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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #25

Release Date- October 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Werner Roth

Major Notes

First appearance of El Tigre

Brief Summary

The X-Men are travelling back from their battle with the Locust when they spot an orphanage on fire. Through the combined efforts of the X-Men they are able to save all of the children although they do run into a few difficulties. The difficulties were eventually overcome by teamwork and the team leave knowing that a new orphanage will be opened within few short weeks. The team continue on and drop Jean off at her college where Ted Roberts is there to meet her again. Meanwhile in Central America an explorer who is nicknamed El Tigre is exploring a Mayan ruin along with his companions Toloc and Ramon. He is searching for a lost treasure but his companions despise him. Eventually they are able to dig up a cache of treasure where El Tigre discovers a strange glowing stone that he places in his pocket. Later that night his companions decide to kill El Tigre so that they can keep the profits. El Tigre wakes up thanks to a mysterious sixth sense and uses a mental command to make the rope the companions were carrying wrap around them. After the pair swear obedience to El Tigre he releases them. As he grasps the strange glowing stone that has fallen out of his pocket Mayan writing appears in front of him and he reads them and learns the stone is part of the pendant of Kakulcan and that it is the reason for his new powers. He also learns that there is another half and that when combined his power would be unstoppable. Sometime later back at the mansion Cerebro sounds indicating the discovery of another mutant. Professor Xavier uses her braces again and tries to walk down the stairs to the male X-Men. Unfortunately the power source in the braces fails and he begins to fall down the stairs. Only a mechanical tentacle saves him from injury, he installed the tentacle for such an emergency but he isn’t sure why his braces failed. He discovers that the new mutant is in New York and sends the X-Men to investigate. El Tigre and his companions arrives in New York to find the second half of the pendant. They run into Bobby and Hank who are in civilian clothes but they do not think that they are the mutants that they are looking for. After failing to hail a taxi El Tigre uses his mental abilities force a man out of a nearby taxi so that he can occupy it. Minutes later Cyclops notices El Tigre enter a hotel but he doesn’t suspect anything. Later the X-Men meet up at a hotel room and find that their efforts have been fruitless. Cyclops leaves the room to pick up an evening newspaper to see if there are any sightings on the mutant. He finds nothing but accidentally bumps into someone causing his glasses to fall off. He starts to uncontrollably fire his optic rays while passers-by run away in fear. He is able to find his glasses and returns to the room. On the news they see a report about a mass brawl in a night club. They spot that the only people not fighting are the El Tigre and his companions. They recognise the men and realise that it is them who they are searching for. Professor Xavier contacts them telling them that he was tracking El Tigre but lost the contact at the city museum. The X-Men gear up and travel to the museum using a cab. When they arrive they enter and split up so that they can search more ground. Beast is attacked by Ramon and knocked unconscious while he tries to escape. Iceman is attacked but this time by a flying dagger and as he creates an ice ramp to escape he strikes a brick wall since he could not stop himself and is rendered unconscious. Angel is searching the museum when he is attacked by Toloc who uses a poison dart to render the X-Man unconscious. Elsewhere inside the museum Cyclops discovers El Tigre but he has used his new mental abilities to order a guard to shoot the X-Man if he gets too close. El Tigre retrieves the other half of the pendant and when he places them together Cyclops is helpless to watch as El Tigre transforms into the Mayan God Kukulcan.

My Thoughts

Again we have another forgotten villain appearing in this comic. All cower before the might of El Tigre, maybe we would have if he had stuck around for a bit longer. I don’t get why Cerebro would register him as a mutant since his abilities came from the amulet and was not actually a mutant power. Maybe it’ll be explained in the next issue or maybe it’s one of those things that will be left unsaid. Since Jean is at college for the majority of this issue she doesn’t actually take part in the search for El Tigre at all, I feel that they would have had an easier time if she had come along but they would probably have knocked her out like the others (besides Cyclops of course). But still I’m just waiting to see her telepathic abilities come into play but for the moment we’re down to just the telekinesis. The story wasn’t too bad actually although for me it was a little hard to follow at times but all in all it seemed to flow rather well. I admit that I much prefer the later comics but for now these aren’t all that bad. Sometime down the line other characters will be introduced who will actually stick around to the present day like Havok and Polaris but for now we have to deal with people like El Tigre and the Locust. This issue also makes the start of another Essential for me, the last issue was the last one reprinted in Essential Classic X-Men volume 1 and this is the first one of volume 2. Only one more Essential after this and then we can move on to the New X-Men stuff. Anyway back to the issue at hand, I thought that it was funny that the X-Men used a cab to get to the museum but I can see why they did it. The X Copter was probably not the best way and we are still some time away from seeing the infamous X-Jet. But I feel that they could have gotten into the cab in normal civilian clothes and then got changed when they got to the museum. At least that way they wouldn’t arose any suspicion, but then they would have had to carry their costumes and then hide their civilian clothes afterwards. I think they do wear their costumes underneath their normal clothes sometimes but I’m not entirely sure. To finish off I’m going to give this comic a 6 out of 10. The story was pretty good but it lacked that real umph that would make it a really good comic, the fact that El Tigre’s companions were able to take two X-Men down so easily also makes me a little anxious. They might have had the element of surprise on their side but I still think that Beast and Angel would have been able to make short work of them. One last thing to add is that this is the twenty fifth issue of the series and according to the recent All New X-Men series that’s an anniversary comic book wise.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #26

