Uncanny X-Men (5th series) #9

Issue Date: 
March 2019
Story Title: 
Disassembled, part 9

Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg & Kelly Thompson (writers), Yildiray Cinar (artist), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna (letterer), Giuseppe Camuncoli, Roberto Poggi & Matt Milla (cover artists), John Tyler Christopher (variant cover artist), Jeff Powell (title page designer), Chris Robinson (assistant editor), Jordan D White (editor), CB Cebulski (editor-in-chief), Joe Quesada (chief creative officer), Dan Buckley (publisher), Alan Fine (executive producer)

X-Men Created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Brief Description: 

X-Man has taken control of Legion's psyche and body and confronts the X-Men. He reminds them that he tried to work with them, tried to shape the world into something better, but they only tried to destroy him. He grabs Multiple Man and tries to create some dupes to extend his power, only to discover that this isn't Jamie Prime – that he high-tailed it out of here and is probably in a bar drinking right now. A furious Legion gives more power to his Horsemen of Salvation, and transforms Storm into one of his Horsemen also. Another battle between the X-Men and the Horsemen follows, and despite the best efforts of the X-Men, the Horsemen are simply too powerful, so Jean Grey releases a psychic distress call, touching the minds of inactive X-Men members, members of her own squad, former students and allies, summoning them to her. In the meantime, Armor tells Jean that she has a plan. Jean is reluctant, but agrees, and so Armor extends her force field around herself, Rockslide and Glob, and then around the Horsemen, taking them out of the battle by trapping them in her force field, this enables the X-Men to fully concentrate on X-Man. Back at the remains of the Xavier Institute, the Beast is furious with Anole for stealing his vaccine, and Anole explains that he did it to give hope to kid like him – so that they would not have to become like him – a monster, an outcast, hunted, feared and alone. The Beast tells Anole that he has shackled mutantkind's fate, before Pixie teleports in and collects them. Back on Quadra Island, Apocalypse watches the X-Men's battle, and decides that it is ridiculous. He notices Senator Allen attempting to sneak away, and decides tob kill him, telling him that he should be thankful for a quick and painless death, before Kitty phases the Senator, preventing Apocalypse from killing him. She takes the Senator to safety and tells him that the X-Men are heroes for everyone. Inside Armor's force field, Rockslide and Glob do their best to keep the Horsemen at bay, but they are outnumbered, and Storm forces Armor to drop her force field. X-Man is reunited with his Horsemen and creates a seismic shift, which begins to flood Quadra Island. He then attacks Jean Grey directly, and starts to drown her, boasting that he knows why he was named X-Man – because he is the final incarnation of the dream, of all mutants, and so he will end the X-Men. Suddenly, he is told that he will need to defeat all the X-Men, and X-Man looks up, to find himself confronted by two dozen newly arrived X-Men!

Full Summary: 

'Did you think that would work? That you could contain me inside Legion's mind? That you could send me to the Age of Apocalypse and leave me... not just me... but children... your own students... to die in that place?' Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man asks, his mind and body merged with Legion's. Energy darts around him as he angrily tells the X-Men that he tried, he tried so hard to give them what they wanted – he tried to shape the world into something that could be better – but for that, they tried to destroy him.

'I tried to work with you, X-Men' he adds, while Multiple Man asks what is going on, and why Legion sounds like that – and when did he get a tattoo, referring to X-Man's tattoo on his chest. 'That is Nathan, you idiot. We tried to trap him in Legion's mind, but he's too powerful. He took over Legion's mind instead' Northstar explains. 'An omega-level mutant in the driver's seat of another omega-level mutant... sounds great' Iceman mutters as he, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde and Apocalypse gather nearby.

