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 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #1 - Follow the Leader
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell
Release Date: June 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the comic itself, he is in a pinup by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti in the back of the comic.
Comic Summary: Returning from the Savage Land, Storm, Xavier and Cyclops are shot down inn their Blackbird over Antarctica by the incredibly neophyte Upstart and psychopathic Siena Blaze, who has the power to manipulate the EM field. For the three injured X-Men, a struggle for survival begins while Siena is looking for them to finish them off. While looking for help Xavier is saved by a mystery Samaritan and rejoins the two X-Men just as they are about to face off against Siena. They use the young woman’s last attack to propel them out of the disaster area, shortly after which they are luckily found by their teammates.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #3 - The Whispers Scream
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mike McKone
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Release Date: December 1993
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Kurt Geinstach meets with Garabed Bashur of the Executive Elite; he wants him to help protect himself from Sabretooth so he suggests Wolverine or Maverick. In New York, Rogue and Gambit drive toward the mansion, while Maverick secretly watches them enter the school and are met by Bishop. Maverick attacks, quickly taking out Gambit and Rogue. He surveys the scene and comes to Bishop. Bishop grabs him but passes out as well. Beast and Professor Xavier then surprise Maverick. When Maverick tells them that he needs Logan, they agree to help, as Wolverine is currently not with the X-Men. Meanwhile, Creed meets with Bashur; he wants information, specifically a telepath. Bashur knows of one, an old man in Japan at the Yashida estate. After Creed leaves, Bashur contacts the X-Men, for Geinstach, specifically looking for Maverick. He tells them were Sabretooth is heading and whom he was killing. The team splits up; Rogue, Gambit and Bishop go to Frankfurt, while Beast and Maverick head to Japan. When they land in Frankfurt they find dead guards and eventually they also find Geinstach, dead. Sabretooth then attacks. Creed touches Rogue's face with his ungloved hand, resulting in her absorbing his memories. As Bishop prepares to take down Creed, he grabs Rogue as a hostage; Bishop lets him go. Beast and Maverick arrive in Japan and are greeted by Keniuchio Narada. Later that night, Sabretooth arrives. He finds out that he was set up, the telepath hasn’t spoken sense the bombing in Hiroshima. He grabs the telepath anyway, but his thoughts overload the psychic’s mind, and he sends all of them into Creed’s mind. There, they witness him killing a couple in Japan and then their child. As they awake they find Sabretooth gone, but Beast knows were he’s going: to see Xavier. Sabretooth arrives at the school, sneaking into the school he finds Xavier in the library. He attacks, but Charles stops him with a telepathic assault, stunning him. Creed grabs Charles but Bishop shoots him in the head. He sees that Creed as a child, was chained in a cellar. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #7 - Memories
Importance Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): John Romita Jr.
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: December 1994
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit also appears in pinups in the back of the comic as well.
