Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #236

Issue Date: 
October 1988
Story Title: 
Busting Loose

Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Petra Scotese (colorist), Tom Orzechowski (letterer), Bob Harras (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

The X-Men learn everything about Genosha and the mutate process designed by Genegineer David Moreau. His son’s girlfriend Jenny Ransome and Madelyne Pryor are examined and prepared for the process. The powers of Rogue and Logan are canceled, Rogue allows the Carol persona to take over. Rogue/Carol and Wolverine break out of the genoshan prison. The demon N’astirh wants to talk to Madelyne.

Full Summary: 

Rogue and Wolverine find themselves naked in a genoshan prison, after Pipeline teleported them (power does not work on clothes) They start a fight, but Wipeout, a genoshan mutant cancels out their powers. They are defeated and put into holding cells, just like Madelyne and Jenny Ransome.
Somewhere else in Genosha, Phillip Moreau receives a phone call, the person on the other end wants to speak to his father David, the Genegineer. His office calls because of an emergency. As he arrives in the citadel Chief Magistrate Anderson fills him in, how the Press Gang retrieved the two citizens, but also the three unknown people (Madelyne, Rogue and Logan).
In Australia Psylocke probes the captive Magistrates and learns everything there is to know about Genosha : At a certain age the citizens are tested for mutant genes. If tested positive one becomes property of the state. In a special process designed by Genegineer David Moreau the person is stripped of any free will and turned into a mutate to serve the state. Genetic material is taken to create more mutates.
Back in the outback headquarters a demon named N’astirh tries to contact Madelyne, but she is not there to receive the call.
In her prison cell Rogue lies in a fetal position, she has completely withdrawn into herself. Since her power manifested, she had dreamed about being touched by others, she never imagined to be handled against her will by these prison guards who “took a few libertys“. In her mind she meets psychic residues of all the people she ever absorbed. Rogue searches for help and finds it in the permanently absorbed personality of Ms. Marvel. Carol offers to take over, since she was an agent for the FBI and has worked with Logan before, this certainly is her type of crisis. Rogue is uncertain, yet she decides to trust Carol. As Rogue opens her eyes, they are blue like Carol’s. Two of the prison personal enter to take her to interrogation, Rogue/Carol takes them by surprise with well-trained hand-to-hand combat moves. She takes the guards uniforms and sneaks to Logans cell. Wolverine has difficulties without his healing factor, due to injuries received in the battle he can barely stand. Still they both dress up as guards and fight their way out of the complex.
Phillip Moreau was jogging, when he witnesses a Magistrate team arresting the family of his girlfriend Jenny Ransome. He demands an explanation from his father. The Genegineer narrates that they switched Jenny’s positive test results with that of another girl. That other girl died in the mutate process, that is how they discovered the exchange. Jenny will be transformed into a mine-working mutate, since she is property of the state she no longer needs a name, from now on she will only be known as “Mutate 9817“.
Madelyne and Jenny are examined in a lab. Suddenly N’astirh appears on one of the screens and wants to speak to Madelyne, but she asks him to call back later. The screen explodes.

Characters Involved: 

Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine (all X-Men)

Gateway, Madelyne Pryor (X-Men allies)

Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers (absorbed personality inside Rogue’s head takes control)

Jenny Ransom, genoshan nurse

Hawkshaw, Pipeline, Punchout (genoshan Press Gang)

Wipeout, genoshan mutant

Dr. David Moreau, genegineer

David Moreau, his son

Chief Magistrate Anderson

N’astirh, demon

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