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Unlimited Highlights: Uncanny X-Men

Before Regenesis, look back on over 500 issues of this Marvel mutant mainstay



By Ben Morse

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

A chapter in mutant history closed this week with UNCANNY X-MEN #544, the final issues of the series that began back in 1963 and introduced the world to the Children of the Atom. While Regenesis will bring with it a new UNCANNY X-MEN #1 on November 2, an era has ended, and now we look back on just a few classic moments from the past four decades-plus.


It all begins here! It’s young Jean Grey’s first day at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but it quickly becomes clear this mansion in Westchester houses more than just students looking to further their education. Professor Charles Xavier has used impressive telepathic powers to found a safe haven for the emerging race of mutants, those who possess special abilities setting them apart from humanity. The newest member of Xavier’s group, the X-Men, Jean, now Marvel Girl, joins Cyclops, Iceman, Angel and Beast as they battle the megalomaniacal Magneto for the first time!


A new generation of X-Men faces one of their greatest threats! Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and company have answered distress call from their former teammate, Polaris, drawing them to Muir Island, where X-Men ally Moira MacTaggert conducts research aimed toward benefitting man and mutant alike. However, a dangerous denizen of Moira’s facility has escaped, and unchecked, this powerful individual able to warp reality itself could throw the entire world into upheaval! But what dark secret lies behind the mystery of Mutant X?


Following the explosive X-Tinction Agenda, the X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants have all gathered at what remains of the X-Mansion following its destruction months earlier. All three teams have reached a crossroads, as Cable wishes to lead his young charges in a more aggressive direction, Cyclops feels responsibility to reclaim Xavier’s dream for humans and mutants to live in harmony and the X-Men have lost their way after months apart. Before any of these threads can be resolved, however, a dire distress call from the stars pulls the mutant heroes into an interstellar conflict!


Despite the best efforts of Beast, Moira MacTaggert and more of the brightest minds the world has to offer, the Legacy Virus has torn through mutant ranks, decimating and destroying hero and villain alike with is decaying touch. Among those claimed as casualties: Illyana Rasputin, the innocent younger sister of Colossus. Now, Beast believes he has finally found a cure, but it will come at a horrible price. Can there be another way? Will mutants continue to suffer? Or will Peter Rasputin make the ultimate sacrifice? Find out in this poignant tales.


Messiah CompleX has ended, and the X-Men have dispersed. Professor X lies dead, shot by Bishop, and Cable has taken mutantkind’s last Hope into the far future. At loose ends, Cyclops and Emma Frost journey to the Savage Land, hoping to gather their strength and find a new path with Ka-Zar and Shanna providing guidance. Meanwhile, Wolverine and Nightcrawler journey to Russia, a heartbroken Colossus in tow, where an old enemy awaits. And what the heck’s happening in San Francisco?

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