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Reviews: ’80s X-Men Storylines Ranked From Best To Worst

 

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’80s X-MEN STORYLINES RANKED FROM BEST TO WORST

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: THE BROOD SAGA (1982)

Collects ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #161-167.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

When Uncanny X-Men (1982) #162, was released, it certified Wolverine‘s iconic status. Indeed, the “Brood Saga,” is Chris Claremont’s best X-Men work, and the best X-Men storyline. At CBR.com, Brandon Zachary confirms the saga as “Marvel’s best horror story.”

To begin, the X-Men have been captured in space by an alien giant insect-like race called the Brood for certainly gruesome reasons. Story-wise, “The Brood Saga” progresses quickly through dreams, flashbacks and moments of introspection for its true leader, Wolverine. When the animal-man is faced with a fight against evolution, he enters a berseker rage. Terribly, Wolverine must face the Brood alone or succumb to their ovoviviparous breeding.

In a sense, the storyline is a commentary on the popularity of sci-fi movies such as Alien in the decade. As a critique, it is importantly a coming-of-age story about teenage years and coming to terms with a hostile world. Certainly, this was the turning point in X-Men continuity portraying them as outcasts and warriors. Moreover, the arc features the wondrous first appearance of Captain Marvel as Binary.

Definitely, this story is essential reading and belongs in your X-Men collection.

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BEST: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (1980)

Collects ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #141-142.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 1980, CBG Fan-winning writer Chris Claremont and legendary artist John Byrne collaborated on Days of Future Past. Brilliantly, the work is a masterful illustration of the X-Men, as the future of human evolution.

In an alternate future, the mutant population has been exterminated as well as the superhumans on Earth-811. On Halloween 1980, Senator Kelly, Charles Xavier and Moira McTaggert were assassinated by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in Washington D.C. After, the Sentinel Program is re-activated to exterminate mutants. Now, it’s up to Kate Pryde, Storm, Colossus and Wolverine to change the past.

In some sense, the story reveals a last effort to time travel to alter the past and change the future. For its part, Byrne’s art captures the urgency of the moment. Though the subject matter is serious and dark, Byrne’s art features colorful panels and expressive faces.

To sum, what makes Days Of Future Past work is the heroism of its characters despite the dystopian trope. In addition, it was significant for the merging of Kate Pryde into the prime Marvel timeline and her founding membership of Excalibur. In addition, it has been adapted into the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Definitely, this storyline is a classic X-Men story. Indeed, fans of Chris Claremont will love the political intrigue as well as the advanced warfare.

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GOOD: DARK PHOENIX (1980)

Collects ‘X-Men’ #129-138.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 10 Best X-Men Stories Of The 80s, David Harth ranks Dark Phoenix Saga as the best X-Men story of all-time. Though, it is the general consensus among critics, the saga has not received the impact on general audiences that the storylines at the top have had.

Certainly, Dark Phoenix Saga is the most important story and every X-Men storyline since then owes its popularity to the love story. In some respects, the X-Men became men and women in the duel against the Shi’ar Imperial Guard. At the same time, the storyline mired X-Men comics in excessive melodrama involving Scott Summers and his marriage to Jean Grey’s clone.

A few words about the art. For his part, John Byrne’s art is certainly at its best. In fact, the iconic cover of X-Men (1980) #136, created a popular sensation. And Byrne draws the characters’ physiques in distinctive designs and colors. Perhaps, one of the most beautifully-illustrated comics of all-time.

Definitely, the storyline is certainly a must-have for your comic collection, with a blend of adventure, action, drama and sci-fi themes.

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WORST: X-MEN ANNUAL (1987) #10

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In many respects, “Welcome To Mojoworld,” is the worst X-Men story of the 1980s. Importantly, the evil villain called Mojo first appears in Longshot (1985) #3. Perhaps, a transition to the 1990s’ more extreme but loose storytelling.

To sum, Mojo rules the Mojoverse, a realm where citizens are either forced to watch television or participate in violent battles. Really, a villain with base motivations. At Screenrant, the story makes the list of X-Men: The 10 Weirdest Comic Book Arcs.

On this list, this story arc is one of the worst X-Men story arcs.


RESOURCES

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Comic Book Herald: The Complete X-Men Reading Order Guide: Chris Claremont Era.