Comic Summary: Storm, Jean Grey, and Gambit arrive in Cairo, Egypt. Storm has returned because her mentor, Achmed is dying. She tells Jean and Remy her story of being a theif on the streets of Cairo after her family was killed. Elsewhere, Candra's plane lands on a small strip outside Cairo. She has arrived to create a bond with the new leader of the theives group after Achmed's death. Storm, Jean, and Gambit arrive only to be confronted by Jamil, a young theif under Achmed. He is defeated and the three continue on to see Achmed. Angry, Jamil leaves only to run into Candra. Candra and the X-men battle it out over the power of the theives group forcing Candra to retreat, taking one of the young thief, Karima, with her as a hostage. The X-men follow and battle with Candra once more to rescue Karima. The X-men win, getting Karima, but losing Jamil to Candra's promises of wealth and power. They return to Achmed to witcness his death. Storm passes on teh leadership of the theives group to Karima.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #8 - First Contact
Importance Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Dan Lawlis
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: October 1995
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Teenager Chris Bradley manifests his mutant ability one day before school. His power, which gives Chris control over electrical charges, attracts the attention of the X-Men. While Chris tries to go about his daily life, which includes building up the nerve to ask out his crush Donna, the X-Men track him down and try to recruit him to come to the Xavier Institute. Chris initially resists, but when his friend Jeff rejects him for being a mutant, he decides to give the school a try. He becomes good friends with the X-Men, learns to control his powers with the help of Charles Xavier, and develops an especially strong relationship with his mentor, Iceman. However, after conducting some blood tests, Beast discovers that Chris has the Legacy Virus, and the X-Men break the bad news. Chris freaks out and runs away, but Iceman tracks him down. The two friends have a poignant heart-to-heart, which leads to Chris accepting himself and his fate. Chris realizes that the X-Men are truly his best friends and promises to keep in touch. He decides to return to his home in New York and live his life as best he can. His friend Jeff rejects him once again, but surprisingly enough, Donna approaches Chris and tells him that she doesn’t care if he’s a mutant and wants to go out on a date with him. Donna accepts Chris even after he reveals his terminal illness, and the two decide they want to be together. Chris returns home and makes an excited phone call to his true friend, Iceman.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #12 - Onslaught - The Once And Future Juggernaut
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Steve Epting, Ariel Olivetti
Writer(s): John Francis Moore
Release Date: September 1996
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the actual storyline. He appears in the back of the book in a Q/A section.
Comic Summary: Dr. Strange visits Xavier’s mansion in his astral form and discovers the Juggernaut, trapped within the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. Onslaught had imprisoned him there. One of Tar’s neon spiders appears to recover the ruby, but Gomurr also appears and stops it. He tells Dr. Strange that he’s going in to get Cain, and Strange can guard the ruby until he’s finished his task. He enters the gem, and finds the Juggernaut being psychologically tortured. He is made to think his life has been a dream, and he is actually in a wheelchair in place of his hated stepbrother, Charles Xavier. Gomurr steps in to stop the illusion, which is revealed to have been caused by Spite, the sister of D’Spayre. Gomurr takes Cain on a journey of his youth, to teach him lessons he should already have learned. He sees his father taking to Charles more than he took to himself, and then the crucial moment when his father died. Cain blamed Charles for everything. Gomurr explains that his anger is misdirected, and his hatred will ultimately consume him. Cain is finally persuaded that he should forget all about Xavier, but before he can leave this dimension, Spite steps in to turn him, by offering him undreamt of power. Despite Gomurr’s efforts, Cain believes her, and vanishes in a puff of smoke. She takes him to Cyttorak’s throne room, where she wakes the age-old deity, and informs him that his vessel has arrived. Cain realizes he’s been played. Spite only wants him to be Cyttorak’s earthly vessel so he can return to Earth, and he promised her he would take her with him. She has been imprisoned there by her brother for far too long. Cain is furious and throws Spite at the giant Cyttorak statue, which has come to life. It swallows her and proceeds to pound on Cain, who no longer has his Juggernaut powers. As they fight, Tar and Gomurr appear and Tar releases a neon scorpion, which imbues Cain with the power he lost. He then shatters Cyttorak into a thousand pieces. The arcane energy that is released proceeds to destroy the dimension, and so Tar and Gomurr take refuge in the Crimson Dawn. Cain, meanwhile, appears in Xavier’s mansion, where he delivers a monologue to himself about how, as the Juggernaut, he’s never going to be stopped again.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #14 - Innocence Lost
