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The Greatest Christmas Stories Ever Told! – #20

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The countdown continues with 1988’s “‘Twas the Night” from Uncanny X-Men #230 by Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Joe Rubinstein…

To set the issue up, the X-Men are thought by the rest of the world to be dead. They have taken up residence in the Australian headquarters of an evil band of marauders known as the Reavers. They meet a mysterious mutant nearby who they call Gateway who can teleport people around the globe. During the early parts of the issue, the X-Men are getting used to their new living arrangements.

One X-Man who is having a hard time is Longshot, who has the ability to know the history of an object when he touches it. Well, this power really messes him up when he comes across the Reavers’ treasure trove of stolen goods…


The other X-Men are a bit wary of whether he really can tell the history of an object. So Long shot demonstrates…


The X-Men resolve to give back as much of the stolen goods as they can, so they begin working out a system of devising who owns what…


The X-Men then used Gateway’s teleporation powers to travel the globe and return all of the stolen property that they can find owners to…




However, the X-Men were a bit distracted. They didn’t even realize that this was all on Christmas!!!


In a subplot, Rogue tries to befriend Gateway, giving him a Christmas present at the end of the issue.

This was a very sweet story by Claremont and Silvestri and RUbinstein did a very nice job on the artwork.