SOURCES

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 162 in Marvel Database.
X-Men: The Original Brood Saga Is Marvel’s BEST Horror Story in CBR.com.
10 Best X-Men Stories Of The 80s in CBR.com.
Days of Future Past in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 136 in Marvel Database.
X-Men Annual Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
X-Men: The 10 Weirdest Comic Book Arcs in CBR.com.

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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Six Ages Of Mutants Chronicles From The First Mutant To The Birth Of Krakoa

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Ed Brisson, Jonathan Hickman


Penciler(s)

Rod Reis


Colorist(s)

Rod Reis


Cover

Rod Reis


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

November 6, 2019

IN PEACE ON EARTH

WHAT IS NEW MUTANTS?

New Mutants (2019) is a soft reboot of the young X-Men team. After House of X and Powers of X, the New Mutants settle on their new island home, the mutant nation of Krakoa. There, the original New Mutants meet: Wolfsbane, Karma, Mondo, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, Cypher and Chamber.

In New Mutants (2019) #1, Sunspot tells Mirage about the Sextant or the six ages of mutants. Let’s explain.

THE FIRST AGE: APOCALYPSE IS THE FIRST MUTANT

Eternals (1976) #2 marks the first appearance of the Celestials in Marvel continuity. The late Jack Kirby is their creator and is thought to have been inspired by Erich von Däniken and his ideas of giant space gods. Initially, it was thought that this race of space gods only created the Eternals and Deviants across the Marvel Universe. In reality, their experiments also led to the creation of mutants on Earth-616.

In addition, the Celestials are responsible for the creation of the mutant race of homo superior. Apocalypse is the first of the second generation of homo superior. Born a slave, he quickly rose to power in Egypt. When he found an alien ship he named the Sphinx, he made first telepathic contact with Eson the Searcher. Swearing allegiance to further evolution, he adopted the ship’s technology to enhance himself and his powers.

 

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SECOND-THIRD AGES: OMEGA/ALPHA-LEVEL MUTANTS TO THE X-MEN

In the 20th century, the Earth experienced the first Mutant Boom. In the 1920s, several well-known mutants were born such as Namor and Magneto. Importantly, there were Nazi experimentations on mutants during the Second World War. Magneto came to adulthood and soon became one of the world’s first Omega-Level mutants with his mastery of magnetism. During that century, Professor Xavier was born during that same period. An Alpha-Level telepath, he committed himself to his dream of human-mutant coexistence. After the Korean War, he travelled the world. During an expedition to the Himalayas, Xavier met an alien named Lucifer that dropped a rock on his legs, damaging them. From there, he became paralyzed.

The late Stan Lee created the X-Men in the 1960s. Originally, it was due to large fan mails requesting that he break the solitary superhero trope with a super-team! Importantly, Lee gave his characters a similar condition by giving them mutant powers. When he tried to name them The Merry Mutants, Marvel disagreed due to popular misconceptions. In 1963, X-Men #1 was published with success! And Magneto featured as the team’s first villain.

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FOURTH-FIFTH AGES: HUMAN-MUTANT CONFLICTS AND THE SCHOOLS

The mutant population exploded and increased to millions. When humans became aware of them, tensions rose. Among the mutants, the X-Men fought to preserve the peace. On the other hand, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants believed that mutants should impose their rule on humans. During that period, Dr. Bolivar Trask designed the X-Men’s mortal enemy: the Sentinels! For decades, upgraded versions of these robots hunted and killed mutants.

To protect mutants and promote mutant-human coexistence, Professor Xavier founded the Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters. Over the years, other X-Men continued Professor X’s dream such as the Jean Grey Institute For Higher Learning. At the same time, the struggle for recognition and politics derailed their mission. Over the decades, mutants remained persecuted. In the 2010s, writer Rick Remender and artist John Cassaday created the Uncanny Avengers after the success of AvX.

SIXTH AGE: MAGNETO DECLARES KRAKOA A MUTANT-NATION

In House of X (2019) #1, Jonathan Hickman ushers in the New Age of the X-Men. With the series on the decline for years, Hickman completely changes the status quo. Now, Magneto declares before the U.N. Council that the island Krakoa is a mutant nation. There, all mutants whether superhero or supervillain are living in coexistence while others are establishing colonies on Mars.

