- That little stunt is all she wrote, pal! And if you're wondering which X-Man has the pleasure of blasting you from here to Hades, all you have to do is -- cry Havok!
Appearing in "Greater Love Hath No X-Man..."Edit
- Sentinels Mk III
- Stephen Lang (Apparent death)
- Vanisher (Only in flashback)
- Council of the Chosen (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
- Michael Rossi (Only in flashback)
- Starcore space shuttle
- Stephen Lang's flying gunship, a one-man weapons-laden hovercraft
Synopsis for "Greater Love Hath No X-Man..."Edit
Continued from last issue...
Aboard the space station run by the anti-mutant Project: Armageddon, it's leader Stephen Lang seemingly has control of the original X-Men (Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, Beast, Marvel Girl, Havok, Polaris and Professor X) and has ordered them to kill the new team (Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Banshee). As the battle rages on, the new team of X-Men find some interesting inconsistencies from those that they are fighting: The original team seemingly has no memory of their replacements, the Beast isn't covered in blue fur and Cyclops is wearing his old visor.
As they fight on the defensive, Wolverine decides to take the battle to Professor X and is caught off guard when the Professor stands on two legs and knocks Wolverine out in one punch. Marvel Girl uses her telepathic powers one Wolverine, and Wolverine finally realizes that they have been distracting him from using his enhanced senses. Relying on only those, Wolverine strikes at Marvel Girl, revealing that she is not the real Jean Grey at all, but a robot.
This angers Lang, as he had created his army of X-Sentinels to be unbeatable duplicates of the original X-Men to exterminate other mutants. Lang explains to the captured Cyclops, Professor X, Jean Grey, and Peter Corbeau how he was a member of a government project organized to determine the cause of mutants.
Having developed a hatred for mutants, he would the Sentinel base once owned by Larry Trask and go over the notes there to build his own Sentinels. Making a deal with a clandestine organization calling themselves the Council of the Chosen, Lang was given the funded he needed to begin Project: Armageddon to devise a means of eliminating mutants. While Lang has been ranting, Cyclops uses the opportunity to blast through his confinement with his optic blast and then free the others.
As the X-Men in the other room destroy the Sentinel dopplegangers of the original team, Cyclops attempts to knock out Lang. Lang manages to flee to his gunship and attempts to kill Cyclops, however Jean uses her telekinesis to mess with the controls and forces Lang's gunship to crash into a view screen and explode, seemingly killing Lang in the process. With the space station compromised and about to blow, the X-Men find themselves stranded on the space station now that Lang's minions have escaped in all the escape pods. Going back to their ship, they find that the autopilot has been damaged, making it impossible to fly the ship through the solar flare passing through Earth's atmosphere without someone to pilot the ship. Corbeau points out that whoever pilots the ship would be flash fried by the radiation.
However, Jean steps up and offers to fly the ship -- pulling Corbeau's flying skills from his mind and believing that her telekinetic shield could protect her from the radiation. When Scott tries to protest she uses her powers to knock him out and orders the other X-Men and Corbeau into the radiation shielded room. Even Wolverine and Storm fail to talk Jean out of sacrificing herself for them, but to no avail.
Sealing the hole in the ship with a telekinetic shield, Jean begins to pilot the ship back through Earth. In the shielded room, Cyclops revives and tries to break free, forcing the other X-Men to restrain him, telling him that it's too late to save her. As Jean flies through the solar storm, her powers are pushed to the limits and the radiation pushes through causing her extreme pain. As she is overcome she screams out Scott's name.
This story is continued next issue....
- This is the "Spectacular 100th Issue".
- This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.
- references: X-Men #97 and X-Men #99
- This is the first time the "Fastball Special" maneuver is carried out by Wolverine and Colossus.
- This issue contains one of several instances of Banshee screaming (and flying, via his sonic scream) while talking at the same time, which he should not be able to do.
- Wolverine's quip upon discovering the true nature of the X-Sentinels, "I've met the enemy, bub...and they ain't us," is a variation on a classic line from Walt Kelly's "Pogo" comic strip.
- This cover has been reused for the covers of Uncanny X-Men #134, Defenders #100, New Warriors Vol. 4 #14, Thunderbolts #150 & #172, Secret Invasion: Front Line #5, Nova #24, Age of X Universe #2, Avengers Academy #38, Wolverine: Origins #29, Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 #16, and X-Force Vol. 4 #9.
- This is the final part of the battle vs. Lang's sentinels, started in X-Men #98 and continued through last issue. The storyline finishes next issue.
Links and ReferencesEdit
- The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators - accessed on 04/21/2009
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men #5 - See for further referencing
- The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men Vol 2 #2 - See for further referencing
- ↑ Stephen Lang is a tough guy to kill. His mind would live on in the body of Master Mold check out Incredible Hulk Annual #7
- ↑ This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:
- Classic X-Men #8 - 1st story
- Essential X-Men #1 - 8th story
- Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men 2nd Edition HC #1 - 8th story
- Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men HC #1 - 8th story
- Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC #1 - 8th story
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