Appearing in "To Save the Savage Land"
- Kor-At (First appearance)
- Karl Lykos
- Unnamed pterodactyls
- Unnamed dinosaurs
- City of the Sun-God
- Savage Land boat
Synopsis for "To Save the Savage Land"
Continued from last issue...
The construction of a massive citadel by the Sun People, the cult of Garrok the Petrified Man, has severely threatened the ecosystem of the Savage Land and the X-Men have agreed to help Ka-Zar prevent its destruction. As they approach the citadel, they are ambushed by a squad of Pterodactyl riders loyal to Garrok. During the fight, Cyclops, Colossus, Banshee and Ka-Zar are taken prisoner and carried away.
Wolverine assumes a leadership role and convinces Zabu to return to the Fall People’s village while he, Storm and Nightcrawler to the citadel’s gates. They find a sentry on lookout duty, but Wolverine sneaks up to him and “deals” with him. The confrontation takes place off-panel while Nightcrawler and Wolverine look appalled.
Sneaking inside, Wolverine deduces it’s the waste removal area for the city. While pointing out the route to their teammates, Wolverine is attacked by a small carnivorous dinosaur that chomps down on his arm. By unsheathing his claws, he easily waylays it. Storm remarks how he’s injured, but Wolverine states that he heals “real fast.” More dinosaurs attack, but Storm sweeps them away with a flash flood.
Eventually, the trio make their way to a vast arena, in the middle of which Garrok and Zaladane have the captured X-Men and Ka-Zar tied to posts. They are attempting to execute Colossus (held fast to a pyre by vibranium bands) by immolating him. As his organic metal body becomes red hot, Colossus wonders how much heat his body can withstand or if his skin can melt. Nightcrawler makes the longest single teleport leap of his life and removes the blindfold from Cyclops’ visor. Cyclops then uses an optic blast to free Colossus and Banshee while Storm (carrying Wolverine) swoops in to attack. As the team engages Zaladene’s troops in combat, Storm frees Cyclops and Ka-zar.
Garrok has exhausted too much energy building the citadel and needs to recharge his power. In the middle of the skirmish, he flees the scene but Cyclops sees him and takes pursuit. The chase leads him all the way to the top of the citadel. Cyclops realizes that the citadel is situated on top of the geothermal fissure that has heated the Savage Land since prehistoric times. Garrok attempts to access its power to recharge himself and the two men wage an “optic-beam duel”.
As he battles Cyclops, Garrok derives too much power from the citadel, de-stabilizing it. The combat below comes to an abrupt halt as the citadel begins collapsing. The X-Men begin rushing the Sun God’s people out of the city before it fully caves in. The citadel collapses and Cyclops and Garrok begin plunging down a shaft leading to the center of the Earth. Cyclops is rescued by Banshee while Storm races after Garrok. She withstands the extreme heat as well as her own claustrophobia, almost succeeding in rescuing Garrok. At the very last moment, though, she’s struck by debris. Succumbing to panic, she flies to safety while Garrok seemingly falls to his death.
The last of a the fortress caves in just as the X-Men escape. Storm emerges from the carnage but land far away from them. Banshee is about to fly to her location, but Wolverine stops Banshee him. He realizes that she wants to be alone to process what just happened.
Two weeks later, after the weather in the Savage Land has returned to normal, the X-Men bid farewell to Ka-Zar and Karl Lykos. They take a boat through the Drake passage leading to the ocean on their trek back to the civilized world. But as soon as they travel through the tunnel out of the Savage Land, they find themselves in the middle of a powerful and raging storm.
This story is continued next issue...
Appearing in "Solace"
- Savage Land
- M'Rin's world
- Cameo Crystal
Synopsis for "Solace"
After the battle with Garokk, Storm is swimming in a lake in the Savage Land when she's attacked by a giant crocodilian from the depths. She notices a woman in a diving suit stuck to the saurian by a harpoon line, so she risks her life to free her and then strikes the beast with lightning when it surfaces, but she's too close to the backlash when she does and is knocked out. She dreams of her lost mother and comes to on another world. The woman she saved introduces herself as M'Rin and explains that the lake was a junction point between their dimensions. M'Rin took Ororo aboard her ship to look after her out of gratitude for saving her life. Ororo is about to ask how she might return home when she notices M'Rin's ship is built onto the back of a giant, flying, talking fox named C'Jime and learns that M'Rin is the magnanimus warlord of the skyways and so she instantly decides to blow off her homeworld to have high-flying adventures with her new friends for a few days.
At one point, Storm learns that M'Rin had a daughter that grew to be the leader of the evil pirates they had been fighting. Deciding that it's time to stop being surrogate mother and daughter for each other, M'Rin and Ororo tearfully part ways, but M'Rin gifts Ororo with a cameo crystal bonded to her that will allow them to sense each other's well-being and lead them back to each other at some point in the future.
Appearing in "untitled"
Synopsis for "untitled"
Back cover pinup.
- The backup story's introduction of M'Rin and her world sets up part of the 1988 X-Men Annual.
- Includes a pinup by Frank Miller and Paul Becton.
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Links and References
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men #6 - See for further referencing
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men Vol 2 #2 - See for further referencing
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