- As I claimed this she-mutant's life, X-Men -- so shall I claim yours! And then Sauron shall rule this Savage Land!
Appearing in "Visions of Death!"
- Dr. Anderssen - (Only in flashback)
- Fall People
- Zaladane (Only in flashback)
- Kirk Marston (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Garokk the Petrified Man (Only in flashback)
- Sheenarians (Only in flashback) (Behind the scenes)
- Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) (Only in flashback)
- Beast (Hank McCoy) (Only in flashback)
- Iceman (Bobby Drake) (Only in flashback)
- Tanya Anderssen (Only in flashback)
- Bernard Kloss (Only in flashback)
- Tandy Snow (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Visions of Death!"
Continued from last issue...
Sauron has left Storm unconscious as he confronts the X-Men. Wolverine acts first, lunging at their foe with claws ready only to be struck by the creatures hypnotic powers. Sauron makes Wolverine see the other X-Men as demons and he attacks his team mates Cyclops knocks Wolverine out with an optic blast so that they can concentrate on stopping Sauron.
As Cyclops and Banshee fight the mutate, while Colossus tends to Storm and Nightcrawler revives Wolverine. But Wolverine is still under the influence of Sauron's hypnosis, however, and strikes down Nightcrawler. Seeing Cyclops blasting Sauron, Wolverine's warped perceptions cause him to interpret it as Cyclops attacking Phoenix and he tries to stop him, only for Cyclops to blast him again. Caught between Cyclops' optic blast and Banshee's sonic scream, Sauron is weakened almost to the point where he is about to transform into Lykos again.
Attempting to prevent this, Sauron returns to where he attacked Storm. He targets Colossus, who has reverted to flesh form while helping Storm. Under Cyclops's orders, Colossus transforms into his organic steel mode, causing feedback that throws Sauron aside. Sauron then reverts back to Karl Lykos once more. Before Wolverine can slay him, he is stopped by Ka-Zar and Zabu who have just arrived and consider Lykos a friend. Cyclops, remembering Ka-Zar from their previous encounter, orders Wolverine to stand down. Ka-Zar explains that he heard rumors among the Savage Land’s tribes of a team of superhumans and guessed it must be the X-Men.
Returning to the Fall People's village, Lykos explains that following his previous encounter with the X-Men, where he unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide in Tierra Del Fuego, he followed a system of caverns to the Savage Land. Once there, he witnessed strange rites performed by a cult led by a woman named Zaladane. The cult worshipped a deity called Garrok the Petrified man. He watched as Zaladane conducted a ceremony, transforming an ordinary man into a vessel for Garrok's essence and making him the living embodiment of the godly (actually demonic) entity. Ka-Zar recounts his own battles with the invading Sheenars from the Savage Land and Lykos tells how Garrok repelled the dimensional invaders. But afterwards, Garrok and his cult began building their own city using slave labor and installed themselves as rulers of the region. Lykos and Ka-Zar have been working together in combating the cult as it constructed a giant citadel that would threaten the stability of the Savage Land’s environment.
Ka-Zar asks for the X-Men's help. Wolverine and Banshee are both willing to fight but Cyclops declines Ka-Zar's request for assistance. He states that they need to get back to America and let the Professor know that they are still alive. Wolverine accuses Cyclops of cowardice.
Ka-Zar agrees to show them the way out of the Savage Land. But as they approach the waters leading to the outside world they find it frozen over. Snow begins falling, which at first the X-men seem delighted by. But Ka-Zar points out to the team that snow in the Savage Land will spell out doom for the entire region.
This story is continued next issue...
Appearing in "First Love"
Synopsis for "First Love"
While stuck in the sweltering heat of the Savage Land, Colossus' thoughts drift to his lost love, Anya, who was frightened and repulsed when she witnessed his mutant power. So when he finds three young women of the Fall People being attacked by a Tyrannosaur, he's subconsciously unable to transform to help them. Nonetheless, even with his weaker human form he manages to partially blind the dinosaur and drive it into a bog to drown, but not before it kills one of the girls he was trying to save.
After the funeral, Peter is restless during the night. The two girls that survived thanks to him get him up in the middle of the night claiming there is on more ceremony to perform to honor their friend and take him out to a quiet island, giggling. Naïve and innocent Peter doesn't realize until the last moment that they're seducing him. He protests the circumstances but their culture's moral senses differ from his. They argue that what better way to honor a fallen life than by creating a new one, and they don't mind that Peter can't stay with them because the village raises their children together. Before they can go any further, the Tyrannosaur from earlier comes back for revenge. This time, Peter gets over his fear and transforms to finish the beast off. Afterwards, when he finds that the girls weren't repulsed by his mutant powers, he gives in realizes he's discovered love for the first time.
Appearing in "untitled"
Synopsis for "untitled"
Back cover pinup.
- Colossus conceives a son with Nereel at the end of the backup story, who appears for the first time in the 1988 X-Men Annual.
- One of Colossus' heat-induced hallucinations is of his kid sister looking like a teenager, a reference to what would happen to her as of Uncanny X-Men #160, which occurs after this story.
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