Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #319

Issue Date: 
December 1994
Story Title: 
Untapped Potential

Scott Lobdell (writer), Steve Epting (guest penciler), Dan Green and Tim Townsend (inkers), Buccellato/Becton/Hicks (colorists), Bob Harras (editor), Tom Defalco (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Iceman and Rogue discuss the past on a visit to Iceman's parents. Once at the Drake house, Bobby and his father get into an arguement about racial issues. Willaim Drake has no place for mutants in his "normal" world. Psylocke and Archangel enjoy their emerging relationship. Professor X dreams of the peaceful time he spent in Israel. His son David Haller (Legion) enters his dream and realizes that by stopping Magneto in the past, the peaceful state could have lasted. Xavier is woken by Beast and believes that Legion may be more powerful than ever.

Full Summary: 

On a Beach on Long Island Iceman builds a giant ice sculpture of a palace and discusses his past with Rogue. As a kid he used to come to this beach with his dad, but when he built sand castle his father did not aproove of it, as this would not be a skill to serve him in life well. Rogue tries to comfort him, but Bobby continues to tell her about the night the White Queen took control of his body (as seen in UXM 314) and she pushed his powers much farther than he ever had but he doesn't know why he had never tried as hard.
Meanwhile at the Xavier Institute, Professor Xavier is asleep. He dreams of the time in his past before he formed the X-Men when he worked in Israel with Magneto. He is sat overlooking the desert plains and is talking with Magnus. They discuss what has happened since those days, and Magneto wonders what the world would be like if he had never been around to interfere with Xavier's plans.
Back at Long Island Rogue and Iceman are driving to his parents for dinner. Iceman thanks Rogue for coming with him and then tells her that he thinks Gambit is a jerk for the way he treats her. At first she is upset that Bobby touches the subject as it is not of his concerns, but when he lists the things Gambit kept from her (being married, wife alive, etc) Rogue grudgingly sees his point, just as a bright light shines on them. Bobby Drakes Father, William Drake, is stood on the porch of his house and asks them whether they are going to join them for dinner even though they are 3 hours late or going to go straight to Bobby's room. Bobby tells him he and Rogue are just friends and they start to argue when Bobby's mother, Madeline, butts in and says dinner will be ready very soon.
In New York City, Psylocke is singing in the Starlight Room. The crowd applauds the performance and Warren Worthington takes her by the hand and leads her to the balcony. Betsy mentions that she learned singing at the Royal Academy, and wonders how Warren could get her this singing gig, as she thought he had his fortune lost to Cameron Hodge. Warren tells her that he in fact only lost Worthington Enterprises and the Family Fortune is still intact. They also start to discuss their beginning relationship before flying off without paying the bill (however he does own the place).
On Long Island everyone is around the dining table and Bobby's father has a go at him for being late. He then has a go at him about his previous girlfriends (Opal, a japanese)and that just once he'd like him to bring home a normal girl, Bobby freezes his paper and then they start arguing. In the end, Bobby tells his father that he feels sorry for him to have a son that has disappointed him and never fitted into his definition of normal, before storming out. Before Rogue follows she tells William that Bobby had always said his dad was an honest, hard working man but had never mentioned before today he was a bigot.
Back in Xavier's dream, Magneto shows him images of dead bodies and says this could have been prevented if he had never been around, but Xavier argues with him that he doesn't know this for sure and for better or worse, the past can't be tampered with. At this point the image of Magneto is replaced by Legion who thinks his father is wrong.
Archangel and Psylocke fly over rooftops and talk more about their relationship. They agree that they should protect each other with heart, body and soul before they finally kiss and ance in the skies.
Iceman and Rogue sit on the beach making sandcastles, Bobby tells Rogue he thought he learnt to be a decent person from his parents, but now he is not sure.
Back at the Xavier Institute Beast wakes up the Professor who had sent him a psionic call for aid. They rush to the computer room as the Professor tells Beast that Legion is back but more powerful than ever, as he appears to have lost his multiple personalities and made his mind whole.

Characters Involved: 

Archangel, Beast, Iceman, Psylocke, Professor Xavier, Rogue (all X-Men)

William and Madeline Drake, Iceman's parents

Legion, Professor Xavier's illegitimate son David Haller (enters Xavier's dreams)

Story Notes: 

The Issue is the prologue to the Legion Quest crossover.

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