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 Excalibur, Vol. 1 #41 - At Last...The Reunion!
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Dave Hoover
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell, Dana Moreshead
Release Date: September 1991
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Excalibur and the visiting X-Men meet in a rented pub. The atmosphere becomes somewhat tense when the X-Men express their expectation that Kitty and Kurt will rejoin them. Kitty scolds them and leaves to be with Lockheed at the hospital. She is joined by Storm. As the others continue their reunion, chaos erupts in the street outside when passersby are attacked by office furniture which has been possessed by spirits of criminals who have accidentally been freed from a magic gem. The heroes go to help, save for Rachel, who is on the roof with Colossus. They are soon joined by Dai Thomas, who has suspicions about these X-Men and shoots Colossus, revealing what he and the rest of the “X-Men” really are: Warwolves. All five Warwolves try to capture Phoenix to return her to Mojo but the Excalibur members come to her rescue. Ultimately, Excalibur uses the gem the souls were in to defeat the Warwolves. Finally, they decide to call the real X-Men. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Excalibur, Vol. 1 #57 - For Whom the Bell Trolls!
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Joe Madureira
Writer(s): Alan Davis and Scott Lobdell
Release Date: November 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis Volume 2
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: "For Whom the Bell Trolls" is a play on the title "For Whom the Bell Tolls", a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940.
Comic Summary: The members of Excalibur search the London sewers for traces of the escaped Sat-yr-9 when they come across two policemen changed into golden statues and soon also across the perpetrators, the Trolls Associate. During the ensuing battle, Captain Britain is touched by the mutant boy Tom Jones, aka Alchemy, whom the trolls kidnapped, and turned into gold himself. Afterward, the Trolls escape with Tom, who is helping them because they are holding his mother hostage. Excalibur tries to find the Trolls using Meggan’s enhanced senses but soon she too succumbs to Tom’s touch and turns to gold. Luckily, help arrives in the form of the X-Men, who were called by Tom before the trolls kidnapped him. Cyclops’ blue team and the remnants of Excalibur search for the trolls… and run straight into a trap.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Excalibur, Vol. 1 #58 - Troll Call
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Scott Lobdell
Writer(s): Alan Davis
Release Date: December 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis Volume 2
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Both Excalibur and the X-Men’s blue team are prisoners of the trolls. Nightcrawler suddenly surprises everyone by seemingly switching over to the trolls’ side, explaining his looks have always made him an outsider. He proves his loyalty to the troll cause by leading them to the still free Excalibur members Cerise and Feron. Later, however, he uses his freedom to free his teammates and the X-Men. When the troll leader Phough holds a rallying speech to the other trolls, Kurt confronts and fights him. He and the other mutants manage to free Tom Jones’ mother, who is being held hostage, meaning Tom can end the fight and turn the bad members of the troll group into gold statues. The more peaceful trolls find a home in the Crazy Gang’s Wonderland, where the Jester regales them with tales.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Excalibur, Vol. 1 #96 - Fireback
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Carlos Pacheco
Writer(s): Warren Ellis
Release Date: April 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis Vol. 3
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: While playing soccer, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat and Colossus discuss Kurt’s new look, Shadowcat’s father and what may be troubling Amanda Sefton. Meggan, also sporting a new look, interrupts, telling her teammates that Jean Grey-Summers is on the phone waiting to speak to them. Turns out that Excalibur’s old ally Alistaire Stuart, showed up at the mansion in Westchester. Somewhat distraught, he begged Jean to get in touch with Excalibur. After explaining that Black Air is after him, Kurt and Meggan prepare to leave for New York to pick him up. Angry that his observers cannot get any useful information on the London Hellfire Clubs Inner Circle, Shinobi Shaw, Black King of the New York branch, decides that he must get in touch with Brian Braddock. He calls Muir island and explains to Brian that since he inherited a membership, he is the only one to investigate the London Club’s activities, which would be in both of their best interests as something strange is going on there and on top of it all, the shapestealer Mountjoy has already infiltrated the Inner Circle, certainly with no good intentions. Reading a file about Mountjoy, Brian debates with Kitty about the possibility of it being a set-up, but decides the only way to find out is to go. He writes a note for Meggan, as they never got to say goodbye. Outside, Pete Wisdom chases Lockheed, who has stolen his clothes, and Douglock decides that the only way to make sense of who he is, is to go by it a different approach – approach it by chaos. Meanwhile tension brews in the London Hellfire Club Inner Circle as the Red and Black Kings accuse each other of various things, and the mysterious Red Queen wants to hasten their plans along. The Club’s assistant, an Albino woman called Scribe, records the entire meeting. Elsewhere, Sebastian Shaw meets up with the mutant agent of Black Air, Scratch, to trade some object hidden in a strange box for some very important information. Several hours later, almost back at Muir Island, the Moonlight Flit, carrying Nightcrawler, Meggan and Alistaire Stuart is shot down by Black Air.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Excalibur, Vol. 3 #1 - Forging the Sword, 1 Of 4 - Paint It Black
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Aaron Lopresti
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: July 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Excalibur Vol. 1: Forging the Sword
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears on the cover of this comic, he is not in the storyline.

