Synopsis for “The Triumph of Magneto”
Professor X calls the X-Men when his Radar-Image Beam picks up the energy signature of a very powerful being. However, before they can get a better analysis the being suddenly disappears in a flashing explosion. Suspecting this being as a super-powerful Mutant, the Professor and Scott concern themselves with the potential of such a powerful being. Iceman and Beast however don’t take this finding very seriously and begin horsing around again, prompting Marvel Girl to use her powers to break up their rough housing, which leads to the Professor scolding Bobby for inciting the situation.
Elsewhere in New York, the object of the X-Men’s concern is a strange man in a suit that has taken up residence in a rooming house. When the landlord comes by and demands full weeks rent in cash up front, the man pulls a large wad of money out of his coat and hands it to her. Deciding to explore the city, this man, this Stranger, walks in the very air over the city to examine the people. The citizens of New York are shocked to find that there is a man walking right up in the sky. Not wishing to attract anymore undue attention the Stranger flees the scene, but feels himself compelled to enter a particular building.
Walking through the wall, the Stranger finds Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants inside waiting for him. As the Stranger meets the Brotherhood, the X-Men search the city for this supposed new Mutant. As Angel scours the sky, the rest of the X-Men search the ground. As Scott searches the streets, he attracts unwanted attention of the police who find is skulking about suspicious. In a scuffle, Scott’s ruby quartz glasses are knocked askew causing his optic beams to fire wildly, smashing a fire hydrant and one of the officers guns. Scott is then pulled out of the harry situation by Beast and Iceman who reunite him with Marvel Girl. The group then decides to continue looking for their query together.
Back in the building where the Stranger has met with the Brotherhood, the Stranger is offered membership with Magneto’s team of evil Mutants. When the Stranger asks why he should join up with Magneto’s group, the Master of Magnetism gives the Stranger a show of power, with Magneto binding him with metal and Mastermind using his illusions.
However, the Stranger sees through the illusion and breaks free of Magneto’s binding. He then fires a bolt of energy at Mastermind which converts the illusion casting mutant into solid matter, causing him to break through the floors of the building, causing the owner to call for help.
This alarm attracts the attention of the X-Men who go to investigate to find the Stranger with their mortal foes. Magneto then orders Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to attack the X-Men. Quicksilver strikes first, however he is quickly stopped when Iceman coats him with ice. Wanda then counter attacks with her hex bolts which trip up both Beast and ICeman. Angel attempts to get close to the Stranger but finds himself repelled by a magnetic barrier put up by Magneto.
Growing tired, the Stranger decides to leave, turning into vortex to escape, Magneto wishes to go with him and is allowed, so he (followed by the ever loyal Toad) enter the vortex as well and it phases through the wall, eluding the X-Men. Cyclops and the others go to lend Iceman and Beast a helping hand, putting a stop to the Scarlet Witch’s attack.
Freeing Quicksilver from his frozen bond, the two Brotherhood members realize that they have been abandoned by Magneto. Cyclops offers them a chance to join the X-Men and help them stop Magneto, however the two Mutant siblings decline, having had enough of the constant conflict and leave, vowing to one day return.
Meanwhile, the Stranger has taken Magneto and Toad to a secluded spot, impressing Magneto with his abilities. The Stranger has a shock for Magneto though: He reveals that he is not a mutant and that he intends to subjugate them with his power. Suddenly, the Stranger grows in size and envelops both Magneto and Toad in an anti-magnetic membrane. While at the X-Mansion, Professor X examines the transformed body of Mastermind and is shocked to find that his molecules have been transformed into dense matter. Deciding that this Stranger is a potentially bigger menace than Magneto, the Professor gathers the X-Men and they fly out in their helicopter to find this being before he can act out again.
The find the forest where the Stranger had taken Toad and Magneto and find the two evil mutants still bound. The Stranger them appears from the X-Men and reveals his true form, telling them that he is a stranger from beyond the stars. Telling the X-Men that he has developed an interest in human mutation, he teleports away with Magneto and Toad so that he might examine this phenomenon on his own world. The Stranger leaves the X-Men with the police arriving, prompting the outlaw heroes to flee the scene as quickly as possible.
Later that day, Cyclops and Professor X are in the Professor’s study where the Professor removes the place cards of Magneto, Toad and Mastermind of the list of mutants that might pose a threat. No sooner that he has done this the computer alarm goes off warning the Professor and Cyclops of a coming threat that is heading right toward them.
This story is continued next issue….