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #24

Release Date- September 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Werner Roth

Major Notes

First appearance of Locust. First issue drawn by Werner Roth

Brief Summary

Jean is borrowing a few books before she leaves for college. She tells the X-Men that since she has graduated her parents want her to study at a metro college. She changes into her civilian clothes and Professor Xavier gives her a corsage as a token of their appreciation. Angel also changes into his civilian clothing and drives to Jean and Cyclops to Metro college. When they arrive Jean is taken away by a student named Ted Roberts who is there to help enlist Jean. Meanwhile miles away in a farmer’s field a villain named Locust drops some insect eggs on the ground. Instantly they hatch and the locust inside begin to eat the crops. As they eat the crops the locusts grow in size until they are bigger than a man. The farmer sees what is happening and stares in amazement. Sometime later the he crops have been devoured and the locust have gone. The police are investigating what has happened. At the mansion the male X-Men are training when Professor Xavier informs them of the reports of giant locusts. They quickly leave in the X Copter to another field that is being devoured by giant locusts. As the X-Men attack the locusts they discover that despite their enormous size the locusts are actually very weak. The skirmish is ended when a farmer flying over in a crop sprayer releases pesticides in an attempt destroy the locusts. The armed forces move in and dispose of the other locusts and the X-Men leave. A few days later at the college Jean is enjoying lunch with Ted when Doctor August Hopper who is secretly the Locust enters. He is made fun of by the students and Ted informs Jean that Doctor Hopper researches insects. She is suspicious of him and later when Hopper is in his lab he experiments with different devices that increase the size of various insects. He plans to unleash the insects on the world as he sees them as being superior to humans and to gain revenge on those who have taken credit for his work. The next day Professor Xavier is examining one of the giant locusts. The other X-Men are present and they are surprised to see Jean enter. Since it is the weekend she intends to stay at the mansion, she also informs Professor Xavier about Doctor Hopper. Immediately Xavier visits the college and finds his way into Hopper’s lab. There he discovers what Hopper is planning. He immediately contacts the X-Men who travel to where another group of giant locusts are devouring a field. This time however the Locust himself is present and he engages in combat with the X-Men. His suit prevents the X-Men from harming him. After the X-Men gain the upper hand they are attacked by a giant beetle and Locust unleashes a group of giant wasps under his control. After a brief skirmish the wasps are defeated but Locust has fled. Not too long afterwards at Hopper’s mobile lab Locust is putting the finishing touches to his devices. Professor Xavier approaches him walking and dressed like a hermit. He tries to convince Locust to change his ways, this fails and he flies away to engage with the incoming X-Men. After another skirmish Locusts unleash a couple of giant beetles on the X-Men but Jean is able to tangle Locust’s antennas which he uses to control the beetles. The beetles turn on him and he flees to his mobile lab. The beetles follow and attack the lab, just before it falls over a cliff the X-Men are able to save Locust and the beetles are destroyed. Locust sees the error of his ways and gives up his hatred. He lives telling them that he will atone for what he has done.