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Metropolis Battles: Colossus vs Juggernaut (Hero vs Villain)

 

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SYNOPSIS FOR “RECHARGED”

After his recent break-up with Kitty Pryde, Logan and Nightcrawler take Colossus to drink at the bar.

However, it turns out to be a trap and a brawl with a familiar foe follows.

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GRADUATION DAY PROBLEM: HEARTBREAK AT THE BAR AND DISASTER!
Uncanny X-Men (1984) #183. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants at Monahan’s in New York. On the left side is Colossus and on the right side is Juggernaut.

Let’s look at the stats.

COLOSSUS – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Building 17%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: City Block 25%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Street Fighter 25%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

WEAKNESSES

  • Vibranium.
  • Adamantium.

JUGGERNAUT – EARTH-616

Super Strength: City Block 25%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: City 25%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Street Fighter 25%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

WEAKNESSES

  • Mental and mystical attacks.

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THE FIGHT

After a brief misunderstanding, Piotr changes into Colossus and fights back against Juggernaut. Though the battle is lop-sided, it remains one of the most heated fisticuffs between the two rivals.

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JUGGERNAUT IN COMICS

‘X-Men (1965) #12, titled “The Origin Of Professor X!”, marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity. The issue tells of Professor X’s brother’s attack, namely Juggernaut, on Professor X and the X-Men, and of the two brothers’ origin story.

The issue was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

'X-Men (1965) #12, titled "The Origin Of Professor X!", marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity.
X-Men (1965) #12, titled “The Origin Of Professor X!”, marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.


LINKS

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 183 in Marvel Database.
Cain Marko (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Piotr Rasputin (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: In ‘House of X,’ Three Years Ago, Magneto Declares Krakoa A Mutant Nation

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Jonathan Hickman


Penciler(s)

Pepe Larraz


Letterer(s)

Clayton Cowles


Cover

Pepe Larraz, Marte Garcia


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 24, 2019

IN PEACE ON EARTH

WHO ARE THE HEROES OF KRAKOA?

After the return of the Marvel Multiverse, many X-Men members were time-displaced. With the X-Men re-grouping, they had to face crisis after crisis. During the Inhuman crisis, Cyclops died due to M-Pox.

Among them, Cyclops and Wolverine were the leaders. For their leadership in Xavier’s dream of mutant-human coexistence resurrected, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Wolverine, Angel and Penance were named the Heroes of Krakoa.

Heroes of Krakoa. Marvel Comics.

 

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AT THE JERUSALEM HABITAT, MAGNETO DECLARES KRAKOA A MUTANT NATION

In order to realize his dream of mutant-human peaceful coexistence, Professor X. proposes that the international community recognize Krakoa as a mutant nation. In House of X (2019) #1, the U.N. Security Council meets Ambassador Magneto at the Jerusalem Habitat.

In a few words, Xavier’s proposal is simple: Recognize Krakoa as a mutant nation, and the nation will gifts the world’s dignitaries, drugs that can extend the human lifespan. In a historic statement, Magneto states Krakoa is not up for debate and formally declares it a mutant nation.

Magneto. Marvel Comics.

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Marvel Day: How Iron Man’s Futurism Correctly Predicted The Civil War If The Heroes Didn’t Work Together

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Alex Maleev


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Gabriele Dell’Otto


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 29, 2006

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

THE HEROES OF EARTH SHOULD HAVE BANDED TOGETHER

In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. After the Kree-Skrull war, Iron Man convenes a meeting. In attendance are Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, King Namor, Black Bolt and Professor X. As matter of fact, Iron Man and the attendees recognize the war could have been averted. Indeed, it would if the different superhero teams had pooled resources and intel.

Despite their acknowledgements, the meeting highlights the differences among the various factions. For his part, Iron Man favors forming a delegation of superheroes to serve a united front against future threats. However, his idea is opposed by every other attendee, especially Namor. In some sense, Iron Man proves prescient as this move could have averted the major crisis to befall the Marvel Universe: Civil War. Though, the Illuminati forms.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN’S FUTURISM COULD HAVE PREVENTED CIVIL WAR

Forward in time, after House of M, the Illuminati convenes. Due to House of M, Professor X is absent. During the meeting, Iron Man informs them of important news. Recently, the U.S. government is planning on passing the Superhero Registration Act. As a result of House of M, 198 and Secret War, this is a likely development. Really, Tony explains how his mind and Reed’s work. As an inventor, industrialist and businessman, Tony is a futurist.

