Siege Perilous (comics)

Siege Perilous (comics)

Infobox comics location
name=Siege Perilous

imagesize= 225
caption= Dazzler and Havok try to stop Rogue from being sucked into the Siege Perilous by Nimrod / Master Mold. "Uncanny X-Men #247", art by Marc Silvestri.
publisher= Marvel Comics
debut="Captain Britain" #1 (1976)
creators=Chris Claremont
subcat=Marvel Comics

Siege Perilous was the name of two devices in the Marvel Universe, created by comic book writer Chris Claremont. It was named after the Siege Perilous, the empty chair at the round table of King Arthur.


The first Siege Perilous, which appeared in "Captain Britain" #1 and 2 (1976), was a circle of standing stones which transformed Brian Braddock into Captain Britain.

Recently, planet Earth was attacked by a Skrull armada and a wave of empowered Super Skrulls. The Skrulls had infiltrated the ranks of the British government, though they were exposed by John, a Skrull turncoat loyal to and who had taken the form of John Lennon. The Skrulls' target was the Siege Perilous. Captain Britain and his team head there to defend it. ["" #1, 2008]


More well-known is the Siege Perilous featured in "X-Men". This Siege Perilous, which first appeared in "Uncanny X-Men" #229 [Cite comic|writer=Chris Claremont|penciller=Marc Silvestri|story=Down Under|title=Uncanny X-Men|issue=229|date=May 1988|publisher=Marvel Comics] , was a collapsible extra-dimensional gateway with mystical powers. Appearing as a jeweled, hand-held artifact when inactive, Dazzler used it to view many alternate versions of herself, simply by directing a focused beam of light into it. When opened, the Siege Perilous grew in size. Those who passed through the Siege Perilous were judged by mysterious entities and then teleported back to Earth, usually naked and amnesiac, and often substantially transformed in some way. The Siege Perilous featured prominently in the histories of Psylocke, Rogue, Havok and Bastion, among other "X-Men" characters.

The X-Man Psylocke experienced a precognitive vision in which she and the few other active X-Men at the time (Havok, Dazzler, Colossus, and herself) were slain by the Reavers. Upon teleporting back to their Australian base, the vision was proven true as the Reavers had arrived, and closed in on the weakened heroes. Left with no alternative, Psylocke used her telepathy to convince her teammates to enter the Siege Perilous in order to save their lives. After the X-Men vanished into the crystal, the Reavers brought the artifact to their leader, Donald Pierce, who crushed it with his bare hands. [Cite comic|writer=Chris Claremont|penciller=Marc Silvestri|story=Fever Dream|title=Uncanny X-Men|issue=251|date=early November 1989|publisher=Marvel Comics]


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