Arcade, for those of you that do not know him, is a builder of testing grounds. The most famous of which is Murderworld. He creates automatons and environments and traps people inside them. We join Mystique, the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, as she goes through one of Arcade's test environments - one that is populated by automatons of the X-Men.
First to attack is Wolverine.
Actually, Wolverines healing factor is powerful enough to save him from bleeding to death. That said, these automatons are a sham - they look like X-Men and that's about it. The real Wolverine can kill Mystique on his own.
Okay, what Mystique does with Kitty could work with the real one.
Colossus and Cyclops
Flare what? Could you please look at what 'nigh-invulnerable means'? I'm pretty sure anything that starts with the word 'flare' cannot even hope to harm Colossus. Next.
Walking away from an optic blast. No way. Just no way.
The fuel truck explodes and boom goes Storm. By this time I'm just not interested anymore. What a sham this is.
Here's something interesting.
Nightcrawler is the only sham X-Man that Mystique is not able to kill. She wonders why but we know right? Kurt's her son.
And here he is: Arcade.
Man, he does not age well does he?
And now it is revealed that Mystique wants to use Arcade's assets as a sort of Danger Room for the Brotherhood.
Mystique's motives are also made known.
In this issue we are witness to the Starjammers' departure from Earth.
With them is Lilandra.
This discussion between Amanda and Kurt reveal the mystery that surrounds Nightcrawler and a bit of his past.
During a night in New York an explosion has Peter hastily changing into his Colossus form, which has him running nearly buck naked.
It's a trap set by the Brotherhood. Colossus encounters Blob first.
Pyro is next.
Avalanche douses the super-heated Colossus with liquid nitrogen.