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Rogue on the cover of X-men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Rogue on the cover of X-men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Cyclops: Rogue, have you given any thought to my suggestion?  A rapid response team with you leading it. No teaching commitments. No duties here. Just deal with situations like this. 
Rogue: Can’t deny there’s a need. Why me?
Scott: because you take risks. Because you’re hard to predict. Because unlike the Professor, I can see the difference between recklessness and inspired improvisation. 
Rogue: and I’d be able to pick my own team?
Scott: Of course. Rogue, I know that losing Remy has hit you hard. I’ll understand if you say no.
Rogue: Didn’t lose him, Scott. We’re just - he made a wrong choice, is all. But I’m gonna be here when he comes back, believe it. So yeah, I’m in. I’ll take Sam and Bobby. Both of ‘em are solid gold. And Mystique. I’ll take her, too.
- from X-Men vol. 2 #188 by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo. September 2006.

Cyclops: Rogue, have you given any thought to my suggestion?  A rapid response team with you leading it. No teaching commitments. No duties here. Just deal with situations like this. 

Rogue: Can’t deny there’s a need. Why me?

Scott: because you take risks. Because you’re hard to predict. Because unlike the Professor, I can see the difference between recklessness and inspired improvisation. 

Rogue: and I’d be able to pick my own team?

Scott: Of course. Rogue, I know that losing Remy has hit you hard. I’ll understand if you say no.

Rogue: Didn’t lose him, Scott. We’re just - he made a wrong choice, is all. But I’m gonna be here when he comes back, believe it. So yeah, I’m in. I’ll take Sam and Bobby. Both of ‘em are solid gold. And Mystique. I’ll take her, too.

- from X-Men vol. 2 #188 by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo. September 2006.

Nightcrawler from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Nightcrawler from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

The X-Men’s Jubilee by Femmes-Fatales on Devinatart.

The X-Men’s Jubilee by Femmes-Fatales on Devinatart.

Psylocke, Gambit, Rachel and Beast, from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Psylocke, Gambit, Rachel and Beast, from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Minos: Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. What are nice people like you doing in a place like this?

Colossus: Who?

Doctor Strange: His name, Colossus, is Minos. And, despite his appearance, he is guardian of the Gate of Hell. You are not as Dante described you.

Minos: Times change, compadre. Alighieri saw me in terms of his world. You see me in terms of yours. Considerate, hmm?

I’m a wee bit surprised, though. We expected one new arrival: Kurt Wagner or Nightcrawler by name, swashbuckler by trade, damsel saving a specialty. 

Not that I mind, y’understand. In this business, as the saying goes, the more, the merrier.

- from Uncanny X-Men Annual vol. 1 #4 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. November 1980. So why don’t we see him any more, this smooth demon who talks like musical theatre?

- from X-Men Annual vol. 1 #4 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. November 1980.

Danny Rand: I have my father’s eyes. That’s what she would tell me. Before she kissed me on the cheek and tucked me in for bed.
She smelled like rose petals. And like baby powder in the rain. And she loved me because I had the eyes of a madman. We all chose, didn’t we?
We all chose to pretend - to ignore - We chose to see what we wanted to - Not what was really there.
I’m so sick of choosing.
- from Iron Fist: The Living Weapon vol. 1 #1 by Kaare Andrews. June 2014.

Danny Rand: I have my father’s eyes. That’s what she would tell me. Before she kissed me on the cheek and tucked me in for bed.

She smelled like rose petals. And like baby powder in the rain. And she loved me because I had the eyes of a madman. We all chose, didn’t we?

We all chose to pretend - to ignore - We chose to see what we wanted to - Not what was really there.

I’m so sick of choosing.

- from Iron Fist: The Living Weapon vol. 1 #1 by Kaare Andrews. June 2014.

Mystique from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Mystique from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Emma Frost by  dessinateur777 on Deviantart. 

Emma Frost by  dessinateur777 on Deviantart. 

