X-Men (2nd series) #59

Issue Date: 
December 1996
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Scott Lobdell (story), Ralph Macchio (script), Andy Kubert (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Richard Starkings & Comicraft/AD (letters), Joe Rosas (colors), Graphic Colorworks (enhancement), Bob Harras (editor and editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Cyclops struggles with the loss of Xavier and other problems and is comforted by Jean, while Hercules arrives to pick up Quicksilver. Joseph works on a device that would allow Rogue to touch without absorbing. Bobby and Sam still undercover in Creed’s campaign slowly earn the trust of Graydon Creed and Carly Alvarez.

Full Summary: 

Cyclops is at a theater alone watching “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, when Jean Grey shows up and tries to get him to open up about his brother Havok’s recent behavior.
Meanwhile, at the mansion, Hercules arrives on a visit to seek out the surviving Avengers left over after Onslaught. He shortly fights with Bishop just for training. The Beast arrives and stopps the fight before someone is seriously injured and fills Hercules in on the events during the Onslught crisis. Then he informs him of Qicksilver’s presence, who is brooding at the lake, trying to figure out what to do with his life after losing his wife and sister to Onslaught. Wolverine gives him some good advice, he too lost the love of his life (Mariko) but he thinks that the dead would want the living to go on with their lives. Quicksilver speeds off towards the mansion. He runs into Joseph, who is working on a device to help Rogue to control her powers. Quicksilver, who is Magneto’s son, reminds him of all the lives he ruined as Magneto in the past, then speeds off again.
Meanwhile, Cyclops eventually opens up to Jean in the theater. He wonders what would have become of him if not for a teacher like Professor Xavier. Jean starts to kiss him much too the annoyance of other people in the cinema.
At the Graydon Creed presidential headquarters in Atlanta, Iceman still undercover as “Drake Roberts” worries about his father, who was arrested during a Creed interview for speaking against his message. Cannonball, acting as “Samson Guthry”, goes to fetch Creed and ends up having a strange conversation with him about his parents, who Cannonball knows to be Mystique and Sabretooth. During Creed’s speech Bobby talks to Carly Alvarez and aks her about Creed’s chances for winning the election. Her reply is rather cryptic and sounds strangely familiar : “What is ... is“.
Back at the mansion, Quicksilver and Hercules depart, with more tension developing between Joseph and Quicksilver. After they left Hercules offers some advice to Pietro, he thinks that holding grudges won’t help Quicksilver readjusting to his life.
Back at the theater, Scott and Jean discuss Xavier and conclude that the profeesor never took the time to appreciate the simple things in life. Yet the major difference between Scott and Xavier is that he has a loving wife in Jean to comfort him whenever the need arises. Now with Xavier gone, it’s up to them to carry on the dream.

Characters Involved: 

Beast, Bishop, Cannonball, Cyclops, Iceman, Joseph, Phoenix IV, Wolverine (all X-Men)

Hercules, Quicksilver
Graydon Creed

Carly Alvarez, working in Creed’s campaign

Story Notes: 

This issue continues from Uncanny X-Men #339 and continues in Uncanny X-Men #340.

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