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Cheung
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: March 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Franklin Richards, the powerful son of Reed Richards and the Invisible Woman, both believed dead at the hands of Onslaught, is having a nightmare in which he sees his family disappear, only to be replaced by the face of the man he believes is responsible, Joseph. He wakes, and is comforted by his friends, the young mutants Artie and Leech who have joined him on a trip to Hank McCoy’s parents in Dunfee, Illinois, along with Storm and Gambit. Norton, Beast’s father, invites the kids on a tractor ride and Remy decides to join them. In a bar in Dunfee, a group of men including Buck and Grange Janssen discuss the mutant situation, Graydon Creed’s assassination and the influx of mutants into their town, such as Hank McCoy. Grange Janssen intends to do something about it. During the tractor adventure, Franklin decides he wants to even the score with Joseph and disables the tractor, enabling himself and his two friends to lose themselves in the forest. Gambit sends a kinetic energy flare to warn Storm and the others that something’s wrong but Storm is shot as she flies to help. Artie and Leech are captured and tied to a tree by Janssen and his friends who then capture Beast when he appears. Luckily the police arrive after Buck told them what was occurring to stop Janssen’s nonsense which allows Beast to get Leech to Franklin, cutting off his power. Janssen and his mob are taken away. Franklin meanwhile teleports Joseph into the fields nearby and attacks him for killing his parents. Joseph is confused and tries defending himself but isn’t powerful, or malicious enough to take on Franklin. Remy tries helping Joseph but he too is caught in Franklin’s mental attack. When Gambit finally gets through to him, Franklin is unable to stop his assault, but is brought under control with Leech’s power negating effect. Franklin appears to lose interest in Joseph, instead wanting to play ball with his friends.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #15 - Second Contact
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Duncan Rouleau
Writer(s): Howard Mackie
Release Date: June 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Chris Bradley’s home has been torched by mutant-haters and he angrily goes roaming the streets. His parents turn to Iceman for help, as for the brief time Chris was at Xavier’s mansion, he and Chris seemed really close. Chris however searches out Maverick, whom he first met when He and his parents were attacked while trying to get into the only clinic that treats Legacy infected patients. Iceman finds Maverick and Chris in a hotel room, but they are also discovered by some anti-mutant militia, who throw a grenade in the room. In the confusion, Maverick and Chris give Iceman the slip, who then enlists Wolverine’s help in tracking them down. Wolverine tells Bobby that this was the right decision, as he never would have been able to find Maverick alone. He also tells him about how years ago, Maverick killed his own brother just to save his teammates Creed and Logan, to show what kind of person Maverick is. All the while, Chris fills in Maverick about his experiences with the X-Men, how they openly welcomed him and taught him control of his powers, how they offered support when he was diagnosed with the Legacy Virus and how they forgot all about him when they were too busy battling Onslaught and other menaces. Maverick is rather unimpressed and tells Chris to stop blaming others for his own problems. Right then they are again attacked by the anti-mutant group, and hopelessly outnumbered, but the two X-Men arrive in time and defeat them with ease. Afterwards Iceman offers once more to help Chris, but he refuses, having been let down by Bobby and the X-Men before. Bobby even considers to force Chris to accept his help, but Maverick points his weapon at Iceman and tells him to let go. He then realizes that he can offer the boy what he really needs – friendship. Logan understands that Maverick is telling the truth, as the X-Men are always kept busy by one menace or the other, and tells Bobby that this is the right thing to do. While Logan gets back to the X-Men and Iceman returns home to take care of his injured father, Maverick uses his contacts to relocate Chris’s family and get them new identities.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #16 - Primal
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Mel Rubi
Writer(s): Ben Raab
Release Date: September 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit is not a part of the storyline, but he does appear in a game in the back of the comic.

