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 X-Men Forever Alpha - Rubicon
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Lee and Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: July 2009
Variant Covers: A. Jim Lee Book Market Variant. Shows the bottom half of the original image, top of image is shown on standard release.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This series is a reboot of the X-Men series. This issue reprints X-Men 1-4 and then has a new spin on the time after that. The series will begin at that point with a new storyline.
Comic Summary: A group of mutants have stolen a shuttle and are being pursued by some agents. Magneto arrives and tears their ships apart before bringing them on board Asteroid M. At the mansion the X-Men are testing the building‘s defenses. They split into two teams, but only Wolverine, with Psylocke‘s help, is able to breach them. The two different crews fight on board the asteroid until Magneto stops them. One of them, Fabian Cortez, has a suggestion for Magneto. Back at the mansion the X-Men Blue team respond to a signal that Magneto is up to something. He has raised a nuclear submarine. The X-Men confront him, but after a brief battle he flies off with the nuclear weapons. Rogue tries to follow him to talk, but is shot down by a russian plane. Magneto is hurt and is healed by Cortez. Rogue is found in Genosha but is pursued by the newly formed Acolytes wanting her to join them. She disagree’s and fights them, and the X-Men arrive to help her. Magneto turns up and declares that Asteroid M will be a haven for all mutantkind.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #1 - Love and Loss
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2009
Variant Covers: A. Tom Grummett 2nd Printing Variant Cover.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 1: Picking Up Where We Left Off
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Westchester, Professor X, Beast and Colonel Nick Fury remotely monitor the X-Men—whose field roster consists of Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Jean, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue and Shadowcat—during the team’s mission to apprehend Fabian Cortez for S.H.I.E.L.D. While en route, Jean Grey daydreams about having an affair with Wolverine. An explosion on the jet’s right wing cuts the flight short and forces the X-Men to abandon ship. On the ground, Cortez ambushes Cyclops, turns his amplified optic blasts against the rest of the X-Men and forces Rogue to make physical contact with Storm. In the nearby woods, Shadowcat tries to mind her own business while Jean lovingly consoles an injured Wolverine. Cortez ambushes them as well. During the fight, Kitty phases her hand through Wolverine’s right arm while Cortez enhances their power. A powered-up Jean scares Cortez away by manifesting a fiery raptor, but Nightcrawler and Gambit capture him as he flees and bring him into custody. Rogue grows suspicious of Storm. After the X-Men return home, Wolverine quits the team because of Nick Fury’s overbearing presence. Later, Jean Grey shares a psychic rapport with Wolverine while he investigates a lead and experiences his ambush and death firsthand.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #2 - Comes the Father
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2009
Variant Covers: A. Tom Grummett 2nd Printing Variant Cover.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 1: Picking Up Where We Left Off
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Two NYPD officers see a flash of light in Central Park and follow it to its source, where they find the adamantium remains of Wolverine. Storm returns to Xavier’s School and finds the power out and everyone unconscious. After her teammates—except for Jean Grey and Rogue—wake up, Nick Fury learns from his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in Central Park of Wolverine’s death. A mysterious little girl presses one of these S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for information before vanishing. Back in the mansion, Fury informs the X-Men of Wolverine’s death while Xavier struggles to discover what attacked them. Fury detects the presence of an intruder in the mansion. Storm heads underground to restart the power and is ambushed by Sabretooth. They fight, making their way into the Danger Room, where the rest of the X-Men arrive to stop the fight. Despite Cyclops’s orders to stand down, Storm tries to kill Sabretooth in front of everyone, but only succeeds in burning his face and destroying his eyes.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #3 - The Cruelest Cut
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: September 2009
Variant Covers: A. Tom Grummett 2nd Printing Variant Cover.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 1: Picking Up Where We Left Off
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: A trio of mysterious figures monitors its agent within Xavier’s School—the same agent who killed Wolverine earlier that night. Meanwhile, at Xavier’s, Sabretooth accuses Storm of murdering Wolverine. Professor X confirms this accusation when he probes the mind of the comatose Jean Grey—who was connected with Wolverine at his time of death—and sees Storm commit the treacherous act. The mere memory of the attack knocks Xavier out, but wakens Jean, who confronts Storm via astral projection before fainting again. Meanwhile, the rest of the X-Men confront Storm. She lashes out and tries to kill them. Storm flees and locks the team in the Danger Room, but Shadowcat easily phases through the door and confronts her in the hallway. Despite enduring the full extent of Storm’s powers, Shadowcat closes the distance between them and slashes Storm across the face using a single adamantium claw she absorbed from Wolverine!