My Thoughts

Well here we have another long forgotten villain. The Locust might have only fought the X-Men briefly his contribution will be forever forgotten. I’ve even done my research and the character only appears a handful of times after this issue so he has escaped the minds of most readers. I can see why though, he made giant weak insects that could easily be defeated. If he had unleashed them on the world they might succeed for a short time but eventually the human race would easily prevail. Would have been fun to see Jean accidentally get hit by Locust’s little growth ray and become a giant, but I’m guessing that it only works on insects. That’s a shame since it is the 60’s a plot like that would have been accepted where if it happened nowadays it would be too cheesy for print. But still a 50 foot Jean Grey would be perfect for combatting a bunch of giant bugs. I digress however, I can see why Jean would be sent to a normal college since her parents don’t know that she’s a superhero. The whole secret identity thing is fun for now but eventually everyone will know the identities of the X-Men, it will make things a lot easier and less complicated. It’s an angle that Spider-Man has been using for years, it works well for him but not so much the X-Men. In this issue Professor Xavier continues to use his invention to be able to walk again. I can’t remember why he stopped using it but I suspect that I’m going to find out soon, even if he has stopped using it I thought that someone like Beast or Forge in the future would build him an exoskeleton so that he can walk. He has used them in the past but not on a permanent basis. This issue also makes the end of the first Essential Classic X-Men. Starting from the next issue we’ll be going into volume 2 and I believe there was like a ten year or more gap between the two Essentials. Imagining waiting that long to read from X-Men #24 to X-Men #25, reminds me #2 and #3 of Ultimate Hulk vs Wolverine, that one was three years apart. Also mentioned in this issue is that the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four also attends Jean’s college. Too bad that he doesn’t remember when he helped the X-Men fight the Juggernaut, the two would probably have hit off and maybe even teamed up a few times to fight some second rate villain. In all I’ll give this issue a 6 out of 10, the villain was a little too cheesy and I feel that he could have made a way to make the insects stronger if he had tried. It seemed almost too easy for his insects to be defeated by a standard army.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #25

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #23

Release Date- August 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

First time that Xavier walks after being handicapped

Brief Summary

The X-Men are still captives of Count Nafaria as he offers them a chance to join him in his plan to capture Washington DC. The X-Men refuse but he reveals that he intends on them receiving the blame anyway and he leaves them to ponder their options. He then sits down at a machine which he uses to engulf the city of Washington DC with an invisible shield. Inside and out of the globe the armed forces attempt to break the dome but nothing short of a nuclear weapon will probably work. Count Nafaria uses the machine to create hologram copies of the X-Men and they go to the capitol building to demand the ransom for the return of the city. Everyone thinks that that the X-Men are traitors but when a couple of guards attempt to apprehend the hologram X-Men the holograms disappear into thin air. Inside their cells the real X-Men continue to try and free themselves with little success. At the mansion Professor Xavier is working on a device when he receives a phone call from a general. He has been caught up in his work and has not heard what is happening in the capitol. He agrees to meet with the general right away. In their cell Jean is able to loosen the metal bond around Cyclops’s eyes and he is able to blast it off. He doesn’t wait to free the others but as soon as they’re free they receive a mental command from Xavier. Moments later they confront Count Nafaria. Rather than fight him they seemingly agree to help him and the count is delighted. He sends the X-Men to the capitol in a milk van as a disguise. Inside the dome Plantman, Scarecrow, Eel, Unicorn and Porcupine are there to make sure that X-Men don’t betray Count Nafaria. However they decide that they will still the ransom themselves. Outside the dome Professor Xavier arrives and the general fills him in with what is happening. Xavier creates an astral projection of himself and travels to Count Nafaria’s lair. He discovers the villain but at that moment in time he is powerless to stop him. The X-Men arrive at the dome and enter through a small hole created by Nafaria and they make their way to the Capitol Building. When they reach the building Angel picks up the ransom and flies away. A guard attempts to shoot him but Iceman freezes his hand before he can fire a shot. As the X-Men attempt to leave with the ransom they are attacked by a group of civilians who think that the X-Men have turned traitor. Unicorn and the other villains see what is happening and fend the civilians off. When the civilians flee the villains attempt to apprehend the money from the X-Men but they refuse to hand it over. This leads to a battle between the two groups. By the end of it Unicorn runs away with the ransom but Count Nafaria sees what is happening on his screen and creates a hologram of the X-Men and the army. By the time Unicorn finds out that they’re fakes the real X-Men catch up with them. Outside the dome the general tells Xavier that he will order the X-Men to be shot at and Xavier is very unhappy about this. He leaves and checks into a motel. Inside the dome Cyclops attacks Unicorn, real tanks and soldiers appear and are about to fire at both Unicorn and Cyclops but the other X-Men are able to subdue them without harming them. Elsewhere the other villains are attacked by a second group of soldiers but they are defeated easily. Meanwhile the X-Men return the ransom to the milk truck. The truck leaves with Jean immediately but the X-Men follow. Unicorn has been able to shake off the army and is laying low. At his lair Count Nafaria thinks that he has succeeded but outside a mysterious man appears at the entrance and is able to use a mental command to subdue the guards. Moments later the milk truck arrives and Jean enters the lair with the ransom. Originally she refuses to hand it over until the dome is dispersed but Count Nafaria begins to empty the dome of oxygen. When she hands the ransom over the mysterious stranger walks in and begins to use the machine. Count Nafaria sees this and flees with the ransom. Jean recognises the voice of this stranger and moments later the X-Men arrive. The stranger reveals himself to be Professor Xavier who is walking after creating flexible metallic braces that allow him to walk. On his ship Count Nafaria thinks that he has won but Unicorn unexpectedly appears. The ransom disappears as it was only a solid hologram. Back in his lair Professor Xavier reveals that the ransom is under the table and that the coastguard will stop Nafaria’s ship. He then hands Jean a letter that arrived in the morning. She reads it and begins to cry as she tells the X-Men that she must leave the team forever.