'What the hell?' Multiple Man calls out as X-Man suddenly telekinetically pulls him over towards him, 'But the truth is... I don't need you' X-Man declares, while Polaris, Cannonball and X-23 gather behind him. 'Don't do this, Nate' Kitty calls out as X-Man holds Madrox in a headlock. Storm stands nearby, poised, while Madrox asks for some help. Kitty tells Nate to let Jamie go, that they can talk about this without anyone getting hurt. 'You. Tried. To. Kill. Me' Nate snaps, while Madrox grits his teeth and utters' Guys, for real. He's got a crazy-tight grip' he mutters, before Nate raises a fist, 'Like I said, I do not need you anymore. I'm inside Legion's head and know what he did to Madrox' Nate reveals. 'Come on! No! This is why I didn't want to stay here!' Madrox tells everyone, while X-Man explains that all he needs are soldiers. 'All I need are Jamie and his duplicates' he adds as he slams a fist into Madrox's face – but nothing happens.

'What?' X-Man asks, confused. 'Why isn't he duplicating?' X-Man asks as he repeatedly punches Madrox in the face, harder and harder with each thrust. 'STOP IT, YOU MORON! It won't work because I'm not Jamie Prime!' Madrox suddenly reveals. Madrox reveals that Jamie Prime took one look at what was happening here and jumped in a rowboat to get off this damn island. 'If I had to guess, I'd say his cowardly ass is already back on the mainland getting smashed in the first bar he could find' Madrox adds. 'Surprise?' he asks, looking up at X-Man, who scowls and fires a blast of energy at Madrox, knocking him backwards. 'I don't think I've ever been more grateful for Jamie Madrox's incompetence' Storm remarks. 'Who knew that being a coward would pay off?' Kitty asks, before X-Man unleashes a surge of energy at his Horsemen of Salvation – Magneto, Blob and Omega Red. 'What's he doing to them?' Kitty wonders, as X-Man orders his Horsemen to attack, and to her surprise, Kitty turns around and sees that Storm has been transformed into one of the Horsemen of Life as well. 'Oh my God, X-Man has Storm!' Kitty calls out

Magneto, the Horseman of Peace, knocks Bishop backwards, while Omega Red, the Horseman of Wellness, wraps his carbonadium coils around Northstar, Polaris and X-23. 'Get your tentacles off me, you pale, slimy bastard!' X-23 exclaims, slicing his coils with her claws. Apocalypse and Senator Ashton Allen look on as Blob, the Horsemen of Bounty, leaps towards Nightcrawler, Rockslide and Glob Herman. 'Enough!' Betsy shouts as she rushes towards X-Man, her psi-blade at the ready, 'Psylocke! No!' Jean Grey calls out, before X-Man easily knocks Betsy aside. 'Please...you have not seen what I'm capable of' X-Man declares as he flies up above the battle, announcing that he has been patient and benevolent, that he only sought to create a world where mutantkind could finally be at peace – but he sees now that is not possible – that the X-Men have always been, and will always be, all too eager to cut off their own noses just to spite their faces. 'That you can only find peace in chaos' he remarks.

Glob finds himself at the mercy of Blob, who tries to squash him, while Polaris flies towards both Storm and Magneto, as X-23 cuts herself free from Omega Red's coil, Nightcrawler punches Omega Red in the face as Pixie hovers nearby. 'So die knowing that you brought this upon yourselves' X-Man declares angrily. As Magneto knocks Polaris to the ground, Iceman blasts him with some ice-spears. Cannonball flies straight into Blob, while Jean helps Betsy up and asks her if she is okay. 'Been better' Betsy responds, watching as Kitty Pryde runs from Storm, she points out that they can't keep this up. 'We have them outnumbered...but they have us outpowered' Betsy adds as the students Armor, Pixie, Rockslide and Glob rush to Kitty's aid, turning to face Storm, while X-Man continues to glow with energy – which he suddenly releases, knocking Polaris, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Bishop, Jubilee and X-23 away.

