Hello and welcome back to another great week in Ye Olde School Café! This time we’ll continue to look at the X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda! So far, we’ve seen the evil Cameron Hodge and the others helping him to subjugate the people of Genosha and to declare war on the X-Men for the atrocities against him years before. Hodge also has managed to brainwash Havoc, brother of Cyclops, into serving as chief magistrate of his army. He sends Havoc and his team to abduct Storm, Rahne, and a few others from X-Force (New Mutants, at this point). Hodge tortures them a bit, but then Rictor, Boom Boom, and Rahne escape, although Rahne goes back to try and help the others. She gets recaptured, and her and Storm are brainwashed, just like Havoc. Hodge then starts to enact his own personal plans that he’s keeping secret from the Genegineer and the President of Genosha. The remaining X-Men, New Mutants, and X-Factor attack the island and beat the magistrates and Havoc. They get transported away before they’re captured, and then the X-teams make their plan for an all out assault.
As the president of Genosha is on TV, she announces that the captured X-members are going to be executed as terrorists. Meanwhile, Boom Boom and Rictor are being hunted by the magistrates in the streets of Genosha. Luckily for them, Wolverine, Jubilee, and Psylocke have taken the initiative and come to Genosha looking for their comrades. They immediately engage the magistrates, and take them down without too much resistance. Wolverine and Psylocke then tell Jubilee and the others to get out of harm’s way, because they’re going to get crazy. They then “borrow” the magistrates’ uniforms and head out using the flying craft they left behind. Right away, Havoc recognizes them and it’s on. Eventually, Psylocke and Wolverine get the best of them (Havoc and other guards), but before they can catch their breath, Hodge snatches both of them with his tentacles. Psylocke manages to get her psychic knife into his brain, but he shrugs it off and delivers a blast of his own. As the two are beaten, they look up to see their teammate Storm, as she has been brainwashed into being a slave for Hodge and his vile mission.
The next issue (New Mutants #96) shows Jubilee, Boom Boom, and Rictor on the run from some magistrates, but they take care of them without even using their powers. At an abandoned warehouse, Cable and the other X-members are making final preparations for their attack on Hodge. Cyclops and Jean have one last make out session before they leave. Archangel and Cannonball have a quick talk about Genosha, and Archangel tells him how dangerous they really are. Inside, Havoc is reeling from the brainwashing and the beating he just received. Rahne tries to talk with him, but he ignores her. She is then strapped into the Genegineer’s machine, and brainwashed like the others. Boom Boom, Rictor, and Jubilee are still trying to make their way through the city, all while fighting off magistrates, as well. Cable, Gambit, Jean, and Sunspot then sneak through the alleyways using scramblers that Forge made for them that will mask their mutant abilities. They utilize this advantage to get all the way into the citadel. Once there, though, Hodge commands Wipeout to take away their powers, so they’re as helpless as the others. Cable and the group are stunned to see the newest recruit, Rahne, that will be serving the will of Cameron Hodge!
Well, that’s it for now, but be back next week to see Wolverine on his death-bed, Jean sticking her tongue down his throat, and Cable taking a monumental beating! Be here for more action!