Issue Date: June 2005
Story Title: X-Posed
Staff: Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Rick Ketcham (inks), Pete Pantazis (colors), Dave Sharpe (letters), Michael Ryan (cover), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (associate editor), Mike Marts (editor), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief), Dan Buckley (publisher)
Itís another Field Day. Wolfsbaneís Paragons Squad manages to fulfill their mission in perfect time and with minimum civilian casualties, and are about to win. The New Mutants are the last ones to go. They prove to be better than the Paragons Squad, and manage to defeat ďthe HulkĒ in even less time. After the session, the team cheers about their victory. Kevin notices that Jay and Laurie are still together, and decides to go on with his earlier threat. He visits Emma, and informs her about the former relationship Josh and Rahne had. They arenít happy about it, and contact Wolfsbane about it. She fears that sheís going to get fired, and decides to leave the school, planning to work for Jamie Madrox fulltime. Laurie learns of it too, and angrily breaks up her relationship with Josh. He even gets into an argument with David about it. Laurie goes to tell her mom about it, but it goes wrong and Laurie angrily walks away from her mom. Meanwhile, Sofia and Jay go to learn swing dancing together in the Hunter Dance Studio. At the school, David continues to avoid Noriko after the future session in his head. Dani tries to cheer him up, but he doesnít know how to deal with it yet. Later, Scott and Emma contact Dr. Sean Garrison and offer him to become the Instituteís counselor. Heís interested, but canít come this semester. Emma and Scott send him some files about their students and, after seeing pictures of Laurie and her mom, Sean contacts the Headmasters again, and tells them he can join them next school year. Once the phone is down, Sean smiles, and says that heís got big plans.
(The Xavier Instituteís Danger Room)
Rahne cheers for her Paragons Squad, as they have finished their Field Day mission with an excellent score, and a minimum in civilian casualties and time. Sheís certain that Daniís New Mutants squad wonít beat hers. Dani reports this to the New Mutants, and tells them to just do their best. The New Mutants enter the Danger Room, and find yet again a simulation of a rampaging Hulk!
The members panic and ask their leaders David and Sofia what to do. Sofia sends Laurie out to calm the attacked civilians down with her powers, and David orders Noriko to stay behind the Hulk and attack him with her electrical abilities. Jay helps evacuate the civilians, and Josh tends to the wounded. Sofia helps Laurie send her pheromones towards the Hulk with her winds, and it works. The Hulk reverts back to Bruce Banner, and calms down. The New Mutants have won once more.
Later, Rahne tries to cheer her squad up. They feel down about losing to the New Mutants. Nicholas doesnít think itís fair they won, but Rahne tells them they did great and wants the Paragons to understand that the New Mutants had Laurie, and her pheromone powers are gold in beating the Hulk. She also congratulates Hope with her astral projection, and Megan with a great job on distracting the Hulk.
Another member says that she knew the New Mutants would win, as she saw it in a vision. Jessie gets angry and asks the girl if thatís why she only watched from the sidelines. Rahne explains to the girl that the future isnít always written in stone, and that itís changeable. She tells her students that itís not fair to help out the other members on your squad. They always have to help each other, even if they know they are going to lose. Thatís how the X-Men work. Nonetheless, they all found it cool to have brought the Hulk down. Rahne agrees, and is very proud of the Paragons and is certain that, in the next Field Day mission, theyíll be back on top.
Outside in the halls, the New Mutants cheer for their victory. Noriko tries to thank David for the quick reaction, but he blows her off and walks away. Noriko tells the team itís the third time this week he did that to her, and thinks that Davidís mad at her. Josh kisses Laurie and congratulates his girlfriend for being the winning ticket. They walk away together, hand in hand, going for a celebration. Kevin notices that and enters Emmaís office, and says heís got something to tell her.
(Salem Center, a few hours later)
Sofia thanks Jay for coming to dance with her. She admits she has missed it, and explains to him she did it all the time in her home in Venezuela. Jay says itís nothing, as he always wanted to learn swing dancing. But he wants to know why Sofia asked him to come and not Julian. She blushes and tells Jay that heís the only dance-type guy on the team, and she claims that Julian makes her angry. Jay notices that something is going on between Sofia and Julian. They arrive at the Hunter Dance Studio, and enter it.
