X-FORCE IV: Page 2 of 2

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19th August 2013

Team Appearances: X-Men: Second Coming #2, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #1-4, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #5.1, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #5-9, Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1-3, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #10-19, Wolverine and the X-Men #4, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #20-24, Deadpool (3rd series) #50-54, Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #25-35

Before:

  • Apocalypse was spirited away by the Celestials after a climactic encounter with the X-Men. [X-Men (2nd series) #182-186]
  • A year prior to the team’s formation, Archangel hired Deadpool to search the world for, among other things, any signs indicating Apocalypse’s return. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #1, 5]
  • Since his earliest days on the Earth, Apocalypse had been recruiting a reserve roster of his Four Horsemen in case he ever met his demise. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #3]

Created by the Weapon Plus program, Fantomex, also known as Weapon XIII, was engineered to be a mutant-hunting Super-Sentinel and raised in the time-controlled virtual reality complex known as the World. After escaping, he established tenuous ties with the X-Men. [New X-Men (1st series) #128-133, 145-150]



Chronology

Although Cyclops deemed the need for X-Force to have ended, Wolverine recruited a secret X-Force roster of his own, unknown even to Cyclops, for missions so dirty that they need not taint the reputation of the other X-Men. [X-Men: Second Coming #2] In addition to himself, Archangel, Psylocke and Fantomex, Wolverine also recruited for this team the mercenary Deadpool, who also acted as the team’s field scout.

After over a year of searching, Deadpool finally uncovered evidence of a Clan Akkaba sect attempting to resurrect Apocalypse. He reported the news back to Archangel, but was taken captive by War, one of Apocalypse’s Horseman. Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel and Fantomex traveled in E.V.A. to Deadpool’s last known location, where they found a Celestial temple. They were ambushed upon entry by War, whom Fantomex defeated by misdirecting him into believing he loved Psylocke, a contradiction that caused him to explode. X-Force rescued Deadpool and fled before the Celestial temple teleported away. Upon returning to their secret headquarters in Cavern-X, they learned the temple had teleported to the Blue Area of the Moon, and traveled there to assassinate the resurrected Apocalypse. Upon arriving, however, they were swiftly defeated by Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. Psylocke was taken captive by War, who had fallen in love with her. His weakness allowed her to incapacitate him with her psychic knife, after which she found Apocalypse’s chamber and prepared to kill him. Meanwhile, the rest of X-Force hovered on the cusp of death, and just barely survived their encounter with the other three Horsemen by tricking them in taking a trip to a different planet. They, too, traveled inside the temple to confront Apocalypse. When they did, they discovered what Psylocke had: that Apocalypse had been reborn into the body of a small child. Psylocke refused to let them complete their mission if it meant executing a child and, after an argument, Wolverine, Deadpool and even Archangel came around to her way of thinking. However, Fantomex solved their moral dilemma by executing the boy with a gunshot to the head. The trip home was understandably tense. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #1-4]

While running recon in Australia, Deadpool learned that the Reavers had taken Gateway hostage and intended to use him to plan an attack on the X-Men. X-Force traveled to their old base in the Outback town to stop them. While Archangel and Psylocke spoke with Gateway, Wolverine, Deadpool and Fantomex ambushed Skullbuster as he left the bar to urinate. Unfortunately for them, it was a trap: Skullbuster was rigged with a suicide bomb and took the three of them out with its detonation. While Lady Deathstrike made mincemeat of the badly injured Wolverine, Archangel and Psylocke tried to prevent the Reavers from entering Gateway’s portal. They stopped most of them, but two of them made it through with bombs intended for Utopia’s main generator. Psylocke followed them through the portal and, under cover of psychic cloaking, dispatched both of them before they reached their targets. Cyclops and the X-Men had no clue as to who stopped the invaders. Wolverine, meanwhile, defeated Lady Deathstrike, but she escaped and uploaded her consciousness to the mainframe before her body expired. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #5.1]

