This is the official comic book adaptation of the 2000 Bryan Singer film " X-Men", telling the story of mutants Wolverine and Rogue's introduction to the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning, and their subsequent conflict with Magneto and The Brotherhood Of Mutants.
The year is 1944. Young Erik Lehnsherr
first manifests his mutant ability of magnetism to bend a barbed wire fence in the Auschwitz concentration camp when his parents are stolen from him by Nazi troops, only to be struck in the face with the butt of a rifle.
In current day Washington D.C.
, Senator Robert Kelly
works to pass the Mutant Registration Act
, which would force individuals born with the X-gene to publicly reveal both their identities, and mutant abilities. Elsewhere, in Meridian, Mississippi
, young Marie D'Ancanto
, also known as Rogue
, flees her home after accidentally absorbing the memories and abilities of boyfriend Cody Robbins
through their first kiss. After traveling to Canada
, she meets the mutant Wolverine
. They are later attacked by Sabretooth
, the feral mutant minion of Magneto
, but are rescued by the X-Men Cyclops
Cyclops and Storm take the pair to the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning
, where they are introduced to the headmaster of the school, Professor Charles Xavier
. The Professor explains to Wolverine that he has formed a group of mutants known as the X-Men to establish a peaceful co-existence with humanity, to teach young mutants the use of their abilities, and to thwart Magneto and his followers from igniting a war with the Homo Sapient race.
Senator Kelly is abducted by the mutants Mystique
, and taken to the island fortress of Magneto. Magneto utilizes a machine that artificially induces mutation in the senator, and Kelly manages to use his newfound abilities to escape from imprisonment. Meanwhile, Rogue absorbs Wolverine's accelerated healing factor after he accidentally impales her with his claws, terrifying the other students. Senator Kelly turns to the X-Men for help, due to his inability to control his mutant power.
Mystique infiltrates the school under the guise of Bobby Drake
, and convinces Rogue that Professor X is angry with her, and that her best option would be to leave the school. Hurt, runs away to Grand Central Station, and Professor X uses Cerebro
to find the girl. Wolverine follows Rogue, and convinces the girl that the school is the best place for her. Magneto arrives with Sabretooth and Toad, and they abduct Rogue. Meanwhile, back at the school, Senator Kelly's mutation turns him into a pool of water, killing him.
The X-Men discover that Magneto intends to combine Rogue's ability with his own to power the mutation machine, and the Professor uses Cerebro to locate the girl. He falls into a coma from Mystique's tinkering with the machine, but Jean Grey
manages to fix the machine, and locates Magneto's creation Liberty Island. Magneto intends to use the machine on nearby Ellis Island, where a summit of the world's leader is set to convene to discuss the Mutant Registration Act.
The X-Men head to Liberty Island. Storm incapacitates Toad, but Magneto uses his power to temporarily stop the X-Men while he powers the machine using Rogue's mutant ability. Wolverine breaks free and fights Sabretooth, but is thrown off of the Statue of Liberty. He quickly returns to his teammates, and Jean and Storm use their abilities to lift Wolverine to the top of the statue. Magneto uses his magnetism to stop Wolverine in his tracks, but Cyclops uses an optic blast to knock the villain unconscious. Wolverine then destroys Magneto's machine, and touches a dying Rogue, allowing her to absorb his mutant healing ability.
Rogue is saved, and the Professor awakens from his coma. They learn that Mystique has taken the place of Senator Kelly, in a television news cast. The professor gives Wolverine a tip about the amnesiac's enigmatic past, pointing to a location in Alkali Lake. Xavier visits Magneto in a plastic prison, and the two play a game of chess. Magneto warns the professor that his fight is not over, and Xavier responds that he and the X-Men will always be there to stop him.