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Appearing in "Promised Vengeance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #108.

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Synopsis for "Promised Vengeance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #108.

Mystique attempts to kill Legion for his part in Destiny's death; Legion wakes up from his coma.

Appearing in "The Waking"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #109.

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Synopsis for "The Waking"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #109.



Appearing in "Untapped Potential"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #319.

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  • Unnamed New Yorkers

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Synopsis for "Untapped Potential"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #319.



Appearing in "The Son Rises in the East"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #320.

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Synopsis for "The Son Rises in the East"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #320.

[1] plot summary at uncannyxmen.net

Appearing in "Auld Lang Syne"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #321.

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  • Uri and other unnamed sailors
  • Unnamed Shi'ar soldiers
  • Several unnamed Israelis

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  • Shi'ar Time-Machine

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  • Shi'ar spaceship

Synopsis for "Auld Lang Syne"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #321.

[2] plot summary at uncannyxmen.net

Appearing in "The Sinister Shadow of... Doomsday!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #38.

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  • Factor Three's Magno-Disks

Synopsis for "The Sinister Shadow of... Doomsday!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #38.

Continued from last issue....

The X-Men have arrived too late to try and stop the Mutant Master and his Factor Three organization from preparing to trigger events that the terrorist organization hopes will start World War III, the first part of their world domination plan. Having arrived in Mutant Master's control room, they find the room empty with only a video screen of the Mutant Master mocking them of his impending victory. Acting on one of Beast's hunches, the X-Men flee the base inside one of Factor Three's flying saucers just before the base explodes. As they fly away from the explosion, the X-Men begin planning on how to prevent Mutant Master from triggering another World War.

Meanwhile, at another one of their headquarters hidden in the United States, Changeling begins to question Mutant Master's authority and planning when he brings up the fact that the Mutant Master left behind functional saucer ships at their old base. However, Mutant Master reasserts his authority over Changeling by showing his powerful weapons and reiterates his plot to take over the world. With Blob and Vanisher preparing for the first phase of their plan, the Mutant Master once more reasserts his domination over Changeling.

The X-Men have returned to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and have begun planning their attempt at foiling Factor Three's plot. Dividing the group into two and taking the remaining Factor Three saucers on their mission, Marvel Girl, Angel and Beast go to the USSR while Cyclops and Iceman head to stop the plot against the United States.

The three X-Men arrive in Russia in order to prevent a bomb that has been planted at a meeting of high ranking Russian officials. However, their arrival is spotted by Russian military soldiers who open fire upon Angel, Marvel Girl and Beast. Beast orders Angel and Marvel Girl to go on while he handles the soldiers and they enter the government building where the meeting is taking place. However, their path is barred inside by the Vanisher and Blob who are waiting there to stop the X-Men from interfering with their plot.

Back at Factor Three's headquarters, a revived Professor X tries to rationalize with the Changeling, telling the already doubting mutant that a nuclear war would make the planet harmful to both humans and mutants alike. Put further into doubt by these words, the Changeling is still loyal to the Mutant Master and strikes Xavier for daring to speak out against their plot. However, when the Changeling threatens to execute the Professor, the Mutant Master prevents him from doing so.

Elsewhere, Cyclops and Iceman visit the military base that Factor Three intends to gas and try to explain the situation to the commanding Colonel on site. However, the Colonel finds the story hard to believe, with no time to waste the two X-Men decide that there is no other choice but fight their way to the weapon and disarm it. This causes a clash with the military, which Cyclops and Iceman are able to keep at bay with their mutant powers.

Finally, back in Russia, the other X-Men are attacked by Blob and Vanisher who are armed with high tech weapons. While Blob is disarmed by Angel, who also takes out the Factor Three minions that accompanied them, when Vanisher attempts to use his gas gun on Angel, Marvel Girl uses her telekinetic powers to knock Vanisher out and redirect the knock-out gas into Blob's face knocking him out as well. However, the Russian soldiers catch up to Marvel Girl and the Angel and hold them at gun point accusing them of being assassins. Not listening to the X-Men's story, they find themselves locked in a cell with the Beast (who was also captured) and their foes.

