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Super Reads AvX: Week 2

Written by SuperginraiX on Saturday, April 07 2012 and posted in Features
Thor versus Magneto!It's another week of Super Reads as the X-Men and Avengers get ready to square off!  WATCH as he reads... Avengers vs. X-Men #1!  Avengers vs. X-Men #1: Infinite!  and Journey Into Mystery #109!

Spoiler Ahead!

Super Reads AvX: Week 2

Two weeks in a row!  It's like a record!

For you five newcomers who have accidentally found this article, I repeat The Rules:

1. I read an event book.

2. I weep at all of the continuity errors, missteps, and poor editing.

3. Regaining my composure, I do my best to write up the spoilerific walkthrough of the comic, attempting to explain away everything that made me cry and giving as much backstory on the hidden details as possible.

4. You read it.  Or you skip ahead and see if at least the reworked panels are funny.

And that's pretty much it.  This ain't my first rodeo.  I've been covering Marvel events since Secret Invasion, back when I was a wide-eyed young fanboy with hope for the future.  :)  You can read about it all in the massive Super Reads section on the site.

We need to go over a few things that are going to be pretty important for at least the opening round of this series.  The first is the Phoenix Force.

Death, Rebirth, and Great at Barbecues.Like all things X-related, the Phoenix Force is frickin' confusing.  It's not really explained correctly in the comic because everyone inside has an agenda or is trying to oversimply things.  What the Phoenix represents is Death and Rebirth.  It made its first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #101 when the X-Men were returning to Earth in a damaged shuttle during one hell of a solar flare up.  Their pilot was Jean Grey, one of the original X-Men who used her telepathic abilities to learn how to fly the shuttle for re-entry and her telekinetic powers to shield herself from a good portion of the solar radiation (the rest of the X-Men remained safely inside the radiation shielded passenger section).  Even with her telekinesis, Jean was destined to die while saving her friends and teammates.

Until the Phoenix intervened.  The X-Men would originally believe that the Phoenix had joined with Jean, saving her life but amping up her abilities to their utmost potential.  The TRUTH of the matter is that the Phoenix Force placed the REAL Jean Grey in a life pod to recuperate while IT took her form to experience a mortal life.

Most of us know where this eventually led.  Pushed over the edge by Mastermind's illusions and deception, the Phoenix finally lost control, flew into another galaxy and caused a sun to super-nova, feeding on the energy.  The fact that one of the planets orbiting this sun was inhabited didn't even register for the Phoenix, and lives were lost.  Millions of them.  This forced a confrontation with the Shi'ar and after a "trial by combat," the Phoenix once again found herself losing control.  With enough of "Jean's" personality within her to know that she was going to do something that everyone would regret, the Phoenix turned some weaponry on herself and died.

It's a great story and you should read it if you haven't.

Eventually, the world would learn that the REAL Jean Grey was very much alive but the same proved true of the Phoenix.  Being a creature of Death and Rebirth, everyone could have probably predicted this.  There would be many "hosts" for the Phoenix in the years following "Jean's" death, most notable would be Rachel Grey/Summers, an alternate future offspring of Scott Summers and Jean Grey from the Days of Future Past timeline, and Jean Grey herself, who had inherited a spark of the Phoenix Force from her dying clone, Madelyne Prior.

I TOLD you X-stuff was complicated.

The Phoenix is feared throughout the universe because it IS a destroyer as well as a giver of life.  No one wants to be obliterated to make room for another stage of growth.

And now we will talk about mutants.

Let's put the mutants all in one place so they're easier to kill off in events.In the Marvel Universe, the mutant race is generally considered to be the next step in human evolution.  Much like the Phoenix, that has made mutants the objects of fear because no one wants to be thought of as obsolete compared to the next big thing to make Earth their home.  The X-Men books are FILLED to the BRIM with stories of hate, fear, and saving the world before breakfast.

Mutants are no longer the future, however.  Because of a little event known as House of M, those with mutant powers were almost all depowered.  The remaining mutant population is less than two hundred strong and new mutants are almost non-existant.  This has made the mutants an endangered species and most of the remaining number have banded together for mutual survival.  Half the population have chosen to live on the island of Utopia, a self-governing community off the coast of San Francisco.  The rest live in the rebuilt school in Westchester County, New York.

