Magneto has an ultimatum for the United Nations - a haven for mutants or total destruction.
We open on television coverage of the Acolytes laying waste to a genetic research laboratory, their fourth target in half as many days.
The X-Men watch the coverage from the cockpit of the Blackbird, which has been unable to catch up with the terrorists. In his base in the Arctic Circle, Magneto prepares to strike, directing his automaton servant Ferris to visit the United Nations.
Meanwhile, on a military base in Israel, Joseph learns that he is an absolute genetic match to Magneto – but that the match is forged, down to “every single strand” of his DNA.
Dismissing the comfort of his companion Sabra, Joseph strikes out on his own to contemplate the news. His solitude is interrupted by a woman who paralyzes him with a blast of energy. She says he should call her, “Mother.”
Later, the X-Men have closed the gap with the Acolytes, catching them at a facility on the Hudson Bay. However, it's an elaborate trap – first slowing the team while the Acolytes make their getaway, then drawing them into waves of electromagnetic interference emanating from Magneto at his base in the Arctic Circle. Despite Storm's best efforts with her powers and as a pilot, the Blackbird goes down.
At the United Nations, the obsequious Ferris explains the EM disruption to a startled UN assembly. Magneto wants to unite the world in fear so that they take his new request for peace very seriously. Either they will grant him an earthbound sanctuary for mutants (to replace Asteroid M), or he will maintain an EMP wave that will disable every piece of electronics on Earth!