Appearing in "Home are the Heroes!"
- X-Men (Main story and flashback)
- Cyclops (Scott Summers) (Main story and flashback)
- Storm (Ororo Munroe) (Main story and flashback)
- Wolverine (Logan) (Main story and flashback)
- Colossus (Peter Rasputin) (Main story and flashback)
- Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) (Main story and flashback)
- Banshee (Sean Cassidy)
- Phoenix (Jean Grey) (Main story and flashback)
- Professor X (Charles Xavier)
- The Starjammers (Only in flashback)
- Minister Araki (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Imperial Guard (Only in flashback)
- Emperor D'Ken Neramani (Only in flashback)
- Unknown alien being (Only in flashback)
- Dept. H technicians
- Vladmir Lenin (Invoked)
Races and Species:
- Mutants (Main story and flashback)
- Shi'ar (Main story and flashback)
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Saurids (Only in flashback)
- Mephitisoids (Only in flashback)
- Cyborgs (Only in flashback)
- Strontians (Only in flashback)
- Unidentified alien species (Only in flashback)
- Wookies (Topical Reference)
- The "World" (Only in flashback)
- Ruby-Quartz Sunglasses
- X-Uniforms (Main story and flashback)
- Cyclops' Visor, ver. 2 (Only in flashback)
- Wolverine's Suit
- Weapon Alpha Suit
- Unnamed Shi'ar spaceship
Synopsis for "Home are the Heroes!"
The X-Men at last return home after their adventure in the Shi’Ar galaxy. Wolverine is in a hurry to shed Fang’s uniform as he finds the alien fabric distinctly uncomfortable. They are accompanied by Lilandra, who is shown around the school. Phoenix reminisces about a moment that occurred just prior to returning to Earth: a brief conversation with Corsair in which he asked her to never tell Cyclops that he is his father. Phoenix agreed but stated that she feels she is betraying Scott by keeping such a secret from him. Storm, who overheard their conversation, warns Jean about keeping such vital information from the man she loves.
In the present however, Phoenix has a heart-to-heart with her parents. She reveals to them her recent experiences and her new identity as the Phoenix. From a distance, Scott observes them and thinks to himself that Jean now seems like an entirely different person. Nightcrawler sees Scott and tries to break him out of his funk, but Scott snaps at him angrily. Nightcrawler then retorts at how difficult it is being born blue and furry.
The X-Men take a well-deserved day off. Moira tells them of a lake in upstate New York where Charles and she once visited during their courtship. Moira, Sean, Ororo and Peter prepare for an outing. Misanthropic Wolverine elects to tag along in order to do some hunting. Storm is appalled and criticizes him for wishing to kill defenseless animals. Wolverine responds sharply that it "takes no skill to kill..." and that he does not intend to use lethal measures. Storm apologizes, but Wolverine couldn’t care less.
Meanwhile in Canada, James-MacDonald Hudson, an agent of a Canadian government-sponsored defense program (Department H) dons a high-tech battlesuit and becomes Weapon Alpha. He flies to the United States on a mission to capture and retrieve a rogue agent: Wolverine. James and Wolverine have a long history together, and he knows that he will be in for the fight of his life.
At the lake, Storm and Colossus relax on the shore, taking in the sun, while Banshee and Moira play around in the water. Wolverine skulks about the surrounding area, tracking a small deer. Just as he comes in close enough to touch it, Weapon Alpha appears before him. Hudson refers to Wolverine as "Weapon X" and states that he is still the property of the Canadian government. Wolverine has no intention of returning to his former employers. He lunges at Weapon Alpha, slashing at him with his claws. The electromagnetic fields of Hudson's battlesuit protects him, however. He blasts the feisty mutant away with his repulsor weapons, sending him flying through the trees.
Wolverine lands close to the lake and the other X-Men snap to attention. Weapon Alpha engages Peter, who transforms into Colossus and punches him back through the trees. Regaining control of his suit's flight systems, he turns back and unleashes a volley of electro-blasts against Colossus. One of his shots ricochets off of the hero's steel frame and hits Moira. Banshee goes berserk and pummels Weapon Alpha with a concentrated sonic scream. Hudson realizes that he cannot take on Wolverine AND his teammates by himself. Promising a rematch, he flies off and returns to Canada.
- Jean's flashback recounts a moment occurring "offscreen" during the last issue. It chronologically takes place after she repairs the M'Kraan Crystal and before the X-Men use the stargate to return to Earth.
- This story follows through on a plot point introduced all the way back in Giant-Size X-Men #1 -- that the Canadian government would not let Wolverine simply resign and join the X-Men. It also anticipates the debut of the entire Alpha Flight team in #s 120 and 121.
- First appearance of James MacDonald Hudson as Weapon Alpha. He appears next using the name Vindicator in X-Men #120.
- Colossus and Phoenix appeared last in Iron Fist #15. Chronologically, they appeared next in the second story in Classic X-Men #28.
- Cyclops appeared last in Iron Fist #15. He chronologically appears next in the second story in Classic X-Men #26.
- Elaine and John Grey appear next in publication order in flashback in Bizarre Adventures #27. Their next actual appearance is in X-Men #136.
- Moira MacTaggert appeared last in Iron Fist #15. She appears next in X-Men #110.
- The Starjammers appear in flashback only from events chronicled in X-Men #108. They appear next in Uncanny X-Men #154.
- Wolverine appeared last in Iron Fist #15. He chronologically appears next in flashback in Alpha Flight #17.
- Charles Xavier and Moira MacTaggert had already been depicted as trusted old friends, but this is the first time that either of them allude to the fact that they were once romantically involved.
- This issue will be partially reprinted in Alpha Flight #17. In that issue, Wolverine pays a visit to Hudson's widow Heather and they reminisce about this encounter, as well as events connected to it from Vindicator's point of view.
- References: X-Men #107, X-Men #108, X-Men #100, X-Men #101, and Giant-Size X-Men #1
- As the story begins, Wolverine is anxious to get out of Fang's costume as its alien fabric feels strange to him and puts on his old uniform (or an identical uniform, since the one he wore on the M'Kraan world was shredded.) Originally, artist Dave Cockrum had intended Wolverine to keep Fang's outfit and use it as his main hero costume. But incoming artist John Byrne HATED the design of the Fang costume and had him go back to his old one immediately. Curiously though, Byrne would redesign Wolverine's costume a few years later using the same color motif as the Fang costume.
- Although Department H is never mentioned by name in this issue, it is the Canadian agency that both Weapon Alpha and Wolverine were associated with.
- Due to the accidental injury that he gives to Moira MacTaggert, Weapon Alpha soon changes his code-name to Vindicator, swearing to vindicate any innocents that are injured due to his negligence. This is revealed in Alpha Flight #2.
- Wolverine is still wearing Fang's Imperial Guard costume from X-Men #108 in the beginning of this story.
- On page 5, Cyclops remarks about how different Jean Grey has become in recent weeks. Originally, writer Chris Claremont intended Jean Grey and the Phoenix to be the same person. It wasn't until years later that it was revealed that the Phoenix entity and the true Jean Grey were completely separate characters. However, Cyclops' dialogue in this issue helps to support the retroactive continuity as it relates to the Phoenix storyline.
- Storm reveals she talks to her plants.
- Editing mistake - While Banshee and Storm are flying above the lake, Banshee tells Storm it is time to go. Although they are the only two people flying around Storm agrees with him and then advises Banshee that "Banshee" has signaled them back to the lake.
Links and References
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men #6 - See for further referencing
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Vol. 2) #2 - See for further referencing