Jean Grey places her hands to her head as she begins to release a psychic message: 'If you can hear this... we badly need your help. For the fate of the world... to me, my X-Men!' Jean's call reaches across the globe, touching the minds of Dazzler, who is creating a light show somewhere, and Honey Badger who is running with Jonathan the Unstoppable. Nature Girl and Eye-Boy who are together, and Sunfire, who flies through the air. M is punching something when she receives the message, while Transonic is flying across a blue sky. Rictor is with Dr Cecilia Reyes when they both receive the call, while Goldballs and Triage are together, too. Maggott hears the call, as do Mercury, Trance and Match. Meggan and Kylun are together when the call reaches them, while Genesis glances sideways as the call touches him. Forge is in a lab when he receives the call, and Loa and Indra are together when they hear the call. Frenzy is fixing a car somewhere, while Husk and Magma are together, and Tempus is in Sydney, Australia. The Stepford Cuckoos receive the call as does Surge, who is unleashing an energy blast. Shark Girl and Bling are together when they get  the call, as are Gentle and Trinary. Finally, the call reaches Firestar.

Jean Grey turns to Pixie and tells her that she needs her for something important if they are to have any hope of turning this tide. Pixie informs Jean that she can't teleport, to which Jean asks her if X-Man is presenting her from doing so. 'Yeah... or at least I think so' Pixie replies. Jean watches as Betsy punches the Blob, and X-23 is once again fighting with Omega Red. Jean informs Pixie that they have to split X-Man's focus and break his concentration – they need a distraction – a big one. 'We volunteer' Armor calls out as she, Rockslide and Glob approach Jean. Jean looks at them, skeptical, but Armor tells her that they have a plan. 'I don't know, Hisako' Jean responds, to which Armor tells her that they can do this. 'Okay. Do it. But be carefull...all of you' Jean announces. 'I think “careful” has left the building, Jean' Armor replies as she extends her force field around Rockslide and Glob, using it in the shape of a large ball, they run inside it, forcing the ball along the ground. 'Tell me this plan again, Armor' Rockslide asks. Armor explains that she needs them to fight with all they have got – once she absorbs them, she needs the two of them to protect her.

'Wait, you're putting them in here? With us?' Glob asks. 'Hell yes, I am!' Armor responds, to which Rockslide tells them that it was nice knowing them both. 'Yes it was' Armor agrees as her force field ball rolls into the Horsemen – trapping Storm, Magneto, Blob and Omega Red inside. Armor tells Glob and Rockslide that they need to keep the Horsemen off her for as long as they can. Omega Red tells the X-Men that they are insane and that they have just doomed themselves. 'Free us or die, children!' Storm warns them.

'Now!' Betsy calls out as she, Bishop, Nightcrawler, Northstar, Cannonball and X-23 rush towards X-Man. 'This is it! Everyone at once, don't stop!' Bishop shouts, while Jean turns to Pixie, who reveals that she feels it – X-Man has left her head. Jean tells Pixie that they have to hurry, that they don't know how long the others can keep this up. Jean places her hands on either side of Pixie's head, explaining that she will guide her, she asks Pixie if she sees. 'Yes' Pixie responds.

Inside the medbay within the remains of the Xavier Institute, the Beast approaches Anole and asks him if he is ready to tell him why he gave away the mutant vaccine. 'You wouldn't understand why' Anole replies. 'Try me' the Beast tells him, asking if someone made him do it. 'I don't know what to tell you, sir -' Anole begins, as the Beast raises his voice, 'DON'T LIE TO ME!' he shouts, gritting his teeth, the Beast asks Anole to tell him somehing that will justify this betrayal. 'Do you even realize what you've done?' the Beast asks, explaining that this is only the beginning, the beginning of something he created being used against them – and they can never unring that bell. Anole stands up and assures the Beast that he knows exactly what he has done – he has given some kid like him out there hope – he has made it possible for other kids like him...to not have to become him. 'Monsters. Outcasts. Hunted. Feared. Alone. I've given them a chance. I've given them a choice' Anole declares. The Beast hangs his head and assures Anole that he understands all too well why he might feel that way, but that he can't afford to be that naive. 'Sir?' Anole asks. The Beast turns his back on Anole as he informs him that he hasn't givern mutants a choice – he has handed the government a weapon. 'I can only being to imagine how they'll use it against us. You wanted freedom but instead you've shackled us, my boy' the Beast remarks, before Pixie teleports in and tells the Beast that he is needed. 'We're ready' the Beast responds.

