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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.

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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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@Studley_Dudley yeah, Mimic has been in and out but, I think, pretty much only in individual issues. With all mutants being on Krakoa in the current run you have a bunch of bad guys who are mixed in on teams now. It does remind me that Emma Frost is a pretty prominent 'permanent' change though.
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Day 24 starts with the first appearance of the Locust. Jean also starts at a new college as her parents have withdrawn her from Xavier's school. Turns out, one of her new professors is the Locust. What were the odds! In another solid trope, the Locust was creating giant bugs with a plan to fight them off and thus look like a hero. Pro tip: there's plenty of bad stuff to fight already, especially if you live in a comic book.


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#124 has the X-Men romping their way through Murderworld, destroying various robots and walls. They even talk Colossus out of his brainwashing. Arcade calls it quits before they even get to him and basically lets the team go.

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#224 has most of the X-Men hanging around San Fran, where they've been for a few issues, having fun and rescuing random people. In the background, though, Valerie Cooper is organizing something with Freedom Force and Mystique warns Rogue that something is coming their way. Storm continues her search for Forge and finds him, only to find out that she's been played this whole time by the Adversary.




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#324 has Wolverine and the team pick up their fight with Gene Nation, a couple of mutants who plan to kill humans in response for killing mutants. They attack a Friends of Humanity meeting and the X-Men help save Graydon Creed. Iceman and Rogue continue their roadtrip through the southwest.

Someone noted how it's interesting to see how much changes across these jumps. Since they're all 100 issues apart you're looking at stories separated by about 8 years. This one isn't doing much for me but it's kind of nice to know that the Fall of the Mutants (and Mutant Massacre) is back there in the 200s, and the Second Coming storyline felt like it had some stakes. Any long-running series is going to have ups and downs but it helps (me anyway) to see that the ups come around if you have some patience.


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#424 continues a throughline with the Church of Humanity. They were working with Nightcrawler (unbeknownst to him) to make him an official priest. Why? So that he would eventually replace the Pope (like, the actual Catholic Church pope), be revealed as a demon, and drive more people to the Church of Humanity. That is some long-term planning right there.


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#524 is a small breather in the Second Coming storyline. At this point Magik has been trapped in Limbo, Karma of the New Mutants lost part of her leg in a fight with Cameron Hodge, and Nightcrawler is killed by Bastion. This issue has his funeral.


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5th series #5, Legacy #624. The X-Men are still figuring out what the heck is going on with the new Horsemen. Angel says he is at peace and happy to follow X-Man, so Psylocke attacks him and turns him back into Archangel. Presumably this will all be a strain on their relationship.


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Day 25 means we're a quarter of the way through! It starts with #25, first appearance of El Tigre. El Tigre is a gem hunter who finds half of a mystic pendant in a Central American pyramid. He gains psychic powers and tracks down the other half to a museum in New York. Despite the four X-Men guys (Jean is still at college) trying to stop him, El Tigre gets the other half and becomes the reincarnated god Kukulcan.


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#125 has one of my favorite covers. I honestly hardly even notice the scenes in the two bottom corners; the Phoenix flame is so prominent and notable now that it's all I notice, and it's great. Storywise this one covers a lot of ground. Beast returns to the mansion to find that the other X-Men aren't dead as he thought (he and Jean were separated from them during the world tour). Jean is going through tests with Moira MacTaggert on Muir Island, and Moira is getting worried about Jean's power levels. Jean starts having visions of being in the 18th century thanks to Mastermind. Prof. X realizes that maybe he should go back to Earth. And Magneto is making plans. That's a lot of eggs to juggle!


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#225 starts the Fall of the Mutants crossover. Colossus is in Scotland recovering from the battle with the Marauders and talks up some kids who aren't so fond of mutants since their fight with the Juggernaut tore up their town. He also unknowingly meets Roma, daughter of Merlin, who has been kicked out of her palace by the Adversary. The rest of the X-Men decide it's time to find Storm so they head to Dallas only to be arrested by Freedom Force. The X-Men grab Mystique while Freedom Force grab Dazzler and Rogue, and then the end of the world starts.


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#325 is an anniversary issue. Anniversaries are a little weird in comics; it makes sense to celebrate round numbers like 25, 50, 100, but if you publish monthly (or anything similar to it) then you get 12 issues a year and the issue number doesn't line up with years like you would think for an anniversary.