According to Cable, GUNS are for babies, too.And this is where Hope comes in.  Hope Summers is the first mutant to be born into the post-House of M world and that made her a target for pretty much every mutant hate group and mutant team in existance.  To help her escape the constant attempts on her life by pretty much EVERYONE, the mutant known as Cable took Hope into the future where he would raise her and train her for a very special destiny.

Because Hope Summers is widely believed to the Mutant Messiah, the presumed savior of all mutants who will either bring about their salvation or doom the entire planet.  Either way, it's a lot of pressure for a young woman.

You are now pretty much up to speed on current events.  Let's get on with Avengers vs. X-Men.

Avengers vs. X-Men #1Avengers vs. X-Men #1
Writers: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, & Matt Fraction
Penciler: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Editor: Tom Brevoort

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The story in a nutshell:
The Phoenix Force rages throughout the universe.  After getting a warning from Kid Nova, the Avengers make plans to take Hope away from her home in Utopia because she just registered a similar power signature as the Phoenix Force.  That leads to fighting.

This story by bullet points:

• An alien planet is destroyed by... the Phoenix Force!

• Kid Nova crash lands in the middle of New York City.  The Avengers are there to clean up the mess and to get Nova's warning about Phoenix before the space cop passes out.

• On the mutant island of Utopia, Cyclops is training Hope to take a serious beating.  She manifests a Phoenix signature in frustration, sending Scott Summers skidding across the training grounds.

• In Washington D.C., that Phoenix signature is picked up by Iron Man and Captain America during a meeting with the President (they're discussing the imminent arrival of the Phoenix Force on Earth so it's all relevant).

• Captain America recruits Wolverine but Logan will not put his students at risk in this fight.

• On Utopia, Cyclops and his Uncanny X-Men discuss the Phoenix and Hope before Captain America arrives to take the young Mutant Messiah into protective custody.

• Words are said that can't be unsaid ever.  Cyclops shoots Cap with his eyebeams.  Cap orders his Helicarrier to decloak and unleash a horde of Avengers on Utopia.  The fight is officially ON.

This issue in EXTREME detail:

Our story begins on a farm located on a distant planet.  We see an alien child and their father as they are engulfed in flames that spread across the sky.  These same flames spread all over the planet until the entire world is consumed in fire.  The fire signature is immediately familiar.  Phoenix Force.

So that's the threat that Marvel Earth is facing.

In New York City, we visit in on the Avengers in their newly rebuilt Avengers Tower (which is very nice looking, by the way).  The super-heroes are engaged in small talk before noticing a fireball rocketing in for a crash landing in their fair city.  Before touching down, the meteor smashes off a wing on a passenger jet and takes off the top of the Chrysler Building... so our heroes have a lot of lives to save in the next ten minutes.

Being Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers split up and handle to emergency with a professional amount of skill.  Thor catches the passenger jet in a whirlwind (which is good if dizzying), Iron Man blasts the falling wing to dust, while Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man handle the Chrysler Building fiasco.  As far as we know, everyone lives and the worst that happens is a high degree of property damage.

The rest of the Avengers (Captain America, Hawkeye, the Protector, and Black Widow) have taken a Quinjet to find out what just smashed into their city.  It turns out to be Kid Nova!

That's a good thing, right?

If you don't recognize this guy, check back to the special Point One issue Marvel released late last year.  It looks like Kid Nova's been running from the Phoenix Force ever since that issue.  For those who are curious: No, this is NOT Richard Rider (the most well known Nova and star of the last Nova series).  This is an all-new, all-different guy who has obviously had better days.

Before passing out, Nova tells the Avengers that "it's coming" and really, he can't be any more vague.

On the island-nation of Utopia, Cyclops is training Hope.  "Training" might not be the correct word.  "Beating the crap out of" may be closer.  Scott Summers doesn't believe that his grand-daughter knows how to fight without the use of her mutant abilities.  This would fly into the face of her backstory where she was raised in one battlefield after another by one of the few mutants KNOWN for training soldiers (Cable) and might also disregard the fact that Hope only gained her mutant ability in the recent past (during the Second Coming crossover).  Whatever.  Cyke is in a foul mood and pushing Hope right up to the breaking point.

And when that point is past, a frustrated Hope fires back with a blast of energy with a very distinct look.  Yep.  It's a Phoenix.

Cyclops is knocked back and bounces across the training ground.  On the balcony above, Magneto and Emma Frost are both shocked.  There's no denying what's going to happen, now.

In Washington D.C., Captain America and Iron Man brief the President of the United States on the New York situation.  While Nova is still unconscious following his crash, they have figured out what the threat is that the kid was warning them about.  Nova's uniform had damage from a very unique energy signature.  Again, it's the Phoenix.

