X-Men: Omega Point

Issue #5
Pain Which Cannot Forget, Part 2

The X-Men start digging into the Hellfire Club that appears to be behind the recent assassination attempt on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Warren Worthington III is a member, but is amazed to think that just a bunch of rich people indulging in excessive hedonism could be behind such a thing. Charles Xavier reveals a startling depth of knowledge about the organization, but he doesn’t know anything about the plot.

The X-Men infiltrate a Hellfire Club party at an old plantation outside the city. Anthony Stark is there. He recognizes Warren, and, quickly realizing what’s happening, warns Warren not to pursue his conspiracy theory any further. Tony gets Warren in to speak with Sebastian who, when alone, feels comfortable revealing the entire plan. Emma uses her telepathy to put troubled, weak-minded men on the trail to assassinate Dr. King. Eventually one of them will succeed. Sebastian notes that while he confined himself to civil rights, they could tolerate Dr. King’s agenda. He became a problem for them a year ago, when he began to broaden that agenda to include things like the war and poverty, stitching them together into a broader view of social injustice which threatened their control. Now that he’s joining Xavier in agitating for mutant rights as well, he absolutely must be stopped.

Warren realizes that the Hellfire Club is run by mutants like Shaw and Frost. He asks why Shaw would develop things like Sentinels that could threaten him, too. Shaw replies that by being the one who creates them, he can ensure that they don’t threaten him. He tells Warren that through the Hellfire Club, mutants have been quietly ruling the world for some time. The right mutants, though. The X-Men’s stunts in Saigon threaten to destabilize that. The Sentinels will help ensure that they’re able to control rogue mutants like them just like they’re able to control everything else.

Warren asks how he can get in on this. Emma catches Kurt Wagner on the balcony at that moment and tries to blast him, as Logan enters on queue through the wall. Logan recognizes that he’s worked for Shaw before. Caught in the moment, Warren chooses to side with Shaw and Frost to prove his loyalty by grabbing Logan, flying out the window, and dropping him outside. As Hellfire guards arrive on the scene, Logan realizes they can’t win and signals a retreat. Terrified by Warren’s betrayal, Jean Grey locks away his memories of the X-Men before fleeing.

That night, Theresa Fox comes to Warren and warns him that he has to leave. He tells him that there is an incident planned to draw them out so that they can showcase the Sentinel’s ability to apprehend the X-Men at 9:00 AM the next morning. At noon, the next assassin will try to kill Dr. King. She tells Warren that the assassination is a White Court plot, with the details known only to Emma Frost, while the Sentinels are a Black Court operation. She tells him that the only way to foil the assassination plot, short- and long-term, lies in Emma’s mind. If Jean can tear it open, she can discover the assassins already in motion and stop them before it’s too late, and discover blackmail material with which to threaten Frost. Warren flies off to get in touch with the other X-Men, who fear that he has turned against him. He convinces them to give him a chance to explain, and brings them the information he got from Tessa. It’s already near sunrise at that point. The X-Men prepare for a busy morning.

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Issue #4
Pain Which Cannot Forget, Part 1

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

— Poem by Aeschylus, quoted by Robert Kennedy in his speech on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, April 4, 1968

A year ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lost a great deal of popular support as well as support from other civil rights leaders when he began preaching against the war in Vietnam. He saw it as part of a broader campaign for justice, along with civil rights, and he continued to push for a broader sense of the struggle with the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. The incident in Saigon made the “mutant problem” the global topic du jour. Charles Xavier got in touch with Dr. King to see if the struggle for mutant rights might have a place in his broader vision of making the United States a more just and moral nation. He was intrigued, but wanted to see that Xavier could take an interest in struggles other than his own as well. Dr. King told Xavier that he was heading to Memphis to support the local sanitation workers in their strike, and invited Xavier and his students to join him. So, Xavier and the X-Men headed to Memphis.