Anyway, the Gene Nation story comes to a head as the X-Men find out that they have kidnapped a bunch of humans and plan to kill them as threatened. Gene Nation is a group of Morlocks who want revenge for the Mutant Massacre, lead by Marrow. Marrow challenges Storm to a fight, feeling that Storm let the Morlocks down when she was supposed to be their leader. Storm rips out Marrow's heart, both winning the fight and stopping the bombs rigged to the humans. Meanwhile, Rogue talks with Gambit and Gambit senses that maybe Rogue is remembering some absorbed memories that would be bad news. He heads toward Seattle, which sets off alarm bells for Mr. Sinister.

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#425 should be a happy occasion, with the bachelor and bachelorette parties for Havok and Polaris, but Havok is wrestling with feelings for Nurse Annie and calls off the wedding. Polaris is understandably pissed.


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#525 picks up the Second Coming crossover. Since Nightcrawler's death the X-Men have been increasingly isolated to Utopia; their teleporters have been killed and the jets destroyed. An energy dome encircles Utopia and San Fran, extending even into the ocean, and an army of Nimrod sentinels attacks from a portal. Cyclops sends X-Force into the future to stop the Nimrods before more come through.


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5th series #6, Legacy #625. Archangel leads the X-Men to X-Man, who is focused on turning the world into a utopia even if it kills some (lots?) of people. X-Man is easily handling the X-Men until Legion shows up and seems to send X-Man back to the Age of Apocalypse. Unfortunately Armor, Pixie, Rockslide, and Glob get pulled along for the ride and find themselves in new forms.


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Day 26 starts with the second half of the fight against El Tigre/Kukulcan. Kukulcan goes back to South America and uses some mystic doodad to recreate his ancient Mayan city and hypnotize some locals into joining it. The X-Men get down there and fend him off, burying the doodad. During the fight Cyclops accidentally blasts Angel, who accuses Cyclops of trying to get rid of his competition for Jean. Harsh! Speaking of Jean, she realizes that one of her fellow students is Calvin Rankin, aka the Mimic.


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#126 is the first full appearance of Mutant X, aka Proteus. They find out that Proteus is Moira's son, possesses bodies that then wilt away, and has a weakness to metal.


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#226 continues the Fall of the Mutants, focusing more on Storm and Forge (although oddness is still going on in Dallas). They seem to be alone in another world and spend at least a year there. In that time Forge figures out how to get them back to their Earth and needs Storm's powers to do it. He finally figured out how to do that, too.


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#326 is kind of a filler issue, talking about the possible influence of the Legacy virus on humans and the possibility of Sabretooth's redemption. Having seen these covers again, my main takeaway is that I'm not a big fan of Joe Madureira's art.


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#426 has Polaris taking out her anger at the broken-up wedding, knocking out pretty much everyone by blocking their blood flow magnetically. Havok reveals that Annie's son, Carter, had linked Havok and Annie's minds so that they wouldn't be lonely while Havok was in his coma. Alex and Annie run off to Paris together.


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#526 is post-Second Coming in Marvel's 'heroic age' rebranding. The X-Men have found a few newly developing mutants that they call the Five Lights. This is the first appearance of Transonic, the first one. Hope uses her power to jump-start others to complete Transonic's mutation.


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5th series #7, Legacy #626. This issue is all about the kids' team stuck in the other reality with X-Man. They develop some other or enhanced abilities, and also some different opinions about how the X-Men should be doing things. Pixie and Rockslide are on one side, Glob and Armor on the other, which of course leads to a fight.


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Day 27 starts with the return of the Mimic! An explosion in the chemistry lab reboots his memory and powers, and soon he's under the control of the Puppet Master. The Puppet Master heard of the X-Men through the super villain grapevine and originally tried to control Prof. X, but decided to settle for the Mimic. The team are able to take out one of Puppet Master's robots but can't defeat the Mimic; thankfully, Angel shows up (still hurting from last issue) and knocks the puppet away so that Mimic regains control. Despite the win, Mimic feels down because he feels he's just a copy of other people.


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#127 has a full confrontation with Proteus, who uses his reality-warping powers to keep the team at bay. When he realizes Moira is ready to shoot him, though, he escapes. He possesses his father's body and grabs Moira as the X-Men track him down again.




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#227 wraps up the battle with the Adversary. With the whole thing being filmed and broadcast by a reporter, the X-Men finally confront him directly. In something of a callback to the Proteus fight (which will happen in tomorrow's #128), they realize that the Adversary is weak against metal and so Colossus lays into him. They also realize that the Adversary is coming through a portal that Forge opened years ago with the sacrifice of 9 people; the 8 X-Men and Madelyne Pryor agree to sacrifice their lives so Forge can close the portal. With the Adversary banished to another realm, Roma brings the X-Men back and they decide to let the world think them dead so that their families will be safe. Thus the team splits with Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, and Longshot (along with Madelyne) headed for parts unknown.


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