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 X-Men, Vol. 2 #1 - X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Part One
Importance Rating: 1.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: September 2010
Variant Covers: A. 2nd Printing Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Hardcover
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Fun Facts: Gambit does not appear in the storyline, only on covers.

This issue has 9 different variant covers, Gambit only appears on 2 (pictured to the left). The others are not shown since he has no appearance in them.
Comic Summary: The fallout from Dracula’s death hits home for the X-Men. The vampire leader Xarus has plans for the mutants, which are set in motion when Jubilee is infected by an exploding vampire’s blood. While the X-Men worry what’s happening to her other humans who were near the explosion feel the call later that night and eagerly meet up with their vampire masters. Meanwhile, Cyclops orders Wolverine to assemble a team and do some recon. He, Angel and Pixie set out and after easily defeating a large group of familiars and a vampire upstart discover a vampire safehouse filled with weapons, armor and victims. Cyclops decides it’s time to call the X-Men together to plan their next move in what appears to be an impending war.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #2 - X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Part Two
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: October 2010
Variant Covers: A. Paco Medina Variant.

B. Paco Medina 2nd Printing Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Wolverine and Colossus capture a vampire with the help of Storm and Blade. They take the creature back to Utopia, so that Dr. Nemesis and the X-Club can take a look at what makes this vampire different to the rest. On Utopia, Nemesis is treating Jubilee, who has been infected with a vampire virus. She has a yearning to be elsewhere but cannot describe it very well. When Nemesis goes for a meeting, Dr. Rao looks in on Jubilee but is overpowered. Jubilee flees the island and heads to where Lord Xarus awaits her, more by instinct than anything else. There, she is helpless to fight him and gives herself to him willingly. Cyclops, meanwhile, discovers the scale of the problem facing them. A vampire army is on the move and they are its target. With Emma’s help, he decides that the only way to stop Xarus is by resurrecting his father, Dracula. It may be a Hail Mary play but it might be all they have.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #3 - X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Part Three
Importance Rating: 3.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: November 2010
Variant Covers: A. Marko Djurdjevic Variant.
B. Paco Medina Variant.
C. 2nd Printing Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Wolverine is tasked by Cyclops to find and bring back Jubilee. Unknown to the Canadian, Cyclops had Dr Nemesis insert something into his bloodstream. Not much later the rest of Cyke’s plan comes to fruition when Namor shows up with Dracula’s decapitated head. With Dracula’s body already in their possession they reattach his head and remove the stake implanted into his heart. The former lord of the vampires returns to undead life and is told by Cyclops they have a situation. They discuss what Xarus has been up to and when questioned about what he’s going to do about it Dracula leaves without any indication of where his head is at. Elsewhere, Jubilee is enjoying her new status as a vampire. Xarus has her with him and his sect leaders in an underground lair. They discuss their plan to turn all mutants into vampires, starting with the X-Men’s most powerful member, Wolverine. Speaking of, Wolverine does what he does best and eventually learns where Jubilee is being held. After dispatching over a dozen vampires he enters the secret hideout and finds Jubilee seemingly captured and helpless. She tricks him into believing she’s ok and then sinks her fangs into his neck. Later, Wolverine is caged up and placed into restraints as he fights the vampiric infection. He eventually busts loose, but only after completing his transformation into a vampire.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #4 - X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Part Four
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: November 2010
Variant Covers: A. Mike Mayhew Vampire Variant.
B. Paco Medina Variant.
C. 2nd Print Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Hardcover
