Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 1.0, last modified February 22, 2001
Non-adamantium-enhanced mutant stories in Marvel Comics Presents Version 1.0, last modified February 22, 2001 by Robert Diehl (firstname.lastname@example.org) Story: Colossus: God?s Country (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 10-17, Jan-89 to Apr-89 also available as trade paperback, 1994 Feature Characters: Peter Nikolievich Rasputin (Colossus) Regular Characters: Bruce and Roxanne; their son Zackery; his grandfather Guest Stars: Villains: Alexander and Cold Warriors including Jack, Jocko, Gregory, Number Six (alias Nina) Other Characters: Elmo, Bob Synopsis: Colossus, on vacation, is offended by the pornography for sale at a newsstand. He says it is an abuse of the free press, which should be a treasured freedom. The proprietor tells him to go back to Russia. Zackery?s family takes him on a picnic; his obsession with violence (guns, samurai, space attacks) bothers his liberal, tree-hugging mother and grandfather, but his dad is just a dumb old redneck Reagan Republican. Zackery goes off into the woods alone and happens upon the cybernetic Cold Warriors. They catch him and kill Jack, a renegade agent. The agents work for Alexander, an old man whose body and mind are failing. His Cold Warriors covertly protect America from terrorists. Colossus comes across Zackery?s family, tussles with Bruce, and when they hear Zackery cry out, he runs over and fights the villains. He defeats them, and gets away with Zackery and his family. Bruce takes them to the police; Colossus realizes they are corrupt cops, knocks one down, and gets the family away. Bruce barricades them up in their house, although Colossus warns him that this is high-stakes crime and they should hide. Bruce gives Zackery a pistol to defend himself, and he immediately points it at Colossus, the Commie. Roxanne has a nervous breakdown. Grandpa goes outside to live in the car. The neighbors gossip. Colossus criticizes America because it doesn?t guarantee everyone a job, home, and healthcare, like they do in Russia. He suggests that both countries have flawed systems and shouldn?t fight each other. At night, the Cold Warriors attack, and Colossus beats them off. Six begs Colossus to knock her out and take her inside, so she can talk to the family. She believes her organization has gone too far in a good cause, and now wants to expose it. She sends Colossus to detain Alexander until the press arrives, and she stays behind to protect the family. Colossus breaks through the Cold Warriors, with just minor damage to his T-shirt. They ask him to kill them, so their leaders don?t rebuild their bodies and make them keep fighting. He refuses. Jocko breaks through the wall and attacks Roxanne. Nina and Bruce defeat him; she babbles about killing the family, so Bruce ties her up. He also gags Roxanne, who is insane. Zackery gets angry and refuses to help his father fight. The neighbors gossip but do nothing. Alexander explains to Colossus how the CIA spawned his organization, which gets starts wars and runs drugs to fund itself. Grandpa walks through a hail of bullets back into the house, lays himself down, and dies. He doesn?t want to live in a world of tough guys. He wills his strength to Roxanne, who is able to answer the police?s questions when they arrive. Alexander asserts that none of this will be reported in the papers; Nina is taken into custody; Zackery?s family draws closer together; Colossus plans to visit his family in Russia. Story: Marvel Girl: The Maiden Phoenix (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 15, Mar-89 Feature Characters: Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) Regular Characters: Ship Guest Stars: Prof. Xavier (as an illusion) Villains: Lightning Bug as Phoenix Other Characters: Synopsis: Aboard X-Factor?s Ship, ?Phoenix? wakes Jean, pretends to be Xavier, and makes her come down into the city, down into the Morlock tunnels beneath the subways. Rats brush her feet, breaking the trance, and she immediately fights the Phoenix to keep it from reclaiming her. Phoenix explains that she is a Morlock, whose body was destroyed in the Mutant Massacre (1986), so she needs a new body. Jean fights this, too, and manifests her own Phoenix, which destroys the first one. She finds the skeletal remains of a child, Lightning Bug, and promises to bury her. Story: Longshot: Dreamwalk (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 16, Apr-89 Feature Characters: Longshot Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men Wolverine, Rogue, Dazzler, Storm, Havok; Gateway Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: In Australia, Longshot races roos for fun. He bumps into a native, who was dreamwalking, and who says Longshot can do it, too: mind awake, body asleep. (Rather the converse of Longshot?s ordinary state.) The X-Men go party in town, but Longshot stays home and dreamwalks. A creature of his imagination fights and plays with him. He doesn?t realize the dream is trashing the place in reality. Story: Cyclops: The Retribution Affair (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 17-24, Apr-89 to Jul-89 also available as trade paperback Cyclops: Retribution, 1994 Feature Characters: Scott Summers (Cyclops) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Sean Cassidy (Banshee), Callisto; X-Factor: Archangel, Marvel Girl, Beast Iceman, X-Men Rogue, Psylocke, Havok, Storm, Colossus, Dazzler, Wolverine, Longshot, Adam, God, Einstein, Da Vinci (as memories) Villains: Master Mold and Conscience (Stephen Lang), and servitors Other Characters: Bobbie, Mary Campbell, Dr. McKinnon Synopsis: Banshee has called Cyclops to Muir, but when he gets there, he is assaulted by futuristic defense systems, sees Moira walk past him as though he isn?t there, and is knocked unconscious by a sonic blast. He wakes hours later, talks to Moira and Banshee, but they don?t believe him, especially because there?s no damage from the previous night?s fight. That night Moira, mind-controlled, abducts two children from their home. Next day, Banshee tells Cyclops he knows Moira has been sleepwalking. They both feel an inexplicable malevolence. Mary Campbell is suddenly deathly ill; her brother says the little people in the lights did it. That night, Cyclops destroys a missile that tried to kill him in his sleep. He realizes Moira is gone. She is talking to Master Mold, who has had her infect the Campbells with a virus that only kills mutants. He plans to release it into the atmosphere, to kill all mutants. Cyclops has rushed Banshee to the hospital; he has the retribution virus, too. Master Mold uses a sonic beacon to knock out everyone in the hospital, then sends his servitors (?little people?) to take Mary and Banshee so Moira can study the progress of the disease. Cyclops wakes, blasts the servitors, but is only able to rescue Moira before Master Mold gets away. She realizes what she has been forced to do, and tells Cyclops and Callisto that they have been exposed and only have a few days to live. Conscience (who has also been constructed from Lang?s engrams) takes servitors to Muir and overcomes and captures Moira, Cyclops, and Callisto. Bobbie and Mary?s nurse have both contracted the virus, even though they aren?t mutants. Conscience tells Master Mold to abort the plan, but he wants to go through with it, since although all mutants will die, some few non-mutants will survive. Conscience decides to release the mutants so they can stop Master Mold; Moira goes to the lab to stop the disease that she created. Master Mold catches them and blasts Conscience; Cyclops summons his last reserves, blasts Master Mold, and collapses. Master Mold goes off to kill the world. Cyclops tells Conscience to infect Master Mold?s programming, like a computer virus. Moira realizes that even when she was mind-controlled, she created a way to cure the virus. She gives Banshee the antidote, which restores (temporarily) his mutant power. Cyclops and he defeat Master Mold; Conscience takes Master Mold?s ship into space and blows it up, destroying the rest of the virus. Story: Wolfsbane and Mirage: Suffer a Wolf to Live (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 22, Jun-89 Feature Characters: Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Danielle Moonstar (Mirage) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Sean Cassidy (Banshee) Villains: Tuatha de Danan (the children of Danu) including Gwydion, Meghann Other Characters: Synopsis: The two mutants are on summer vacation, hiking on Muir Island. Rahne runs after a wolf, which leads her into the woods, and she gets lost. She is greeted by Meghann, who says she has crossed the Mists of Avalon and is now home. Rahne spends weeks with them, hunting and reveling, but always longing for the home she left behind. . Dani, meanwhile, has got Moira to have people search the island, but no luck. She decides to find Rahne herself. She envisions her worst fear: that Rahne is dead, and this snaps Rahne out of it. She tries to leave, the Celts try to restrain her, since they need new blood to survive, but she gets away and finds Dani, the wolf-tribe hard on her heels. Dani summons an image of their worst fear: medieval