The love part of our story has long since ended. The two aren’t so much exes as bitter, vengeful monsters that prey on trust to deliver fatal emotional blows. Well, the blue one anyway. Today, we check out X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1-5, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Michael Ryan, that forces us to recall when Mystique delicately placed neural inhibitors in her lady parts to defeat Iceman a few issues later. His problem’s flaring up again, like a robot STD.
At least this time Iceman has a loving and caring girlfriend by his side. It’s a delicate time in his life to be eradicating Mystique residue from his body (and memories), but what could go wrong here? Certainly not months of planned relationship building serving only to heighten the sharp pain of another broken heart, right?
He doesn’t deserve this. But you know the whole deal with supervillains — even their good intentions are caked in murder, deception, and trauma. And by good intentions, I mean to turn their targets into unfeeling lying murderers. Mystique, despite being born in the late 1800s, still hasn’t evolved past that idea. Anyway, Iceman survives, though not for much longer at this rate.
What’s she want with him? Something villainous to pass the time mainly, but she does claim all this nonsense and life-ruining in the name of science. Unwilling and non-consensual science.
Over the past decade or so, Iceman has evolved into a phenomenal powerhouse. He’s practically invulnerable, able to splinter himself into different bodies, and may very well qualify as a top level Omega mutant. Y’know, the mutants with unimaginable power like Jean Grey, Vulcan, Franklin Richards, etc. She’s attempting to either callously push Bobby Drake to his full potential or kill off a man she showed weakness in front of. Either one fits her usual M.O.
Oh, he also survives the syringe.
It’s probably not a good strategy to rely on Mystique tapping into her sentimentality. She’s legitimately a psychopath, and no amount of nostalgia or good vibes will allow her to release the trigger. But remember that whole thing about Iceman being crazy powerful?
Iceman follows a fairly standard Marvel personality protocol: despite amazing superpowers, superheroes’ biggest enemies usually ends up being themselves. Self-loathing, guilt, anger, mistrust, doubt, etc. Mystique figures she could give Iceman that confidence he so sorely needs. It’s what has held back his powers for all those years and allows him to keep his frustrated school boy persona. Iceman may be many things, but mature isn’t one of them.
Luckily, growth takes baby steps, and their final confrontation of today gives Iceman that tiny victory. Oh, Mystique called in a bomb threat over a San Francisco bridge. She’s a flirt.
Look, no matter what the nursery rhyme says, words hurt. Sometimes far more than ice beams and gun shots can. Because while Mystique leaves this fight physically unharmed, Bobby unleashes a kung fu blast right in her cold, dead heart.
Luckily, if you agree with Iceman’s diagnosis, then you experienced a delightful burst of character development for our shapeshifting supervillain. If you believe Iceman’s talking out his butt, that’s fine too; it’s only his opinion and not the opinion of Marvel or any of the wildly angry fans that yell from YouTube videos — though personally, I agree with Iceman. And that brief moment of revenge she promises? That’s for Monday.
It’ll be three parts total, but only today will have the romance and passion that comes from a comic book relationship. Superheroes fall in love so much harder and so much faster than us real-life folks. Maybe the DC and Marvel universes exists entirely inside an Axe Body Spray commercial. Though definitely try to enjoy today, as the rest of the week consists mostly of disillusion, brokenhearted resentment, and uppercuts.
We’ll see the entire span of the Iceman and Mystique relationship using pieces of X-Men #189-203, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Chris Bachalo & Humberto Ramos. Before you question Iceman’s judgement (and you will), Mystique currently has full X-Men membership. Redemption can be romantic.
Definitely a more attractive way to save someone’s life than CPR. Mystique grew up in the Victorian age, but she can still seduce men a fourth of her age. Thus the two bond the basic superhero way: combat banter.
The suspense/their growing love includes all sorts of wildly sappy moments. It’s as if you’re getting slammed over the head with a bat full of basic cable teen dramas.
Crazy dramatization. I’ve read this page three or four times and I still have no idea what point she’s making — I think she’s trying to justify child abuse. Either way, after the emotional vulnerability, their relationship can finally proceed to the inevitable climax. And one more insanely soap operatic monologue.
Do you feel uncomfortable? Me too. Oh, and y’know how Mystique uses deception as her go-to strategy? It also applies to her atonement.