While Iron Man and Cap give the President their version of what the Phoenix is, I'm just going to use this space to tell you WHY the Phoenix is in SPACE while Hope is flaring up all Phoenix-like.  This is because you don't need to be possessed by the Phoenix to rock a firebird attack blast.  Hope is instead a "Phoenix potential," capable of being a future host for the Phoenix Force... which is set to come to Earth.  You can see what a threat this could pose.

After Tony is done explaining WHAT the Phoenix is Cap tells the President that he's sent a team of Avengers (Thor, Ms. Marvel, War Machine, Vision, Beast, Captain Britain, the Protector, and Valkyrie) into outer space to intercept the creature and stop it before it reaches Earth.  Success for this mission is almost zero but it's an attempt that has to be made.  With that information given, the power-point presentation nearly explodes in warning.  That's because Iron Man's sensors have just registered Hope's flare-up.  Connections are made.

Before heading into an inevitable confrontation with Cyclops, Captain America hits up his major mutant ally at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.  The Wolverine.  Among the ten thousand things Logan does a week, he finds himself on at least one team of Avengers.  Wolverine tells Cap his OWN version of what happened during the Dark Phoenix Saga and then confirms that Hope is widely known in mutant circles to be the next potential host for the Phoenix.  Logan warns Steve that Cyclops will "have an agenda" for all of this but doesn't think Scott Summers will even be aware of this.

Captain America asks for Wolverine's support.  While Logan won't allow his school to be involved in these shenanigans (the school was founded to keep the mutant kids OUT of danger), we cut scenes before Wolvie can answer Cap on his personal assistance.

Back on Utopia, Cyclops and his team of X-Men (Colossus, Magneto, Namor, and Emma Frost), try to figure out what to do about Hope and the Phoenix.  Cliff Notes: Magneto thinks Cyclops is starting to take after HIM with all his talk about changing the world through the power of the Phoenix.  Cyclops believes that magically pushing the mutant race to the edge of extinction might have called the Phoenix to right that wrong.  Emma keeps on saying that the big choice for all of this belongs to Hope.

And when all this talking is over, Captain America arrives for a special visit.

Cyclops goes out to talk to America's Top Cop while the rest of his team stand at the ready.

And that's when this event got weird.

You all know things are going to go badly, right?  Because they are and neither of these two looks very good when it's said and done.  They both have a point.  Cap wants to take Hope into protective custody because she's a potential Phoenix host and the Phoenix Force is on it's way, killing worlds as it flies throught he galaxy (though that last part only WE the reader know about).  Cyclops feels kind of belittled and wonders why the Avengers have never helped during the eighty billion times hate crimes have been committed against the mutant race.

And strictly speaking, Scott's plan to reignite the mutant race through the Phoenix is INSANE.  More than anyone, Cyclops knows exactly what kind of threat the Phoenix can pose and blindly trusting that it'll do good THIS time is kind of out of character for the leader of Utopia.  At the SAME time, Scott made a promise to his son to PROTECT Hope from the Avengers.  When Emma telepathically warns Scott that Captain America isn't going to leave without the Mutant Messiah (and Steve says as much), the only response that we could even fathom is one where Cyclops shoots off his eyes at the Sentinel of Liberty.

No damage done, of course.  That's why Cap carries a mighty shield.

With that done, Steve Rogers leaves Utopia, respecting Cyclops' authority in these matters and promising to send aid to assure that Hope will not be a threat to the world.

Hahahahaha.  No.  It turns out Cap had a cloaked Helicarrier resting off the coast of Utopia.  Saying "Avengers Assemble" causes the thing to appear in the sky.  On the deck are the Avengers.  Dr. Strange, Thing, Spider-Woman, Giant-Man, Wolverine (yes, Logan), Hawkeye, Red Hulk, Luke Cage, Mockingbird, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Black Panther (oh man his marriage is in trouble), and Daredevil.

Next issue promises to be one big old fight.

Avengers vs. X-Men #1: InfiniteAvengers vs. X-Men #1: Infinite
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Editor: Nick Lowe

The issue in a nutshell:
Kid Nova races across the stars in order to reach Earth with the Phoenix Force raging behind him.  Since he's new at this, he messes up entry into Earth's atmosphere and crashes into New York City.  Nova still gets out his warning but it's not as clear as it could be.