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #4 - Strike-Back!
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: September 2009
Variant Covers: A. Tom Grummett 2nd Printing Variant Cover.

B. Niko Henrichon 1930s Decade Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 1: Picking Up Where We Left Off
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Consortium decides to abandon Storm, its agent within the ranks of the X-Men. Meanwhile, at Xavier’s School, Storm escapes from Shadowcat—who now bears one of Wolverine’s adamantium claws because of her encounter with Fabian Cortez—and heads into the sewers. Shadowcat frees the rest of the X-Men and Sabretooth from the Danger Room and they head after Storm. They split into two teams: Rogue, Gambit and Nightcrawler travel on the surface, while Jean Grey, Cyclops, Sabretooth and Shadowcat take to the sewers. Before they depart, Beast takes a sample of Storm’s blood from Shadowcat’s claw and takes it to the lab, where he, Professor X and Nick Fury enter it into the scanner grid to pinpoint Storm’s location. Surprisingly, the computer produces two different locations. They send Gambit, Rogue and Nightcrawler after one of the anomalous readings, while the other team closes in on Storm in the tunnels. Storm repels them and escapes to the surface, where several agents of the Consortium confront and threaten to kill her. Meanwhile, Rogue, Nightcrawler and Gambit arrive at their destination at the Brooklyn Bridge, where Gambit encounters their target: a de-aged Ororo Munroe.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #5 - Bury My Heart
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: October 2009
Variant Covers: A. Dave Cockrum 70th Anniversary Frame Variant Cover.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 1: Picking Up Where We Left Off
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Consortium snipers fire at Gambit and little Ororo, but Nightcrawler dispatches them before they cause any harm. Cyclops, Jean, Sabretooth and Shadowcat arrive at the traitor Storm’s position in time to save her from execution by Consortium agents. Storm murders the remaining Consortium officer and flees, vowing revenge on the X-Men. Sabretooth discovers a hidden dock the Consortium agents use to get in and out of the city undetected. Elsewhere, Fabian Cortez’s transport ship goes missing and delivers him into the hands of Consortium agents in Africa. After the X-Men return home, Beast details the uncanny biological similarities between the Storm they knew and the younger version currently in their company. He then reveals his new theory that mutants die faster the more they use their powers, an ailment he believes Professor has known about since the beginning—and an accusation to which Xavier confesses is true. Nick Fury of all people comes to Xavier’s aid and challenges the X-Men to accept it and fulfill their roles as heroes. Later, after the X-Men have a memorial ceremony for their departed ally Wolverine, Jean breaks up with Cyclops, who then declares the time has come for the X-Men to set things right in the fight for mutant survival.
Brooklyn Bridge, where Gambit encounters their target: a de-aged Ororo Munroe.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #6 - Play Day!
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paul Smith
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: October 2009
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 2: The Secret History of the Sentinels
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Instead of cleaning up the Danger Room, Gambit, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat play an impromptu game of baseball, much to Cyclops’s chagrin. Lil’ ‘Ro observes this interaction from the control room with Lockheed but accidentally summons a tornado that propels her into the Danger Room. She joins the X-Men as they continue to clean, but an Danger Room robot whirrs to life and attacks the team. Gambit saves them by destroying the room’s power source. Elsewhere in the mansion, Professor X and Sabretooth discuss their individual reputations with the X-Men, while Beast and Jean Grey confirm what Xavier revealed to them earlier: mutants die young. Later, Cyclops asks ‘Ro and Gambit to stay with the X-Men even though they intend to leave. Shadowcat discusses Wolverine’s death and its impact on her with Nightcrawler. Professor X and Nick Fury examine some ominous images from South America.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #7 - Past is Prologue
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: November 2009
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 2: The Secret History of the Sentinels
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Fun Facts: This is the first issue that Gambit wears his new uniform.

Title Logic: "Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge." is a quote from Shakepeare's 'The Tempest'.
