Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #27

Issue Date: 
September 1989
Story Title: 
“Pharaoh’s Legacy” Part 4: A Heart Unleashed (First Story)

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

Brief Description: 

First Story:

Alex Summers is at an airport in Egypt. He gets off the plane and some jeep-riding terrorists come crashing through the gates of the airport. Security gets cut down and Alex has to openly be a hero to save a young girl. He suddenly realizes that they are the Australian mercenaries working for the Trackers, not terrorists normal to that region at all. Alex wrecks their jeeps and a good portion of the tarmac with a plasma beam and they take off. Later that night, Alex is garbed as Havok and goes to the warehouse of Cairo Pyramid Confectioners, thinking about how events have led up to this point. He hopes the X-Men got his message too. Havok then encounters a Tracker inside. The Tracker activates a trap door and Havok falls into their lair and gets in a fight with another Tracker. He punches this one and realizes he is wearing armor, so Havok has no compunctions against cutting loose and blasting the man through a wall. He walks through the hole in the wall to a temple where he sees Leila about to be sacrificed. The priest holding Leila at knifepoint tells Havok that, if he doesn’t want to see her die, he’ll have to fight several Trackers at once.

Full Summary: 

First Story:

Alex Summers arrives in Egypt at last. He no sooner touches the pavement, though, than some terrorists riding jeeps crash through the airport gates. Alex’s hopes that airport security can handle them are in vain, as the officers get cut down by gunfire. A young girl is frozen in terror in front of the on-coming jeeps and Alex realizes he has no choice but to go into action. He jumps and knocks both the girl and her older woman relative out of the way.

One of the men say it is a good thing they missed, because Alex is supposed to be taken alive. His ally replies that dead is probably just as good “mate.” Alex realizes this man is Australian and thus these men are the mercs working for the Trackers. The X-Man lures them away from the crowd and toward a hangar a little way off. He lets them get close and then cuts loose with a massive plasma beam that knocks over their jeeps and tears up the tarmac. The mercs drive off and he vows to find Leila.

Later, Alex arrives at Cairo Pyramid Confectioners and walks in. He sheds his trench coat and pulls down his cowl, at last fully garbed as Havok. He thinks about how it was only yesterday that he tore up that bar and got this lead. Havok reviews the events thus far, from encountering Leila, to how they got close, and how the Trackers kidnapped her.

The X-Man won’t let himself admit that he has fallen for Leila and goes on to think about the message he left for his fellow X-Men about where he was going. Suddenly, from a dark corner, a Tracker appears and yells for Havok to freeze. The X-Man says he can’t get over their resemblance to the Living Pharaoh. The Tracker is angry with Havok for using the master’s name in vain and activates a trap door that throws the X-Man deep into the enemy’s lair.

Havok doesn’t get any time to catch his breath, as another Tracker fires his wrist blaster almost immediately upon the X-Man’s landing. He leaps out the way as part of the stone floor explodes behind him. The Tracker is upon him as he tries to get to his feet, demanding Havok stay on his knees. All Havok can think about is how fantastically strong these guys are. He generates a low level plasma beam that loosens the Tracker’s grip and backhands the man, but his jaw is as hard as steel! Realizing the Tracker is wearing armor, Havok quits holding back and blasts him straight through a wall.

He walks through the hole into a main chamber full of armored Trackers and robed cultists. On top of the dais at the head of the room is a high priest, who has Leila at knifepoint. The priest addresses him and says he has been relentless in his pursuit of their traitor. Then he says that Havok will need to duel the Trackers or Leila’s blood will be spilled. Four of the armored men walk forward and level their weapons at the X-Man.

Characters Involved: 

First Story:


Leila O’Toole


Living Pharaoh high priest

Trackers (Living Pharaoh’s cult)

Airport travelers

Story Notes: 

This issue features four different heroes in feature stories:

Second story: Black Panther, “Panther’s Quest Part 15 of 25: Last Night I Wept for Freedom”

Third story: Coldblood, “The Funhouse Part 2 of 10”

Fourth story: American Eagle, “Just Another Shade of Hate”

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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