3. X-Men #150
Magneto has sort of set up his own little island country and almost kind of sort of went to war with the Soviet Union. So the X-Men show up. Initially, their powers were cut off but then they are returned and they all get into a battle royale...
The true beginning of Magneto's redemption. Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Bob Wiacek and Joe Rubinstein were the creative team on the issue.
2. X-Men #1-3 (Volume 2)
Chris Claremont's original swan song on the X-Men was also Magneto's swan song at the time, but not before we got to see Jim Lee and Scott Williams draw the heck out of some Magneto fights with the X-Men...
1. X-Men (Volume 1) #113
The All-New, All-Different X-Men first faced off against Magneto in Uncanny X-Men #104, where he trashed them badly in a manner of seconds before a distraction saved them.
Now, a year later, he showed up again in Uncanny X-Men #112 to finish what he started. He takes the team apart very easily, challenged only by Phoenix, who he is surprised to find such a formidable opponent. Sadly for her, her powers cut out at a bad time, and she is taken in. Wolverine is the last X-Man standing, but that does not last long.
At the end of #112, Magneto has the X-Men captive and he plans to have them held in captivity for the rest of their lives with a robotic Nanny taking care of them (similar, I suppose, to what happened to him when he was reduced to infancy).
Chris Claremont. John Byrne and Terry Austin continue the story in the next issue where Storm’s pickpocketing experience helps her out as she picks the lock on her chair. When Magneto comes back to the base (which is underneath a volcano in the Antarctic, natch), he discovers that the X-Men are free.
While the first time around, the X-Men tried fighting him one on one (and got beaten easily), this time, Cyclops is making them fight like a team...
Amazing stuff (although, boy, does Beast sound like a loser or what? "We're fighting for our lives, but it just isn't that fun anymore" Ugh.)
That's the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!