Bill Mantlo (plotter, scripter); Sal Buscema (plotter); Chris Claremont (consultant)
science fiction; superhero
Rom; the X-Men [Colossus; Nightcrawler; Storm; Wolverine; Sprite [Kitty Pryde]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]]; Brandy Clark; Steve Jackson; Jacob Marks (a Dire Wraith); Hybrid [Jimmy Marks](1st)
Cerebro detects a powerful new mutant and Professor X sends the X-Men to investigate. Their destination is the town of Clairton where Rom and the town folk are just discovering that many of their friends and neighbors are Dire Wraith's in disguise. They head to the Marks' farm where Jacob confesses that he is a Wraith but is in love with his human wife whom their son, a human/Wraith hybrid has drained almost to death. Rom battles the monstrous Hybrid but, when the X-Men show up and see a killer robot beating on what appears to be a little boy, they decide that Rom is the bad guy.