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Cover Date: August 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.35
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue
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The X-Men find themselves inside a circus wagon, facing their greatest enemy - Magneto. Cyclops orders the team outside, only to discover that the wagon is now flying far above the Earth, controlled by the master of magnetism -who also appears to be maintaining life support conditions within. It turns out Magneto had gone to Xavier's school to face his foes but found the place deserted. Soon after he got there, the Beast showed up, and he followed the former X-Man to the circus.
The wagon passes over South America to Antarctica, where Magneto has a sprawling base hidden beneath a volcano.
Once safely within the base, Magneto uses his powers to blow the wagon apart and engages the team. Cyclops still feels the team is not ready to face Magneto. And he's right. They proceed to take Magneto on one at a time, rather than as a team. Storm takes a good shot at Magneto, using a blizzard, but hesitates, not wanting to kill him, and he takes her down. Phoenix does even better, until she reaches her limits, which she is surprised to find she has. But Magneto manages to get the better of her. That leaves Wolverine, who regains consciousness just as Jean goes down. He takes a swipe at Magneto but comes up only with a scrap of his cape. Magneto then uses Wolverine's claws against him, eliciting some actual fear from him. But Magneto doesn't kill him; he has other plans for him. Therefore, he just knocks him out.
The X-Men awaken in a chamber where they are imprisoned in metallic chairs. Magneto explains to him that his defeat at the hands of Xavier and the mutant Alpha humiliated him. Although regressed to infancy, Magneto claims that he knew what he should have been, knew of his power. Yet he was unable to do anything about it. Therefore, he is going to make the X-Men suffer the same fate. The chairs he's locked them into are connected to their nervous systems. Effectively, he's reduced their motor control to that of newborns. The mutants try to move, or talk, but find they cannot. As the master of magnetism tells them, "If there is a Hell, X-Men, it surely cannot be more terrible than this."
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