This is the first issue of X-Men I remember buying, and I recall reading it over and over.  I must have read this comic at least twenty times back in the 1980s.  But it wasn’t until just now, reading it decades later, that I noticed this little thing with Storm–she’s killed someone in the past!

It was little character touches like this that made Claremont such a great writer.

This is a big Magneto issue.  Huge battle, saving the world, and all that.  We learn that his costume is chain mail, so he can do a really cool costume change.

Although he’s a megalomaniac, we do see that there are outer boundaries for what he is willing to do–when he thinks he’s killed Kitty, he surrenders.

This is also the issue where Cyclops returns to the team and, in the end, Kitty Pryde uses “the force” to lift the Blackbird out of the ocean.

Creators: Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
Grade: A-

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