New Orleans Is Sinking
|New Orleans Is Sinking|
|Dates run:||Sept 26 - Oct 1, 2007|
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Part 4 of The Prince of Thieves arc.
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In the finale stage of Belladonna's plans, New Orleans is faced on the path of massive mystically fueled hurricane, and the only thing between it and the destruction of the city is X-Force.
Revenge is a dish best served complete, as Belladonna Boudreaux-LeBeau believes, and after over a year of picking at Remy LeBeau and the remaining pockets of resistance from the New Orleans Guilds, she'd finally put the last pieces together to make it happen. A small tropical storm was caught and tracked by NOAA in the Gulf of Mexico, moving towards New Orleans. Inexplicably, it began to increase in size despite a lack of natural conditions to fuel it. The storm, growing rapidly towards a Cat-5 and named Josephine, would make landfall in only a few days.
At the same time, as a backlash from Wanda Maximoff's powers during a training session, Marie-Ange Colbert's powers began to haunt her with powerful precognitive dreams of storms, flood and the dead walking the streets of New Orleans. During a lunch with Remy to talk about the dreams, an assassin's bullet meant for LeBeau struck Marie-Ange instead, putting her in critical condition in a nearby hospital.
X-Force quickly began to research the situation, to discover a number of disturbing facts; Belladonna had used the bokor who had previously been aligned with Candra to cast an ancient weather spell, empowering the hurricane to an unprecedented level. She had also hired mercenaries to enter the city under the cover of the storm, to block any efforts by the poor local population from fleeing. With the federal government and local governments unwilling to spend the resources to evacuate the poor in the wards, once the storm hit, tens of thousands would drown, and many more starve or die of thirst in the days after. That would break the power base of Tante Mattie and the voodoo community, handing the Guilds absolute power in New Orleans.
Travelling down, with Ororo Munroe along, X-Force began a desperate plan to stop Belladonna. Only Illyana Rasputin was left behind, to watch over Marie-Ange and pass along information if they were all killed. Pete Wisdom, along with Sarah Morlocke, Doug Ramsey, Mark Sheppard and Wanda made their way to the levees, to stop the explosives that the Assassins had planted. Along the way, they were assisted by Javier Boudreaux, an old assassin that had been forced out by Belladonna's supporters. Ororo and Sofia Mantega-Barret went out into the teeth of the storm, to try and hold the worst of it back long enough for the rest of them to try and disrupt the ritual powering the hurricane.
Finally, Remy and Amanda Sefton answered their summons from Tante, who used Amanda to empower Remy with the loa spirit of Baron Samedi. Tante revealed that this future was what led her to leave Gambit alive, and was what bound Amanda, Remy and Marie-Ange together. The Baron emerged, and lead thousands of residents in a long dance, through the mercenary forces and right to the gates of the Assassins, before departing and leaving LeBeau seemingly dead behind.
As Belladonna emerged to confront them, confident in victory, Remy was able to get to his feet, revealing that against all probability, the Baron hadn't consumed his spirit. Behind her, the Boudreaux mansion exploded in a fiery show, as Daniel Boudreaux, Belladonna's brother, revealed he was not dead and had destroyed her powerbase. The explosion stopped the ritual, leaving Sofia to rush an unconscious Ororo to a hospital as the storm died out.
Arlan D'Armade, producing thick stacks of evidence, revealed that Remy was actually Sebastian D'Armade, a long lost son of a former Thieves Guildmaster, and by marriage, the rightful leader of the Assassins as well. With her own trial pending regarding the Guildmasters she murdered, Belladonna was forced to flee, with the knowledge that the Assassins would be hunting her. In his new position, Remy reversed all of Belladonna's policies to unite the Guilds, returning them to the fractious and now much-reduced state, before abdicating his own rights to any position. Confronting Arlan later, he revealed that Remy's parentage was a lie to oust Belladonna, and as an apology, gave Remy information about his real parents in an envelope, revealing only that he had been born to low ranking members of both Guilds.
In the impromptu street party that erupted following the near disaster, Tante had Amanda use the energy of the city to help Illyana teleport Marie-Ange to New Orleans, and heal the damage. They joined everyone else at the party. Remy found Ororo in the hospital, only to discover that as a result of her output, Ororo had lost her powers, potentially for good. Remy caught her up on the details, and surprisingly destroyed the envelope containing the information about his parents unopened, marking his own rejection of the past on who he is. Not long after, he spoke with Tante, who hinted that the part of him that was Gambit might have been what was consumed, and why Remy is currently still alive. Tante also informed him that following this night, she has relinquished control of the community to a new leader, and would retire to her home in the swamp.
Trivia and Meta
Ororo's powers were lost in this plot, and did not return for around six months.
Following these events, Doug Ramsey asked Remy directly for training as a full operative, making a moral decision that the methods they employ are necessary.
New Orleans Is Sinking is the fourth part and conclusion to The Prince of Thieves arc.
The name of the plot, as well as most of the cut tags, and the name of the hurricane are all references to music by The Tragically Hip.
New Orleans Is Sinking uses many examples from the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, including the fractured and dismissive government preparation and the inability of the 9th Ward population to evacuate.