Comic Summary: Something kills three of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agents near the site of a massive footprint in the Andes. The X-Men send a team consisting of Nightcrawler, Rogue, Beast, Jean Grey, Shadowcat and Nick Fury to investigate. While en route, Fury recalls the World War 2 mission on which he first met Wolverine, then serving the Canadian military. On that same mission, Fury’s Howlers destroyed a top-secret Nazi research base while Logan eviscerated a scientist named Dietrich Trask. Back in the present, the X-Men land and realize a moment too late the identity of the culprit of the massacre in the Andes: a Sentinel Master Mold.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #8 - Fire on the Mountains
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: November 2009
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 2: The Secret History of the Sentinels
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Nick Fury and the X-Men defeat the attacking Sentinel in the Andes with ease, much to the chagrin of the Consortium, who monitor the situation remotely. Deeper in the jungles of South America, the X-Men discover an abandoned industrial facility, inside of which they find the signature of the Consortium along with an unconscious, telepathically shielded female scientist named Zigfried. The X-Men depart to tackle an impending Sentinel threat in a nearby village, leaving Nick Fury with Zigfried, who pulls a gun on him and reveals her true identity as Dr. Zigfried Trask! Meanwhile, back in Westchester, Gambit and Lil’ ‘Ro make themselves comfortable in the X-Mansion while Cyclops and Professor X explain to Sabretooth the terms of his stay.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #10 - Home, Come the Heroes
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Terry Austin
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: December 2009
Variant Covers: A. Zombie Variant Cover. Same as standard only Wolverine is a zombie.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 2: The Secret History of the Sentinels
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men prevent the Sentinels from slaughtering a town full of civilians in the Andes. Shadowcat and Beast notice something unusual about these Sentinels, mainly their hollow cores and capacity for construction. Meanwhile, Dr. Sigrid Trask confronts Nick Fury, whom she blames for the murder of her grandfather, Dietrich. She shoots Fury in the leg but flees when S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Dugan intervenes. Before Dugan and Fury can evacuate, however, something destroys their jet—with three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on board. Sigrid, meanwhile, escapes into the jungle and, after some introspection, stumbles upon a squad of wild Sentinels obedient to her command. Elsewhere, the Consortium monitors these proceedings and one of the agents reveals herself as Sigrid’s mother.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #11 - Snap Trap
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: January 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 3: Come to Mother...Russia!
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: Snap Trap is the real name of the common Mouse Trap.
Comic Summary: Colossus and the Winter Guard are chasing the rogue Crimson Dynamo and receive surprising help by Shadowcat, who has come to see Colossus and her fellow X-Men, Gambit and ‘Ro. After the fight, they talk and, though hiding it, Kitty is devastated that Colossus is now in a relationship with his teammate, the Black Widow. Back at Xavier’s, Rogue and Sabretooth almost get into a fight over domestics and Fury tells a dejected Xavier to shape up, as the X-Men need him. Back in Russia, Colossus’ younger sister, Illyana, is kidnapped by the mysterious Cossack.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #12 - Race the Wind
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: January 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 3: Come to Mother...Russia!
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Russia, the Winter Guard and X-Men learn that Illyana Rasputin has been kidnapped. The abductor, Cossack, knows Belasco and intends to give back to Illyana her demonic magical powers. The heroes track them to an abandoned warehouse complex, only to find they are too late. Illyana is a teenager again, evil and under Cossack’s sway. In New York, Jean and Beast reminisce, Rogue vows to not let Burnout or Sabretooth beat her, and Sabretooth eavesdrops on Moira and Professor X discussing Burnout.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #13 - Black Magic
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: February 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 3: Come to Mother...Russia!
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Russia, some members of the Winterguard and X-Men face Cossack, who has changed Illyana into her evil teenage self with dark magical powers. Cossack’s soldiers turn into werebeasts and keep the heroes busy while Illyana blocks the phasing ability of Kitty, who along with ‘Ro are separated from the others. Kitty and ‘Ro do their best to fight but eventually Magik catches up with them and, together with Cossack, unleashes Kitty’s dark side. In Westchester, Beast and Jean are growing closer. Xavier discusses the potential consequences of Burnout with fury and Moira. Meanwhile, Sabretooth catches a SHIELD agent who is a traitor, after which he and Daisy Dugan plan to get to the roots of the conspiracy.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #14 - Darkness at Dawn
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: February 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 3: Come to Mother...Russia!
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Cossack and Magik have released Kitty’s inner darkness, turning her into Firecat. She resists briefly but then gives in, helping the villains to attack the Winter Guard members and Gambit, who have come to save them. Cossack attempts to turn ‘Ro as well, but she fights him with her unstable weather powers and resists. When Gambit taunts Firecat why she can’t resist as well, Kitty holds on to her true self and turns against Cossack, intent on killing him, even though that would condemn her forever. Luckily, the Black Widow prevents that by shooting Cossack. Though Kitty becomes herself again, Illyana stays Magik and boasts that this is her true self and vows revenge before teleporting away. Colossus promises he and the Winter Guard will take care of her. Back at Xavier’s, Daisy Dugan and Sabretooth have informed Fury about the traitors in SHIELD. He orders them to ferret out the rest of the conspiracy. Nightcrawler gets a call for help from Amanda Sefton from Jackson, Mississippi. Rogue offers to accompany him. On a date, Jean and the Beast kiss. In Alaska, Scott’s son Nate worries that the X-Men will take his father away from him again.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #15 - Rising Storm
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: March 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 3: Come to Mother...Russia!
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Storm flees from both the Consortium and the X-Men and seeks refuge in Wakanda, which the Black Panther gives her, despite Nick Fury’s warnings. Storm proves herself as a heroine in Wakanda, even helping T’Challa catch his archenemy Killmonger and the two fall in love. The Panther proposes. On the day of the wedding, Killmogner breaks out and slays the royal family and parliament, then uses a power neutralizer on Storm. The Panther tries to save her but, in the ensuing battle, Killmonger wins and kills the Panther. He then frees his secret partner, Storm, from the neutralizer but she kills him, as she doesn’t plan to share power. Further, she uses her power to blow up the place to erase any evidence. When the rescue team finds her, she claims that she and T’Challa eloped and the people are only too happy to make her queen.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #17 - Change is More Than Skin Deep
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Graham Nolan
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: April 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 4: Devil in a White Dress
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Fun Facts: Gambit is not in the comic, but his name is dropped in a conversation between Fury and Sabretooth.
Comic Summary: After Nightcrawler gave Rogue the kiss of life, they find their powers seem to have switched. Rogue berates Mystique for that but finds she has to help bystanders, as they have caused a conflagration. Mystique uses the opportunity to disappear. Kurt too has to save a young girl while not having any powers. Afterwards, both X-Men begin to fear that the exchange might be permanent. At Xavier’s, Fury, Daisy and Sabretooth debrief the traitorous SHIELD agents and find that all of them worked at the SHIELD UN bureau. Jean does her best no to discuss her relationships, or lack thereof, with Moira MacTaggert. Meanwhile, Beast is confident he will succeed where Xavier failed in curing Burnout. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #19 - The Ties That Bind
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Graham Nolan
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: March 2010
Variant Covers: None.

Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 4: Devil in a White Dress
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Fury, Daisy, Gambit and Sabretooth infiltrate the Consortium headquarters where, after some skirmishes, they find the imprisoned Fabian Cortez. Unfortunately, more Consortium troops arrive. Meanwhile at the mansion, Beast and Moira test Rogue to find that her new look seems to be permanent and she has lost her absorption power. Jean and Xavier find out that Nightcrawler now has this power. Jean and the returned Scott discuss the end of their relationship. Beast shares his concerns about Kitty with Scott. Kitty and ‘Ro use their computers to keep watch over Fury’s team. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #20 - Can Also Set Us Free
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Graham Nolan
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: May 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 4: Devil in a White Dress
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Fury, Daisy, Sabretooth and Gambit are facing Consortium soldiers over the imprisoned Fabian Cortez. During the battle, Cortez is injured. When the other X-Men learn of their friends’ plight, they come to help. During the battle, Sabretooth loses a hand helping Daisy. The X-Men make their getaway. Beast announces Sabretooth might be suffering from Burnout and likely won’t get his hand or his sight back. Before his death, Cortez warns them the Consortium is worse than they can imagine and hints at a mysterious top man. A man who seems to be none other than Tony Stark aka Iron Man. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #21 - A Plague on Both Our Houses
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Rodney Buchemi
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 5: Once More...Into the Breech
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears on the cover, he is not in the comic itself.