soldiers. Rahne returns home, but with some regrets. Story: Havok: Pharaoh?s Legacy (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 24-31, Jul-89 to Nov-89 Feature Characters: Alex Summers (Havok) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Wolverine (Logan) Villains: Trackers including Plasma (Leila O?Toole), mercenaries including Brendan, Jake, Tony, Russ, Pharaoh cultists including Ahmed Other Characters: Eileen Synopsis: In Australia, Havok helps Leila, whose rental car broke down. They are attacked by mercenaries on flying sleds. Havok blasts them, then tries to get away. Leila knocks him clear just as they goop his jeep. Car-less, they start walking to the nearest town. Leila explains that she belonged to an Egyptian cult, and ran away when she realized they practiced human sacrifice. At night, the mercenaries net them. Havok blasts the net, then the ground, burying them. Leila flies them in a sled to town. Then she convinces him to tour Australia with her. Alex is reluctant to fall in love, his relationships with Polaris and Madelyn Pryor having ended badly. But Leila says she was incomplete before him. In a restaurant, they are attacked. The mercenaries capture Leila and lob a grenade at Havok. The Tracker, angry that Havok was killed instead of captured, kills the mercenary and then flies off with Leila. Havok blasts into a club, looking for information. The locals make fun of his costume, and he beats them up. He learns Leila was taken to a confectioner?s warehouse in Cairo. In Cairo Airport, Havok is attacked by mercenaries. He draws them into a hangar, then blasts them. He finds the warehouse and falls through a trapdoor into a cell. He breaks through the guard and the wall and gets to the cult?s temple. Leila is a hostage, and he must duel the Trackers or she will be killed. He agrees; they attack him en masse, trying to get him to blast them. They think they can absorb his cosmic energy, and he gives them their chance. Plasma, who is heir to the Living Pharaoh, keeps fighting, even after Havok blasts her again. Exhausted, he runs. Wolverine tracks him from Cairo and finds him collapsed in the desert. He fights off an attempt by the Trackers to recapture him, then they go to rescue Leila. They battle through the warehouse and into the complex. Plasma knocks out Wolverine; Havok blasts her but it just makes her stronger. She reveals herself to be Leila. She is the Living Pharaoh?s niece and has a psychic bond to Havok, which is how she found him in Australia. She tells him to blast her, so she can absorb his power, but he refuses. She knocks him around, making the underground complex collapse. Havok fells her with a right cross, swears off women, and walks away with Wolverine. Story: Ursa Major: Sophia (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 25, Aug-89 Feature Characters: Maj. Mikhail Ursus (Ursa Major of the Soviet Super-Soldiers) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: ?Mountain Men? including Arkady, Pavel Other Characters: Sophia Ilyitch Kharkova, her parents Anton and Idel Kharkov, Capt. Oleg Synopsis: Ursa Major is vacationing in the Caucasus mountains where he grew up. He comes across a little girl, who befriends him until her parents show up. Anton, a member of the Politburo, demands to see Ursa Major?s ID, and when he realizes he is a Super-Soldier, he lets him go. Days later, Ursa Major finds Idel being loaded into an ambulance. She has been beaten, and Anton and Sophia taken, and the local military is doing nothing to help. Ursa Major gets mad, becomes a bear, and starts his own search. He finds Anton?s captors and knocks them out, but Anton dies. Ursa Major finds Sophia?s captors and starts on them. One runs off with Sophia, falls off a cliff, and Ursa Major catches Sophia in time. She at first thinks Ursa Major is her stuffed bear, and rides him home. Story: Excalibur: Having a Wild Weekend (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 31-38, Nov-89 to Dec-89 Feature Characters: Excalibur: Brian Braddock (Capt. Britain), Meggan, Rachel Summers (Phoenix II), Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), Katherine ?Kitty? Pryde (Shadowcat) Regular Characters: Lockheed, Widget Guest Stars: Villains: the Loonies (similar to Warner Brothers? Loonie Tunes): Tailgunner (Road Runner), the Ham (Porky Pig), Gums Gunny (Bugs Bunny), Rooster Cockburn (Foghorn Leghorn), Southpaw (Yosemite Sam), Billy Bird (Daffy Duck), Rochester (Sylvester), Tweedie (Tweety Bird); Nanny, Heb, Nellie Day, Heathrow, (the Beverley Hillbillies: Granny, Jeb, Ellie May Clampett, and Jethro Bodine); Snarla (Carla), Deformy (Norm