Die-Cut; GUESTS: Beast; Santa; VILLAINS: Mr. Veneer; Id-Sister; M'Lish; The Kull; CAMEOS: X-Beast; S'Reeb
Die-Cut meets Santa, a man who has stolen a metal box containing the (literal) head of the leader of a group called Manmaker, an organization dedicated to advancing humans to their ultimate potential. Die-Cut displaces Santa and the box into ghostly form but is captured himself and brought to the Manmaker Project. Hank McCoy, the Beast, is also captured by Manmaker agent, Mr. Veneer, and hooked to a machine which creates a Beastswarm from his genetic material. The swarm consists of a horde of alternate Beasts of which the worst and most powerful calls himself the X-Beast.