My Thoughts

Well this story is interesting to say the least. I’ll begin by saying that Xavier’s command to have the X-Men go along with Nafaria’s plan seemed a little dumb in my mind. It would only further incriminate the team and this time they wouldn’t have the hologram excuse. They could probably have done something to stop Nafaria before they even left the capitol. Maybe Professor Xavier could have shut down the mind of Nafaria if he had decided to go there earlier. Hell he could have done it from a distance, maybe he needed Nafaria to shut down the dome himself but as a telepath he could have absorbed Nafaria’s knowledge of the machine. Xavier had even been able to operate the machine himself so he already had some knowledge of the machine itself. I can still understand why Nafaria used the X-Men to pick up the ransom since it would make them look back and that his own hands would be clean. Also if he didn’t trust the second rate villains then why would he use them, surely if he paid certain people the right amount of money he would have been able gain their absolute loyalty. Or maybe use someone who has something against the X-Men, just so that betrayal will less likely. Also a couple of times in these issues I’ve seen Xavier smoking a pipe, nowadays I don’t think that they would add something like that since all the anti-smoking campaigns over the years. Remember that it was mainly kids who bought these comics back. If it was written today there would be no way in hell that they would have a smoking character in a comic book. I think there’s an episode of Tom and Jerry that was banded because it had Tom smoking to try and impress s girl. As far as I know we won’t see Plantman, Porcupine, Eel, Unicorn or Scarecrow too many times after this issue. They are villains who have been mainly forgotten nowadays and Count Nafaria himself has not been seen for some time I don’t think. Although the X-Men have trained in teamwork I thought that they could have probably done a better job. Maybe there were some time restraints that the writer had to consider so he had to limit the teamwork down. To finish off I’d give this issue a 6 out of ten, it was a fairly good story but I think it could have been better and there were some holes in it.

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X-men (Volume 1) #24

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #22

Release Date- July 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

First time the X-Men face Count Nefaria

Brief Summary

The issue begins as the X-Men look upon a giant robot called Colosso while in the Danger Room. Professor Xavier has created the robot to test the X-Men since they have fought robotic enemies recently. Each of the X-Men attempt to attack Colosso individually but each of them fail. When the giant robot grabs Cyclops and Jean, Cyclops discovers a weakness in the machine and Jean uses Xavier’s blanket to cover its glowing eye. This frees the two X-Men and the rest of them combine their powers to defeat Colosso. Xavier congratulates the team for their success and for Cyclops’s leadership skills. Since their last vacation was ruined by Mimic he allows them to go on another vacation, as they leave Cyclops joins Jean and Angel for dinner but Xavier himself is frustrated. Due to his handicap he can never walk and it causes him to feel depressed. Some distance away the villain Count Nefaria plans to terrorise the US and intends to have the X-Men as his allies since they are outcasts. Back in New York Iceman and Beast meet up with their dates. Beast accidentally mistakes a passer-by for his date before he finally meets up with her. A short distance away the other X-Men are enjoying a meal in a fancy restaurant. Due to his feelings for Jean Cyclops leaves the restaurant early and makes his way to Central Park in an attempt to clear his head. When he gets there he sees Jean in costume flying through the air but when he looks again she has completely vanished. Elsewhere Jean overhears reports that the X-Men have been spotted in Central Park and she travels there before getting into costume. While she is walking through the park she is attacked by a villain called Plantman who is able to subdue her and render her unconscious. Cyclops who is close by sees Angel and he shouts up to him but his teammate ignores him. Elsewhere Angel also hears the reports and costumes up and flies to Central Park. When he reaches the park he briefly sees himself before being attacked by a villain called Scarecrow. Angel is trapped in a net and it is strong enough to trap him fully and he is taken away. Elsewhere Beast and Iceman also hear the reports and have to leave their dates so that they can investigate. Beast travels to Central Park zoo where he is attacked by a villain called Porcupine. After a brief battle Beast is defeated and is taken away also. Iceman is worried about Beast and also goes to Central Park. When he gets there he briefly sees himself before he is attacked by another villain called the Eel. The two fight for a few moments before Cyclops intervenes and knocks out the Eel. Before they can figure out what is happening they are attacked by another villain called the Unicorn. The two battle the villain but Iceman is shot from behind by the Eel. When the Eel flees Cyclops is distracted for a moment and Unicorn is able to use the distraction to knock the X-Man out. Later on a ship just outside of New York Nefaria meets up with the villains who report that the X-Men have been captured unharmed. He then walks to where the X-Men are being kept and he offers them a chance of vengeance against the people who have made them outcasts. The team refuse and Nefaria reveals that he plans to steal Washington DC and ransom it. The X-Men are powerless as he begins his plan.