Peterson), Biffy (Cliff Clavin), Scam (Sam Malone); Norman, Lilac, Freddy, and Grampire (Herman, Lily, Eddie, and Grampa Munster); Belch (Lurch), Twit (cousin It); Rambo and Van Winkle (Rocky and Bullwinkle), Karloff and Romanoff (Boris and Natasha); Gumbo (Dumbo); a scarecrow, a tin man, flying monkeys, a wicked witch, a lion; Kate Pryde, Dark Phoenix; Bill the Cat; 68 (Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), 99.9 (Agent 99); Woody Allen as the White Rabbit; the Lone Ranger; Shooby (Scooby Doo); Munchkins Other Characters: Synopsis: In the Lighthouse, Kitty?s computer goes wild, and the Loonies appear, attack Excalibur, and take them captive in giant carrots to their HQ, where they put each into a cell. Kitty is attacked by the giant Rochester, realizes she can?t phase, and that Rochester is electronic. She reprograms him and puts him to sleep. She removes the earrings that had been put on her to dampen her power, finds the control room, and starts reprogramming. Brian finds himself in a sea of alcohol, near islands littered with bottles. He is attacked by his old selves and fights them. Then Nellie Day shoots them through their heads. He finds himself on a yellow brick road, then in Mayberry and Cheers analogs. He thinks he?s losing his mind. Meggan finds herself in a kitchen, attacked by the furniture and implements. Then she is greeted by a mixture of Munster and Addams Family wannabes and is turned into a dragon by the dragon under the stairs. The Loonies realize someone is tampering with their computer. Nightcrawler finds himself caged and mocked as a freak, but he looks normal, and his audience is monstrous. He is freed and attacked by moose and sqvirrel, Russian spies, and circus people in general. Kitty locates him and phases him out. Phoenix is surrounded by fire. She sees herself burned alive, then sees Kate Pryde (from her own timeline) accuse her of leaving her to die. She is then attacked by Dark Phoenix, and defeats her as Skywalker vs Vader. Tweedie attacks her, making her age into decrepitude. Kitty has reprogrammed Rochester and breaks in, just in time. Rochester eats Tweedie, then turns into Bill the Cat and explodes. Lockheed and Widget find themselves dressed as Holmes and Watson. They rescue a dragon in distress from being run over by a train. Kitty realizes Brian was the only one who wasn?t in a Murderworld. His adventures have all been illusions. She locates him, knocks out the Loonies with poppies, and frees him. The team heads for the Emerald City, are delayed by a twister and evil Munchkins, and break in to see the wizard. The Loonies attack them; Arcade reveals himself as the evil mastermind behind all this; and Kitty reveals that she has prepared her own Loonies to fight his. Marvin the Martian, Elmer Fudd, the Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Wiley Coyote, the Chickenhawk, the Dog, and Pepe Le Pew finally win. Excalibur goes home on a hot air balloon. Story: Sunfire: The Dreaded Deadline Doom! (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 32, Nov-89 Feature Characters: Shiro Yoshida (Sunfire) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Corrupter and his henchmen; Deadline (Dr. Kishi Oramosha) Other Characters: Erin Synopsis: Corrupter has come to Japan to rob banks, because he thinks there are no heroes there. Sunfire disabuses him of the notion, then goes to Tokyo University to attend the opening of a new science building. Dr. Oramosha, the guest speaker, starts raving: he plans to use the science building to drill into the earth and destroy Japan, then force the other nations to stop fighting and cooperate to solve world problems. Sunfire is unable to blast the science building, so he attacks Deadline, who knocks him down. Erin, a French exchange student, encourages him, and he goes into the device, rechannels its energy into itself, and destroys it. Story: Freedom Force: Force Fed! (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 41, Jan-90 Feature Characters: Freedom Force: Mystique (aliases include Raven Darkholm), the Blob (Fred J. Dukes), Avalanche (Dominic Petros), Spiral (Ricochet Rita), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Sen. Robert Kelly Villains: Muerte, Tamone and his bandits, the Grip: Napalm, Vice, Windmill, Uzi, Sprint Other Characters: Synopsis: Tamone has Kelly and his aides before a firing squad, but the drug lord Muerte interrupts and has them taken to his mansion. Turns out it is really Mystique. Freedom Force has been sent to rescue Kelly. The real Muerte returns, with the exo-skeletoned Grip. Blob and Pyro easily defeat them; Avalanche defeats