Uncanny X-Men (Vol 1) #14: Among Us Stalk...the Sentinels

After the attack by Juggernaut, the X-Men are recuperating and training to regain the strength in their abilities. Xavier has yet another surprise for the X-Men: a long deserved vacation.

Meanwhile, Dr Trask is holding a press conference regarding the dangers of the presence of mutants among them. Mutants had to be destroyed.

Back at the Institute, the X-Men are preparing for their vacation. Warren by strapping his wings down and hiding them under his clothes. Scott switches to a special pair of ruby quartz sunglasses. Hank puts on specially made shoes to fit his over-sized feet. Out in the hallway, Scott spots Jean and musters up the courage to ask her out on a date when Warren beats him into escorting Jean to the station. Dejected, Scott can only watch as the two drive off. He is the last of the X-Men to leave, and before he does, he fetches the paper for Xavier.

The day’s paper raises issues about the dangers of mutants and how they will eventually “enslave” the human race. In order to approach the subject civilly, Xavier calls up the “National Television Network” and plans to challenge Dr Trask in a televised debate over mutant issues.

But paranoia has already begun to spread, and people begin suspecting Xavier of being a mutant himself if he is defending mutants. Dr Trask also unveils his latest invention to curb the mutant problem: Sentinels. Unexpectedly, the Sentinels turn against their creator, citing him as having an inferior brain compared to the Sentinels. Xavier sends an emergency telepathic message to his X-Men.

Beast, Iceman and Angel are the first to respond to Xavier’s summons. A few Sentinels had already been despatched by the time they arrived. Cyclops arrives to help his team mates. Beast had knocked unconscious by a Sentinel, but before Cyclops can react to the Sentinel, it suddenly shuts down and falls over.

Outside, Angel had been chasing after the despatched Sentinels. He crashes onto the train Marvel Girl was on. Together, Angel and Marvel Girl rejoin the rest of the X-Men, who are now examining the fallen Sentinel. Probing the Sentinel’s mental impulses, Xavier makes out the location of the Sentinels’ headquarters, and their leader, Master Mold. The X-Men immediately drive to the location, and what appears to be a grassy hill soon reveals itself to be a hidden fortress.

Next: Uncanny X-Men (Vol 1) #15

(X-Men: The Early Years #14 is a reprint of Uncanny X-Men (Vol 1) #14.)