All month-long we'll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
Today we'll take a look at the top five best last page reveals of Magneto in X-Men history!
Magneto's reveal in Uncanny X-Men #350 in Joe Madureira's last issue of X-Men was quite cool.
His reveal at the end of Uncanny X-Men #269 was interesting, although it was actually spoiled on the cover, which is really weird. What's the point of a dramatic last page reveal if you're going to hype it on the cover?
5. Uncanny X-Men #148
In this issue, Cyclops and Lee Forrester, are investigating a mysterious city that just showed up out of nowhere on an island next to the small island where Cyclops and Lee had found themselves stranded on after being shipwrecked there four issues earlier. Whose island are they on?
Great reveal by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein.
4. X-Men #17
In this issue by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (layouts), Werner Roth (finished) and Dick Ayers (inks), the X-Men are being picked off one by one as they return to the X-Mansion from visiting Iceman in the hospital. Angel's parents were planning on visiting the school and they arrive to find a peculiar man answer the door...
3. X-Men #111
Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin show the X-Men the real power behind Mesmero, who they just defeated after the villain had manipulated them the rest of the issue...
What a great page.
2. New X-Men #146
Grant Morrsion, Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning reveal the truth behind the mysterious new X-Man known as Xorn...
1. X-Men #62
Angel has been rescued by a mysterious stranger in the Savage Land and this mysterious fellow sure seems like a good guy. Angel is willing to help him even against his own teammates, as the man explains that the other X-Men are being misled by Ka-Zar...
but who IS this man?
Magneto had never been shown without his helmet, so this moment by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams and Tom Palmer beautifully played upon the conventions of the X-Men title by taking advantage of that odd fact by making the reader be as duped as Angel is. It is a great twist on the traditional Magneto last page reveal. Plus, how awesome is that facial design by Neal Adams? It set the whole "Hey, he looks like Quicksilver. Maybe he's his dad?" story into motion.
That's the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!