Tamone and his boys and buries Muerte?s base, with all his ill-gotten gain. Muerte vows vengeance; so does Mystique. Story: Siryn: Hello, Little Girl, Is Your Father Home? (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 43, 1990 Feature Characters: Theresa Cassidy (Siryn) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: McFadden, Teleplex; The Kinsmen: Wee One, Boulder, Highlander, Dyke, Rapscallion Other Characters: Synopsis: The Kinsmen are sent to Cassidy Keep. They are to be Ireland?s super-hero team, and wanted to take Banshee in for an overdue debriefing. Instead they find Siryn, who invites them in, then screams at them to leave. They are new at this, and she single-handedly (voiced-ly?) beats them, then finds McFadden and destroys his fancy helicopter. Story: Collective Man: The Sons of Mary Tao-Yu (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 55, 1990 Feature Characters: Han, Chang, Lin, Sun, and Ho Tao-Yu (Collective Man) Regular Characters: Mary Tao-Yu, Pukou Guest Stars: Villains: Col. Pong, Ho Ti Other Characters: Synopsis: Collective Man has been denied permission to leave his army base to visit their dying mother. So they break out, past Pong?s soldiers, and are pursued by Ho Ti, the ancient Chinese god of happiness, who has allied with the People?s Republic. Mary regrets letting the state take her children, whom she hasn?t seen since. She doesn?t want to die alone. Four of the brothers merge and battle Ho Ti, while Lin goes to his mother. Each of the brothers then transports to their mother?s bedside, leaving Ho to battle Ho Ti alone. He is killed, but his spirit joins his brothers. Ho Ti realizes this familial love is more important than he is, and he floats away. Story: Black Widow, Darkstar, Starlight: One Into Three Don?t Go! (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 70, 1991 Feature Characters: Natasha Alianovna Romanov (Black Widow), Laynia Petrovna (Darkstar), Tania (Starlight, the Red Guardian) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Larry Kane Villains: Presence (Sergei Krylov) Other Characters: Synopsis: Darkstar, now a Soviet Super-Soldier, is on a goodwill tour of America, and meets up with Black Widow, her old colleague from the Champions. Presence sees them on the news and sends Starlight to fetch them: he wants an all-Russian harem. (Note: Darkstar is his daughter.) Starlight attacks them in Widow?s apartment; they take the fight to the rooftops. Darkstar encases Widow and Starlight in her darkforce dimension, where Widow is able to break Presence?s control. Starlight explains that Presence is a very sick man, and goes back to try to redeem him. Story: Warlock: Fleshtones (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 71, 1991 Feature Characters: Warlock Regular Characters: Patty Kurlychek Guest Stars: Villains: The Fleshtones: Drs. Mason, Moore, and Most Other Characters: Synopsis: Warlock comes across FBI agent Kurlychek, who has had a car crash. He shields her from the explosion and introduces himself. She explains she was chasing three mad scientists, who show up, having injected themselves with a bio-toxin that lets them morphs their bodies at will, like Warlock, when they are exposed to air. They fight, and a Fleshtones encapsulates them. Warlock switches things around, encapsulating the Fleshtones. He dumps them in the conveniently nearby tar pits, turns into a giant fan, and they freeze up. Kurlychek, impressed, gives Warlock her card. Story: Human Torch and Iceman: Absolute Zero (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 74, 1991 Feature Characters: Johnny Storm (Human Torch), Robert Drake (Iceman) Regular Characters: Alicia Storm Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: Johnny races to save Alicia: a madman named Firebomb has set a bomb to blow her up. Bobby races to stop Johnny: the madman has rigged to bomb to trigger off a heat source. They each battle through the villain?s complex and find Alicia and the bomb; Bobby freezes it, and Johnny sucks heat away from him. Together they reduce it to absolute zero, at which temperature all activity stops. Story: Meggan and Shadowcat: Charmed Lives (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 75, 1991 Feature Characters: Meggan, Katherine ?Kitty? Pryde (Shadowcat) Regular Characters: Mikhail ?Mischa?; Yuri Guest Stars: Capt. Britain, Phoenix II, Nightcrawler Villains: Cypress Other Characters: Synopsis: The mutants rescue two wrecked Russian fishermen and take them in the lighthouse. Mikhail plays up to Kitty, reminding her of her failed relationship with Colossus. Then the boys turn on them: they demand