Title Logic: "Paint It Black" is a song recorded by The Rolling Stones in 1966.
Comic Summary: In Genosha, Xavier thinks back about the destruction that his twin sister, Cassandra Nova, caused. Resolving his emotions, Xavier opens a secret compartment on the bottom of the coffin near him. He removes an outfit that seems more soldier-like and a handful of electronic devices, including weapons. Trying to pick the coffin off the ground, he is embarrassingly thrown to the ground by his own momentum. A ghostly Moira MacTaggert appears near him and questions him of his intentions in Genosha. Xavier tells the mirage that he plans to figure out what has caused the large spike in mutant births. Elsewhere, Unus watches Xavier from afar and commands his three lackeys nearby him to go to Xavier and teach him a lesson. Back with Xavier, Moira has disappeared and Xavier finds a new mutant named Wicked. Talking to Wicked and seeing her powers in action, Xavier is stopped by Unus and his group as they show up to attack him. Xavier stops the three lackeys, while a new comer named Freakshow easily dispatches Unus. Xavier thanks the two mutants, Freakshow and Wicked, telling them that he would like to teach them, as he once taught the X-Men. After arriving at his destination, he psychically urges Freakshow and Wicked to go to bed. As the two of them walk away, Xavier turns around to meet an old ally, who has been waiting for him to arrive, the man named Magneto.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #60 - X-Tinction Agenda - Part 3: Brotherhood
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jon Bogdanove
Writer(s): Louise Simonson
Release Date: November 1990
Variant Covers: A. 2nd Print Variant. Brown background instead of blue.

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Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Genegineer and Cameron Hodge don’t go along well, but Genosha’s President Madame Reneau reminds Moreau that they need their insane ally for a while longer. While the US government officially does not get inviolved, they inofficially support a rescue mission of X-Factor and the reamining members of New Mutants and X-Men. Once on the island they get attacked by a Magistrate strikeforce under Havok’s command, but despite the surprise of seeing their former member Havok with them, they can fight them off. Boom-Boom and Rictor escape the citadel, while Storm plans to take someone hostage.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #61 - X-Tinction Agenda - Part 6: Betrayal!
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jon Bogdanove
Writer(s): Louise Simonson
Release Date: December 1990
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Cameron Hodge examines his recent captives (Marvel Girl, Cable, Gambit, Sunspot and Forge) and is angry that the inventor Forge is in an unexplanable coma for he wanted to utilize his cybernetic knowledge. Jean is brought into a prison cell, where she meets the dying Wolverine and shares a moment of passion with him. Cyclops, Iceman and Beast infiltrate the citadel disguised as mutates while Banshee, Cannonball and Archangel cause a distraction at the citadel’s penthouse. Soon the flight team is defeated by Hodge and the others are exposed too. Hank and Bobby get trapped between sliding walls, while Cyclops is forced to fight Havok. Right as Alex remembers his past life as an X-Man Cameron Hodge arrives and captures Cyclops. Havok decides to pretend to be the still loyal Magistrate, and plans to attack when least expected.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #62 - X-Tinction Agenda - Part 9: Captial Punishment
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jon Bogdanove
Writer(s): Louise Simonson
Release Date: January 1991
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The members of the X-teams that are still in fighting shape split up in various teams to search Hodge in the citadel, while the injured members try to get out of the building. Beast has the idea to use some obient mutates to carry his unconscious friends out. Chief Magistrate Anderson arrests President Reneau for crimes against the state. Storm, Archangel, Wolverine and others are able to damage various weapon systems but are majorly injured in the fight. In the end only Cyclops and Havok remain and use their energy blasts simultanouslly. While the building is cleared, the fight goes on and after many energy blasts only Cameron Hodge’s head remains. All three combatants fall off the building, but Marvel Girl gives the Summers brothers a telekinetic lift, while Hodge’s head fall down and lands near Wolfsbane who angrily rips it apart. Rictor shakes down the citadel. Days later Tam Anderson announces that the military has overtaken the country until new elections can be held. Havok and Wolfsbane decide to stay on the island to stand up for mutant rights, while the X-teams travel back home to Westchester to hold a funeral for Warlock.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #69 - The Muir Island Saga - Part 3: Clash Reunion
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Whilce Portacio
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: August 1991
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus Volume 2
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Fun Facts: This is part three of the “Muir Island Saga”, it follows Uncanny X-Men #279, and continues in Uncanny X-Men #280.
