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Cover Date: Annual 1986
Cover Price: US $ 1.25
Issue Tagline: Introducing the Newest X-Man -- Longshot!
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 52 pages
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Uncanny X-Men (1963) Annual 10 - Performance
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The X-Men are playing a unique style of tag in the Danger Room, trying to get one of them to 'touch' the master of magnetism, and fail. Cypher, Betsy, and Sunspot are watching from the control room. This necessarily means that Mojo is also watching (1). Mojo decides he needs to increase ratings, so he sends in Longshot and a blast of ectoplasmic goop directly into their danger room session. Longshot is unconscious, clearly not human (2 heartbeats, 3 fingers), and is taken to the medical lab. The goop disappears before it can be analyzed. The X-Men go to bed.
In the morning it quickly becomes apparent to the New Mutants (but not the X-Men) that the X-Men are getting younger. The X-girls mostly fall in love with Longshot, while Warlock and Cypher do some investigating in the Danger Room. Betsy figures out who the bad guy is, and Magneto and the X-Men leave to find him, getting younger and more childish all the time, knocking out the New Mutants when they try to stop them. (Warlock and Cypher also figure out who's responsible on their own).
The X-Men drive the X-Mansion Rolls Royce to Central Park, and when they hop out they're about the size of 6-year olds. Magneto helps them escape New York police, and they run off through the park. Storm heads off on her own, and the rest follow her to a building, where she's already picked the lock before they got there. Then they find Mojo, and are all too eager to listen to him.
Back at the Mansion, Lockheed wakes Dani up, just in time to answer the door. Its the police, reporting the car is in City Park. Later after all the New Mutants are up, they resolve to go after the X-Men. Dani gives them all their graduation costumes, and Illyana tries to teleport them to central park... except they end up on-stage in a theater thanks to Spiral. There rapidly aging X-Men attack the New Mutants. Battle occurs, the audience captive to Spiral's magic, and the X-Men are winning! But starting with Rogue, who's use of her power reveals that something is wrong when her thoughts and others memories of her don't jive, the X-Men are slowly loosed from Mojo's control. The X-Men and New Mutants turn their attacks on Mojo, doing some damage, but he teleports away before he can be seriously injured. They do capture Spiral, who undoes many of the effects of the battle.
And Mojo, off in the Wildways, smiles as the approval rating of his X-Men show goes through the roof.
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