Hence, he is able to predict social trends and what people need. Correctly, he predicts what the New Warriors would later do in their quest for fame. Consequently, he advises the Illuminati to get onboard. However, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and King Namor forcefully refuse. Only Mister Fantastic agrees. Though Tony’s views are extreme, they highlight the fact he was correct: Early on, the heroes of Earth should have formed a delegation. In the end, the Illuminati were a missed opportunity.

'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1.
New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1. Marvel Comics.

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THE DIFFERENT TEAMS AT THE END OF HOUSE OF M

X-MEN

At the end of the story, Scarlet Witch uttered the spell “no more mutants.” Only 198 mutants remain on Earth. At Xavier’s Institute, Emma Frost finds out that many mutants are powerless. In the issue, the X-Men find a depowered Magneto in Genosha. About Wanda, here whereabouts are unknown.

NEW AVENGERS

At Avengers Tower, the memories of the New Avengers have been restored. In shock, Doctor Strange feels he has failed his duty to protect Earth. For his part, Spider-Man demands that Strange erase their memories of House of M. To which Doctor Strange declines. Unfortunately, the New Avengers face Hawkeye‘s apparent death.

House of M. Marvel Comics.

TIMES WHEN IRON MAN WAS CORRECT

AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED

In Avengers Disassembled: Chaos, the Avengers are attacked by a mysterious force. First, there is the resurrected Jack-Of-Hearts who attacks Avengers Mansion. Then Tony is inexplicably drunk without having a drink.

This leads to a violent outburst at the U.N. Then, Vision attacks the Avengers. Finally, She-Hulk brutally rips Vision apart. Correctly, Iron Man realizes that the attacks are connected. Though the Avengers disagree.

AVX

In AvX, Tony is correct twice. The first time, he correctly designs a Phoenix-Killer Armor. Powerfully, he detonates it on the moon. Though the Phoenix is destroyed, it splits into the Phoenix Five.

Later, Iron Man correctly deduces the reason for the Phoenix Force’s return to Earth. The Phoenix Force and Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. Indeed, the Phoenix returned because of Scarlet Witch’s “no more mutants.”

CIVIL WAR II

In Civil War II, Tony comes into blows with Carol Danvers. During an invasion by a Celestial Destructor, the Ultimates used information from an Inhuman. Namely, Ulysses provided information to save the day. When Captain Marvel wanted Ulysses to join the Ultimates, Iron Man opposed the decision.

Correctly, he questioned Ulysses’ mysterious powers, whether the future can be changed and the morality of pre-emptive strikes. Though conflict soon followed with several tragedies. Such as the deaths of War Machine and Hulk. After, there was a final battle between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Apparently, Tony died. In the end, jumping between futures, Ulysses vanished to meet Eternity.

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SOURCES

New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Civil War II in Marvel Database.
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Super Power: Contrary To Professor X, Storm’s Weather Powers Indicate Her African Ancestry Passed Down Godhood Through Magic

In 'X-Men' (1979) #121, Storm disperses Shaman's blizzard.
 
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IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

PROFESSOR X THOUGHT STORM WAS A MUTANT

In 'Giant Size X-Men' (1975) #1, Professor X reveals to Ororo that she is a mutant.
In ‘Giant Size X-Men’ (1975) #1, Professor X reveals to Ororo that she is a mutant. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Before joining the X-Men, Ororo Munroe was worshipped as a rain/fertility goddess by local tribesmen in Kenya. When the original X-Men team was missing, Professor X assembled new members to rescue them. During the first meeting, Professor X revealed to Ororo that she was not a goddess, instead, she was a mutant. Really, he made her the offer to discover the real world and fight for the cause of mutants. Curiously, Ororo accepted.

STORM’S WEATHER POWERS ARE THE RESULT OF MUTATION

Correctly, Storm’s weather powers are the result of mutation. In fact, Storm is one of the powerful mutants on Earth. Furthermore, the X-Man has been classified as an Omega Level mutant. With training and experience under Professor X’s direction, Storm has grown in skill, power and leadership.

An instance that supports Professor X’s thesis is Feat: Black Panther, ‘Doomwar’ #1. Here, T’Challa proactively invented a cell that nullifies the X-gene. Effectively, Storm has no powers under such conditions. However, there is evidence that Storm’s powers are based on magic and witchcraft.

