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The X-Men vs. the Avengers #4: Review

Jul 1987
Roger Stern, Keith Pollard

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Day of Judgment

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4 stars

The X-Men vs. the Avengers #4 Review by (September 17, 2018)

Review: See issue #1 for full review.

Comments: The Soviet Super-Soldiers do not appear in this issue. X-Men Longshot and Psylocke make their only appearance in the series in this issue. News anchor Ted Koppel appears as himself. Full inking credits: Joe Rubinstein, Bob McLeod, Al Williamson, Al Milgrom.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The X-Men vs. the Avengers #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

International news reports that Magneto is believed to be in Singapore. The Avengers arrive to talk to Mr Ronalds, head of an international law enforcement unit, to learn that the Soviet Super-Soldiers have returned to their homeland and the X-Men have been taken into protective custody. Informed that Magneto has been sighted, Ronalds refuses to share the info with the Avengers whom he considers to have failed in their mission....

The feds are getting into position to arrest Mags in the marketplace but a tourist recognizes him and panics. The agents open fire on Mags who gathers all of their bullets into a big ball and throws it at them. Mags is then approached by a trio of mutants (Slider who can control friction, Crawler who can climb walls, and Leiko who can recognize other mutants) and helped to escape the agents. He is brought to the Galleria, a haven for mutants and hailed as their hero. The leader, Light, wants to support Magneto in his battle against mankind, a battle which he had rejected. The place is raided by soldiers and Mags uses a wave of magnetic force to stun them. The mutants head for another secret base....

The X-Men, held in an armored car, become impatient with waiting for the authorities to formally arrest them, so Rogue breaks out and carries the car away....

The mutants have decamped to another base, this one in a docked ship; there, Magneto modifies his familiar helmet with circuitry recovered from his asteroid, giving him enhanced mental powers. When the Avengers confront the X-Men, Magneto uses his new powers to paralyze the heroes and spirit away the X-Men and Captain America. At the ship, Mags explains that he can use his new powers to remove all traces of anti-mutant prejudice from people's brains and asks Cap his opinion; Cap believes everyone should be free to make up their own minds and advises him to destroy the helmet. Mags uses it to wipe all anti-mutant bigotry from Cap's mind—and to his astonishment, discovers that Cap had no such prejudice, that Mags was unfairly characterizing all of mankind as hostile. So Mags destroys the helmet and surrenders to Captain America....

A special tribunal of the International Court of Justice convenes in Paris with a trio of judges to hear Magneto's case: Du Motier, Southerland, and Uderzo. The X-Men are in attendance with Psylocke and Longshot held in reserve watching from home. Magneto's lawyer Gabrielle Haller makes a motion that the court has no jurisdiction over Magneto but it is denied by Judge Du Motier. Many witnesses are called, including Captain America, and Du Motier continues to rule against Magneto; Mags suspects that Du Motier is secretly a mutant wanting to provoke war between mutants and humankind by making Mags a martyr. Mags contacts Captain Marvel and asks her to go to Singapore and return with Leiko who can detect other mutants. She does—and finds that the mutants there have been attacked and many—including Leiko—are dead. CapM returns to Paris and listens in on the judges in private and learns that Du Motier is human—but still wishes to provoke a war against mutants while humanity could win. When Magneto learns of this he summons his helmet and uses it to wipe all prejudice from Du Motier's mind; at the trial, Du Motier declares that the court has no jurisdiction over Magneto and, to everyone's astonishment, sets him free. As he leaves the courthouse to face hostile mobs, Magneto realizes that he was so concerned about the reaction to his death that he never considered the consequences of his freedom and wonders if the outcome was worse....

X-Men: Storm, Havok, Rogue, Wolverine, Dazzler, Magneto, Psylocke, Longshot

Avengers: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Black Knight, Dr Druid, She-Hulk, Thor

Keith Pollard
Christie Scheele
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Joe Rubinstein (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Rosen.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Knight
Black Knight

(Dane Whitman)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Druid
Doctor Druid

(Doctor Droom)

(Alex Summers)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Ororo Munroe)


(James Howlett)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Longshot, Psylocke (Betsy Braddock).

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