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This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #0.

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Synopsis for 1st story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #0.

This issue touches on a number of subjects that deal with the entire history of the Marvel Universe. This prelude issue covered most of the Marvel Universes history as it is known on the planet Earth.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 1"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #1.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 1"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #1.
  • Page 2-3: In the center of the page is a depiction of young Steve Rogers taking the super soldier serum that turned him into Captain America originally presented in Captain America Comics #1. The fourth panel shows the Red Skull, first seen in Captain America Comics 7 as Captain America's arch nemesis. Panels five through seven showcase Captain America and his relationship with Bucky (Bucky Barnes, first seen in Captain America Comics #1 who was Captain America's sidekick during World War 2.
  • Page 4-5: Panel one shows Bucky's death aboard an exploding drone plane, first shown in Avengers 4. Panel two shows the Sub-Mariner coming across the frozen body of Captain America, this also was from Avengers #4. The center panel shows Captain America as he appeared in the Silver Age starting in Avengers #4, the head shots are of the members of the Avengers of the time (circa Avengers #4): Iron Man (Tony Stark), the Wasp, Giant Man (Henry Pym) and Thor. Panel four depicts the Red Skull attacking Captain America and the Falcon from Captain America 117 with the Cosmic Cube (created by AIM -- Advanced Idea Mechanics -- in Strange Tales 79) originally happened in Captain America and the Falcon #???. Panel five shows a Captain America for President sign, Cap originally ran for president in Captain America 250.
  • Page 9: The Daredevil mentioned on the posters in the third panel should not be confused with the original Daredevil (Matt Murdock) who first appeared in Daredevil 1. The Daredevil depicted here is a new character created for the Earth X series.
  • Page 10-11: Not your father's Hydra, the creatures known as Hydra are associated with the terrorist organization of the same name the same name first seen in Strange Tales 135. Their only similarity is of these creatures forms and the logo of the Hydra organization are like the mythical Hydra creature. There is no connection between either entities.
  • Page 12: The creature that Redwing addresses in panel four is She-Hulk, who first appeared in Savage She-Hulk #1. The two once had a relationship which started when she was a member of back in the Fantastic Four circa Fantastic Four #269.
  • Page 13 panel 2: The "Sam" that Cap is speaking to is Sam Wilson, AKA the Falcon who first appeared in Captain America 117 and was his partner for a time.
  • Page 15 panel 6: The "Charles" whom Scott speaks of is Charles Xavier, who as Professor X was the founder of the X-Men and Scott's former teacher and mentor.
  • Page 19 Panel 3: the "Tony" that Redwing speaks of is Tony Stark, formerly Iron Man.
  • Page 23 Panel 5: The Red Skull design on the scrap of cloth resembles that worn by the Punisher (Frank Castle) who had a white skull on his uniform. The ending quote is from "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge a poem originally published in 1798. The poem is about the supernatural events experienced by a mariner on a long sea voyage. The Mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony, and begins to recite his story. The Wedding-Guest's reaction turns from bemusement and impatience to fascination as the Mariner's story progresses.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 2"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #2.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 2"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #2.
  • Page 2-3: The events on this page depict the origin of the Fantastic Four, which was first told in Fantastic Four #1. In the center of this spread we see the original FF team as they appeared after they got their abilities for the first time. From left to right back to front we see the Invisible Girl (at that point Susan Storm), The Human Torch (Johnny Storm), The Thing (Ben Grimm) and Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards.) The final panel on Page 3, depicts the moment the group decided to become a team, also from Fantastic Four #1.
  • Page 6: In panel 1 we see Yancy St., which first was mentioned in Fantastic Four #15, is where Ben Grimm grew up and was once home to the Yancy Street Gang who constantly tormented the Thing. Walking out of the Grimm's home in panel 3 are Adam Warlock (Him) and Her, two artificial beings. Him was created by the Hive in Fantastic Four #66 to be the perfect man, Her who was created to be his perfect mate was created in Incredible Hulk Annual #6. Panel 4 we see the Thing for the first time in the Earth X trilogy.
  • Page 7: In panel 1 we see some of the clay Marvels, sculpted after Spider-Man (as he appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15) and the Silver Surfer (as he appeared in Fantastic Four #48) The ash tray on Thing's coffee table resembles the mask and hood of Dr. Doom, this panel also introduces Buzz and Chuck Grimm for the first time, there is a Daredevil doll on the ground. This is also the first appearance of Alicia Masters in this series. In panel 2 we see the boys watching Daredevil on TV (not to be confused with Matt Murdock, the original Daredevil) this is his first appearance in this series.
  • Page 9: Panel one we see a clay Marvel in the background sculpted to resemble the Hulk as he appeared in Hulk #1. Panel 2 the clay Marvels from left to right are Silver Surfer, Thor (as he appeared in Journey into Mystery #83) Spider-Man and Hulk.
  • Page 10-11: Panel 1 we see Fantastic Four members Mr. Fantastic, Franklin Richards, Invisible Woman, Thing and the Human Torch. Also in this panel are Dr. Doom and Namor the Sub-Mariner. The costume Namor is wearing in this flashback sequence was first worn in Sub-Mariner #67. This is usually the garb that Namor has warn on occasion when he's declared war on the human race.
  • Page 15: Latveria is the home country of Dr. Doom, it and his castle were first seen in Fantastic Four #5. In panel 2 we see a legion of Doombots, the first Doombot was also seen in Fantastic Four #5. The holographic image of Susan Richards in panel 3 is as she appeared in Fantastic Four #3. The armor Reed Richards is seen wearing starting panel 3 is the armor that has been the trademark of his arch nemesis Dr. Doom since Fantastic Four #5.
  • The quote at the end of this issue was made by Fredrich Nietzche, who was A German philosopher who lived from 1844-1900, he was famous for critiquing religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science. The quote was from his book The Gay Science, originally published in 1882, it was his fifth book. It is the book in which Nietzche claimed "God is Dead" for the first time. The quote itself as presented in this issue of Earth X, however was as it was quoted in Michael Harrington's The Politics at God's Funeral. Michael Harrington (1928-1989) was a well known American democratic socialist, writer, and political activist. His book, The Politics at God's Funeral: The Spiritual Crisis of Western Civilization, was first published in 1983, the book argued that as God is dead man must henceforth rely upon democratic socialism.
  • The Appendix to this issue mentions the following items of interest: Mephisto is the "devil" of the Marvel universe, he first appeared in Silver Surfer #3. The Mole Man (Harvey Elder first appearance Fantastic Four #1) was the first foe the Fantastic Four ever fought. The Skrulls are an alien race of shape shifters that first attempted to invade Earth in Fantastic Four #2. At the end of their first encounter with them the Fantastic Four forced three Skrulls to shape shift into cows and hypnotized them to believe that's what they were. Although they were eventually freed from this state in Avengers #93, they were once more reverted back into this state. The Skrull Kill Krew (first appearance Skrull Kill Krew #1) believed they got their abilities from eating meat processed from these aforementioned Skrull cows. Mutants, at least by the definition mentioned here are the very same that first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #1.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #3.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #3.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 4"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #4.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 4"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #4.

