The X Men are a group of sociopathic teenagers recruited by discredited psychiatrist Charles Xavier, who ran the "Xavier School for Exceptionally Wayward Youth" in Westchester, New York in 1937. There, he took in juvenile delinquents and instead of reforming them, he further trained them in various criminal talents due to his belief that sociopathy was in fact the next state in human behavioral evolution. The paper in which he stated this led to his expulsion from the American Psychological Association and interment at Riker's Island, awaiting charges after the truth about his reform school was made public. Xavier's arrest was mainly due to refusing Chief of Detectives Eric Magnus' proposal of allying the X Men with his Brotherhood for which Magnus retaliated by orchestrating the death of one of the X Men, Warren Worthington III, as an apparent case of suicide to draw the police's attentions and expose Xavier's treatments.
The remaining X Men, made up of Scott "Cyclops" Summers, Bobby "Iceman" Drake and Henry "Beast" McCoy, remained on the run from the authority until being enlisted and allied with detective Tom Halloway, who operates as the vigilante the Angel, in battling Magnus and his Brotherhood. Ultimately, Beast and Iceman were killed at Welfare Pen, leaving Scott the only survivor of Xavier's original team.
A few months after the massacre at Welfare Pen, Professor Xavier was released from prison and created a new team of X Men consisting of Herr Wagner, Comrade Rasputin, and Ororo. The X Men aligned themselves with the Office of National Emergency (O*N*E*), as the organization saw the X Men as potential role models in recruiting socipathic criminals and undesirables as ideal government operatives. The team worked in recovering the Gem of Cyttorak for O*N*E*, as the organization intended to use the gem as a bargaining chip with Prince Baran of Madripoor in order to relocating its training facility to a new, better location following the public controversy of Genosha Bay.
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