In 'X-Men' (1979) #121, Storm disperses Shaman's blizzard.
In ‘X-Men’ (1979) #121, Storm disperses Shaman’s blizzard. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

STORM’S ATMOKINESIS

Atmokinesis: Storm is one of the most powerful mutants on Earth and has demonstrated a plethora of abilities, most of which are facets of her power to manipulate the weather.[167] Storm possesses the psionic ability to control all forms of Weather Manipulation. She has been able to control both Earthly and extraterrestrial ecosystems on several occasions. [Storm] can modify the temperature of the environment, control all forms of precipitation, humidity and moisture (at a molecular level),[167] generate lightning and other electromagnetic atmospheric phenomena, and has demonstrated excellent control over atmospheric pressure. [Storm] can incite all forms of meteorological tempests, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, and hurricanes,[168] as well as mist. She can dissipate such weather to form clear skies as well.

-“Ororo Munroe (Earth-616),” Marvel Database

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STORM IS A GODDESS OF THE STORM INHERITED THROUGH A LINE OF AFRICAN WITCHES

In ‘Marvel Tarot’ (2007) #1, we find out about Storm’s line of ancestry. In reality, Ororo Munroe descends from a line of witches. All of them, have distinctive white hair, blue eyes and the potential to wield magic. We can formulate two theories to explain Storm’s super powers.

First, Storm’s super powers showcase magical potential and properly unite science and magic. Here, the evidence that supports our hypothesis is the fact that Storm derives power from faith. In Wakanda, she is properly worshipped as a Goddess of the Storm. Furthermore, Black Panther, her former husband and King, considered her a goddess.

Second, Storm’s super powers are both divine and genetic. As Goddess of the Storm, she can hear and grant prayers. At the same time, her godhood is both the result of religion and magical inheritance. Indeed, Storm has both white hair and blue eyes. Therefore, these phenotypes presuppose a genetic basis. In addition, there is evidence that her powers are based on the X-gene. In conclusion, this may provide a rare case in the Marvel Universe where magical potential has a genetic basis. Moreover, it is possible that the X-gene is itself recessive.

For more information, refer to Mutant Biology on Marvel Database.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘X-MEN: TO SERVE AND PROTECT’ #3, STORM USES THE LOKI-CREATED STORMCASTER TO TRANSFORM INTO THE GODDESS OF THE STORM

In 'X-Men: To Serve And Protect' Storm uses Stormcaster to transform into the Goddess of the Storm.
In ‘X-Men: To Serve And Protect’ (2011) #3, Storm uses Stormcaster to transform into the Goddess of the Storm. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Giant-Size X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Ororo Munroe (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Marvel Tarot Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Mutant Biology in Marvel Database.
X-Men: To Serve and Protect Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

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Super Power: Magneto’s Mastery Of Magnetism Is The Next Phase Of Human Evolution And Makes Him An Omega Level Mutant

 
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WHY MAGNETO IS THE MASTER OF MAGNETISM

Magneto in ‘X-Men’ (1991) #1. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As Homo superior, Magneto is the next phase of human evolution. Originally, the master of magnetism represents the mutant population which by accidents of evolution has been granted super powers. Magneto‘s mastery of magnetism is the super power to control, manipulate and shift magnetic fields on a planetary to solar system scale. In the past, the mutant powerhouse was once classified as an Alpha Level mutant. This has been changed to an Omega Level mutant. In fact, what is an Omega Level mutant?

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The term, initially “Omega Level Mutant Abilities” was seemingly used at first by Fred Duncan, and quickly adopted by Charles Xavier to define some of his first students, and was described in those terms: “Yet what he called Omega (the last) he meant as regards to an “ultimate threat,’ while I simply prefer to think of such mutant abilities as unlimited potential.

-“Mutant Power Level Classification”, Marvel Database

In other words, what makes Magneto an Omega Level mutant is power without limit. In fact, Magneto has been stated on several occasions to be the most powerful mutant on Earth.1,2,3 On another occasion, he has been called the most powerful being on Earth.4

PHOENIX IS MAGNETO’S RIVAL

In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

In early X-men stories, the X-men regularly met Magneto as their foe. In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, the X-men return to Mesmero’s carnival trailer to find… Magneto. Eager to even the score with the X-Men, Magneto systematically subdues each member. Phoenix intervenes during the fight, and Magneto quickly defeats her by siphoning her Phoenix flame. Clearly, it has been stated that Magneto’s power rivals Phoenix’s.5 In Marvel continuity, Professor X and Magneto have been shown to match and defeat the Phoenix in duels.

