After being inspired by both G-Man and Babs’ recommendations for various classic comics, I decided to do a little recommendation of my own and the comic book story I recommend is “X-Men: Proteus!”
“X-Men: Proteus” is an X-Men storyline that was written by Chris Claremont along with artwork by John Byrne and the story is about how the X-Men members (Cyclops, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine) just survived an attack from Magneto and it was believed that these X-Men members were dead after that battle. However, afterwards, it turns out that a mutant that was locked up and was known as “Mutant X” suddenly breaks out of his prison and starts going after the X-Men. It turns out that this runaway mutant was known as Proteus, who happens to be the son of Moira MacTaggert and her estranged husband Joe MacTaggert and he’s out for revenge on his heartless father! However, when the X-Men turned out to have survived the battle with Magneto, they join forces with Havok, Polaris and Jamie Madrox to stop this new menace from completing his goal!
One of the best things about this story arc was that it led to the famous “X-Men” story “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and it was great seeing the changes that comes over Jean Grey when she inhabits the Phoenix powers. It was also interesting seeing another villain that gave the X-Men a hard time and managed to break through the X-Men’s spirits. Probably the most shocking and memorable scene to come out of this was when Proteus ends up warping both Wolverine and Nightcrawler’s minds, which actually causes Wolverine to be frightened of this enemy! This story is also a great introduction to Proteus and for those of you who have seen the Proteus episode on “X-Men: The Animated Series,” you might be interested in seeing Proteus in his comic book form. John Byrne’s artwork was truly amazing in this comic book as all the characters are drawn in a detailed way and anyone who loves John Byrne’s artwork will definitely enjoy it here!
Overall, “X-Men: Proteus” is definitely an X-Men story that I would highly recommend to any X-Men fan, especially if you are looking for an X-Men story from the 70s.
So, are you going to check this comic out?