If I had to recommend an X-Men issue to someone who has never read it, this would be it. The story follows the beginning of a genocide of mutants, lead by fanatical religious leader William Stryker, and served as the basis for the second X-Men movie.
As the X-Men and the Purifiers meet in a series of frenzied skirmishes, Stryker holds Professor Xavier hostage, subjecting him via drugs and electrodes to devastating mind-wash procedures. By far one of the best X-Men stories, and perhaps one of the best one-shot comics out there.
- Professor Xavier and Magneto join forces against a new adversary who threatens them all and the entire world
- Chris Claremont is one of the bestselling comic writers in the world
- The story of William Stryker, which the second X-Men movie loosely followed