Utopia

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The Utopia story arc was a 6-part crossover within the 2009 Dark Reign company-wide event,  connecting the Dark X-Men, Dark Avengers and the Uncanny X-Men.  There were six numbered chapters along with five associated issues with “Utopia” on the cover.

The main plot of the series starts with a proposal to chemically neuter all mutants under a new law: Proposition X.  Opposition to the law is centered in San Francisco, the X-Men’s new home after re-organizing in Uncanny X-Men #500.  When rioting breaks out, Norman Osborn sends in the Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men to control the situation. Meanwhile, Cyclops hatches a secret plan to raise Magneto’s old base, Asteroid M, and float it as Utopia Island, a sovereign mutant nation to escape persecution and to provide a safe haven for the few mutants that remain on Earth who need refuge.  A large battle follows, topped off by careful media manipulation to avoid further confrontation.  The X-Men drive off Osborn’s forces and establish their new nation. Northstar, Aurora and Mister Jeffries appear in nine of the twelve issues.

Main series:

  • Chapter I: Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1 – Northstar appears on the cover and in a few panels during the riots, Jeffries cameo watching the riots on TV
  • Chapter II: Uncanny X-Men #513 – Mister Jeffries appears in silhouette
  • Chapter III: Dark Avengers #7 – Northstar cameo (re-print of one panel from Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1)
  • Chapter IV: Uncanny X-Men #514  – Northstar observes the Dark X-Men, Jeffries is in the X-Submarine
  • Chapter V: Dark Avengers #8 – Jeffries raises Asteroid M, Northstar teleported to Utopia Island
  • Chapter VI: Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1 – Northstar taken out by Dark Beast, Jeffries morphs coiled tentacles

Associated issues:

  • X-Men: Legacy #226 – not an Alpha Flight appearance
  • X-Men: Legacy #227 – Northstar cameo in one panel
  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 – not an Alpha Flight appearance
  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2 – recreation of “corpses in the snow” scene from New Avengers #16
  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3 – Aurora removes her bra and rejects Osborn’s invitation to join the Dark X-Men, Northstar appears in one panel in flashback
  • Dark X-Men: The Confession #1 – not an Alpha Flight appearance
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