- I want to make up fer everything I did wrong...
Appearing in "Dazzler"
- Hellfire Club
Races and Species:
- United States (Main story and flashback)
- New York
- Illinois (Main story and flashback)
- Cyclops' Visor, ver. 2
- Hellfire Knights armor
- Remote Cerebro watch-unit
- Mutant Sedation Cage (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Dazzler"
Continued from last issue.
Cyclops, Phoenix and Nightcrawler investigate a Manhattan dance club to seek out the mutant detected by Cerebro. Cyclops orders Nightcrawler to stay outside and remain on the lookout from the shadows for trouble while he and Jean search the nightclub for the new mutant. They are all unaware they are being watched by minions of the Hellfire Club, who have been sent out to capture the new mutant as well.
Entering the club, Scott and Jean find the club and its patrons to be extremely decadent. As they canvass the room to find the mutant, Jean can’t help finding the sordid thoughts among the crowd somehow attractive.
At the Hellfire Club's headquarters, Jason Wyngarde and the Hellfire Club’s leader Sebastian Shaw get a report from the soldiers surveying the night club. Jason tells Shaw that he will personally see to Jean Grey.
Shaw then checks in with the White Queen in Chicago. Emma reports back showing that she has captured Wolverine, Storm, Colossus (whom she holds in cages) and Professor X (who is being held in a comatose state). The young mutant named Kitty Pryde has escaped, however - for the time being. Unbeknownst to her, Kitty has used her phasing ability to sneak into Emma's industrial complex. Approaching Storm, she discovers that something about the cage has dulled Ororo’s mind. But Storm does rally and manages to rip a tag off her costume to provide Kitty with a phone number to call. Kitty is spotted by one of Emma's guards and she to escape using her phasing powers.
Back in New York, Jean continues to search through the crowd when she is confronted by Jason Wyngarde and instantaneously finds herself experiencing another “timeslip”, seemingly living the past life of an ancestor once more. She finds herself in a burned-out church in the middle of a wedding ceremony between her and Jason, with Sebastian Shaw presiding. After they have exchanged vows, Wyngarde removes Jean’s wedding dress to unveil her as the Black Queen. As the assembled guests (members of the Hellfire Club) cheer, she lustily kisses Jason.
Just as suddenly as it began, Jean finds herself back in the present but kissing the modern day Wyngarde right in front of Scott! Before Jean can even begin to explain (or comprehend) what happened, the club’s musical act takes the stage amid an amazing pyrotechnic light show. She is a singer known as Dazzler. Cyclops mini Cerebro unit indicates that she is the mutant they are seeking.
Outside, the X-Men’s car phone rings and Nightcrawler answers; Kitty is calling for help. Before Nightcrawler can learn anymore, he is attacked by Hellfire Club soldiers in a specially designed suit of armor to combat his powers. The soldier attacks him with a sonic device that is strikingly similar to a Danger Room device that stopped him once before.
Two more soldiers burst through the club’s skylight above the stage. Jean uses her powers to change her and Scott’s street clothes into their X-Men uniforms, shocking Scott at her display of power. The armored soldiers have also been specially fashioned to combat their mutant abilities as well, including one who lobs a glop of ruby quartz material onto Scott’s visor, preventing him from firing his optic blasts, and one who attacks Phoenix with a psionic distorter (which Cyclops notes would require her attackers knowing her specific brainwave patterns.) The soldiers hadn’t anticipated Dazzler entering the fight, distracting them with her light powers. Dazzler’s power renders one of the soldiers catatonic -- something that surprises even Dazzler herself. This allows Jean to free Cyclops and the two switch opponents, easily defeating them.
The last soldier and Nightcrawler crash through the skylight while mixing it up. Phoenix easily dispatches the third opponent. Nightcrawler explains to Cyclops and Phoenix that the X-Men in Chicago were ambushed. Cyclops very quickly explains to Dazzler that she is a mutant and that they need her help in saving their friends. Dazzler is surprised by all this, but agrees to help. As soon as they have departed, the the club explodes, destroying all evidence of the battle. (Obviously the soldier’s armor was detonated in the same manner as the White Queen’s lackeys last issue.)
As Cyclops drives away, he sees Wyngarde looming beneath a streetlamp and wonders what he was doing kissing Jean. As the car passes by, Cyclops vaguely notices that the shadow Wyngarde casts does not match his body, but he is too distracted to reflect on the fact. After the X-Men have gone, Wyngarde laughs over the progress he is making with Jean Grey.
This story is continued next issue.
Appearing in "Outside In"
- Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert) (Corpse)
- Joe MacTaggert (Photo)
- Havok (Alex Summers) (Mentioned)
- Polaris (Lorna Dane) (Mentioned)
- Jamie Madrox (Mentioned)
- Professor X (Charles Xavier) (Photo)
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Synopsis for "Outside In"
After the Proteus incident, a grief-stricken Moira contemplates cloning her son to give him a second chance at life. After some struggle against her emotional barriers, Sean convinces her to let Kevin rest in peace and to move on.
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