Comic Summary: Sean Cassidy and Emma Frost decide to allow a non-mutant student into the Xavier Institute for an exclusive summer-research program. They debate over two candidates, both of whom are highly qualified. However, they both turn out to be bad choices: one of them, Adam Berman, is secretly a mutant, while the other, Ginny Mahoney, was recently transformed into a Prime Sentinel in order to infiltrate the school. Emma decides on Ginny, and sends out Adam’s rejection letter. The next day at school, Ginny the undercover Prime Sentinel picks up Adam’s mutant signal and invites him to a party. When she leaves, she reports Adam’s mutant status to Bastion. When Adam gets home, he receives his rejection letter from the Xavier Institute. He sulks in his room before Ginny shows up and surprisingly makes out with him. After she leaves, she reports to Bastion that she catalogued the new mutant’s DNA, and dispersed a catalyst into his blood. After Ginny leaves, Adam rushes over to meet with Sean and plead for entry into the school. While he’s there, Emma detects that he is in fact a mutant. His secret discovered, Adam lashes out at Sean and runs away. Sean goes to Adam’s high school the next day to find him. During an assembly, Ginny begrudgingly activates the catalyst in Adam’s blood in order to generate positive publicity for Bastion’s Operation: Zero Tolerance. Adam transforms into his mutant alter-ego, while Ginny reveals herself as Prime Sentinel. She tries to dispatch the mutant, but Banshee intervenes and saves Adam. Adam regains control of himself and asks Ginny what she’s doing. He reaches through to her, and she overcomes her Prime Sentinel programming. She kisses Adam and runs away, only to meet up with Bastion, who executes her for failing her mission. After the fight, Adam talks to Emma and Sean and turns down their offer to attend the Xavier Institute as a mutant instead of a human. He believes he can do more to build unity between mutants and humans by living amongst humans.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #17 - Alone in His Head
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Tom Lyle
Writer(s): Terry Kavanagh
Release Date: December 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the actual storyline. He appears in the back of the book in a Q/A section.
Comic Summary: Sabretooth ambushes Wolverine while he’s skiing in Aspen, Colorado and uses a mutant called Mrs. Hoo to swap his mind into Wolverine’s body in order to get close to Warren Worthington. He leaves Wolverine’s mind in his own body, but makes sure it’s severely injured, while he visits Warren Worthington at his business address. He informs Worthington that his company in North Carolina has found a way to reverse-engineer Forge’s neutralizer, which means bad news for mutants. Warren is sceptical but agrees to check it out for himself. They arrive at the plastics application facility and make their way into the complex, but they arrive at a dead end. Warrington is furious that he’s been led on a wild goose chase but Creed, still in Wolverine’s body, destroys a partition wall and reveals another part of the building behind it, hidden from even Warren himself. They take out a group of armed guards before Creed turns on Worthington, attempting to slash him. Suddenly, Logan appears, in Creed’s own body, and they begin to fight, but Creed gives him the slip and heads to find his prize, the neutralizer. Everyone is surprised to find it in a laboratory, almost finished, and Warren destroys it without even wanting to consider all the options. Creed and Logan continue their fight but Warren breaks them apart, only to somehow act as a conductor for their minds to revert to their original bodies. With the neutralizer destroyed, Mrs. Hoo reports to Sebastian Shaw that Creed has failed in his mission. Nevertheless, Shaw is optimistic, knowing that this incident might sow a little discord amongst the outer circles, so their inner circle will continue to tighten.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #18 - Once an X-Men, Guiding Light
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Marcello Frusin
Writer(s): Tom Defalco
Release Date: April 1997
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: The end of this storyline gives a clue as to how Gambit got out of Antarctica.