Honestly, I can’t root for the idea of Mystique shoving neural inhibitors up her privates to defeat Iceman a few issues later. It’s gross and unnerving and says far more about Mystique than any previous villainous plot has. But just like She-Hulk sleeping with Juggernaut, so too must the wheel of bad superhero hookups never stop spinning.
We end today with the couple’s final scene in the arc a few issues later. It’s just as emasculating and somewhat touching as you expect it.
Tony Stark should have released a PSA years ago about the dangers of shacking up with supervillains. Iceman could have been saved this whole ordeal. On Wednesday, he gets closure.
If you ever wonder if superheroes without superpowers can still be called “super,” I assure you they can. Those without any enhancements (Punisher, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, etc.) make up for being normal humans with being unstoppable combat machines capable of not just dominating the finest UFC fighter, but all the UFC fighters. At once. Realistic? I don’t care. If we want to believe a dude with a bow can stand shoulder to shoulder with actual gods and mutants, we understand he makes up for his non-powers in other spectacular ways. Like not missing a shot in years. And today in Dark Reign: Elektra #1-2, written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Clay Mann, we see further proof of a “normal” superhero’s capabilities — y’know, as in they’re not normal.
Okay, so right after Secret Invasion — where the shapeshifting Skrull aliens disguised themselves as popular superheroes/supervillains to invade earth secretly — Elektra Natchios gets captured by HAMMER (Norman Osborn’s SHIELD). After all, her skrull’s death started the whole shebang in the first place. But this is the real deal now, and it’s safe to say she’s not staying as a guest.
Because Elektra is the world’s greatest assassin, she escapes. We never had any doubt she would.
Elektra, who remains quite vulnerable to bullets, now has to fight her way past a dozen HAMMER agents. And she has lingering injuries from her Skrull capture. Luckily, she does have a knife, a hacking glove, and a few dozen years of ninja training.
You’re about to witness art. I mean, not just the drawings on the page, but like if the scariest Olympic gymnast spent all her time murdering people instead of on the balance beam. She may have a few broken limbs, a limp or two, and enough bruises to confuse her for a (sexy) dalmatian, but these goons never stood a chance. You can click the picture for a bigger version.
I’ve played enough Batman: Arkham games to know the power of fear. I mean, after I miss my grapple for the third time, accidentally use the batarang instead of the smoke bomb, and finally jump into a vent with only a sliver of health remaining — the enemies’ll eventually get scared and make mistakes again. Bad analogy, but you get the idea — who needs superspeed when one’s the deadliest woman alive already?
That’s right, they don’t show it, but we assume she caught up to the doomed henchman mid-free fall and used his jet pack to fly away. Then she spends the rest of the miniseries stabbing people while strangely holding on to her own code of ethics. When a series stars a supervillain (Elektra) going up against another supervillain (Norman Osborn), we’ll root for the slightly nicer evil-doer. And that’s Elektra, because you can’t be all that bad if Daredevil will make out with you.
If you’ve read the most recent issue of Superior Spider-Man #28, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli — and you really should be reading that series — you noticed once again, Spider-Man’s ex-girlfriend/demonic pact maker being a total badass:
Despite her only superpower being super good looking, her years and years at Peter Parker’s side has pretty much scattered any remaining fear she could once feel. How many times has she been thrown off buildings? Chased by supervillains? Been kidnapped and held hostage? Nothing can scare this woman anymore.
Today, we’ll take a look at the most recent time she’s been totally awesome in Amazing Spider-Man #670-672, written by Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos. Remember the Marvel event Spider Island where everyone in the city gains Spider-Man’s powers? Then they turn into giant spider monsters? We jump halfway into the event, where only one solitary New Yorker remains unaffected by all these spider enhancements.
And her current outfit still covers far more skin than most female superheroes’ costumes. Look, I know so many comic book readers rose up in anger after Mephisto dissolved Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage. But c’mon, we’re all intelligent people, right? The status quo always returns, just like superheroes when they die. It may take another five years, a decade, maybe even longer, but the two are destined to get back together. We all know they’ll end up married again, so can’t we just enjoy a single Spider-Man for a while? Seriously, after my friends and family, there’s nothing I love more than superheroes, and we must trust that the writers know what they’re doing — negativity only drains creativity and passion. From everyone. Stop the angry YouTube rants.
