This is still a classic form Chris Claremont run on the X-men, which introduces one of the worse X-Men villains William Stryker who hates mutants and believes that god wants him to kill mutants in my honest opinion his hatred for mutants shows just that what people fear and don't understand can be very dangerous, which is what Stryker shows including his Purifiers group who'd struck a serious blow to the X-Men after House of M.When i first read this it showed that people like Stryker are just ignorant and lacked any humility and shows that Magento despite his own difference with what the X-Men believe in he's a hero in his own right and wants to protect mutants from people like William Stryker.
I'd heard so much about this story for years, mainly how it served as the inspiration for the X2 film, but I never realized it was a standalone, not-quite-in-contiuity graphic novel in four parts. So despite it coming out in '82, it was a LOT more hard hitting than I'd ever expected.
Claremont only cranks up the stakes from there, introducing the now-familiar plot of using a mind-controlled Xavier to destroy all mutantkind with Cerebro. Throughout we see the classic X-lineup of Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine and Kitty Pryde (herein called Ariel) shockingly allied with Magneto (who had primarily just been a cackling supervillain up to this point in comics history) rise to the challenges posed by deranged televangelist William Stryker, the origins of whose hateful motivations are revealed in a few shocking panels.
Ultimately, though, what really struck me about this classic X-Men story reading it for the first time in 2017 was how sadly topical it's central metaphor about intolerance and media manipulation remains today, 35 years later.
Love is love, people are people, God is a personal choice. Back then as today as always.
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