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 A-Force, Vol. 1 #5 - Secret Wars
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jorge Molina
Writer(s): Marguerite Bennett, Willow Wilson
Release Date: December 2015
Variant Covers: A. Regular Release Variant
Trade Availability: A-Force, Vol. 1 and A-Force, Vol. 1 Hard Cover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The EXPLOSIVE finale to the first adventure of Marvel's mightiest team of Avengers: A-FORCE! Though She-Hulk and her team have unmasked the traitor in their midst, the villain won't rest until their utopian island is RAZED. As the horrors of Battleworld bear down on Arcadia, what sacrifices will the members of A-Force make to save their home… and each other?

 Adventures of Spider-Man, The #3 - Sinister Intentions
Importance Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Alex Saviuk
Writer(s): Nel Yomtov
Release Date: June 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This comic continues where Adventures of X-Men #3 left off.
Comic Summary: Sinister is angered by his wasted time on examining Spider-man whome he has captive. Sinsiter convinces the young mutant, Adam, to use his new abilities against Spider-man. Elsewhere, Gambit rushes to rescue Beast from the flames of a burning building. After the rescue of the doctor, Gambit rushes in the building to rescue the others. Back in Sinisters lab Adam is told to kill Spider-man, but Beast and Gambit bust in stopping the attack. The Nasty Boys appear and start fighting the intruders. Spider-man escapes and joins in the fight against them. Adam begins to lose control of his powers due to the chaos, but Spider-man calms the young boy down.

 Amazing Spider-Man, The, Vol. 2 #670 - Spider-Island - Part Four: Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Humberto Ramos
Writer(s): Dan Slott
Release Date: November 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Spider-Man: Spider-Island and Spider-Man: Spider-Island Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The madness continues in Amazing Spider-Man #670, Part Four of the Jackal's crazy epidemic of spider-mutancy gripping the island of Manhattan and anyone with non-super-powered genetics. At first, everybody got Spider-Man's power set, which jazzed a lot of New Yorkers, but they didn't expect the next phase of The Queen's plan - turning them all into actual giant spiders she can control with her mind as an army. So while Mayor Jameson is flipping his lid about being in a spider-infested city, Spidey is flipping out about watching his girlfriend turn into a spider, Mary Jane Watson is lamenting that she's the only one without spider powers, Flash Thompson is in the Venom suit infiltrating the bad guys and trying to wrangle a cure from Eddie Brock's Anti-Venom abilities (check out Venom #7, which is a book you should be reading anyway), and Reed Richards is trying to figure out a cure.

 Amazing Spider-Man, The, Vol. 2 #672 - Spider-Island - Part 6: Boss Battle
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Humberto Ramos
Writer(s): Dan Slott
Release Date: December 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Spider-Man: Spider-Island and Spider-Man: Spider-Island Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Captain America is airdropped into Central Park, where Venom is already fighting the Queen. The Queen gets the better of him but he is saved when Venom stabs her in the back with Cap’s shield. She appears to be dead but instead transforms into a giant spider. Regardless, Cap and Venom stand ready to fight. In Horizon Labs’ Lab Six, Spider-Man and Kaine hear people approaching. They quickly change clothes because Kaine’s longer hair does not resemble Peter’s. Before Reed, Max Modell, Grady, and Bella can investigate Lab Six, the alarm goes off. When they check to see what the problem is, they find Mary Jane with the people who she saved at Our Lady of Saints Church. Mary Jane asks why she is only in stage two of the virus and is told it’s from all the years she was “with” Peter. They go to Lab Six and find Peter Parker in his underwear and Kaine dressed as Spider-Man. Peter and Kaine then go to Peter’s lab, where Peter changes back into Spider-Man and gives Kaine his stealth suit, which is impervious to the Queen’s sonic scream. Meanwhile, Cap and Venom are leading the Queen to Union Square and sends out a message to the other heroes to assemble there. Along the way, Spider-Man and Kaine run into Madame Web, who tells them that the Queen is feeding off the Web of Life and is drawing her strength from the enslaved spider monsters. The only person who can stop her is Spider-Man, but that means he would have to kill her, something he isn’t willing to do. They catch up and join the fight, during which Mary Jane and the other heroes arrive. Spider-Man is discouraged by the fact that everyone else has his powers, which makes him like everyone else, but Mary Jane gives him a pep talk and tells him to try and build something. He then realizes that the spider-slayers Smythe was talking about were Doc Octopus’ Octobots he and Carlie found while they were digging through confiscated weapons at the 18th Precinct. All they need now is an antenna that can cover all of Manhattan. In Union Square, the Avengers, X-Men, and Young Allies prepare for the last stand of Spider-Island. Madame Web believes it is hopeless but Shang-Chi arrives with the Immortal Weapons, something she did not foresee. Mary Jane leads Spider-Man to the Empire State Building, where they hook up the control panel for the Octobots. Spider-Man puts it on and sends the Octobots to Horizon Labs to distribute the cure. Back in Union Square, the heroes are overwhelmed by the Queen and her spider horde when the Octobots arrive and begin to cure all the spiders. Because of this she starts to weaken. At the Empire State Building, Mary Jane tries to hold off the spiders that are trying to stop Spider-Man. When he realizes that he’s saving the day, Mary Jane whispers, “I love you,” which he doesn’t hear. As the Queen continues to lose strength, Ms. Marvel and Kaine perform a move she and Spider-Man practiced where she throws Kaine towards the Queen’s head. Madame Web realizes that she read her prophecy wrong; Kaine is the one who’s supposed to kill the Queen. The Queen tries to use her sonic scream on him, but the stealth suit protects him from it as he tears threw her head. The heroes then all attack at once to make sure she’s dead. In the end, they manage to kill the Queen, and Spider-Man and Mary Jane, still atop the Empire State Building, sit together, staring down at the cured New Yorkers.

 Amazing Spider-Man, The, Vol. 2 #673 - Spider-Island - Epilogue: The Naked City
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Humberto Ramos
Writer(s): Dan Slott
Release Date: January 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Spider-Man: Spider-Island and Spider-Man: Spider-Island Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In the morning after the Spider-Island incident, citizens and heroes alike revert back to their human form, they are naked in the streets. Hiding behind a tree is a nude Carlie Cooper, who sees her Spider-man tattoo that she got on her hip fading away. The members of the Avengers begin their cleanup in Union Square where the corpse of the giant queen monster resides. Steve Rogers requests that Iron Man do a full-body scan of the Queen's corpse to make sure she's really dead. Madame Web is chatting with Shang-Chi, but senses Kaine is near, still in Peter's stealth horizon suit. She calls Kaine out and says she needs to discuss with him his future. There are cleaning crews and heavy trucks taking away wreckage at the site of Queen's corpse. Inside one of the trucks is another Miles Warren clone along with Jackal. The Jackal the Queen disintegrated was merely another clone. Jackal tells the Miles clone that he kept his distance the entire time, and rigged a computer to say that the killed Jackal was the original. Jackal also says he's "bristling with ideas, all new ways to plague our "Mr. Parker". Peter is still on top of the Empire State Building with Mary Jane, explaining how he was able to lead the march of mentally-controlled octo-spiders to carry the cure to 1.6 million New Yorkers last issue, and yet in the time he and MJ lived together, he "couldn't record two shows at the same time on our DVR?". Peter gets a call from Aunt May on his in-mask comm. Her and Jay are still at the airport waiting to depart from Boston. The flights have been reestablished, and May wants to see Peter again before they leave. With Mary Jane's blessing, Peter swings away, saying they'll talk later, and that he can't shake the feeling that he's forgetting something. MJ herself, still with Spider-Powers of her own, swings off the rooftop, thinking "Oh, I'm sure it's nothing important.". At Newark's Liberty Airport, injections are being administered to travellers by workers in hazmat suits, as a last precaution. Peter meets up with Jay and May--on a TV screen, a news report shows a "cured" Eddie Brock alongside Reed Richards, who proclaims Brock as the true hero of Spider-Island, as the essence of the cure was distilled from Eddie's Anti-Venom symbiote. May and Jay head towards their gate, saying their goodbyes to Peter. Then, Peter runs into Kaine, clad in a blue hoodie. Kaine tells Peter that he's leaving New York, and that he's keeping Peter's stealth Horizon suit, that Madam Web told Kaine he may need it.

