Uncanny X-Men (1963) - #226
"Go Tell the Spartans"
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Daniel 'Dan' Green
William York Wray - 'Bill'
Tom Orzechowski - 'Tom Orz'
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Cover Date: February 1988
Cover Price: US $ 1.25
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 40 pages
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The Fall of the Mutants
The X-Men are in Eagle Plaza with Madelyne Pryor and their prisoner Mystique, while outside Freedom Force has the unconscious Rogue, Psylocke and Dazzler as captives. Both teams are unsure what to do. Dazzler comes around and blinding Freedom Force, she tries to get away with her teammates, though Spiral, unaffected by the blast, rushes over and magically attaches Destiny’s mask to Dazzler’s face, blinding her. Both Psylocke and Rogue attack Spiral, but neither is able to best her. The rift in the night sky grows bigger and dinosaurs and Neanderthals start to appear, causing trouble all over Dallas. Wolverine decides to call a truce with Mystique so the teams can help each other figure things out. Split up in pairs of two, Freedom Force and the X-Men save many innocent bystanders and help the local authorities. A duo of reporters, Neal Conan and Manoli Wetherell, arrives at the scene and is in for the story of their lives. They capture it all on tape. Later they interview Mystique, and when Manoli makes an off color comment about the X-Men, Havok angrily states how the X-Men have saved the world time and again. Spiral attempts to undo the spell she put on Dazzler, but the chaos interferes with her magic. A group of Cheyenne approaches, eager to help. They know a way to end this chaos, but their leader is shot by a human, apparently a racist.. A firefight ensues killing most of the Indians. Back at the plaza, Colossus checks on Destiny. She mumbles something about him being a temporal fluke. She also says that death surrounds the X-Men. Colossus decides to enter Eagle Plaza. Psylocke stops him and scanning his thoughts, she detects Roma’s presence. The X-Men are curious about her involvement. Colossus doesn’t know, but has a weird feeling about Eagle Plaza. Rogue and Spiral go to check out Forge’s penthouse. Spiral gets there first and is sent flying from the rooftop in a huge fireball. Luckily, Rogue and Blob act fast and everyone survives. Wolverine decides to use the stairs, but it turns out the entire building is turning into a scene from Vietnam, where Forge lost his arm and leg and renounced his magic. A Viet Cong soldier pops out and fires some shots. Colossus deflects the bullets. The human that shot the Indian chief takes out this guy too. The X-Men decide they have to keep moving. Wolverine wants to take the X-Men in the building, but also wants Freedom Force to stay outside. Mystique tries to fight it, but Wolverine’s logic wins. Neal and Manoli are both touched by what he says and record it all on camera. Meanwhile, Storm and Forge are still in another world. Forge is still recovering from his knife wound, and Ororo explains that she could not bring herself to kill him. The world they are in seems to be a copy of Earth, though there is no technology, no civilization and no humans besides them. Later they find Forge’s mountain of power demolished. Storm wonders what happened to Naze and Forge assumes he’s just a pawn now. It’s all just a game to the Adversary. Forge thinks they will be safe in this world. Storm, however, knows this is not their true home. Storm leaves him to explore this world and eventually makes it to her native Africa. There she realizes that this Earth has no soul and that she might be destined to become this Earth’s "Bright Lady". A year has passed by the time she returns to Forge, who in the meantime built a new home and consecrated a new mountain. They are excited to see each other again, and Forge reveals that he has found a means to get back home, for which he has to restore her powers. Ororo agrees immediately and they go atop his new aerie, where Forge fires at her with a gun-like weapon. At first Ororo is afraid to access her powers, fearing she might become the distant "goddess" again, but Forge’s love assures her and a storm starts brewing. She takes to the air and uses her lightning to charge the portal. A large bolt hits the top of the mountain and both Storm and Forge disappear from the world. Back in Dallas, a fierce wind picks up and Eagle Plaza starts collapsing. The human with the shotgun transforms into the Adversary.
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