Collects X-Men #244-264, Annual #13
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, Dan Green, Steve Leialoha, Glynis Oliver, Scott Williams, Josef Rubinstein
This collection starts right after the end of Inferno and the first few issues are just a cool down from it. In the first issue (244) Dazzler brings the other X-Women to a mall for shopping. However, a group of mutant hunting humans are summoned there to capture a teenaged girl who lives in the mall stealing and throwing around fireworks. Yep, Jubilee was introduced in this issue and Gateway teleports her to the X-Men’s dreary headquarters.
Issue 245 wasn’t published here.
The next two issues the X-Men (Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, Colossus, Dazzler, Havok) fight Master Mold, a Sentinel made up of Nimrod and a Sentinel. Wolverine leaves the group and Psylocke and Carol had a heart-to-heart about how difficult it is for Carol and Rogue to share the same body. The only way for the team to beat Master Mold is to send it through the Siege Perilous and it takes Rogue with it.
We also get to briefly see Senator Kelly’s gorgeous blond wife who is one of Hellfire Club’s girls. However, she dies in the fighting and instead of blaming the giant robot which shot the car where the Kellys were, the Senator… decides that mutant are responsible and want to… build more giant robots!
Next, the Nanny and the Orphan-Maker attack. They change some team members into children in order to control them. However, when Havok fires at Nanny’s flying machine, he accidentally kills Storm and one of the most bizarre plot twists starts.
In issue 250, Zaladane kidnaps Lorna Dane and through the use of High Evolutionary’s machine, takes away Lorna’s mutant magnetic powers. Instead, Lorna gains strength, invulnerability, and grows taller.
In this collection, the X-Men team dies, again. This time the team (Psylocke, Dazzler, Havok, and Colossus) goes through the Siege Perilous in order to avoid a Reaver ambush. Only Wolverine is left and he’s quickly becomes a prisoner. With Jubilee’s help he escapes but his healing power is at its limit and requires constant help.
This is the collection where Psylocke gets her Asian body and ninja skills. She’s brainwashed by Hand and used by the Mandarin. We also get to see an all-new X-Men team which includes Moira MacTaggert, the recovered Banshee, the witch Amanda Sefton, Legion, and a couple of Moira’s assistants. Legion is also playing against this X-Men team and helping their attackers. And Storm returns as a little girl.
These stories were weird even by X-Men standards but I enjoyed them. Back then, it was hard to wait for the next comic to know what would happen next.