61 in the "100 Greatest Marvels Of All Time" Sacrifice and death of Jean Grey (She revives as "Phoenix" in the next issue). Greater Love Hath No X-Man... 1st time Colossus & Wolverine utilize Fastball Special maneuver. Cover: Dave Cockrum, Danny Crespi.
Perfect issue for having professional graded and the value significantly increased. All pictures are of the actual Comic (See my Grading Notes below). A really nice collectable Comic, and a piece of Comic history!Chris Claremont's X-Men is a continuation of the great Stan Lee's & Jack Kirby's original X-Men Vol. This title had many creative influences over the years, but Chris Claremont was the force that drove the title through many it its historic changes, therefore truly bringing it from "the world strangest teens" into their new status, a team of mutants fight in a "world that fears and hates them". During his legendary 15 year run he gave us character and stories such as Phoenix/Dark Phoenix, the Hellfire Club, the New Mutants, X-Factor, the Mutant Massacre and Inferno and numerous other historic heroes and events. This epic run ended after editorial disputes in 1991. The X-Men battle what appears to be their predecessors until Wolverine discerns the truth and, to the shock of his teammates, disembowels Marvel Girl to reveal her to be a robot.
Lang bemoans the defeat of his X-Sentinels before recounting the origins of Project Armageddon to his captives, giving Cyclops time to escape Lang's Nega-Tube and free the others. Lang boards a one-man flying gunship and attacks Cyclops while the other X-Men dispatch the rest of the X-Sentinels. Marvel Girl manipulates the gunship's control, causing it to spin out of control. Ironically, Lang pleads with the X-Men for help before the gunship crashes ans explodes, seemingly killing him.
The X-Men and Corbeau head back to the Starcore shuttle. However it still has a tear in the hull, the flight control computer is damaged, and their re-entry path will take them through a dangerous solar flare. Marvel Girl volunteers to manually pilot the shuttle, absorbing Corbeau's knowledge of shuttle piloting in the hope her telekinesis can protect her. With her teammates and Corbeau safe in the shuttle's shielded life-cell, Jean begins the perilous course back to Earth.
However, with 27 minutes left to Earth's atmosphere, her telekinetic shields fail and she is bombarded with solar radiation.. Recommended Reading: This is the 3rd part of a four-part storyline that in issues X-Men #98 - #101. Interesting Facts & Trivia from this issue. The cliffhanger for the previous issue depicted the real X-Men facing off with doppelgangers of Professor X and the five original X-Men.In this issue, X-Sentinel versions of Havok and Polaris also appear, apparently having joined in the faceoff "offscreen". Peter Corbeau is one of Lang's captives this issue, although he was not shown having been captured in the last issue like the above note, this was apparently an "offscreen" event. This is the first time the "Fastball Special" maneuver is carried out by Wolverine and Colossus. This issue contains one of several instances of Banshee screaming (and flying, via his sonic scream) while talking at the same time, which he should not be able to do. In Lang's flashback montage, a visual reveals that the old X-Men foe the Vanisher was one of Lang's early captives whom he experimented on.
That information is not related in dialogue, so it is likely that Prof. X, Cyclops and Jean were unaware that the Vanisher may have been aboard the station. They certainly wouldn't have abandoned anyone, even an adversary, to such a dangerous fate had they known he was still onboard.In Champions #17, the Vanisher confirms that he was still aboard the station after everyone else had fled at the end of this issue. The Vanisher even managed to effect repairs on several damaged Sentinels which ultimately aided him in returning to Earth, and he uses them against the Champions in the final issue of their series. Unfortunately this opens up a rather glaring plot hole: In this issue, the X-Men HAVE to escape the space station IMMEDIATELY as there is no chance they will be able to survive the radiation from the solar flares given the station's damaged state. The Vanisher remains onboard the station and survives the solar flares unscathed! So why didn't the X-Men just remain onboard until after the flares had passed (as the Vanisher apparently did)? In Incredible Hulk Annual #7, the Master Mold Sentinel abducts the Angel, Iceman and (inadvertently) the Hulk. The MM claims that it contains the sentience of Stephen Lang. However Angel will contradict him and relate that the real Stephen Lang survived his apparent death in this issue and managed to return to Earth alive but brain dead due to head trauma. Lang will remain comatose until Uncanny X-Men #291, when his consciousness is absorbed into the Phalanx.
The "Council of the Chosen" whom Lang identifies as having funded his project are actually the Hellfire Club. This fact is not mentioned in-universe but revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry on the Hellfire Club. This makes sense as Sebastian Shaw later proposes to Senator Robert Kelly (and later finances) the creation of a new line of Sentinels in #135. References: X-Men #97 and X-Men #99 Wolverine's quip upon discovering the true nature of the X-Sentinels, I've met the enemy, bub... And they ain't us, " is a variation on a classic line from Walt Kelly's "Pogo comic strip.
This cover has been reused for the covers of Uncanny X-Men #134, Defenders #100, New Warriors Vol. 4 #14, Thunderbolts #150 & #172, Secret Invasion: Front Line #5, Nova #24, Age of X Universe #2, Avengers Academy #38, Wolverine: Origins #29, Uncanny X-Force Vol.
4 #9, X-Men'92 Vol. 5 #8, and Atlantis Attacks #1. A Quote from The Story. That little stunt is all she wrote, pal! And if you're wondering which X-Man has the pleasure of blasting you from here to Hades, all you have to do is -- cry Havok!X-Men:- Cyclops (Scott Summers), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (Logan), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Professor X (Charles Xavier). Project Armageddon:- X-Sentinels Professor X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, Iceman, Havok (Only Apperance), Polaris (Only Apperance). Michael Rossi (Only in flashback), Avengers (Referenced), S.
(Referenced), Larry Trask (Mentioned), Vanisher (Only in flashback) Council of the Chosen (First appearance) (Only in flashback), Starcore (Mentioned). Earth Orbit, Sentinel Space Station. Stephen Lang's flying gunship, a one-man weapons-laden hovercraft. Movie and TV Appearances relating to this title. Apart from the 10 (Yes Ten) Live Action Fox Movies that this comic title has generated so far, the MCU (Marvel/Disney) now have the rights back and are planning to bring the X-men and other Mutant titles back into the MCU.
Professor X has since made an appaearence in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. And Some X-Men have appeared in the Deadpool films So X-Men titles will continue to be a really good investment. There have also of course been numerous Animated films/Series of the X-Men.
Related titles such as "The New Mutants" already been released although not part of the MCU. The Previously released Fox X-Men films based on this comic series were: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-men Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins (2009), X-Men First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014), X-Men Apocalypse (2016), Logan (2017), X-Men Dark Phoenix (2019). Plus Mutant related Titles: Deadpool 2016, and Deadpool 2 (2018). 1976 Format: US Bronze Age Comic. Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.
Size: 260 x 170 mms 10" x 6 1/2" Approx. Weight: 40 grams (1.6 oz lbs). Publishers: Marvel Comics Genre: Superhero. And a great investment and the same time!
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