The issue by bullet points:

• Kid Nova flies one step ahead of the Phoenix Force on his way to Earth.

• When he gets to Earth's atmosphere, he screws up his landing vector and end up heading straight-up out of control and on a collision course with New York City.

• Nova smashes right through several buildings before gaining JUST enough control to miss a small helicopter.

• After that narrow miss, Kid Nova is out of strength and crashes into New York.  The Avengers find him.

• Our space cop attempts to tell the heroes about the Phoenix but is only able to get out a cryptic warning before blacking out.

The issue in EXTREME detail:

Infinite is a well priced little add-on comic only available digitally.  A free copy comes with your purchase of a physical copy of Avengers vs. X-Men (as well as a digital copy of THAT comic).  You just need to enter your code and claim your prize.  This is one of the many little extras you can get from AvX.  The others involve scanning images of Avengers vs. X-Men with your smart phone and getting little behind-the-scenes bits for the issue and looks and the pencils and inks for the comic.  If I had a smart phone, I'd let you know what that experience is like.  I've heard it's pretty cool and at least has a lot of potential.

If you're only buying digitally, Avengers vs. X-Men #1: Infinite will NOT come with your purchase of the main book but CAN be bought separately for $0.99.  I recommend it.  It's not that the story is going to expand the main book's plot at all.  It's not that the story is even that GOOD.  It's that this is a small glimpse into what comics might look like in the future.  And it's pretty damn awesome.

You also get some great Stuart Immonen art and for the price, that can't be beat.  Check it out.  It has a storytelling quality that has to be seen.

What you get is the tale of Kid Nova flying through space after his brief but memorable encounter with the Phoenix Force in Point One #1.  As I explained above, this Nova is NOT Richard Rider.  This is a brand new Nova but the dialogue here leads us to believe that he shares a home planet with Richard.  He mentions the things that are "important" to him and those things include Snickers Bars (product placement!), Dubstep, and the Cardinals.  So yeah.  Home planet: Earth.

Which is also his destination.  Point One left him blazing off into the stars, proclaiming his mission to get help.  For an Earthling, the best help you could think about would be all those heroes on your home planet.

The opening scenes show that the Phoenix Force is in hot pursuit but later scenes don't show the cosmic entity bearing down on our heroic space cop.  This is probably because the Phoenix loses interest or needs to kill more planets before eventually arriving on Earth.

Whatever the case, Nova is still heading at top speed with good 'ol Earth as a target.


While the new Nova does a lot of thinking about how his Nova powers work, he doesn't give us any clues as to how he got his powers or how the Nova Force is even available.  Long time readers will know that the source of the Nova Corps powers, the Nova Force, was drawn up by Richard Rider for his "final" battle with Thanos.  When Richard disappeared, the Nova Force went with him.  The World-Mind, the super-computer that monitored all of the Nova Corps is still around but last we heard it was in seclusion.  Maybe we'll get more information in time.  Maybe this whole Kid Nova thing is leading nowhere.

Time will tell.

When Kid Nova reaches Earth, he basically messes up his approach.  Instead of landing with grace, the Human-Rocket turns into a Human-Meteor.  He has no control over his landing.  His destination is still the Big Apple but he's coming in FAR too fast.

More than that, with the way his powers work (which seems a bit different than the Nova powers we know and love), Nova is finding it hard to think.  The computer in his helmet wants to take over the landing procedures but he doesn't really trust that computer to take over without causing more collateral damage.  He's also trying to remember WHY he came to Earth and is more than confused about the goal.

"I'm supposed to take... take CONTROL of... something.  Something im...PORTANT.  What's IMPORTANT?"

Hope?  No answers are given and if this event is totally awesome, the expected answer will turn out to be completely mistaken.  If this event is ho-hum, it'll most likely be Hope to whom he's referring.

Anyway, I mentioned colateral damage and it turns out his own landing methods are going to lead to that anyway.  While we don't see him smashing into the passenger jet like he did in Avengers vs. X-Men #1, we DO see him crashing off the top of the Chrysler Building.

Another little event we didn't see in AvX #1 is the helicopter that found itself directly in his path.  Nova sees it coming and uses all of his strength to avoid crashing into it.  The scene plays out in slow motion and you get to see every millisecond of him avoiding the chopper.  It's very well done.

That little success cheers the new Nova up after the Chrysler Building fiasco but it also drains him completely.  The ground is coming up and he's got nothing left to make this landing pleasant.

