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X-Men Vol 1 128


X-Men Vol 1 128

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Quote1 I... hear you, butcher -- inside my mind -- laughing! You... enjoy causing pain... death. Before I met you, I never understood... evil. You are evil, Proteus. But you have made a fatal mistake. You toyed with me when you should have slain me. Allowing me time to change from Peter Rasputin... to Colossus! That mistake will be your last! Quote2
-- Colossus (Peter Rasputin)

Appearing in "The Action of the Tiger!"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Action of the Tiger!"Edit

Continued from last issue...

Holding Moira as hostage, Proteus causes reality to bend and break in the city of Edinburgh, forcing the X-Men to save the innocent people thrown into harm's way. Proteus reflects on how he got here.[1]

The X-Men finally bring the fight to Proteus, but he foils each of their assaults in turn. Proteus makes a tactical withdrawal, bringing Moira with him, but Phoenix catches up and nails him with a powerful psychic attack. He finally manages to retaliate, but Wolverine has caught up and puts his deadly adamantium claws to use through Proteus's side! Cyclops and Havok then let Proteus have it with both barrels, but though the attack weakens Proteus, he escapes and snags Moira from Wolverine's grasp!

Colossus pursues, and throws Proteus away from Moira, shattering his decaying body! Uncloaked by flesh, Proteus is a being of pure energy, and he delights in torturing Colossus's psyche as he slowly roasts him with fire. But Proteus didn't figure on Peter Rasputin's ability to transform himself into organic steel! Colossus transforms, and thrusts himself into the heart of Proteus's energy form where his metal body is anathema to his foe.

In the end, relieved that their foe is defeated, the X-Men grieve for having to take his life.

  • This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • This concludes the Proteus storyline that started in X-Men #126 and #127.


  1. The X-Men's battle with Magneto in X-Men #104 ruptured the seal on his cell, allowing him to eventually possess Angus MacWhirter.
  2. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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