Quote1.png But as far as this confrontation is concerned between the X-Men and the Hulk... In terms of how our youngsters behaved and how it ended... I actually believe in all the ways that truly matter... Logan won. Quote2.png
-- Ororo to Kurt

Appearing in "The Making of a Man"

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Synopsis for "The Making of a Man"

In the Adirondack Mountains, Storm and Nightcrawler arrive at a meeting place selected by Wolverine, who meets them there. He tells them that he wants to see what the younger, more inexperienced members are made of, so he's been setting up special trials for them, starting with Colossus. Storm, figuring that Logan has set it up so that Colossus will fight the Hulk, asks if this is a wise idea. Logan explains that it's more real than the Danger Room at Xavier's Mansion, and that he thinks both combatants will most likely be in no danger of harming each other, as Colossus' armor is practically impenetrable, and the Hulk is, well, the Hulk. Nightcrawler remarks that he's more worried that Colossus will harm Hulk, and Wolverine takes him on that bet, as he knows how powerful and strong the Hulk is, having fought the creature before.

Elsewhere, Colossus is hiking through the mountains, taking in the scenic views and beauty of his surroundings, as well as sketching the wildlife. He runs into Kitty Pride and Lockheed, and she tells him that they plan to join him on his hike. He welcomes their company, and the three begin to walk away, but suddenly, the Hulk sails through the air and crashes right on top of them. Colossus activates his armor, and attacks first, getting in a good right hook on the behemoth. Hulk tries to retaliate, but Colossus nimbly ducks under his blow and delivers a strong punch to the monster's gut. Hulk, who won't be taken by surprise again, gets a lucky shot in on Colossus. He recovers and attacks again, barraging his foe with a volley of punches. The Hulk finally catches his arm, and punches him, and he goes flying, landing in a nearby forest. Hulk jumps after Colossus, exclaiming that he attacked him first, and that he will smash Colossus for attacking him. Kitty tries to help the unconscious Colossus up, but Hulk catches up to them. Seeing that his opponent is unconscious, Hulk doesn't attack, saying to kitty that he doesn't fight girls. Lockheed swoops down from behind, and blasts Hulk with fire from his mouth, which burns Hulk to the point that it actually causes him pain. Seeing this, Lockheed continues to pour it on.

Meanwhile, Colossus recovers, and he and Kitty catch up to Lockheed, who is lying on the ground in a crumpled heap. Kitty begins crying, fearing for Lockheed's life, as the Hulk apparently hit him very hard. Colossus follows the trail, and finds Hulk trying to cool off in a pond, after being burned by the little dragon. He takes the opportunity and tackles the behemoth not the lake from behind, and the two begin fitting again. Colossus is able to incapacitate the Hulk with a sweep to the legs and a solid kick to the face, and he hauls the creature's unconscious form out of the lake, where he throws him onto some rocks. He observes Hulk, and wonders if the Hulk really was attacking them, or if the threat was just in his mind. At that moment the Hulk wakes up, and he angrily wallops Colossus, and the punch sends him flying, where he lands in a pool of quicksand. Hulk catches up, and after watching the X-Man flounder for a moment, he reaches in and pulls Colossus out, dropping him on the ground next to him. Realizing that his supposed enemy saved him, he shakes the Hulk's hand, as the creature is now decidedly less brainless than he had originally thought. The Hulk slowly begins changing back into Bruce Banner, and he introduces himself to Colossus, unaware of the battle that just occurred. Kitty and Storm catch up tot hem, with Lockheed, who is mostly unhurt from the hulk's attack. Colossus tells them to stand down, explaining that the Hulk is, in fact, a man, and that he currently has no one to care for him. He invites Bruce back to their home, and he eagerly accepts.

Later, Colossus and Kitty say their goodbyes to Bruce, and they discuss what Bruce's life must be like as the Hulk. Logan, Storm, and Nightcrawler approach them, and as Storm and Nightcrawler discuss their bet about Colossus' fight with the Hulk, Logan explains to Colossus that it was he who orchestrated the fight with Hulk. After finishing, he receives a punch in the face from Colossus.

Appearing in "The Mutants and the Monster"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #66.

Synopsis for "The Mutants and the Monster"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #66.

Solicit Synopsis

You’re Colossus, the steel-skinned X-Man who can dish out some serious hurt.

So when Wolverine wants to take you down a peg or two, who’s he gonna call?

If you’re thinking mean and green, you’re on the right track…

Join X-Legend Chris Claremont for a tutorial in pain you won’t forget!

Plus: a classic Claremont tale!

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