X-Man #60

Issue Date: 
February 2000
Story Title: 
Out Of The Loop

Terry Kavanagh (writer), Ben Herrera (penciler), Scott Koblish & Rod Ramos (inker), RS & Comicraft’s Jason Levine (letterer), Matt Hicks (colorist), Jason Liebib (editor), Bob Harras (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Nate finds himself in New York City, surrounded by Coldsnap-9 gas. All around him are dead bodies, some super heroes. He has no idea what’s happened. He flies around and sees a reflection of himself. He looks like Caliban. He runs into Spider-Man, only he’s been turned into a vampire. He eventually escapes Spidey’s group of vampires only to run into a battle between the X-Men and Gene Nation. It seems to Nate that everything bad that’s happened is actually something that he prevented from happening in earlier adventures. Nate tries to fight Gene Nation, but he can’t physically hit anyone. Nobody can even see him. During the fight most of the X-Men are killed. Nate realizes that he can still use his telekinesis and single handedly takes out the remaining Gene Nation members. Soon after, he wakes from his dream and finds himself inside an underground lair with Caliban in front of him. At the end he finds out that his captor is Apocalypse and what he wants with him.

Full Summary: 

Nate Grey slowly lands on the streets of New York City. There is a greenish gas enveloping the area. He looks down and notices a newspaper article on the ground with the headline,” Missing: Joseph and Galen Bailey”. He remembers that he rescued those kids from Bastion’s Prime Sentinels during Operation ZeroTolerance. He wonders what’s happened to the city and that’s when he realizes the greenish gas is Coldsnap-9. He uses his telekinetic powers to push the gas away from him.
Nate notices that he's surrounded by wrecked cars and dead bodies. He doesn’t know what has happened. He looks around him and sees the bodies of Daredevil, the Thing, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and Captain America lying dead in the rubble. He recalls to himself that CS-9 is a toxic gas that kills instantly and disperses quickly. He once stopped the Dark Beast from using it.
Nate takes to the air and flies by the Latverian Embassy. He notices that Stryfe’s mask is incorporated into the royal crest. Nate becomes confused because he remembers when Cable and him prevented Stryfe from taking over Latveria. He thinks to himself that it’s as if everything he’s done since coming to this Earth hasn’t actually happened, as if he never existed.
He flies by a window and notices his reflection. He now has the facial structure of Caliban. He suddenly remembers what happened to him, how he was working with the Fantastic Four and later attacked by Caliban when he left them. He reasons to himself that Caliban must have poisoned him when he slashed him across the chest.
He turns around and sees his new friend Spider-Man hanging out, on top of a nearby building. He tells Peter that he’s happy to see him. Spidey replies with a “Skreeee!” and leaps towards him. He’s been turned into a vampire and has a bunch of his vampire friends with him. He sees Morbius in the background and remembers defeating him with Spider-Man not long before. Nate decides to outrun them, knowing full well that they can’t keep up. Yet somehow they do. He flies through a building and out the other end to try and escape the bloodsuckers. He finally loses them and decides he needs to find a way to help Spider-Man. That’s when he walks right into a battle between the X-Men and Dark Beast’s Gene Nation.
He zooms in, ready for the fight. He’s angry with them for what they’ve done to the city. He goes right for Hemmingway, who has Rogue in his grasp. He ends up flying right through him, which gives Fever Pitch enough time to fry her. He goes after Fever Pitch and flies right through him too. It’s as if he’s some sort of ghost. He keeps trying to hit people, but nothing works. Vessel kills Bishop so Storm fries him in retaliation. Now distracted, she is attacked by Integer. He takes over her body and suffocates Colossus with a mini-tornado. Shadowcat phases through Storm and knocks Integer out, onto the ground. After everything he’s seen, Nate realizes that he does matter.
The remaining X-Men are now huddled together on the ground. Fever Pitch takes advantage of the situation and ends up vaporizing them all except for Kitty. The remaining Gene Nation members all converge on Shadowcat, the only X-Man left standing. Nate is amazed as she stands her ground against the overwhelming odds. He suddenly realizes that his telekinesis is the only thing that’s been working for him. He lashes out fiercely and takes out the whole team. Kitty is now the only one left.
Nate comes to the realization that if he never existed then Caliban would have been taken by Sinister and would not be alive today. This snaps Nate out of his dreamlike state. He finds himself in a room, unable to move. Caliban stands in front of him. Caliban tells Nate that they’re in Egypt. He keeps referring to his master and Nate wants to know whom he’s talking about. Then he hears the voice of the master and realizes that it’s none other than Apocalypse.
Apocalypse enters the room. He tells Nate that he’ll take his power for his own. Nate tells him that he’s deranged and says he won’t allow another Apocalypse to destroy the world he’s in. Apocalypse reveals more of his plan as he tells Nate that the unlimited forces at his command play the most crucial role in his final design.

Characters Involved: 

Nate Grey

Caliban / Pestilence (Horsemen of Apocalypse)

In flashbacks :

Caliban, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, X-Man
In Nate’s dream sequence :

Bishop, Colossus, Gambit, Phoenix IV, Rogue, Shadowcat, Storm, Wolverine, Professor Charles Xavier (all X-Men)

Dark Beast, Fever Pitch, Hemingway, Integer, Iron Maiden, Obsidian, Vessel (all Gene Nation)

Spider-Man, as vampire


Captain America, Daredevil, Gambit, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Nightcrawler, Thing (all dead or unconscious)

Story Notes: 

Nate thinks to himself that Scott and Jean aren’t in the battle with Gene Nation. However, on the page previous to this thought, Jean is clearly there between Wolverine and Colossus.
This issue ties into The Twelve Crossover.
Nate and Spiderman battled Morbius in X-Man #24.
X-Man briefly worked with the Brotherhood and was exposed to Coldsnap-9 in X-Man #28-29.
Nate rescued Joey and Galen Bailey from Zero Tolerance troops in X-Man #30.
Nate and Cable stopped Stryfe’s plans in Latveria in X-Man #47.
Cable rescued Caliban from Sinister in X-Man #19

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