Uncanny X-Men (1) #274-275 (1991)
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciller: Jim Lee
Inker: Scott Williams
Colorist: Oliver Rosas
Letterer: Pat Brosseu (274), Tom Orzechowski(275)

A mutant raises an army in the Savage Land and threatens Magneto with her shared mastery of the powers of magnetism. S.H.I.E.L.D. is dispatched to investigate with Nick Fury and Soviet colonel Yuri Semyanov. Fury teams up with Ka-Zar and Rouge to free the Savage Land.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Cover appearance on #274
  • Nick Fury has worked alongside a number of Russian colonels named Yuri, including Yuri Bevlov (Hulk #106-108) and Yuri Spetsburo (S.H.I.E.L.D. #20-23)

As the cover to issue #274 showcases, its an odd cast of characters that come together to stop Magneto, including Rouge, Ka-Zar and Nick Fury, and in there lies the appeal of the story. Its great to see Ka-Zar and Fury together again, and its a shame they haven't shared a proper adventure together. The S.H.I.E.L.D. aspect of the story is somewhat confusing, as command of the operations seems split evenly between Fury and his Soviet counterpart, of whom the latter seems to have more troops.
The art, considered so amazing at the time, seems rather lackluster these days, almost messy. Despite the interesting cast of characters, the interplay between them is kept to a bare minimum. Interesting to note that among the many Magneto vs the world scenarios that pepper the X-Titles, this is the only time where Fury actually engages Magneto in person. Worth a buy at the quarter bin.