Things were understandably tense after the Apocalypse mission: everybody on the team, except Wolverine, was angry at Fantomex for killing the child, while Fantomex mocked them for suddenly developing sympathy for evil incarnate and reneging on their duty. Still, Fantomex and Wolverine both had compunctions about what happened, which led Fantomex to decide to revisit his birthplace, the advanced, liquid-time facility known as the World. Once inside, though, he discovered it had gone haywire, and that some central intelligence had launched a unit called Weapon Infinity that was spreading through all worlds and timelines. Fantomex shrank the World down to fist-size and stored it at his villa in the French Alps. While visiting his mother there, however, they were ambushed by a squad of superhumans who had been transformed into Deathloks. The Deathloks had two objectives: kill Fantomex and recover the World. Although they failed to kill Fantomex, they succeeded in killing his mother and taking the World from him. Fantomex barely escaped with his life, thanks in part to the help of a new arrival, a Deathlok Prime who refused to assimilate with the collective consciousness. On the run for his life, Fantomex faced certain doom until the rest of X-Force arrived and helped him defeat the Super Deathloks. They learned from a captive Captain America Deathlok that Father, the engineer within the World, had created the Deathlok Soldiers (Weapon Infinity) to usher in a utopia on Earth by enslaving all the world’s superheroes, and now the infection was spreading through all timelines. The only way to stop it was to kill Father. With the help of Deathlok Prime, X-Force entered the World to kill father. Deadpool struck off on his own and managed to find and execute Father, but only after overcoming his temptations. With Father dead, the Deathlok units disappeared, except for Deathlok Prime. X-Force left the World with their mission complete—not realizing how close they were to uncovering Fantomex’s closely guarded secret in his lab inside the World. It seemed Fantomex was growing a new Apocalypse clone inside his lab in the World, where it was guarded by a sentient robot. This was not just any robot, either, but Weapon XV, aka Ultimaton, the final creation of the now defunct Weapon Plus program. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #5-7]

Meanwhile, Psylocke was taking additional measures to contain the Archangel within Warren, as its influence was growing progressively worse. She succeeded in containing it within a psychic prison within Warren’s mind, allowing him to act as Archangel without its sinister influence. Deadpool, meanwhile, was once again out on recon, collecting information on mysterious activity at a military base. When they lost contact with Deadpool, they decided to enter and investigate. To Psylocke’s horror, immediately upon arriving, she began detecting the presence of the Shadow King, the monstrous entity she had once contained within a psychic prison in her mind. Via astral projection, she entered the facility to investigate, while the rest of X-Force stood watch. Once inside, Psylocke encountered the gleeful Shadow King, while his mind controlled minions, led by Deadpool, ambushed X-Force outside. He quickly pulled Wolverine and Archangel under his influence, while Fantomex fled with Psylocke’s unconscious body. The Shadow King defeated Psylocke on the Astral Plane while simultaneously sending the mind-controlled Archangel to launch nuclear missiles against Utopia. Psylocke awoke from her trance and attempted to stop Archangel by forcing his mind to sleep. The Shadow King sensed she was hiding something within Archangel’s mind, however, and entered on his own. When he encountered the Archangel contained in Psylocke’s prison, he made the mistake of releasing it. The Archangel immediately slaughtered the astral form of the Shadow King, and awoke its host in time to kill the guard about to launch the nukes against Utopia. Psylocke awoke with no memory of the Shadow King releasing Archangel, and the team returned home, once again saving mutantkind from annihilation—but with no idea of what now lurked among them. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #8]

When X-Force returned home, they found, to their surprise, Magneto waiting for them in Cavern-X. He had a job he wanted them to do and, although Wolverine tried to say they didn’t do revenge gigs, something about Magneto’s expression compelled him to accept. Wolverine took the assignment solo. He traveled to Rio de Janeiro to kill a Nazi soldier Magneto knew from the concentration camps. The elderly man accepted what was coming to him, and reminded Wolverine that not even he would outrun his past. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #9]

When the Asgardian God of Fear known as the Serpent arose and terrorized the world, a splinter cell of the anti-mutant fundamentalists known as the Purifiers blamed superhumans for bringing the Devil to Earth. The cell's leader, neurosurgeon Jonathan Standish, launched a terror campaign that included not only ordinary suicide bombings, but also a marginally successful appeal the people of the world to kill themselves to avoid the Hell that was overtaking the planet. X-Force got involved when Standish's Purifiers kidnapped a mutant and executed him on live television. After extracting information about the cell's leader from a captive Purifier, they dedicated themselves to stopping Standish's simultaneous attacks on several different cities in the United States. While thwarting these attacks, however, they learned that Standish had prepared a large neurological bomb that he intended to detonate in New York City in order to shut down the brains of the millions of people in its vicinity. X-Force downed his plane and executed him in the street before he could trigger the bomb.[Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1-3]