In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, the Omega Level mutant faces a resurrected Phoenix. During the battle, Jean Grey has the upper hand though Magneto is initially protected by his helmet from Phoenix’s telepathy. Finally, Magneto attacks Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse, giving her a heart attack. Both Omega Level mutants die: Phoenix dies while Magneto seemingly dies at the hand of Wolverine.

It appears Phoenix is Magneto’s limit as an Omega Level mutant. This means Magneto’s powers can at least match Phoenix’s at the Solar System Level. Of course, Phoenix has been classified as a Multiversal being, Beyond Omega Level.

In 'New X-Men' (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse.
In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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MAGNETO’S SUPER POWERS

MAGNETO CAN CONTROL ANY METAL TO ACHIEVE VARIOUS EFFECTS

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of a Sinister Celestial.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of the Dreaming Celestial. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, the X-Men are under attack by the Celestials. Brand contacts Cyclops and he tells her that it is about Sinister and the head of the Dreaming Celestial. Brand tells Cyclops it is not about that and that the Celestials are headed for Earth. During the issue, Magneto controls the head of the Dreaming Celestial.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto used his control of metal to expand and manipulate the magnetic field around the Celestial’s headless armor.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE MAGNETIC FORCE FIELDS

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. Under Professor X’s command, the X-men decide and execute a plan to finally end Magneto’s threat. Brutally, Magneto single-handedly takes on the X-Men. During the fight, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey’s telekinetic attack.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s mastery of magnetism allows him to create magnetic force fields impenetrable to telepathic, telekinetic, enegy manipulation and physical attacks.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES (EMPs)

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. The attack in the Avalon storyline is an EMP at the planetary scale that causes all the nations of the Earth to lose power and go dark.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s control of magnetic fields, allows him to create EMPs similar to nuclear explosions. This is an effect of his ability to produce magnetic rays on a planetary scale.

MAGNETO CAN MANIPULATE IRON AT THE ATOMIC LEVEL

Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.
Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As master of magnetism, Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto has the power to manipulate iron at the cellular and atomic levels. This is an effect of Magneto’s ability to see magnetic fields and manipulate magnetic fields at the atomic level.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘ULTIMATE X-MEN’ #6, MAGNETO USES HIS THOUGHT HELMET TO PROTECT AGAINST PROFESSOR X’S TELEPATHY

In 'Ultimate X-Men' (2001) #6, Magneto's Thought Helmet protects against Professor X's telepathy.
In ‘Ultimate X-Men’ (2001) #6, Magneto’s Thought Helmet protects against Professor X’s telepathy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

X-Men Vol 1 112 in Marvel Database.
New X-Men Vol 1 150 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 2 in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 2 25 in Marvel Database.
Ultimate X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Official Marvel Index To The X-Men #6.

2. Uncanny X-Men #368.

3. X-Men Vol 2 #110.

4. X-Men Unlimited #2.

5. Classic X-Men #18.

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Marvel Day: Salute To An Act Of Bravery, Rogue Saves Colossus From Death Killed By The Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants

 

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THE X-MEN ARE UNDER ATTACK! AND COLOSSUS HAS BEEN HEATED AND COOLED INTO A STATUE!
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Pyro and Avalanche heat and cool white hot Colossus into a statue. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL UNIVERSE

MYSTIQUE TRAINS WITH X-MEN DUPLICATES IN ORDER TO KILL THE X-MEN

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Mystique sends the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in order to kill the X-Men. At the beginning of the issue, Mystique is fighting X-Men duplicates. The training simulation starts with Mystique fighting a Wolverine duplicate. Mystique defeats him by slashing his jugular. Next, Kitty Pryde phases onto the battle scene and sees Wolverine bleeding. It is Mystique. She has metamorphed into Wolverine and kills Kitty. With an attack that destroys the scene, the Colossus duplicate exclaims “Murderer!” Mystique defeats him with a flare skull.1

