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Cover Date: July 1983
Cover Price: US $ 0.60
Issue Tagline: Welcome To The X-Men, Rogue...Hope You Survive The Experience!
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Uncanny X-Men (1963) #171 Newsstand Edition
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From the Ashes
The Alley. Storm greets her new subjects, and commands them not to attack the "surface dwellers" any longer. As she leaves Callisto - weak enough that she can barely stand - intercepts her. They exchange unpleasantries, and Storm tells Sunder to put his mistress back to bed. Nightcrawler notes that Storm is going out of her way to make an enemy of Callisto, to which Storm responds they were moments from the instant they met. Nightcrawler is troubled about Storm's shifting personality.
Anchorage. Madelyne Pryor wakes up from a nightmare, and Scott comes running. After she calms down she tells Scott about the 747 crash only she walked away from. She gives the date as September 1, 1980 - and Scott is shocked to realize that is the exact day Jean Grey died!
Massachusetts. Carol Danvers finishes a visit to her folks. However, she's setting her folks on edge and she feels empty. She knows they're her parents, and that she's supposed to care for them, but she doesn't - those feelings were stolen by Rogue. She concludes there is no place for her on Earth - Binary's place is among the stars!
Xavier's. Kitty is frantically searching her room for her computer disks with her homework on them, and blaming the New Mutants (X-Babies) for stealing or misplacing them. Her roommate Illyana makes fun of her when she finally finds them under her keyboard.
In the Danger Room, Charles is running a gym setting to work on his leg muscles. Both he and Lilandra remain mystified as to why he cannot walk in his new cloned body; since his paraplegic condition was caused by his legs being crushed and not genetic, his legs should be perfectly functional!
In the kitchen, Colossus is pondering a cookbook when Professor X psychically tells him they have a visitor. Because he used Peter's codename, he knows there might be trouble, and he shifts into his armored form as he opens the door to discover... Rogue?
Professor X's study. We discover Professor X cannot read her mind. She tells them that her powers are out of control, that permanently absorbing Carol's powers was an accident, and that she needs help. The X-Men are suspicious, and eventually Professor X asks them to leave so he can talk to Rogue in private without all the hostility. The X-Men resolve to vent their frustrations in the danger room.
Despite it being Kitty who wanted to hit something, she and Illyana end up in the control booth. Illyana picks out the program, and when Kitty asks what it is Illyana tells her its a surprise. However, when the program comes up Belasco, even Illyana is briefly surprised before flipping out. As if possessed, she draws her soul sword from nowhere and attacks Kitty. Kitty phases, but the soul sword still cuts her! Kitty disarms her, and Illyana comes to her senses - crying out "I remembered!" The other X-Men arrive in the control booth and Kitty hides the full nature of the incident, waving it off as an accident for Illyana's sake.
Later, Ororo's Attic. She notices her plants are parched and starts a rainstorm to water them. However, while she has an angsty internal monologue she loses control of her storm, and is reminded only by the sound of thunder. She clears the clouds, but the plants have already been ruined! Professor X contacts her telepathically, and she responds by hurling a dagger through his thought-image!
Professor X's study. Charles has decided to admit Rogue to both the school and as a probationary X-Men member. Storm objects - as leader of the X-Men she feels she has a say, and is unwilling to take on a member who might betray them! At that moment, Binary lands outside the X-Mansion and enters. After a moment of peace we suddenly, we see Rogue flying through the roof, getting knocked clear into orbit! Rogue comes back for more and Binary gives it to her. But then Colossus holds Binary down and breaks up the fight. Professor X explains that Rogue is under his protection as of now, and Binary complains. It is Storm who tells Binary that Rogue is now the newest X-Man. A puzzled Rogue doesn't even know why Binary has it in for her, until Binary shifts to her human (looking) form!
Rogue speaks Carol's name under her breath. Carol tells Rogue that she now has the power to destroy her. Storm tells Professor X that if Rogue stays, she goes - and Nightcrawler says they all will. Professor X talks the X-Men through the impasse - Carol concedes understanding but not approval, and leaves in a huff. Storm, however, is also uncertain, and goes to take a walk to decide whether she will stay or leave. She realizes, either way, that she will no longer be the woman she was.
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