CYCLOPS: Someone’s after the X-Men.
ANGEL: So what else is new. Someone’s always after the X-Men.
CYCLOPS: This is different. Last week, our mutant detecting computer, Cerebro, picked up two new contacts. Professor X took Storm, Colossus, and Wolverine with him to check out the one in Chicago.
They were attacked, and captured, by a foe who knew everything about their powers and how to defeat them. She was a telepath who called herself the White Queen.
[Note that Xavier still hasn’t told Cyclops he knows her.]
In the confusion, the Chicago neo-mutant, a teenager named Kitty Pryde, managed to slip away long enough to call the rest of us in New York for help.
Unfortunately, her warning came just as Nightcrawler, Jean and I—and our neo-mutant disco singer called Dazzler—were being ambushed ourselves. If it hadn’t been for Dazzler, we’d have been captured too.
We headed for Chicago and, with Kitty and Dazzler’s aid, rescued the others.
Jean—Phoenix—fought the White Queen in a psychic duel. I wanted her taken alive for questioning, but in the end she preferred death to capture.
Phoenix mind-scanned a guard and learned that the White Queen belonged to a group of industrialists out to rule the world. They see mutantkind—and the X-Men—as a means to achieving that goal.
They call themselves the Hellfire Club.
[Note that Xavier still hasn’t told Cyclops he knows who and what the Club is. He’s letting Cyclops grope about in the dark on an essential matter of team safety.]
ANGEL: Are you sure? I’m a member of the Hellfire Club. So’s Candy. I inherited the membership along with Worthington Industries, when my folks passed away. It’s an old, very stuffy, yet risqué, establishment club.
[Note: Angel and his girlfriend are members of the club, yet Xavier has never warned them of it’s true nature.]
Candy and I visited it once before I told the world I was Angel. We didn’t like it. We never went back. Whatever your White Queen learned, it wasn’t from me.
CYCLOPS: There has to be a leak somewhere. Warren, these people knew our powers, our plans, the way we fight, the way we think!
[Note that the Hellfire Club has been spying on the X-Men (they have had Cerebro bugged by Warhawk since Uncanny #110). Xavier must know his team has been compromised, yet he doesn’t even the playing field by telling the X-Men the least bit about them.]