When the Shadow King reemerged and leaked evidence implicating both Wolverine and Angel in X-Force’s clandestine assassinations, Warren received word of it from his publisher before it went to print. His Archangel persona took over and he executed the publisher before he could release the story, and then went after the journalist who received the file. The rest of X-Force arrived to stop him, just barely preventing him from killing the innocent man. Psylocke managed to put him down for the time being, but they feared what he was becoming. They went to Dark Beast, a refugee from the Age of Apocalypse timeline, for help in understanding what was happening to their friend. Dark Beast explained that, with Apocalypse dead, Archangel, being his primary heir, was ascending to the position of Apocalypse. The only way to counter the ascension, he explained, was with a Celestial Life Seed. Luckily for them, Dark Beast claimed to still have one in his lab back in the Age of Apocalypse. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #10]

With Dark Beast as their guide, X-Force headed through a portal he created into the Age of Apocalypse to retrieve the Life Seed. Shortly after grabbing it, however, they were ambushed by that reality’s Amazing X-Men, who believed them to be enemies because of their association with McCoy. In the fight that ensued with Nightcrawler, Sunfire, Wild Child and Sabretooth, Sunfire destroyed the seed, while Dark Beast fled back through the portal and sealed it, stranding X-Force in the doomed parallel universe. Thankfully, the X-Men finally warmed up to them due to Psylocke’s connection with Sabretooth, and they traveled with them to their underwater hideout, Atlantis. Once there, they met the rest of the X-Men, including, among others, Gambit, Rogue, Iceman, Jean Grey and Kirika, the daughter of that reality’s Logan and Mariko Yashida. Together they devised a plan to recover two Life Seeds from a Celestial Apocalypse had killed and then return home by way of that reality’s Gateway, who was imprisoned in an Akkaba cell. Fantomex took Rogue, Sunfire and Gambit with him to get the Life Seeds, but they returned with only just one of the seeds—and without Gambit. Meanwhile, the rest of them raided the Akkaba prison, only to encounter the man who had ascended to the role of Apocalypse: Weapon X, that reality’s Wolverine. The new Weapon X incinerated his daughter, Kirika, and battled the rest of them alongside his Black Legion, a squad of horrific monsters led by the Blob. He captured Jean Grey and tried to make her ascend into his apocalyptic bride. Wolverine refused to let her die, though, and they rescued her. Jean forced them to return home with the Life Seed so they could prevent their world from turning into theirs. When they left the Amazing X-Men, they were fighting for their lives against Logan and the Black Legion. Upon returning home, however, they discovered, to their horror, that Dark Beast had unleashed Archangel in Cavern-X. With his Four Horsemen and his son, Genocide, at his side, Archangel greeted his former friends. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #11-13]

In the ensuing battle, Genocide incinerated half of Wolverine’s body, while the others were maimed. They decided to flee while they still had the chance. Deathlok saw quite clearly in the unfolding timeline that failure to stop Archangel immediately would result in the death of thousands, but X-Force saw no way to stay and fight in their current condition—all except for Psylocke, who disembarked the escape vessel and confronted Warren. She was taken captive to Akkaba City, underneath the North Pole. In Montana, Genocide, acting on Dark Beast and Archangel’s orders, scorched the entirety of a small town. In its place, Archangel and Dark Beast used the Life Seed and the time-twisting properties of the World to create and evolve for 130 million years an ecosystem of new life. They intended to repeat this process throughout the entire world, scorching the atmosphere and giving new species a chance to evolve in the aftermath. When the remnants of X-Force arrived to investigate, they were dumbfounded by what they saw. They battled Archangel and his cohorts, killing his Horseman Death in the battle and taking Famine hostage. They extracted Archangel’s location from Famine and proceeded there to rescue Psylocke, whom Archangel had transformed into his Horseman of Death. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #14-15]

