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The New X-Men are still reeling from the events of last issue, but the real concern is: Where has Wither been this whole time? After leaving the Mansion, Wither set out on his own...but what has he been up to? Find out here. Also, what does Selene have to do with all this?!
Wither is now living among the homeless and destitute in Mutant Town. He is sharing a space with an elderly woman he has befriended. He continues to have nightmares about his powers and what they did to his long-time crush and classmate, Laurie Collins. He is being watched over by Wolfsbane at Emma Frost’s request, as she explains to Mercury who is worried about Kevin given all that’s happened there since M-Day. Wither continues to fight using his power. His elderly friend tries to convince him to embrace what he is. When police investigating a string of murders involving withered corpses come to arrest the elderly woman, they shoot her before Kevin’s eyes. In anguish, he uses his powers to kill them. The elderly woman is revealed to be Selene, the former Black Queen of the Hellfire Club. She tells him that she will grant his heart’s desire if he embraces his power. They kiss and he agrees. Lucinda Guthrie visits the Institute for a memorial service for her son, Jay and the others lost since M-Day. She is greeted by Dust who blames herself for Icarus’ death. Lucinda comforts her and tells her it isn’t her fault. She then gives a eulogy telling everyone how much Jay loved them and espousing her continuing dedication to Xavier’s dream. This is followed by a general memorial for all those lost since the Decimation and in the pursuit of Xavier’s dream.