- In a matter of minutes, I shall do what no man before me has ever done! I shall steal an entire city -- the capital of the United States!
Appearing in "Divided--We Fall!"
- Count Nefaria
- Maggia goons
- Colosso (First appearance)
- Blob (Mentioned)
- Unus (Mentioned)
- Sara Grey (Mentioned)
- Iron Man (Mentioned)
- Waldo (Only appearance)
- Various unnamed New Yorkers
- Human Torch (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Cyclops' Visor MK 1
- Hypnotic disc
- Warren Worthington's Mustang
- Unnamed freighter
Synopsis for "Divided--We Fall!"
The X-Men participate in another training session in the Danger Room against the Professor's newest creation yet: The gigantic robot named Colosso. The X-Men attempt to attack it one-by-one to no effect, and it's not until they attack it as a team that they learn it's weakness: it's sensory eye. With the help of Jean's telekinetic powers and Iceman's freezing abilities, they defeat the robot. With the test a success, the Professor allows his students to go on another vacation since their last one was interrupted when they were forced to deal with Mimic. Warren asks Jean out to dinner before she goes visit her sister, and when they invite Scott to tag along, he accepts the offer, even though he knows Warren doesn't want him there, believing that Warren has won Jean's affections. With his students gone, the Professor allows himself a moment of weakness to break down and lament the lost use of his legs and to express the envy of his students mobility.
Things for the X-Men are going to take an unexpected twist with the return of Count Nefaria to the United States. With his Maggia connections, Nefaria is busy plotting another attack against the United States. Reading a newspaper editorial about the X-Men that questions if they are good or evil, Nefaria comes to the conclusion that the mutants are outcasts and decides to try and recruit them as his allies.
Bobby and Hank meet up with Vera and Zelda to go on a movie date, while Jean, Warren, and Scott have dinner together. The dinner ends with Scott declining Warren's offer to drop him off somewhere and the trio part company, with Jean leaving with Warren. In the car ride, Jean worries if Scott will ever express any feelings toward her. Scott is brooding on the same subject when he suddenly sees what he thinks is Marvel Girl leaping into Central Park and decides to go and investigate. Jean, after being dropped off by Warren, hears a radio report about the same thing and decides to go and investigate as well.
Changing into her Marvel Girl costume and traveling to the Park, Jean is attacked by Plantman, now an agent of Count Nefaria, who binds her in trees and vines and then knocks her out with a chloroform gas. As Cyclops (now in uniform) continues to search for who he thinks is Jean, he then spots Angel flying in the sky. However, this is a fake as well as Warren (still driving in his sports car) hears a similar news bulletin and goes into action as the Angel to investigate the park as well. He is soon captured by the Scarecrow, another minion of Nefaria.
Still out on their date, Bobby and Hank also hear a similar report and Hank makes an excuse to leave early to look into things as the Beast. Arriving in Central Park, Beast is easily defeated by Porcupine, also in Nefaria's employ. Returning to their hotel room, Bobby finds that Hank had not returned and decides to go out and investigate. Along the way, he finds an illusion of himself going toward the park and follows after it. He is attacked by the Eel, who has the advantage against Iceman, however with the timely arrival of Cyclops, the villain is knocked out by Cyke's optic blast.
They are then confronted by the Unicorn, who keeps them on the defensive until Iceman manages to seal the crooks head (and unicorn horn laser) in a block of ice. However this is a temporary victory as Bobby is knocked out by an electrical jolt from the reviving Eel. Cyclops attempts to knock out the Eel again, however, the Unicorn breaks free of the ice around his head and uses his powers to knock out Cyclops as well. The villains take their captives to Nefaria's freighter where they are locked up in the lower hold. Nefaria commends his minions for their work, but is angry that they had to resort to force when he ordered them not to harm the X-Men.
Meeting with the captive X-Men, he offers them the chance to join him in his latest plot: To steal the entire US city of Washington D.C. The X-Men refuse to betray their country by involving themselves in such a plot. Despite the X-Men's refusal to join him, Nefaria goes to the controls and prepares to carry out his plot without their aid.
This story is continued next issue....
Appearing in "To Save a City"
- Count Nefaria (Luchino Nefaria)
- Unicorn (Milos Masaryk)
- Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton)
- Eel (Leopold Stryke)
- Plantman (Samuel Smithers)
- Porcupine (Alexander Gentry)
- Maggia goons
- Unnamed captain
- Eddie (First appearance)
- Charlie (First appearance)
- United States Army
- Unnamed politicians
- Unnamed Washington DC residents
- U.S. Coast Guard
Races and Species:
- Army tanks
- Count Nefaria's freighter
Synopsis for "To Save a City"
Continued from last issue....
