Tony Stark never kissed a girl like Wolverine did Jean on the initial splash page. The rest of the cast thought so to, as it was followed by a double pager of both X-teams watching said smooch, speechless as New York went up in flames.
Writer Chris Claremont shoved every word ever into each and every speech bubble, as savage fights crossed with sacrificial children, and characters embraced their sexiness in a Millar/Daredevil/Elektra kind of way.
Dark, but not that this kid minded. To me it was more of Marvel not talking down to their readers. As the fight over Madelyne Pryor saw Jean's parents turned into demons and sent to kill her, with Cyclops forced to chose which of the two redheads to save, three characters became instant lifelong addictions right here.
Firstly, Cyclops's forever superior little brother Havok.
After Cyclops picks Jean, Alex elopes on the demon express with Madelyne. The couple arrive at computerised demon N'astirh's mutated Empire State Building HQ, dressed like this...
The other two characters remain what I consider 'the heart of the X-Men'. As N'astirh is sent to slay all who oppose his Queen, Storm flies high above the team vs team conflict. Using her winds to pull Jean into the air, both heroines deduce each is the real deal. As the two forces of nature embrace over a friendship rekindled, the teams reunite just as N'astirh arrives.
Colossus (already a favourite from Secret Wars) had also kept his distance from the team melee, and has rarely been drawn as well as artist Marc Silvestri renders him here. Stealing back the spotlight, Storm takes the team's assault on N'astirh one step further;
Still, what a hell of an introduction, even if I'm still not 100% sure of how to say 'N'astirh'!
What was your first X-Men comic?