Oh, and Mary Jane punches spider monsters:
Darn tootin’ she is. And the reason she spawned those powers so late in the arc? Spoiler alert: it’s a gross reason.
So like most Spider-Man stories, our hero can’t win the day on muscles alone. He has to use all that scientific genius he possesses when he’s not chucking around trucks. But you know a delicate procedure like reversing and halting the mass extinction of a city can’t be disturbed and distracted by an army of man-spiders. Spider-Man needs a bodyguard.
Gorgeous last panel. Mary Jane singlehandedly holds off the oncoming horde as Spider-Man saves the city/brags about it. Even though Superior Spider-Man ends in five issues, hopefully that’ll still be plenty of pages to have Mary Jane take on some more goblin baddies. Plus, now we can see Doctor Octopus re-learn the lesson he’s realized so many times before: there’s always someone smarter than him. And just like Breaking Bad, no matter how awful a person Otto Octavius reveals himself to be in the next few issues, I really want him to win.
Noh-Varr, beloved sex symbol of the Young Avengers and all around super cool dude, hasn’t always been a superhero. Y’see, he’s an alien Kree soldier destined to conquer the planet for the Kree Empire’s new capital. By himself. Unfortunately, one alien/insect hybrid against the entire pantheon of superheroes didn’t work out spectacularly well for him. As in, he lost.
While prison gave him lots of time to stew about his current predicament — his own conquering impotence — Earth’s premier secret society of borderline-sociopathic superheroes, the Illuminati, decided to use this weapon in another way. And despite all their manipulating, backstabbing, lying, and downright despicable actions they accomplished during their tenure, this ranks as one of the best decisions they ever made. Witness it for itself in New Avengers: Illuminati #4, written by Brian Michael Bendis & Brian Reed and drawn by Jim Cheung. Then we’ll finish with four pages from Secret Invasion #6-7, written by Bendis and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu.
Professor X, despite being the kindly Martin Luther King Jr. of mutantkind, has a history of subtly changing the minds of those he wants to join his side. Or to forget important information. Or if he accidentally projects a dirty thought. Look, Charles Xavier’s morality lies on the side of heroism with a fair amount of “ends justify the means” sprinkled in. But at least the good professor justifies his Noh-Varr inaction:
Remember Iron Man’s alcoholism days? Odds are that he’s already worn a dress and called himself Sally. And despite all the moral grey lines, the superheroes decide on the most reasonable course of progression as they just go about their normal problem-solving method: beating the crap out of whoever they disagree with. At least Namor’s unashamed. And naked. Always naked.
Each Illuminati member gets a turn to make their case. You saw how awesome Noh-Varr is last article — the Illuminati really doesn’t want him ripping Captain America into fun-size pieces.
Instead of a simple mind warp of, “Hey, isn’t Earth swell?” the Illuminati’ll have to convince him the ol’ fashioned way: logic. It’s a moral step in the right direction for the sketchiest group of superheroes of the past decade. Next, Mr. Fantastic gets his turn. Y’know, after a few more Namor punches.
Mr. Fantastic, the least romantic man on the planet — whether that be politics or ladies — brings up a good point. Sure, Noh-Varr could spend the rest of his days kicking and screaming his way to whatever victory he hopes he’ll achieve, or he could do something actual useful, beneficial, and not a complete waste of his time. Because we know he sure as hell can’t beat Earth’s entire roster of superheroes. We have all the best ones on this planet.
And he does. And he finds Captain Marvel. And he becomes the hero we darn tootin’ know he should be. When the Skrulls, sworn enemy of the superior intellect Kree, invades Earth with their fancy shapeshifting powers, Noh-Varr figures the Illuminati have a good point. He could either stay rotting in prison or kick the butt of those green monsters currently ravishing his current planet. Also, Captain Marvel has a secret:
Yup, Captain Marvel fought his own people as a secret Skrull. His bravery won’t be forgotten, but we all know it’s time for a real Kree to continue his struggle. And parade around shirtless for most of the Young Avengers series.
Welcome the new Noh-Varr: Earth’s newest defender.
