- Scott...something really bad is coming to Earth. Nothing is going to survive this. Jean would want you to live.
- -- Havok
Appearing in "Earth X, Chapter 5"Edit
- Reed Richards (Doom)
- The Skull
- The Skull's Forces
- Clea (Sorceress Supreme)
- Hulk and Bruce Banner
- Doctor Strange (Comatose)
- Mar-Vell (Dream)
- Iron Avengers
- Tony Stark
- Havok (First appearance)
- Polaris (First appearance)
- Corsair (First appearance)
- Jean Grey
- In Flashback:
- Donald Blake
- Iron Man
- Beta-Ray Bill
- Lockjaw's Antennae
- Daredevil's Motorcycle
Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 5"Edit
Uatu and X-51 review the past of the Asgardians, discovering them to be alien shape shifters whose forms were dictated by the people of Earth when they first arrived.
At Castle von Doom, Medusa gives Richards Lockjaw's Antennae so that he can go use Cerebro to find the rest of the Inhumans on the planet. As soon as he leaves Doombots see the Inhuman troupe as intruders and attack.
Cap is feeling defeated by the Skull and his forces, and is about to give up when Daredevil and his circus people convince him to continue. He sends the crew to find Scott Summers, and he and Daredevil continue to follow the Skull's forces.
Bruce Banner and Hulk talk to Clea about Bruce's dream about Mar-Vell, and find out that Stephen Strange's astral form has been disconnected from his body for years. Bruce has a proposition for Clea, but wants to wait until Thor arrives.
Thor is fighting Storm Giants alongside the Iron Avengers and Vision in downtown New York. Thor turns out to have been further humbled by Odin and turned into a woman. As the Storm Giants are defeated, the Iron Avengers are called away and Loki shows up taking responsibility for the giants. Thor learns that she cannot return to Asgard without being cursed to never return to Midgard again.
Corsair, Havok, and Polaris appear to Scott Summers as holograms, explaining that Earth is doomed and the Starjammers will only allow them to pick only him up and save his life. Scott explains that no matter what has happened or will happen, Jean is on Earth and he will stay close to her.
Wolverine and Jean are overweight, married, and living in an apartment, seemingly living out the American dream.
The Inhumans defeat the Doombots at the castle and find Reed's inventory of Doom's old equipment. A note is attached to the time platform, with Reed questioning going back and preventing everything that has happened, including Sue's death and the mutation of the planet.
- Alex Ross Inked p. 20
- The cover to this issue features the Iron Avengers (Quicksilver, Giant Man, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Hawkeye) and Thor in his female form. The female version of Thor is reminiscent of What If? #10, which featured a story in an alternate universe in which Jane Foster (First appearance Journey Into Mystery #83) had found Thor's hammer instead of Donald Blake and became the heroine known as Thordis.
- Page 2-3: In panel 2 the Asgardian's depicted here are Thor (first appearance Journey Into Mystery #83), Odin (first appearance Journey Into Mystery #85) & Loki (First appearance Venus #6). The middle of this two page spread shows Asgard, the land of the Asgardian gods, it was first shown in Journey Into Mystery #85. Panel 2 on page 3 shows Thor being changed into Donald Blake and cast to Earth. Odin did this to teach Thor humility, when Thor first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #83 it was as Donald Blake. Thor did not learn the true nature of his Donald Blake identity until Thor #159.
- Page 4-5: Panel 1 shows Donald Blake finding the walking stick that -- when struck against the ground -- change into his hammer Mjolnir, circa Journey Into Mystery #83. The center of this two page spread shows Thor in his "classic" costume circa the 1960's. It also shows the original members of the Avengers (formed thanks to the manipulation by Loki in Avengers #1) members shown are Ant Man (Hank Pym), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Hulk (Bruce Banner) and the Janet van Dyne (Wasp) as they all first appeared in the first issue of the Avengers. Panels 1-3 on page 5 show a number of Asgardians and related denizens, they are (from left to right, top to bottom) Beta Ray Bill, an alien from the planet Korbin given a hammer similar to Thor in Thor #337; Sif, Thor's long time companion who first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #102; The Warriors Three (Hogun, Volstagg and Fandral) warriors of Asgardian legend, and allies of Thor who first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #119; Balder the Brave the warrior god who first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #85; And finally Odin, who also appeared in Journey Into Mystery #85.
- Page 7: The Doombots stalking the Inhumans on this page were robots used to defend Latveria under Dr. Doom's rule. These Doombots first appeared in Fantastic Four #5.
- Page 9 panel 3: The Daredevil pictured here first appeared in Earth X #2 he is not to be confused with Matt Murdock, the original Daredevil.
- Page 11 Panel 3: Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange) is the central focus of this panel he first appeared in Strange Tales #110.