Monitoring the situation, the Mutant Master is happy to see that everything is going on schedule.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Fateful Finale!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #39.

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  • Factor Three Magno-Disks

Synopsis for "The Fateful Finale!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #39.

Continued from last issue...

With his goal of nuclear Armageddon close at hand, the Mutant Master monitors the X-Men. Cyclops and Iceman were stopped in America fighting the US military in an attempt to stop a gas attack, while Beast, Marvel Girl and Angel are held prisoner in a Russian prison when attempting to stop a bomb plot.

In the States, Cyclops and Iceman fight their way through the military opposition to enter the building where the nerve gas has been planted. Deducing that it has been put into the ventilation system, Cyclops orders Iceman to freeze it solid, preventing the gas from being released. However, they are attacked by Mastermind and Unus, who catch them off guard. While in Russia, Marvel Girl uses her telekinetic powers to pull one of the guards close enough to their cell for Beast to knock him out and take his keys. Freeing themselves the X-Men disrupt a meeting of Russian military officials in order to stop a bomb planted in their meeting table, however the Blob (who was also in the same cell as them) has revived and appeared to oppose the X-Men from succeeding in their task.

Back in the States, Cyclops and Iceman continue to battle Unus and Mastermind. While the two evil mutants have the upper hand, Cyclops and Iceman turn the tables when Cyclops causes a dense fog when he melts some of Iceman's ice formations with his optic blast. Unable to see their foes and with the military fast approaching, the two evil doers flee the scene, as do the two X-Men who escape in their stolen Factor Three flying saucer. The military arrive to find the room empty and their base undamaged. As Cyclops and Iceman flee the scene, they consider their mission accomplished.

While back in Russia, the X-Men are in a Mexican stand-off with the Blob who holds the briefcase filled with explosives in front of the X-Men. The Blob boasts how the bomb can have no effect on him, however Marvel Girl psyches the Blob out, putting enough doubt in the Mutant Master being truthful about the strength of the bomb to cause the Blob to flee the scene in fear, dropping the bomb. Angel quickly grabs it and flies up as high as possible tossing the bomb away where it detonates safely, causing no harm to anyone. While the Russian military officials decide if they should re-imprison the X-Men or not, the three mutant heroes flee the scene.

The two teams of X-Men begin tracking the location of Factor Three. At the terrorist organization’s secret Midwestern hideout, the Mutant Master curses the X-Men for their victory, and begins to wonder where Changeling had gone, however he dismisses his second in command’s absence, and focuses on destroying the X-Men when they arrive.

The first to arrive are Cyclops and Iceman who are confronted by Vanisher, Unus, Mastermind and Blob. However they are only briefly outnumbered when Angel, Marvel Girl and Beast arrive on the scene shortly after. Before the two factions can begin fighting, Professor Xavier, recently freed tries to explain to the other Factor Three conspirators that Mutant Master has betrayed them by keeping the X-Men alive (by using the oblivo-ray instead of outright killing them and leaving the flying saucers to allow them to escape their European base before it self-destructed.) Realizing that Xavier is getting close to the truth behind his intentions, the Mutant Master then orders his androids to attack everyone, including his fellow Factor Three conspirators.

Elsewhere in the complex, Banshee revives finding that he too has been freed by parties unknown. Banshee then joins the battle and uses his sonic scream against Mutant Master, seemingly destroying his body. However, it turns out that his humanoid form was merely a disguise, and that Mutant Master is really an alien from another world. Claiming that it's from the planet Sirius. As it is battered by both Banshee and Unus, the creature explains it was attempting to exploit mutants in a bid to take over the Earth for its masters. Unwilling to accept defeat, the alien Mutant Master instead chooses death. During the course of the final battle, another Charles Xavier appears, and as it turns out the "Charles" who warned Factor Three and the X-Men about Mutant Master's hidden motives was Changeling, who was revealed to be a shape shifter.

With Mutant Master dead and his plot to take over the Earth ended, the remaining members of Factor Three and the X-Men agree to part company. Just as they escape in the remaining saucer crafts, the Professor tells Cyclops this cooperation between mutants against a common foe gives hope for the future.