If you haven’t read Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers series, you’re only punishing itself. That man writes at a level beyond human capability — along with a fantastic taste in music — and artists Jamie McKelvie & Mike Norton create stuff with panels I’ve never seen in a comic before. But in Young Avengers #1 and #7, a battle gets mentioned I’ve never heard before:
So I decided to search for that fight, half wanting to piece together past events and half wanting to see Noh-Varr wipe the floor with everyone. Luckily, I found it in Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #2-4, written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Stefano Caselli.
If you think the normal Marvel universe can be confusing, wait till you get into the intergalactic stuff. The three big alien empires — Skrull, Shi’ar, and Kree take up most of the comic book ink. Noh-Varr’s a hybrid Kree/insect. Seriously, just more with Spider-Man-like enhanced abilities rather than wings and antennas. Nowadays, he hangs out on Earth to protect it from non-Kree alien forces, but before all that, he got brainwashed:
It’s going to be a bloodbath. Honestly, I know only slightly more about Marvel alien races than the Runaways, who are Los Angeles-based kids of supervillains who team up to thwart the plans of their parents. They have superpowers and whatnot as well.
While I’d explain the teams one-by-one, Noh-Varr’s currently fighting like twelve at once and it’s better for you to see it all for yourself as it happens as opposed to a huge paragraph with thirty commas. Just know that Noh-Varr’s stronger, faster, and far more skilled than his teenage opponents.
The Vision, like the X-Man Kitty Pryde, can phase through people/objects and unphase at will, essentially punching right through enemies if vicious and bloodthirsty enough. Noh-Varr’s so badass that he just breaks off Vision’s arm with the hand still deep inside him. That’s Wolverine-esque craziness right there.
Y’see, the problem with superspeed lies in the recovery time. With half the team knocked out or disabled within the first moments of the fight, it’d be nice for the rest of the Young Avengers/Runaways to take a breather, refuel, get a massage before round two begins. But y’see, that’s the problem with superspeed.
No one’s scarier with a robot hand protruding out of his chest than Noh-Varr. The good guys (and our antagonist’s a good guy currently with a fuzzy brain), only survive due to our baddie’s recall. Supervillains have way cooler methods of extraction than the heroes.
On a side note, Noh-Varr’s ex-girlfriend list builds steadily every new series. Women can’t get enough of this Kree/bug hybrid, even with those short shorts he wears. The guy looks like he wrestles for his local high school. But as the miniseries comes to a close and our two teams ambush the enemy ship, Noh-Varr gets his round two. And he’s just as awesome.
People sometimes ask, aren’t superheroes for children? Jason, with your male pattern baldness and salaried job, aren’t you too old to be reading comic books? And I say, yes, maybe I am, but I never want to live in a world where I don’t enjoy an alien chucking a dinosaur across a spaceship. I’m a dreamer.
With that, Noh-Varr lies in defeat, for he still had not removed the android’s body parts from his own body parts. I imagine it’s a fear thing, like when Wolverine emerges on the page with his face half burned and only his pants still clinging on.
Oh, and read Gillen’s Young Avengers. Noh-Varr’s a delight.
The final two issues of the Herc series, #9-10 written by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente and drawn by David Hahn, contain a delightful arc dealing with mortality, the Kingpin, wizards, and a beheading — I adore it. But I’d need to give you almost the entirety of both issues to understand all the back story and plot development. So to make it easier for me (and some encouragement on your part to buy the series), I picked two scenes to delight you with. Let’s do something fun and light for Friday, plus I don’t think I’d be lying when I claim my love for Marvel’s version of Hercules borders on emotional love. Maybe a little physical. Okay, a lot physical.
Oh, so recognize this guy?
I’ll give you a hint. His name starts with “Z” and ends in “eus.”
A perfect introduction to the Greek gods of the Marvel universe. They’re lecherous, perverted, drunk, and full of all the gossip that turned your middle school mythology lesson into Gossip Girl. Hercules, currently powerless and only with his magical weapons/crazy physique to protect himself, now has a problem to deal with that can’t be solved by reflecting back goblin grenades.
Father-son bonding time in the superhero world always involves the same concept: crime-fighting.
At this point in time, the Kingpin controls the Hand (the group used whenever writers want to use ninjas). Y’know Kingpin? The bald guy in the white suit who has the cajones to lead organized crime in a city patrolled by hundreds of superheroes. But you know who also isn’t fond of ninjas nunchucking dudes in the face?