X-51 and Uatu review Wakanda's history and talk about Vibranium and how it caused the mutation of all the people on Earth.

Reed is speaking with T'Challa about stopping the mining of Vibranium, and T'Challa refuses. The wildlife of Wakanda has been transformed to be partially human and able to speak, and T'Challa believes they are the animal spirits, guiding him to make the right decisions.

Karnak tells Reed that his theory about the mutations is too perfect, and reality is never without flaws. Reed remembers Xavier's Cerebro, and proposes using it to find the rest of the Inhumans on the planet.

Cap confronts the Skull and his forces, only to be scoffed at and beaten as the Skull takes control over all the people around Cap, forcing him to fight people that do not want to fight him. The Skull also tells about the origin of Iron Maiden, and Spiders Man weaves an illusion on Cap, showing him that he is attacking Bucky back in World War II instead of attacking the Skull.

The Hydra attack another citizen on the streets of New York City, and are vanquished by Banner & Hulk, who have separated into two beings, a giant green ape-like monster who is mute and a boy with glasses. Bruce mistakes the citizen for Betty, and she is more afraid of the boy than the monster. They continue on to the Sanctum Sanctorum, meeting Clea, the now Sorceress Supreme.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 5"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #5.

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  • Daredevil's Motorcycle

Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 5"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #5.

Uatu and X-51 review the past of the Asgardians, discovering them to be alien shape shifters whose forms were dictated by the people of Earth when they first arrived.

At Castle Doom, Medusa gives Richards Lockjaw's Antennae so that he can go use Cerebro to find the rest of the Inhumans on the planet. As soon as he leaves Doombots see the Inhuman Royal Family as intruders and attack.

Cap is feeling defeated by the Skull and his forces, and is about to give up when Daredevil and his circus people convince him to continue. He sends the crew to find Scott Summers, and he and Daredevil continue to follow the Skull's forces.

Banner & Hulk talk to Clea about Bruce's dream about Mar-Vell, and find out that Stephen Strange's astral form has been disconnected from his body for years. Bruce has a proposition for Clea, but wants to wait until Thor arrives.

Thor is fighting Storm Giants alongside the Iron Avengers and the Vision in downtown New York. Thor turns out to have been further humbled by Odin and turned into a woman. As the Storm Giants are defeated, the Iron Avengers are called away and Loki shows up taking responsibility for the giants. Thor learns that she cannot return to Asgard without being cursed to never return to Midgard again.

Corsair, Havok, and Polaris appear to Scott Summers as holograms, explaining that Earth is doomed and the Starjammers will only allow them to pick only him up and save his life. Scott explains that no matter what has happened or will happen, Jean is on Earth and he will stay close to her.

Wolverine and Jean are overweight, married, and living in an apartment, seemingly living out the American dream.