Title Logic: "a plague a' both your houses" is cried out by Mercutio in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Comic Summary: The X-Men are torn whether to believe Tony Stark is working with the Consortium. Kitty, ‘Ro and Nightcrawler research and find a link between Stark’s father and Bolivar Trask. Additionally, Fury has a source at Stark’s and announces there is a rumor about something called Plague X. They soon figure out the Consortium might be using a weapon on a satellite to kill all mutants. Amelia Trask meets her daughter Sigrid in the Andes and is introduced to her Neo-Sentinels, which they show in turn to Tony Stark on the Consortium satellite. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #22 - Rise to the Challenge
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Daniel HDR
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: June 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 5: Once More...Into the Breech
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men are still shocked by the revelation that Tony Stark is working for the Consortium. They figure out that the Consortium’s ant-mutant weapon has to be in space and develop a plan to attack. Aboard the satellite, Beast and Jean are to find the weapon and destroy it while the other X-Men distract the villains, which is easier said than done as they face Ziggy Trask’s Neo-Sentinels. Stark shows his true colors by helping Jean and Beast reach the weapon but he is taken out by a Neo-Sentinel. As the weapon system is activated, Hank realizes he will have to stay to make sure the charges work; in other words sacrifice his life. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #23 - Do Not Go Gentle
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Rodney Buchemi
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: June 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 5: Once More...Into the Breech
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," a villanelle composed in 1951, is considered to be among the finest works by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
Comic Summary: Jean Grey and Beast share a tearful goodbye, as his presence is necessary to make sure the plague X-firing system stays disabled until their explosives detonate. Jean leaves to warn the other X-Men that they have to leave the orbital platform. They do so, only to find they have to battle Sigrid Trask and her Neo-Sentinels outside. On the bridge, Tony Stark kills Amelia Trask, then forces the rest of the workers to evacuate. He contacts Beast and helps him with his work. In space, the X-Men find Trask near invincible until they lure her close to the station as it blows up. The X-Men leave with the bitter knowledge that neither Beast nor Tony Stark survived. 2nd story: Several fringe worlds of the Shi’ar Empire suffer attacks from the Warskrulls. The Shi’ar find out the Skrulls could enter their security system due to the carelessness of one person, the empress’ consort, Charles Xavier. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever, Volume 2 #24 - Requiem
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Rodney Buchemi
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: July 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Forever, Volume 5: Once More...Into the Breech
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Jean has a nightmare about her lost loved ones. After she wakes, Xavier invites her for a stroll and they discuss her problems. Finally, he asks her to take over the school, but Jean is doubtful. Later, Fury gathers the X-Men and his most trusted SHIELD agents and explains that the rest of SHIELD has been infiltrated by the Consortium. They need to find a way to save both mutantkind and SHIELD. Later, he asks Sabretooth, Daisy Dugan and Gambit to keep on working together as a stealth unit. Moira MacTaggert informs Sabretooth that, while she can help his healing factor regrow his lost hand, his blindness cannot be cured. Later, the X-Men attend Hank McCoy’s funeral. They notice that most of the Avengers act coolly toward hem and expect a future confrontation. Gambit and ‘ro decide to stay with the X-Men and both worry about Kitty. Kitty confides to Xavier that whatever she inherited from Wolverine also influences her psyche and she offers to take over Beast’s science work. Jean decides to work together with Cyclops but stresses they will never be more than colleagues. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Forever Giant Size #1 - But What About Vengeance?
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Fernando Blanco and Mike Grell
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: 1st story. Cyclops has invited Xavier to a family reunion with his family and friends. Also invited is his brother Havok and his girlfriend Polaris, as well as his friends Archangel and Iceman and their respective girlfriends. However, they re soon attacked by the Shi’ar’s Imperial Guard, who want Xavier. The heroes immediately fight and the Starjammer’s Sikorsky teleports the other X-Men to join them. However, Xavier holds Jean Grey back from the battle, afraid if the Shi’ar sees that she is alive they will believe she is Dark Phoenix and destroy Earth. Xavier finally asks for the battle to stop and agrees to come with Lilandra and spend the rest of his life with the Shi’ar. 2nd story. The mysterious Consortium director plots with SHIELD deputy director G.W. Bridge to get rid of Fury and make it seem the X-Men are to blame for the deaths of Iron Man and Beast. That evidence is given to the Avengers, who decide to confront the X-Men. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

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