Comic Summary: In Washington, at the request of Dr. Valerie Cooper, X-Factor - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, Archangel - have come to the White House, where a massive crowd has gathered, all spouting hateful things. Valerie explains that it is happening all over the world, before there is a gunshot. X-Factor race into action, separating the crowd, they find the shooter and the victim, before Valerie reunites them with their long-lost mentor - Professor X (and Colossus). Xavier reveals that he has come for their help and that the Shadow King is behind all the current chaos. On Muir Island, Forge reveals to the now-free Wolverine and Rogue how he freed them, and they discuss the current situation, before the possessed Banshee arrives, though he is quickly taken down and freed of his possession too. Banshee reveals that Polaris is being used as the Shadow King’s nexus between the astral plane and the physical plane, and that if they sever the nexus, they will stop the Shadow King - though they know they may have to kill Polaris in the process. Aboard a SHIELD submarine, X-Factor, Xavier, Valerie Cooper, FBI Agent Reisz and Colonel Vashkin make their way to Muir Island. They discuss their plan of attack, and Reisz expresses his doubt that the plan will work, and soon Valerie is revealed to be under the Shadow King’s control also. X-Factor leave the submarine and arrive at Muir Island, where they are soon confronted by the possessed Moira MacTaggert, Madrox, Siryn, Psylocke, Gambit and Jubilee. A battle ensues, before Legion appears and traps X-Factor, while the Shadow King reveals himself to Xavier, through Agent Reisz, who is about to destroy Xavier, when Valerie Cooper is revealed to actually be Mystique in disguise. Mystique then shoots Reisz. Legion loses control over X-Factor, who find Polaris. Wolverine, Forge and Rogue appear, and discuss how to free Polaris, before the Shadow King reveals that he has taken over Legion’s body, and uses Legion’s power to blow up Muir Island!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #70 - The Muir Island Saga - Epilogue: Leeegggiiioonn
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Kirk Jarvinen
Writer(s): Peter David
Release Date: September 1991
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus Volume 2
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Xavier searches inside Legion’s mind, trying to put his son back together, while Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Moira MacTaggert comment on recent events and monitor the Professor. A brief discussion with Wolverine hints that there is still a rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops. Archangel scouts over what is left of Muir Island, while Beast, Colossus and Forge discuss the clean up process. Rogue is visited by Mystique, Valerie Cooper and Nick Fury, during which Valerie reveals how she came to be possessed by the Shadow King and almost killed Mystique, only to nearly kill herself, and how Mystique took over in her place to get to the Shadow King from within. Rogue and Mystique argue for a while, before appearing to settle their differences. Jubilee gets mad at Wolverine, while Polaris tests out her returned magnetic powers, and Guido admires her return to regular appearance, before Valerie reveals that she is looking at re-starting a Freedom Force type group, and wants Polaris as a part of it. After an encounter with his original X-Men in mind space, Xavier is revealed to be fine, aside from his broken legs. Eventually, Xavier lets his son go, before wondering what he is going to do with fourteen X-Men.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #84 - X-Cutioner's Song - Part 2: Tough Love
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jae Lee
Writer(s): Peter David
Release Date: November 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song and X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 4
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Fun Facts: Part 2 of the X-Cutioner's Song crossover, follows Uncanny X-Men #294 and continues in X-Men (2nd series) #14.
