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 Bishop #2 - One Man's Posse
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Carlos Pacheco
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Release Date: January 1995
Variant Covers: A. Marvel Legends Reprint Variant.
Trade Availability: Bishop: The Mountjoy Crisis
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Bishop has a nightmare. In it, he finds the X-mansion destroyed, and all of the X-Men killed. As he wonders what happened, he finds a sole survivor running through the hallways: Jean Grey. Jean says it’s their own fault they’re into this mess, and never should have trusted him. On that moment, Jean is shot by... Bishop himself? Bishop stares in disbelief at an evil version of himself, and that’s when he wakes up screaming. He’s in the infirmary of the school, where Forge explains he manage to repair the projector Bishop gave him earlier. He made Shard part of Bishop’s brainwaves now and, even though she’s a hologram, Shard is as real as she ever will be. Shard and Bishop have a discussion with Professor Xavier about how to properly deal with Mountjoy. Shard believes Bishop should have killed Mountjoy when he had the chance, regardless of him hading absorbed Storm at the time. Bishop agrees with Shard and returns to his former career as an X.S.E. agent, meaning he can kill in the line of duty. And if that means he has to resign as an X-Man, so be it. He and Shard leave and continue their search for Mountjoy. Mountjoy, in the meantime, has absorbed another victim, and uses it to move downtown in the hopes to find Bishop and Bantam, so they can end their dispute. Both Bishop and Mountjoy infiltrate in the local police station, where Bishop first hoped to learn more about Mountjoy’s whereabouts. When a battle between Mountjoy and Bishop occurs, they go back outside. Mountjoy steals a police car and Bishop drives on a bike he got as a gift from Forge and Wolverine, and the two chase each other on the freeway. When Bishop fires at Montjoy’s place, an explosion takes place, which takes them both out. Bishop wakes up a few minutes later, only to find himself back... at his own future timeline?! He is helped up by his sister Shard, who’s... alive?! Bishop wonders if he dreamed his entire time with the X-Men or not, and if he ever even left this time era.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop #4 - Final Reckonings
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Carlos Pacheco
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Release Date: March 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Bishop: The Mountjoy Crisis
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Fun Facts: Gambit is also featured in two advertisements within the comic. One for fruit snacks. Another for the X-men Sega Genesis Game.
Comic Summary: Mountjoy, having possessed Bishop’s body, enters Xavier’s school where he attacks the present X-Men. He successfully absorbs Gambit, Psylocke and, later, a visiting Archangel. However, Bishop manages to break himself free and faces Mountjoy in combat, though Mountjoy defeats him and next wants to absorb Professor Xavier. Bishop makes a plan, for which he needs Shard’s help. She lures Mountjoy to the Danger Room, where Bishop simulates a battleground of their future timeline. He attacks a distracted Mountjoy and eventually takes him down, but can’t bring it in his heart to kill him, as Shard wants him to do. However, Mountjoy then recovers and attacks Shard, wanting to kill her. Shard orders Bishop to fire one last blast to take them both down, but Bishop is worried it will ruin Shard’s holographic matrix, meaning she’ll be lost again, this time forever. Shard doesn’t mind and Bishop does as told. The absorbed X-Men are freed from Mountjoy’s body, and the villain himself is down as well. Unfortunately, Shard’s holographic image is too badly damaged due to the blast and, after the two siblings say they love each other one final time, she fades away. Having witnessed everything from the Danger Room’s control room, Professor X explains to Beast that Bishop has truly grown and changed since becoming an X-Man, and believes that he embodies what his dream is all about. Also, Charles believes that by not killing Mountjoy, Bishop has finally truly become one of them.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #2 - Wish You Were Here
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): Joe Harris
Release Date: November 1999
Variant Covers: A. Standard Release Variant Cover.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: "Wish You Were Here" was a popular song by numerous bands, most popular is by Pink Floyd.
Comic Summary: Bishop wakes up in a refugee camp, where he is about to be tortured by Scorch, who thinks he works for the Chronomancer. The Witness of all people intervenes and reveals to Bishop that the Chronomancer is Fitzroy and cryptically tells Bishop that he has come to this time period to stop Fitzroy once and for all. Bishop is confused as to what is happening and Scorch is skeptical that he is Bishop from the X-Men legends, though Link, a telepath, is able to confirm that Bishop is who he is. Jinx takes an immediate liking towards Bishop and gives him a tour of the camp, informing him that all of these people are there because the Chronomancer and his Chronotroopers took everything they had. Scorch is angry to learn that Bishop knows the Chronomancer and asks why he didn’t stop the man when he had the chance. The two get into a fight that looks grim for Bishop, but he is able to absorb enough heat from Scorch’s flames to defeat the man, though at the same time he proves that he had the power to defeat Fitzroy, but did not and now these people are suffering for Bishop’s mistakes. Bishop and Jinx talk in the forest, where Jinx shows him an X-Men badge she found as a child. She is about to kiss him when Michael comes out of the forest. Before explanations can occur, the Chronotroopers attack the camp. Meanwhile, Fitzroy has captured Shard and reveals that he still loves her and has plans for them in the future.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #3 - Walk This Way
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): Joseph Harris
Release Date: December 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: "Walk This Way" was a popular song by the band Aerosmith.
