X-Men: Omega Point

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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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 #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 #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 #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 #6
Pain Which Cannot Forget, Part 3

The X-Men engineer a traffic jam so that Kurt Wagner can abduct Emma Frost on her way to a fundraiser breakfast for the Nixon campaign at the Peabody Hotel, while Warren Worthington III and Jean Grey pay Anthony Stark an obnoxiously early morning visit. They eventually convince him to look into what Sebastian Shaw is up to with the Sentinel program.

In the sewers, the X-Men meet up again with the captive Emma Frost. Jean probes her mind, finding the identities of the ten remaining assassins, as well as information about the Hellfire Club and the figure known as “En Sabah Nur” that she fears lurks behind it, and how the Frost Foundation rose to power by her use of telepathy to blackmail rich men with dark secrets. The X-Men tell her that if she tries this again, they’ll contact the people she’s blackmailed who, though afraid to act individually, would gladly crush her together.

At 9:00 AM, the X-Men encounter the Juggernaut tearing through traffic in downtown Memphis. They quickly piece together that Shaw has paid him to create a disturbance that will draw in the X-Men and give the Sentinel an excuse to apprehend them all. Realizing they cannot defeat the Juggernaut physically, they instead taunt him to fight back against the Sentinel, which he does, nearly killing him. The battle lays waste to much of downtown Memphis, with over 100 fatalities, thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in property damage. Kurt and Warren work together to save the officer in the armor, and then give themselves up to the police. Jean meets with Charles Xavier to find the assassins still out there and disable their telepathic conditioning. Then Jean gives herself up to the police as well.

Tony discovers that Sebastian Shaw has disabled his kill-switch on the Sentinels — that his chief rival used this situation to steal some of his most closely-guarded technology.

Warren’s lawyer tells him about Erik Lehnsherr’s efforts to bring mutants to Madagascar to use their powers to build up the economy. He suggests that many of those mutants may be willing to come help repair the damage in Memphis.

That night the destruction in Memphis is the top national story. The United Nations announces the formation of [[S.H.I.E.L.D. | S.H.I.E.L.D.]], with both the U.S. and the USSR pledging half their military budgets to its mission to stop rogue mutants and police the mutant population, to prevent incidents like those in Saigon and Memphis. Tony says that this is the wrong approach — mutants are our friends, family, and neighbors. We can’t treat them like the enemy. They simply suffer from a disease, and diseases can be cured. He announces that he’s working with Worthington Pharmaceuticals to develop a cure for the X-Gene mutation.

Warren is approached by a scientist named Reed Richards while in jail. He’s seeking support from several industrialists like Warren, including Tony Stark and Sebastian Shaw. With the end of the Cold War, President Kennedy’s dream of putting a man on the moon and safely returning him to the earth before the decade is out seems in greater peril than ever. He feels that if government cannot do it, then the private sector must step in to ensure that the dream is realized. Warren agrees to back the mission.

Logan arrives in Antananarivo looking for information about “En Sabah Nur.”

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Issue #7
Though the Heavens May Fall, Part 1

Fiat justitia, ruat caelum.
“Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.”

The United States finished construction of the Raft, a facility in the Riker’s Island prison complex for housing mutant inmates, just a few months before the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D., which took over its operation. The prison takes inspiration from USP Marion, including extensive use of solitary confinement, a rigorous pharmaceutical regimen, and an intense behavioral modification program. With nowhere else to secure them, the government hands Warren Worthington III, Kurt Wagner, and Jean Grey over to S.H.I.E.L.D. to be kept there. Once they pass through the “induction” process — a psychological conditioning routine intended to break down their sense of self to make them safer to deal with — they discover Havok, Scott Summers’ younger brother, who has turned himself in for fear that he might hurt people.

They discover that the Mutant Brotherhood operates inside the Raft as a prison gang. Azazel claims that he was intentionally captured so that he could coordinate efforts from within the Raft when Magneto arrived to break them out. Warren trades information about the breakout to Warden “Dum Dum” Dugan in exchange for a live interview with the press. They discover that Magneto plans to use the ICBM he stopped from striking Saigon to hold New York City hostage, demanding the release of the prisoners from the Raft. The X-Men enlist the aid of Warden Dugan and S.H.I.E.L.D. and contact the Professor telepathically. While the rest of the X-Men stop Magneto and S.H.I.E.L.D. fights off the members of the Brotherhood attacking the prison, Angel, Nightcrawler, Jean, and Havok quell the prison riot inside by defeating Azazel, Pyro, and the Blob.