When X-Force arrived in Akkaba City to rescue Psylocke, they came under attack by two refugees from the Age of Apocalypse: Iceman and the Blob, whom Archangel had promised paradise if they killed X-Force. The Blob crushed Fantomex while Iceman froze and shattered Deadpool, but Wolverine soon arrived with Famine as his hostage and used his abilities to wither the Blob down to a skeletal frame. After Fantomex crawled out from under the Blob, he seemingly fled in E.V.A. Meanwhile, War subverted Deathlok’s mind for Archangel. Archangel and Dark Beast then set the final phase of their plan in motion: amplifying Genocide’s power to the point that it scorched the atmosphere of the entire Earth, then restarting life on Earth with the Life Seed. With only Wolverine remaining, all hope of stopping Genocide in time seemed lost. However, Fantomex returned with the Amazing X-Men from the Age of Apocalypse in tow. They arrived in time to defeat Iceman and stop Genocide, while Sunfire absorbed Genocide’s high-powered energy beam into his body at the expense of his life. Perhaps sensing their plan was a bust, Dark Beast fled with Famine, War, and Pestilence, who now carried Archangel’s child. While Fantomex and Jean Grey worked to free Psylocke from Death’s grip, X-Force and their allies confronted Archangel. After Archangel defeated and nearly killed all of them, he returned to his quarters, only to find Fantomex and Psylocke waiting for him. They ganged up on him but were overpowered. Fantomex ordered the Ultimaton to finally release the kid Apocalypse clone he had been growing and raising in the World. This child, called Genesis, exited his chamber and assaulted Archangel, creating enough of a diversion for Psylocke to get back on her feet. She ambushed Archangel and plunged the Life Seed into his chest, killing him. As he died, she telepathically let him live out the full length of what his life would have been like as Warren Worthington III. With the world saved, X-Force gathered up their injured, loaded them into E.V.A., and prepared to leave. Just as they were leaving, however, a naked Angel emerged from the snow, with no clue as to his identity or the identity of his teammates. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #16-18]

With the battle over and the world saved, the Amazing X-Men returned to their home world. Nightcrawler, however, chose to remain behind, so he could take revenge on the madmen who had ruined their lives back home: the Blob, McCoy, Sugar Man and Iceman. After confronting Fantomex about his decision to raise a secret Apocalypse clone, Wolverine contacted Beast and Kitty Pryde and enrolled the boy in the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning, where he was headmaster. He made them promise to keep X-Force a secret and entrusted them to ensure Genesis received proper training. Meanwhile, Fantomex was in Cavern-X when he and Psylocke were kidnapped by Captain Britain, protector of the Omniverse, to be put on trial for executing the child Apocalypse. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #19, Wolverine and the X-Men #4]

In Otherworld, Fantomex was put on trial by the Captain Britain Corps. Jamie Braddock, Psylocke’s reformed older brother, prosecuted the case and convinced the judge to find Fantomex guilty of premeditated murder. As punishment for what they believed to be a heinous crime, they sentenced Fantomex not just to death, but to complete obliteration from existence. Psylocke broke him free while the sentence was being executed and escaped with him, but the damage was already so bad that she had to take him to the exiled healer Krokwell in the Forest of Sorrows for help. Meanwhile, her X-Force teammates learned she and Fantomex had been kidnapped, and traveled to Otherworld to save them—not anticipating that they would land amidst a climactic battle between the Captain Britain Corps and Horoam’ce the Goat, whose nefarious plans threatened to destroy all of the Omniverse. Both Wolverine and Deadpool suffered incapacitating wounds in battle, but Nightcrawler grabbed them and escaped, and made contact with the X-Men’s ally, Meggan. Upon recovering, Deadpool and Wolverine went on a mission to kill the Goat, while Nightcrawler and Meggan stayed behind to hold the line against the Goat’s invading forces. Fantomex and Psylocke, meanwhile, were ambushed by the Goat’s associate, the Skinless Man, an old enemy of both Fantomex and Psylocke’s father. The Skinless Man captured them and flayed the skin off Fantomex’s face, but Psylocke broke free and managed to neutralize him. They tried to return to the Crystal Palace to protect the Omniverse from the Goat’s corruption, but failed to reach it before his essence began infecting all realities. Psylocke discovered to her horror that the Goat was actually a psionic entity that had bonded with her brother Jamie in a future timeline and had returned to this point in time to carry out his plans. Realizing the only way to save the Omniverse was to kill Jamie, she telepathically begged her brother Brian to do the deed. When he refused, she seized control of his mind and used his body to execute Jamie. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #20-23]