Comic Summary: X-Force are divided over the news that Cable has made an assassination attempt on Professor X. In a hospital, Dr Valerie Cooper, Havok and Wolfsbane follow Xavier as he is lead to an operating room on a gurney. The doctor isn’t interested in talking to them however, and they are sent to the waiting room, where Storm and Bishop have arrived. Upstairs, Polaris, Multiple Man and Quicksilver are with most of the X-Patriots, watching over the injured Taylor. Strong Guy and Pirouette arrive, and it is implied they have been intimate. Havok sends Wolfsbane and Strong Guy to Central Park to see if they can pick up any clues as to Cable’s whereabouts. Archangel is angry that Cable escaped, and boasts that he will be going after Apocalypse soon enough. Wolfsbane and Strong Guy have just arrived in Central Park when several members of X-Force arrive - Cannonball, Rictor, Boom-Boom, Shatterstar and Feral. Havok communicates with Strong Guy and tells him not to engage X-Force - but it’s too late, as Wolfsbane bounds over to her former teammates, reunited with Cannonball, Boom-Boom and Rictor - whom she kisses passionately, but bites him. Strong Guy appears and tells X-Force that they are wanted. Cannonball replies that they cannot surrender, but asks Wolfsbane to join them. Feral and Shatterstar engage Strong Guy in battle, before Wolfsbane and Feral attack each other. Quicksilver arrives to aid Strong Guy, before Havok, Polaris and Multiple Man appear, though Rictor causes their jet to crash. Quicksilver mocks Shatterstar as they battle. In the operating theatre, the doctor discovers something on Xavier. The X-Factor / X-Force battle continues, until Cannonball orders a retreat - they get away in the IPAC, but Havok manages to cause damage to it. Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Beast and Gambit arrive to help bring in X-Force, while Havok wonders where his brother is. At that moment, Cyclops and Jean Grey are brought before Apocalypse, who sends his Horsemen away - only to be revealed that it is Sinister, posing as Apocalypse. Back at the hospital, the doctor shows Valerie, Storm, Bishop and Multiple Man the strange growth on Xavier’s chest. It is revealed to be a technovirus, and that there is no way to stop it!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 1 #85 - X-Cutioner's Song - Part 6: Snikts and Bones
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jae Lee
Writer(s): Peter David
Release Date: December 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song and X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 4
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Fun Facts: Part 6 of the X-Cutioner's Song crossover, issue follows Uncanny X-Men #295 and continues in X-Men (2nd series) #15


Comic Summary: At Department K, Wolverine and Bishop battle Cable. Eventually Wolverine ends the battle against Cable, as he admits that he doesn’t believe Cable shot Xavier, and they agree to team up to get this mess sorted out. In Arkansas, Havok, Storm, Cannonball, Polaris, Iceman, Archangel, Rogue, Gambit, Boom-Boom, Psylocke and Quicksilver have tracked the Mutant Liberation Front to a small town - they are confronted by strange townsfolk, before locating a hatch to an underground base. Apocalypse arrives at Cable’s safe-house, and puts more pieces of the puzzle together. The battle against the Mutant Liberation Front begins, with Cannonball and Dragoness picking things up from when they last battled. Quicksilver struggles against Tempo, who is taken down by Psylocke. Cyclops finds himself battling children - apparently - while Stryfe is as cryptic as ever. Archangel struggles against Forearm - and accidentally decapitates Kamikaze, freaking out Boom-Boom. Gambit is taken down by Wildside, before Reaper slashes Quicksilver’s leg - and is about to cut his head off with his scythe. Meanwhile, at the hospital where Taylor has been recuperating, the X-Patriots render Multiple Man unconscious, and make their escape.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Factor, Vol. 3 #27 - Messiah Complex - Chapter Eleven
Importance Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Scot Eaton
Writer(s): Peter David
Release Date: March 2008
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Messiah Complex
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Fun Facts: This is chapter 11 of Messiah Complex. It is continued from Uncanny X-Men #494 and is continued in New X-Men #46.
