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Appearing in "Firestorm"

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Other Characters:

  • Chief Magistrate Anderson (On a TV or computer screen)
  • Alexyev (First appearance)
  • Dmitri (First appearance)
  • Charles Geoffrey (Single appearance)[1] (On a TV or computer screen)
  • Soviet Army
    • General Akhronayev (Only appearance; dies)[1]




Synopsis for "Firestorm"

The X-Men argue with Magneto over his actions, but he is undeterred and repels them. Psylocke sneaks up on Fabian Cortez, but he uses his powers to overload her telepathy.  At the United Nations, Valerie Cooper, Nick Fury, and representatives from China and the Soviet Union debate how to respond.  Back in Genosha, Beast saves Psylocke from a violent mob, and Gambit ambushes Cortez, but Magneto has captured Cyclops and Wolverine.  Monitoring events, Forge secures the mansion, but Moira has gone missing.  Psylocke tries to use her telepathy to subdue Magneto, but the Acolytes capture her, Beast, and Rogue.  With the X-Men defeated, Magneto and the Acolytes return to Asteroid M.  There, Cortez reveals he has discovered an anomaly in Magneto’s DNA.  Professor X finds Moira in his estate’s boathouse just before Magneto arrives and magnetically launches it into orbit.  Magneto recalls being placed in Moira’s care when he was briefly de-aged to infancy by his creation, Alpha.  Threatening to kill Professor X, he demands to know what Moira did to him.  He takes them to Asteroid M, and Moira confesses that she learned Magneto’s powers make him mentally unstable, and she tried to modify his DNA to eliminate the instability.  Enraged and feeling violated, Magneto tortures her and demands she use the same process on Cyclops’s team to make them follow him.  On Sakhalin Island, the Hand purchases a secret weapon from a rogue Soviet general and kills him.  Later, Cyclops’s team visits the captive Professor X and tells him they have joined Magneto. Having sensed their defection, Jean and Storm run Danger Room simulations pitting their “Gold” team against Cyclops’s team, the Acolytes, and Magneto.  Fury calls and warns that the U.S. and Soviet Union have invoked the Magneto Protocols, declaring war.  The Soviets have launched an orbital plasma cannon to destroy Asteroid M so, if Storm’s team is going to intervene, they must do so immediately.


  • This issue is reprinted in:
    • X-Men: Mutant Genesis trade paperback (1995);
    • X-Men Forever Alpha (Jul. 2009);
    • X-Men: Mutant Genesis hardcover (2010);
    • X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus hardcover (2011);
    • X-Men: The Adamantium Collection hardcover (2014);
    • X-Men Epic Collection vol. 19: Mutant Genesis trade paperback (2017);
    • X-Men XXL by Jim Lee hardcover (2019).


  • Alpha de-aged Magneto to infancy in Defenders vol. 1 #16. Eric the Red restored him to adulthood in X-Men vol. 1 #104.
  • An unnamed female Acolyte appears in this issue and the next, but she is never named. Various non-canonical, fan-based sources identify her as "Nance Winters", conflating her with one of the SHIELD agents Magneto took captive in issue #1 and speculating that she defected to the Acolytes. However, this identification has never been officially substantiated on-panel.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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