“I’m Forge.” In short-shorts.
Forge is introduced as a guy who wears horizontal stripes. Quite bold. We learn that he is a weapons supplier, and he’s selling a “Neutralizer” to Mystique. He’s also built an “analyzer” to detect mutants. It’s not clear whether these are based on ROM’s weapons that essentially do the same thing and have the same names, but I’m betting it is. Especially given the Dire Wraith War spilling over into The Avengers and that the wraiths will eventually become regular X-foes, even after ROM is cancelled.
Forge is Native American, making him the third Indian super-mutant created by Chris Claremont, after Thunderbird and T2 (who works for Emma Frost as a Hellion).
There’s also been a bubbling story about Selene (who apparently is immune to Rogue’s powers), and we saw that Rachel Summers is in our timeline (we learned that in New Mutants #18), and in this issue Selene attacks Rachel, and the X-Men come to her aid. It’s hard to write about it all, since so much happens in every Claremont issue. He really packs stuff in. Selene is the Hellfire Club’s Black Queen, and she first appeared in New Mutants #9.
Incidentally, he’s making devices for the government to use against mutants. Valerie Cooper is involved.
Creators: Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr.