By Ben Chabala
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This week, before you start reading "The Five Lights" in UNCANNY X-MEN #526, catch up on the life and times of the chronally-challenged teenager Hope Summers, the first mutant born since M-Day!
The mutant race faces imminent extinction. After M-Day not a single mutant birth has been recorded and things look bleak for those sporting the x-gene. Then a single spark lights up Cerebro and everything hits the fan! Now the X-Men wage war for the very survival of their species' against Mister Sinister and his Marauders, the Purifiers, Lady Deathstrike and more. If that weren't enough for Marvel's merry mutants to deal with, the baby seems to have disappeared off the grid!
The mutant baby who will be Hope looks down the sight of Bishop's gun, staring into certain death unaware and unafraid, but before the misguided mutant can pull the trigger, Gambit and the Marauders teleport to the rescue! Meanwhile, Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox continue their quest to discover clues in the future. And Wolverine assembles a crew to take to the sky, ready to strike any of the X-Men's enemies at a moments notice!
Cable and Hope have finally found a safe haven: the little town of New Liberty, somewhere in the future. There, the old soldier and his adopted daughter settle down to eke out something of a normal life after years on the run. Unfortunately, Bishop shatters their idyllic existence, unleashing six deadly weapons and leaving Cable and Hope nowhere else to run. Is the final showdown at hand?
Cyclops' black ops team, X-Force, slips into the timestream to help Cable and Hope in their darkest hour! Beset by enemies on all sides, the lethal fighting force claws and guns their way through hordes of murderous assailants. Hope escapes the battle unscathed, but the team has merely flung themselves from the frying pan and into the fire as Stryfe makes his grand appearance. Will this omega-level mutant snuff out mutantkind's only glimmer of Hope?
Cable and Hope have been separated and the redheaded mutant child finds herself alone two years in the past where Nathan can't follow her. Now she'll need to use every ounce of warrior wisdom and scrap of survival training that her foster-father taught her if she expects to make it through this time-displacement disaster. But does a scared nine-year-old girl stand a chance in this brave new world? And to what lengths will Bishop go to follow her?
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Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution", "Wolverine and the X-Men", "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes", and "The Super Hero Squad Show" now on iTunes!