Walter Cronkite interviews Warren from inside the Raft: with the looming trial for the events in Memphis and the rescue of New York City, it is a major media sensation. Public opinion turns against the way mutants are held on the Raft. S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury meets with the X-Men to discuss viable alternatives, convincing them to work on mutant control measures so that they can avoid the sorts of practices currently being employed on the Raft.

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Issue #8
Though the Heavens May Fall, Part 2

Warren Worthington III and Charles Xavier assemble an elite legal team to defend the X-Men, consisting of Gabrielle Haller, William Kunstler, Roy Cohn, and Jennifer Walters. They make a persuasive case that the X-Men did their civic duty by intervening in an emergency to help their fellow citizens. The jury is persuaded and finds the X-Men not guilty on all charges, but in the process the case sets a precedent in favor of vigilante justice.

During the trial, the prosecution called Charles Xavier to the stand as an expert on mutant relations, but in the course of their examination they revealed that Marcus Xavier is Charles’s twin brother. Where Charles’ mutation gave him the world’s most powerful mind, Marcus has the world’s most powerful body. The defense intervened to stop Charles’ testimony on national security grounds. Realizing how powerful his brother could be, Charles used his telepathy to turn Marcus’s potential into a character from one of his old comic books, a god called Cyttorak. By convincing Marcus that he was the avatar of Cyttorak, he managed to convince him that he really only had a small portion of his real power, and even convinced him to externalize his invulnerability in the form of a suit of armor that could be removed.

With the trial won, Charles introduced the X-Men to the Blackbird. They set out to engage the Juggernaut again, this time with knowledge of their enemy and a plan of attack. Cyclops, Rogue, Iceman, and Nightcrawler moved in with a concerted plan and managed to remove the Juggernaut’s helmet before he even had a chance to react. As soon as the helmet was off, Charles used his telepathy to send Marcus’s mind inward. Marcus now believes he is trapped inside Cyttorak’s Red Dimension.

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Issue #9
Registration Day, Part 1

The Mutant Registration Act required all mutants in the United States to register with the new Department of Mutant Affairs by December 31, 1968. So at midnight, a mad rush began as the DMA, the Massachusetts Academy, and the X-Men raced to pick up fugitive mutants.

Jenny Jump State Park, NJ

Cerebro discovered a mutant hiding in a cave in Jenny Jump State Park. Rogue, Wolverine, Iceman, and Beast discovered Calvin Rankin there. Calvin absorbed their powers and used them to try to keep them away. Calvin’s power also absorbs memories, feelings, and bits of personality, leaving him in doubt of who he was. He had retreated to this cave to live as a hermit. Rogue was able to take his power away long enough to give him a moment of peace and clarity, long enough for the X-Men to convince him that Professor X could help him.

The Everglades, FL

The X-Men find DMA patrols and Sentinels searching the Everglades, but manage to find their target, Clarice Ferguson, first. They manage to convince Clarice to join them, narrowly avoiding a confrontation with the DMA and their Sentinels in the process.

Deerfield, IL

The X-Men arrive at the Lyman Wilmot house in Deerfield, Illinois, once used by the Underground Railroad, and now the haunt of a young mutant named Kitty Pryde with the power to walk through walls. They find Emma Frost already there to court her for the Massachusetts Academy. Both schools make their case, but Kitty chooses the Xavier Institute, swayed by the revelation that they have computers there from IBM, though she tells Beast as they board the Blackbird that she was also unnerved by the way Frost looked at her as if she were “something good to eat.”

Burton Canyon, CO

Cerebro discovers two mutants living in an underground bunker in Burton Canyon, CO. There the X-Men find a rather elaborate base. It’s used by Kevin Sydney, Sean Cassidy, and Carl Westin, a.k.a., Changeling, Banshee, and Ogre, a team designated “Factor Three.” They claim that the X-Men were originally a mutant counter-revolutionary team assembled by J. Edgar Hoover, but that Professor X “went rogue.” He then formed Factor Three to replace them. Realizing these unregistered mutants will not be hunted by the DMA and that they have little interest in joining the Xavier Institute, the X-Men leave them behind, albeit with questions for their professor.

