|November 13-14, 2021
|Read the logs:
"Just from a basic first look, this is an illegal black book project. It's just the scope... hundreds of names. The people behind this sold it as an anti-mutant solution. Only way to get both the buy-in and the secrecy for this. No, there's no way this came from the White House, the DoD or SHIELD."
During a mission to retrieve an asset from a secret Sentinel program, X-Force discovers they're on the only ones who have information on the mutant-hunting robots - the Brotherhood of Mutants are on their way and XF are hopelessly outmatched.
Brotherhood of Mutants referenced, no direct appearance
Citing a tip from a contact, Amanda contacted Marie-Ange about another Sentinel project targeted by Magneto and an asset inside who needed extraction before the Brotherhood turned up. With the Brotherhood to take down the research facility, all X-Force needed to do was bypass security, infiltrate and rescue the asset before they were killed by the Brotherhood incursion.
Almost immediately, the first team - Kevin, Darcy, Gabriel and Doug - ran into trouble as Kevin hit an EM field which scrambled his powers and required Gabriel to pull him out. North and Natasha took over the security station while Jubilee and Felicia retrieved the asset, who turned out to be Clint Barton. Things got dangerous when the Brotherhood arrived early, leaving the third team - Amanda, Marie-Ange, Artie, Wanda and Emma - to use magically-augmented illusions, chaos and telepathy to confuse them long enough for everyone to get out. It was a close call, but they succeeded, with Kevin and Marie-Ange later discussing the worrying implications of a government-sponsored Sentinel project.
Trivia and Meta
This plot became the vehicle for Clint's return to XP.
After his encounter with the EM field, Kevin spent a week stuck in the form of "Nora", who had been his secretary in his CIA days and who was his most frequently used alter.