 Avengers, The, Vol. 1 #368 - Bloodties - Part 1: Family Legacy
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Epting
Writer(s): Bob Harras
Release Date: November 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers / X-Men: Bloodties
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Fun Facts: This is part of the X-Men/Avengers crossover, Bloodties.
Comic Summary: Sitting atop a tall building in Genosha while holding Luna in his arms, Fabian Cortez watches fires spread across the city beneath him. Elsewhere, in Washington D.C., three government officials discuss the declining situation in the war between the Genoshan army and the mutate population. Val Cooper tells Gyrich to escort a diplomat to Genosha and, while he does that, Nick Fury will contain the Avengers, so they don’t get involved in Genoshan affairs. Nick Fury goes to the Avengers mansion and explains to them what has been transpiring in Genosha. Also, he tells them to not get involved. While Fury talks to the Avengers, Gyrich heads towards Xavier’s Mansion to try to talk Xavier into coming to Genosha with him. Xavier agrees to go but only if one of his own associates can go with them as well. Gyrich questions who it is and, in answer, the Beast tumbles into the room. Back at the Avengers mansion, Crystal figures out why Fury does not want the Avengers to go to Genosha, when her child Luna is discovered to be a Mutate from Genosha, who has disguised herself as Luna. The Mutate is a living bomb, who blows herself up, trying to kill some of the Avengers along with her. Luckily, Crystal saves them and the Avengers head towards the Hangar Bay to leave towards Genosha. Shockingly, as soon as they reach the Hangar Bay, they are greeted by hundreds of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, determined to stop them. Before Xavier leaves the mansion, he telepathically commands the other X-Men to travel in the Blackbird to Genosha. He will meet them in twelve hours. While on the plane to Genosha, Gyrich receives a telecommunication from the island nation with shockin news; Cortez has assassinated the entire Genoshan government.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Avengers, The, Vol. 1 #369 - Bloodties - Part 5: Of Kith and Kin
Importance Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Epting & Jan Duursema
Writer(s): Bob Harras
Release Date: December 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers / X-Men: Bloodties
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Fun Facts: This is part of the X-Men/Avengers crossover, Bloodties.
Comic Summary: Hovering near Genosha, the Hellicarrier carries a few Avengers and the military might of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the conflict below. In their way is a large psi-shield that seems to be, so far, impenetrable. A man named Exodus is responsible for the psi-shield and, under his impenetrable dome, he prepares to slay one of his greatest enemies. Cortez, threatening to harm his young charge, Luna, if Exodus is not defeated, puts her parents in a vile predicament. Helping them make their decision, Exodus telekinetically removes Luna from Cortez’s grasp and kills him for his disobedience. Above Exodus, on the streets of Genosha, the X-Men are in the midst of rescuing hundreds of tormented humans. While the X-Men stop to talk to Trish Tilby, the Avengers come onto the scene looking for their lost teammates Crystal and the Scarlet Witch. After the two teams check out the forcefield surrounding the Island, Xavier contacts them via telepathy and demands them to come to his aid. The teams leave to help the Professor. Thankfully freeing the Mutates and stopping the Genoshan army becomes a much easier task, once they arrive to help their outnumbered friends. While the X-Men and Avengers are distracted elsewhere, Exodus takes his hostages and they head off to meet the Avengers/X-Men. After escaping the concentration camps the X-Men are forced to face off against Exodus or see all the humans’ in Genosha slaughtered. While one team stops the Mutates’ from wholesale murder, the other team takes on Exodus. Ending the battle, the Black Knight, along with Xavier, attacks him, knocking him unconscious and to the ground. After a brief but powerful speech by Xavier to the Mutates’ in Genosha, Exodus awakens and flies off, psi-blasting Quicksilver and leaving him for dead. Quickly, the Black Knight helps to revive Pietro and, in tears, Crystal thanks him for his help. After the fighting is over, the next day, Charles Xavier and Captain America watch as the Hellicarrier delivers the needed supplies to help the Genoshan people. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Avengers, The, Vol. 1 #401 - Sins of the Father
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mike Deodato
Writer(s): Mark Waid
Release Date: X-Men Cameo Storyline
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Onslaught The Complete Epic Volume 1
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Fun Facts: This is the first comic that Joseph and Gambit interact with one another.
Comic Summary: Gambit speaks to the Avengers, asking for help in subduing Onslaught. Though the Avengers have no idea what is happening, Gambit is uneasy asking for their assistance. They go to Virginia, where they find Rogue and a mysteriously de-aged Magneto, now called Joseph. Initially, they fight Joseph, believing him to be the cause of the Onslaught disaster, but they find that he is honestly not the villain. United, they fly off in a quinjet to find and destroy Onslaught. Giant Man leads a team of combined X-Men and Avengers to Four Freedoms Plaza to look for Franklin Richards. The Avengers help out the X-Men during the Onslaught affair and hunt down the mutant they believe is responsible, Magneto. They find him, or rather Joseph, the de-aged and amnesiac Magneto, hanging out with Rogue. They attack and Rogue and Joseph defend themselves. The battle continues until they realize that Joseph isn't the Magneto they know. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Avengers, The, Vol. 3 #10 - Pomp & Pageantry
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): George Perez and Al Vey
Writer(s): Kurt Busiek
Release Date: November 1998
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers: Clear and Present
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The New York city citizens celebrates the Avengers' anniversary with a parade and ceremony. Meanwhile, Wanda visits Agatha Harkness and delves into her past and learns what she must do to bring back Wonder Man permanently. The celebrations are interrupted by the Grim Reaper and his new Legion of the Unliving, who defeat the Avengers. Cameos by the X-Men, Bruce Banner, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four. New York City is celebrating Avengers Day, a day to honor Earth's Mightiest Heroes. However, the always deadly Grim Reaper crashes the party. And to make matters worse, he brings along a cadre of undead Avengers who had fallen in the line of duty but are now slaves under his power.

 Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Cheung
Writer(s): Allan Heinberg
Release Date: August 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers: The Children's Crusade Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Wanda Maximoff remembers her life as the Scarlet Witch and has regained her powers. Conjuring up Kree ships and Ultron robots, she begins to explain how she blamed the Avengers for the deaths of her twin sons, so she started that events of Avengers Disassembled to send all their sins back at them. Hawkeye, Jessica Jones and Beast then turn, shocked that history may be repeating itself. Jones comments that the Young Avengers found Wanda where no one else could. However, Beast admits that he found Wanda first and had tea; Hawkeye confesses to sleeping with her. Everyone then becomes shocked at the reappearance of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. Wiccan then explains to the newly arrived heroes that the Wanda they met in Transia was actually a Doombot. Everyone notices that Wanda has lined up the Kree ships and Ultrons to attack her. They intervene, as Wiccan, with Stature's help (who reveals to her father about having stolen Pym particles from him), to get through to Wanda. He tells her that the Vision is back and that he and Speed are the reincarnations of her sons. Wanda apologizes for not recognizing him and stops. Speed is hesitant to reconcile with her, given that she did cause M-Day and murdered her friends. Hawkeye calls the other Avengers, informing them of Wanda's rediscovery; Quicksilver is jittery to speak with his sister. When Iron Man hears about Scott, he orders Hawkeye to ensure that no one leaves the grounds of Avengers Mansion. Speed fears that when the Avengers arrive, they will kill Wanda to prevent her from causing anymore damage. Hawkeye defends that murder is not the way of the Avengers. Wiccan counters how Wolverine is intent on murdering Wanda. However, Beast suggests that if Wanda depowered most of the world's mutants, then she could undo it, but only for volunteers. Jones calls in X-Factors so they could locate all the former mutants who've been in contact with them. X-Factor is hesitant to help, given the last bit of "help" Quicksilver tried to provide with Terrigen crystals that temporarily restored powers to mutants until they couldn't take the strain and exploded. X-Factor turns to leave, but Wanda stops them, insisting that she's only wanting to reverse what she had done. Madrox counters that once everyone hears that she's alive and caused M-Day, every mutant will be out for blood on her. Rictor volunteers to be a guinea pig, believing that he must have his powers back. Wanda succeeds in giving Rictor back his powers, evidenced by the entire building shaking. Madrox congratulates Wanda to repowering Wanda, but adds that there are a million more former mutants to help. Strong Guy then takes notice that the X-Men have arrived. Wanda decides to go out and help them grant more mutants.

 Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Cheung
Writer(s): Allan Heinberg
Release Date: September 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers: The Children's Crusade Hardcover, and Avengers vs. X-Men It's Coming
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: With the Young Avengers and X-Factor caught in the crossfire -- as all four teams battle to determine who will hold the Scarlet Witch responsible for her crimes. Plus, when the origin of the Scarlet Witch's godlike powers - and the secret history of her murderous rampage in 'Avengers: Disassembled' -- are finally revealed, the truth creates a rift among the members of the Young Avengers that the team may not survive. IT’S THE AVENGERS VERSUS THE X-MEN – with the Young Avengers and X-Factor caught in the crossfire -- as all four teams battle to determine who will hold the Scarlet Witch responsible for her crimes. Plus, when the origin of the Scarlet Witch’s godlike powers – and the secret history of her murderous rampage in “Avengers: Disassembled” -- are finally revealed, the truth creates a rift among the members of the Young Avengers that the team may not survive.

 Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Cheung
Writer(s): Allan Heinberg
Release Date: February 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers: The Children's Crusade Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Scott Lang cradles his daughter Cassie's body as everyone mourns for her. Iron Lad, however, insists he can bring her back by taking her to the future to resuscitate her. However, Vision refuses him, stating that he should let the dead rest. Iron Lad grows angry and lashes out at Vision, calling him nothing but a machine with his brain patterns and that Cassie only loved him because he was just a copy. He then destroys the Vision, though he could be repaired. He says he will take Cassie but even Cap refuses him. Iron Lad retorts that he's one to talk for how he chased Wiccan and the Scarlet Witch. Wiccan insists that's not the case but Iron Lad reasons that the Avengers are afraid of him. He then opens a time portal to save Cassie. Wiccan warns him that by taking this path, he will become Kang the Conqueror. Iron Lad says he'll be better and disappears. Colossus and Spider-Man after they could try and pursue Iron Lad. However, the Scarlet Witch insists that everyone focus on her, to which Wiccan and Speed add that they too should be included. Magneto insists that they should blame Doom. Cyclops states that even if Doom was telling the truth, that the Scarlet Witch was being controlled, that doesn't change the fact that she destroyed mutant-kind. However, he agrees that executing her would not solve anything and instead lets her live so she can atone for her crimes. As the X-Men depart, Rogue tells Wanda that he'll come around, they all will. Cap attempts to reinvite the Scarlet Witch back into the Avengers but she refuses. However, Madrox tells her that she will rejoin the team when the next crisis comes along. Wanda says that she will be too busy redeeming herself. She then embraces Wonder Man, who tells her that she should not rejoin the Avengers before leaving. Magneto and Quicksilver insists she come with them but she tells them that she needs some time along. She then consoles her sons and Scott. The Young Avengers then discuss restoring the Vision, even though it'd be impossible with 30th century tech. Kate tells them all that even though the Vision is backed up on hard drive, they shouldn't bring him back just to tell him Cassie's dead. She only hopes that they are at peace wherever they are. Speed then asks whether the Young Avengers will continue. However, Patriot decides it's over, for they nearly got all the mutants re-powered. He announces his decision to return home to his mother in Scottsdale. Kate agrees to leave too, considering all the mistakes she's made. Wiccan also agrees with the Avengers' assessment that he's a danger. With Speed unwilling to go solo hero, Hulkling encourages him to try and live a normal live. For months, the Young Avengers sit on the sidelines as major events go by, such as Spider-Island, Avengers vs. X-Men, and the return of the Human Torch. Soon enough, Hulkling asks Wiccan if they're going to continue being ex-heroes and refuses to leave his side. They then share a kiss, before Ms. Marvel interrupts, as the Young Avengers (excluding Patriot) are summoned to Avengers Mansion. Cap acknowledges their accomplishments, such as finding the Scarlet Witch, defeating Doc Doom and somehow diffuse their conflict with the X-Men. He then shows them outside, where statues of Cassie and Vision have been erected alongside Scott's, and he tells them that they all will be known as Avengers.