(the Grind Stone)
David tells to Dani that he saw the Field Day mission in one of his dreams. Dani isnít surprised as David is part telepath, and thinks he must have plucked parts of it from her mind. But she couldnít warn David about the mission, since the exercise was about quick thinking. David doesnít know how to tell Noriko what he saw in his dream about a possible future. Dani tries to make David understand that they were just his worst fears coming true. David wants to tell Noriko about it, but doesnít know how. Dani apologizes, but doesnít know how she can help David with that. Rahne approaches them, and apologizes for interrupting, but drops their coffees off. David says itís nothing, as they are done talking. Heíll just hang around here for a while.
(Later, back at the Xavier Institute)
Rahne and Dani walk together. Rahne admits that she never understood how Dani, once a warrior, chose to teach some students, but now with her Paragons squad, Rahne finally understands. Sheís finally happy. Dani is glad to hear that. When they want to enter the Institute, they are welcomed by an angry-looking Cyclops and Emma Frost, who want to have a word with Rahne. They go to Scottís office, and Dani has to come as well since the conversation is about one of her students.
Once in the office, Scott and Emma tell Rahne how inappropriate they find it that one of their teachers has a relationship with one of their students. Dani doesnít believe it, and defends her friend that Rahne and Josh are close because he brought her back to life with his powers. Rahne, however, admits the relationship, but explains that she ended it last semester. Dani is startled. Rahne explains that she was confused, and didnít know what to do after her mother died and when she got her powers back. Dani gets angry and walks out of the office, wanting to go check on this with Josh. Rahne fears that sheís fired, but Scott and Emma donít know what to do yet. They know that Rahne was confused after her mom died, and think itís their fault for putting her on a student squad.
Meanwhile, an unsuspecting Josh is swimming in the pool, alone. Noriko walks up on him and asks if something is wrong with David. Josh explains about the head trip David had a while ago, but they are interrupted by Dani. Noriko leaves. A few minutes later, Dani has brought Josh up on things. He canít believe that Kevin actually told everyone about the relationship. Dani is a bit disappointed that Josh didnít told her about it, since she is more than just his advisor. But she isnít mad at Josh, but is at Rahne.
Dani knows how smart and sweet Rahne is, and also how attractive. She also knows that Josh and Rahne shared a bond since Rahne returned to the Institute. Dani is aware that three years seem like nothing, but mentions that both she and Rahne have shared what seems like a lifetime in the New Mutants, and she has the experience Josh hasnít, and therefore thinks that it was wrong.
Josh defends that it was all his mistake, as he pursued Rahne. Dani believes that Rahne should have said no, then. Dani asks the boy if heís still got feelings for her friend. He doesnít know, but maybe a little. But Josh says heís happy with Laurie now, and admits that he didnít like being dumped by Rahne, but believes thatís what he needed. He and Dani walk away together, and Dani is glad to see that Josh wasnít seriously hurt by this.
(New York City)
Scott and Emma visit Dr. Sean Garrison at his office. They introduce one another, and mention how they both admire each otherís work. Emma and Scott inform the doctor about the events at the school, and how it was Kevin that told them about it. Scott asks Sean if he had told him about the situation with Josh. Sean tells them that he canít discuss his session with Kevin, but can say that he told Kevin that if there was anything wrong, he should tell the headmasters about it.
Thatís exactly the answer Scott and Emma wanted to hear. They are glad to see that Sean sees situations from the studentís point of view, and therefore have a proposal for him. Scott admits that, with a school filled with adventurers, they could use a man like Sean. He asks the mutants if they want him to be the schoolís guidance counselor. Emma tells the doctor about Kevin, how he first was reluctant to come to the sessions, but now looks forward to them. Sean isnít sure. He admits that heís interested, but has patients of his own, and a television show and that his publisher expects a new book. But he wants to read some files on the students to get to know them better, but canít promise anything yet. Scott and Emma thank Sean, and walk out.
Noriko walks up on David, but he again fakes that heís got to study and walks away. She tries to ask whatís wrong, but he ignores her. Julian sits behind them, and when he sees Josh he sarcastically congratulates her on the relationship he had with Rahne. Josh gets angry and tries to defend himself, but Laurie realizes what has happened. She starts to cry and runs away.
Outside, Rahne prepares to leave with her bike. Dani meets up with her. Rahne doesnít want to wait for Scott and Emma to fire her, so she has made plans. She explains that she has helped Jamie with his detective agency in the city, and thinks about doing that fulltime. Rahne tries to apologize, but Dani only gets angry. She wants to know if Rahne and Josh made love. Rahne shouts no, since she has her faith and values. Dani doesnít believe that and reminds Rahne that Josh is the closest thing Dani has to a son, and that Rahne kept it a secret from her, despite their telepathic bond. Rahne defends that she ended the relationship, but can see that the damage is apparently done. She feels like she has betrayed Dani, who is like a sister to her. Rahne puts her helmet on, and leaves.
