Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #26

Issue Date: 
August 1989
Story Title: 
“Pharaoh’s Legacy Part III: A Heart on Fire” (First Story)

First Story: Howard Mackie (writer), Rich Buckler and Joe Rubinstein (artists), Bill Oakley (letterer), Andy Yanchus (colorist), Terry Kavanagh (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor-in-chief)

Brief Description: 

First Story:

Havok has survived the grenade blast and is now tracking the mercenaries responsible for Leila’s kidnapping to a bar in Australia. After busting his way through the doorman with a plasma beam and some judo, he finds one of the mercs and tells him that one of the Trackers sent him. The merc takes Havok outside and pulls a knife on him, calling him a liar. Some other mercenaries in the same group as the man with the knife pop up on various rooftops, pointing guns at Havok. Havok demands to know Leila’s location and shoots the building down. He chases the merc boss back into the bar and thwarts another ambush inside. Havok gets the merc boss to break down under threat of death and the boss tells him that he overheard something about a Cairo Confectioneers Warehouse in Egypt. The merc boss is about to knife Havok in the back as the X-Man walks away, when suddenly he turns around the shoots out the floor under the merc boss. Havok is going to Egypt.

Full Summary: 

First Story:

Havok has survived the grenade blast and has tracked the mercenaries from two nights ago to a seedy Australian bar. The doorman won’t let him because they don’t allow “no sissies in stupid tights and raincoats.” Havok ditches the coat but says the costume stays. He blasts his way in and uses hand-to-hand combat to dispatch the doorman, since, given the mental state he is in, he fears he will accidentally kill the thug if he uses his powers. He doesn’t want to become that much like Wolverine.

Havok goes into the smoke-filled room and thinks about how he lost the other women in his life, now including Leila. Finding the mercenary boss from the night before, the man takes a look at Havok and says it looks like the ballet is in town. The X-Man doesn’t give any reaction and just says the Tracker sent him. The merc boss totally changes at this and suggests they go out back. There, Havok gets a knife pulled on him and is accused of lying.

Several of the boss’ thugs appear on cue on an adjacent rooftop, guns pointed straight at Havok. The boss wants revenge for the Tracker’s murder of one of his men. Before anyone can fire, though, Havok shoots the building and it collapses underneath the thugs. The merc boss runs back inside frantically and jumps behind the bar. Havok chases him right into another ambush in the barroom.

The mercs fire from behind but Havok manages to duck just in time. He calls them inept and angrily blasts the stairs they are on. The boss is sweating now and refuses to talk, saying the Trackers will kill him if he talks. Havok blows off half the bar and says that he will do worse if the boss doesn’t talk. The boss finally breaks down and says he heard something about a Cairo Confectioneers Warehouse in Egypt.

Havok turns to leave and the boss prepares to throw his knife into the X-Man’s back, saying he’ll see the X-Man in hell. Havok is wise to this, though, and shoots first at the floor. It collapses out from under the merc boss, sending him falling into the basement. Havok says he’ll have to meet his foe there, because he’s got to go to Egypt first.

Characters Involved: 

First Story:



Bar patrons

Australian town citizens

Story Notes: 

Second story: Black Panther, “Panther’s Quest” Part 14 of 25: Somebody’s Going to Pay

Third story: Coldblood, “Rise and Shine” Part 1 of 10

Fourth story: Hulk / Mr. Fixit, “Splashdown”

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 Living Pharaoh and his cult of Trackers are an Egyptian-themed organization that seeks Havok so that they can tap his energies to turn the Pharaoh into the gigantic Living Monolith. [X-Men (1st series) #54-56]

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