Comic Summary: Gambit is haunted in his dreams by the X-Men and Mister Sinister. Since he was left in the Antarctic by the X-Men following the revelations that he was the one who brought the Marauders together, he has had a tough time living with himself. He feels a constant chill and wakes up most mornings screaming. As he begins his day, he is visited by visions of the X-Men, some critical, some supportive but who are all a constant reminder of the family he lost and his own weakness. Working for a minor criminal fixer called Oscar, Remy gets involved in a local gang war and comes across some gunmen who have been drowned while out on a job. Because of this he fails to complete his mission of stealing items from their safe. Oscar instead provides him with another job, and on this one he comes across the Hydro-Man who is busy dispatching more gunmen. Gambit realizes he is still a hero at heart and takes on Hydro-Man but only just manages to escape being drowned by him before his opponent is driven away by the gunmen. Gambit realizes Oscar is behind the gang war and Oscar has to provide him with information about Hydro-Man’s activities to keep him off his back. Remy meets up with the villain again and this time manages to blow him up using a kinetically-charged speed boat. Though he has stopped the gang war, and saved a few lives, Remy returns to find Oscar dead, killed by Mister Sinister. He knows his time with the X-Men hasn’t been wasted.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #22 - Cat and Mouse
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Patrick Gleason
Writer(s): Brian K. Vaughan
Release Date: January 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: After teasing the beautiful Kitty Pryde with a dead rat, Marrow lets slip that she has seen some terrorists in the subways underneath New York City. The X-Men question her before deciding they can’t sit back and do nothing, especially after Logan theorizes that Flag-Smasher and Ultimatum are probably to blame. Storm splits the X-Men into teams, one team will head for the tracks whilst the other goes and checks the underground. While Storm and Rogue fly to New York carrying Gambit and Colossus, Marrow, Kitty, Wolverine and Nightcrawler head into the city on an old garbage sweeper train, using Marrow’s stolen radios to communicate with each other. Marrow has a chip on her shoulder about humans and taunts Kitty about her beauty and being able to fit in with ‘the fleshbags’. Kitty hates this accusation and tries arguing her point in return. Reaching the place where Marrow saw the terrorists, Marrow is paired with Kurt before Kitty asks if she can go with her instead, which more than surprises her after their earlier confrontation. They check one track while Kurt and Logan check the other, where they run into some Ultimatum, troops and engage in a short fight. They escape the battle but Logan has wounds that need time to recover from. Colossus and Rogue meanwhile split up from the others in their team and followed a suspicious group of men aboard a train. Indeed they too are part of Ultimatum, but the two X-Men easily win the fight, being bulletproof and all. Kitty and Marrow finally arrive on the train where the bomb they are searching for is located but are taken captive by some Ultimatum goons. Luckily, they are saved by Storm and Gambit who help them rout their captors. The others arrive shortly after and have to decide what to do about the bomb which is set to blow up beneath the United Nations. Marrow realizes something is wrong with the situation and heads off, followed by Shadowcat. They discover that Flag-Smasher, Ultimatum’s leader has another bomb beneath Wall Street, the financial center of New York, the other simply being a decoy and so Marrow decides to attack him, helped by Kitty who smashes him in the face. Kitty is ready to sacrifice her life and phase the bomb underground but Marrow isn’t going to allow that and knocks her unconscious. She then stabs Flag-Smasher and tells him that he can defuse the bomb or die with it. She takes Kitty away who wakes up soon after, angry at Marrow’s behavior. The bomb doesn’t blow up though, proving Marrow’s ideas about humans to be correct, even if her methods are a little unorthodox.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #23 - Lessons
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Al Rio
Writer(s): Ben Raab
Release Date: June 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Just a fun fact...Dusty from GI Joe appears walking in front of the diner that Cable is having dinner. It really has nothing to do with anything story wise, just fun for the fans of the 80's GI Joe cartoon (the patch on his arm is wrong though...It should be a red palm tree not eagle).
Comic Summary: Professor Charles Xavier believes his dream has failed and is having trouble communicating his feelings to his present crop of students. After a run-in with Marrow, Charles moves to his study to contemplate matters, thinking that there is a time in every life when one must look backward in order to move forward. Xavier watches videotape recordings of some of the X-Men’s most important battles in order to find some answers. Remy meanwhile returns to the mansion and almost crashes his bike, only for Colossus to save both him, and his bike. Charles reprimands Remy for not having trained for so long but Remy isn't in the mood and following a heated exchange, Charles decides to take a look at his other charges in his astral form. Using Cerebro to amplify his mental powers, he visits Generation X in Massachusetts, X-Force in San Francisco and Cable in New York, thinking about the dark days that lay ahead of them. Meanwhile in the mansion, Kitty Pryde is shocked by the discovery that her father is currently staying in Hammer Bay, Genosha. She is then alerted by Rogue about how the Professor appears to be pushing a little hard of late. Kitty decides to speak to Charles in person. Their conversation appears to reinforce Rogue's views that something is wrong with Charles and Kitty later joins Nightcrawler and Colossus to discuss what they might do about it. Kurt tells them to meet him in the Danger Room in ten minutes before he himself goes for a chat with the Professor. Kurt appears to finally get through to Charles, reminding him that Charles once told him never to look back to see what lies ahead of you and he goes to the Danger Room as Charles enters the control booth. The team then take on a Sentinel robot there, and show the Professor exactly what they can do with assured confidence and teamwork. Charles smiles as he realizes what is important, the mansion is more than a school and the X-Men are more than just students.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #24 - Search and Destroy / Aftermath
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pascal Alixe, Tom Raney
Writer(s): Joe Pruett
Release Date: September 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit only appears on a video screen in the second story.