Returning to the X-Mansion, Jean is excited to find that a package had been delivered in their absence, new costumes that she designed, and with Xavier's blessing, the X-Men don their new uniforms. The entire team is happy with their new duds, except for the Beast who is less than enthusiastic about the new outfit, Angel quips about how they could have made him a costume more fitting to his name, complete with fur and tail, everyone but Hank himself get a good laugh out of the joke.

Appearing in "The Mark of the Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #40.

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  • Frankenstein's Monster (Only in flashback)
  • Dr. Powell (First appearance)
  • Unnamed scientists (Only in flashback)
  • Victor Frankenstein (First appearance) (Mentioned)
  • Unnamed museum curator & guard
  • Unnamed New Yorkers
  • NYPD
  • Unnamed captain and crew of a freighter
  • Unnamed aliens and alien race (Only in flashback)

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  • Unnamed cargo freighter
  • Professor X's Rolls-Royce

Synopsis for "The Mark of the Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #40.

The X-Men are training in the Danger Room. When the Beast begins to showboat before the others, Iceman decides to pull a prank on his friend. This is not very well received, but the training session is cut short when they answer the mental summons of Professor X. The Professor reveals to the X-Men that he has uncovered the location of Frankenstein's Monster, long thought a myth due to the fictions of Mary Shelley, but an astonishing reality. The Professor recounts the tale as it is known, but tells his students a startling revelation, that the monster is really a high tech android, and he suspects that the "Monster" is the creation of a mutant. He explains that the discovered android is currently attempting to be thawed from the Arctic ice it has been trapped in for centuries, and orders his X-Men to prevent the scientists from doing so to avoid any humans being harmed.

Although they rush there as quickly as possible and try to gain entrance with the Professor's credentials, they are barred from entry by the security guard. Even though Jean uses her telekinetic powers to knock out the guard, the X-Men are too late as the over eager Professor Powell ignores his colleague’s warnings of caution. The android breaks free prompting the X-Men to change into their uniforms and approach the creature. It attacks them directly, and the X-Men attempt to match its fighting, however find that it's strength is superior to theirs and that it has eye beams that are more powerful than Cyclops' optic blasts. The Monster makes short work of the X-Men and leaves the scene.

Recovering, they are spotted by another professor who blames the X-Men for the damage done on the scene, Iceman temporarily freezes him and the mutant heroes flee the scene. With the Professor's mental probes, the X-Men track the faux-Frankenstein Monster to a sea freighter. When they board the vessel, they are attacked by the crew whom the X-Men easily subdue and get "permission" to search the cargo hold for the creature. They find the monster and it attacks them once more, and the X-Men fare no better against the monster than their previous encounter with it. However, the creature is convinced to break off its attack when the Professor mentally contacts the creature and tells it that he is the one that commanded the X-Men to attack. Turning his attentions to the Professor, the android is distracted long enough for the Professor to command Iceman to cover the robot in ice, once more threatening to put it in a state of suspended animation. Attempting to break free, the robot strains itself too much and suddenly explodes, ending its threat.

In the aftermath, the Professor explains to his X-Men that he learned the android’s origin from probing its mind. It was the creation of an alien race from a tropical world that sent it to Earth to act as an ambassador some 150 years ago. The robot malfunctioned however and its creators were forced to trap it in the Arctic regions of Earth, the cold being it's only weakness. The Professor goes on to explain that the android attacked his X-Men so readily because it confused their colourful costumes with those of its creators. With their mission accomplished the X-Men return home.

Appearing in "Now Strikes...the Sub-Human!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #41.

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  • Unnamed New Yorkers
  • Unnamed subway workers
  • Dr. Hunt (First appearance) (Archer College seismologist)
  • Mr. Chalmers (First appearance)
  • Unnamed Archer College trustees and scientists
  • NYPD (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "Now Strikes...the Sub-Human!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #41.

