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Friday, May 16, 2014

X-Men: The Second Coming



Does the return of Hope signify the destruction of all mutants, or their salvation?

Witness the final fate of the X-Men!

One Will Lead...
One Will Die...
One Will Rise...
One Will Sacrifice...
All Will Unite
X-Men: The Second Coming is the final trilogy which began with X-Men: Messiah CompleX and continued with X-Men: Messiah War. It is a multi-part crosscover which will begin with "X-Men: The Second Coming" one-shot, then runs through 'Uncanny X-Men', 'X-Men: Legacy', 'X-Force' and 'New Mutants'.

Synopsis
The story follows the return of Cable and Hope from the future to the present. Their arrival sparks off action from Bastion and his alliesStephen Lang, Bolivar Trask, William Stryker, Graydon Creed and Cameron Hodge. Bastion tells them that the Mutant Messiah has returned and gives them orders to kill her.

In a motel, a fire-fight between Cable and Hope and the Purifiers breaks out, Wolverine and the others arrive to help them. As the Alpha Team (Wolverine, X-23, Angel, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Psylocke and Magik) battles Stryker and his Purifiers, Magik makes her way toward Hope, under orders from Wolverine to teleport her to Utopia. But one of the Purifies opens a portal to Limbo she cannot control and she is drawn into it by a cluster of demonic tentacles. Subsequently, they incapacitate Nightcrawler with disorienting weaponry to prevent him from teleporting. Wolverine's team find Cable and Hope and after a short confrontation with another group of Sapien League members, the X-Men and Cable decide for a diversionary tactic. Cable remains behind with some of the X-Men, after learning from the New Mutants that Cable was being tracked, while Rogue, Nightcrawler, and Hope leave in order to protect the girl.

Parallel to this, the New Mutants arrive at Cameron Hodge's facility, where Cameron Hodge and his whole army of "Smileys" are killed by Warlock of the New Mutants at the behest of Doug Ramsey when his lifeforce and the lifeforces of the Smileys are forcibly absorbed by Warlock via their shared connection of the techno-organic Transmode virus. The New Mutants warn Cyclops of Bastion's towers.

Shortly after, Cyclops loses contact with the Alpha and Beta teams. The Alpha Team has been attacked by armored soldiers and a jet; in response, Psylocke telekinetically sends X-23 to the jet to commandeer it. Nightcrawler, Rogue, and Hope arrive in Nevada, where Bastion appears before them and brutally beats Rogue. Just as Bastion extends his arm to kill Hope, Nightcrawler teleports between them and is impaled in the chest. Nightcrawler teleports Hope to Utopia, where he tells her that he believes in her before he dies. When the Alpha Team returns to Utopia, Colossus wants Pixie to rescue Magik from Limbo. In Nevada, Bastion repairs himself and tells his followers to prepare for Plan B. As evening falls, Nightcrawler's funeral is held, with Beast arriving to place blame on Cyclops' shoulders.

Three and a half miles away from San Francisco, the X-Club investigate an oil rig and discover a ticking timer. Suddenly, an explosion is felt and Cyclops is certain that the X-Men's jets, the Blackbirds, have been decimated. Donald Pierce is found standing amid the debris, and rues that he will not live to witness the decimation of the mutant race. Cyclops eliminates him with an optic blast, and alerts the X-Men to expect an attack. With no teleporters, no planes, and no Cerebra, Cyclops announces that they are trapped on Utopia. Meanwhile, the X-Club Science team are caught in a trap of their own as they recover from the oil rig explosion. Through a conversation between Dr. Nemesis and the others, it is revealed that they are stranded just outside of San Francisco and Utopia.

Suddenly, an offshore explosion rocks Utopia sending X-Men reeling. When the X-Men gather near the Bay, they find a massive dome of energy enveloping both San Francisco and Utopia. The X-Men quickly attempt to destroy the dome, but to no avail. Namor appears and informs Cyclops that the energy dome also descends into the ocean floor, making it in actuality, a sphere. At the ruins of the oil rig, the X-Club attempts to analyze and dispose of the sphere. After a detailed scientific explanation provided by Madison Jeffries, the X-Club find themselves face to face with the Avengers, who are responding to San Francisco seemingly falling off the grid. In San Francisco, Magma, Namor and Cyclops survey the damage caused by the sphere via jetpacks, meeting at the Golden Gate Bridge. At the bridge they observe a smaller, silver sphere and conclude that it is powering the dome. The X-Men arrive. Under Cyclops’s orders, Iceman attacks the silver sphere only to be choked by a big metal arm. The other X-Men watch in horror as a legion of Nimrod type Sentinels begin to emerge.