Comic Summary: Two men bring a young Japanese girl called Tamika to Dr. Cecelia Reyes’ surgery for treatment. Wolverine discovers that she had been involved in a plane crash and there are others in need of help, including her father. The two X-Men head out into the woods to search for the plane and discover it, with Tamika’s father, Inazo, and his business partner, Tokitoshi, still inside, both needing treatment. Unfortunately, the Silver Samurai also wants Inazo on espionage charges and he’s brought backup with him in the shape of some armed soldiers. Cecelia manages to distract them in order to make her escape with the two Japanese men and Wolverine catches up with her after taking a few more out of the fight. As they head for safety, an attack helicopter fires at them and Wolverine is forced to put it out of commission. Taking the fight to the Samurai, everyone is surprised when Tokitoshi shoots the Samurai, though not fatally. He is the real spy and downed the plane on purpose, after overhearing the pilot talking to the Samurai by radio. Cecelia shows real guts in removing the weapon from him and ensures that everyone receives medical treatment who needs it. The Samurai himself is impressed by her actions. Inazo thanks them for their help in catching the real criminal but uses the experience to tell the X-Men that he has learned that family is more important to him than his work. Wolverine and Cecelia share a moment, and Cecelia finally gets the message that the X-Men are now her family.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #25 - In Remembrance / Game
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Brett Booth
Writer(s): Joe Pruett
Release Date: December 1999
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: First Story: After discovering their once thought-lost teammate, Wolverine, is alive but one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, several of the X-Men – Professor Charles Xavier, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Banshee – all recall past dealings with Logan in their past, some privately, others publicly. All of them share the same goal though: save Wolverine and bring him back into the X-Men. Even though many of them share stories, Jubilee takes it extremely hard and, after some help from Marrow, writes him a heart-felt letter that he can read once he returns. Second Story: In Canada, Logan learns about some unscrupulous hunters who don’t hunt for food, but purely for sport and trophies. Logan is enraged by this and, the next day, systematically takes the men down a notch without resorting to any bloodshed. Once he sends the men away, scared out of their minds, Logan holds his own private ceremony for the animals killed that day and laments their passing.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #26 - Ages of Apocalypse - Part 4: Day Of Judgement
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Brett Booth
Writer(s): Brett Booth, Joe Pruett
Release Date: March 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men vs. Apocalypse Vol. 2
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Fun Facts: The first story is part of the Ages of Apocalypse Crossover.
Comic Summary: First Story : Several years in a future, the X-Men are on Earth’s moon fighting a battle against the Shi’ar Empire. The Shi’ar want to take over the Earth. Hundreds outnumber the X-Men. After battling for a short while, all four of Apocalypse’s Horsemen show up. Ahab and Caliban stumble upon the infirmary while Deathbird and Eric the Red attack the standing X-Men. The people in the infirmary are about to buy the farm when Excalibur shows up. They are able to protect everyone and some of the members leave to help the other X-Men. Eventually everyone is pushed back into the infirmary area. The enemy surrounds the X-Men and Excalibur. Suddenly, Professor X and a horde of Skrulls drop in from space. Xavier attacks Deathbird and Wolverine skewers Eric the Red. After Ahab shoots Kitty, Caliban attacks him. Deathbird recovers and puts down Caliban’s insurrection. With things looking bleak, Jean with the aid of Mastermind, pulls a daring stunt and they create the illusion of Dark Phoenix returning. It works and all of the Shi’ar flee. Deathbird decides with two Horsemen out that they should retreat as well. The X-Men and Excalibur are left alone knowing that there will be many more battles like this to come. Second Story : To atone for the many ugly things he did in his life, Logan spends a night feeding homeless people and listening to their problems. He becomes aware of a young woman whose son has been kidnapped. Logan tracks the boy by his scent and finds that he has been kidnapped by a mad scientist who wants to use his new invention on both him and his captive, intending to enter cyberspace forever. Logan fights the weirdo and returns little Charlie to his mother.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #27 - New Dawn Rising
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Brett Booth, Ron Lim
Writer(s): Joe Pruett, Chris Claremont
Release Date: June 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the storyline, but in the artbook in the back of the comic.