 Avengers Academy #38 - Crosstown Rivals
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Grummett
Writer(s): Christos Gage
Release Date: December 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers Academy: Final Exams
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The kids from the Jean Grey Institute come over to California for a football game against those from Avengers Academy. It gives Gambit a chance to catch up with X-23 and Wolverine to get his own back on Hank Pym for throwing him out of the Quinjet earlier. It also provides a welcome opportunity to relax and for the kids to get to know each other. As the game gets underway, Warbird and Quicksilver have a go at each other, but that only serves to get Warbird interested in Pietro romantically. Kitty and Veil have discussion about their relative powers and Finesse admits to X-23 that it was actually she who killed Jeremy Briggs. Meanwhile, the teachers discuss the future of the academy, with Hank Pym having an idea which he wishes to run past the other staff members.

 Avengers Forever #11 - The Destiny War
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Carlos Pacheco
Writer(s): Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern
Release Date: November 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers Legends Volume 1: Avengers Forever
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Earth's Mightiest Heroes face the onslaught of Jonz Rikard's Avengers Battalion of the future! Meanwhile, humanity stands trial for its very existence?and the counsel for the defense is Immortus! Will Kang's efforts save the day, or will they make matters even worse?! The revelations come hard and fast as AVENGERS FOREVER speeds toward its conclusion! The Avengers have been captured by Immortus and the Timekeepers, who have just revealed their decision to prune any timelines that aren't necessary for their own survival. But the cavalry arrives, in the form of Rick Jones, Kang and the Kree Supreme Intelligence... who were called in by Yellowjacket. Together, the Avengers, Rick and Kang batter at the Timekeeper's shields forcing them to flee to their stronghold at the end of time.With Yellowjacket's help, tracking Immortus with the limbo bugs, the heroes and Kang pursue the Timekeepers. But will they be in time to prevent the stripping of time itself?

 Avengers West Coast, Vol. 2 #101 - Bloodties - Part 3: Genosha, Mon Amour
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Dave Ross
Writer(s): Roy Thomas
Release Date: December 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Avengers / X-Men: Bloodties
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Fun Facts: This is part of the X-Men/Avengers crossover, Bloodties.
Comic Summary: A team of Avengers has just arrived on Genosha and finds themselves face to face with Exodus, who incinerates a group of humans right in front of their eyes. He introduces himself to the Avengers as Magneto’s heir and explains his philosophy of mutant superiority to them. When the Avengers don’t agree with him, Exodus calls the Scarlet Witch, Magneto’s daughter, unworthy of her heritage. Exodus take to the air but War Machine follows, leaving the rest of the team to deal with the mutates and humans fighting each other in the streets. Thinking that Cap and the Black Knight can handle themselves, Crystal uses the distraction to leave and search for her daughter, Luna, and the Scarlet Witch follows her to make sure she doesn’t kill anybody in her current mood. In the sky, Exodus further annoys War Machine with his views on mutants – human relations and, getting careless, the Avenger is easily defeated. However, Sersi then dares Exodus to test his abilities against an Eternal. In the Tunnels beneath the city, Professor Xavier, U.S.Agent and Beast uncover a concentration camp filled with hundreds of mutates, though before they can try to help the prisoners, they are discovered by the Magistrate Elite. Outside of Hammer Bay, the X-Men overcome Fabian Cortez’ bodyguards, the Unforgiven, only to discover that the Cortez they were fighting is a shapeshifter. Meanwhile, back in New York, Hawkeye and the remaining Avengers (Spiderwoman, Vision, Hercules, Black Widow) appear in front of the UN Security Council, who ordered them to stay out of the conflict, as the UN have not yet decided on how to deal with the situation. Hawkeye gets angry and asks whether the UN wants to waste any more time while there are people dying. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Black Panther, Vol. 4 #8 - Wild Kingdom - Part 2: House Of Paine
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): David Yardin
Writer(s): Reginald Hudlin
Release Date: November 2005
Variant Covers: A. Variant Edition
Trade Availability: X-Men / Black Panther: Wild Kingdom
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men find an unconscious man lying nearby the Black Panther and think he has gone insane. When the man tries to reach out to the mutants for help, the Panther pulls him black and closes the X-Men in behind a door, so he can deal with the situation alone. Despite Storm’s warnings to trust T’Challa, Havok orders Rogue to burst open the door with her flame powers. She does, and the X-Men begin their battle against the Panther. During the battle, Rogue tries to help the attacked man out, and then he shows his true colors. He’s actually a mutant himself, and absorbs Rogue’s powers! He attacks the other X-Men succeeding in absorbing both Iceman’s and Wolverine’s powers. Havok manages to hit the man and makes him fly through the roof. Once everyone is calmed down, the Panther reveals that their enemy is called Erich Paine, a former resident of Genosha, who transformed people into becoming mutants. Paine also activated his own latent mimicking mutant powers, so he had powers on his own, which he can turn on and off by a single touch on his arm. Paine did this because he knew that, no matter where he was, the X-Men would some day come after him, so he took some precautions. T’Challa was in the lab to try build a containment suit for Paine, so he couldn’t harm the X-Men. Feeling stupid, the X-Men, minus Storm, initiate a search for him. Storm and T’Challa talk about the former romantic feelings they once shared, with Ororo refusing to let T’Challa break her heart a second time. She takes on T’Challa’s warnings that some people are being harassed by hunters, and Ororo leaves to protect them. Returning to her role as the Goddess of the Desert, a bare-naked Storm locates and helps a poor mother and her child. Meanwhile, the other X-Men get knocked out by powerful gas, and Paine strikes Wolverine down with the help of his absorbed adamantium claws. A few moments later, he contacts his boss and has imprisoned the X-Men in separate containment cells. Paine informs his boss that, after a final payment his job will be fulfilled, and he can also have the X-Men: as a set, single… or in parts! He opens Lorna’s cell, holding a chainsaw ready. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Black Panther, Vol. 4 #9 - Wild Kingdom - Part 4: Jungle Boogie
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): David Yardin
Writer(s): Reginald Hudlin
Release Date: December 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men / Black Panther: Wild Kingdom
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In the city of Niganda, a riot breaks out when one man doesn’t believe that Storm is a goddess. Back inside the base, the X-Men scout the area hoping to locate the Red Ghost, so they can bring him back to Dr. Paine and have Polaris released. As they locate him, the Ghost panics and turns invisible again. Wolverine smells something and, in a big room, they find the Black Panther fighting Dragon Man! Wolverine wants to kill the creature, but the Panther holds him back, thinking he can tame it. With one single, hard punch in Dragon Man’s face, he succeeds. At the same time, the super-apes are thinking about releasing a deadly virus and ignore their master’s commands. Rogue catches up on the Red Ghost and knocks him out. Scared of the X-Men’s various mutant powers, the Red Ghost agrees to work with them to find a way to stop Paine, as he dislikes the man too. They return to Paine, but he refuses to release Lorna, as he wants the X-Men to do more dirty jobs for them. A battle breaks loose, which eventually ends with the Red Ghost killing Paine by ripping his heart out of the guy’s chest! After T’Challa rescues Lorna out of her cage, the X-Men go after the Ghost, who disappeared again. He locates his apes, and laughs at their plan to release their virus and start a new “Ape Age.“ The X-Men and the Panther find them as well. Iceman finishes the job by freezing both the virus, the Ghosts and his apes up, and T’Challa takes the virus so his scientists can take a look at it. The X-Men depart, with Storm sharing a kiss with the Panther and deciding to take some time off and stay in Africa for a while. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Black Panther, Vol. 4 #31 - Size Matters
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Francis Portela
Writer(s): Reginald Hudlin
Release Date: December 2007
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Black Panther: Little Green Men
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Fun Facts: Technically, the Gambit in this issue is part of an illusion to convince Black Panther that Storm and her fellow X-Men are having an orgy that he is invited to.
Comic Summary: Yikes! With Zombies chomping at their heels, the new Fantastic Four take another wrong turn on the dimensional superhighway. And this time, they've landed in the middle of the Sub-Atomica Universe! Can a skirmish with Psycho-Man be far behind? It's clobberin' time.

 Daredevil, Vol. 1 #330 - Tree Of Knowledge, Part 4: Disinformoracy
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Scott McDaniel
Writer(s): DG Chichester
Release Date: July 1994
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Daredevil.
Comic Summary: Daredevil fights Steel Collar and the new Killobyte who were attacking national Guardsmen. He finds the X-Man Gambit lurking in the shadows, and together they drive them away. Gambit gives Daredevil the number of a roving rave party for hackers; DD might find some answers there. He and Captain America go there in disguise. They learn Knowbot was stealing information about "line-eaters", secret monitoring programs that record all information traded through computer and phone lines. Cap expresses his distaste for the current state of martial law. And delivers his optimistic view for the good the internet can do. DD offers a more pessimistic view. Karen Page watches the computer disk from her old producers about their new virtual sex service. They want her "talent". Angrily, she hits the computer. Suddenly, she sees grainy footage on the monitor of a teenage girl apparently being raped. She's sure she saw it, but she can't find it again. Checking in with the supporting cast, Matt refuses Elektra's come-ons. He says he's trying to break form his past, and she should do the same. This only strengthens Elektra's determination. John Garrett is made a reserve S.H.I.E.L.D. agent by Nick Fury. He's closely watched by Siege, another cyborg. Foggy Nelson is offered a job by TV station WFET, owned by Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk. In prison, Sinclair's lawyer is "eaten" by Bitmap who seems to melt out of the ceiling.

 Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Ellis
Writer(s): David Gallaher
Release Date: August 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Darkstar and the Winter Guard
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the Darkstar storyline, but is a main character in the reprint of X-Men Unlimited #28 featured in 3 parts throughout this series.
Comic Summary: In Russia, the Agents of Atlas are battling Krang and his forces, who has taken Namora captive, wanting her to be his wife. The Winter Guard arrive on scene and team up with the Agents of Atlas. By using the power from the Uranian’s spaceship, they manage to create dimensional tear in which to banish Krang and his army after rescuing Namora. The two teams part, and the Agents of Atlas watch the Winter Guard hold a press conference. Upon returning to the Citadel, they Winter Guard are greeted by their liaison, Dimitri Bukharin, who tells them that they did a good job on the mission. The Red Guardian asks the Crimson Dynamo to accompany him to his workshop. The Crimson Dynamo is amazed at all the different Crimson Dynamo armor’s and other things that the Red Guardian has in his lab. Red Guardian strongly suggests to Crimson Dynamo that she stop questioning his order so much, before they begin to upgrade her armor. The new Darkstar asks Ursa Major if he thinks she is doing an okay job. Ursa Major takes Reena to the “shrine” he has for the original Darkstar and after a brief discussion about Laynia, Ursa Major gives Reena some encouraging words. Dimitri is monitoring the Winter Guard, as well as their captive, the Presence, when Colonel Alexi Vazhin arrives. They discuss the roster, while Vazhin threatens Bukharin, before giving the Winter Guard their next mission, in St Petersburg. The team arrives to find a massive tear in space-time. The Crimson Dynamo attempts to repair the tear - when a woman falls through the tear. The new Darkstar rescues her, and Ursa Major recognizes her as Fantasma! After the tear is sealed, Fantasma is brought back to the Citadel, where Bukharin is shocked to see his former teammate. He reveals that the death of the original Darkstar created a rift in the Winter Guard, resulting in several members leaving the team. Fantasma wakes, with a deadly warning of death, before collapsing in Bukharin’s arms. The Winter Guard boasts that they will find out what is going on and stop them. Meanwhile, Vanguard, Starlight and Powersurge arrive in St Petersburg, announcing that the Protectorate has returned! (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Darkstar and the Winter Guard #2 - Fiery Revolution
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Ellis
Writer(s): David Gallaher
Release Date: September 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Darkstar and the Winter Guard
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the Darkstar storyline, but is a main character in the reprint of X-Men Unlimited #28 featured in 3 parts throughout this series.
Comic Summary: In St Petersburg, Vanguard, Starlight and Powersurge - calling themselves the Protectorate - battle the militant group called Sword of Judgment. They take down the militant group with ease. At the Citadel, the new Darkstar and new Crimson Dynamo discuss the mysterious arrival of Fantasma, both bothered by her mysterious premonition and her slutty costume. The new Darkstar also reveals that she used to be fat and ugly, until she became Darkstar, having the technology at the Citadel change her. She worries that the life of Darkstar is not for her, before Crimson Dynamo detects another tear in reality. In the sick bay, Ursa Major and Dimitri Bukharin are trying to refresh Fantasma’s memories, reminding her of the Winter Guard’s past. The other members of the team soon arrive, and the Red Guardian turns on a monitor, showing the Protectorate in St Petersburg. Ursa Major is shocked to see his former teammates, before the team leaves to confront them. Back in St Petersburg, the Protectorate hope they can locate Fantasma, before the Winter Guard arrives. Vanguard tells them that they need the help of real heroes, not impostors, and the two teams battle, with Vanguard clearly bitter about his sister being replaced. At the Citadel, Dimitri takes Fantasma for a tour, where they encounter the Presence, locked in his holding cell. Fantasma then runs off, exclaiming that she must save them all. Dimitri realizes the Presence did something to Fantasma, and follows her, locating her in the sub-basement - where she is standing amongst a large nest of Dire Wraith eggs. Fantasma reveals that she was always confused about her history, but now knows her purpose, to release the Dire Wraith‘s out into the world once more. She touches the eggs, transforming herself into a Wraith - only to discover the eggs are not fertilized. She stalks Dimitri, wanting to use him, but he manages to escape, so Fantasma finds the Presence instead. Back in St Petersburg, Vanguard tells Reena that she is a mockery of everything his sister stood for, but he stands down when Starlight and Powersurge are overpowered, and he learns that the Winter Guard has Fantasma. The two teams journey back to the Citadel together, during which it is revealed that after the original Darkstar died, Vanguard, Starlight, Powersurge, Steel Guardian, Fantasma, Perun and Vostok left the Winter Guard and formed the Protectorate, journeying to Immortus’ Limbo, where Vanguard pleaded with the Immortus to manipulate time to get Darkstar back. Immortus agreed, providing the Protectorate serve as his personal guard, to defeat the Dire Wraiths which had taken over his realm. During that time Vanguard and Starlight became lovers, while the Steel Guardian was slain in battle, then they learned Fantasma herself was a Dire Wraith, who found a tear in reality and escaped back to Earth, with Vanguard, Starlight and Powersurge following her. The two teams soon arrive at the Citadel, only to find it hovering in the air, and Fantasma’s death-wings surrounding it! (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Darkstar and the Winter Guard #3 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Ellis
Writer(s): David Gallaher
Release Date: October 2010
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Darkstar and the Winter Guard
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the Darkstar storyline, but is a main character in the reprint of X-Men Unlimited #28 featured in 3 parts throughout this series.
Comic Summary: The Winter Guard - Ursa Major, Red Guardian, Crimson Dynamo and the new Darkstar, along with the Protectorate - Vanguard, Starlight and Powersurge - have arrived back at the Citadel, only to find it swarming with Fantasma’s death-wings. Taking Vanguard’s hammer, Ursa Major leaps from the jet, and reigns in one of the death-wings, using it to fight the others, enabling the new Darkstar to teleport everyone into the Citadel. Inside, the transformed Fantasma and the Presence are holding each other when they detect the arrival of the Winter Guard, while the Presence reveals his feelings for his forgotten son, estranged lover and the black-hearted thing masquerading as his daughter. Fantasma then releases the Dire Wraiths. The Winter Guard and Protectorate are soon reunited with Dimitri Bukharin, who has donned his old Crimson Dynamo armor. They gather in the Red Guardian’s lab and make plans to defeat the Wraiths by sending them through a tear in reality like they did to Krang and his army. Red Guardian and Starlight make some changes to Powersurge’s armor, while the others reinforce the lab, despite the new Crimson Dynamo offering to help Red Guardian. However, some Dire Wraiths enter the lab through vents in the ceiling - and rip the Red Guardian’s head from his cyborg body. Vanguard takes a Red Guardian shield and uses it as his new weapon, before also commandeering Red Guardian’s motor cycle, before the new Darkstar teleports everyone to the reactor room. They make it to the reactor room, but find themselves having to face-off against countless Dire Wraiths - though they do so valiantly, while the Presence boasts that when the egg-spores are released, they will re-write the Earth. Vanguard confronts his diabolical father, running him over with the motor cycle, before on of the Wraiths kills the new Darkstar by shoving its tongue through her head. The Wraith takes the gem Darkstar had and shifts its form to resemble Darkstar, while Vanguard uses the shield as the conduct for his kinetic energy, preparing to attack his father again, before Fantasma attacks him. Starlight comes to Vanguard’s rescue, while the Wraith quasi-transformed into Darkstar attacks Powersurge, and breaks the device Red Guardian placed on him. Powersurge manages to destroy the Dire Wraith spores, while the new Crimson Dynamo amplifies the effect of Powersurge’s powers, opening another tear in reality, back to Immortus’ Limbo. The new Crimson Dynamo then grabs Fantasma and throws her back into Limbo - but Fantasma’s form shifts, and she reaches out for Starlight - taking her back into Limbo as well, before the tear in reality seals itself. Vanguard attacks his father, blaming him for ruining everything he ever loved, before the reaming Dire Wraiths confront Vanguard, the two Crimson Dynamos and Powersurge. Suddenly though, strange power consumes the Wraith who took the Darkforce diadem from Reena - and Laynia - the real Darkstar - is returned. The Presence is surprised by this development, but nonetheless, attempts to destroy his children and their teammates. Powersurge however absorbs the radiation that the Presence is expelling - to the point that it kills Powersurge, though he saves the day as the Presence is drained of his energies, for now. Darkstar teleports Vanguard and the two Crimson Dynamos to safety, where they are reunited with Ursa Major, just as the Citadel explodes. Ursa Major reveals that he lost Vanguard’s hammer, but Vanguard isn’t bothered. He is just happy that Immortus kept his promise, and Laynia has returned. In the aftermath, the Winter Guard now comprises of the real Darkstar, Ursa Major, Dimitri Bukharin as the Crimson Dynamo and Vanguard as the new Red Guardian. The female Crimson Dynamo meanwhile has secured the remains of the previous Red Guardian’s laboratory, and made it her base. She has the cyborg head of the previous Red Guardian in a tank, and has dubbed herself the Ultra-Dynamo, vowing to take down monsters disguised as heroes. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #3 - Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Part III
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Dalibor Talajic
Writer(s): Cullen Bunn
Release Date: August 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: What if everthing you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing? What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you? The Merc with a Mouth takes a turn for the twisted in a weekly horror comic like no other? Due to Psycho Man screwing with Wade Wilson's messed up head, a new voice has emerged in Deadpool's noggin'--cancelling out the old voices and giving him a 'clarity of vision' that he never had before. Deadpool's now either loopier than ever--or the only one that 'gets it;' that what we're reading isn't real, everyone's just a Marvel comic book character getting their strings pulled by Marvel, and he's had enough of having his strings pulled--he's gonna take out the Marvel Universe! Hero or Villain, look out--the Merc with a Mouth is gunning for you!