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Vampires are filling up San Francisco by the hour and they’re not being quiet about it. People all across the city are being attacked and fed upon by the bloodthirsty predators. Cyclops is furious and decides it’s time for the X-Men to hit back. He orders teams of two to head out and help defend the citizens of San Fran. In one particular instance Blade and Angel fight off some vampires at a nightclub. They let one get away who leads them to a staging area with hundreds of vampires waiting around inside a warehouse. When they report back to Cyclops they learn there are more of these staging areas within the city. It’s apparent to Scott the vampires are about to attack so he does the only thing he can think of and calls Xarus. Xarus says he wants the X-Men to join their ranks, but Scott, of course, refuses. After much discussion, and a cameo from Wolverine and Jubilee saying how great being a vampire is Scott threatens Xarus with the decimation of his vampire ranks. Unfortunately, Xarus seems undeterred as he tells Wolverine he wants Cyclops’ head.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #7 - "To Serve and Protect", Part One
Importance Rating: 4.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: February 2011
Variant Covers: A. Blank Cover Variant.
B. Chris Bachalo Variant Cover
C. Marko Djurdjevic Gatefold Variant Cover
D. Terry Dodson Retailer Premiere Edition Cover
E. Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant Cover
F. Terry Dodson Variant Edition
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Trade Availability: X-Men: With Great Power
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The X-Men are out and about in San Francisco helping those in need. From suicidal teens to cats stuck in trees, the X-Men are there to save the day. This is good news for Kate Kildare, the X-Men’s publicist, but she has grander plans. She wants the world to know that the X-Men are the good guys. Not much later at Utopia, Scott and Logan discuss Cyclop’s recent ploy of basically tricking Wolverine into becoming a vampire. Logan actually commends Cyclops on the bold move. Their talk is interrupted by an alert from the new computer program Scott has running. He radios Cypher for the info who tells him they have an unusual case in New York City. Scott sends Ororo and a team to investigate. Emma wants to go along in the hopes of a city shopping expedition. So a few hours later Emma, Gambit, Storm and Wolverine arrive in New York City and proceed to enter the sewers searching for something sinister and alligator-ish. Eventually they find the lizard-like creatures who turn out to be numerous and quick. Storm sends them scurrying with a lightning blast and Wolverine goes off in search of one to bring back and question. What he finds instead is Spider-Man who’s down there looking for his old pal the Lizard.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #8 - "To Serve and Protect", Part Two
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: February 2011
Variant Covers: A. Chris Bachalo Variant
Trade Availability: X-Men: With Great Power
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: After discussing their mission with Spider-Man the X-Men determine the Lizard must be behind all these kidnappings. They adjourn to a hotel suite and set up a field HQ. Storm sends everyone out to investigate each of the missing children and has Cypher running some analysis as well. None of the kids seem to have anything in common on the surface, but once everyone reports their findings they realize they’re all social outcasts. Then Cypher finds they’ve all spent lots of time on the same website speaking to a user named DB001. Though he can’t get any information on who DB001 is, Cypher notes he’s currently online and hacks into his conversation. DB001 is chatting with a young boy named Max, who is as ostracized a youth as any. DB001 is giving Max directions to a “super cool clubhouse” where kids like him come together and hang out. Storm relays these directions to Wolverine who’s still out in the field in the hopes he’ll get there first. Unfortunately, it’s Max and he is captured by a large lizard named Lars. Wolverine shows up just in time to get his butt handed to him by Lars, and before he can go for round two he’s overwhelmed by a bunch of smaller lizard creatures. Meanwhile, the other captured kids are being held in some sort of makeshift prison. They attempt to pick the lock, but their captor, who isn’t the Lizard, advises them against it. The Lizard, as it turns out, is just a prisoner too.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #9 - "To Serve and Protect", Part Three
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: March 2011
Variant Covers: A. Chris Bachalo Variant.