The overarching plot involves some magical artifact, but the story gets weird:
Who do you think would win in a fight between our two protagonists today? Especially now that our former Greek god lost his superpowers. Hercules has about three thousand years of combat training compared to Elektra’s thirty or so, but she’s way faster than him. All that body hair slows him down. Well, my friends, I have the answer for you to this question that’s been keeping you up at night and monopolizing every conversation you’ve had for the past few months. Here’s Hercules vs. Elektra:
Hercules wields some cool weapons. The Sword of Peleus can cut through anything and the Shield of Perseus can block anything. Plus, the shield’s eyes turn people to stone — Medusa and whatnot.
Okay, so your question still goes unanswered. Our Greek god lies in comic limbo since Herc ended, but hopefully he’ll return soon. Comics need more bearded heroes.
Hard to pick a side, right? Thor, the ye ol’ Aryan god with a heart and hammer both equally large, versus Storm, the X-Men powerhouse and leaderwho somehow finds Wolverine attractive. But luckily for you today, you don’t have to break your heart rooting for one superhero over the other. Y’see, this fight in Black Panther #25, written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by Marcus To, takes place during the Marvel event Civil War. And Thor wasn’t around during it.
With morality pretty much siding with Captain America, our dear Iron Man figures he might as well go full-on mad scientist. After all, when the story portrays Iron Man as the villain (sort of?), he embraces the opportunity by creating a robot Thor using stolen DNA and Mr. Fantastic’s desperate gamble. So today, Storm does battle Thor, just not Thor Thor.
We underestimate Storm’s power sometimes. She doesn’t have the durability of an Asgardian, but no one looks cooler summoning thunderstorms. Y’know, I don’t know if Storm could win against the real Thor. Though to be fair, neither could 98% of the Marvel universe — but you know superheroes, part of the contract includes playing really terrible odds.
Apparently, Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic programmed misogyny into the robot as well. The real Thor’s nothing if not a gentleman. Chivalry tops the list of Asgardian traits, right after smushing frost giants and maintaining a mead buzz.
I wouldn’t say Invisible Woman (mother of two) used great word choice there, but the idea’s still solid. While Storm could probably win the fight on her own, superheroes tend to be busy and spending hours fighting robots takes a lot of valuable time away that they could spend fighting non-robots. Plus, teamwork and whatnot.
When creative and interesting plans fall through (precise EMP blast, for instance), brute force always works as a fall back plan. Robot Thor shows up a few times after this, but nothing wildly significant.
On a similar subject, I wonder if Storm ever fought Electro?
So a little detour to start us off, but remember last article when Magneto locked the Nazi Red Skull in a hidden bunker, never to be heard from or seen again? While punches and flying shields can cause Red Skull physical pain, nothing compares to Magneto’s emotional punishment. Sitting in that dark silent bunker with no food and only a little water, our spiteful Nazi has plenty of time to sit, hallucinate, and contemplate his life’s decisions in Captain America #369-370, written by Mark Gruenwald and drawn by Ron Lim.
Can you detect an upcoming theme? I mean, no one knows where he is and Red Skull has no way to signal for help. Though you claim suicide as the coward’s way out, you know who else committed suicide?
Over the next few decades, Red Skull’s disembodies hallucinations have branched out on their own. His daughter becomes Sin and later the next Red Skull. Arnim Zola develops an entire alternative dimension and even fathered/created a few kids. Though luckily, no Hitler developments.
He gets rescued next issue. Let’s not worry about how.
Anyway, let’s continue onto our main event. Y’see, Magneto’s philosophies have changed over the years as our culture and times have evolved. He remains in that tiny category of supervillains who happen to be simultaneously sympathetic and evil (Mr. Freeze, Bane, Man-Bat, Two-Face — really most of Batman’s rogue gallery). In X-Men #85, volume 2, written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Alan Davis, our featured supervillain attempts to satisfy both his desires and morals.
I’d like to tell you that Bill Jones argues an exciting and suspenseful battle of words with the disguised Magneto. By not revealing that information, I could definitely amp up the suspense. But look, dear Bill Jones doesn’t stand a chance — Magneto stacked the deck against him from the very beginning. Magneto’s cheating, and even Magneto himself doesn’t realize it yet.