With an army of Nimrod model sentinels’ continuing to emerge from Bastion’s time portal, a massive battle between the X-Men, their allies and Bastion’s forces ensues. The X-Men emerge from this battle victorious, but with several X-Men severely injured. Cyclops orders the strongest members of the X-Men to guard the portal while the injured are quickly ferried back to Utopia. Bastion tells his minions that the host of Nimrod sentinels faced by the X-Men was only a scouting party.

On Utopia, Cyclops gathers the core X-Men and briefs everyone on the state of things following the battle. Next Beast explains that Bastion’s portal is powered by an unknown energy source and made from an unknown origin. Beast also notes that the portal is temporal in nature connecting them to another period in history. Prodigy of the New X-Men team scans the portal again and discovers that there are at least 170,000 Sentinels waiting on the other side. Cyclops begins to formulate a new strategy which hinges on Cable using his last time jump to take X-force to the future to deactivate the sentinels. The revelation of the previously secret X-force team causes dismay amongst the X-Men who were unaware that the team existed or was murdering potential threats to mutants. Cyclops then sends all battle worthy mutants to the portal and tells them to prepare for another attack. The Stepford Cuckoos inform Cyclops that another wave of Sentinels are arriving. Colossus, Namor, Rockslide and Dust get ready to fight. Cable initiates the jump and X-Force leaves this timeline.

The X-Men then engage the Nimrods in battles all around the city and on Utopia. A Nimrod approaches Utopia and breaches its outer wall. Cyclops quickly shuts down several levels of the complex except for those most crucial and the resulting explosion from doing so destroys the Nimrod. Within the city, Storm, Surge, Iceman, Psylocke and Fantomex manage to destroy several Nimrods between them through coordinated efforts, while at the Port of Oakland, Namor fights several more by himself, but calls in for assistance as five more suddenly appear. Though at low power after a recent coma, Magneto defends the island against a horde of Nimrods to buy Beast time to treat the wounded.

In the future, X-force fights it way into a sentinel Processing Centre where Cypher takes over the programming of Master Mold and they shut down all of the Nimrods in both the present and future. Their mission completed, X-Force retrieves Cable and Cypher and make their way to the time portal to escape back to the present. Unfortunately, in the ensuing chaos X-23 is brutally burned when she attempts to cross through the time portal. The members of X-Force come to the conclusion that only inorganic matter is able to pass through the portal. With no other alternative, Cable sacrifices himself to hold the portal open and allow the others to return home.

Back in the present, as all of the Nimrods suddenly shut down, the X-Men are seen staring in shock and attempting to understand what has happened. Outside of the dome, Bastion appears with the reanimated Graydon Creed and Stephen Lang, commenting that while the Nimrods are gone, mutantkind is still trapped and that he will deal with the remaining mutants himself. After witnessing Cable's sacrifice, Hope manifests various X-Men powers such as Armor's psionic armor and Colossus's organic steel and kills Lang and Creed. With the assistance of the X-Men, she eradicates Bastion and shatters the dome surrounding the city. At a celebratory bonfire, Emma notices the flames around Hope take the shape of the Phoenix, and triggers a flashback to the Sisterhood storyline where Jean freed her from Lady Mastermind's illusion. Seized with terror, Emma runs to Cyclops to warn him. Before she can, Cyclops tells her that Cerebra has found five new mutants (Transonic, Velocidad, Oya, Primal, and Zero) that have appeared around the globe.
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Cover Gallery

Act 1
Part 1: X-Men: Second Coming #1
Part 2: Uncanny X-Men #523
Part 3: New Mutants #12
Part 4: X-Men Legacy #235
Part 5: X-Force #26
Revelations: X-Factor #204
Second Coming Act 1 Third Printing

Act 2
Part 6: Uncanny X-Men #524
Revelations: Hellbound #1
Part 7: New Mutants #13
Part 8: X-Men Legacy #236
Revelations: X-Factor #205
Part 9: X-Force #27
Revelation: Blind Science #1

Act 3
Part 10: Uncanny X-Men #525
Revelation: Hellbound #2
Part 11: New Mutants #14
Part 12: X-Men Legacy #237
Revelation: X-Factor #206
Part 13: X-Force #28
Revelation: Hellbound #3
Part 14: X-Men Second Coming #2
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Deaths in Second Coming

R.I.P. Cable
X-Force #28 (2010)
Returned to life


R.I.P. Vanisher
New Mutants #13 (2010)
Found alive


R.I.P. Ariel
X-Men Legacy 235 (2010)
Found alive


R.I.P. Nightcrawler
X-Force #26 (2010)


