Gambit Bishop : Sons of the Atom #3

Issue Date: 
April 2001
Story Title: 
That's Stryfe - That's What People Say

Scott Lobdell (plotter), Joe Pruett (scripter), Georges Jeanty (penciler), Sean Parsons and Team X (inkers), Kevin Tinsley (colorist), Richard Starkings & Comicraft's OG (letters), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor), Joe Quesada (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Stryfe has followed Bishop and Gambit to ask for help, yet Bishop gets angry and wants to fight him, for he has caused the deaths of many people. Gambit convinces him to hear Stryfe out, and he explains his history and how he only was considered the clone or the imitation of Cable. Therefore he started their enemity and later in demented state created the Legacy Virus which he now regrets. Styfe needs the X-Men’s help, because Cable is hunting him to kill him.

Full Summary: 

Stryfe begs for help; Bishop smacks him, because his Legacy Virus killed so many. Remy has to pull him off. Stryfe zaps them both, saying he's still powerful, even if he needs their help. Remy says they should stop fighting and go out to a diner; Stryfe telepathically masks their appearances.
Stryfe: "You have no right to judge me, Bishop. You did not live my life." He tells them his story. In the future, Rachel Summers cloned him from Nathan as a precaution, since the baby had the T-O virus; he was captured by Apocalypse, who raised him to become his
vessel, till he found out he was a clone. His life had no purpose, and Stryfe battled Cable where- and whenever he could, as he only was his imitation.
Bishop has enough and blasts him through the wall. Stryfe continues that he was demented when he created the Legacy Virus and wishes he could repair the damage, as he now repairs the wall. He wants protection from Cable, who wants to kill him.

Characters Involved: 

Bishop, Cable, Gambit (former X-Men)

The Witness


The Bete Noir
In various flashbacks :

Cyclops, Askani

Ch'vayre, Rachel Summers / Mother Askani, Cable and Stryfe as babies

Cyclops, Jean Grey, Cable as child

Cable, Jenskot

Boom-Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Copycat (posing as Domino), Feral, Shatterstar, Warpath (all X-Force)

Story Notes: 

Stryfe's Legacy Virus killed including Illyana Rasputin in Uncanny X-Men #303, but Bishop’s statement of it killing Moira MacTaggert is wrong. In X-Men (2nd series) #107, she died of the injuries received by Mystique blowing up the Muir Island lab complex. However ultimately the virus is responsible if you consider that Mystique only went to Muir to gain access to Moira’s Legcay research data.

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