Kid Nova blasts through a couple more buildings before finally coming to Earth.  After that, it's blackout time.

The newest space cop opens his eyes to see Captain America looming over him.  Internally, Nova has a little geekgasm and, really, who wouldn't?  It's freaking Captain America!  The rest of the Avengers are nearby and trying to figure out what this Nova is doing on Earth.  Ms. Marvel is pretty certain that this is an attack but Iron Man assures her that Nova has the best of intentions.  How does he know?  Well, he just happened to track Kid Nova's narrow miss of that helicopter.

Nova tries to give his warning about the Phoenix Force but can only mutter out "It's Coming" a couple of times.  He's pretty frustrated about this but what are you gonna do?

The kid isn't looking forward to needing medical attention, either.  He figures they'll take off his helmet and that's not something he wants them to do.  The reason for this is left up in the air.  Mysteries for the future!

This ends the same way Nova's appearance in AvX #1 did.  Kid Nova blacks out, leaving the Avengers to wonder what deep dark threat is on the horizon.

Journey Into Mystery #109Journey Into Mystery #109
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Jack Kirby
Inker: Chic Stone
Editor: Stan Lee

The issue in a nutshell:
The Mighty Thor faces Magneto in MORTAL COMBAT.  Thor loses his hammer and becomes the less-mighty Donald Blake.  The X-Men save the day mostly off-panel.

The issue by bullet points:

• Thor visits the World's Fair and gets an earlier look at the "Hall of Heroes."  It's filled with statues of the then-current super-heroes.

• While Thor returns to his civilian life, the Master of Magnetism, Magneto, orders Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to scour New York looking for the X-Men's hidden base.  Mags remains behind in the Brotherhood's hidden underwater base.

• While treating a patient, Dr. Donald Blake (Thor's human guise), is treated to a magnetic show as everything metal starts floating through the air.  After his patents leave, Dr. Blake returns to Thor form and tracks down the source of the magnetic disturbance.

• The Brotherhood's hidden underwater base doesn't fool the god of thunder and he enters the facility, smashing doors until he finds Magneto.

• When Thor refuses to ally with him, Mags begins the dance of doom with the Avenger.

• At one point, Magneto uses his powers to separate Thor from Mjolnir, forcing the god of thunder back into his wimpy Doctor form.  Blake isn't visible so Mags never realizes what an advantage he has.

• Blake manages to survive all of Magneto's magnetic attacks and eventually recovers his walking stick which returns him to his godly form.

• By this point, the X-Men have defeated the rest of the Brotherhood, entered the hidden underwater base, and scared off Magneto.  All of this without ever MEETING Thor.

• The god of thunder cleans things up by destroying the Brotherhood's base.  That done, he heads on over to Nurse Jane Foster's place for a meal and probably some nookie.

The issue in EXTREME detail:

This "meeting" between an Avenger and the X-Men is actually more of a "near miss" than anything.  At no point in the adventure do the X-Men and Thor team-up.  In fact, the X-Men show up JUST off-panel.  Only their powers and maybe a limb or two are visible.

In fact, the X-Men don't even show up in statue form at the beginning of this comic!  Thor is getting a private viewing of a bunch of super-hero statues that will be shown off during the World's Fair.  We see Thor, the rest of the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four but the tour guide only tells Thor that the rest of the world's heroes (Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the X-Men) are in another room.  Thor doesn't take the time to check these out.  Instead, he takes his leave so that he can return to his life as Dr. Donald Blake.

While Thor is flying home, we decide to take a look at the villain of this adventure.  Magneto!  Almost exclusively an X-Man villain, this is one of the rare times when he chose a different target for his rage.  You'd also see him in a handful of Avengers and Fantastic Four issues over the years but it really WAS rare.

Magneto's plan isn't that in depth.  The X-Men apparently have a base somewhere in the area.  Mags orders his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (yes, that was their actual name) to scout out New York until the X-Men are discovered.  The Master of Magnetism remains in the Brotherhood's underwater base, leaving his underlings to do his bidding.

If you are unfamiliar with the Brotherhood, the original line-up was Mastermind, Toad, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch.  The latter two or more known for their time as Avengers and only served the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants reluctantly because Magneto had saved the Scarlet Witch from an angry mob.  It there's a major connection between the X-Men and the Avengers, it's these two.

After the Brotherhood leaves to do his grunt work, Magneto settles into his horseshoe magnet chair to exercise his abilities.