Suddenly, an optic blast hits Mystique behind her back. Mystique takes Cyclops and Colossus into the circus with mirrors. She feigns to shoot Colossus with a gun only for Cyclops to respond with an optic blast that reverberates through glass, killing Colossus. Cyclops cries “No!!”1 Sneaking up behind him, Mystique murders him by choking him with a rope. Then, she faces Storm. Responding to Storm’s attack, Mystique blows up a fuel truck behind Storm, incinerating her. Stepping into the circus like a trapeze, she meets Rogue who means to avenge her friends. As she incinerates Rogue with her gun, she howls “like a mad dog.”1 The last enemy is Nightcrawler. After he teleports her, she hesitates to kill him with her dagger. He does not. He knocks her out.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Mystique trains with X-Men duplicates in order to kill the X-Men. Photo/DC Comics

COLOSSUS IS FROZEN INTO A STATUE BY PYRO AND AVALANCHE

Kurt, Amanda Sefton, Kitty, and Peter go to see the Royal Ballet at Lincoln Center. Peter and Kitty drop Kurt and Amanda. Then, they go park the car. On their walk in the parking, there is an explosion. Peter asks Kitty to summon the fire brigade while he attempts to save people. Changing into Colossus, Peter springs into action. Colossus notes the building is derelict and that there must be squatters.

Running up the stairs, he reaches the top floor and sees Blob. The fire was a trap set by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Blob slaps outside the building. Then, Pyro creates of bird of living fire. Colossus is heated red-hot then “white-hot, to incandescence and beyond!”1 As Colossus wonders if he can melt, he falls to the ground “like a meteor”.1 He attempts to gather his wits but then he is cooled to absolute zero cold by Avalanche.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Pyro and Avalanche heat and cool white hot Colossus into a statue. Photo/Marvel Comics.

MYSTIQUE ATTACKS THE X-MANSION TO RECRUIT ROGUE BACK INTO THE BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #178, the X-Men are under attack by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Mystique. As the X-Men battle the Brotherhood, Mystique infiltrates the X-Mansion. The X-Men manage to defeat the Brotherhood though Blob reveals the mission objective: kill Professor X and recruit Mystique’s adoptive daughter Rogue, back into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

At the X-Mansion, Mystique metamorphs into Rogue and offers Professor X some herb tea. Professor X is struggling to maintain contact with the X-Men. He notes something is scrambling his psi-scan. As he identifies the psionic scrambler used by Mystique to inhibit his psi-probes, Rogue fires a shot at Professor X. As Professor X lies on the floor, Mystique states that Professor X was able to identify her psionic scrambler and alter her shot at the last moment so that it may only wound him and not kill him.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #178, Mystique metamorphs into Rogue to fool Professor X and shoots him. Photo/Marvel Comics.

Rogue enters the room and an argument between mother and daughter ensues. Mystique metamorphs back into her form. She reveals her mission was to get Rogue back into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and orders her to pack her things while she finishes killing Professor X. Rogue says her powers are out of control and Professor X is her chance to have a normal life.

Appearing before the X-Men over a hologram, Mystique gives the X-Men an ultimatum. The freedom of the Brotherhood of Mutants in exchange for the life of Professor X. Storm, the leader of the X-Men, agrees to let the Brotherhood go free. Then, we see the bloodied body of Kitty Pryde on the floor.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #178, Mystique gives the X-Men an ultimatum in order to save the life of Professor X. Photo/Marvel Comics.

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ROGUE SAVES COLOSSUS, SHE IS TURNED INTO STONE

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #179, Rogue helps resurrect Colossus from the attack by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Kitty Pryde has to marry Caliban the Morlock. However, she gives her word to no longer resist her promise and marry Caliban if the Healer can help resurrect Colossus. Kitty’s plan is for Rogue to absorb Colossus’ powers and for the Morlock healer to heal Colossus wounds as he becomes human.

Rogue agrees to Kitty’s plan. She begins to absorb Colossus’ powers enduring unimaginable pain. As Colossus reverts to his human form, “he has seconds to live.”2 Immediately, the Healer heals his wounds. Once the process is complete, Rogue has been turned into a statue. Storm laments that Rogue may have finally earned her place with the X-Men. In the end, Kitty is released from her promise and no longer has to marry Caliban nor live with the Morlocks.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #179, Rogue helps resurrect Colossus from the attack by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 177 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 178 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 179 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Uncanny X-Men #177.
  2. Uncanny X-Men #179.