X-Men (vol.2) #2 (1991)

X-Men (vol.2) #2 (November, 1991)
By Chris Claremont & Jim Lee
Inks - Scott Williams
Colors - Joe Rosas
Letters - Tom Orzechowski
Edits - Bob Harras
Chief - Tom DeFalco
Cover Price: $1.00

We open with Magneto's big ol' head.  He informs the X-Men that the Acolytes have pledged themselves to him, and he does not intend on abandoning them... and he will decide how to deal with their rather extreme actions.  Ya know, like destroying a city and leveling a hospital last issue.  Cyclops realizes that Magneto's so far gone... sort of stuck in his own head at this point, that he cares very little about what happens to "ordinary human beings"... and well, he's right.  Magneto goes so far as to suggest that Genosha had it coming for being "Mutant Slavers" during that whole X-Tinction Agenda thing.

Magneto is attacked by a Genoshan helicopter... that is mostly made of plastic and other non-ferrous materials.  Magneto just shrugs it off... and plays a little "cause and effect" with the whirlybird.  Just because he can't manipulate it, doesn't mean he can't ram big ol' beams of metal through it!

After Magneto deflects another X-Men attack, we shift scenes to meet up with Fabian Cortez.  Psylocke confronts him, but is easily overwhelmed... and smooched upon by the ginger geek.

Meanwhile, at the United Nations... they're still talkin' about the situation.  A man named Alexyev, who looks like a beta-version of Jacob Marlowe from WildC.A.T.S (he's either very short, or the perspective is all sorts of wonky here), chats up Nick Fury about implementing the aforementioned Magneto Protocols.

Back in Genosha, we rejoin Psylocke.  Her mind is bombarded with the thoughts of the nearby citizens (courtesy of Cortez's kiss)... and boy are they hateful toward mutants.  She actually winds up circled by a bunch, and beaten... until Beast hops in to save the day.  Worth noting, Gambit gives Fabes a whack in da noggin with his quarterstaff.

Then... Magneto returns to pontificate s'more.  He tells the X-Men that they should all be fighting for the same cause... and implores them to join up with him.  Same ol', same ol'.

Back at the Xavier School, Forge is making a frantic call to Storm's Gold Strike Force to assist with the events in Genosha.  Banshee is also there, and is wondering just what these Magneto Protocols might include.  Forge is clueless... and, actually so is Professor X!  We learn that Moira MacTaggert bolted out the place when the alarms started to sound, which gives Charles a bit of a pause.

Back to Genosha... where it's more of the same.  Psylocke is able to pierce into Magneto's head with her psychic knife... again, courtesy of Cortez's kiss.  This victory is rather short-lived, however... as it's here that the patron mutant of 90's comics makes his presence felt!  That's right... this is Chrome!  And he, well... coats the good guys in... chrome!  Now they're worth a few bucks more...

Magneto and the gang retreat back to Asteroid M.  Fabian Cortez reveals to Magnus that when he healed him last issue, he noticed a strange anomaly in his DNA.  Some... genetic engineering, if you wee'll.  Magneto has a sneaking suspicion how it might've gotten there... and we'll soon find out ourselves.  Like... really soon.

But first, the Magneto Protocols!  The Soviet's launch a Plasma Cannon into space... and it's headed toward Asteroid M.

Then, back on Earth, Professor Xavier happens across Moira getting sloshed at the Mansion's boathouse.  They chat briefly, before they are joined by the Master of Magnetism, and whisked away Wizard of Oz style... house and all.

While hovering in Orbit, Magneto demands some answers... or at least validation on his hunch.  Turns out, while he was de-aged into infancy, following a weird issue of the Defenders... 

Here's Magneto's recollection of the event...

... Moira took it upon herself to tinker with Baby Mags' genetic code.  He was just an innocent as a babe... and she intended to keep him that way.  After some prodding, Moira comes clean and cops to the deed.  Magneto... isn't pleased.  Though, this is a really interesting way to kind of handwave his babyface turn of the mid-80s.  It's also a pretty great way of bringing him back to the dark side.

While Magneto has Moira "chromed up" for her misdeeds, we take a brief aside to the Sakhalin Islands just East of the Soviet Union and North of Japan.  We join Matsuo Tsurayaba as he takes advantage of last issue's EM Pulse to swipe something called "Omega".  This ain't Weapon Omega who we'll be meeting in this month's issue of Alpha Flight... but someone else, who we'll meet in the flesh and coils in two-months time.

Back on Asteroid M, Cyclops and his Blue Team chat up Professor X... in order to inform him that, get this, they've joined up with Magneto!  C'mon, get with the 90's old man... "Magneto was right" and all that jazz.

Back at the Mansion, word has traveled fast... Storm's Gold Team is running a simulation of them fighting the Blue Team... and, just like in sales and popularity... they get their butts kicked.

We wrap up with the Goldies geting a holographic visit from Nick Fury.  He informs them of the Magneto Protocol being enacted... and warns that, when it hits... da whole thing's gonna go boom.  So, if they wanna save their Blue buds, it's now or never!

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