My Thoughts

This is the first time to my knowledge that the X-Men have fought a group of villains who were not the Brotherhood. For those who haven’t heard of Count Nefaria, Plantman, Porcupine, Eel, Unicorn and Scarecrow (besides the Batman villain) they are already established villains in the Marvel Universe. Most are on the rogue’s gallery for Ironman but a couple have appeared in other series like the Fantastic Four. None of them are really remembered today but I think that was why they were used. Even at the time I think Count Nefaria was the only one who was actually a decent villain while the others were obscure even back then. It was somewhat clever how each of the villain was able to subdue the X-Men but Count Nefaria counting on the X-Men to join them seemed to have some holes. If he had read about them being outcasts he most likely would have heard about their heroic deeds and the majority of superheroes don’t turn traitor. He should have known that by now but then we wouldn’t have this story. Although Count Nefaria is mainly considered to be an Ironman villain he has tangled with the X-Men a couple of times. This encounter is one of them and the second is against the new X-Men but we’ll leave that one for a couple of months. I can’t remember exactly how he was going to steal Washington DC but I don’t think that it will be the same way as Brainiac stole Kandor in the Superman comics. The answer will be revealed in the next issue and I’m somewhat looking forward to it. The issue is also the first time that we see that Professor Xavier hates the fact that he cannot walk. Over the years he has gained the use of his legs and then handicapped once again a few times over. It also seems that whenever the X-Men go for some kind of vacation something always happens that brings them back into action. I believe that it is the third time that this has happened and personally I would be as mad as hell. Maybe one day they will finally be able to have a normal vacation with nothing spoiling it at all. But then that would be boring and boring comics do not sell, (The next few will be a little boring or so I remember and heard). This issue I did feel was a bit of an improvement from the last so I’m giving it a 7 out of 10 but until we see the New X-Men and other characters that I really love (like Kitty Pryde) I don’t think the ratings will get that much higher unless an issue blows me away.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #23

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume) #21

Release Date- June 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

Last appearance of Lucifer

Brief Summary

As the X-Men fly towards Lucifer’s base of operation when they are bombarded with light. As they gain their bearings they see that the light is shining from the open sky and that figures are falling down into a nearby mountain. Some distance away a ranch owner and a few of his workers see the light and investigate. The X-Men fly closer to the mountain and they evade geyser blasts that are manmade. They land on the side of the mountain and Professor Xavier tells his X-Men to travel down the nearby river since it will lead them inside the mountain and to Lucifer. On the way down they run into the ranchers who attack them. The X-Men defend themselves and are able to push them into the river. The lead rancher attempts to shoot Cyclops but is foiled by Angel. The X-Men send him on his way. Iceman creates an ice raft that the X-Men use to float down the river and into the mountain. When they enter the raft is destroyed by a whirlpool and the X-Men fall into the water. Outside Professor Xavier has lost contact with the X-Men and he is subdued by a couple of giant robots. They are immune to his mental powers and they take him to Lucifer. When Xavier is inside the mountain Lucifer is standing in front of a mighty machine that he calls Dominus that he intends to use to enslave the planet. In the river Cyclops, Angel and Jean escape from the river and land on a bank. They begin to look for their missing teammates and go through an opening in the wall. It turns out to be a trap and they are encased in a transparent cage. In the river Beast is close to drowning but is pulled out by a giant robot. There is another robot which is also working for Lucifer and they are both attacked by Iceman. Both X-Men strike the robots and then flee to find the others. A metallic war appears in front of them and they strike it with enough force to know them out. Lucifer sees that all the X-Men have been captured and he begins to tell Xavier that Dominus takes the free will away from the inhabitants of a planet and that they become slaves. Cyclops, Angel and Jean attempt to break out of their cage. The robots return and place Iceman and Beast in the cage. Beast notices a switch that was pulled to open the cage and Jean is able to flip the switch with her telekinesis to free the group. Cyclops blasts the guard robot in the back which destroys it and the X-Men run down the corridor to confront Lucifer. The villain commands his robots to recapture the X-Men but they soon find their way to the Dominus. The team receives a mental command from Xavier to not damage the machine .The team believe that the strange request is due to Lucifer controlling their mentor and they ignore it. Only Cyclops and Jean believe that it is actually from their mentor and defend the machine from the other X-Men. Lucifer commands his remaining robots to attack the X-Men recklessly. One flies towards Beast and when the mutant dodges the robot flies straight into the machine. The machine itself is unharmed but the robots continue to attack the team. The remaining robots are destroyed when they fire their lasers at Iceman and he creates a shield that bounces the lasers off Dominus and directly back at the robots. Lucifer curses the robots but he is signalled by his commander. He walks over to a transmitter and his commander appears on the screen. Unhappy with Lucifer’s failure he sends the villain to eternal exile. Dominus itself also disappears and Professor Xavier reveals to the team that he had probed the machine. He found out that Dominus would reflect any attack on it and that the X-Men would have been hurt if they had attempted to destroy it. Now that the world is saved the X-Men return to the mansion.