Comic Summary: Eighty years in the future, the search of Layla and the Madrox dupe has led them to Lucas Bishop, an internee of a concentration camp and not yet even a teenager. During his reluctant conversation with them, Lucas explains his knowledge of the history that led to the camps, which included the birth of a so-called mutant messiah some eighty years before. Rather than being a savior, the messiah instead was responsible for the death of over a million humans, an action which eventually led to the existence of internment camps for mutants. Having received their needed intelligence, Layla then reluctantly kills the Madrox duplicate with a grenade she has purloined from a guard, an action which sends the dupe’s consciousness back to the past. In the past, Jamie Madrox awakens not only with the information of his future duplicate, but also with the “M” tattoo he had received in the camp. He immediately attempts to warn Cyclops and the X-Men of Bishop, but it is too late. Cyclops has already provided Bishop and his team with the intelligence that the Marauders have taken the mutant baby to Muir Island – and all communications have since been severed. Elsewhere, Cable awakens in his aircraft, completely at the mercy of Xavier, who is attending to his wounds. Once this is done, Xavier demands an explanation from Cable of his actions. Though not giving specifics, Cable explains that the baby is a pivotal mutant who will save everyone in the future – both mutant and human. After consideration, Xavier agrees to join with Cable and explains that he has not only already located the baby at Muir Island, but that they are already en route. On Muir Island, Gambit is greeted by Mister Sinister, who takes Gambit and the baby inside, while instructing the rest of the Marauders to prepare for the arrival of the X-Men. Once inside, however, Sinister shape-shifts to her true form of Mystique. Over the body of the true Sinister, Mystique tells Gambit that it’s time for the next step. Shortly thereafter, Wolverine team of X-Force arrives to a seemingly deserted facility. However, Wolverine correctly guesses that they are being deceived by Lady Mastermind, whom he takes out with his claws. With the rest of the Marauders revealed, X-Force attacks. Meanwhile, back at the Xavier Institute, three students gape in horror as they come upon Predator X, which has dug up and gorged itself on the corpses of their slain classmates.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Force, Vol. 1 #16 - X-Cutioner's Song - Part 4: Jacklighting
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Greg Capullo
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: November 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song
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Fun Facts: Issue originally comes poly-bagged with trading card.
Comic Summary: X-Force battles the X-Men Blue team (sans Beast) and X-Factor (sans Quicksilver). The X-Men’s hope is to find Cable through X-Force. At the same time the X-Men Gold team, together with Beast and Quicksilver, is trying to find Apocalypse. However, they only find his Horsemen, who are easily defeated. An automated holo-message starts. It’s from Sinister, who tells the X-Men that they are on the wrong trail. In the mansion Bishop tries to defend Xavier from Sinister, who instead of fighting gives them the name of the mastermind behind their current problems. In his secret hideout Cable readies himself for combat, as he thinks he knows who the assassin is. Meanwhile, the captive Jean and Scott are brought before Stryfe. Eventually, the X-Men and X-Factor defeat the X-Force team and wonder what to do next.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Force, Vol. 1 #17 - X-Cutioner's Song - Part 8: Sleeping With The Enemy
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Greg Capullo
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: December 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song
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Fun Facts: Issue originally comes poly-bagged with trading card.
Comic Summary: Cryptic as ever, Stryfe battles Apocalypse, blaming him for everything that has gone wrong in his life. Apocalypse is weak as his regeneration was not complete, though he does his best to defend himself against Stryfe - whom he seems to recognize once Stryfe removes his helmet. Stryfe then stabs Apocalypse through the chest with the same weapon that Apocalypse once used to kill him. Apocalypse falls on to a teleportation pad, and vanishes. The Dark Riders confront Stryfe, and bow before him as their new master. Inside Graymalkin, Cable, Wolverine and Bishop watch a reconstruction of events in Cable and Stryfe’s past/future, and learn that either Cable or Stryfe is a duplicate of the other, but Cable does not know why. At the Mansion, Stevie Hunter does her best to tend to the wounded Quicksilver, Gambit, Rogue, and Boom-Boom, whose jaw is now wired shut. Havok joins Storm and Valerie Cooper as they observe the Beast working to remove the virus from Xavier, while in the Danger Room, the imprisoned X-Force members talk to Wolfsbane, her former New Mutants teammates asking her whose side she is on. Siryn learns from Multiple Man that what they shared together was actually Siryn and a dupe. Inside Stryfe’s base, Cyclops and Jean Grey make a run for it from their cell, while back at the Mansion, Iceman, Archangel, Polaris and Colossus are alerted to an intruder - whom they soon discover is none other than Apocalypse. They attack him, until he reveals that he has come to help them battle Stryfe!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Force, Vol. 1 #51 - Reflections in the Night