Back on Quadra Island, Apocalypse watches the battle. 'Ridiculous children, playing with their toys, a fruitless pursuit' he remarks, before turning, You think to sneak away, little man?' Apocalypse asks Senator Ashton Allen, who glances up at Apocalypse, nervously remarking that he doesn't belong here, and that he wants to go. 'Truer words, Senator Allen. And I do not just mean X-Man's failed experiment he called a “council”. A laughable endeabor that mattered not at all and ends now with your pointless death' Apocalypse frowns. '...no, please' Senator Allen gasps, while Apocalypse raises a fist and tells the Senator 'You should thank me. From the looks of what is to come at the hands of these spoiled “grandchildren of the atom” this will be quick and painless by comparison' Apocalypse declares, but as he brings his fist down, it passes through the Senator. 'Hold your breath, Senator' Kitty remarks as she phases the Senator, and then they both vanish down into the ground. They emerge, several yards away from the battle, the Senator gasps for breath, and asks Kitty why. 'You saved me after everything I said. Why?' Kitty looks down at him and tells him that it is what  X-Men do. 'We're heroes. For everyone' she declares as she walks away from him.

Inside Armor's force field, 'I surrender! I surrender!' Glob shouts as the Blob's hand is wrapped around his neck. 'You already made your choice, fool. Now you pay the price' Blob exclaims, while Rockslide screams as Magneto holds him in a magnetic grip and enquires whether he ever stopped to ask if perhaps his skin contains trace metals. Armor finds herself strangled by Omega Red's carbonadium coil, while Storm hovers in front of her and tells her that they don't want to kill her, so she should drop the shield so they can return to the real battle – and they will spare her life in return. '%&#$ you' Armor exclaims in response. 'Don't be another child willing to die for the X-Men. They never cared about you' Storm utters as she moves in closer, lightning crackling around her hands – before Armor drops the force field and instant later. 'I knew you were a smart little girl' Storm remarks as she takes flight, while Armor clutches her own strangled neck.

'To me, my Horsemen!' X-Man calls out, as Horsemen gather around him. 'Nate! It's over! Time to end this!' Jean Grey exclaims. X-Man frowns and responds 'That's a very profound choice of words, mother. I couldn't agree more'. Therev is a rumbling, as the very ground around the X-Men begins to shake, and suddenly breaks apart as the island begins to sink. X-Man extends a protective dome around himself and his Horsemen, while water rises around the X-Men. 'He's trying to beat us with a flood?' Kitty asks, wide-eyed. 'No...he's moving tectonic plates! I think he's trying to sink the continent!' Nightcrawler remarks. 'I don't think he's trying!' Iceman mutters. 'Stop him now!' Kitty shouts. Polaris and Bishop begin firing energy towards X-Man, but his force field blocks the attack. 'This world rejected my teachings...it made me question what I know to be true. But now I see the problem was not with my wanting to save the world. The problem is the world itself' X-Man remarks decides, announcing that he will end all of the problems at once.

'Nate! Please! Don't do this! I'm your family! The X-Men are your family! Let us help you!' Jean pleads with Nate, who flies towards her and knocks Northstar, Bishop and Polaris backwards. 'The X-Men were my family. And you turned your back on me long ago. Same as you did to Legion' Nate tells Jean. 'You grew scared of us. Scared of the power birthed from your loins'. The energy around Nate grows in intensity as he exclaims 'We were your next step, your next evolution. The grandchildren of the atom. But just as humanity felt about what came from them that they could not control, you hated and feared us. Your sons'. Nate pushes Jean into the water and holds her head under, stating that he never understood his name – why was he singular? But he has been shown now – for him to exist, he must be the last of the X-Men. 'I am the final incarnation of the dream of all mutants. I am the omega. And before I end, I must end the X-Men' Nate remarks. Suddenly, a voice calls out 'It's quite the soliloquy, but I think you missed something. If you want to beat the X-Men...' the Beast begins

