- Jun 3, 2018
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Uncanny X-Men #161: Xavier vs Therapy EthicsWith Xavier still in a coma, we get an issue of him working his way out of it psychically. And by that, I mean we get a flashback episode to him in his younger days visiting Israel to help an old friend at a hospital for those who were traumatized from the Holocaust.
Here he meets Magnus (Magneto before he was Magneto) who is working at the hospital helping out where he can and Gabrielle Haller. Gabrielle is catatonic from memories of her time at Dachau during WWII. Xavier uses his powers to help her awaken from it, and all three of them become close. Charles and Magnus become friends, discussing the possibility of mutants (neither admit to the other that they are ones themselves), and Charles of course, ends up in a relationship with Gabrielle, the lady he was just acting as a therapist for.
He even admits IN the comic that this is a questionable action.
Anyway, the peace does not last as the entire place is then attacked by Hydra, who kidnap Gabrielle for some reason. Xavier is winged by a bullet and knocked unconsciously for a brief amount of time, but he wakes up to see Magnus ripping one of the fleeing vehicles apart with his powers.
They team up to rescue Haller, and it turns out that she was the key to Baron von Strucker finding some Nazi gold. After they rescue her, Magnus decides that humans can't be trusted and takes all the gold for himself to set up for his later plans as a villain.
After this, Xavier wakes up and they decide to all have a farewell banquet for Lilandra on the Shi'ar flagship. Just as it is starting, Lilandra passes out for no apparent reason. Then Deathbird shows up announces herself the new empress and knocks all the X-Men out with a bomb.
X-Tra Notes: This is a cool backstory issue to be honest. Other than the questionable relationship, this is a really cool addition to the story, introducing Xavier and Magneto being friends before he went all super-villain, and also introducing Gabrielle Haller, who will become important before too long.