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Luciano Lima
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Release Date: February 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Night time, Cable and Bishop investigate Sabretooth’s escape from the Danger Room, and Bishop makes allegations that Boomer was lying in her statement as to what really happened, but Cable backs his team member up, causing friction between the two, which Storm is forced to end. Shatterstar is being examined by the Beast, who tries to find some information on Shatterstar’s parents, except that Shatterstar has no memories of them. When questioned by Cable as to why he is doing this instead of checking for any residue left over by Shaw’s mental manipulations, the Beast reveals that Shatterstar’s DNA matches that of Longshot, which should be impossible. Gambit is startled when Siryn screams the wall of her quarters down. Gambit checks on her, and discovers that she did it in her sleep. Confused, Siryn remembers that she was having a dream where she was held against her will - and Deadpool was there. Sunspot and Caliban have a discussion about what makes a person who they are, while in her quarters, Boomer begins destroying all her belongings with plasma time-bombs. Cannonball tries to get her to let him in, but she refuses, and begins to cut her hair. Elsewhere, Warpath has been testing out his new powers en route to the meeting place where he was asked to meet via the National Council of Indian Affairs. He is soon attacked by a mysterious woman. When he confronts her, he discovers that she has powers, and is confused when she kisses him, telling him to remember “Risque”, before vanishing. The next morning, Cannonball, Cable and Warpath try to talk to Boomer together, and are startled when she exits her room, sporting short hair, a remodelled costume, and calling herself “Meltdown”.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Force, Vol. 1 Annual #1 - Shattershot - Part 4: The Mirror Liars
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Gavin Curtis, Sandu Florea, Greg Capullo
Writer(s): Gavin Curtis, Dan Slott, Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: 1st story: Several years in the future, Arize returns to the Xavier Institute in search of the X-Men’s help, only to find the militant, Cannonball-led X-Force instead. After a brief fight, Arize explains to X-Force – whose members also include Cyberlock, Darkchild, Powerpax, Siryn and Sunspot – that he needs their help in deposing the corrupt Shatterstar as ruler of the Wildways in order to instill peace and freedom. Together, they return to the Wildways at a point one hundred years in the future, and find it just as bad under Shatterstar’s Biped rule as it was under the rule of the Spineless Ones. Through a two-pronged assault, X-Force and Arize successfully convince Shatterstar to denounce the enslavement and usher in an era of freedom, liberty, and equality for all. Nearby, an aged Longshot stands by himself in the shadows and smiles. 2nd story: At the St. Simons Academy, Taki the Wiz Kid develops a crush on his teacher, Mrs. Huntington. He gets jealous when she goes on a date with a man named Conrad and spies on him. He learns that Conrad is actually a mutant-hating secret agent. With the help of his friends Artie and Leech, Wiz Kid exposes Conrad’s secret ring of mutant-haters to both the police and Mrs. Huntington. 3rd story: Cable tests the allegiances of the members of X-Force by presenting them with a list of the team’s ten most dangerous foes and evaluating their reactions.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Force, Vol. 4 #5 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jorge Molina
Writer(s): Simon Spurrier
Release Date: July 2014
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Force, Vol. 4 #1
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: From the brain of dead Antonio Aggasiz, X-Force has learned that he stole technology from other dimensions for Volga, most importantly a process that can give people superhuman powers before eventually killing them. In addition, they learned Volga’s location, a floating yacht in the desert. X-Force attack from several directions. Marrow dimly recalls being there before but actually has no bad memories, though she wonders who her imaginary friend “baby” is. Aboard the yacht, they are expected by super-powered guards and Volga himself, who makes a cryptic comment about Marrow losing weight. Hearing this, she finally recalls she was pregnant and lost her baby. However when Volga tells her the whole truth, that she knew about the risk to her pregnancy and went ahead with the process anyway, Marrow turns catatonic. Her teammates are easily beaten, MeMe is trapped in the computer system and Volga is surprised about Cable still being alive, as he was infected with a version of the process in Alexandria that should have killed him after one day. Still, he doesn’t care and uses a preprogrammed sequence of notes to detonate Cable.

 Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 1 #11 - The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter One: Journey to the Age of Apocalypse
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mark Brooks
Writer(s): Rick Remender
Release Date: August 2011
Variant Covers: A. Mark Brooks Variant

B. Esad Ribic Variant
Trade Availability: Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1
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Fun Facts: This is actually the Age of Apocalypse version of Gambit in this storyline.

Gambit only appears on the cover of this issue, not in the storyline.