The Inhumans defeat the Doombots at the castle and find Reed's inventory of Doom's old equipment. A note is attached to the time platform, with Reed questioning going back and preventing everything that has happened, including Sue's death and the mutation of the planet.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 6"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #6.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 6"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #6.

Uatu and X-51 review the history of Magneto, Professor X and the X-Men. Richards uses Lockjaw's antennae and travels to Xavier's school, which is in shambles since there is no longer a need for X-Men now that the entire world is full of mutants. There, he uses Cerebro to find the rest of the actual Inhumans left on the planet.

In Central Park, the New X-Men attack Scott Summers in an attempt to show him they already know how to fight. He easily defeats them and at the request of his friend, Captain America, begins their training as the official new X-Men.

In SoHo, Banner & Hulk, and Thor ask Clea, the current Sorceress Supreme to take them into the Realm of Death to find Mar-Vell. Since once you enter the Realm of Death, you lose your soul, the only one who can enter safely is the Hulk, because his soul lies in the body of Bruce Banner. Unfortunately Hulk is mute, and must carry a handwritten letter to Mar-Vell instead of speaking with him.

The Iron Avengers return to their lair and are getting sanitized, eerily speaking as though they are the people they were designed after, calling each other Hank and Jan. Tony Stark is in his operations room speaking with President Osborn. Vision protests working with Osborn, claiming that he is a monster and that his riches were made on the blood of innocents. Tony insists on giving him a second chance, saying that his freedom from legislation allows him to create more inventions to help people than he could without Osborn as a friend.

While training the New X-Men, Scott takes the name, "Mr. S", as an homage to Professor X.

Peter Parker confronts his daughter May, lecturing her once again about Power and Responsibility. She tells him she would have never let that burglar go in the first place, and will not allow her dad to be her own 'Uncle Ben'.

The Skull's forces march on, as Cap and Daredevil follow them to see what their plans are. Daredevil reveals that the only reason he's fighting alongside Cap is that he knows they'll lose.

Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 7"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #7.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 7"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #7.

X-51 and Uatu review the backstory for the Hulk, revealing that Betty Ross died of radiation exposure emitted from Banner's enemies. It is also revealed that the Hulk continues to absorb gamma radiation, and has since the day of the bomb, continuously mutating him, and causing the variations of the Hulk over the years. The Celestial seed implanted in him that was germinated by the gamma radiation was seeking to do what no other seed had ever done, gain independence from its host and an identity and form of its own.

On the Moon, John Jameson sees something that scares him. He says that it's bigger than anything he's ever seen and has stars inside it. He heads out of his home where he and his wife, Kristine live, for two reasons. One, to warn Earth, and two, because it's the time of day that he turns into Man Wolf, so he can't be around his wife.

Reed is in New York, on his way to visit Ben for his old computer files about Xavier's Cerebro. He argues with himself, seemingly arguing with Susan. Medusa calls and explains that Reed left the Servo-Guards on by accident, but is interrupted by Luna leaving the room and hiding herself. At The Grimm's house, Reed meets Buzz and Chuck for the first time, and chats with Alicia for a minute before retrieving his files. After examining them for a few minutes, he's able to stretch his brain in such a way to allow him to use Cerebro, which he brought with him. He states that his plan is to find the rest of the Inhumans on Earth for Medusa.

At the Sanctum Sanctorum, Clea, the Sorceress Supreme, is sending Hulk into Realm of the Dead to look for Captain Marvel. Banner and Thor look on.

Earth X Vol 1 7 page 7 Realm of the Dead

The Realm of the Dead

In the Realm, Hulk passes many dead friends, including the Avengers and X-Men, as well as the remaining Fantastic Four. They all believe they are alive and the people not there are the dead ones, and it turns out that the Hydra are killing their hosts, not just controlling them, since She-Hulk is there as well. In the Realm's Sanctum Sanctorum, Hulk meets Doctor Strange, whose astral form has been slain while his body still lives. He says that Mar-Vel will come to them when the time is right, and that Hulk must hurry back to Banner to save his life.

Thor gets worried as Banner is distressed, learning that Clea killed Strange's astral form, and Thor heads into the Realm of the Dead to retrieve the Hulk. Clea reveals herself to be a villain, having slain Stephen and now being a lover of Loki.

At the New Jersey side of the Tunnel into Manhattan, the Skull's followers gather, readying themselves for an attack on New York.

Cap, Daredevil and the X-Men arrive at the Grimm's apartment to bring him news of the coming war, and to enlist their help.

Quote1 His dreams have worn him out, exhausted him so that he sometimes cannot tell whether he is awake or asleep. Quote2
--'Alan Lichtman, Einstein's Dreams'


Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter Eight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #8.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter Eight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #8.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 9"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #9.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 9"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #9.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 10"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #10.

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  • Daredevil's Motorcycle

Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 10"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #10.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 11"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #11.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 11"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #11.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 12"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #12.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 12"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #12.



Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter X"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #X.

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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter X"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Earth X #X.



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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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