My Thoughts

Well to start off with I found this story a little hard to follow at a few points but that was probably because I was watching Arrow at the same time. I didn’t really care much for this issue like I have done for some of the other issues and I can see how people say that there was a decline in the quality of the X-Men comics until the introduction of the New X-Men in 1975 (which we are nine years away from). I believe that this issue was also the last appearance of Lucifer and although he is the reason why Professor Xavier was crippled but he is not remembered. Maybe if things had of gone differently I think he could have become a villain on the same level as Magneto or Apocalypse but since this is the last time we see him then his legacy ends here. As far as I know there was no other mention of Lucifer’s race at all in any other comics. I thought such a conquering race would have appeared a lot more often and maybe have come into contact with the Kree of the Skrulls. Hell I would have thought that in the number of times that the X-Men have been into space they would have met them at least once. But it seems that everything about Lucifer and his race have been forgotten over the years but maybe that is because we already have similar races to them so there was simply no room for them. Since I didn’t really think much of this issue my thoughts for this one will only be short and rating wise I feel that it is only a 4 out of 10. I don’t think many of the future X-Men comics will score that high until we get to the New X-Men material.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #22

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Sorry for the delay. I have been having computer problems and it might affect the blog for the next few days.

Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #20

Release Date- May 1966

Writer- Roy Thomas

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

First issue written by Roy Thomas

Brief Summary

The issue opens with Blob and Unus the Untouchable robbing a bank and disguised in X-Men uniforms. Blob demands that the manager to open the bank vault but he cannot due to it being on a timed lock. Blob resorts to ripping the door off himself and a brave guard shoots both mutants. The bullets bounce off Blobs skin and Unus’s invisible force field. As the two mutants leave the bank they are attacked by the police but they are able to shrug them off and get away in a getaway car. Back at the mansion Cyclops writes a note saying that he is leaving the X-Men due to his feelings for Jean and his fear of his powers. As soon as he has finished the note he quietly leaves the mansion. In the library the other X-Men don’t suspect that Cyclops has left and they see a news report on the TV about the bank robbery. Beast informs Professor Xavier who is finishing the installation of a new Cerebro. He already knows what is happening and the other X-Men enter the room. Using a projector the X-Men see that the mutants are Blob and Unus. They also notice that Cyclops is absent and Iceman investigates. Seconds later he returns with Cyclops’s note and the team discover that Cyclops has left. Xavier senses that there is someone behind Blob and Unus’s actions but he is being shielded from sensing the mastermind. The X-Men leave so that they can confront the two mutants and so Xavier can create a device that will penetrate the mastermind’s defence. Thousands of miles away the mastermind is revealed to be Lucifer who is controlling Blob and Unus without their knowledge. He reveals that Blob and Unus met when they competed in a wrestling match against each other. The match ends in a draw but they both realise that the other is a mutant and decide to team up on a crime wave. In the present Cyclops stumbles across the two robbers and decides to confront them, he puts on his X-Men costume and confronts the pair. Blob and Unus act as if Cyclops is their leader. After a brief skirmish Cyclops is attacked by an angry mob who view all mutants as threats. Cyclops flees for the moment but the other male X-Men arrive and combat Blob and Unus. Beast uses his augmentation ray Unus so that he becomes too powerful again but it turns out that he is immune to the ray. Lucifer is the cause of Unus’s immunity. After another brief skirmish the Blob and Unus attempt to escape but Cyclops blasts a hole in the ground and the pair fall down into the subway. The X-Men seeing that the battle is over make their way back to the mansion while Lucifer’s plan is working perfectly. He knows that Xavier has penetrated his shield but it is all exactly what he wanted. Lucifer activates a large device that raises up into the sky and blasts and energy beam into the sky. The beam is designed to bounce Xavier’s brainwaves back at him. Back at the mansion Xavier breaks through the defences of Lucifer but his brainwaves are reflected back at him and he falls into a cationic state. Jean is with him and she discovers that he is still alive and he uses a mental command to tell her to place a device on her head that will block any attacks. After realising that he is facing Lucifer he begins to recount his first encounter with the villain. Years earlier Xavier travelled to a walled village in the Himalayas that is being kept hostage by a tyrannical ruler. The ruler turns out to be Lucifer and Xavier uses his mental powers to scan the machinery inside the palace, he discovers that the metal used is alien and that Lucifer is not from Earth. A short time later Xavier meets up with some locals who want to overthrow Lucifer but the villain has taken the mind of one of the locals and uses him to attack Xavier. The local man is subdued and Xavier and the other locals storm the palace. Lucifer is aware of what is happening and sets up booby traps within the tunnel that they use to gain access to the palace. Xavier is able to deactivate the traps and they make their way forward. Lucifer is contacted by his supreme leader who has detected that some of the machinery has been destroyed. Lucifer informs him that he will crush the rebels and he travels to confront Xavier. Moments later the two meet up and Lucifer activates a switch which drops a large slab of rock onto Xavier. Xavier is powerless to watch Lucifer flee and he realises that he is not the only threat and that he can no longer walk. In the present Lucifer contacts his supreme leader and tells him that he is ready to receive a being called Dominus. At the mansion the other X-Men return and Beast creates a device that helps Xavier recover. He then goes along with the X-Men towards Lucifer’s base of operation. They leave on a newly acquired plane but they don’t realise what they will be facing.