B. John Tyler Christopher Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: With Great Power
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Wolverine battles the onslaught of lizard creatures until the timely arrival of his teammates and Spider-Man scares them off. They learn that Max was carted off by a large, talking lizard creature, very different than the ones they’ve battled, and assume it was the Lizard. They begin tracking them and come across a macabre display of deceased, autopsied lizard creatures. Meanwhile, Max is thrown into the same cell with the other teenage captives. As the would-be rescuers get close Dark Beast, the real villain behind it all, has the four original teenagers brought to his lab where he transforms them into lizard creatures. He sends them out to attack the X-Men, and attack they do. While the heroes are busy fighting them off Dark Beast has Max, his prized captive, brought in. Beast is excited to witness Max’s transformation because of the potential he sees in him. Sure enough Max turns out to be one giant lizard. He is sent after the X-Men following the failed attempt by the other four. At first he does well, but then they get organized and he runs away. They follow him to Dark Beast’s lair and enter, all except Spider-Man who gets the ol’ tingly sensation. The door seals shut in front of him. While inside, Emma diamonds up just in time. Dark Beast activates the transformation and while Emma stays herself, her three teammates turn green and scaly.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #10 - "To Serve and Protect", Conclusion
Importance Rating: 4.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina, Chris Bachalo
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: June 2011
Variant Covers: A. Chris Bachalo Variant.

B. Thor Goes Hollywood Variant
Trade Availability: X-Men: With Great Power
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: With Gambit, Storm and Wolverine transformed into lizards Emma is in a heap of trouble. Luckily, it’s Spider-Man to the rescue. Together they escape with the Lizard-Men hot on their tail. After a brief encounter in which the pair flood the transformed X-Men, Emma and Spidey escape and discuss what’s happening. Spidey figures Dark Beast’s machine is emitting a pulse that keeps the lizard people lizards, which is slowly working on them, the initial blast serving as a catalyst for instant transformation. With that realized, they decide to smash the machine. Unfortunately, the lizard creatures track them down again. They attack Spidey who tells Emma to head back to the lair and destroy the machine while he holds them off. She makes it to the lab, but is confronted by Lars and Dark Beast. Instead of facing them herself she releases the Lizard who destroys the machines and takes out Lars, cornering Dark Beast. Spider-Man and the good as new X-Men arrive and keep the Lizard from exacting his revenge. He then decides to return to the sewers and nobody, not even the exhausted Spidey, tries to stop him. Instead, they help Max get back to the surface where the rest of the kids, and Max’s mom, are waiting. In the end, it’s a public relations dream come true, which was exactly what Cyclops was looking for.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #11 - X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - "Blood Hunt"
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Alejandro Barrionuevo
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: July 2011
Variant Covers: A. David Lopez X-Men Evolutions Variant.
Trade Availability: X-Men: With Great Power
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: It’s Jubilee’s birthday and the X-Men have planned a surprise party. She’s not in the mood and retreats outside. She’s soon joined by Professor Xavier who has a story to tell her that might help her cope with her vampire predicament. A long time ago Charles was in Kenya on a mystery hunt for whatever was behind a peculiar bull elephant massacre. Along the way he follows a group of mercenaries to another ritual animal slaughter. He’s discovered and about to be killed when an unknown player enters the field and dispatches the mercs. Xavier is curious and enters his mind, discovering that this “young man” is actually a vampire, one who looks out for his kind. He doesn’t get much information before the vampire disappears, but he tells Jubilee that just because she’s a vampire doesn’t mean she has to act like Dracula or Xarus. Her fears allayed for the time being she and Charles head back inside for some cake… and milk.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #13 - First to Last - Part 3
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina
Writer(s): Christopher Yost
Release Date: August 2011
Variant Covers: A. Paco Medina Variant
