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YMMV / God Loves, Man Kills

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  • Complete Monster: Reverend William Stryker, debuting here, hatefully persecutes mutantkind, having stabbed his own infant son for being born a mutant and killing his wife for birthing the boy. Founding the "Purifiers", Stryker has them kill any mutants they come across. Kidnapping Charles Xavier to Mind Rape him, Stryker plans to use the psychic mutant to wipe out every other mutant on Earth in the name of his fanatical quest. Temporarily stopping his genocidal crusade, Stryker resumes upon finding the mutant-killing machine, Nimrod, founding a new Purifier group and revealing it to the world through bombing a school bus full of de-powered mutants, killing dozens of innocent children. After manipulating and then killing a young mutant, Stryker launches an all-out assault on the X-Mansion in the hopes of killing all the children living there. Even after his own death, Stryker's brainwashing of his own son breaks the boy into becoming a fanatical, bigoted monster like his father.
  • Fridge Horror: As Storm is a claustrophobe, the small capsule she was imprisoned in by Stryker must have been terrifying to her.
  • Signature Scene: The panel where William Stryker points at Nightcrawler and rhetorically asks "Human? You dare call that—thing—human!?!" and Kitty chewing out Stryker right after that (although the former panel is more famous due to Memetic Mutation).
  • Tearjerker: The deaths of young Mark and Jill, at the very beginning of the graphic novel. Magneto's reaction, when he comes on the scene, might qualify as another. One can tell this is not the first time he's seen children killed.
  • Values Dissonance: One of the biggest scenes in this comic is when an unnamed police officer shoots Reverend Stryker to defend Kitty Pryde from being shot herself by his hand. Many modern readers might scoff at the idea of this happening today, as the heightened awareness of Police Brutality and incompetence within law enforcement in the 2020s makes the deification of a cop saving the day seem rather naive at best and downright tasteless at worst, especially since it's since been revealed that many police forces often have ties to far-right extremist groups not too far from what Stryker preaches in the modern day.
  • Values Resonance: You would not have to change much if you were to set this story in the present day. Televangelists, while not nearly as popular or ubiquitous as they were in The '80s, are still influential in American culture, entertainments and politics as the LGBT Civil Rights movement can attest to.note