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Cover Gallery

Chapter 1: X-Men: Second Coming #1






Chapter 2: Uncanny X-Men #523







Chapter 3: New Mutants #12







Chapter 4: X-Men Legacy #235







Chapter 5: X-Force #26










Revelations: X-Factor #204






Chapter 6: Uncanny X-Men 534





Revelations: Hellbound #1



Chapter 7: New Mutants #13





Chapter 8: X-Men Legacy #236






Revelations: X-Factor #205





Chapter 9: X-Force #27






Revelations: Blind Science #1



Chapter 10: Uncanny X-Men #525




Revelations: Hellbound #2



Chapter 11: New Mutants #14




Chapter 12: X-Men Legacy #237




Revelation: X-Factor #206



Chapter 13: X-Force #28





Revelations: Hellbound #3



Chapter 14: X-Men: Second Coming #2



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Battle Report

Act 1

Home Team
Leader: Cyclops
Supported by: Emma Frost
Cyclops' personal teleporter: Pixie
Iceman, Namor, Magneto
Science Club: Dr Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr Kavita Rao
Stepford Cuckoos (Cerebra duty)
Danger (Prison Warden)
Prodigy, Surge

Alpha Team
Members: Angel, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Psylocke, X-23, Rogue, Magik (replaced by Ariel)
Went in pursuit of Cable and Hope
Fought with Purifiers
Angel killed Reverend William Stryker
Ariel killed
Split into:

Team 1:
Members: Rogue, Nightcrawler, Hope
Delivered Hope to Utopia
Nightcrawler killed by Bastion

Team 2
Members: Archangel, Wolverine, Colossus, Psylocke, X-23, Cable
Decoy team
Returned to Utopia


Beta Team (New Mutants)
Members: Cannonball, Magik, Karma, Magma, Sunspot, Cypher, Warlock
Holding pattern over Midwest
Assaulted Cameron Hodge's base
Warlock killed Cameron Hodge
Team shut down the Right's base
Karma lost her left leg

X-Force
Members: Domino, Vanisher
San Francisco, waited for orders
Vanisher killed by Steven Lang's forces


Act 2

Limbo Team
Members: Cannonball (leader), Northstar, Gambit, Dazzler, Pixie, Trance, Anole
Entered Limbo to retrieve Magik

San Francisco Team
Members: Cyclops, Archangel, Iceman, Colossus, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Armor, Magma, Domino, X-23, Surge, Hellion, Namor
Fought Nimrod sentinels
Iceman injured
Hellion lost both hands

After regrouping, the X-Men were split again:

San Francisco Team 2
Members: Namor, Colossus, Rockslide, Dust
Fought Nimrod Sentinels

X-Force
Members: Cable, Wolverine, Archangel, X-23, Domino, Cypher
Traveled to the future to shut down the A.I. controlling the Nimrod sentinels

Science Club
Members: Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr. Kavita Rao
Investigated strange structure
Was outside the dome created by Bastion to cover San Francisco


Act 3

Members: Cyclops, Emma Frost, Iceman, Beast, Storm, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke, Magneto, Namor, Dani Moonstar, Armor, Surge, Nezhno, Rockslide, Magma, Sunspot, Husk, Boom Boom, Professor X, Bling!
Assisted by Avalanche, Hope and Legion
Fought Nimrod Sentinels

X-Force
Members: Cable, Wolverine, Archangel, X-23, Domino, Cypher
Managed to shut down the A.I. controlling the Nimrod sentinels in the future

Science Club
Members: Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr. Kavita Rao
Was outside the dome created by Bastion to cover San Francisco
Worked with the Avengers and Fantastic Four to find a way in

Sick Bay
Out of battle: Shadowcat, Hellion
Duty: Beast, Mercury, Loa, Nezhno


Villains

Bastion
Mastermind
Killed by Hope in X-Force #28 (Chapter 13)

Reverend William Stryker
Led Purifiers and Sapiens League in search of Hope and Cable
Killed by Archangel in New Mutants #12 (Chapter 3)

Cameron Hodge
Sent the Right to attack Hope and Cable
Base assaulted by Beta Team (New Mutants)
Killed by Warlock in X-Men Legacy 235 (Chapter 7)

Donald Pierce
Held in X-Men's prison
Sabotaged Cerebra systems internally
Killed by Cyclops in New Mutants #13 (Chapter 4)

Graydon Creed
Killed by Hope in X-Force #28 (Chapter 13)

Bolivar Trask
Leader of the Mutant Response Division
Dealt with X-Factor
Committed suicide in X-Factor #206 (Revelations)

Scott Lang
Killed by Hope in X-Force #28 (Chapter 13)
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