Comic Summary: The Dark Beast opens a portal to the Age of Apocalypse, and accompanies Wolverine, Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex back to his home world, the Age of Apocalypse. There, they find a ruined world, polluted and destroyed, where humans are treated worse than animals by Master Akkaba soldiers. The Dark Beast locates his laboratory and finds the Life Seed - but this reality’s Nightcrawler teleports in, apparently the Dark Beast’s return was anticipated, and Nightcrawler takes the Life Seed, knowing it must be important. Wolverine becomes conflicted when he sees Nightcrawler, given his reality’s Nightcrawler recently died, but Wolverine knows they must get the Life Seed back. As he goes after Nightcrawler he is then attacked by this reality’s Sabretooth and Wild Child. Deadpool and Fantomex challenge Nightcrawler and regain the Life Seed, until Nightcrawler shoves his sword through Deadpool’s head and takes the Life Seed. Fantomex knocks it out of him, but it bounces towards Sunfire, who takes it and destroys it. Meanwhile, Psylocke prevents Wolverine from killing Sabretooth, as she knows this reality’s Sabretooth. Psylocke assures Wolverine that he nothing like the Sabretooth back on their Earth. With the Life Seed destroyed, the Dark Beasts opens a portal back to X-Force’s Earth, and escapes the I>Age of Apocalypse, leaving X-Force stranded. Though tensions run high, X-Force accompany Sabretooth, Nightcrawler and the others back to their undersea base to speak to their leader. Wolverine is still cut up about seeing Nightcrawler, and tells himself that only one other person could tear him up this bad - Jean Grey - and that is exactly who is Nightcrawler takes Wolverine to - Jean Grey…and Magneto!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 1 #12 - The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter Two: Interruptions
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mark Brooks
Writer(s): Rick Remender
Release Date: September 2011
Variant Covers: A. Mark Brooks Variant

B. Adam Kubert I Am Captain America Variant

C. Esad Ribic Variant
Trade Availability: Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1
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Fun Facts: This is actually the Age of Apocalypse version of Gambit in this storyline.
Comic Summary: In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Wolverine thinks about Jean Grey - his Jean Grey, and the Jean Grey of this world, who soon visits him. They discuss their lives, and kiss, before they are attacked by a Sentinel. Jean takes the Sentinel down, and soon Wolverine’s team - Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex - meet with this world’s remaining X-Men, including a young woman called Kirika. They mutants plan to save this world and help Wolverine and his team return to their world with the Life Seed they require, as the MODOK has located Life Seeds within the Celestial Gardiner. The other part of the plan involves breaking Gateway out of the prison known as the Sky. Wolverine is introduced to Kirika and realizes that this is his world’s daughter. Fantomex confronts Psylocke about her feelings, for Archangel, and for him, and they kiss, but Psylocke is not ready to give up on Archangel. Fantomex and this world’s Rogue, Gambit and Sunfire depart in EVA to collect the Life Seeds, while the others make their way to the Sky in their reconfigured Sentinel. During the journey, Wolverine shares a touching moment with Kirika. Making their way through the prison, the mutants are soon attacked by the Black Legion, and before they can reach Gateway, this world’s Wolverine - Weapon X - appears, and murders Kirika!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 1 #13 - The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter Three: My World Won't Stop Without You
Importance Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mark Brooks
Writer(s): Rick Remender
Release Date: October 2011
Variant Covers: A. Chris Bachalo Variant
Trade Availability: Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1
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Fun Facts: This is actually the Age of Apocalypse version of Gambit in this storyline.
Comic Summary: Thanks to EVA, Fantomex, as well as the Age of Apocalypse’s Gambit, Rogue and Sunfire arrive at the location of the Celestial Gardener and do their best to locate the Life Seed, despite some drones attacking them. Gambit seemingly sacrifices himself to enable Fantomex and the others to escape. Meanwhile, inside the Sky prison facility, Wolverine takes a moment to mourn the death of Kirika, at the hand of her own father, his counterpart - Weapon X. The battle rages between X-Force and their allies from this reality, against the Black Legion. This reality’s Jean Grey confronts her long-believed dead husband, Weapon X, but he takes her out and kidnaps her. This reality’s Iceman abandons his teammates and leaves, while Gateway is rescued and teleports the remaining heroes to Weapon X’s base. Another battle takes place, with Weapon X getting the upper hand each time. Wolverine rescues Jean Grey, who opens a portal back to Wolverine’s reality, and forces him, Psylocke, Fantomex and Deadpool into it, with the Life Seed, telling him to save his world, despite Wolverine wanting them all to come with him. However, when they emerge in their reality, X-Force find themselves confronted by a transformed Archangel, and his Final Horsemen.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

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