My Thoughts

Well this comic is the first X-Men comic not to be written by Stan Lee and the new guy did an alright job. Half of the issue is about Unus and Blob while the other is about Xavier and how he lost the use of his legs. Lucifer’s plan seems to be a little complicated but I think that he used Blob and Unus to keep the X-Men distracted so that attack Xavier’s mind. It didn’t seem too stupid for Unus and Blob to dress up as X-Men since it would shed the X-Men in a bad light. It has been done other times before where villains dress up as the hero so that they can do their crimes and people would believe that the hero was responsible. Acting like they were in league with the X-Men only made their ploy work even better. If people believed that they were with the X-Men then it would further their belief that the X-Men are threats. This issue is also the first time that Cyclops leaves the X-Men although it doesn’t even last half an issue it won’t be the last time we see it. I don’t think his reasons were good enough to actually leave the team. His fear over his powers weren’t going to improve if he just walked away. Of course the best place to gain control would have been at the mansion, that’s why its there. His feelings for Jean could be simple if he just talked to her but he’s too shy to do that. Personally I want to slap him over the head and tell him to get a hold of himself. If he really did have some kind of problem he would have easily been able to sit down and talk to Professor Xavier about it. The man is his mentor and always wants what’s best for Cyclops. Of course Xavier has done a few questionable things over the years but he has always had the best intentions in mind. For Xavier actually losing the use of his legs this explanation has mainly been forgotten. Every explanation I’ve seen since in various TV shows and films about how Xavier lost the use of his legs do not include Lucifer at all. In a few of them it was Magneto who was the cause but not many people know it was actually Lucifer. The villain has long been forgotten and doesn’t seem to have that an appearance or even a mention after the 60’s. He’ll be one of those guys that only the hardcore X-Men fans (such as myself and many who read this blog) that will even remember him. He was a good villain in his own right but he is nowhere near as good or popular as villains such as Magneto and Apocalypse. To finish off I’ll give this comic another 6 out of 10, the plot seemed to be a little off in my mind and I think that it could have been written much better and maybe a little more simpler. That might be because I’m not too into overly complicated stories but if you make it too complicated then you begin to lose your audience, but at the same time you can’t make it too simple either.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #21