 Death's Head II, Vol. 2 #1 - The Lotus FX, Part 1 - X-Treme Prejudice
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Liam Sharp
Writer(s): Dan Abnett
Release Date: December 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Death Head II, formally known as Minion whom has been taken over by the original Death Head's personality, along with 104 others, attacks Kite. They both have been drawn by a strange signal pulling them to the town of Paxton, along with many other mutants and alien creatures. The X-Men notices the event and decide to visit Paxton to investigate the phenomenon. The X-Men arrive and are attacked by Death's Head 2.

 Death's Head II, Vol. 2 #2 - The Lotus FX Part 2
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Liam Sharp
Writer(s): Dan Abnett
Release Date: January 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-men's and Death Head II's fight continues in the town of Paxton. A small town in Oregon that is drawing in mutants and alien creatures by an invisible signal. The fight finally comes to an end to find that neither party wants a war with either. The decide to work together to stop Wrathchilde who has attacked Chicago. Tuck breaks in and attacks Death's Head II, starting a new battle.

 Death's Head II, Vol. 2 #3 - The Lotus FX Part 3
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Liam Sharp
Writer(s): Dan Abnett
Release Date: February 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men's and Death Head II's fight continues in Chicago. Tuck continues his attacks on Death's Head II, bringing in the Raptors. In the end Tuck is defeted. They find she has been controlled by Wrathchilde.

 Death's Head II, Vol. 2 #4 - The Lotus FX Part 4
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Liam Sharp
Writer(s): Dan Abnett
Release Date: March 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit also appears in an advertisment for the X-Men cartoon VHS in the center of the comic.
Comic Summary: The X-Men and Death Head II are wisked away to another dimensions by Phaedra. They find that she is the creator of the Sapphire Lotus and she was the one who sent out the Raptors, only for them to turn against her and attack. She joins the attack against them.

 Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 #367 - By Reed...Betrayed
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paul Ryan
Writer(s): Tom DeFalco
Release Date: August 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: As Mr. Fantastic calls all of earth's heroes together to Four Fredoms Plaza for a meeting, Sue realizes that there is something terribly wrong with her husband (he was replaced by an evil doppelganger last issue); After a tense meeting with Shary, the Thing battles his own evil double and triumphs only with a little help from the Puppet Master; At the superhero summit, a battle breaks out as Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man are revealed as imposters; Reed detonates a Gamma Bomb in order to kill everyone.

 Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 #27 - Say What?
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Salvador Larroca
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: March 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None
Comic Summary: The news that the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four is going to marry Doctor Doom has made front page news. The announcement has rocked the super-hero community as well as government officials. As the entire world watches for developments, the one question on everyone's mind is: what happened to Reed Richards? Nobody except the Fantastic Four are aware that Reed has recently been trapped in the armor of Doctor Doom. Inside his lab within Pier Four Reed has discovered one set back: thanks to Doom's armor he has no access to any of his files or experiments. As much as he is locked into Doom's armor, he is locked out of his own work. Hacking into the armor he begins trying to break himself free. He enters a virtual simulation which simulates Reed himself being trapped in Doctor Doom's castle as a representation of himself trying to break free from Doom's armor. Trapped in a dungeon, Reed improvises a laser weapon to cut through the stone of his cell into the moat. However when he breaks free and swims to the surface, he finds himself still trapped in Doom's armor, making the entire experiment a failure.

 Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #26 - Blood Feud!, Part 2
Importance Rating: 8.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Ron Wagner
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: June 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men & Ghost Rider: Brood Trouble in the Big Easy
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Fun Facts: The story started in X-Men #8 and continues in X-Men #9 before being concluded in the next issue of Ghost Rider #27.

This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and The Brood and Ghost Rider.
Comic Summary: Since his human host Dan Ketch has been wounded and he can feel him dying through their psychic link, Ghost Rider has come to New Orleans, looking for John Blaze. He believes that the former Ghost Rider will be able to help him and Dan. Searching for him, he comes across a black clawed figure calling itself an Assasin and he recently killed lots of memmbers of the Thieves Guild. Ghost Rider vows vengeance for the innocent and chases after him into a church. A stairway leads downwards to a Brood nest, they have been taking over almost the entire Assasins Guild, and sensing the vast power in Ghost Rider they want to imlpant him a Brood egg too. He tries to fight but is outnumbered and can’t help himself as the Brood Queen approaches. Meanwhile the X-Men’s Blue team arrives in New Orleans too, alerted by Gambit’s wife Bella Donna of the feus between the rivaling Guilds have cost many lives. Soon they find the trail of the recently killed and enter the church too. They fight the Brood, and Cyclops explains that they are alien parasites, as not all members present are familiar with them. Once they have taken over a host body, there is no other solution than death. The X-Men do well, but suddenly they have to face the Ghost Rider, who already is growing Brood tentacles out of his body. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #27 - Part 4: Vengeance. Pure and Simple.
Importance Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Ron Wagner
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: July 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men & Ghost Rider: Brood Trouble in the Big Easy
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Fun Facts: The story started in X-Men #8 and continues from Ghost Rider #26 and X-Men #9 before being concluded in this issue.

This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Julien Boudreaux.
Comic Summary: The X-Men and the Ghost Rider search the catacombs for the missing Guild children and finally find them stuck in organic Brood material. Gambit, Logan and Ghost Rider walk off to kill the Brood Queen, while the others try to get the kids to saftey. Both teams gets attacked by Brood, but both teams fight their way through. The Brood Queen wants revenge for her dead children and tries to kuill the Guild children in return, but Ghost Rider swings his chain around her neck and drags her behind his bike through the catacombs up to the surface. There he deafets the Brood Queen, and a second time when she rises again when the X-Men and the children come out of the catacombs too. Alerted by a clairvoyant friend, John Blaze knows that the Ghost Rider needs him. He arrives right as the Brood Queen rises a third time and helps with his special gun to sever her head. The X-Men use their powers to make sure that the remaining bones get disintegrated. Ghost Rider and John Blaze depart, talking about how to rescue Ghost Rider’s human host Dan Ketch. The X-Men know that one opponent is still on the loose, a half Brood transformed member of the Assasin Guild, who killed many Thief Guild members. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #67 - Brood Feud, Part 1: A Gathering
Importance Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Salvador Larroca
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: November 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This is a continuation of the storyline from three years before in the first Brood crossover between Ghost Rider and X-Men, Ghost Rider 26-27 and X-Men 8-9. Though this series is a continuation, it does not have any X-Men comics involved this time.
Comic Summary: The brood attacks police officers in New York city, claiming to be searching for Gambit and Ghost Rider to avenge the death of their queen. In Brooklyn the Ghost Rider meets with a mysterious stranger that claims to be able to help him hit crime at its heart. He also knows information on Anton Hellgate. On leaving the meeting the Brood, that has not taken the place of the police they killed, find Ghost Rider. In Westchester Gambit takes a night ride on his Harley to clear his mind. He runs up on what seems to be an elderly couple, but changes into the Brood. Both Gambit and Ghost Rider battle it out with the Brood only to meet in the middle and claim they have work to do.

 Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #68 - Brood Feud, Part 2: A Hunting
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Salvador Larroca
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: December 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Brood feud continues and Wolverine joins in. All three head out on their motorcycles to search for the Queen. They find a man in a building that tells them the Brood are hiding in the mailroom. When they confront the Queen she has taken a police officier, Stacy, hostage. She is a friend of Ghost Riders so he trades himself for her life. In the chaos of the transformation Gambit and Wolverine destroy the Brood Queen.

 Herc #7 - Spider-Island - Spider-Story, Part One
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): June Brigman
Writer(s): Fred Van Lente, Gred Pak
Release Date: November 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Spider-Island: Companion Hardcover and Spider-Island: Companion
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Greek owners/operators of the bar where Hercules works have fled the dangers of New York City and returned to Greece, leaving Hercules in charge. After a while he befriends an elderly African man named A. Nancy who loves stories. One night Herc is bitten by a bed bug that gives him spider powers, which he uses to fight crime. He ends up fighting the X-Men who are in town still dealing with those who were turned into lizard men by the Lizard. It was shown that Hercules ended up getting spider powers where a tenant at the bar he worked at has been having bedbug problems.

 Herc #8 - Spider-Island - Spider-Story, Part Two
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): June Brigman
Writer(s): Fred Van Lente, Gred Pak
Release Date: December 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Spider-Island: Companion Hardcover and Spider-Island: Companion
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The Queen of Spider Island reveals herself to Herc and makes him her slave. She sends Spider-Herc against the X-Men, who were in town after fighting lizard people in the sewers. They try to reason with him, but he attacks them with the Sword of Peleus. Due to the mutagenic properties of Spider-Man's powers, Spider-Herc mutates into Herc-Spider. Suddenly the X-Men are trapped in a magic web and the Greek goddess Arachne appears. Instead of fighting, it is revealed that Arachne is very attracted to Herc's new form and they embrace while the X-Men are forced to watch. While Arachne is preoccupied, A. Nancy breaks into her home and steals her mythical tapestry. He reveals himself as the African spider god Anansi, the collector of stories.

