Appearing in "Do or Die, Baby!"
- Sentinel Mk II / Neo-Sentinels (Apparent death)
- Judge Chalmers
- Larry Trask
- Mr. Tindall
- Unus the Untouchable (On-screen)
- Blob (On-screen)
- Mastermind (On-screen)
- Dr. Lykos (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Professor Abdol
- Lorna Dane
Races and Species:
- X-Men's Aero-Car (Destruction)
Synopsis for "Do or Die, Baby!"
Continued from last issue...
Cyclops, Beast and Marvel Girl are using a mini Cerebro unit to track down all of the mutants that have recently been captured by Larry Trask's Sentinels. However, their jet-car is blasted out of the sky causing the three X-Men to fall to plummet toward their doom. Thankfully, Jean is able to use her telekinetic powers to save them at the last minute.
Meanwhile in the secret hideout of the Sentinels, it is revealed that Larry Trask, himself, is a mutant when a medallion given to him by his father is accidentally removed from his person. The medallion had been nullifying his mutant powers, which in turn shielded him from the Sentinels scanners. Judge Chalmers reveals that he knew the truth all along and explains that Larry's father, the late Bolivar Trask, created the medallion after Larry's mutant powers of precognition foretold Larry's mother's death. With Trask outed as a mutant, the Sentinels refuse to follow any further orders from him and instead become fixated on carrying out his last order as a supposed human, to capture all remaining mutants and destroy them.
In rapid succession, the Sentinels seek out and attempt to capture the remaining mutants of the world. They find opposition when trying to capture Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Toad; however easily manage to capture Mastermind, Blob, and Unus. Judge Chalmers considers what to do about the situation, not wishing to be party to the mutant genocide. Meanwhile, the sentinels detect a concentration of mutant energy signatures. This turns out to be Cyclops, Marvel Girl, and the Beast who are now scaling the mountain which hides the Sentinel base. They are opposed by Sentinels, but easily defeat them and enter the compound.
Inside, they hide as a Sentinel prisoner craft arrives with the captured Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Toad. Realizing that the Sentinels are conditioned to deal with any mutants threats by identifying their targets and counter-acting their mutant power, the X-Men trade costumes with the former Brotherhood of Evil Mutant members. Cyclops trades costumes with Quicksilver's costume, while Marvel Girl trades with Scarlet Witch, and the Beast with Toad. When the Sentinels that captured the Brotherhood members attempt to take them to the holding chambers they are caught off guard. Confused by the discrepancy between their opponents' appearances and power sets, the Sentinels quickly fall to Cyclops, Marvel Girl, and Beast.
In the meantime, Judge Chalmers awakens Larry Trask from his suspended animation. Larry has a vision of Havok getting injured in the coming battle. When Chalmers asks what he can do to stop the Sentinels, he traces Larry's glance at the device he used to neutralize Havok's powers earlier. However, Chalmers misinterprets Larry's attempts to tell him what the gun is for as an order to kill Havok, which Chalmers refuses to do.
Cyclops and the others fight their way into the main chamber just as the Judge realizes the gun's true purpose and uses it to reactivate Havok's powers. Realizing what Chalmers has done, a Sentinel blasts him before Cyclops can attempt to destroy it. Cyclops then blasts open the cyro-tube that is keeping Havok in suspended animation. Now free, Havok turns his powerful cosmic energy blasts on the Sentinel.
The Sentinels begin to administer first aid to the Judge as a result of their programming to protect humans. Chalmers tells Cyclops that the only way to beat the Sentinels is with logic. Cyclops then suggests to the Sentinels that the most efficient way to accomplish their goal would it would be to eliminate the source that causes the creation of mutants. As Cyclops is telling them this, Havok, still believing that he is a menace, attempts to commit suicide, realizing what he is going to do, Cyclops chases after him.
Meanwhile, the Sentinels ponder Cyclops' suggestion and realize that it's the very sun that is the cause of mutants on Earth. The entire Sentinel fleet blasts off into space in an attempt to destroy the Sun, a mission that is destined to end in failure and the Sentinel’s destruction.
In the aftermath of the Sentinels' departure, Cyclops and the others find Alex buried in a pile of rubble begging for help. Realizing that his brother will need medical attention and psychiatric help in coming to terms with his mutant nature, he decides to call one of the Professor’s old colleagues. Shortly afterward, a call is made to Dr. Karl Lykos who agrees to see Alex. While the doctor makes arrangements with Scott, one of his patients suddenly slumps into unconsciousness.
This story is continued next issue...
"Do or Die, Baby!" The title tells it all — as our masked misfits battle to the finish with the Sentinels! With a way-out wind-up that'll rock ya!