Comic Summary: Bishop hides Michael in the forest and tells him to stay, while he fights off the Chronomancer’s troops in the refugee camp. Bishop joins the battle with Nom, Jinx and Scorch, the latter revealing to Bishop that the Chronotroopers came looking for him. Jinx falls down a slope and finds herself by a mass grave, filled with the burning remains of the camp’s residents. Nearby in a tent, Link tells the Witness that they must go, but the man cryptically tells her that he is not escaping this time. He tells Link to tell the survivors to go to Dunduine and tells her not to worry about the leadership, which will work itself out. A Chronotrooper attacks the two and Link escapes, while the Witness charges up the attacker with kinetic energy and both are obliterated. Michael is attacked by two Chronotroopers, but Bishop saves him, though he is disheartened after discovering the bloody body of Merrian. The battle ends with few survivors: Michael, Bishop, Nom, Scorch, Jinx and Link. Bishop tells Michael that they will work on a plan to go home immediately, but Michael convinces the despondent Bishop that these people did not die at his hands and he cannot blame himself. What he can do is find whoever is responsible. Bishop agrees and, upon hearing where the Witness wanted them to go, he rallies the survivors and wipes away their M’s and, instead, replaces them with X’s. Meanwhile, Bantam voices his concerns to Fitzroy, who dismisses him and claims that he is not mad. Bantam is not so sure, though, as Fitzroy kills five children prisoners, after convincing them that they are playing a game.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #5 - The Kith Trilogy, Part 2: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Geroge Jeanty
Writer(s): Joseph Harris
Release Date: February 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: 'In the Hall of the Mountain King', is a piece of orchestral music, composed by Edvard Grieg for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, which premiered in Christiania on February 24, 1876. The music has also been used for many years as the theme tune for Alton Towers, a theme park in the United Kingdom, featuring in television adverts and prominently at the park.
Comic Summary: Bishop and his team have been brought to Kalin, the king of the Kith. He tries to negotiate for the freedom of their teammate, Nom, and the citizens of Dunduine, but that plan backfires. Kalin reveals that he and the others like him are the last of the Kith and want to live their final days in glory. Bishop, Scorch, Link and Jinx attack the Kith. While Bishop tries to rechannel some energy, one of the Kith creatures sneaks up on him and attacks him from behind. Bishop loses control over the energy and accidentally releases it, causing a cave-in. Kalin and the other Kith fly up in the skies to attack Dunduine, and Bishop and his friends fall into the deep caves below, along the way getting separated. Scorch, Link and Jinx wake up together and find the lost citizens of Dunduine trapped in stasis bags. Nom is also with these people, and the three young mutants free them all. Meanwhile, at Dunduine, Michael is kidnapped by mysterious, hooded people. Back in the cave, Bishop finds an imprisoned Kith member called Kinlan, who is the rightful heir to the throne and who got betrayed by his evil brother. Bishop and Kinlan become friends and plan to stop Kalin together, but realize they can’t do it alone. After freeing the citizens of Dunduine and Nom, he, Scorch, Link and Jinx are also captured by the hooded men and arrive in a sewer of Dunduine. There, they are welcomed by both Michael and none other than... the Witness?! He is apparently not dead as earlier believed, and wants Bishop’s team to rescue the city. The Witness has also called in the help of the legendary yet mysterious group called “Clan Hellfire.” Bishop finds the people his team rescued earlier and also enlists their help into defeating the evil Kith, and together with Kinlan goes back to Dunduine to finish the job. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #6 - The Kith Trilogy, Part 3: The Battle of Evermore!
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Michael Ryan
Writer(s): Joe Harris
Release Date: March 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: "The Battle of Evermore" is a folk rock song by the rock band Led Zeppelin.