 Incredible Hulk, The, Vol. 1 #445 - Dancing in the Dark
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Angel Medina
Writer(s): Peter David
Release Date: September 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Onslaught The Complete Epic Volume 3
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Fun Facts: This is part of the Onslaught crossover.
Comic Summary: The Hulk helps to bring a stranded train filled with people into safety. Afterwards, he goes back to the other heroes, who are busy making battle plans to defeat Onslaught. Hulk notices that nobody seems to trust him, besides the Falcon. The Hulk tries to make Captain America understand that they should attack Onslaught directly now, but Cap feels that it’s not the right time yet. The Hulk is determined to follow his plan and is able to bring the Falcon, Hawkeye, the Vision and Crystal to his side. They make tunnels to move under Central Park and hope to attack Onslaught at his castle. Unfortunately, Onslaught notices them and attacks the heroes. The Hulk can’t have it any more and grows out of control and destroys Onslaught’s armor. But Onslaught isn’t defeated yet and is now everywhere and can enter whoever’s mind he wishes. The fallen heroes return to their friends, distrusting the Hulk once more. Meanwhile, Rick Jones tries to reach New York, but finds resistance in the form of his girlfriend, Marlo, and the fact that no planes go to New York because of the disasters happening there. And at the same time, the mysterious Janis is rescued by the Pantheon, who believe that she knows more about the Hulk. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Iron Man, Vol. 1 #307 - Wired
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Morgan
Writer(s): Len Kaminski
Release Date: August 1994
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: After a virtual workout with the X-Men, Tony has himself shot into cyberspace to discover who has been interfering with his operations; He battles and is bested by the cyber-creature Vor/Tex who downloads itself into his human body.

 Iron Man, Vol. 3 #35 - Maximum Security - Part 6: The Land
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Alitha Martinez
Writer(s): Joe Quesada and Frank Tieri
Release Date: December 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men / Avengers: Maximum Security
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears as part of Max Power's memories.

This is part of the Maximum Security crossover that spans the whole Marvelverse.
Comic Summary: Inside Fours Freedom Plaza, Reed Richards helps decipher the memories of the alien, Max Power, from Iron Man, after Iron Man was telepathically attacked by the now-comatose man. Together, they discover that Max Power discovered that Ego, the living planet, has been sent to Littletown, Nebraska, due to the Maximum Security program initiated on Earth. Iron Man and the Fantastic Four go to Littletown, where everything seems normal at first, but the five soon discover that the whole entire town has been absorbed by Ego. Ego ends the charade and attacks the Fantastic Four, while Iron Man discovers where the source of the Ego-spore is. He discovers that a delusional elderly couple has been taking care of the spore and thinks that it is their child. Iron Man injects the spore with an inoculant to make sure Ego does not set its roots in Littletown, thus slowing down his spread. Ego knocks out everyone and disappears to another part of the planet. Reed comes up with the idea of recompressing Ego back into the state he was put in when he was shipped to Earth, but he will need a cosmic host. Suddenly, the Thing attacks a mysterious man approaching them, who ends up being the Silver Surfer. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Iron Man and Power Pack #2 - The Big Race!
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Marcelo DiChiara
Writer(s): Marc Sumerak
Release Date: February 2008
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in the mini-comics in the back of the comic, not in the main storyline.
Comic Summary: Julie decides to enter the election for a position in the student government at her school, however she has a rival in Irena Crumb, daughter of billionaire and business man Arnold Crumb. When Irena and her friends leave the school, she is taken captive by Blizzard. Power Pack notices the kidnapping and pursuits the villian, though Julie is reluctant to save her rival. At the same time, Tony Stark is having a meeting with Arnold Crumb. When Arnold receives a ransom call from Irena's kidnappers, Tony promises to find her and suits up. Power Pack traces Blizzard to a warehouse, where the other kidnapper is revealed to be Speed Demon. Speed Demon critizes his parner for leading the heroes straight to their lair. Power Pack fights the villains, but Julie can't fully join the battle because Irena might recognize her. When it's clear that they are loosing the battle, Speed Demon grabs Irena and runs off, leaving Blizzard in Power Pack's hands. Julie snatches Blizzards mask to hide her identity and gives chase. She easily catches up with Speed Demon and saves Irena, after which Tony Stark arrives on the scene and arrests Speed Demon. The villains are arrested and Irena reunited with her father. To thank Julie for her help, Tony promises to support her campaign.

 M.O.D.O.K. Assassins #1 - Secret Wars
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Amilcar Pinna
Writer(s): Christopher Yost
Release Date: July 2015
Variant Covers: A. Standard Variant
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None
Comic Summary: M.O.D.O.K. interferes with a sanctioned hit on Otto Octavius by Bullseye, killing both the would-be assassin and his target, in order to recover stolen A.I.M. technology. Baron Mordo, accompanied by his consort, Clea, chastises M.O.D.O.K. and warns him that the Assassins Guild won't be pleased. M.O.D.O.K. then patrols the borders of Killville and witnesses Gambit flee from the Sentinel Territories attempting to return to the Monarchy of M. Crossing into Killville, Sentinels prepare to terminate the mutant, only to have M.O.D.O.K. intercede, destroying the robots and sending a clear message to the Master Mold that they are not to trespass in M.O.D.O.K.'s territory. He then kills Remy for trespassing as well. Suddenly the skies explode and a Thor crashes to earth at M.O.D.O.K.'s feet.

 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #41 - Infinity War - The Dark Doppelgangers Descend
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Gary Kwapisz
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: August 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit is given the task of telling Moon Knight that he is dying by Psylocke who read it from Moons Knight's mind. To anyone's knowledge he never completed this task.

Part of the Infinity War crossover that spans the whole Marvelverse.
Comic Summary: Moon Knight is in a meeting between the Avengers and the X-Men when the meeting turns sour, each side fighting the other. He is attacked by Psylocke who reveals a darkness within him. When the fight is over Thanos appears through a portal and a team of heroes follow them. Psylocke leaves Gambit with the job of telling Marc what she learned from his mind, but Marc walks away. Marc contacts his Shadow Council using one of Reed's computer terminals and upon leaving, faces his doppelgänger, Moon Shade, who is following Franklin's doppelgänger towards the real Franklin. They siphon some of Franklin's power away before Marc is able to stop them, but Moon Shade takes the device being used and puts it on himself, which gives him both Franklins powers and he is able to absorb Moon Knights from several dimensions, making him more powerful.

 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #42 - Infinity War - Multverse Madness!
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Gary Kwapisz
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: September 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears in a group flashback image. Not really part of the storyline.

Part of the Infinity War crossover that spans the whole Marvelverse.
Comic Summary: Moon Shade takes Moon Knight through the multiverses, consuming the remaining Moon Knights of each, including Darkmoon, Moonfang (vampire), Crescent Moon (female), Mr. Spector, Moon Ghost, Dino-Knight (dinosaur), Moon-Maid (mermaid), and finally Moonman (Batman clone). Moon Knight manages to defeat Moon Shade using an electrical charge through his bo, but finds himself stranded in the current universe.

 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #43 - Infinity War - Multiple Maniacs
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Gary Kwapisz
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: October 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Part of the Infinity War crossover that spans the whole Marvelverse.
Comic Summary: After Moon Knight killed Moon Shade, reality disappeared briefly and he returned to his. own universe, right back where he left at Four Freedoms Plaza. He re-joins the battle within. Meanhile, Frenchie poses as Marc and discusses his (Marc's) condition with the ShadowCouncil. Elsewhere, we get a glimpse of The Knights Templar discussing their future plans. Marc continues to fit the various doppelgängers while Frenchie and the ShadowCouncil contemplate finding Demogoblin, the source of Marc's infection. Eventually all the doppelgängers disintegrate and the heroes know they have won... until reality grinds to a halt.

 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #52 - Knight's Gambit
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): James Fry
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: July 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Manhattan, Marc Spector heads to his SpectorCorp offices to take care of long-neglected business, leaving his wheelchair-bound confidante, Jean-Paul DuChamp, to ponder his role as Bloodline, the potential champion of the Knights Templar. Spector, informed that the newly-established PhalkonCorp is making moves to solidify their business standing against SpectorCorp, assigns a research team to study their rivals. On his way to his office, having mistaken a previous encounter with PR Director Donna Kraft as a potential romance, Marc kisses her, and is rewarded with a slap.
At PhalkonCorp, Marlene Alraune tells her new employer Seth Phalkon she will not divulge personal information from her past relationship with Marc Spector for business purposes. Hiding his ulterior motives, he concurs.
That evening, patrolling Central Park, Moon Knight intervenes in a near-mugging/assault, then encounters two bizarre beings, Glaze and Cubist. The creatures have accosted the passengers and driver of a horse-bound carriage, Glaze encasing them in a resin-like substance, then they feed upon the horse. As Moon Knight approaches, Cubist's pheromones affect the hero's vision, allowing the pair to evade him. Moon Knight releases their victims from the substance and gives chase. Instead, he finds a gang of frat boys terrorizing the inhabitants of a shantytown, and assists the police in rounding them up.
He later returns to his headquarters, Shadowkeep, where Jean-Paul is repairing computer equipment that, unknown to them, is systematically being damaged by a gremlin.
Meanwhile, the two intruders in Spector Mansion, Gambit and the Werewolf, fight furiously making a shambles of the place, and set off an alarm. Moon Knight rushes to his former home to find himself in the middle of the melee.