San Francisco, CA

The X-Men split up. Beast and Iceman head to California after a fugitive mutant moving around downtown San Francisco, while Rogue and Wolverine head to Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southern Montana. In San Francisco, Beast and Iceman discover a hippie called Polaris, who exhibits powers familiar to Magneto’s. Her friends invite them in and offer them some acid. Beast declines, and so is the only one entirely aware when the apartment is surrounded by DMA agents and Sentinels. Iceman shakes off his high in the midst of the pursuit. There is a tumultuous chase through the streets of San Francisco, but in an impressive display of his powers Iceman freezes much of the city’s sewer system as they escape below ground.

Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

On the reservation, Wolverine and Rogue find Jonathan Silver Cloud, a recently returned veteran of the Vietnam War who lost an arm and a leg in combat. They find him passed out, having taken some heroin before they arrived. While waiting for him to awaken, Emma Frost arrives with her Hellions. James Proudstar is particularly angry that the X-Men are approaching a fellow Indian, and being a vengeful person with a vendetta against Wolverine anyway, wastes no time in attacking him. Inside the trailer in a one-on-one fight Wolverine is able to defeat Proudstar. However, outside, Rogue must face Emma and all of her Hellions at once. Where Proudstar blindly rages after his vengeance, the Hellions fight smart, carefully staying out of Rogue’s reach until Emma can reach into her mind and pull forth all the pain, confusion, and doubt from anyone she’s ever touched. With Rogue passed out from the psychic onslaught, Wolverine emerges to face the Hellions. Learning from last time that she has little chance of affecting Wolverine with her telepathy, she instead focuses on amplifying her students’ power, helping Jetstream line up two perfect plasma blasts in a row, finally taking Wolverine down.

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Issue #10
Registration Day, Part 2

The Mutant Registration Act caused many mutants to leave the United States, and many of them fled to Madagascar, where Erik Lehnsherr had become President Philibert Tsiranana’s chief economic advisor. By inviting mutants into the country and allowing them to use their powers, Madagascar’s economy had improved dramatically in just a few short months. In turn, the island nation promised mutants a haven safe from persecution, where they could live and work freely.

However, Henry Kissinger pressured the incoming president, Richard Nixon, to demand the extradition of fugitive mutants from Madagascar. There was significant saber-rattling and threats of invasion, with pressure on [[S.H.I.E.L.D. | S.H.I.E.L.D.]] to lead the way.

Logan awoke from his defeat at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation aboard Sebastian Shaw’s private ship bound for Madagascar. He told Logan that he was known as James Howlett before the Weapon X program, and that he entered the program specifically to have his memories destroyed so that he would no longer remember the terrible things he had done. Shaw says that when he made that decision, he had been in his employ for a job to kill a rival mutant in the Hellfire Club called Selene. He played on Logan’s sense of duty to fulfill the mission he’d left undone, but ultimately he was motivated more by the fact that he’d heard some dangerous things about Selene and concluded that she should be dealt with even if it happened to help Shaw as well.

Rogue, Beast, Iceman, Blink, and Kitty Pryde arrived in Madagascar looking for Wolverine. They got together and hatched their plan to stop Selene. They learned that she was in the ruins of Libertatia, the site of a fabled anarchist colony founded by pirates in the 17th century. Selene led the effort to crush the colony centuries ago, and had turned the catacombs beneath it into a base of operations. They knew that Selene kept thralls with her at all times so that she could consume their life force to power herself in an emergency, so they relied on Blink and Kitty to remove one each, leaving Selene defenseless for one moment. It proved to be enough: in a lightning-fast attack, they succeeded in killing Selene, a powerful mutant who had terrorized the world for millennia, through teamwork, intel, and planning.

They discovered Mortimer Toynbee deeper in the catacombs, where Selene was torturing him for information about Magneto. The Black Court was behind the efforts to have Madagascar invaded, in order to stop Magneto and the trouble he was causing for the Hellfire Club’s efforts to rule the world quietly from behind the scenes. Mortimer was a bit surprised that the X-Men treated him with any kindness or regard, and asked if they would help defend Madagascar.

The X-Men arranged a meeting with Erik and urged him to save Madagascar by turning himself over to the United States. Erik didn’t believe it would do any good, but he agreed to risk his life on their plan, if they would agree to risk their own lives on his if he was proven right and his surrender did not avert the invasion.

When Erik handed himself over, it seemed that he might have been proven correct, as the drums of war continued to beat. Realizing that it was the Hellfire Club driving this, the X-Men went to Emma Frost and arranged another deal. Emma agreed to end the talk of war, but in return she asked for their help in rooting out the power she feared lurking behind the Club, another ancient mutant known only as En Sabah Nur.

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