Comic Summary: Bishop and Kinlan arrive in Dunduine and help out in the battle against the Kith. While Scorch and Jinx bravely fight as well, Link goes back to make sure Michael and the Witness are all right. In their hideout, Witness and Link share a talk with Link, promising to always trust the Witness. She is also introduced to the mysterious Samarra of the House of Shaw, and her companions, Fold and Trickster. After Nom kills one of the Kith, the citizens of Dunduine give him the proud nickname of “Kithslayer.” More Kith are destroyed and the rest realize they are being defeated. Kinlan faces Kalin in the air and eventually kills his evil brother. Meanwhile, Bishop is attacked by the Chronotroopers, but gains the aid from Samarra. Due to the heavy battle damages, the wall of Dunduine collapses and destroys all of the troopers. Having successfully saved the day, Bishop and Kinlan take their goodbyes from another, with the both of them wishing the other good luck. Jericho is reunited with his lost daughter, Justina, and the other formerly imprisoned citizens. He thanks Bishop and the others for their help. Later, the Witness and Michael meet up with the team and the Witness decides it’s time to give some answers. However, Samarra wants to save the questions for later, and has Fold and Trickster teleport everyone away. Up to the next fight!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #7 - A New Day Yesterday
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeantry
Writer(s): Joseph Harris
Release Date: April 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: "A New Day Yesterday" is a song and albun by Jethro Tull.
Comic Summary: Bishop and his team have been brought to an old house. However, while they are protected by the Witness and the mysterious Clan Hellfire, and aren’t allowed to leave the house. While Link, Jinx, Scorch, Nom and Michael argue with the Witness about all that’s happened and that he still keeps secrets from them, Bishop is being held private in a room with the beautiful Sammara Shaw. Sammara prepares Bishop for what’s about to come, and admits she’s intrigued by him. She and Bishop make love but, after that, Bishop discovers that Sammara abandoned him in a dark, deep tunnel. Meanwhile, Scorch tries to admit his true feelings for Jinx, but she refuses to let him, as she refuses to make the same mistakes from the past. While searching for an exit, Bishop is shocked to discover... an half-broken Sentinel-unit?! The unit, calling itself Gol-19, reveals to Bishop the last story of the X-Men of this timeline. He also came with a message, that the X-Men wanted Bishop to find more people like him as they could help him in his upcoming battle. After the Sentinel “dies,” Sammara, Fold and Trickster appear behind him again and transport him back to the Witness and the others. There, Bishop warns the Clan and the Witness he won’t be manipulated by anyone, but will do what has to be done to stop the Chronomancer. But first, he wants to make a little detour and visit the site where the X-Men fought their last great war. Meanwhile at his castle, Fitzroy has his servant Bantam lock the door of their prisoner, who is revealed to be none other than... Shard! Fitzroy wants Shard to love him again, but is angered by the fact she doesn’t, despite his devotion to her. Later, he contacts Sammara through a portal, and asks her what things they have to discuss, ignoring the fact that they are sworn enemies for a while.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Bishop: The Last X-Man #14 - The Chronowar, Act 3: Remain In Light
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): Joe Harris
Release Date: November 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in this title as the Witness.

Title Logic: "Remain in the Light" is a song by Talking Heads.
Comic Summary: Bishop and the Chronomancer face each other in combat. At the same time, the Morlocks, the refugee army and the Kith bravely fight against the Chronotroopers. Scorch drags the badly injured Jinx away from the battle, hoping to save her life. He finds an abandoned temple in which he is reunited with Link and Michael. Scorch asks Michael to stay here with Jinx, but she refuses to be left behind. She quickly recovers and rejoins the battle. Once there, the team receives the unexpected help of Nom and his fellow giants. Back at Fitzroy’s castle, Shard thinks she has to do something about the battle, but still lies in chains. She finds a piece of glass, looks at her chains and knows what she has to do. Fitzroy absorbs some of Bishop’s energy, which is too much for Bishop to handle, and he falls back. Fitzroy walks over to his portal and is ready to become a god. On that moment, Shard meets up with Bishop, though she had to cut off one of her arms in order to free herself. She wants Bishop to stop Fitzroy in any way possible, so she lets her brother absorb all of her energy. Bishop re-channels his sister, and fires the energy at Fitzroy before he jumps into the portal. However, the blast misses and gets fired inside the portal. Fitzroy laughs and jumps inside, but Bishop jumps at him and holds Fitzroy back. The portal starts to close down, and Bishop is too angry to let go. Just as he realizes what he’s doing, Bishop wants to let go, but then the portal closes around Fitzroy, and he vanishes alongside with it. Bishop lands into the snow, but glows with energy. The remains of the portal strike in Bishop’s body, causing an explosion, and as the dust clears... Bishop is gone! Only his X-badge remains. Scorch, Jinx, Link, Nom, the Witness, the Kith and Michael are all unsure about what’s going to happen next.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The Times & Lives of Lucas Bishop #1 - The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop, Part 1: Born To Die
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Larry Stroman
Writer(s): Duane Swierczynski
Release Date: April 2009
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This comic is set in the future. Gambit is known as the Witness.