guns and a boat. The girls quickly subdue them. Mikhail explains that they are really scientists with Roxxon who have discovered a biological weapon. Their lab was destroyed; their co-workers killed, so they ran for it. Cypress arrives, gunning for them. Kitty toys with him, letting his bullets phase through her, and doing the same for Mikhail and Yuri. But Yuri lets go of her hand, and is shot. Meggan fwooshes Cypress down with the lighthouse?s sea water hose. Yuri shoots Mikhail, to prevent the formula from ever being discovered. Story: The Incredible Hulk and Selene: Not Interested (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 78, 1991 Feature Characters: Dr. David Bruce Banner (the Hulk), Selene (the Black Queen) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Magneto (Eric Magnus Lensherr, the White King), the White Queen (Emma Frost) Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: Selene is bored. She investigates a bar brawl and finds the Hulk. She propositions him, but he is not interested. She kisses the bartender, sucking the life force out of him, but Hulk not interested. She attacks him psychically and telekinetically, but he is not interested. She realizes the Hulk is more powerful than her, and begs mercy. She returns to the Hellfire Club, having learned a little about arrogance, and says Magneto needs that lesson, too. Story: Sunspot: The Tender and the Vulgar (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 79, 1991 Feature Characters: Roberto da Costa (Sunspot) Regular Characters: Christina Aguilar Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: The Aguilars including Euphy Synopsis: In Brazil, Sunspot lifts a fallen tree off Christina, who is freaked by his power, and because she has lost her engagement ring. They eat dinner at the Aguilar home, where younger daughter Euphy is overlooked and clumsy. Thugs break in, and attack them as mutant-lovers. Sunspot?s power is on the blink, and he is beaten up, as well. He realizes these thugs cut the tree in the forest and have the ring. He gets angry, powers up, and defeats them. The police take them away. Sunspot tells Euphy to appreciate having a family; it?s worse to be a mutant. He leaves, dejected. Story: Beast: Just Friends (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 85-92, 1991 Feature Characters: Dr. Henry P. ?Hank? McCoy (Beast) Regular Characters: Dr. Jennifer Nyles Guest Stars: X-Men Iceman, Angel, Cyclops, Prof. X (all in flashback); Ship; Red Guardian, Henry Peter Gyrich, Madison Jeffries, Anthony Stark, Victor Von Doom (on screen) Villains: Evan; the Constrictor (Frank Schlichting); the Red Ghost (Dr. Ivan Kragoff) and his Super Apes: Gorilla, Orangutan, Chimp; Lt. Cmdr. Courage and Were-Borgs; Dr. Meyer Hertzog (in flashback) Other Characters: Capt. Masclelein; Edna and Norton McCoy; a French scientist Synopsis: Beast dictates his memoirs to Ship. Flashback to the early days of the X-Men: Beast is furious when he learns to protect him, Xavier has erased him from the memories of his friends, Jennifer in particular. Xavier coldly says he can quit if he wants to. Hank has regrets, wondering what would have happened if he had gone with Jennifer. In Brussels, Belgium, there have been a series of grisly murders. A postal worker rows out to Ship; an armored Super Ape attacks her; Ship ports Beast down to rescue her, and the ape self-destructs. Beast reads his invitation, from Jennifer, to a conference on mutants in Brussels. On the plane, Beast annoys a French scientist in the seat next to him with his reminiscences. Flashback: at the last minute, Jennifer invites Hank to the junior prom. She even provides his tux and punches out the school bully who makes fun of them. Then she got the football coach to make him quarterback. He excels. Jennifer went to London to study; Hank became an X-Man. In the hotel in Brussels, he is attacked by the Constrictor. He checks in, fails to find Jennifer, runs across the Red Ghost, who is dying, and tricks the Constrictor into attacking an aquarium, shorting out his suit. At the scientist?s reception, Jennifer doesn?t recognize Beast. The Super Apes attack, knock Beast down, and kidnap Jennifer. Flashback: Hank?s first Danger Room session. He loses. Beast puts the pieces together: two specialists in techo-organics kidnapped, the Red Ghost set up as the fall guy, and the authorities are in on it. He knocks out two guards and with the French scientist infiltrates the Ministry of Defense. He finds Red Ghost and learns that the Super Apes are no longer under his control. Then Courage throws him out. Beast tells Constrictor that he has