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Synopsis for "Murderworld!"

Dr. Doom captured the X-Men (last issue) and devised cunning traps for each of them. Nightcrawler was in a featureless box, incapable of knowing where he was or where he could safely teleport to. Colossus was on an apparent mountain peak, with a whirlpool slowly climbing upwards and lasers destroying anything as large as his armored form. Wolverine was in a checkerboard amorphous anti-gravity room that was driving his senses crazy and every time he hit a wall, it accelerated him and Angel was in a giant birdcage where the perch was safe, but any attempt to leave it lead to many low-intensity lasers turning the air into a maze of crisscrossing beams. Storm's cocoon consisted of an organic chrome - the epitome of confinement - and left her in a state which triggered her claustrophobia and caused her to unconsciously generate a fierce Storm across the whole eastern seaboard.

That storm caused a near-miss lightning bolt to jolt Cyclops' eye-bandage off, revealing his optic blast to Lee Forrester. The bandage was re-applied, but Scott would have some explaining to do.

The reserve X-Men called in to follow the second half of Storm's plan to fly over the derelict amusement park where the X-Men were released last time they tangled with Murderworld.[1] Polaris used her magnetic powers to trace the underground structures back to Murderworld. Havok 'dug' a tunnel and Polaris short-circuited the electronics to prevent detection, or so she thought. But then a holographic Miss Locke welcomed them, and the games began. Trap doors separated our heroes.

Havok found himself on a roller coaster with spacecraft shooting at him. Some were holograms, but some were dangerously real. He blasted some, but then things looked to get worse as he was headed into a large mothership's mouth. He jumped out at the last second, landing on the outside of the mother-ship. Predictably, his roller coaster car exploded.

Iceman found himself on an ice rink with some enraged hockey players. An ice shield kept them at bay, but the excess weight tumbled the robot players through the ice and into acid. More players skated into the rink, and heating vents turned on.

Banshee found himself in an old-west shoot-out. Deprived of his powers,[2] he had to rely on his Interpol training.[3] He outshot the other robot, but its compadres wanted in on the action. Sean used a 'micro-bomb' to destroy them, blowing a hole through the wall where he saw Moira being tied to train tracks.

Polaris found herself on a merry-go-round. She got distracted by what looked like Illyana Rasputin running by her, only to be attacked by the merry-go-round's horses. She destroyed them with her power and went after the girl, except it wasn't Illyana at all, but a robot with a gun. Of course, robots nor guns were no threat to a mistress of magnetism, but then the ride started spinning incredibly quickly, launching itself into the air and detonating, but Polaris managed to protect herself. However, an inhibitor field caused her to fall.

Polaris fell into Iceman's chamber, who caught her. However, the weight of his ice-slide collapsed the rink surface below, meaning he needed to escape now or be eaten by acid. He super-cooled the wall in front of him, making it brittle enough to smash through. Havok got into the utility tunnels and shorted out a major box. Chambers went to investigate and was taken out by Havok.

Banshee defeated the villain tying Moira, but she was tied with wire so untying her quickly was impossible. However, along the track came Amanda Sefton and Candy Southern tied up in a roller coaster car, so blowing up the track would kill them. Banshee resigned himself to having to blow up the track when Polaris and Iceman arrived, preventing anyone's death. Suddenly Moira, Amanda, and Candy exploded. They were all robot simulacrums. Our heroes were saved by Polaris's quick magnetic shield.

Miss Locke watched all of this with glee until Havok showed up and trashed her firearm. The control center disabled, the X-Men quickly freed the hostages and made it back out to the hover-jet to discover a major storm outside.

Doom had also noticed the Storm, and it worried him. Arcade, however, was unconcerned and he noticed that Nightcrawler just disappeared from his cell.


  • Kitty is not present this mission because she is sick with the flu. See Uncanny X-Men #145.


The Doctor Doom in this issue is later revealed to be a Doombot,[4] and is destroyed by the real Doom for suffering the indignity Arcade to strike a match on his armour and get away with it. The concept of turning the Doom character from this issue into a Doombot was done by writer Chris Claremont's former co-creator John Byrne. Editor in Chief Jim Shooter noted that Claremont was not consulted and did not approve of this later revelation.

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  1. Arcade and the X-Men first battled in X-Men #122124
  2. Lost due to injuring his vocal chords in X-Men #119
  3. "way back in # ", with no comic name or number given. Given Banshee's thoughts about being 'assigned to infiltrate Factor Three', this was probably supposed to reference X-Men #28!
  4. Fantastic Four #258
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