The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - So Did the X-Men Fight a Talking Island or What?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the reveal that the island that led to the formation of the All-New, All-Different X-Men was not quite what they imagined it to be...

In Giant-Size X-Men #1, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum show us Cyclops escaping from an island where a powerful mutant has held the rest of the X-Men captive. Cyclops returns to Professor X. Professor X then puts together an All-New, All-Different X-Men team and sends them back with Cyclops to rescue the original team.

While there, though, they discover that the mutant in question is not ON the island, the mutant IS the island!!!

After a quick battle, things get dicier...

Years later, the island was captured by The Stranger and kept on his menagerie planet. Quasar encountered the island in Quasar #15...

However, thirty years after Giant-Size X-Men #1, Ed Brubaker, Trevor Hairsine and Scott Hanna gave us X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6, where we reveal that Professor X had a THIRD team of mutants that he sent in to rescue the original team BEFORE the All-New, All-Different X-Men showed up. Professor X then used his powers to plant false memories in Cyclops' mind, like the island letting him go while also making the rest of the X-Men think that the island was alive because that would go along with Cyclops' false memories...

Definitely WAAAAY up there on the most messed up things Professor X ever did. In this mini-series, the surviving member of that team (it later turns out that another one of the team also survived - just not in the X-Men movie) comes after the X-Men and his brothers, Havok and Cyclops.

So Brubaker abandoned an' forsaked that aspect of the X-Men's debut story (as well as the Quasar story) to make his Deadly Genesis story work.

That's it for this week! If YOU have a suggestion for Abandoned an' Forsaked, let me know by e-mailing me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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