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"Riot at Xavier's"

Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date January – May 2003
Genre Superhero
Title(s) New X-Men #135-138
Main character(s) List of X-Men members
Creative team
Writer(s) Grant Morrison
Penciller(s) Frank Quitely
Keron Grant
Inker(s) Tim Townsend
Norm Rapmund
Avalon Studios
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings
Colorist(s) Chris Chuckry
Collected editions
Riot at Xavier's ISBN 0-7851-1067-4

"Riot At Xavier's" is a four part storyline that ran from New X-Men #135-138 (2003). It was written by Grant Morrison and features artist Frank Quitely's last work on the title. The story centers around an original character of Morrison's, the teenage mutant Quentin Quire.


Plot synopsis

In this arc, Morrison writes a story centering around Quentin Quire, who had appeared at first in issue #122. Quire is fleshed out as a super-intelligent young teenager, who is a pupil of Professor X's mutant school at the X-Mansion. When he finds out he is adopted, and a mutant celebrity called Jumbo Carnation is killed by anti-mutant racists, Quire begins to mock Xavier's pacifistic teachings, hero-worships the mutant supremacist Magneto, and assembles a gang of militant class mates to kill humans in retaliation. Their rage is fueled by consumption of the fictional drug "Kick", which supercharges their mutant abilities.

Side-plots are the workings of mysterious mutant teacher Xorn, Quire's crush on Sophie of the Stepford Cuckoos, the relationship between flirty Angel Salvadore and the ugly Beak and the growing estrangement of Cyclops from his wife Jean Grey, causing Emma Frost to start a psychic affair with him.

When "Open House" Day at Xavier's arrives, Quire's so-called "Omega Gang", made strong and volatile by repeated consumption of "Kick", capture Professor X and spew anti-human sentiment against the school's human visitors, stating they are avenging Jumbo Carnation. However, Beast tells them Carnation killed himself by an overdose of Kick. Helped by the Stepford Cuckoos, who collectively inhale Kick to match Quire's power, the X-Men subdue the Omega Gang, but Sophie Cuckoo—Quire's crush—is killed. Breaking down emotionally and because of Kick's side-effects, Quentin collapses and turns into a disembodied state. As a consequence, Professor X resigns.


In the following arcs up to issue #150 (the last issue of the Morrison run), Xorn was originally revealed by Morrison to be Magneto, harbouring a genocidal hate against mankind in the following "Planet X" arc, and also the supplier of the Kick drug.[1][2] However, the decision to interpret the Holocaust survivor Magneto as a genocidal, drug-crazed mass murderer was met with disdain by editorial, and was subsequently rewritten by later authors. The arc also set up the Scott Summers / Emma Frost relationship, a staple of the current Astonishing X-Men comics by Joss Whedon.

Grant Morrison on his arc

"The riot at Xavier's is just my memories of this pitched battle in the playground, the scholarship boys vs. the City Public kids, teachers were flinging themselves into the fray, everyone was caught up in the bloodlust - I remember seeing Mister Kelly the French teacher diving and bringing down a boy...(laughs) So it was terrible; you'd climb out the window and down the drainpipes and run away from school and go mental in the was in the town."[3]

Collected editions

The series has been collected into a trade paperback:

  • Riot at Xavier's (collects New X-Men #134-138, ISBN 0-7851-1067-4)

As well as:

  • New X-Men Omnibus (collects New X-Men #114-154 and Annual 2001, 992 pages, December 2006 ISBN 0-7851-2326-1)
  • New X-Men by Grant Morrison Ultimate Collection: Volume 2 (collects New X-Men #127-141, 360 pages, August 2008, ISBN 0-7851-3252-X)





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