Nate glances sideways, he goes wide-eyed as he sees a gathering on a nearby chunk of land – the Beast is there with Dazzler, Colossus, Forge, Maggott, Bling, Genesis, Kylun, Dr Nemesis, Magma, Sprite, Pixie, Beak, honey Badger, Nature Girl, Firestar, Transonic, Meggan, Surge, the Stepford Cuckoos, Sunfire, Oya, Cypher, Thunderbird, Gentle and Trinary. '... you have to beat all the X-Men!'

Characters Involved: 

Beast, Bishop, Cannonball, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Northstar, Polaris, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, X-23 (all X-Men)

Multiple Man

Anole, Armor, Beak, Bling, Eye-Boy, Genesis II, Glob Herman, Mercury V, Nature Girl, Oya, Pixie III, Rockslide, Shark Girl, Sprite III, Surge, Trance, Transonic  (all X-Men students)

Colossus, Cypher, Dazzler, Dr Nemesis, Firestar, Forge, Frenzy, Husk, Kylun, M II, Maggott, Magma, Meggan, Dr Cecilia Reyes, Rictor, Sunfire, Thunderbird III

Gentle, Honey Badger, Trinary (all X-Men based at Searebro)

Jonathan the Unstoppable

Goldballs, Indra, Loa, Match, Stepford Cuckoos, Tempus, Triage





Blob/Horseman of Bounty, Magneto/Horseman of Peace, Omega Red/Horseman of Wellness, Storm/Horseman of Life (all Horsemen of Salvation)




Senator Ashton Allen


Story Notes: 

This issue has the legacy numbering of Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #628. 


Husk and M were both last seen at the Xavier Institute in Generation X (1st series) #87, since then Monet appeared in Weapon X (3rd series) #22-27, and Husk has been appearing in Spider-Man vs Deadpool since #24.

Kylun and Meggan have never officially been members of the X-Men. Meggan served with the original Excalibur for its entirity, while Kylun served with Excalibur for a period of time. Kylun last appeared in Domino Annual #1, and prior to that as one of the mutants in Madripoor as seen in Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) #23, while Meggan made several appearances in X-Men Gold.

Mercury V, Shark Girl, Sprite III, Genesis II, Eye-Boy, Nature Girl, Trance, Bling, Transonic, Triage, Indra have all been shown to be attending the Xavier Institute in various issues of X-Men Gold, Generation X, Iceman and other titles. 

Loa was last seen at the Avengers Academy in Avengers Academy #31.

Match was last seen in America #1.

Tempus was briefly seen in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #600 and Invincible Iron Man #600, prior to that she last appeared in Sydney, Australia in Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) #31.

Frenzy last appeared in Jean Grey #6.

Cypher most recently appeared in Daredevil (1st series) #606, 609-610, 612, and prior to that in Hunt for Wolverine Weapon Lost #1-4.

Beak's mutation was restored by Mothervine in X-Men Blue #26, and was brought to the Xavier Institute following that. He also appeared more recently in Domino Annual #1.

Goldballs appeared in Champions (2nd series) #24, and before that was a supporting character in several Spider-Man titles.

Dr Nemesis recently appeared in Avengers (8th series) #12, and the Merry X-Mas Holiday Special, prior to that he was last seen in X-Force (4th series) #15.

Maggott was killed in Neverland in Weapon X (2nd series) #5, but since then he has made several appearances, including Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #600 and Domino Annual #1 with no explanation as to his resurrection. He may have been one of those mutants revived during Necrosha who did not return to the afterlife. Another theory is that his surviving slug somehow restored him to life.

Thunderbird III hasn't been seen since the Marvel Digital Holiday Special released in 2008.

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