|It's THE Will They/Won't They relationship of all time. Bigger than|
Ross/Rachel ... bigger than Kirk/Spock!
After saving a child's life, Beast is then chased through the streets by a group of bigots. Fed up with protecting a humanity that would rather chase him with pitchforks, Beast - understandably - calls it quits and leaves the X-Men FOREVERuntiltheendoftheissue.
Since he's genius-level smart, it's only natural that Beast decides to join professional wrestling. Sure. Why not?! In one of his matches, Beast is mysteriously defeated by Unus The Untouchable who, despite his name is ... no ... wait... yeah, he's untouchable.
I had a similar power with girls from 1985 through 1999, inclusive! BOOM! NAILED IT! (In a way I wasn't those girls in my adolescence!) BOOM! TWICE TIMES NAILED IT! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!
Anyhoo, Turns out, Unus has applied to join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (THOSE guys again!), but is informed that his application isn't evil enough and that he will be looked upon more favorably if he defeats an X-Man or two (he also must provide two references (evil references) and his salary requirements (EVIL salary!)).
The X-Men, being unable to touch him, are soon rebuffed and head back to the mansion to think of a better plan than, "GET HIM!". Upon entering, they come across Beast, working on some device. He swears he has a plan that he simply cannot, WILL NOT, tell anyone else about, so he lets the entire team think he's gone evil.
Forty Five years later, this type of writing would form the cornerstone J.J. Abram's ethos: Have your characters say nothing until the misunderstandings pass the "zany" stage of a good "Three's Company" episode and enter a dark, suspicious place where you don't know who your friends are anymore. LOST!
Personal question: Is this how long friendships last in the X-Universe? Are the good times so soon forgotten? "Hey, remember when we kicked Magneto's butt together? Good times ... NOW DIE DIE DIE!" Or am I keeping my real friends around for too long? Should I accuse my best friend of trying to help my enemies more often? I'll try that and tell you how it goes.
OF COURSE, Beast's plan is to zap Unus with a weird ray that enhances his power, leading to comical scenes such as this:
|Hey, kids, don't smoke! Or ... do? I dunno, is this an anti-smoking ad?|
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Want to read along? This story are covered in X-Men Volume 1 (Marvel Masterworks)