Comic Summary: Fifty years from now, Lucas Bishop’s parents Burnum and Kadee flee Australia because of imminent nuclear destruction. They arrive in New Jersey but are placed in an internment camp for mutants. While there, Kadee gives birth to her first child, Lucas. Kadee resents her family and spends most of her time elsewhere, leaving Burnum to raise their son. Despite their distance, they have another child named Shard. Later, the camp guards decide to brand all the prisoners with an “M” over their right eye. The family meets a woman claiming to be Lucas’s grandmother, who tells Lucas stories about mutant heroes of the past. When Lucas asks about Hope, the supposed monster that led them to imprisonment, his grandmother explains how the real monster was a scarlet witch, while Hope was the first mutant baby in years. Eventually, a rebellion breaks out in the camp. Both of Lucas’s parents are killed in the riot and he loses track of his grandmother and sister. He flees to Manhattan all by himself and lives on the streets, where he meets a Cajun man who offers him help.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The Times & Lives of Lucas Bishop #2 - Part Two: Police State
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Larry Stroman
Writer(s): Duane Swierczynski
Release Date: Main Storyline
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This comic is set in the future. Gambit is known as the Witness.
Comic Summary: The Witness trains young Lucas Bishop in the art of thievery and regales him with stories of the X-Men and Hope Summers. On their way across the country to a haven for mutants, however, the Witness abandons his young charge. Luckily, Lucas finds his grandmother and sister in a mutant camp in Las Vegas. Later, the U.S. government stops funding mutant relief projects, leaving the mutants to fend for themselves. Lucas’s elderly grandmother falls ill and dies, but with her dying words, has Lucas promise to watch over Shard. Lucas and Shard connect with a family friend named Hancock who stands guard while they commit robberies. During a routine job, a gang of rival mutant thieves ambushes them, kills Hancock and prepares to kill Lucas and Shard—but Lucas’s mutant powers manifest in time to save his sister and himself. The X.S.E. recruits Lucas as a cadet, and Lucas agrees but only under the condition Shard can join too. In the X.S.E., they meet a hostile officer named Trevor Fitzroy. Fitzroy later gets into trouble and offers a false lead about a renegade mutant hideout to redeem himself. The information proves faulty, however, and Lucas, Shard and their fellow X.S.E. officers come under attack by a nest of Emplates. Shard is terminally infected. To save her life, Lucas makes a deal with the Witness, who transfers Shard’s mind into a living hologram in exchange for a year of Lucas Bishop’s servitude.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The Times & Lives of Lucas Bishop #3 - Part Three: His Name Is Bishop, and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Larry Stroman
Writer(s): Duane Swierczynski
Release Date: June 2009
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This comic is set in the future. Gambit is known as the Witness.
Comic Summary: Bishop and the X.S.E. track Fitzroy to a system of caves beneath upstate New York. After capturing Fitzroy, Bishop discovers an ancient digital recording left by the X-Men years earlier that recounts the horrors committed by the treacherous Hope. Later, Fitzroy escapes from his prison, incites a riot, and flees to the past with an army of criminals. Bishop, Malcolm and Randall follow. They arrive in New York City in the 1990’s. Malcolm and Randall are slain by Fitzroy’s men, while the X-Men apprehend Bishop before he can get revenge. Professor X invites Bishop to join the team. They become like family to him. Professor X introduces Bishop to Cable, a fellow time-traveler who tells Bishop he must have been drawn to this era for a reason. After spending a significant span of time with the X-Men, M-Day strikes and depowers most of the world’s mutants. When a mutant baby is finally born, Bishop realizes it must be the monster Hope who ruins the future and ruined his past. He betrays the X-Men and Cable and sets out to assassinate the infant.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X.S.E. #4 - Conflagration
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mozart Cuto, Deodato Studios
Writer(s): John Ostrander
Release Date: February 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This comic is set in the future. Gambit is known as the Witness.

Title Logic: Conflagration is an uncontrolled burning that threatens human life, health, property or ecology.
Comic Summary: Bishop narrates how Shard was processed into a holomatrix. Since she had been turned into an Emplate the X.S.E. usually would have killed her, but Bishop couldn't accept this. Instead he captured her and brought her to the Witness’s lab, where she was processed into a wrist holoprojetor. In exchange Bishop was forced to serve the Witness for one year. Upon hearing how much Bishop sacrificed for her, Shard offers to follow his wish and stay among the X-Men, but actually her earlier argument convinced Bishop that she needs to build her own life among X-Factor.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

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