You think Bill Jones scored a knockout punch, right? The most average man in the city unfortunately holds no hatred in his heart for the filthy genetic freaks that’ll kill his family and eat his children. But as the bell rings to start round two, Magneto brings out the big guns.
Poor Bill Jones didn’t realize that Hitler’s a sore spot for Magneto. As you can imagine, the game goes in a different direction. If reason and logic won’t convince Magneto that he’s right, then he’ll stick to what he knows — fear and bitterness. Now Magneto’s cheating.
See? That’s what makes this issue genius: Magneto simply manipulated the situation until he received the answer he wanted, instead of accepting that maybe his ideals aren’t so accurate. Supervillains tend to have a bit of an ego on them. And what about Bill Jones’ final cry? Surely Magneto must realize his mistakes. He’ll shake Bill Jones’ hand and apologize while maintaining eye contact. That’s the reasonable, intelligent decision after Magneto essentially poked Bill Jones until he yelled to stop. Right?
I don’t think any comic book character has crossed the good guy/bad guy line more often than Magneto. Every decade he decides to once again terrorize humankind or once again aid the human-protecting X-Men. Though despite his alliances, his motive never changes: mutants rock, non-mutants suck. More of the former, less of the latter. What’s Magneto’s opinon on his constant team switching? I don’t know if anything concrete has come out, but you do get a glimpse in AvX: Consequences #4, written by Kieron Gillen and Mark Brooks.
To get you caught up, in the aftermath of the Marvel event Avengers vs. X-Men, Colossus is on the run for his crimes he committed as part of the Phoenix Five. Storm can’t convince him to return to his buddies. Colossus’ arch-nemesis will always be Colossus.
Much like how history is written by the victors, Magneto adheres to a similar philosophy. So, when the textbooks get written centuries in the future, what title will Magneto receive? Honestly, I have no idea. But I did collect a few ambiguous examples of both. First up: Captain America #367, written by Mark Gruenwald and drawn by Kieron Dwyer.
Quickly name some of the biggest Marvel supervillains — Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, Green Goblin, Mandarin, Kingpin, etc. And Red Skull, who as you can imagine might not get along with one of the members of this list. Y’know, because Red Skull’s a Nazi and Magneto’s a Holocaust survivor.
No telepaths needed to read their minds. Red Skull hates mutants. Magneto really hates Red Skull. But as the two argue, Red Skull does defend his ideals with an unfailing confidence that most delusional psychopaths possess. It’d be admirable if it wasn’t for the whole Nazi thing.
Look, it can be difficult to argue that Magneto hasn’t turned into a smaller scale Hitler himself, at least with the goal of exterminating/ruling over mankind with his fellow superior mutants. But despite all the political and moral arguments one could make demeaning Magneto’s speech, allow me to present my own ironclad argument: screw Nazis. As you expect, Magneto totally wins their little chase.
Red Skull’s hallucinations and almost-repentance begin two issues later, which we’ll cover later. But I do want to make sure we cover one of Magneto’s more evil moments, like that famous one from the early ’90s when he went full on bad guy. Wild carnage abounds in X-Men #25, volume 2, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Andy Kubert. Heads up, it’s going to get wordy.
Y’know, the moment where Magneto figures, well, time to be a Hitler. Ends justify the means and blah blah blah. Then he fights the X-Men for forty pages:
Do you know the horrifying pain Wolverine experienced when he got pumped full of adamantium? Turns out it hurts way more coming out.
Despite Magneto’s power, he really doesn’t stand a chance against his old friend Professor X. It’s only because dear Xavier holds back and instead sends in squads of teenagers that Magneto can even secure victories. Because if the professor were to ever snap, like say when adamantium rips out of his teammate’s body, poor Magneto can’t possibly defend against that level of psychic attack. Y’see, when the Hulk gets angry, he can punch dudes into space, but mind powers work differently and the results tend to be far more cruel.
As many subtly awful things Professor X did during his time running the X-Men, we should applaud him just for the fact that he could have done so much worse. Like erasing the entire brain of anyone he chooses ever.
As much as I’d like to take sides between Professor X and Magneto, my own identity as a bald Jew puts me in a tricky spot. On Monday, I’d like to continue exploring some powerful Magneto moments. Hopefully.