Scott Summers: Things have a way of balancing out, though. We’d found a truly evil mutant in Proteus, but soon after that we found a truly good one - indeed, a potential X-Man - in Kitty Pryde. She’s 13 1/2, cute, bright, spunky - and she walks trough walls.
- from X-Men vol. 1 #138 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. October 1980.

Scott Summers: Things have a way of balancing out, though. We’d found a truly evil mutant in Proteus, but soon after that we found a truly good one - indeed, a potential X-Man - in Kitty Pryde. She’s 13 1/2, cute, bright, spunky - and she walks trough walls.

- from X-Men vol. 1 #138 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. October 1980.

Mystique, from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Mystique, from the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200 by David Finch. August 2007.

Aug 9
Danny Rand: He wasn’t afraid of dying. How could he be?
Heather Duncan-Rand: Wendell! Swing towards me!
Danny Rand: He was already gone.
Wendell Rand: Can’t turn back now. Pull me up!
Danny Rand: A dead man walking around in my father’s skin.
Wendell Rand: Keep going! We can - Harold, pull me up!
Heather Duncan-Rand: Please listen to me. Swing this way and let go of the rope. Let go!
Wendell Rand: Can’t go back. Can’t…
Danny Rand: The look in his eyes said it all. 
Wendell Rand: You’ll help me, won’t you, Danny?  You’ll bring me there with you to forever?
Danny Rand:He was insane. Had been for a long time. And then he was…
- from Iron Fist: The Living Weapon vol. 1 #1 by Kaare Andrews. June 2014.

Danny Rand: He wasn’t afraid of dying. How could he be?

Heather Duncan-Rand: Wendell! Swing towards me!

Danny Rand: He was already gone.

Wendell Rand: Can’t turn back now. Pull me up!

Danny Rand: A dead man walking around in my father’s skin.

Wendell Rand: Keep going! We can - Harold, pull me up!

Heather Duncan-Rand: Please listen to me. Swing this way and let go of the rope. Let go!

Wendell Rand: Can’t go back. Can’t…

Danny Rand: The look in his eyes said it all. 

Wendell Rand: You’ll help me, won’t you, Danny?  You’ll bring me there with you to forever?

Danny Rand:He was insane. Had been for a long time. And then he was…

- from Iron Fist: The Living Weapon vol. 1 #1 by Kaare Andrews. June 2014.

Aug 8
Scott Summers: Then came the Hellfire Club. Mastermind had succeeded in subverting Jean by making her believe that she was psychically slipping in time, reliving an ancestor’s life. The world she saw was that of 1780, not 1980. By the time she broke his control over her, the damage had been done.
- from X-Men vol. 1 #138 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. October 1980.

Scott Summers: Then came the Hellfire Club. Mastermind had succeeded in subverting Jean by making her believe that she was psychically slipping in time, reliving an ancestor’s life. The world she saw was that of 1780, not 1980. By the time she broke his control over her, the damage had been done.

- from X-Men vol. 1 #138 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. October 1980.

Aug 7
Bishop by David Finch on the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200. August 2007.

Bishop by David Finch on the cover of X-Men vol. 2 #200. August 2007.

Aug 6

Caption: It was a beautiful evening, perfect for a lovers’ stroll through Central Park. We must have walked and talked for hours.

Scott Summers: I don’t remember much of my childhood, except in … nightmares. I used to have a lot of them. I’d be falling through flames; I’d see faces - a man, a woman, my folks I guess. I’ll never know for sure.

I was in the hospital for over a year. The doctors said I suffered some brain damage. That accounts for my amnesia. And, the Professor thinks, for why I can’t control my optic blasts.

I was never adopted. The orphanage was the only home I knew… Until I ran away. Saying all this isn’t easy, Jean … I … I love you. I’ve loved you from the moment I set eyes on you.

Jean Grey: And I, you, Scott. With all my heart!

- From X-Men vol. 1 #138 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. October, 1980.