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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – The Third Time’s the Charm for the X-Men Against Magneto

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today we look at the All-New, All-Different X-Men FINALLY defeating Magneto!

Leading into X-Men #113 (by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin), the All-New, All-Different X-Men had taken on Magneto twice and Claremont had very nicely set up Magneto as this major league big bad to the point where in X-Men #104, when Cyclops finds out that the rest of his team were taking on Magneto, his response was basically “Holy shit, I got to go get them the hell out of here!” And when he takes Magneto by surprise and temporarily stuns him, he doesn’t try to continue the fight, he just picks up his fallen teammates and, well, gets the hell out of there (in part because he realizes that Magneto is actually a diversion to leave Professor Xavier alone in New York, but still).

Magneto wants revenge on Professor X for bringing baby Magneto (Magneto was devolved into infancy by some powerful mutant) to Muir Isle to basically be watched by Moira MacTaggert (years later, Claremont would reveal that Moira actually tried to mess with his mind to keep him from growing into a villain) so in X-Men #112, he first kicks the X-Men’s collective ass and then traps them in an underground base below an active volcano where a Nanny robot would treat them like babies the way Magneto himself was treated. In X-Men #113, the X-Men escape. Now Magneto has kicked their butts two out of two times. Is the third time the charm?

Classic Claremont, Byrne and Austin action.

11 Comments

Awesome sauce.

One of my favorite stories. The X-Men pummel and defeat Magneto but they still don’t necessarily “win.” Great stuff.

You just don’t see fights choreographed like that anymore.

Chris Samnee has some excellent fight choreography in the pages of Daredevil.

I had started reading w/ #111 and was SO blown away by this story. About as good as it gets.

Top notch stuff.

I think this should be called “the first time the all-new X-Men weren´t defeated by Magneto”.

I wish I could go back in time and read this for the first time again, before I became aware that no hero ever really dies permanently in comics. It was great when I was 11 or 12 years old, and it is still great today.

This was my #2 vote for Greatest X-Men Stories Ever Told list. Just a great story that kicks off the World Tour era. The ending with Beast collapsing into the snow with Jean is still one of my favorite cliffhangers for any story ever.

I think this was my second or third pick for Greatest X-Men Stories. For me this is the X-Men “Nefaria Trilogy”, just a great battle against a great foe. And I’ll also praise the choreography, particularly that Beast/Nightcrawler stunt, which was a lot of fun.

When Magneto says “Ah, Nanny, I thought I built you BETTER than this,” I distinctively hear Jack May’s Igor from the Count Duckula cartoon.

I’d forgotten how pitch-perfect this whole story arc was after I first read the reprints in Classic X-Men around 25 years ago. Claremont, Byrne, and Austin set the gold standard for X-Men stories and theirs is truly THE definitive Magneto. He is so engaging here that I find myself rooting for him instead of the X-Men.

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