Comic Summary: In India, Neal Shaara returns home to discover that his brother, Sanjit, has gone missing, while investing the disappearances of some poor people in the streets of Calcutta. Neal investigates against his father’s will and finds himself surrounded by a group of thugs, but is saved by Karima, a woman sent by Neal’s father to protect Neal. Neal and Karima work together to find Sanjit and fall in love. However, they are kidnapped by Bastion and discover that he has been kidnapping the poor and is turning them into Prime Sentinels to make a comeback for Operation: Zero Tolerance. Sanjit has been turned into a Sentinel. Bastion turns Karima into a Sentinel and is about to do the same to Neal, but discovers that he is a mutant and activates his latent powers. Sanjit and Karima rebel against Bastion and the installation is destroyed. However, Sanjit dies and Neal is forced to part with his lover Karima, who is now a Sentinel. Seven months later, Neal comes to Muir Isle to see Moira MacTaggart, a family friend, and also meets the X-Men. Neal is at first scared by his mutant powers but, after a talk with Jean Grey, he considers learning how to control his powers and accepts Jean’s invitation to join the X-Men.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #28 - A Plague Among Us
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Brett Booth, Ron Lim
Writer(s): Joe Pruett
Release Date: September 2000
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: After attending to some business in Moscow, Phoenix, Beast, Storm, Cable and Gambit are attacked by a mind-controlled Darkstar, their friend from the Winter Guard. After freeing Laynia from the control cast upon her, they learn that she was investigating some strange occurrences on Rebirth Island at the request of some of the locals. Gambit flirts with Darkstar as the X-Men offer their help. Laynia teleports everyone to Rebirth Island where they note the desolateness of the abandoned research station, until they are attacked by some droids. With the droids easily destroyed, the Black Death introduces himself and reveals his predicament, that the Russian authorities deemed his mutant power of influence too powerful, so they experimented on him with this virus. He is the one who mind controlled Darkstar into attacking the X-Men because he wants the Beast to help cure him of his condition. The Beast has no choice but to help him when the Black Death puts the others under his control. Beast begins his work while trying to call out to Phoenix, who is finally woken from her dream, and starts about setting the others free. The X-Men and Darkstar attack the Black Death and the “cure” that Beast was working on turns out to be stun gun, which knocks him out. Darkstar prepares to take him to the authorities so he can be helped and so they can all make amends for their wrong-doings, while the X-Men return home, everyone safe.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #30 - Banshee's Angels in Mother Knows Best / Covenant with the Devil / Wild and Free / Seeds of War
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Jim Mahfood, John Czop, Mike Lilly
Writer(s): Andi Watson, Joe Pruett, John Czop, John Ostrander,
Release Date: January 2001
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: 1st story: After their spaceship breaks down on an interstellar trip, Husk and M send Jubilee outside to repair its ignition while they prepare for a cosmic disco party. Jubilee gets attacked by a gremlin, which she defeats with the eventual aid of her teammates. The unmanned ship crashes into the disco party and the girls shirk their responsibilities and enjoy themselves. 2nd story: Nightcrawler, in despair over the recent death of Colossus, goes into Salem Center to contemplate the unfair role of mutants in the world. He lashes out at a group of innocent humans, inadvertently drawing the attention of Mr. Sinister, who offers to resurrect Colossus using his cloning technology. Nightcrawler rejects the offer, calling it a mockery of life, and returns home. He formally quits the X-Men so he can find inner peace. 3rd story: Rogue spends a night out dancing at a country bar and finds herself embroiled in a conflict between some locals and the Friends of Humanity. To her surprise, several of the locals stand up the anti-mutant group, and after the fight, she shares an unexpectedly tender moment with a sensitive, open-minded human man. 4th story: Quicksilver meets with Wolverine to warn him that with the Legacy Virus gone, no obstacles remain in Magneto’s path for global domination.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 1 #50 - The Swordsmith
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paul Smith
Writer(s): Kazuo Koike, Kengo Kaji
Release Date: September 2003
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the storyline, but in the pin-up gallery in the back of the comic.
