Appearing in "Crash & Burn"
- The Muir Island X-Men
- Freedom Force
- Psylocke (Betsy Braddock)
- Dr. Lian Shen
- The Reavers
- Jacob Reisz (Possessed by Shadow King)
- Matsu'o Tsurayaba (First appearance)
- Hand assassins
- X-Men (Referenced)
- Dr. Stuart Haydn (Death)
- Various Cairo Hospital employees
- Crimson Commando (Frank Bohannan) (Mentioned)
- Super Sabre (Martin Fletcher) (Mentioned)
- Spiral (Rita Wayword) (Mentioned)
- Emile Vachon (Referenced)
- Val Cooper (Mentioned)
- Callisto (Mentioned)
- Achmed El Gibár (Referenced)
Races and Species:
- Freedom Forces' jet
Synopsis for "Crash & Burn"
Freedom Force arrive at Muir Island to help stop the Reavers attack, but with disastrous consequences to the team: Avalanche is wounded by Lady Deathstrike and Donald Pierce kills Stonewall. Meanwhile Destiny is murdered in cold blood by Legion, who also snuffs out Pyro's flame attack at a critical moment in the fight. In the end, Forge (who was sent off into the battle by Destiny after being ordered to serve as her bodyguard by Mystique) turns the battle against the Reavers with a new sniper rifle that is capable of destroying Pierce's cyborgs. Killing Skullcrusher, the Reavers escape. Afterwards, Mystique and Freedom Force leave, with Mystique vowing that Forge will pay for causing the death of another one of her loved ones. Forge meanwhile shares his dream to Banshee, that Storm and the rest of the X-Men are still alive, as Forge joins the team.
Meanwhile in China, Matsu'o Tsurayaba and the Hand discuss their fiendish plans for Psylockes, having recently taken custody of the X-Man. Meanwhile, the possessed by the Shadow King Inpsector Reisz murders a doctor and enslaves Lien Shen as the amnesiac Storm watches struggles to escape her pursuer.
- Page 31: letters page.
- A possible motive for Legion murdering Destiny would be presented in the 2001 X-Men Forever mini-series, where it was revealed that Legion had briefly mind-scanned Destiny when she arrived on the island and discovered that she knew that he was destined to go back in time and alter the past, creating the hellish "Age of Apocalypse" version of Earth. However, this is at odds with Legion's portrayal at the time, which implied that the villainous "Jack" persona murdered Destiny (and planned on murdering Forge) because he could, with the intent of blaming the Reavers for his crimes.
- X-Men Forever #4 would also reveal that Legion confronted by Mystique afterwords and confessed to her what he had done and why. However he quickly discovered that Mystique (shortly after loading Destiny's corpse into a plane) had her mind briefly possessed by her future self, having become "unstuck" in time and made to relive parts of her past by the sentient ship known as "Prof". Legion requests that Mystique kill him but she refuses, knowing that killing Legion would alter the timestream. Mystique would quickly "jump" to another time period in her life.
- X-Men V2 #31-32 meanwhile retcon the details of Psylockes being discovered by the Hand, with the revelation/retcon that the assassin Revanche was the one who had found Psylockes and that their first encounter resulted in their minds merging, to the point of causing Psylockes to take on some of Revanche's personality traits and Revanche taking on some of Psylocke's personality traits.
- Destiny's last words to Forge would lead to Forge seeking a relationship with Mystique, though writer Howard Mackie would retcon her warning as an attempt to move Forge and Mystique together so that she would help him defeat a resurrected Adversary in X-Factor #115-121.
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- Ads in this issue included : [inside front cover] 'Jordan vs Bird One on One' Nintendo, 'Operation Wolf' Taito, 'Bubble Bubble' Taito, Capcom, Aklaim, (4 page ad) Mark Jewelers, 'Bionic Commando' Capcom, WCW World Championship Wrestling FCI, Taxan, American Entertainment, Subscribe!, [inside back cover] Tiger LCD Video Games, [back cover] TSR.
- Sean Cassidy, Forge, Raven Darkholme, and Irene Adler are featured on the cover of this issue [Piotr Rasputin, Alexander Summers, Elizabeth Braddock, and James Howlett in the top left corner].
- Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #32 and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #33 are referenced in this issue.
- Japanese and Egyptian languages are used in the script (translated).
Links and References
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Vol. 2) #5 - See for further referencing