Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #322

Issue Date: 
July 1995
Story Title: 
Dark Walk

Scott Lobdell (story), Tom Grummett (pencils), Green, Pennington, Ryan, Milgram (inks), Steve Buccellato (colors), Richard Starkings, Comicraft (lettering), Bob Harras (editor)

Brief Description: 

Archangel is called to a crime scene at a dance club, where many people have been killed, presumably by mutants, who “signed” their work. Bishop and Beast, while exiting a movie, are distracted by what they thought was a shooting star, but was a near dead Juggernaut, falling from the sky. At the same time, Jean’s father talks to Jean about Sara and how she would be proud of her. After the meeting, Jean and Scott are watched by a dark figure, who thinks about how they have changed since joining Xavier. While Beast and Bishop are checking on Juggernaut’s condition, Psylocke arrives to lend a hand. Suddenly, Cain revives and in a panic attacks them. After calming down, he wonders why the X-Men are in Canada, but when Beast tells him he’s in New Jersey, he goes berserk, realizing he has been tossed from one country to another. After Bishop finally calms him down again, Cain tells them who attacked him: Onslaught.

Full Summary: 

Archangel is called to a crime scene by Detective Charlotte Jones but, before he can ask why, she hangs up on him. Once he arrives, some of the officers are unhappy to see that a mutant is helping out on the case and, as a result, one loads a shell into his shotgun. Hearing this, Warren instinctively shoots a metal feather at him, knocking the officer out, almost causing the others to shoot him. After calming the group, Det. Jones shows Warren why she called him to the scene.

On the way inside of the club, Warren tries to apologize to her for not keeping in touch. She tells him that it’s been two months, one week and four days and to get over himself; she did. Once inside of the dance club, it’s a massacre, with bodies all over the dance floor. When Det. Jones states that it is mutant on human crime, Warren asks why she would think that. The detective says it’s because they were proud of there work and “signed it.” On Jones’ suggestion, Warren and Det. Jones take an aerial view from the ceiling of the club. Warren is shocked at what he sees.

At the Xavier Institute, Ororo is walking the grounds, thinking why Gambit decided to try to kiss Rogue and, as a result, is in a coma, when Logan, who is hiding in the trees, interrupts her. When Ororo asks him why he has chosen to live in the woods for the past 2 weeks, Logan then asks why does she think that he has “chosen” to live out here? After what he did to Sabretooth, he feels like he’s losing it bit by bit, day by day, his grip on humanity. After hearing this, Storm states that after everything that he’s suffered after Magneto’s assault, why would he give up now?

At that moment, Siryn flies in and tells Storm that Archangel checked in from the city; something bad had happened. And, with Cable and the Professor in a closed meeting, she adds, X Force is always ready to help. As both of them fly off, Siryn asks if she interrupted something, to which Storm replies, “Only time will tell.”

In Hoboken, New Jersey, Bishop and Beast (using an image inducer to look ‘normal’) are leaving a movie theater, that’s marquee advertises the “Academy Award Winner” film, Pulp Fiction. Hank asks Bishop how he liked the movie, but Bishop was confused by why the audience was laughing at all the gunfights, bloodshed and gratuitous violence. Hank attempts to explain it to an inattentive Bishop, who admits to being distracted since his return from the past. The two are suddenly distracted by what they think is a shooting star. However, when it crashes down close to them, shaking the ground, they decide to investigate. Bishop and Hank follow the path it created and, when they get to the end, they find an unconscious Juggernaut.

At the same time, in upstate New York, Jean is talking to her father. She tells him that as far as the X-Men can tell, Sara was absorbed by the Phalanx, soon after she disappeared. He tells Jean that he already knew that, not the specifics, but when a parent loses a child, it’s like you wake up and a piece of your soul is missing. He reminds Jean about when she first left to go to Xavier’s and what Sara said to her, “you promise to use your powers to save the world and I promise to love you, no matter what.” Dr. Gray tells Jean that she’s kept her word and Sara would want you to know that she’s keeping up her end of the promise. “No matter what.” After the meeting, she is met by Scott, who was waiting nearby. He asks if she ever wondered what it be like if there was no such people as Cyclops and Phoenix. She tells him no; it’s who they are.

During all this conversation, an unseen, dark figure watches Scott and Jean, commenting to himself on how much these two have matured over the years. Rather than being captured by all the challenges to there love, they have become stronger, and grown closer as a result, since first going to Xavier’s. And causes him to wonder if Professor Xavier knew exactly what he was doing when he chose them for the first X-Men. As there car passes through his undetected, phantom form, he thinks if all the love in the world will see them through the dark days which are about to dawn.

Back at Hoboken, Beast is checking on the condition of Cain when, undetected by Bishop, Psylocke arrives; she became suspicious when Hank and Bishop wasn’t at he cinema as scheduled. She asks if that is the Juggernaut, to which Hank replies, “Was the Juggernaut, no breathing, no pulse. Near as I can tell, Juggernaut is dead!” No sooner than he says it, Cain revives and instinctively hits Hank, shattering his image inducer and sending him into Bishop. Cain then charges Bishop and Hank, but Psylocke jumps on his back and stabs him with her psi-dagger.

Psylocke’s psi-dagger barely works but, for the moment, Cain and Betsy’s minds were connected. His mind was open and full of fear. The feedback caused by the psi-dagger blows Psylocke off of Cain’s back. Still unaware of the people around him Cain is more concerned with getting away, because “He’s out there, and he’s coming for me!” Hank attempts to calm Cain by flipping him into the crater, but Cain is shocked when he finally notices the X-Men. Beast and asks what are they doing here, Cain’s only response is because “he’ll kill us all!” Beast again tries to calm Cain down, by asking some questions, asking him where does he think he is. Cain says, “I gotta be in Canada, because that’s where I was when he slugged me.” When Hank tells him he’s in New Jersey, Cain goes nuts, shouting, “That, ain’t, possible! I’m the Juggernaut! He couldn’t have hurled me across an entire country! He couldn’t have!”

Bishop then decides to attempt to calm down the Juggernaut by hitting him with all of the city’s electricity that he had gathered by wrapping his arms with power cables that had been exposed during the explosion. Bishop was able to channel and rechannel the cities power supply. Hank notes that if Cain hadn’t been already weakened, he probably wouldn’t have felt it.

After Cain finally has calmed down, he wonders about the “coincidence” of him landing in the middle of the same people he was coming to warn about him. Psylocke asks “who, who did this to you? Who in your own words, is ‘out there?’” Cain gives one name: Onslaught.

Characters Involved: 

Archangel, Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Psylocke, Storm, Wolverine (all X-Men)

Siryn (X-Force)


Detective Charlotte Jones

Dr. Gray- Jean’s Father


Jean Grey

Sara Grey

Story Notes: 

This issue takes place after X-Men: Prime and prior to X-Force #44.

Gambit kissed Rogue in X-Men (2nd Series) #41.

Wolverine stabbed Sabretooth in Wolverine (2nd Series) #90.

This was the first meeting of Bishop and Juggernaut.

Pulp Fiction was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Film Editing. However, it was for the nomination of Best Original Screenplay for Roger Avery and Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino that Pulp Fiction won.

First mention of Onslaught.

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