On March 28, a rally turned violent, but the X-Men were on hand to keep it from spiraling out of control. Logan caught the police agent provocateur who started the violence, which later convinced the governor to refuse Mayor Loeb’s request to bring in the National Guard. However, mutants interfering with law enforcement did provide enough impetus for Anthony Stark and Sebastian Shaw to release the prototype of their new Sentinel technology to the Memphis Police. Shaw’s Sentinel technology can detect mutants, and combined with a weaker, civilian-issue version of Stark’s Iron Man armor, gives law enforcement officers the ability to identify and apprehend mutant criminals. Stark had lunch with Warren before the press conference to make sure he heard it from him personally. He said that he backed the project because it would ease tensions by making mutants answerable to the rule of law, rather than being a law unto themselves.

Meanwhile, Logan hit the streets, trying to find out if there were more powerful interests keeping the white union bosses from supporting the strike, or if it was just typical racism. He didn’t find anything like that, but he did find a half-crazed petty cook holed up in a cheap motel room with a sniper rifle, maps, and plans to assassinate Dr. King. Logan destroyed the rifle, beat him within an inch of his life to “discourage” his intended plan of action, and reported the news to Professor Xavier and Scott Summers. Xavier returned to the Institute to track down more information, leaving Scott in charge of the X-Men in Memphis.

While at a rally at the Mason Temple Logan was approached by Lucas Bishop, claiming that he had been sent back in time to stop the assassination of Dr. King. He warns that terrible riots sweep the nation in the wake of the assassination, and by fifty years out, the United States is a dystopia where 1 in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 35 are in prison, and 1 in 9 black men, where a black man is shot by police every 28 hours, and where even small, suburban police departments are outfitted with armored personnel carriers, automatic weapons, and other military equipment, which are routinely turned on protesters. He believes this future can be averted if the X-Men can stop the assassination of Dr. King the next day at 6:01 PM.

Logan and Jean Grey take to the streets, hoping to find James Earl Ray before the evening. They don’t find him, but they do find another half-crazed petty criminal in a cheap motel room, just like the one that Logan found earlier. Jean is able to pull images from his mind, and discovers that he’s had this compulsion planted in his mind by a telepath. She sees an image of her, and a name — “”/characters/emma-frost" class=“wiki-content-link”>Emma" — and a word — “Hellfire.” Logan and Jean return to the Lorraine Motel to warn Warren and Kurt of what they’ve found. There, Logan wonders if they might not have their telepath on site, in case things go badly. Jean scans the area, and finds one room where she detects nothing. Logan busts in, starting a fight with Emma Frost and some of her Hellions: James Proudstar, Haroum ibn Sallah al-Rashid, and Sharon Smith. The X-Men defeat the Hellions rather handily, and Emma finds Logan all but impervious to her telepathy, but she manages to stop their perception of time for a few minutes, long enough to escape.

Later that evening, James Earl Ray arrives, intent on his mission to assassinate Dr. King. Angel, flying high overhead, sees him and swoops down to subdue him. Dr. King thanks the X-Men, but tells them that this isn’t the first attempt on his life, and it likely won’t be the last. Bishop is starting to forget the future. Logan asks him if he should become an X-Man. Bishop tells him that the best things he can remember from the future are achieved by the X-Men, and a lot of them because they had Logan with them. That finally convinces Logan to join the team.

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Issue #3
The X Offensive, Part 3

Within hours, Quicksilver had disarmed all of the fighters in Saigon, while Magneto turned tanks, jets, and warships into impromptu housing for the people left as refugees by the war. Mastermind created an illusory army to avoid chaos, panic, or intervention by an opportunistic foreign power. As the X-Men move into Saigon, Jean Grey finds that the illusory army refracts her telepathy, keeping her from finding Mastermind directly. Meanwhile, the people will not take back their city while they see this occupying force all around them. District by district, they move to dispel Mastermind’s illusions and try to track him down, finally locating him in the city’s core at Independence Palace.

As the X-Men converge, Quicksilver joins the fight to help Mastermind. They take out both Jean and Bobby, but finally manage to take out Quicksilver. Mastermind runs, and is shot and killed by one of the marines in Cyclops’s fire team, called “Bridge.”

In the Palace, the X-Men face Magneto and Mystique. Unable to hurt him physically or telepathically, Jean and Scott make the moral argument, and manage to get him to relent. Erik walks away, leaving the situation in their hands, but incredulous that they’ll actually be able to make anything better out of it.