While Psylocke and Fantomex dealt with the ramifications of what they had just experienced, Deadpool and Wolverine helped Nightcrawler track down the first of the targets on his kill-list: Iceman, his former X-Man teammate who had betrayed them. Although both Deadpool and Wolverine once again suffered swift defeat in the raid, Nightcrawler succeeded in teleporting Iceman into a furnace, where his water-based powers were useless. Ignoring his old friend’s cries for mercy, Nightcrawler threw him into the boiler, killing him. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #24]

During an encounter with a Deadpool from an alternate reality, Deadpool learned that his wish of obtaining the sweet release of death was now a possibility, due to a serum that negated his healing factor. In order to both locate the serum and anger enough parties who would then want to see him dead, Deadpool orchestrated a series of chaotic encounters that pitted his X-Force teammates and his friend Bob against the Kingpin, the Hand, Tombstone, and Wolverine's sociopathic son Daken. Deadpool's haphazard plan worked: his friend Bob managed to inject him with a sample of the serum, and he angered his X-Force teammates enough by almost blowing their cover that they decided they did indeed want him dead. Unfortunately for Wade, his newfound mortality helped him realize that his death would have lethal ramifications for some his friends as well, and he decided he wanted to live. X-Force ambushed him at Grand Central Station while he tried to flee the city, and although they intended to kill him, Wolverine listened to his plea for mercy and granted it to him. He gave Deadpool three days to get his things in order and return; he had another scouting mission for him within a rumored mercenary factory. [Deadpool (3rd series) #50-54]

Unfortunately, Deadpool's investigation into the mercenary factory known as the White Sky Room signaled the start of a downward spiral for X-Force. They soon came under a multi-pronged attack from a newly formed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Psylocke suffered a debilitating mental assault from the mind of the Shadow King, Deadpool, Nightcrawler and Wolverine were baited into an ambush in the White Sky Room by the Omega Gang (trio of Omega Red clones), Sabretooth and the Blob kidnapped Wolverine’s student Evan (the child Apocalypse known as Genesis), and Fantomex was seduced and poisoned by Mystique. While Fantomex was subdued, Mystique brought him to the rest of the Brotherhood, where he saw what they had done to Psylocke. He transferred his last remaining defenses to her in order to save her life and sent her away on E.V.A., essentially sacrificing himself so she would live. His old nemesis, the Skinless Man, cut out his heart, killing him. With Fantomex dead, E.V.A. had to evolve into a more humanoid form to survive independently of her host. Meanwhile, Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler barely escaped their ambush with their lives intact, and hurried back to Cavern-X to recover. They didn’t anticipate that the Brotherhood had foreseen this move and made preparations. When they arrived and regrouped with Psylocke and E.V.A., Daken appeared on the computer monitor and informed his father he had reprogrammed the cavern’s Sentinel, Ultimaton. After Ultimaton snapped the neck of their teleporter Gateway, it detonated its nuclear core, obliterating Cavern-X. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #25-27]

In a desperate bid to escape the impending explosion, however, Psylocke had taken control of the dying Gateway’s mind and jumped them to a different point in the timestream. Perhaps not coincidentally, they emerged 30 years in the future in Los Angeles, and found it at first glance to be a well-ordered, perfectly safe utopia, completely devoid of crime. Their old comrade Deathlok Prime greeted them immediately upon arrival and informed them the well-ordered society they saw was a totalitarian, fascist state based on the preemptive execution of people considering murder. In this world, all were safe, except those whose minds wandered into unacceptable territory—and, to their surprise, X-Force learned their future selves were this world’s architects. While they grappled with the moral implications of this, Deathlok informed them he was dedicated to preventing it from coming to pass, and intended to send them back to the past once their minds were safely changed. However, he met resistance from Wolverine and retaliated, attempting to kill him and X-Force. At that point, their future selves arrived, eliminated Deathlok, and took them back to meet with Magistrate Elisabeth Braddock. Psylocke, fearing that her survival would guarantee this future would come to pass, attempted seppuku, but was saved and healed by the soldiers of the future before she passed away. With the team regrouped and recovered, the future Magistrates hurried to send X-Force back to their original time so as not to disrupt the timestream—but not before each of them imparted cryptic advice to their cohorts from the past. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #28-29]

