- Therefore, since I'm deputy leader...and since I feel the professor would want us to do as Duncan asks...I'm ordering you all to start packing! As of this moment...the X-Men no longer exist as a team!
- -- Cyclops
Appearing in "The End of the X-Men!"
- The X-Men
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- Crimson Cosmos
Synopsis for "The End of the X-Men!"
The X-Men have returned to the grave of the late Professor Xavier to pay their respects, each member lost in thought over what the Professor meant to them and what the future of the X-Men will be. Their vigil is interrupted by FBI agent Duncan, who has come to speak with the X-Men. Returning to the Professor's mansion, Nelson & Murdock co-partner Foggy Nelson is on site to read Xavier's will. To everyone's surprise, all of the Professor's assets have been willed over to Scott for the operation of a special charitable fund, also naming the other students as trustees, leaving behind all his possessions to them. After the will reading is completed, Foggy leaves to put the will through probate, allowing for the X-Men to return their attention to Agent Duncan who wishes to discuss an important matter with them.
While in the distant Crimson Cosmos, the Juggernaut is pulled out of the other dimensional realm he has been trapped in since his last encounter with the X-Men by one of the Professor's machines. Re-materializing in the lower levels of the mansion, the Juggernaut begins to trash the place. Hearing the ruckus, Scott excuses everyone from Agent Duncan and they change into their X-Men uniforms and go investigate. Finding the Juggernaut causing the commotion, the X-Men confront him and learn that the Juggernaut once more wants to get revenge against his step-brother Charles Xavier. The X-Men explain to the Juggernaut that Xavier is dead, to which the Juggernaut rages in disbelief, believing that it's a trick to fool him and he attacks the X-Men.
The Juggernaut manages to shrug off the X-Men's attack and continues his rampage through the mansion. Finding Agent Duncan, he demands to know where Xavier is. When Duncan also states that the Professor is dead, the Juggernaut knocks him out and continues his fruitless search. The X-Men revive and follow after him and find the Juggernaut at the Professor's grave raging that he has been cheated out of his revenge.
The X-Men continue their fight with the Juggernaut, this time with Jean using her newly acquired mental powers against the Juggernaut causing him pain. The Juggernaut grabs the downed Angel to use as a hostage to make Marvel Girl cease her attack. When she does, the Juggernaut is surprisingly shunted back to the Crimson Cosmos. Cyclops deduces that while the machine that was responsible for bringing the Juggernaut back to Earth worked, its effects were only temporary. Surmising that the Professor wanted to be certain of the Juggernaut's rehabilitation, he must have put in a fail-safe just in case the Juggernaut had not reformed.
With the battle over, the X-Men are once more confronted by Agent Duncan who tells the group that the government, realizing that the X-Men would prove to be too easy a target to evil mutants has demanded that the X-Men split up and spread out across the country immediately.
Returning to Xavier's Mansion to ponder this, Cyclops, as deputy leader, decides that despite the unconstitutional nature of the FBI's request, that it is in their best interest to follow the request. With a heavy heart, he orders the X-Men to disband and follow the government’s orders. Shortly thereafter, the X-Men pack up their things and part company, leaving Scott at the mansion. Each of the X-Men is left wondering where their future will take them.
Appearing in "...And Then There Were Two"
- Anti-Mutant mob
- Numerous unnamed others
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Synopsis for "...And Then There Were Two"
Continued from last issue...
A lynch mob has taken the young Bobby Drake and Cyclops hostage following Cyke's failed attempt to spring Bobby out of jail after he used his mutant powers to defend himself from a school bully. However, before the lynching can begin, the sheriff attempts to assert some sort of control, not standing to have frontier justice be played out in his town. Branded a mutie lover by the mob, the sheriff is dragged away while Cyclops and Bobby are taken to a hanging tree.
Rushing to the scene, Professor Xavier uses his mental powers to contact Scott and order him to free Bobby and make an escape. Using his optic blast to snap the noose around Bobby's neck, Cyclops and Bobby fight off the mob and flee. Although the mob follows after them they suddenly stop when the Professor uses his mental powers to erase their memories of the whole episode.
Returning to Bobby's home, the Professor explains what has happened and in a meeting with Bobby and his parents, he offers Bobby a place in his School for Gifted Youngsters so that he might learn to control his powers and also fight for human/mutant coexistence, an offer which Bobby accepts. This is how Bobby Drake joins the X-Men as the Iceman.
- Gary Friedrich apparently forgot that the name of FBI agent Duncan was Fred - "Amos" Duncan appears to be the same character.
- Somehow, Jean Grey's mental powers were able to attack the Juggernaut's mind even though it has been previously established that his helmet makes him immune to telepathic attacks.
- This issue contains a letters page, Mutant Mail Box. Letters are published from Louis Davidson, Robert Rapp, Carol Baldwin, and Jerry Costentino.
- references: Avengers #53, X-Men #39, Daredevil #42, X-Men #12, X-Men #13, X-Men #32, and X-Men #33
- X-Men #12 and #13 - First appearance of the Juggernaut.
- X-Men #32 and #33 - Battles with Juggernaut.
- X-Men #42 - Professor X dies.
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