been used, and they are partners now. They battle through Were-Borgs and into the Ministry. Beast leaves Constrictor to fight the Super Apes, while he finds Jennifer, who unexpectedly shoots him with a tranquilizer. He wakes, caged, and Courage explains that Jennifer and he are using Hertzog?s research to make Were-Borgs. They had used corpses first; now they are using the scientists from the conference. Beast breaks out, fights through more Were-Borgs, and gets away with an unwilling Jennifer. He breaks into the computers systems, shows her that Courage plans to make Were-Borgs out of living, influential people and rule the world. She explains she felt like someone had reprogrammed her mind, so she researched technology to do the same. Hank kisses her, and she remembers him. Constrictor and the French scientist battle Were-Borgs and rescue Red Ghost. Beast reprograms the Super Apes to help Constrictor, and they attack Courage with him. Beast reprograms the Were-Borgs to stop fighting and dance. Courage, desperate, shoots Jennifer. She and Beast profess their love. Constrictor and Frenchie battle Courage, who turns out to be a Were-Borg, too. Red Ghost revives, phases a metal rod through Courage?s body, then solidifies, killing him. Hank uses his parts to save Jennifer?s life; they part as friends. Story: Spitfire: Young Blood (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 89, 1991 Feature Characters: Lady Jacqueline Crichton (Spitfire) Regular Characters: Kenneth Crichton, Nigel Peters Guest Stars: Villains: Selene (the Black Queen), Steven Other Characters: Synopsis: Spitfire had received a blood transfusion from the original Human Torch in the 40?s, which gave her powers. Now she has received a second transfusion, which had restored her youth. Selene, visiting London, sees this on the news. She herself has just finished consuming the life force of a bellboy. Spitfire?s son encourages her to marry Peters, whom she had rescued as a boy, but she is reluctant. Selene kidnaps Kenneth and forces Spitfire to meet her. She wants to vivisect her, to determine how her metabolism made her young. Spitfire instead beats her up, and rescues Kenneth from a bomb he was strapped to. She vows vengeance on Selene, then decides to start over with Peters. Story: Mojo: What?s Wrong with This Picture?! (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 89, 1991 Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men Storm, Beast, Cyclops, Colossus, Psylocke, Wolverine, Prof. X, Jubilee, Iceman, Archangel, Rogue, Jean Grey Villains: Mojo, Major Domo, Minor Domo, Yes Men, Spiral Other Characters: Synopsis: Mojo?s ratings have fallen; people want to watch documentaries. Minor Domo suggests they make one, so they secretly film the X-Men in Their Natural Habitat. Mojo finds them all boring, until the hold a Danger Room session, but by then they have run out of film. They develop the film and realize that Mojo had the camera turned around, and filmed his own face. The Mojo Face-Show becomes a hit, and he films a sequel, allowing his helpers to hit him with mallets, to get different expressions. Story: Ghost Rider and Cable: Servants of the Dead (64 pages) Issue(s): MCP 90-97, 1991-1992 also available as trade paperback, 1992 Feature Characters: Cable, Ghost Rider, Daniel Ketch Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Morlocks; the Grateful Undead including their god, high priest, and a girl; Jubal Jones Other Characters: Synopsis: While Dan visits his sister?s grave, Cable patrols the Morlock tunnels. He comes across a girl fleeing the Grateful Undead and shoots many bullets at them, then kills a Guardian, with a spike through its heart. Cable and the girl are then captured by the Undead; Ghost Rider is provoked into action by all this, frees Cable, and they go to free the girl. They fight the Undead in a huge underground cavern, and fall into a chasm. Ghost Rider manages to save them; they wind up in the bone-filled Cathedral of the Dead and quickly overcome the Undead there. The Undead throw the girl to their god; she is grabbed by a giant squid, which Cable and Ghost Rider defeat. Ghost Rider takes them to the surface on his mystical bike, interrupting the grave-robbing Jones, and pursued by Warriors of the Dead. Turns out the girl is a runaway Undead assassin, and the various subterranean races are fighting a war. The Warriors come looking for her; their leader stabs her with four weapons to prove she is one of them, but she is still unwilling to return. The dead-god ports them all back to his cathedral; Ghost Rider and Cable attack him and show him to be human. He says he