Meanwhile, while X-Force was away, Daken, Sabretooth, and the Shadow King took their young captive, Evan, on a road-trip that consisted of equal parts killing spree and revelations about his manufactured existence. In order to unleash the boy’s full, Apocalypse-level power, and to win him over to the dark side, they taunted him into trying to kill them preemptively and informed him that his entire life was a fabrication constructed by his beloved “Uncle Cluster,” Fantomex. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #30]

When X-Force returned from the future, they spoke with Deathlok, who warned them against succumbing to the urge to get revenge. He left X-Force to destroy finally Ultimaton and the World, something he claimed he should have done earlier and which would have prevented all their current misery. After Deathlok’s departure, X-Force ambushed the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, starting by mentally tricking and capturing Mystique in order to get information. When they learned the scope of the Brotherhood’s plan, X-Force once again debated whether or not to kill the child Apocalypse—only to discover that Deadpool had fled during the discussion to take matters into his own hands. While Wolverine and Psylocke entered the Brotherhood’s headquarters to find Wade, Nightcrawler took Mystique aboard E.V.A. to detain her—only to succumb to her tempting offer getting revenge against the Blob. Inside the facility, Deadpool found Genesis and broke him free, but fell when attacked by the combined forces of the Blob, Daken, Omega Black and the Shadow King. He was detained and tortured while Genesis was forced to watch. Meanwhile, Wolverine took the fight to Sabretooth and the rest of the Brotherhood, making quick work of them. However, he was tricked by Mystique and betrayed by Nightcrawler, then taken captive. After Nightcrawler got his revenge on the Blob, E.V.A. ambushed him for his treachery and severely wounded him. He fled with Mystique before they both died in battle. Psylocke, meanwhile, mentally battled the Shadow King, and won by forcing Omega White to devour his psyche. Daken had a long talk with his father before dumping him into an Adamantium-encased water tank in order to drown him, the only guaranteed way to kill a man with a healing factor like his. In a cruel twist, Daken tried to make Genesis watch Wolverine die. The physical and mental torture proved to be too much for Genesis, who finally cracked and donned the power-enhancing Apocalypse suit—which he then used against the wicked Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He then began laying waste to their facility. He and Deadpool broke Wolverine free from the tank and revived him, after which Deadpool killed the Skinless Man. Wolverine confronted Daken and, to his anguish, killed his own son by drowning him in a puddle in order to prevent the horrible acts he was sure to commit in the future. Immediately after he killed Daken, Sabretooth emerged, cackling, and informed his old nemesis this was his endgame all along—the very reason he started this new incarnation of the Brotherhood and orchestrated this plot. Wolverine prevented Genesis from slaying Sabretooth and let the villain escape. X-Force accepted their Pyrrhic victory and returned to what remained of their home. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #31-34]

After things settled down, Wolverine disbanded X-Force. They sent Evan back to the Jean Grey School, Psylocke made amends with her brother, and Wolverine buried his son in Japan. E.V.A. retrieved Fantomex’s corpse and configured the cloning equipment in the White Sky Room to reconstruct him from his still-intact brains—only Deadpool beat her to it and hit the switch before she had completed the adjustments. What emerged from the cloning chamber was not one Fantomex, but three—one body for each of his three brains. His sinister body, named Weapon XIII, immediately teleported away, leaving him and his new female counterpart, Cluster, to reunite with Psylocke. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #35]

Afterward

  • Psylocke spent the following summer with Fantomex and Cluster in Paris, where she got a taste of his cat-burgling lifestyle and adapted to their new romantic developments. [Uncanny X-Force (2nd series)]
  • Psylocke continued leading a quick-response team under Wolverine’s orders, but soon split away from him and began acting independently with her new allies. [Uncanny X-Force (2nd series)]
  • Pestilence eventually gave birth to Archangel’s offspring, twin children referred to, appropriately enough, as the Apocalypse Twins. [Uncanny Avengers #5]
  • Daken was later resurrected by the Apocalypse Twins and turned into their Horseman of Death. [Uncanny Avengers #9]
  • Sabretooth continues tormenting Wolverine as Headmaster of the Hellfire Academy. [Wolverine and the X-Men]
  • Nightcrawler attempted to flee back to his native timeline, the Age of Apocalypse, but ended up having to sacrifice his life to prevent its destruction. [X-Termination crossover]