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.