Comic Summary: Wolverine is once again in Tokyo, wandering the city streets, when he comes across a beautiful, young woman, being attacked by three men. She manages to take out two of them but the third, an elderly man called Azuma, bests her and, if not for the timely intervention of Wolverine, would have killed her. Approaching police force them to flee the scene but only after Wolverine receives a wound to the gut for his deeds. The woman, Renge, takes him to her house and explains that Azuma is after her sword, which is called Mikage. It was the finest sword ever crafted and her father knew Azuma wanted it. One day, Azuma murdered her father and Renge fled with the sword, which her father entrusted to her. Azuma has been chasing her ever since. While Renge sleeps, Wolverine takes the sword and heads into the night to see just what all the fuss is about. Surely enough, he is attacked by Azuma’s minions and, during their fight, he encounters the spirits of the people the sword has killed, who try to possess him. He manages to retain his own will but knows a weaker man may not be able to resist their pull. He returns to Renge’s house to find her gone, but discovers a note from Azuma, telling him to deliver the sword, or she dies. Wolverine meets him on a beach. He has Renge held captive and fights Wolverine, who gives him the sword. As they fight, the spirits show themselves again but, this time, Azuma is unable to combat them and has a heart attack when one of the spirits thrusts a sword into his chest. Renge’s guards flee, as Wolverine takes the sword and cuts Renge’s binds. Later, she gives him Mikage and he performs a ritual before dropping it into a vat of molten steel, freeing the spirits and ending their torment.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men Unlimited, Vol. 2 #3 - I'm Just A Poor Boy
Importance Rating: 8.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Staz Johnson, Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): Jai Nitz, Michael Raicht
Release Date: August 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: Only half the book covers a storyline featuring Gambit, the other half is a story about the Gutherie brothers.
Comic Summary: In New Orleans, Gambit visits Mr. Green, who has a job for him. A government accountant has cleaned out a dummy corporation’s funds and headed to the Bahamas. He has two million plus some discs. Remy can keep the cash and Mr. Green will take the discs. Remy heads to Paradise Island in the Bahamas and locates the accountant, Tyler Wynn, in a casino. He also spots a CIA assassin and takes him out as he heads to set up his kill zone. He then checks out Wynn’s safe and all he finds is seventy grand and the discs. Wynn appears and, as they discuss his future, more CIA agents attack the suite. Despite having no cards on him, Remy manages to take on the armed agents by charging chips, each valued at ten thousand dollars. He takes the fight outside and finds more agents waiting for him. Handling them, he goes back inside but finds the original assassin has a gun to Wynn’s head. After Wynn explains what the discs are actually for, helping third world countries balance their budgets better, Remy figures he deserves a chance to live and takes out the assassin with his last remaining chip. He tells Wynn that a headmaster in Westchester will take care of the discs for him. Returning to New Orleans, Remy tells Mr. Green that there’s no cash and no discs. What he does have, though, is an accountant who needs a job. Mr. Green asks Remy what he got out of all this. Remy replies that he simply got a good time for his money.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

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