X-Terminators #1

Marvel ⋅ 1988

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Key Facts

1st team appearance of The X-Terminators: Boom Boom, Rictor, Rusty Collins, Skids, Leech, Artie Maddicks, Wiz Kid (1st)

Issue Details




Jon Bogdanove


Louise Simonson


October 1988


The young mutants try to adapt to their new lives in school. Meanwhile, demons are out and about and nobody seems able to do anything about it, especially when Artie and Leech go missing. The young mutants break Rusty out of naval prison and head out to save their friends.Note: A tombstone bears the name Frederick Wertham. This is probably a tongue-in-cheek reference to the man who wrote extensively about the dangers of violence in the media, including comic books. Seeing as how this issue deals with demons and violence, the visual gesture makes sense.SynopsisIn the pits of Limbo, two demons clash. N'Astirh, a demon of immense magical power, and S'ym, a demon infused with the Transmode Virus, have a power play in which S'ym gets the upper-hand and orders N'Astirh to find 13 mutant babies to open a portal from Limbo to Earth. N'Astirh accepts defeat, but only because he has his own plan in the making. N'Astirh takes his followers and take up residence in a cemetery in Manhattan. The groundskeeper confronts the demons but is quickly turned into a demon himself. The demons are sent out to find the mutant babies.Meanwhile, X-Factor accompanies Rusty Collins and the other young mutants to the Portsmouth Naval Prison. Rusty is bent on being responsible for his past actions by turning himself in, but he has a hard time convincing Skids to let him go. The authorities try to rush the arrest but Rusty and Skids use their powers to protect their last embrace. Rusty is finally taken prisoner and interred in jail to await what he hopes is a fair trial.A few days later, Jean Grey drops Artie and Leech off at their new school, St. Simon's. The initial plan is to separate the two, but the boys make it nearly impossible to do. One boy, Taki, sees the coddling the two get and becomes a little emotional when he thinks about how alone he is. Things get worse when he wheels his custom wheelchair by Leech and crashes. He can't explain how, but he is mad at Leech for ruining his chair.At...

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