- Page 12: Panel 2 the image of Captain Marvel (Mar-Vel) is conjured up by Bruce Banner, Mar-Vel was a Kree soldier that ended up becoming a defender of Earth, he first appeared in Marvel Superheros #12. The costume he is wearing in this panel was given to him in Captain Marvel #17. Panel 3 shows Captain Marvel on his death bed, Mar-Vel originally died of cancer in Marvel Graphic Novel #1, pictured around his death bed in this panel are Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Vision, Beast (Hank McCoy), Ant Man (Hank Pym) and Cyclops (Scott Summers).
- Page 14: Thor and the Iron Avengers are battling Frost Giants (Aka the Giants of Jotunheim) in this one page spread. Frost Giants are the dominant species of one of the nine worlds of Asgard known as Niffleheim. Thor first battled them in Journey Into Mystery #100.
- Page 14: Pictured in panel 4 is Tony Stark (First appearance Tales of Suspense #39.
- Page 15: In panel 2 Loki mentions Hercules, the Greek god. Thor and Hercules have a long history together starting back with their first clash in Journey Into Mystery Annual #1. In panel 3 Thor mentions Hela, who is the Asgardian goddess of death, she first clashed with Thor back in Journey Into Mystery #102. Panel 4, Midgard is the Asgardian term for Earth.
- Page 16: In this one page spread we see Scott Summers speaking to his family via a communication device. Family members present are his brother Havok (Alex Summers), who was an occasional member of the X-Men with his brother he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #54. Next is Polaris (Lorna Dane) daughter of Magneto, occasional member of the X-Men and love to Havok, she first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #49. Finally there is Corair (Christopher Summers) Scott's father who was kidnapped by the alien Shi'Ar years ago and became a member of the space pirates known as the Starjammers. He and his fellow 'Jammers first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #107.
- Page 17: Scott mentions "Jean" and his mother in panel 2. "Jean" is referring to Jean Grey a fellow X-Man who first met Scott in Uncanny X-Men #1 and have had a long history of romance. Corsair's wife Katherine Anne Summers was raped and killed by Shi'Ar Emperor D'Ken, this even was recounted back Uncanny X-Men #154.
- Page 18: Panel 1 we see Wolverine (James Howlett) in not exactly the same shape he was in when he first appeared in Incredible Hulk #181. Panel 2 we see Jean Grey also not in the very best of shape either, she was a member of the original X-Men and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #1. Panel 3 Wolverine is explaining that his healing factor keeps him in good health, which should have prevented his weight gain and hair loss, but for reasons unexplained have not.
- Page 19: On panel 2 Luna and Medusa have found Dr. Doom's Time Machine, which Dr. Doom originally used in Fantastic Four #5. The quote at the end of this chapter is by G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) a British writer from the early 20th century, he is best known for his novel "The Man Who Was Thursday."
- The appendix makes mention of the following characters: Tony Stark (as mentioned he used to be Iron Man); Scott Lang the 2nd Ant-Man, he first appeared in Avengers #181 in which he stole Hank Pym's original Ant Man costume to save his daughter Cassie (Who is also mentioned in this Appendix, she also appeared in Avengers #181); Carol Danvers (first appearing in Marvel Superheroes #13) was a long time ally of Captain Marvel, she gained Kree Physiology and super powers in Captain Marvel #18 and has gone through many changes since she became known as Ms. Marvel (circa Ms. Marvel #1) and has been a frequent ally of the Avengers (originally joining in Avengers #181); Wonder Man (Simon Williams) was turned into a being of pure Ionic energy to battle the Avengers #9, he eventually joined the group in Avengers #194; The Controller (Basil Sandhurst, first Iron Man #12) a former cripple in an exo suit that used hypno discs to create an army of slaves; Justin Hammer (1st: Iron Man #120) was a long time business rival to Tony Stark and a criminal financier that would often hire villains to attack his rivals; Blacklash (Mark Scarlotti, Tales of Suspense #97) used a special whip as a weapon was often hired to battle Stark; There have actually been three people who have used the guise of Blizzard, for the sake of this narrative they are most probably speaking of the 2nd, a petty thug known as Donny Gill (Iron Man #233) who based his device on the original Blizzard (Gregor Shapanka, first appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 and was killed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20); Unicorn (Milos Masaryk) was a Russian spy turned criminal that had a helmet with a "Unicron horn" that fired concussive blasts he first appeared in Tales of Suspense #56; Count Nafaria was a member of the Maggia crime family that often used his vast wealth to try and take over the world he first appeared in Avengers #13; "Osborn" refers to Norman Osborne, the original Green Goblin; "M.O.D.O.K" was a creature created by AIM with the Cosmic Cube and eventually usurped control of the group, he first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93; "Xavier" refers to X-Men founder Charles Xavier (AKA Professor X, first appearance Uncanny X-Men #1); Mentions of Jean Grey's loss of telepathic ability is not the first time she did not have her telepathic powers, they were originally shut down by Professor X when she was still learning to control her abilities (As depicted in Bizarre Adventures #21) she has them reactivated by Professor X around Uncanny X-Men #52, she lost those abilities again when she was replaced by the Phoenix Force and then revived in Avengers #263.
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