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Appearing in "The Shattered Star"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Matthew Plunder
  • Dimitri (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Lasha (Single appearance)[1] (controlled by Worm)
  • Semyon (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Vassily (Single appearance)[1] (controlled by Worm)




  • High Evolutionary's flying ships

Synopsis for "The Shattered Star"

In Antarctica, Zaladane raises a tower at the South Magnetic Pole, destroying a Soviet research station.  She leads her forces inside to a device built by the High Evolutionary.  When Polaris is placed inside it, Havok reveals himself only to be beaten by the Savage Land Mutates.  Zaladane then uses the device to transfer Polaris’s magnetic powers to herself.  Upon returning to her Savage Land citadel, she has the Mutate Worm coat the survivors from the station in a mucus that gives him control of their bodies.  Outside, Psylocke telepathically senses their plight and, in horror, strips off her armor and jumps in a lake.  Colossus jumps in after her, but Zaladane uses her new powers to force his metal body to push Psylocke underwater.  He begs Dazzler to stop him, but Worm takes control of her. Psylocke passes out and has a surreal vision of herself and the X-Men murdered at their base.  She then sees Gateway in chains holding the Siege Perilous crystal.  Later, the Mutates torment Havok and Polaris in the citadel’s dungeon while Zaladane has the enthralled X-Men bring her the newly captured Ka-Zar, Shanna, Nereel, and their children.  Polaris breaks free and overpowers the Mutates, discovering she has grown taller as well as superhumanly strong and invulnerable.  As she frees Havok, Zaladane prepares to force Colossus to kill the children.  Psylocke telepathically warns Alex and Lorna, and they storm Zaladane’s throne room. Psylocke guides Nereel’s son in taking down Worm, breaking his control.  The X-Men and their allies rout Zaladane’s army, and Havok blasts her out of the citadel. After they evacuate the building, Havok destroys it as they escape in one of Zaladane’s sky-sleds.  While discussing the continuing threat Zaladane poses, the X-Men are suddenly teleported back to their Australian base.


  • This issue is reprinted in:
    • Essential X-Men vol. 9 trade paperback (2009);
    • X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus vol. 1 hardcover (2011);
    • X-Men Epic Collection vol. 17: Dissolution and Rebirth trade paperback (2019).


  • In this issue Havok is misnamed as "Alex Sommers", and Dazzler is misnamed "Allison".

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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