In elder times, it was inhabited by the Ancients who commited atrocities there. Due to those, the island was described as being of "eldritch nature" and "evil". The Great Old One Shuma-Gorath also imprisoned his rebellious servant Quoggoth there hundreds of millions of years ago.
Horrible creatures, the Ancients, inhabited the citadel, and commited "unspeakeble atrocities" that causing and even the stones to radiate a primal malevolence that could never be purged, whether by time or effort. They apparently built statues made of crystalline circuity matrix, devices serving as guardian unites intended to protect the citadel.
It is unclear whether the Ancients mentioned here are the group of beings known as the Ancients and possibly connected to the Old Ones, or if the term was used a generic name for the ancient creatures inhabiting the island.
Magneto's Brotherhood's base
The island was ultimately raised from the bottom of the sea by Magneto to serve as his base of operations. After the X-Men defeated Magneto, who was able to escape from there through unknown means, This uncharted island in the Atlantic Ocean was the base for the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
While the Sub-Mariner came to the island to meet Magneto, Professor X detected its location, so the X-Men arrived and battled the Brotherhood. Namor eventually turned against Magneto and destroyed his giant magnet, withdrawing back to his kingdom, while the evil mutants retreated using the Magno-Ship.
Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were taken by Magneto and Toad to a small, rockbound island in the turbulent Atlantic, which was magnetically raised from very ocean depths in order to serve as the future headquarters of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. There Magneto set up a gigantic synthetic conveyor belt to create a magnetically-induced perpetual motion, and agreed to declare before the United Nations that this island would become a refuge for peaceful mutants. Later, as the X-Men were emprisoned here, Cyclops broke free and battled Quicksilver, until they were interrupted by the arrival of the Avengers, alerted by the Angel. As both the Avengers and the X-Men eventually joined forces against Magneto, the island fortress was set to detonate by Toad, who then fled the base with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. When Magneto attempted to board their escape craft, Toad stepped on Magneto's hand causing him to fall back into the base as the ship flew off. The Avengers carried out the defeated X-Men a safe distance away and watched as the base exploded, seemingly killing Magneto in the process.
Magneto and the New Mutants' base
The island was later used as a R&R location for Magneto and the X-Men/New Mutants due to its eldritch nature and eletronic systems, which masked it from the outside world. The X-Men were all uneasy in that place of evil. The statues of the island activated by the Chief Examiner, unleashing eldritch horrors upon the mutants, and turning them into statues.
Flowers of Krakoa were later used to modify Island M into a Krakoan Habitat, a diplomatic biome interconnected with the island nation's collective consciousness, so that it could secretly house Cradle Two.
Points of Interest
- Magneto's island, first appearing in X-Men #4 (March, 1964), was heavily modified in its depiction starting in Uncanny X-Men #147 (July, 1981), written by Chris Claremont and penciled by Dave Cockrum, and especially discussed and shown on panel in Uncanny X-Men #148 (August, 1981). It is believed to be (or to be based on) R'lyeh. Though the architecture on the island included octopus-headed statues and the inspiration for its design was clear, the island was never explicitly referred to as R'lyeh. It was possibly due to the uncertainty surrounding public domain status of some of Lovecraft's work.
- In New Mutants #29 (July, 1985), it was described as an ancient and mysterious isle.
- In Marvel Fanfare #33 (July, 1987), the island was described as being of "eldritch nature" and "evil", and that it was inhabited by horrible creatures, the Ancients that caused "unspeakable atrocities", that caused the very place to be forever stained of malevolence, a description fitting the style of the Cthulhu Mythos. All the X-Men involved in that issue were uneasy in that place.
- In Wolverine: First Class #12 (April, 2009), set on Magneto's island, the island is connected to the Marvel Comics' version of the Cthulhu Mythos with a story involving Quoggoth, the rebellious servant and creation of the Old One Shuma-Gorath, seemingly inspired by the Shoggoths of the Old Ones.
- Dave Cockrum was planning on using this story to introduce a new member of the X-Men, the mysterious amphibious "Silkie", in Uncanny X-Men #150 (October, 1981), but as Marvel wouldn't let keep part of the creating rights, he pulled the character. Cockrum later introduced her as his own character in Marvel Graphic Novel #9 (1983).
- 36 Appearances of Island M
- 2 Minor Appearances of Island M
- 9 Media Island M was Mentioned in
- 7 Images featuring Island M
- Location Gallery: Island M
- 1 locations in Island M
Links and References
- Powers of X #2
- Avengers Annual #18; Avengers Assembled
- X-Men #4
- Marvel Fanfare #33
- Wolverine: First Class #12
- Uncanny X-Men #147-150
- X-Men #6
- Avengers #49
- X-Men #45
- Avengers #53
- Uncanny X-Men Annual #1989; Double Cross
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23; Abominations!
- New Mutants Annual #5; Here Be Monsters!
- House of X #6
- Powers of X #5
- X-Men: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Magneto - 14. Magneto and the city of R'lyeh on ScreenRant
- The Uncanny X-Men #150 - Indexer Notes on GCD
- Claremont's "Tempest": X-Men 147-150 on Doctor Comics
- Entry 005 – Magik on XavierFiles
- Uncanny X-Men #148 - Comment posted by Luke Blanchard (on April 4, 2016) on SuperMegaMonkey's Marvel Comics Chronology
- "The Never-Will-Be-Resolved Mystery of Magneto's Island" at CBR.com, by Brian Cronin, Oct. 25, 2016