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The Uncanny X-Men
# 111-120


The X-Men # 111: "Mindgames!" 
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJJ
Synopsis:
The Beast investigates the mysterious disappearance of the X-Men and finds them as the star attractions in a carnival. The Beast does his best to get to the X-Men and prompts Wolverine to free himself. Wolverine frees Phoenix and she nudges the rest of the X-Men out of the mesmerism they've been under. They make their way through some carnival thugs to confront Mesmero. However, they find Mesmero defeated by Magneto who's eager to destroy Xavier's new team.

Jay' Notes:

  • Magneto last seen in X-Men #104.
  • Partially reprinted in Classic X-Men #17.

The X-Men # 112: "Magneto Triumphant!" 
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
The X-Men do a bit of posturing while Magneto transports them across the planet to his new base of operations deep in the core of a volcano in Antarctica. The X-Men engage Magneto but aren't able to leverage their teamwork. Magneto defeats each X-Man one-by-one and incarcerates them in harnesses that strip them of their powers and most of their motor skills, leaving them helpless.

Uncanny X-Men # 113: "Showdown!" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis:
While Magneto's about flexing some mutant muscle, Storm puts her thieving skills to good use and gains the X-Men their freedom. Magneto investigates and is attacked by the X-Men. This time, however, the X-Men work together unrelentlessly pounding at Magneto. During their battle, the complex's power controls are damaged and the complex is ravaged by the volcano's fury. Magneto escapes just before the complex explodes. The Phoenix and the Beast seem to be the only survivors.

Uncanny X-Men # 114: Desolation"" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJJ
Synopsis:
The Beast and the Phoenix are rescued from the Antarctic and return to the States where they break the news of their teammates' apparent deaths. Meanwhile, the rest of the team (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine) has managed to escape the complex's destruction by tunneling down into the Savage Land. They are befriended by a tribe of natives, but before they can let their guard down they're attack by Sauron.

Jay's Notes:

  • The series' title changes to "The Uncanny X-Men".

Uncanny X-Men # 115: "Visions of Death" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
The X-Men battle Sauron who turns Wolverine against them. Their battle is brought to an end by Ka-Zar who needs the X-Men's help. He tells them of the resurrection of the sun-god Garokk by a priestess named Zaladane and the construction of a formidable city. The X-Men are unable to help since they have to return to Professor X since he would obviously be Magneto's next target. However, the climate changes by Garokk force the X-Men to stay and help Ka-Zar confront Garokk.

Uncanny X-Men # 116: "To Save the Savage Land" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
Ka-Zar leads the X-Men to the sun-god Garokk's great city. They're attacked by Zaladane's sky-demons and Ka-Zar, Banshee, Cyclops, and Colossus are taken prisoner. Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Storm infiltrate the city and make their way to Garokk's main arena where he plans to sacrifice the captured X-Men. Fortunately, the X-Men free their captured teammates and they upset Garokk's power source. Storm is unable to save Garokk who apparently plunges to his death down a thermal shaft that stretches to the Earth's core.

Jay's Notes:

  • Garokk is next seen in Uncanny X-Men #149.

Uncanny X-Men # 117: "Psi-War" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The X-Men leave the Savage Land and are picked up a Japanese cargo ship during a raging storm. Meanwhile back in the States, Jean and Professor X are still having problems accepting the deaths of the X-Men. Professor X talks with Lilandra and recalls an adventure of his past. Years ago, before he had founded the X-Men, Professor X encountered another telepathic mutant named Amahl Farouk. However, Farouk's intentions were less than honourable and Professor X battled him on the astral plane and defeated him. 

Uncanny X-Men # 118: "The Submergence of Japan!" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
After six weeks at sea, the X-Men are dropped off in Japan and they make their way to the family estate of the former X-Man Sunfire who isn't exactly happy to see them. However, the Japanese prime minister is since Japan is apparently under attack by a mysterious enemy who can generate devastating earthquakes. The estate is attack by a team of Mandroids, but the X-Men are up to the task and defeat them. Moses Magnum, who has been responsible for the earthquakes, declares his ultimatum to Japan's prime minister. Meanwhile, Professor X prepares to leave Earth and journey with Lilandra, since he still believes the X-Men to be dead.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of Mariko Yoshida.
  • Guest starring Misty Knight and Colleen Wing.
  • Moses Magnum last seen in Power Man Annual #1.

Uncanny X-Men # 119: "'Twas the Night Before Christmas ..." 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJJ
Synopsis:
The X-Men infiltrate Moses Magnum's base of operations, but Magnum detects their presence and confronts them directly.  Feeling that they're beneath him, Magnum sends more Mandroids to continue the fight while he prepares to unleash his power on Japan. Fortunately, the Banshee is able to block Magnum's energy beam using his sonic scream. The feedback destroys the base and also burns out Banshee's powers.

Uncanny X-Men # 120: "Wanted: Wolverine! Dead or Alive!" 
Writer: Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The X-Men bid farewell to Sunfire, and Wolverine to Mariko, and depart on a flight back to the States. However, a mysterious storm front redirects them and they're forced to land in Calgary, Canada. Once they touch down, Vindicator announces that he wants Wolverine. Storm amplifies the storm and allows the X-Men to make a clean get away. Cyclops splits the team up, but Wolverine and Nightcrawler are captured by members of Alpha Flight.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of Alpha Flight.


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