Meanwhile, Josh finds Laurie, who sits alone in the forest. He tries to apologize, and mentions that the relationship he had with Rahne was over before they started. He tells Laurie that sheís the best thing that ever happened to him. Laurie doesnít believe that, as Josh told her he heard Josh and Rahne breaking up. She knows that if Josh would have his way, he and Rahne would still be together. Josh tries to defend himself, but Laurie wants him to go away. Josh refuses to leave until they work things out, but Laurie concentrates her pheromone powers and makes Josh run!
Once out of the forest, David approaches Josh. He calls him a jerk, and canít believe that he actually thought that Josh has changed when they became roommates. Josh tries to apologize, but David doesnít want to hear it. He knows how much trouble it caused Laurie to open up like this and walks away, telling Josh to never talk to him again.
(The Collinís home, Salem Center)
Laurie tells her mom about what happened. Gail tries to cheer her daughter up, but tells her that she shouldnít have used her powers on Josh like that. It reminds her of Laurieís father. This makes Laurie angry, and holds her mom responsible for her being so wary of people, and thatís why she let Josh treat her badly. She cries again, and runs out of the house, telling her mom that she wonít be her wallflower anymore. Gail doesnít know what do to. She opens a drawer, and finds a picture of her and Laurieís father.
(Later that night)
Sean Garrison holds the same picture in his hands, and one of Laurie lies next to it. He contacts Emma and tells that he canít come this semester because he has too much work, but promises to join the Institute in the next school year. Sean hangs up the phone, and smiles. He has big plans.
Elixer, Icarus, Prodigy, Surge, Wallflower, Wind Dancer (all New Mutants)
Hellion, Wither (all the Hellions)
Hope, Jessie, Megan, Nicholas Gleason (all Paragons Squad)
Moonstar, Wolfsbane (all Xavier Institute teachers)
Cyclops, Emma Frost (both Xavier Institute Headmasters)
Gail Collins (Wallflowerís mother)
Dr. Sean Garrison
Luna DePaula (Grind Stone waitress)
various Xavier Institute students (all unnamed)
various Grind Stone customers (all unnamed)
(as Danger Room simulations)
various people attacked by the Hulk (all unnamed)
(on old picture in Cyclopsí office)
Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman (all original X-Men)
Elixer and Wallflower first began their relationship in New X-Men: Academy X #9.
Wolfsbane and Elixer first began their secret relationship in New Mutants (2nd series) #10, but eventually Rahne ended it because of Laurie in New X-Men: Academy X #9.
Wither threatened to Josh to tell them about the relationship he had with Rahne if he continued his relationship with Laurie, last issue.
Wolfsbaneís mother, actually her foster mother, Moira MacTaggert, died during an attack of the Brotherhood on Muir Island in the Dreamís End cross-over.
Rahne helped Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, together with Strong Guy in Jamieís new detective agency called ďX-Factor InvestigatorsĒ in the recent Madrox limited series.
First full appearance of the Paragons Squad and its members, Hope, Jessie and Megan. They were first said to exist in New X-Men: Academy X #10.
Nicholas Gleason first appeared in Chamber #1. He joined the Xavier Institute, but hadnít been seen since Exiles #30. This issue finally reveals in which Squad he is in.
The New Mutants earlier had to battle a Danger Room simulation of the Hulk in New X-Men: Academy X #10.
In New X-Men: Academy X #10-11, David witnessed a possible future in which he was the smartest man on the planet since the blocks in his mind were removed. In that future, he had become the president of the United States, and married Noriko. However, Davidís intelligence drove him mad, and Noriko and the others teamed-up to take him down. Not allowing that, David almost killed Noriko in a battle, but she ended up destroying him and the entire White House. However, David still remembers this, and thatís why he avoids Noriko.
The Hunter Dance Studio is most likely the one where Kitty Pryde, Shadowcat, used to have dance lessons from Stevie Hunter, the one-time X-Men associate. Stevie was last mentioned in Uncanny X-Men Annual #18.
More hints that Dr. Sean Garrison is actually Laurieís father and Gailís former husband. They even appear on pictures together, so itís most likely the case.
This Issue has been reprinted in:
New X-Men - Academy X Vol. 3: X-Posed (Trade Paperback)
Issue Summary written by: Homer Jay