiled by the X-Men. Meanwhile, Storm is still in Texas looking for Forge with someone she doesn't know is the Adversary.

I wish I remember for sure where I got this issue from because I would buy more of their stuff. I never expect anything to come back 9.8 but this made it even after the Claremont sig.




This newsstand is not a 9.8 but is pretty nice still.


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#321, part of the Legion Quest. Cable sends his consciousness back in time enough to snap Bishop out of his time-travel-induced mental state. But will it be in time to stop Legion from killing Magneto?

Spoiler: it will not. The arc finishes up in the next issue of (no fancy adjective) X-Men where Legion accidentally kills his father instead. Legion is wiped from the timestream by the paradox (at least for then) and all the X titles go into the Age of Apocalypse.


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#421 has Havok finally wake up from his coma (fallout from his time in the Mutant X alternate reality) and Polaris immediately propose to him. Juggernaut officially joins the team and, fittingly with #121, Alpha Flight shows up and says they need to hand people over.

Art-wise, this issue marks the end of the manga-ish style of Kai Asamiya and instead features (on the cover at least) the different but just as stylized Chris Bachalo.


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#521 basically continues the story from 520 with the X-Men still battling the U-Men and Magneto still working on getting Kitty's bullet turned toward Earth. The X-Men find out that the U-Men are supported by John Sublime though, marking the issue as kind of a mash-up between Astonishing and New X-Men storylines.


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5th series #2, Legacy #622. More shenanigans continue across the globe, and mutantdom, as extinct animals like dinosaurs start reappearing and Multiple Man is acting weird and showing powers besides duplication. Things are not clarified at the end when Legion shows up and says he can save the day (and, since we also had #321 today, it's hard to think it will turn out well).


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Day 22 starts with a nice entry for both floating heads and red covers. Count Nefaria has recruited a team of C-level bad guys, who succeed in capturing the X-Men.


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#122 has the X-Men finally make it home where they find everything closed up, as Prof. X thought they were dead and went off into space. Jean Grey also meets a random guy in Scotland who goes by the name of Jason Wyngarde...


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#222 has the X-Men wrap up their battle with the Marauders, during which they rescue Madelyne Pryor. They also find out that Polaris has been possessed by Malice. On her own adventure, Storm fights some demons.

This sticker is truth in advertising.




This copy might actually be from the same guy I got the 221 from. It looks pretty pristine.




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#322 gets back on track after the Age of Apocalypse (321 was dated February, this is dated July). Beast and Bishop see a shooting star while leaving a movie only to find out it's actually the Juggernaut falling out of the sky. Turns out Juggy got tossed from somewhere in Canada to New Jersey by someone called Onslaught.


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#422 reveals that while Alpha Flight came to take away all the kids from the school (it's probably dangerous there or something?), they're really interested in Sammy, who is Canadian. Sammy the Squid-boy agrees to leave if the rest of the kids can stay, so Juggernaut loses his little buddy.


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#522 has Magneto succeed in pulling Kitty Pryde out of the giant bullet she's been stuck in for about two years (of our time, at least). Leading into the Second Coming arc, though, Kitty is stuck in her phased form.


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5th series #3, Legacy #622. Some of the X-Men finally fend off the army of Madrox duplicates and find Madrox Prime. Apparently he was forced to make a bunch of duplicates and Legion put an aspect of his personality into each one. They head back to the mansion in time to stop Legion's fight with the kids there. Unfortunately, some surprising faces show up (Magneto, Blob, Angel, and Omega Red) as the Horsemen of Salvation and blow up the mansion.

I held off on saying so at the outset, but this whole arc was disappointing to me. It will become more disappointing when we get to the Age of X-Man bit.


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it's almost like this trip through the eras is showing where things went off the rails.

Claremont created a lot of the tropes the other writers used to death, and then the continuity just got too darn cumbersome.

I'm liking Hickman's run, but the problem with the X-Men has always been kind of the same: They have good villains, but every dang one joins the team at some point.

Rogue was fine, and I could even live with Magneto based on how we was trying to do the right thing, but just with harsher methods, but Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Mystique...am I missing any others?
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Apocalypse has sorta joined Excalibur from what the internet tells me.

Mimic may have been there for a bit.
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The idea of redemption is a big one in pretty much any genre so I'm not against it in general. The current run is interesting in that they're really pushing it to the limit by letting any mutant live on Krakoa. That's one of a few seeds that they've planted for where things are going to go south and I'm curious how they play out. Sabretooth they literally stuck in a hole so at least they gave up on him finally
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Day 23 starts with #23, a cover I always think is in FN condition because of the white line on the left side. It's part of the art (a little gap between buildings, I guess) but it strikes me as a color break every time.

Story-wise, Count Nefaria encases all of Washington DC in an impenetrable dome and demands $100 million. Better than Dr. Evil! It doesn't work out.


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#123 is part one of a battle with Arcade. He isn't a great villain but Murderworld is fun enough.


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#223 has a cover and interior art by Kerry Gammill, who I have never heard of before. He doesn't seem to have done a lot at Marvel but his most consistent books were the Fallen Angels miniseries, Power Man and Iron Fist, and Marvel Team-Up.

This is also kind of a fill-in issue, plot-wise. Storm finds out that all her travels with Naze have been a vision as part of a test, the X-Men do some training, and the three guys who tried to hunt Storm join Freedom Force. Destiny sees that the X-Men are going to die and the world will end, which sounds bad.





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#323 sounds like unhappy times all the way around. Gambit doesn't know that Rogue left on a road trip with Iceman, Beast gets in an argument with his sometimes-girlfriend Trish Tilby, and Sabretooth is staying at the mansion (apropos of @Jabberwookie 's comment).


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#423 has the Church of Humanity strike by crucifying several mutants on the front lawn of the mansion. They're able to save a couple with Angel's healing blood but Skin and Bedlam (seen briefly in Deadpool 2) don't make it.

This issue has a known error 'variant'. It was late in the game for newsstands (2003) but they do exist and have a different cover price than this otherwise 25 cent book. The error has both the 25 cent logo and the newsstand price. I used to look around for it once in a while.

Regular 25 cent direct edition




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#523 is part of the Second Coming Xover. Following on the Scarlet Witch/House of M arc no mutants had been born; in Messiah Complex there was a giant battle when one finally was. In Second Coming, Cable returns with the baby (Hope Summers) from their time in the future and the X-Men hope (get it?) that mutants will return again. This brings everyone out of the woodwork; in this issue alone we get peeks at Bastion, Reverend Stryker and the Purifiers, and Cameron Hodge. We also get a bunch of pretty decent Adi Granov covers.


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5th series #4, Legacy #623. It turns out that X-Man is behind all (or most) of the weirdness going on, as he has decided he has to end the world to save it. The younger X-Men, like Armor and Glob, are angry at the older X-Men for leaving them out of everything important. While the kids stay at the mansion and debate what to do with Legion, the older folks split up and go after the two groups of Horsemen.

Also apropos of @Jabberwookie 's comment, I think this Disassembled storyline, and the Age of X-Man miniseries(es) that followed, are indeed the worst examples of rehashing old ideas. I'll leave my thoughts on the rest of the 5th series for when I get to the other side.


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