Back at Donald Blake's office, we find the handicapped doctor (he has trouble walking without a cane) treating a patient when suddenly every metal object in the room starts floating.  A quick look outside confirms that this is NO isolated incident.  CARS are hovering in the air.  So is anything else with metal in it.

Just as suddenly as it begins, the magnetic display ends.  His nurse and love interest, Jane Foster, and his patient do their best to rationalize this freak occurance but Dr. Blake knows better.  ADVENTURE IS AFOOT!  Unfortunately, he is only able to HAVE that adventure by cancelling a date with Jane.  His excuse?  The magnetic occurance freaked him the hell out and now he needs to lie down.  Foster thinks Blake is a wimp but Don is off the hook.

It doesn't take long for Blake to change back into Thor and hit the skies in search of the source of the magnetic display.  He ends up using his hammer, Mjolnir to guide him straight towards Magneto.  The Brotherhood's disguised base doesn't fool the thunder god one bit.

The next thing we know, Thor is inside the base, smashing down doors with his hammer until eventually reaching Magneto.  It's a damn good thing Mags is a bad guy or things would get REALLY awkward around this point.

Magneto just sort of shrugs off this intrusion.  Instead of immediately attacking, the Master of Magnetism shows Thor around his home, making sure to give the thunder god a display of everything Magneto has stolen recently.  Mags believes that Thor is a mutant and is trying to butter up the god of thunder to gain a new minion.

When Thor doesn't jump right into a membership contract for the Brotherhood, THAT'S when the attacking starts.  Magnetism against strength!  The evil mutant does his best to crush Thor in a cage of metal but the Avenger just keeps breaking out.  Thor hurls his hammer at the villain and it follows Magneto around, toying with him until Mags eventually turns his magnetic abilities against Mjolnir.  This...


Mjolnir is not out of Thor's reach.  The god of thunder attempts to turn this into a hand-to-hand fight but Magneto hurls Thor away with his magnetic powers.  After placing a couple metal walls between himself and Thor, the mutant villain waits for the Avenger to break out before continuing his attack.

What he doesn't realize is that Thor has to hold Mjolnir to retain his powers.  If he is separated from the hammer for a full minute, Thor reverts to Donald Blake.  Since he can't reach Mjolnir, Thor makes the change and freaks the hell out.  There's no WAY Blake can face Magneto!

Of course, having a wall in the way means that Magneto has no idea that he's gone from fighting an Avenger to facing off against a doctor.  The Master or Magnetism DOES notice the walking stick resting on the ground but doesn't realize that it had once been Mjolnir.  He tosses it away in disinterest.

Even with a wall between them, Magneto keeps on firing metal objects at his foe.  One way or another, Blake survives these barrages, slowly making his way back to his hammer.

In the middle of this fight, Mastermind calls in to his master.  When Magneto picks up the view finder, he discovers that his Brotherhood have FOUND the X-Men and are now getting their butts kicked in by the super-heroes.  That's what happens when you don't encourage teamwork in your followers, Mags.

Magneto isn't able to lend his minions a hand because his battle with Thor is about to begin round TWO.  Dr. Blake is able to get to his walking stick and changes back into the god of thunder, all without Magneto realizing that Thor had ever left the battlefield.

Oh MAN, do I love Silver Age Magneto.

This time, Magneto's magnetic powers prove entirely ineffective.  Thor has the villain's number.  Magneto drops through a hidden panel in the floor but is completely expecting the Avenger to follow him.

That's because it's endgame time!  The Master of Magnetism has prepared a Thermo-Nuclear Proton Bomb that will certainly kill the thunder god!  Mwahahaha!

And yeah, Magneto WAS planning on escaping before the super-bomb went off.  He DOES escape, but it's not because he activated the bomb successfully.  It's because the X-Men have arrived!  Iceman freezes the Proton Bomb within a block of ice.  The rest of the team chases Magneto right out of the Brotherhood's underwater base.  Like a punk.

When Thor finally reaches this room, he only sees the aftermath of the conflict.  Out the window, he sees Magneto's escape craft being chased by another vessel with a "X" on the side.  Huh.

Not willing to investigate the situation further, Thor decides to just destroy the underwater base and head home.  There's still some time left to maybe salvage his date with Jane Foster.  She's not too happy about what went down earlier but she quickly forgives the lug.  Instead of going out, the two stay in.  Blake gets his fill of sandwiches.

Maybe they knock some boots.  You have to read between the lines with these things.

And lo, there shall be an ending!

Have a good week!

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