17. “X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills” graphic novel (1982)

Aug. 28, 2013 | 3:11 p.m.

17. “X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills” (1982) It begins with two children murdered on a playground, their corpses labeled “MUTIES.” Magneto, who discovers their bodies, later laments, “Once more, genocide in the name of God. A story as old as the race.” The man trying to rid the world of mutants is the Rev. William Stryker, who believes they are creations of the devil. The original graphic novel by Chris Claremont and artist Brent Anderson (“Astro City”) finds Magneto joining forces with the X-Men after Stryker abducts Professor X, Cyclops and Storm. Cyclops’ greatest power here turns out to be public speaking. Elements from this acclaimed contemplative adventure story were used for the 2003 film “X2: X-Men United,” and Claremont wrote a follow-up that year in an arc of “X-treme X-Men.”

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