was a powerful necromancer, and is appalled to learn that his worshippers have become assassins. He gives the girl her choice; she chooses fall dead. Ghost Rider and Cable go their ways. Story: Northstar: Separate Allies (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 92, 1991 Feature Characters: Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Edoard Glissant, Richelieu Other Characters: Montgomery Synopsis: Glissant is a colleague of Northstar?s from his Separatiste days, who wants to kill him for selling out to the government. Richelieu is a skier who resents the mutant attending a ski benefit, and spits in his face. Glissant uses a bomb to create an avalanche; Northstar saves the skiers and creates a whirlwind, which turns the avalanche into a snowfall. Glissant pulls a gun on Northstar; Richelieu takes the bullet; Northstar punches Glissant out. Richelieu thanks Northstar, but he remains arrogant. Story: Puck: Razer?s Edge (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 99, 1992 Feature Characters: Eugene Milton Judd (Puck) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Heather Hudson Villains: Arcade, Razer Other Characters: Synopsis: Puck bounces a couple of thugs out of his favorite bar, and moons over Heather. Arcade wants to steal the powerful Razer from Puck; he puts him in a maze, where he is too slow to save Heather from being crushed by a carousel. The shock sets Razer free, making Puck a full-size old man, again. Razer attacks Arcade; he yells to Puck for help, telling him Heather was just a hologram. Puck grabs Razer?s sword and reabsorbs him, shrinking in size in process. Arcade flees. Story: Nightcrawler: Night of the Ripper (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 110, 1992 Feature Characters: Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Dr. Jacqueline Davenport, Harry Flanagan Other Characters: Synopsis: Nightcrawler interrupts a London serial killer who is killing pimps. The killer gets away, Davenport volunteers to help save the victim, but in reality she is the Ripper, so she kills him. Davenport takes Nightcrawler to follow a local pimp named Flanagan; she tries to kill him, but Nightcrawler has her figured out and stops her. She explains she is taking vengeance for her sister, a prostitute who died from a drug overdose. Nightcrawler scares the wits out of Flanagan and turns Davenport over to the police. Story: Mirage: Of Faith and Fable (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 121, 1993 Feature Characters: Danielle Moonstar (Mirage) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Mist, Hota-Mitanio Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: In Asgard, Mirage trains with Mist, but she feels she is being watched and is distracted. She is encapsulated by the Cheyenne god Hota-Mitanio, who wants to take her where she belongs. Mist fights him until Mirage breaks free and stops them. The god accuses her of betraying her heritage; she wants to stay and learn from the Valkyries, and chooses to be of both worlds. Story: Starjammers: Beyond the Call (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 149, Mar-94 Feature Characters: Starjammers: Maj. Christopher Summers (Corsair), Hepzibah, Ch?od, Raza Longknife Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: the Aris of Bianca IV including Jood?l, Ariana Other Characters: Synopsis: The Aris use a tractor beam to force the Starjammers to land on their planet. They explain that the Shi?ar are going to destroy their planet, and ask help refueling their force field generator. They have to battle a demon guarding the Della gem mine, and Raza kills it. Hepzibah plans to take a gem for herself, but the mine collapses and she gives it tot he Aris. The generator is powered; the planet is safe; the Starjammers leave. Story: Excalibur: Cross Time Critters (8 pages) Issue(s): MCP 174, Feb-95 Feature Characters: Lockheed, Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur Villains: Technet: Gatecrasher, Thug, Bodybag, Yap, Waxworks, Scatterbrain, Chinadoll, Numbers Other Characters: Synopsis: Technet has been sent to capture Phoenix. They arrive in the Lighthouse to find Lockheed, who fends them off for a while, burning off Gatecrasher?s hair. She has Yap port him away, but the open portal lets Devil Dinosaur through. Technet is unable to defeat it, so Gatecrasher has Yap switch him with Lockheed again. Kitty comes to see what all the trouble was, and congratulates Lockheed on besting Technet. ***** DIDN?T DO: Wolverines 38ff ? Wonder Man, with Beast 60ff ? Scarlet Witch 82ff ? Firestar
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