Kurt Wagner focused on leading the people of Saigon to rise up against Mastermind’s illusory army. With the various nations involved momentarily sidelined, they have the chance to decide their own destiny. They choose to unite with the north as a single, Communist country.

Jean is contacted telepathically by Charles Xavier that with the situation out of their control, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Premier Leonid Brezhnev each fired a nuclear ICBM at Saigon, choosing to obliterate the city if neither of them could control it. Reaching out to Mystique to enlist Magneto to deal with one of the missiles, within seconds Quicksilver has taken the X-Men to the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, where they commandeer two jets to intercept the remaining ICBM. Jean stops it with her mind and Bobby disables it. Jean drops it in the Pacific Ocean.

Events in Saigon force both the United States and the Soviet Union to withdraw from Vietnam as they consider a greater threat. Half a dozen mutants had just made 13 years of war in Vietnam irrelevant in just a few hours, and they were stopped only because four other mutants decided to stand in their way. The world’s superpowers realize with sudden horror that they have just become irrelevant. “The mutant problem” becomes the number one topic of discussion and debate around the world.

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Issue #2
The X Offensive, Part 2

Magneto casually tears Dai Kwong’s body apart to read her magnetic tapes to learn that the mutants from Weapon X are being held in a secret facility in Angkor Krau, over the body in Cambodia. This poses a problem for the X-Men, as Cambodia is technically neutral, and obvious action over the border could spark an international incident. Along the way, they convince Magneto to give them a chance to try a stealthy approach.

Cyclops blasted an entrance into the underground facility away from the rest of the village and proceeded with Mystique to free them and stop the People’s Defense Force’s telepath, Mister Negative, who was attempting to brainwash them to work as Communist operatives. Meanwhile, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, and Iceman fought off Omega Red and the Bengal.

Outraged by the Weapon X program, the People’s Defense Force, and all of the horrors of the Vietnam War, Magneto decides to overthrow the Republic of Vietnam and expel the foreign armies vying to take control. In its place he will create his mutant state. Victor Creed sides with him, but the rest of Weapon X refuse to. Magneto wraps them in metal, promising to return by tomorrow, by which time his revolution should be complete.

The X-Men tear through the metal trap, where they find Toad and the Scarlet Witch left behind to keep them busy. While Cyclops and Jean rush to Saigon, Nightcrawler sweeps Wanda off her feet and Bobby puts Toad on ice. In Saigon’s ravaged Chinese neighborhood of Cholon, Cyclops and Jean find Sabretooth indulging his psychopathic desires by slaughtering innocent civilians. Cyclops takes him out with a single, overwhelming blast.

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Issue #1
The X Offensive, Part 1

Days after the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, General Demetrius Lazer visits the Xavier Institute with startling news. The United States had a covert all-mutant team called “Weapon X.” During the offensive, the Chinese revealed that they had their own all-mutant team, called the People’s Defense Force. They worked alongside a Viet Cong mutant and a Soviet mutant to seize Weapon X’s base of operations and take the mutants involved prisoner. With the army occupied with responding to the Tet Offensive, the General must turn to the X-Men to rescue the mutant POWs.

From Saigon, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Iceman, and Jean Grey trek across enemy-infested jungle with a platoon of U.S. marines led by Lieutenant Frank Castle to retake Firebase Valley Forge, where Weapon X had been operating. The base revealed the extent of Weapon X’s experimentation on mutants, including bonding their skeletons with adamantium in a process that would kill anyone without their mutant healing factor, and telepathic conditioning and brainwashing.

Soon after they faced the People’s Defense Force: Collective Man, the Radioactive Man, the Lady of the Ten Suns, and Scientific Beast. They agree to work together to find John Wraith, a teleporter with Weapon X who avoided capture. When they catch up with him, the People’s Defense Force begins attacking Wraith, so the X-Men turn on them to defend him. The battle goes poorly for them until the Mutant Brotherhood intervenes. They say they’re going to rescue their mutant brethren from captivity, and invite any of them to join them.

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