The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2'

59 min

Mutants. Since the discovery

of their existence,

they have been regarded

with fear, suspicion, often hatred.

Across the planet debate rages.

Are mutants the next link

in the evolutionary chain?

Or simply a new species of humanity,

fighting for their share of the world?

Either way, it is an historical fact

sharing the world has never been

humanity's defining attribute.

"We are not enemies, but friends.

We must not be enemies."

"Though passion may have strained,

it must not break the bonds of our affection."

Lincoln said that in his first inaugural

address as our nation's 16th president.

It's one of my favourites.

If you'll please have your tickets ready,

we can begin the tour.

Jackie, clear my schedule.

I'm having dinner with my son.

Yes, Mr President.

Excuse me, sir. Are you lost?

Perimeter breach at visitors' checkpoint.

Multiple subjects.

Mr President, security breach.

Jackie, leave. Get him to the car.

Exits not clear. Unknown how many.

Both sides secure.

- Something's in the corridor.

- To the shelter.

Not clear.

- It's outside the Oval Office.

- Lock this place down.

Don't shoot!

My God.

Neanderthals. We once believed that

they were wiped out by years of conflict

with the much more advanced branch

of humanity called Cro-Magnon man,

but recent research into our DNA suggests

that these two species may have interbred,

evolving into modern humans.

In other words, into what?

- Us.

- That's right.


Not here.

Come on. Pay attention.

...makes me insane when she does this...

What are you looking at? Sick...

To the shelter.

They're gonna kill him.

Jean? You OK?

Yeah, I'm fine.

It's just a headache.

It's not just a headache, is it?

I wasn't sure how to say this,

but since Liberty Island you've been...

- Scott.

- You've been different.

My telepathy's been off lately.

I can't focus. I hear everything.

Jean, it's not just your telepathy. A month ago

you had to concentrate just to levitate a book.

Now when you have a nightmare

the entire bedroom shakes.

My dreams are getting worse.

I keep feeling

something terrible's about to happen.

I would never let anything happen to you.

Have you guys seen Bobby and Rogue?

Something's happening in the food court.

- It's a simple question.

- Why are you being a dick?

Yeah, why are you being such a dick?

Because I can.

Can I have a light?

- Sorry. Can't help you out, pal.

- John, knock it off.

- Why don't you stop showing off?

- For her?

- I can't help it if your girl's getting excited.

- She isn't.

- We're trying to have a good time.

- You're the only one having a good time.

That's real cute, man.

What are you gonna do?

Suddenly you're not so tough.

Bobby, what did you do?

I didn't do this.

No. I did.

And the next time

you feel like showing off, don't.

- Breaking news.

- We're live from Washington,

where there's been an attack

in the Oval Office of the White House.

We have been informed that the president

and vice president were not harmed.

Sources say the attack involved

one or more mutants...

- I think it's time to leave, Professor.

- I think you're right.

- In my opinion, Magneto's behind this.

- I don't think so, Scott.

While Eric could organise

something like this from prison,

it would be irrational

and only hurt his goal of mutant prosperity.

- You mean superiority.

- You're right, if Eric had his way.

And, of course, the government

will reintroduce the Registration Act.

Or worse.

The president could declare a state of

emergency, place every mutant under arrest.

- Do you think the assassin worked alone?

- We'll only know that if we find him first.

I've been trying to track him using Cerebro,

but his movements are inexplicably erratic.

When I have exact coordinates, Storm, Jean,

I'll need you to take the jet and pick him up.

It was close, wasn't it?

Closer than anyone's admitted.

- What do you need, William?

- Your authorisation for a special operation.

No, thank you, Mr President.

I thought you were here

to talk about school reform.

Funny you should say that, Mr President.

- Senator.

- Mr President. Thank you for having me.

- Senator Kelly, Colonel William Stryker.

- How do you do?

His department has been dealing with the

mutant phenomenon since before my time.

You were a staunch supporter

of the Registration Act,

but it seems your ideas on

the mutant problem have changed.

For the best, I hope.

So what are you proposing, Mr Stryker?

May I, Mr President?

We've managed to gather evidence

of a mutant training facility

in the Salem region of upstate New York.

Where did you get this information?

Interrogation of one of the mutant terrorists

from the Liberty Island incident.

Eric Lehnsherr?

- You have access to him?

- Magneto, yes.

We developed the technology

that built his plastic prison.

- This facility is a school.

- Sure it is.

- What the hell is that?

- A jet.

- What kind of jet?

- We don't know.

But it comes up out of the basketball court.

If we'd been allowed to do ourjobs

before this incident...

All right, listen.

William, you enter, you detain, you question,

but the last thing we need to see is the body

of a mutant kid on the six o'clock news.

- Mr Stryker?

- Senator Kelly.

This is Yuriko, my personal assistant.

- Quite a handshake.

- What can I do for you?

Eric Lehnsherr's prison.

I'd like to arrange a visit.

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