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9th June 2011

Though Alpha Flight were apparently unable to track down their abducted teammate, another organization had no such troubles. Several agents of the re-launched Weapon X program invaded the Zodiac’s headquarters and left as swiftly as they came, but not before capturing Gemini. Malcom Colcord, the program’s mutant hating director, had no quarrels to use mutants for his goal of terminating all mutants and Madison Jeffries played a key role in his plans. His brain already malleable due to the Zodiac’s brainwashing, Colcord had Madison conditioned to be loyal to him. Repeatedly lied to that he was actually doing good deeds, Jeffries designed a mutant concentration camp dubbed Neverland for Colcord, fully run robotic guards resembling his Box armor. [Weapon X (2nd series) #1, 4] Madsion had no idea that his wife, Diamond Lil, was among the camp’s detainees.

Over the next few months, Weapon X’s second in command, Brent Jackson, collaborated with a rebel underground movement, trying to wrest control from Colcord. With Jeffries providing Colcord with a near infinite number of robot guards, it seemed that Colcord could stay in power when Jackson made his move. However, among Jackson’s followers was someone who could absorb all surrounding technology, including Jeffries’ robots, into himself. Now defenseless, Colcord fled from the compound with the still loyal Madison in tow. [Weapon X (2nd series) #12-13]

They set up camp in the original, long abandoned Weapon X compound and, unable to accept his failure, Colcord started drinking a lot. Madison tried to help the man who he believed to be his friend as good as possible, and created some of his robots – now resembling Sentinels rather than the Box armor – to clean up the base. However, Colcord angrily lashed out at Jeffries when he went shopping for supplies but wouldn’t bring any more alcohol. Over time,

Colcord became delusional but sobered up enough to come up with a plan to win back his position at the Weapon X program. Over the course of a month, he had Madison create an entire army of Sentinels. [Weapon X (2nd series) #22] However, right when they attacked the Weapon X base, M-Day struck and over 90% of Earth’s mutants lost their powers, making the entire point of a secret agency hunting and killing mutants a moot point.

Madison was one of the few to keep his powers and, after being abandoned by Colcord, he began to realize that his mind had been tampered with. Fearing that someone else would take advantage of him, Jeffries retreated to an abandoned factory outside of Old Crow in Yukon, Canada with only his mechanical creations to keep him company. Apparently, the robots learned how to self-replicate and adapt, ultimately deciding that they didn’t need Madison anymore. At least that’s what a paranoid Madison believed and he was scared for his very life. When the X-Men made their way to the factory, wanting to recruit Madison for their science division, the X-Club, Jeffries had just activated a self-destruct mechanism to destroy the entire building and everything inside. [Uncanny X-Men #505]

In the X-Men’s base in San Francisco, the members of the X-Club were introduced to each other. Other than Madison, the group included the Beast, Dr. Nemesis, Dr. Kavita Rao and Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi. Their initial purpose was to come up with a way to reverse the effects of M-Day, in order of which they wanted to determine the cause of mutation. For that goal, they time-traveled into the past to acquire blood samples of Dr. Nemesis’ parents, with a time machine that Madison assembled for them. [Uncanny X-Men #508-509, 512]

Shortly thereafter, the X-Club’s mission drastically changed when Norman Osborn, director of National Security, used several riots over a proposed ballot initiative limiting reproduction rights of mutants to outlaw the X-Men and hunt them and other mutants down. While the X-Men fought Osborn’s troops all over the city, Cyclops had sent the X-Club to the Pacific Ocean, where they raised the remains of Magneto’s Asteroid M, turning it into a floating island, Utopia. The island was then declared a sovereign nation and safe haven for mutants outside of Osborn’s jurisdiction. [Utopia X crossover]
Given the dire circumstances under which it had been raised, Utopia was a work in progress. Over the first weeks, the island was in constant danger of sinking again. With more and more mutants arriving, all of Utopia’s systems – flotation, air, water, communications, defenses, structural integrity, etc. - needed to be checked, upgraded and improved… and Madison was the right man for the job. Actually, Jeffries didn’t mind the non-stop work, as he was good at it and it kept him away from people. [Nation X #3, Uncanny X-Men #518-519, 521-522]

One of the many mutants seeking refuge on Utopia was Madison’s wife, Diamond Lil. He deliberately avoided her, thinking he had caused Lil enough harm but that angered her even more. A few days after her arrival, Lil told Madison that she would kill him if she ever saw him again. However, anger gave away to disappointment and sadness and, over the next weeks, they found themselves seeking each other’s company again. Madison struggled to find the right words to apologize for his past mistakes, and he and Lillian reconciled. They slept together in Madison’s workshop, hoping for a bright future. Unfortunately, a couple of hours later, Lil was killed when a group of villains invaded Utopia. After the attack was over, Madison created a glass coffin for his wife and she was put to rest off Utopia’s shore. [X-Force (3rd series) #23, Nation X #3]

There is another among Utopia’s residents that Madison has shown an interested in – Danger, the artificial life-form that started out as the computer system running the X-Men’s training exercises and eventually created a physical body for itself after gaining sentience. While initially it may have been scientific curiosity on Madison’s part, he recently seems to have developed feelings for Danger. Madison creeped out some of the other residents when he called the prosthetic leg of Karma “sexy,” not even realizing how weird that comment must sound to the recently maimed young woman. Shortly thereafter, Madison asked Danger to join him for a picnic, a clearly romantic activity. [X-Men: Legacy Annual #1, New Mutants (3rd series) #9, X-Men: Second Coming #2, Uncanny X-Men #529]

It remains to be seen what the future has in store for Danger and Madison, but maybe they are a match made in heaven. While he prefers the company of machines over that of other people, Danger still has troubles understanding the full complexities of human interactions and emotions, while Madison has been reduced to a minimum of emotion. In a way, they are both of the same page.