Quote1 It said we didn't understand. I wonder... could we ever have understood one another? Is there anything we shared? Or was it just too alien? Quote2
-- Storm

Appearing in 1st story

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Several other Phalanx (Death) (Only in flashback)


Other Characters:

  • S.W.O.R.D.
  • Abigail Brand
  • Unnamed cops (Become part of the Phalanx collective)
  • Unnamed young girl (Death)
  • Unnamed girl's parents (Death)
  • Unnamed mailman (Death)
  • Several other humans (Death)
  • Phalanx Dominion (Mentioned) (Deceased)

Races and Species:


  • Earth (Main story and flashback)
    • Earth Orbit
    • Unidentified Mister Sinister's Laboratory (Only in flashback) (Destruction)
    • Unidentified town (Main story and flashback) (Destruction)
  • Phalanx World (Mentioned)



Synopsis for 1st story

A Phalanx remembers the beginning of its existence as a human who was absorbed into the Phalanx hive-mind. It was one of several Phalanx who invaded Earth. The Phalanx doesn’t know what happened to its friends, but Mr. Sinister attacked him and took him to his lair. Wanting to see how the Phalanx’s hive-mentality worked, Sinister began experiments on the Phalanx subject. Eventually, Sinister got what he wanted and left the Phalanx in a storage area. Wounded, the Phalanx tried to communicate with another Phalanx, but there was no response.

The Phalanx was left alone in Sinister’s lab, until several years later, Sinister returned to his lair after a confrontation with the X-Men. To improve his plans, Sinister decides to dispose of everything in his lab, including the Phalanx. The Phalanx was left buried beneath the earth, until it absorbed several worms and underground creatures, regaining enough strength to manifest itself as a head on top of a hand.

Later, a girl found the Phalanx and took it to her home, believing it to be a pet. Growing fond of the girl, the Phalanx assimilated her, believing that if their minds merged, they would be true friends. However, the Phalanx realized that the assimiliation had destroyed the girl’s mind. Guilt-ridden and angry, the Phalanx absorbed the girl’s parents. The Phalanx realized what Sinister had done to it: he had removed its ability to create communion with the people he assimilated.

The Phalanx began absorbing many more humans, hoping to re-establish contact with its people so that a cure to its condition could be found. Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D. tracked the Phalanx down to a small, secluded village and contacted the X-Men, who went to address the emergency.

The X-Men fight the Phalanx, who transforms itself into a tower and fires a signal to space to communicate with its strain. The Phalanx does not receive a response, and sadly realizes that it is the last of its strain. Depressed, the Phalanx allows the X-Men to destroy it. Storm, feeling sorry for the Phalanx, says that this victory is not the X-Men’s finest hour. She then asks Cyclops if they and the Phalanx could have really understood each other, and Cyclops replies that he doesn’t know, saying that he doubts they will ever know.

Solicit Synopsis

• GUEST ARTIST BRANDON PETERSON! • The Phalanx return for a special one-shot issue of UNCANNY X-MEN.

See Also


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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Double dose of Uncanny X-Men reviews comin' at'cha. (Part Deux)

Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 4

I'm normally not a fan of the Phalanx. In fact, they normally confuse the crap out of me so I don't like them. This made me think they were kinda cool. Made me think of the Ego crap the FF fougt know, with Iron Man? What issue was that..

Anyways. Colossus was quick to turn Juggernaut on this lone Phalanx, though I wasn't too convinced he had to, he sure did want to. And Mr. Sinister was tied to this Phalanx, so I couldn't exactly hate it. Since Emma is..recovering..Psylocke takes her place this issue while managing to not say a word nor show her powers once. Sheesh.

This issue seems to say that this is the last Phalanx out there, but I'm sure at some point in the future won't be true. So this 'last' Phalanx just gives up, and boom, he's gone. Hurm. Just like that, eh? I wonder if Gillen has this set up for something bigger later, or if I'm just going crazy. In the solicit for X-Men: Legacy #260.1, the N'Gari (who I practically forgot about) come back, and I can assume that is for just one lousy issue too. So probably just crazy. Yay.

I'll give this one a 3.5 out of 5 though. Good, but not great. Art was fine, there was some action, but he Phalanx are...alright, however too much of the issue was put to explain this one even being here. But I do feel like this issue could have fit in as .1 issue better. It really is a one-shot by itself, and shows you the team in action, with this Phalanx (I presume) not really even having any lasting effects. Hmm.. I'd be more inclined to recommend this issue if it was a dollar cheaper. If you want to follow Uncanny X-Men, you can probably skip this one issue, though I got it anyway.

--Johnnybravo44 06:55, January 5, 2012 (UTC)

PS - This is entirely un-related, but did anyone else notice the striking resemblance between the cover of Avengers Annual Vol 4 #1 and Avengers: X-Sanction #2? Both Iron Man fighting some guy in practically the same stance, and both released on the same day. Weird…
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