 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #53 - Werewolf by Knight
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): James Fry
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: August 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: In Marc Spector's Long Island mansion, a three-way battle takes place between Moon Knight, Gambit and the Werewolf. The fight rages until Moon Knight commands his hovercraft, the Angelwing, to blast a hole in the wall then lock its guns on the two intruders. Things calm down, and Gambit explains his presence there is to warn Moon Knight that his fellow X-Man Psylocke had, during the infinity War, psychically detected a health risk. Feeling invaded by the psychic probe, Moon Knight dismisses Gambit and his warning, then turns to the Werewolf to ask what his intent is. The lycanthrope relates how he sensed the demonic taint on Moon Knight, a result of the Crescent Crusader's encounter with the possessed Hobgoblin. Moon Knight protests that he's been purged of that taint, and the Werewolf realizes what he now senses are the stains on Moon Knight's outfit left by the resin secreted by Glaze, one of the Hellbent. They join forces and head for Central Park.
On the way, Moon Knight contacts his assistant, Jean-Paul DuChamp, to ask about leads discovered by his Shadow Cabinet. Only one, Junior Birdman, has anything: the location of a recent sighting of Glaze, and her ally, Cubist. However, wanting to determine the connection between the Hellbent and his own destiny as Bloodline, Jean-Paul does not relay the lead to Moon Knight.
Moon Knight and the Werewolf search the park till they come upon a group of Hellbent, and a battle erupts, while the Manx, the savage agent of the Knights Templar, looks on from a treetop. The Hellbent gain the upper hand when Glaze encases the heroes within a sheath of her resin.
Downtown, meanwhile, Marc Spector's researchers and his PR Director, Donna Kraft, look into the business moves of PhalkonCorp. Simultaneously, at his rival's offices, Marlene Alraune grows uneasy with her increasing awareness of Seth Phalkon's intentions of taking over SpektorCorp.
Back in Central Park, Gambit's timely arrival releases Moon Knight and the Werewolf and the tide turns as the trio overcome their opponents. The conflict ends when Manx slaughters the remaining four Hellbent, then vanishes.
The three heroes each go their separate ways, Moon Knight returning to his headquarters, the Shadowkeep. There, Jean-Paul continues repairs on equipment that, unknown to them, is being damaged by a gremlin that now hides in Moon Knight's new custom-built automobile.

 Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #11 - Northern Lights
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Scott Koblish
Writer(s): Fred Van Lente
Release Date: May 2008
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Marvel Adventures: Iron Man Digests #3
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Fun Facts: Gambit appears in the mini-comics in the back of the comic, not in the main storyline.
Comic Summary: The Living Laser is back, and having merged with the aurora borealis, he's laying waste to the Great White North. Iron Man had better call in the cavalry! Wait, no--the Mounties! No, better yet--Canada's greatest super heroes, ALPHA FLIGHT!

 New Avengers, Vol. 1 #45 - Secret Invasion
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Cheung
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Release Date: November 2008
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: New Avengers Vol. 1
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears on the cover as a Skrull, he is not in the comic itself.
Comic Summary: On the House of M S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Skrull Queen Veranke, disguised as Spider-Woman, stares outside in stunned to see that mutants have become the dominant race. Forge asks her to find her squad leader before leaving. Instead, the queen Skrull sneaks away, runs toward the bathroom and throws up. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the disguised Skrull Criti Noll poses as Henry Pym tells Beast to work on a machine making it possible to isolate the mutant gene. When Beast protests, calling the idea "anti-mutant," Henry argues that Professor X will understand when he receives the results. Beast hops down and speaks from man-to-mutant. Henry runs out of the laboratory, but Spider-Woman flies him onto the rooftop. Veranke says that the Scarlet Witch must have caused this and decides to go kill her so the Skrull armada can take over the Earth. She flies over to Genosha and finds the Scarlet Witch in the House of Magnus Royal Palace with Hawkeye posed to reluctantly shoot her, but suddenly disintegrates. The Scarlet Witch pronounces, "No more mutants," and most of the mutants disappear in a flash of light. The undercover Skrulls meet in a warehouse and solemnly celebrate their victory against the mutant population.

 Nomad, Vol. 2 #7 - Infinity War - Airport Insecurity
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): S. Clarke Hawbaker & Mike Harris
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: November 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: This is not the real Gambit that appears in this comic, it is the evil Infinity doppleganger. He does appear in the comic a great deal, but the rating is low since it is not really Gambit.

Part of the Infinity War crossover that spans the whole Marvelverse.
Comic Summary: The Infinity Gambit attacks and kills security guards that attempt to stop him from steeling a diamond. Nomad appears and stops the Infinity Gambit from killing the last of the guards. Infiintiy Gambit gets away and Nomad follows. nomad tricks Infinity Gambit to jump from a plane with a parachute he laced with explosive.

 Nomad, Vol. 2 #16 - Honor Among Thieves
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Art Nichols
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: August 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Jack goes to New Orleans to collect a picture that has been stolen from his employer. He goes to the home of the thief that took it and finds an old couple, one on the brink of death. After getting his money, Jack is attacked by Gambit. He is surprised at first, believing he had killed the Cajun before, not understanding that Gambit was the Infinity War version. Gambit takes Bucky, who likes the X-Man. Gambit makes a deal with Jack...Gambit will give him back the child if he helps Gambit get back the photo he just stole.

 Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe - The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Dougie Braithwaite
Writer(s): Garth Ennis
Release Date: November 1995
Variant Covers: A. 2nd/3rd/4th Printing Variant. All 3 printings share the exact same cover. (2000)
B. 5th Printing - Regular Dougie Braithwaite Cover.
C. 5th Printing, Variant Skull Cover.
D. 2008 Printing Steve Dillon Variant Cover.
E. Museum Edition Variant. Limited.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Years ago in Hell's Kitchen, a group of children is seen bullying and harassing a young Matt Murdock, calling him "Dare-devil." A young Frank Castle steps in and stops the fighting, and helps Matt. Castle tells Matt that you have to fight to stop bullies, and leaves. In the modern day, a battle is breaking out at Central Park between the Avengers and the X-Men between a Kree/Skrull invasion. Frank is seen speeding towards the Park, telling his partner that his family went to the park. The Avengers are revealed to have been victorious against the invaders by a news reporter. Frank arrives and leaps out into the Park, where Daredevil is scolding the Avengers for going into Central Park and not evacuating. 3 months later, Frank is battling Captain America. Captain asks what happened to Frank, and tells Frank that he was a soldier like Cap, but is now a disgrace. Frank tells Cap that they haven't fought in the same war, and that he learned how to scope out a scene before fighting. He then pulls out a concealed revolver and shoots Cap in the head. Daredevil removes his mask, revealing himself as Matt. Matt's last words to Frank are: "There's always someone under the mask, Frank... but you killed us all..." and he dies. Frank looks up and says that he isn't done. He then points his gun to his chin, states "There's one more to go." and the comic ends.

 Spider-Man and the X-Men #3 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Marco Failla
Writer(s): Elliott Kalan
Release Date: February 2015
Variant Covers: A. Declan Shalvey Variant
Trade Availability: None
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Fun Facts: Not really Gambit. It's Chameleon using him as a disguise.
Comic Summary: So Spider-Man and the X-Kids have defeated Stegron and Sauron and have been kidnapped by the Chameleon and are located in the MojoVerse (X-Men world universe) and are being placed in the T.V. show line-up for ratings. The MojoVerse is known for its brutality and violence as the audience demands it. This is not a very interesting X-Men universe and since the last issue is from Savage Island, it makes sense to switch it up. I am sure Elliott Kalan is playing up his Daily Show expertise in this issue by using the setting of a T.V. show. The comic begins with a quick upcoming list of programs that are about to start on the Mojo Video Network. First up, Late night with Spider-Man begins at 11:30 with Hellion and the X-Kids band! Spider-Man swings in with a three-piece suit and quickly is harmed as he makes an unwise crack joke at Mojo’s appearance. Eye-Boy is seen filming the T.V. show and is apparently working with Mojo. Could Eye-Boy be the mole that Spider-Man is looking for? Soon after, Spider-Man’s line-up of guest change as he is quickly greeted by the Sinister Sixty-Six!

 Spider-Man: The Mutant Agenda #1 - Mutant Agenda Part 1
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Scott Kolins
Writer(s): Steven Grant
Release Date: March 1994
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit also appears in an advertisement for Spiderman/X-Men videogame ad on the back of the comic.
Comic Summary: With the Brand company back researching on mutant genetics, Hank McCoy (The Beast) decides to attend the conference Brand is giving on their latest findings. Also at the conference is Peter Parker (Spider-Man) who needs to be there to get material for a report he has to write for one of his professors. As the conference is taking place, the Hobgoblin breaks in explaining that the Brand Company and the CEO, Landon, have been involved in some bad practices but before he gets a chance to explain further the Beast and Spider-Man stop him from hurting Landon. During the fight, with Hobgoblin escaping, the building they are in has suffered seriously structural damage and is about to collapse with a lot of people, the Beast and Spider-Man included, still inside.

 Spider-Man Team-Up #5 - Crescent City Memories
Importance Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Darick Robertson
Writer(s): Darick Robertson
Release Date: December 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: The comic storyline that Gambit appears in is only half of the comic, the other half does not feature Gambit.
Comic Summary: In Soho, Ben goes to N'awlin on orders from Mary Jane to loosen up and have fun. He meets a girl and offers her a drink but finds out she is already getting a drink from Gambit. The owner, Jaques St. Pierre, interupts and pulls Gambit aside. Their conversation is cut short by the entrence of two shady guest to the club. Gambit and Spiderman sense the danger of the two and follow. Ben remembers back in the past when he met one of the strange men in New Orleans and Voodoo magic that the man once used on him. Back in the present Gambit finds that Ben has followed the strange men to teh back of the bar and goes there himself. He is attacked by Tombstone when he walks in. Spiderman joins in saving the crowd from the voodoo powder thrown out by Creaux. They defeat Tombstone, who is taking to jail.

 Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 -
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Miralti Firmansyah
Writer(s): Sam Humphries
Release Date: July 2015
Variant Covers: A. Standard Variant
Trade Availability: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde Hardcover and Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Star-Lord, one of the few survivors of Earth 616, has found refuge in the Quiet Room, where he is a successful singer. He misses his friends and his fiancé, Kitty Pryde, when he notices a double of Kitty entering. Said Kitty works for Valeria von Doom’s Foundation, finding objects from outside Battleworld. She has set up a deal with Gambit the Collector and hands him several of Longshot’s lucky blades, in exchange for such an object. That’s when Peter addresses her. Believing the deal to be suspect, Gambit flees with both the object and his prize. Kitty is furious at Peter until she realizes he is also from outside Battleworld. She then handcuffs him to herself and intends to take him to the Foundation.

 Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 -
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Miralti Firmansyah
Writer(s): Sam Humphries
Release Date: August 2015
Variant Covers: A. Standard Variant
Trade Availability: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde Hardcover and Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: AoA Kitty Pryde has dragged her prisoner Star-Lord into a pizza place, where she battles robot versions of the New Mutants as they work for Gambit the Collector. She kills several in battle and finally gets their leader, Cypher, to spill the beans on Gambit. When he taunts her, she kills him, causing Warlock to start his self-destruct sequence. Peter saves her and, when she regains consciousness later in the park, she finds her has lock picked the handcuffs. They share some moments of closeness as they confide in each other (in between another heated argument or two). They decide to use Cypher’s info, which leads them to the Doomenheim museum. Unfortunately, it’s a trap and Gambit captures them with the help of Widget.

 Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #3 -
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Miralti Firmansyah
Writer(s): Sam Humphries
Release Date: September 2015
Variant Covers: A. Standard Variant
Trade Availability: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde Hardcover and Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Star-Lord and Kitty have been tied up by Widget, who is obeying Gambit orders. Gambit taunts them but then leaves because he heard a strange noise. Kitty explains she cannot phase them through Widget’s metal tentacles, as Widget appears to be an alter ego of hers. This gives Peter the idea to serenade Widget, as all Kittys loves his singing. Impossibly, his plan works and, when Gambit returns, Peter and Kitty are free and ambush him. With the Longshot blades, Gambit still has an advantage over them. That is, until a strangely eccentric Emperor Doom shows up and takes him out. “Doom” reveals himself to be Drax, who followed Peter from the club. He leaves Gambit for the Thors to find. Later, Peter and Drax want to see the anomaly. Kitty shows them what turns out to be a raccoon tail and Peter is certain it belongs to his friend, Rocket Raccoon. Kitty relents and lets him keep it before she leaves. Peter and Drax realize they are out of a job and Peter toys with the thought of having Rocket Raccoon cloned.

 Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham #1 - Civil War - Spider-Ham
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Todd Nauck, Mike Wieringo
Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski
Release Date: March 2007
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Amazing Spider-Man Animal Magnetism
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Fun Facts: This is a spoof comic of all the Marvel characters as pigs...including Hambit.
Comic Summary: You asked for it, you got it! Quite possibly the most important comic ever! A life-changing event that will change the way you look at yourself and the world around you! Spinning out of the page of CIVIL WAR -- and every other top-selling comic crossover event you can think of - it's ULTIMATE CIVIL WAR SPIDER-HAM CRISIS (FEATURING WOLVER-HAM)!!! He's little, he's pink, he knows how to bring home the bacon. He's Spider-Ham - and he's about to embark on a kaleidoscopic, time-spanning, universe-shifting journey that will prove just how big a pig he really is. Guest-starring: Iron Ham, Deviled Ham, Fantastic Ham, Green Ham, Ant-Ham, Ultimate Captain Ham, Hambit, Hamneto, and everyone's favorite Sorcerer Supreme -- whatshisface? You know, the guy with the blue tights and red cape...Mustache...Man-servant named Wong? -- anyway, you know who I'm talking about. He's in it, too. And Wolver-Ham - did I mention him?

 Web of Spider-Man #113 - Live And Let Die, Part 1: Darkness Descends
Importance Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Alex Saviuk
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: June 1994
Variant Covers: A. Sealed Variant. Green and Polybagged with a 6-1/2 x 10 cartoon cel.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Inside, Lance Bannon mills through the crowd accompanied by his fiancé, Amy Powell. Cole Cooper approaches for some pointers and Lance quickly snubs him. Amy reminds him, in a whisper, to be nice to Cole and to remember what it's like to be the new kid on the block. Elsewhere, Mike Wilson, the curator of the museum, has cornered reporter Betty Brant. She is trying to get some information for her newspaper. Outside, Spidey notices a "weird flash of light on the other side of the museum". He moves in to investigate. He finds Gambit. Gambit informs Spiderman that he is not there as an X-men, but a theif. Spiderman takes that as an invitation for a fight. Black Cat, below in teh theater, hears the explosions upstairs and runs to investigate. The three find there is more going on then just their battle. The Silencers attack. They finish off the last of the Silencers leaving them hanging from the ceiling. At the end Spiderman is still angry about Gambit being there to steal, but leaves without another fight. Black Cat and Gambit leave together.


 Wonder Man, Vol. 2 #13 - Infinity War - Into Infinity
Importance Rating: 2.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jeff Johnson
Writer(s): Gerry Jones
Release Date: September 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: An Infinity War Crossover! Hercules, Thor, and Wonder Man search for a missing Spider-Man. Later, Wonder Man learns that he best control his boosted powers when he's angry...and when he faces an evil duplicate of himself, his hostility increases tenfold!

 Wonder Man, Vol. 2 #14 - Infinity War - Infinite Memory
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jeff Johnson
Writer(s): Gerard Jones
Release Date: October 1992
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: An Infinity War Crossover! Hercules, Thor, and Wonder Man search for a missing Spider-Man. Later, Wonder Man learns that he best control his boosted powers when he's angry...and when he faces an evil duplicate of himself, his hostility increases tenfold!

 X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998 - Doom Quest
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Aaron Lopestri
Writer(s): Jorge Gonzalez
Release Date: 1998
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Several years ago, Seer, a man with precognitive and psionic abilities working for Doctor Doom, has a vision of an extremely powerful being known as the Onslaught. The always power-hungry Doom wishes to learn more about this almighty creature, hoping he may be able to harness its power. Having discerned a similarity between Onslaught and Magneto, the villain who recently made his public debut, he decides to pry further. With his machines, he and Seer begin making time-jumps, first to the past and then to the future, to find out the circumstances leading to the birth of Onslaught. After Seer mentally establishes a connection with Magneto, he and Doom begin tracking him down in significant events across the years. After several travels across time which prove fruitless, Seer has a brief encounter with Onslaught in the astral plane and discerns traces of Professor X’s psyche in the entity. He suggests they should track down Professor X, rather than Magneto, in order to solve the Onslaught mystery. After a few more time-jumps, they finally arrive at the pivotal moment in which Professor X shut down Magneto’s mind. Doom and Seer both witness the birth of the evil known as the Onslaught. However, as Doom attempts to siphon its power, the Onslaught entity fights back and yanks them back to their proper timeline. Despite failing in his mission, Doom relishes in his knowledge of the future and slays Seer, unwilling to share the power that comes with this knowledge.

 X-Men/Fantastic Four X4 #1 - First Contact
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pat Lee
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: February 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Fantastic Four X4 Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: There is an explosion in space. The astronauts sent to see to the destruction disappear. In Westchester, Wolverine is woken by the front door bell, the visitors are the Fantastic Four. Wolverine and Grimm began brawling in which the Human Torch jumps in on. Storm takes the innocent horseplay as a true fight and begins to attack the Human Torch in defense. The White Queen stops the fighting with a psychic blast to the minds of those in the fight. The Fantastic Four explain that the Space Station Simulacra has been attacked and they need the help of the X-men to see if there are survivors of the station. Gambit, Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Wolverine and the Fantastic Four take the X-Men's modified plane to the station.

 X-Men/Fantastic Four X4 #2 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pat Lee
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: March 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Fantastic Four X4 Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The group arrives at the space station to find that it has become a breeding ground for the Brood. They manage to fight off the brood and find the survivors. They find that Brood eggs have been lay inside of the survivors. The Queen attacks to defend her young. Emma is injuried by the Invisible Woman when The White Queen suggest that they kill the survivors because of the infestation. They are warned that they must leave immediatly and leave the suvivors behind, against Invisible Woman's protest. On the way back from space they are hit by a cosmic storm. Going through the storm causes the Fantastic Four's powers to jump from them to the X-men.

 X-Men/Fantastic Four X4 #3 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pat Lee
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: April 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Fantastic Four X4 Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Cyclops and Storm race to the landing of the ship to check on their teammates. They find that the X-Men that went into space are not only acting aggressivly but they have also been transformed into powerful versions of the Fantastic Four, Gambit as Human Torch, Wolverine as Mr. Fantastic, Emma Frost as the Thing, and Nighcrawler as the Invisible Woman. They attack their own teammates and the Fantasitic Four. They manage to knock out all of them, minus Wolverine, and take them to the lab so they can attempt to return them to themsleves. During the investigation they find that they are not safe from the Brood. The Brood are returning to Earth in the shuttle left behind at the station.

 X-Men/Fantastic Four X4 #4 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pat Lee
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Fantastic Four X4 Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The remaining X-Men and Fantastic Four battle the Brood who arrive into the Earth's atmosphere. In the lab, Beast and Mr. Fantastic fined a way to change the X-men back, but there may only be one chance and they need Wolverine to complete the transformation. Elsewhere, Cyclops and The Thing attempt to trap Wolverine. They finally grab him and return him to the lab. Outside they see the signal from the Human Torch that trouble has arrived in the form of the Brood.

 X-Men/Fantastic Four X4 #5 - Untitled
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pat Lee
Writer(s): Akira Yoshida
Release Date: June 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men Fantastic Four X4 Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The remaining X-Men and the Fantastic Four fight the Brood now attacking the city. Beast fights to reverse the effects of the, finally doing so, bringing Gambit, Nightcrawler, Emma, and Wolverine back to their trueselves. Shortly after Nightcrawler transports them all, minus Emma, to the fight taking place against the Brood. They defeat the Brood by making them believe that The Phoenix and Galactus are attacking Earth. Believing they will be devoured in the process, the Brood quickly retreats, leaving Earth. They all return to the mansion to play a quick game of baseball before going their seperate ways.

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