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Appearing in "From Whence Comes...Dominus?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #21.

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  • X-Jet
  • Professor X's hovercraft

Synopsis for "From Whence Comes...Dominus?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #21.

The X-Men are racing toward the secret hideout of their alien foe Lucifer when their ship is suddenly deflected by a strange force field. Flying away from the scene to find another way through, the team notices strange objects being pulled out of the sky into the mysterious base. Also witnessing the spectacle is Porter Mack, the owner of a Dude Ranch near Buchanan's Butte, the location of the disturbance. Feeling that the strange goings on will drive away his customer base, he takes some of his best men out to investigate the disturbance to try to find some way to stop it.

Meanwhile, the X-Men circle the butte until the strange light source disappears. Upon approaching the butte, they cannot get any closer because it suddenly starts spraying a geyser of hot water at them. The X-Men land further away and spot a nearby stream that goes under the butte. The X-Men decide to investigate to see if it's a safe passage into their foes hideout. Leaving their plane, the team leaves the Professor behind as they begin to search for a way into the base. Along the way, they are spotted and attacked by Porter and his posse, who think there may be a reward for the X-Men since they are still wanted criminals back east. However, the X-Men make short work of their would-be attackers, sending them sprawling into the river below where they retreat. They seal Porter in an ice block around his arms and load the would be attacker on a horse, sending him packing back to his ranch.

Continuing to search for an entrance, the X-Men make their way to the river and have Iceman create an ice raft for them to ride along. They follow the river to the underground opening and find themselves caught in a whirlpool. As the X-Men are swept away, the Professor is shocked to find that telepathic contact with his students have been severed. Before Xavier can do anything about it, he is confronted by two robots commanded by Lucifer who capture the Professor and carry him away into the base. Taken before Lucifer himself, the Professor is put at the alien's mercy with the robots inquiring if they can destroy the telepathic mutant. Lucifer refuses the request, telling the robots and the Professor that he prefers that Xavier lives so that he can witness as the Dominus super-computer enslaves the entire world.

Elsewhere in Lucifer's base, the X-Men are separated and Angel, Cyclops, and Marvel Girl get captured in a transparent cage. Beast and Iceman, meanwhile, are attacked by another Dominus robot that attempts to capture them, but fails to stop the young mutants. They manage to escape the robot but then run right into a metal wall that knocks them out, allowing them to be captured.

With all the X-Men his prisoners, Lucifer gloats over his victory. He intends to use the Dominus computer (operated by the robots) to activate a device that would strip humanity of their individual wills and turn them into slaves that would toil and work as slaves of the Quist aliens that Lucifer is a member of.

Meanwhile, the X-Men attempt to break out of their prison, to no avail. When the Dominus robots place Iceman and Beast into their cell, they fail to free themselves as they are pushed back by an incredible force. However, the X-Men manage to free themselves when Jean uses her telekinetic powers to operate the release switch on the cell's control panel. Freed, they ambush the one robot left to guard them and race toward Lucifer's control room. With the alarm sounding, Lucifer sends his robots out to try and stop the X-Men. The X-Men duck out of sight to avoid detection and then rush Lucifer.

They get a mental command from the Professor telling them not to damage the computer, however Iceman and Angel don't believe the command came from the Professor and attempt to destroy it anyway, but Marvel Girl and Cyclops stop them. This leads to a brief scuffle between teammates until they all decide to hold off on destroying the computer until after they have dealt with Lucifer and his robots. The X-Men destroy all of Lucifer's robots and with his robots destroyed, Lucifer stops the battle and rushes to his communication device for more orders. When the Supreme Leader appears on the screen, he informs Lucifer that with the ultra robots -- the only things that could operate the computer, destroyed, their mission is a failure. He tells Lucifer to return to their home planet to be punished. Suddenly, right before the X-Men's eyes, Lucifer and all of his equipment are teleported away.

With the threat passed, the Professor explains to his students that through his mental probing he had learned that the Dominus computer has a specific defense mechanism: it would redirect any force thrown against it right back at it's attackers, putting his students at risk, and thus the reason why he ordered them not to attack the computer directly. With all explained, the X-Men and the Professor depart the base to return home, unsure where Lucifer came from or if the aliens he represented will threaten the Earth again.

Appearing in "The Plague of...the Locust!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #24.

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  • Professor Xavier's Rolls Royce
  • The X-Copter
  • Locust's mobile lab (or trailer)

Synopsis for "The Plague of...the Locust!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #24.

Continued from last issue....

The X-Men are shocked to hear that Jean's parents have withdrawn her from Xavier's private school and have enrolled her into a more conventional school at Metro College in New York. The Professor gives her some books and a corsage as a parting gift and she is driven into the city by Warren with Scott accompanying them. The whole ride, Scott broods over never being able to express his feelings to her, while Warren muses how she will be attending classes with the Human Torch. Jean dismisses the idea of being "another super-hero" on campus, telling Warren that she is just going to be plain ordinary Jean Grey. Arriving at the building, Jean and the others are introduced to Ted Roberts, a student at the college who escorts Jean to where she has to register. As Ted leads Jean away, Scott believes that he's lost Jean for good.

While elsewhere in a wheat field, a new villain has appeared that will cause havoc in the X-Men's lives: The Locust. Armed in a costume fashioned after the insect for which he is named, he intends to create an army of gigantic insects to threaten the world’s food supply by sending them to eat all of the wheat in the area. His attack on farmland America not only garners the attention of the authorities who are stumped by the weird happening, but the X-Men as well who arrive on the scene to investigate at the Professor's orders. The X-Men track down the Locust's insect horde and battles them. However, the Locust manages to escape and the authorities spray the area with a crop duster loaded with insecticide.

Back at Metro College, Jean is shown around by Ted. Their attentions are drawn toward Professor Hopper, an eccentric professor at the College, whom the students make fun of. Overhearing some of the student’s taunts, Hopper lashes out at them. Jean finds him familiar and Ted tells her that he was the top Entomologist until he was fired for his bizarre theories and he now works in chemicals. Returning to his lab, we learn that Hopper is really the Locust and that his experience with insects allowed him to create a device that can make insects grow to fantastic sizes. His plan is to grow insects to immense size, then "save the day" by destroying them, gaining the credit he has been searching for his whole career. He swears to get revenge against both the X-Men and all those who mocked him.

Meanwhile, the X-Men are busy examining one of the giant grasshoppers that was commanded by the Locust. They theorize if the locust is a mutant or not and the Professor tells them that Cerebro confirmed that he is just a normal human. Jean visits for the weekend and tells the X-Men of the strange Professor Hopper and how she is suspicious of his involvement. Xavier goes to Ryan Chemicals and uses his credentials to be shown Hopper’s work. Hopper is nowhere to be found but his boss tells Xavier that he has a mobile lab that he works out of sometimes. The Professor finds a map of locations where the Locust has struck and where he will strike again and sends out the X-Men to stop him.

While the X-Men battle the Locust's insects, the Professor (disguised as a wise old man) tries to convince the unhinged Hopper to renounce his evil ways; it does not work. The Locust grows even larger insects for the X-Men to fight but Marvel Girl telekinetically curls his antennae, which he uses to communicate and control his creations. The Locust no longer can control the giant bugs and they turn on him, thinking that he is a bug to eat because of his costume.

The X-Men destroy the insects and Hopper's lab and the Locust finally breaks down and listens to the Professor. He turns himself over to the authorities to pay his debt for the harm he has caused. The X-Men find out that the Professor has once again utilized his mechanical legs that allow him to walk in order to appear to Locust as a wise old man.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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