The X-Men have been captured by Count Nefaria, who had hoped to take in the young mutants as his allies, only to learn that they are truly heroes. Nefaria tells the X-Men he will give them an hour to change their minds. Despite this setback, Nefaria still launches his current plan: To steal the entire city of Washington D.C. Nefaria accomplishes this with a special device that traps the capital city under a clear and indestructible dome. The dome’s appearance spreads panic all over the city, causing government officials to call in the military from the Pentagon. However, no matter how hard they try and what they use, nothing can pierce the dome.
Nefaria then sends out his impersonation X-Men to the Capital Building to present his ransom: One hundred million dollars, to be paid within three hours. When the government refuses and guards attempt to capture the faux-X-Men, they are shocked when they suddenly vanish. They still believe that they were the genuine article for they don't know the exact extent of their mutant powers.
Inside Nefaria's base, the real X-Men attempt to break free with the use of Jean’s mental powers, who breaks them free of their shackles. As this is happening, the Professor gets a call from General Fredricks about what is happening and he agrees to travel to Washington at once. When attempting to contact his students, he finds that they are out of his reach. Back at Nefaria's base, Jean manages to telekinetically lift Cyclops' visor so his optic blast removes his bonds and then the shackles of the others. The Professor manages to get through to the X-Men and manages to give them instructions.
Meanwhile, Nefaria has been contacted by the government who agree to his terms, much to his delight. Impressing him further is the arrival of the X-Men who agree to join forces with him. Warning the group against a double-cross, Nefaria tells them of a failsafe on the device, that only he can operate the machine that controls the dome and if anyone else were to attempt it, it would cause totaly annihilation to Washington D.C. As Nefaria sends the X-Men go to collect his ransom, his previous minions, Porcupine, Plantman, Unicorn, Eel, and Scarecrow, all agree to turn against Nefaria to seize the money for themselves.
The Professor arrives at the military attaché outside the dome where General Fredricks tells the Professor of the X-Men's "involvement" in the ransom, and the Professor asks for some time to think things over. In reality, he sends his astral form into the dome to spy on Nefaria and learn his secrets. The X-Men are provided with an opening into the dome so they can collect the ransom. They head toward the meeting spot unaware that Nefaria's betraying minions are watching and waiting to strike.
The X-Men collect the money, but are sent fleeing when a trigger happy soldier attempts to shoot at them. They also attract the attention of an angry, brick throwing mob, that chases after them. However, the crowd is scared off by Porcupine and the other crooks that then confront the X-Men and demand that they hand over the money. As the X-Men and the super-criminals fight over the loot, the X-Men defeat all them all except for the Eel and Unicorn, who rush toward the case filled with money. The Unicorn then betrays his comrade by blasting him and running off with the money. Unicorn doesn't make it very far when he's surrounded by both the X-Men and the military. However, he manages to keep them at bay with the power of his unicorn blaster.
The X-Men keep the military at bay while they take back the money from Unicorn. Cyclops hands it over to Marvel Girl and sends her back to the truck that is waiting for them. Spotting the girl with the money, the regrouped villains try to give chase but are held back by a group of soldiers. Despite the fact that Plantman manages to wrap them up in vines, they are too late to stop the van from driving off with only Marvel Girl inside. The other X-Men, seeing that they are being left behind, are ordered by Cyclops to follow after it.
When Jean returns to Nefaria's hideout, she hands over the money to Nefaria who hopes to use the money to fund future Maggia operations in Europe. However, they are interrupted when a strange masked man enters the room who surprisingly operates the machine in just the right way to deactivate the dome without setting off the trap. When the other X-Men arrive, they are distracted long enough for Nefaria to sneak away, seemingly with the money. The mystery man is revealed to be the Professor, who explains that he learned how to operate the dome thanks to reading Nefaria's mind. With a special device that allows him to walk with lightweight, flexible metal braces, the Professor walked into Nefaria's hideout to deactivate the device.
The Professor then tells them that he tricked Nefaria into fleeing with a faux image of the briefcase full of money, created by Nefaria's own machine. At that moment aboard his ship, Nefaria thinks he's gotten away but is then confronted by the Unicorn who wishes still to take the money. To both men's surprise, the briefcase suddenly disappears. Later, they are both picked up by the coast guard whom the Professor had summoned.
The X-Men celebrate a brief victory, which is interrupted when Jean is given a letter that she had gotten in the mail. Reading it, she becomes tearful and tells the X-Men that she must leave the team.
This story is continued next issue...
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