Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #14

Issue Date: 
March 1989
Story Title: 
“God’s Country Part V:

First Story: Ann Nocenti (writer), Rick Leonardi (penciller), P. Craig Russell (inker), Ken Lopez (letterer), Gregory Wright (colorist), Terry Kavanagh (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor-in-chief)

Brief Description: 

First Story:

Colossus finally decides to punch the bionic-armed woman and takes her prisoner like she wanted and rushes her back inside. There, she explains to everyone that her name is Number Six and that she is a member of the Cold Warriors, a secret anti-terror cell set up long ago by the CIA and also long forgotten by them as well. She says that their leader has an unnatural fear of the press and that she plans to go to the media with the group’s renegade activities. She also says they are here to kill the family for witnessing that secret murder in the woods. Bruce, being a Vietnam veteran, sympathizes with Number Six’s plight and thanks Colossus for helping save his family, also apologizing for taking so long to say that. Outside, the neighbors suspect Bruce and Roxanne of hiding some dark secret. Meanwhile, Number Six explains that Colossus can stop all this by capturing the group’s leader, Alexander. She draws him a map and tells him where to go, saying she will watch the family in his absence. She says her contacts will bring the media there in five hours and that is all the time Colossus has to do the mission. Colossus decides to start calling her Nina, since Number Six is a strange name. Colossus takes off for the secret hideout whose entrance is at a railroad station. He enters the code in the station’s fusebox as instructed and a secret passage in the floor opens. Colossus moves toward it. Meanwhile, while talking with Zackery, Roxanne finally tells her son how she once had a mental breakdown and fears it will happen again if her husband keeps expecting her to have another one. Zackery already knew but says he is glad she told him because he hates secrets. Meanwhile, Colossus enters the base and meets resistance from some super-powered Cold Warriors, the man with the flamethrower arm and the man with eyebeams. They tell him that Alexander doesn’t want him butting in anymore. Back at the house, Roxanne promises no more secrets and hugs her son. Suddenly, Jocko reaches his clawed hand into the house and grabs Roxanne’s head!

Full Summary: 

First Story:

Colossus finally punches Number Six like she asked. One Cold Warrior soldier yells for them to not let Colossus take her inside and everyone opens fire on him. Colossus shields Number Six with his metal body and rushes back into the house, breaking the boards on the door down in the process.

Colossus yells for everyone to take cover, but Bruce tells him that it’s okay, since the Cold Warriors are backing off for now. Colossus wants to see to his captive’s bruises, but she tells him not to worry about them and explains herself. She tells everyone that she is called Number Six and that she is a member of a team of super-soldiers called the Cold Warriors. They have all given up their natural bodies for power granting cybernetic implants, like the metal her body is laced with that makes it so she can barely feel anymore. She only looks like a woman now.

Getting off this tangent, Number Six explains that their mission was to fight a cold war as commissioned by the CIA, but they were so secret that this “Operation: Cold War” has been forgotten about. They were supposed to keep America safe from terrorists in secret, away from the media. The United States is full of fanatics the people don’t know about and their job was to keep it that way. The leader of the group has an unnatural fear of the press and so Number Six says she wanted to alert the media to this renegade anti-terror cell’s activities. She apologizes and says it gets hard to know what to fight for when things go sour and that everyone in here is to be killed for seeing that secret murder in the woods. Given this, she says she should have quit a long time ago and slowly passes out on the couch saying it’s hard to know when you’ve gone too far for what you believe in.

Characters Involved: 

First Story:


Bruce, Roxanne, Zackery (the family)

Nina / Number Six

The Cold Warriors (Jocko, unnamed others)

The family’s neighbors (unnamed)

Story Notes: 

The other features in the issue are:

2nd story: Black Panther, “Panther’s Quest (part 2 of 25).

3rd story: Speedball, “The Feathered Felon.”

4th story: Nomad, “Angel in the Snow.”

First story:

This issue takes place while the X-Men pretended to be dead and lived in an abandoned town in the Australian Outback, between Uncanny X-Men #227 and Uncanny X-Men #250.

The storyarc is mislabeled as “American Pie” in this issue. This storyline is actually titled “God’s Country.”

The secret murder in the woods that the family and Colossus saw took place in part 2 of the story, Marvel Comics Presents #11.

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