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: 2.7 million years ago, Phastos takes a few Australopithecus to his lab to turn them into Evolutionaries. In the not as distant past, the Evolutionaries turn their sights on Magneto as the possible leader of mutantkind. The idea of wiping out humanity doesn’t faze him at all. The only thing he needs to do before the Evolutionaries will enact their plan is gather all of mutantkind together. The perfect way to do this is to use Cerebro. Their only problem, he needs a willing telepath. However, he knows just who to recruit, Emma Frost. Not everybody is on board with the plan and Wanda has Pietro warn the X-Men and they arrive just in time to head Magneto off. In the present, the battle between the Evolutionaries and the X-Men continues. They want to kill Cyclops and Scott is more than eager to give them that chance, but Emma wants to remain hidden. To make matters worse some of the Utopia residents want to know what’s going on and start to get physical to get what they want.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 2 #15.1 - Hell To Pay
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Will Conrad
Writer(s): Victor Gischler
Release Date: October 2011
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: FF
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: 2.7 million years ago, Phastos has finally perfected his first Evolutionary. Back in the not-so-distant past, Magneto and his Brotherhood defeat the X-Men at the Essex Clinic and escape with patient, Emma Frost. They take her to Xavier’s school so she can tap into Cerebro and relate Magneto’s message of mutant unity. In the present, the battle continues at Utopia. The head Evolutionary still wants Magneto to be the leader, but wants Cyclops dead. Inside Utopia, Mindee finally gives in to Toad and in a moment of panicked stress broadcasts Cyclops’ history with the Evolutionaries to everyone’s mind.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men, Vol. 3 #6 - Battle of the Atom - Chapter 7
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): David López
Writer(s): Brian Wood
Release Date: November 2013
Variant Covers: A. Standard Release Variant
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Jubilee collects Shogo from Broo and finds out that past Iceman and Beast has disappeared. She meets with Armor and Bling! and they give her a necklace for Shogo that is designed to protect him if he is in trouble. Elsewhere, the X-jets are returning to the school with the three of the original X-Men in tow. On board, Wolverine tells Rachel to covertly spy on the future X-Men, as he doesn’t trust them. They land the planes and walk into the hanger. Bling! tells Xavier that the other two original X-Men has vanished and he attacks her telepathically to find out where they went. When he finds out they went to the future, he realizes their cover is blown. He tells future Kitty it’s time to drop the charade and so she shape-shifts into her true, male, form and stabs Wolverine with a set of claws. In Beast’s lab, the three captured original X-Men are being prepared to be sent back. Xavier tells future Jean that their cover is blown and so she lets out a huge telepathic burst to knock everyone else in the room out. She helps future Beast up and they begin working on securing the rest of the school. Upstairs, a fight breaks out. Jubilee fights Xavier but is thrown off by future Iceman. Rogue is also taken out by Iceman but Psylocke smashes him with her telekinesis. Rachel and Xavier battle on the astral plane and Rachel wins… but Molly Hayes knocks her out too. Psylocke faces Deadpool and the shape-shifter, Raze. Jubilee gets Shogo to activate his protection device, which turns out to be a bubble-like force-field. Jubilee gets him and Bling! out of there whilst Psylocke continues her fight. Beast has neutralized most of the X-Men and he initiates the security protocols at the school, trapping everyone in the rooms they are in. They prepare for their future contemporaries, who just so happen to have contacted Cyclops’ X-Men. Magik teleports them all to the outskirts of the school grounds. One of the real future X-Men, Sentinel-X, flies off to recon the school. He lands to find a fight has taken place. He suddenly comes across Jubilee, Bling! and Shogo emerging from an escape tunnel. He takes off his mask to show he is a future Shogo, much to Jubilee’s happiness. Psylocke eventually catches up with them and warns them then situation is worse than they feared.

 X-Men, Vol. 3 #23 - The Burning World, Part One
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Roland Boschi
Writer(s): G. Willow Wilson
Release Date: March 2015
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: When a sinkhole appears under mysterious circumstances in the middle of the Black Rock Desert, the X-Men go to investigate… - But little do they suspect that the phenomenon has connections to old allies…and enemies!

 X-Men, Vol. 3 #26 - The Burning World, Conclusion
Importance Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Roland Boschi
Writer(s): G. Willow Wilson
Release Date:
Variant Covers: None
Trade Availability: None
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The conclusion of MS. MARVEL creator G. Willow Wilson's first X-Men tale, 'THE BURNING WORLD'! - Investigating mysterious natural phenomena in the Blackrock Desert, the X-Men have discovered something monstrous that has ties to their own past. - Reliving history, can the X-Men find a way to win the day this time around or are they doomed to make the same painful mistakes?

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