Generation X (1st series) #6

Issue Date: 
August 1995
Story Title: 
Notes from the Underground

Scott Lobdell & Chris Bachalo (creators), Mark Buckingham (inker), Richard Starkings & Comicraft (letters), Steve Buccellato & Electric Crayon (colors), Bob Haras (editor, editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Marrow tortures Emma in preparation for the ‘First One’, Generation X manage to track her down, but Emma manages to free herself before they can. As she is about to kill her attackers, Skin makes her feel guilty, and the ‘First One’ (the Dark Beast), who is watching from a secret laboratory, blows up the cavern they are all in. Barely escaping, Emma takes the kids to the Xavier Institute, home of the X-Men, to recover and to tell Professor X about the threat of Gene Nation. Leech and Artie Maddicks join the School, under Emma’s care. Jubilee has an emotional reunion with Wolverine, and back at the School, Husk is recovering from from her drinking binge, when she makes a pass at Chamber resulting in his powers overloading and the girls dormatry exploding.

Full Summary: 

Gene Nation members Marrow and Hemmingway torture and humiliate Emma, who is powerless to stop them due to Leech dampening Emma’s powers. She is tied up and has some red pain in her face.

Skin, Jubilee, Synch and Artie try to find Emma, and Synch uses his aura to home in on the mutant signatures, which gives them a direct route to where Emma is being held.

Back at the School, Husk is throwing up and Chamber is helping her get over her drunken state. He takes her back to her room and she makes a pass at him.

Emma is trying to figure out what makes Marrow tick, by asking her why she slaughtered all the humans in the disco and why she turned out so twisted. Marrow tells her, that Gene Nation’s ancestors, the Morlocks, lived in muck and dirt like animals, and she and her generation would not live like that. Watching from above, the kids are powerless due to Leech, who is afecting their abilities. Marrow continues, telling Emma how Leech is the last of her ancestors, and how she views him as an embarrasment. Her generation will do better, will be stronger. Emma waits for the perfect moment when Leech is in place and kicks him hard into the wall, knocking him out and cancelling his power. With her psi abilities back, Emma psionically ‘fries’ Marrow and Hemmingway’s brains, but notices that they are shielded from her full powers due to their cerebral make-up. Emma is about to kill them when the kids pop down from their look out and give her a taste of their conscience.

Observing all from a secret laboratory, Dark Beast aka The First One, realises that Marrow has meddled with his plans too much and blows up the chamber they are all in. He feels remorse for having to involve Emma though, and hints that the two share a past.

Skin saves Emma from the full blast, and Jubilee races to save Leech, who is still unconcious. A wall begins to collapse on her, but she is saved by M, who had apparantly snapped out of her ‘moment’ in Rockerfeller Centre. Later as the group leave the sewers, M is gloating that she saved Jubilee’s life, while Jubilee is more concerned about M spacing out again. Emma telepathically tries to contact the X-Men, but Leech dampens her. He asks Emma not to kick him again, while Emma searches for a phone.

Later still, the kids and Emma are recovering at the Xavier institute in Westchester. Emma and Charles Xavier are discussing the threat and intentions of Gene Nation, and Emma tells him she feels there is somebody behind their actions. Charles tells her that Bishop and Psylocke have scoured the tunnels, but found nothing. M, Synch and Skin (reluctantly), get to know Leech and Artie and tell them about the Massachusetts Academy where they are being transferred to. Jubilee heads out to the woods to find Wolverine, whom she has not seen since he started to turn feral after the loss of his Adamantium. Jubilee tells him she’ll stay and take care of him, but he tells her to go back to School, and make him proud. After a sad goodbye, the two part.

Back at the School, Banshee is still trying to communicate with Penance when Gateway appears and covers his ears. Before Banshee can ask whats going on, the girls dormatry suddenly explodes with an unmistakable power signature - Chamber’s.

Characters Involved: 

Chamber, Husk, Jubilee, M, Penance, Skin, Synch (all Generation X)
Banshee, Emma Frost (Generation X‘s teachers and tutors)
Artie Maddicks, Leech (wards of Generation X)

Wolverine, Professor Charles Xavier (both X-Men)

Hemingway, Marrow (both Gene Nation)
Dark Beast

Story Notes: 

Leech was a member of the mutant community the Morlocks, who were slaughtered by the Marauders in the Mutant Massacre crossover. One of the few survivors, Leech was rescued by X-Factor who looked after him until the Inferno crisis where he joined a short lived team called the X-Terminators alongside Artie Maddicks. He then went to a private school with Artie until Professor X decided he and Artie would be better suited at the Massachusetts Academy.

Marrow and Gene Nation slaughtered many humans in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #322.

The Dark Beast is referred to as the 1st One by Marrow as he was the one who started genetically altering the Morlocks over 20 years ago. He had remained hidden all that time from the moment he arrived in our reality from the Age of Apocalypse reality where Generation Next existed.

The link between Emma and the Dark Beast (an alternate version of our Hank McCoy aka the Beast) will be revealed in Generation X # minus1, and expanded upon in Generation X (1st series) #50 and X-Man #50.

Wolverine lost his Adamantium in X-Men (2nd series) #25. From this point, he slowly began regressing to a more feral state, so he moved out of the mansion incase he lost control of his feral urges.

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