Quote1 I'm sorry, Professor... there's no easy way to say this... ah, We -- The Old X-Men -- we're... we're leaving, sir. Pulling out. Quote2
-- Angel (Warren Worthington III)

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Synopsis for "The Doomsmith Scenario!"Edit

Chapter 1: "The Doomsmith Scenario"

Professor X gathers the large team together in the school. He wants to congratulate them on their last battle[1] as well as talk to them about the future. No sooner does he get the words out of his mouth when Sunfire speaks up and says he is leaving the team. Xavier tries to stop him, but Sunfire refuses. The other new members of the team stay, some hesitantly and Sunfire flies away. Banshee is asked and begins to say that he is too old for the team of young heroes, but accepts the challenge anyhow.

Unexpectedly, some of the original group, as well as Lorna Dane and Havok, decide to leave. They reason that when they joined the team, they were young and inexperienced. They have decided to live their lives on their own since Xavier has taught them to be responsible. Out of the original group, Cyclops is the only one to remain.

The next day, Cyclops says his goodbyes and tells Jean he loves her and that he is staying. She tells him she loves him and then leaves with the rest of the group. Cyclops brings the new team to the Danger Room for their first trial run. Thunderbird proudly decides to go first and a few seconds later is flung out the entrance. The next few days of Danger Room training runs the X-Men group hard. During one of the sequences, Thunderbird is grazed by a laser beam on his leg. Cyclops calls him out as being careless and tells him how he could have lost his leg if the laser was on full power. Thunderbird fights back until Xavier telepathically demands their disgraceful display to cease. He tells Thunderbird to get to the infirmary and Cyclops to report to his office.

Chapter 2: "Death O'er Valhalla High!"

In the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a helicopter flies near Valhalla Mountain. Buried beneath the mountain is the command center for NORAD. In the War Room, a package is brought to Joe Harris. He opens it and finds that it is a box that has written, "Press Me," on it. Joe laughs and presses the button. Instantly, the box disappears and a large portal opens above them. Out of the portal come five beings looking like various wild creatures.

The creatures attack the soldiers and quickly overcome them. More soldiers flood in and the battle continues but then a voice tells them to stop; it belongs to Count Nefaria! He is the boss of these creatures and says that he has detained the remaining soldiers with gas. He also reminds the creatures of how he made them, after he and his last group of criminals were captured by the X-Men[2]. He remembers how he built these new beings with the help of Maggia scientists and says that he will use them to take his revenge on the world. He begins to turn dials on the computers.

Meanwhile, Cyclops thinks of how his reactions to Thunderbird during their training may have been overreactions. Nightcrawler enters and tries to console Cyclops when suddenly a telepathic message from Xavier tells them to report immediately to the briefing room. They race there and find a video message from Nefaria playing on the main screen. Nefaria informs them that he has activated the "Doomsmith Command System" and demands that each country give him money as ransom and if they refuse to pay he will launch all the US nuclear missiles. He gives the world three hours to decide then the transmission ends. Beast comes up on screen and asks for Professor Xavier's help with Nefaria. The X-Men accept and head for their jet. Thunderbird demands that Cyclops allow him to join them and Professor X tells him he can, although still injured.

The X-Men are met by the Air Force when they reach Valhalla Mountain. They inform them they are taking the Avengers' place in the fight and then they are told to contact Lieutenant General Fredricks. They do and though he is reluctant to trust them, he allows their help. The army is attacking the mountain as the X-Men fly toward it. Nefaria spots their jet and fires the base's SAM's[3] at them. Cyclops maneuvers the jet around the mountain to try to destroy the missiles. They hit the jet and Cyclops hits the eject button. An escape jet breaks away with the X-Men inside. Nefaria then fires the sonic disruptors at the jet and it disappears. The X-Men, however, free-fall toward the ground...

In What The--?! #2, a mock advertisement offers to sell this issue for $3.95, even if the Price Guide says it's worth $95.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Giant-Size X-Men #1 - vs. Krakoa
  2. X-Men #22 & #23
  3. Surface-to-air missiles
  4. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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