A sub-human creature has attacked a New York City subway train, which coincidentally happens to have Bobby Drake and Hank McCoy on board on yet another date with Zelda and Vera. Sneaking away from their dates and changing into their Iceman and Beast guises, the two X-Men attack the creature, who takes up the name "Grotesk" based on Beast's assessment of the creatures appearance. After a brief battle, Grotesk gets tired of the fight and seals the tunnel which he emerged from, warning the two mutants to beware of him in the future. When Beast and Iceman attempt to follow after the creature, they find that the passageway is sealed tight. Returning to their civilian guises and their dates, Bobby and Hank cut things short so that they can report what they encountered to the Professor.

Meanwhile, Grotesk returns to the caverns below New York City and thinks back to the events that led to his hatred of the human race. He recounts how he was a member of a subterranean race of people ruled by King Krono, whose daughter, Princess Ingar, was the love of Grotesk, who back then was simply Prince Gor-Tok. Their warrior race would rule below for a time until humanities atomic tests would cause volcanic eruptions underground that would wipe out everyone except for Gor-Tok, who mutated into the creature he is today by the lingering radiation. Blaming the surface dwellers for his plight, Gor-Tok decided to get revenge against the surface dwellers by destroying them.

Back at the X-Mansion, the Professor is running Cyclops, Angel and Marvel Girl into a series of tests and is pushes the team hard when they mess up their tests. When Bobby and Hank arrive to tell what's happened but are scolded and deducted two demerits and disallowed to go into the city for a week. Before they can say anything more, the Professor leaves for his study, asking Jean to join him. In private, the Professor and Jean discuss the fact that the X-Men must learn to fight as a tighter unit as much as possible if the Professor's current plans are to work out. Jean asks the Professor to confide in the others, a request the Professor refuses.

As the Professor reads Hank and Bobby's thoughts and learns about Grotesk, he tells his students to go and face this new threat to the Earth. Meanwhile, a series of tremors begin to threaten to destroy the Earth, gaining the attention of leading scientists including Professor Hunt, who learns the truth and tries to warn his colleagues of the danger. The tremors are also felt by Grotesk, who is unaware that one of his own dead civilizations own devices is the source of this disturbance. Blaming it on the surface dwellers, Grotesk begins to ascend to the surface world and face the threat, unaware that the Cyclops and Beast are right now traveling into his tunnels to face him as well. Blasting their way through Grotesk's tunnel, the X-Men find his city deserted. When Angel and Iceman demand to know why they and Marvel Girl were not allowed to accompany Cyclops and Beast, Marvel Girl refuses to provide them answers.

While on the surface, Grotesk has wandered to Professor Hunt's lab where he finds one of his assistants and captures him. Taking the man down to his lair, Grotesk demands that the human show him where the surface dwellers "weapons" are; however his interrogation is interrupted by the arrival of the X-Men.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "An Hour of Last Things"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cable #20.

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Synopsis for "An Hour of Last Things"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cable #20.

The X-Men stand over Cable, Jean Grey, and Professor X to see if their minds have returned to the present. They were sent back in time to warn Bishop to remember Legion and to save Professor X from dying in the past. A bolt of energy shoots out of Cable and hits Cyclops in the face and announces that he is back. Professor X tries to read Cable's mind to see what has happened and he sees that the X-Men of the past attacked Cable since they did not realize who he was. Cable used his last ditch powers to tell Bishop to remember the mission.

Gambit gets upset that the world is still going to end and they all start to bicker at one another. Then a holographic image of Lilandra announces to them that galaxies are still crystallizing from the rift in the M'Kraan crystal. She tells them they have about an hour or so before the crystal reaches Earth and destroys this timeline. They each take their time and tell each other how much they care for one another. Angel thanks Beast for being such a good friend. Gambit tries to hide his feelings still from Rogue while she tries to open up to him. Jean and Cyclops try to deal with telling Cable that they are the ones who raised him as a child in his future timeline.

Professor X tells Cyclops and Jean how much he cares for them and they tell him that the X-Men was a dream that was made into a reality. Cyclops and Jean tell Cable that they were the ones who raised him as a child and he says that he already knew. Domino and Cable kiss passionately. Professor X tells them that he will miss them all dearly and that he was proud to have had them as students. The crystal finally reaches Earth and they all watch as it envelopes all and then the Earth explodes.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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