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #19

Release Date- April 1966

Writer- Stan Lee

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

Last issue written by Stan Lee, First appearance of Mimic

Brief Summary

The X-Men are continuing their training in the Danger Room. Iceman is throwing ice javelins at a target but Angel accidentally throws him off his target. Iceman retaliates by throwing hail at Angel but Cyclops stops the play fight before it gets out of hand. Beast is able to complete his course with some ease before Professor Xavier arrives. He informs the X-Men that he is rewarding them with a vacation and each of the X-Men leave the mansion. Iceman and Beast travel to the local library where Iceman has scheduled a double date with Zelda. Beast has been paired up with Zelda’s friend who works at the library. When they leave they are confronted by a man named Calvin Rankin who wanted to date the librarian and he is enraged to see her with Beast. He tries to punch Beast but he is able to dodge the punch. When Beast tries to strike Calvin he dodges also just like Beast can. Calvin starts to jump around like Beast and is able to knock out the X-Man. Iceman tries to interfere and gets a face full of ice. Construction workers nearby see what is happening and assume that Calvin is a mutant, they attack him but he is able to create an ice shield and escapes up onto a roof. He realises that he had just met two X-Men and that he had mimicked their powers. But as time ticks by he starts to lose the powers that he has mimicked but he plans to gain them on a permanent basis along with the other X-Men. A short time late Calvin accidentally bumps into Jean in the food court of the mall. He soon discovers that he can more objects telekinetically and he realises that Jean is a member of the X-Men. He decides to follow her so that he can gain access the X-Men. The next day Beast and Iceman are telling Professor Xavier at the mansion but he doubts that Calvin is a mutant since Cerebro was did not activate in his presence. Moments later there is a knock on the door and it is revealed that Calvin has come wearing glasses similar to Cyclops. He is pretending to come to apologise to Beast and Iceman for what happened the previous day but in truth he wants to mimic the X-Men’s combined powers. Professor Xavier allows Calvin to go upstairs but he knows that their secret has already been revealed. Upstairs Calvin has grown wings like Angel and his hands and feet are large much like Beast’s. He gets changed into a costume and returns downstairs to confront the X-Men who are already in costume. He intends to defeat the X-Men and they engage in battle. He also now refers himself as Mimic. At first Mimic is on top but the X-Men’s numbers overwhelm and he flees and kidnaps Jean in the process. He drives her to an abandoned mine but his powers are fading since he is too far away from the X-Men but he still has Jean’s telekinetic powers. Inside Jean discovers that there are living quarters inside and Mimic begins to tell her his origin. His father was a scientist and after Calvin accidentally exposed himself to chemicals he gained the ability to mimic people’s talents. In school he excelled in both sports and scholarship due to him copying the talents of others around him. His father realises what has happened and creates the living quarters in the mine so that he can find a way to find Mimic’s abilities permanent so that he can keep all the talents no matter how far a person is. Unfortunately his father is killed by an explosion caused when a mob who are fearful of Mimic and attempt to attack the mine. Mimic swears vengeance and as he finishes his story he finds that his wings are growing back which means the X-Men are near. The explosion that killed his father also kept the passage to the his father’s invention covered. But now that Mimic has Cyclops’s powers he is able to blast through the rubble. The X-Men along with Professor Xavier enter the mine and free Jean. They confront Mimic near his father’s invention and after a quick skirmish Mimic takes Professor Xavier hostage and activates the machine. Seconds later Mimic is unconscious and the mine begins to explode. Everyone is able to get out in time but the X-Men discover that Mimic is normal. The invention was never intended to strengthen Mimic’s abilities but to cure them. Professor Xavier places a mental block on Mimic so that he can’t remember what has happened and is free to live a normal life. The X-Men leave to make their way back to the mansion.

My Thoughts

Well I’ll start off with saying that this is the last issue to be written by comic book legend Stan Lee. Although I did enjoy his run there were a couple of holes in the stories that I read but needless to say they were enjoyable nonetheless. He won’t be remembered for being the best X-Men writer but he is definitely one of the most important, without him we wouldn’t have the X-Men to begin with. He didn’t create Wolverine or Storm but he still created many characters that are doubtlessly important to the X-Men mythos. Back to the issue at hand, this issue introduces a relatively unknown X-Men character called Mimic, when people think about a mutant who can absorb powers they would automatically think of Rogue. But the first person to actually do this in the X-Men comics was Mimic and there is no doubt in my mind that Rogue’s abilities was somewhat based on him. But unlike her he doesn’t have to touch them, he just needs to be close to them to steal their powers. Mimic comes across as a very angry and arrogant. Actually telling Jean that he would have punched her if she wasn’t a woman came across as distressing. It is something that you don’t naturally say to someone if they accidentally knock into you. He’s definitely overconfident since he thought that just because he had the combined powers of the X-Men he would be able to defeat them with ease. I take it that he hasn’t seen what’s happened to Super Skrull and the Adaptoid. His plan to keep his copied powers permanently wasn’t too far out but I was surprised to see that his father placed a large M on his machine. To me that was completely unnecessary and led me to believe that he might know that his son would call himself Mimic. As you can imagine when he has all the powers of the X-Men combined he looks a little odd. I would have thought that he would have difficulty controlling the powers since he hasn’t had the same training as the X-Men, but I guess he could have mimicked their experience. In this issue it also hints more towards Cyclops’s feelings towards Jean and I know that eventually they’ll get together and get married but I’m thinking to myself, ‘For God sake man just talk to the girl!’ But alas when I shout it I don’t think he can hear me. I’m still counting down to the issues where my favourite X-Men characters are introduced (Kitty Pryde, Gambit, Nightcrawler and Wolverine) but for now I’m content with these ones. As many people have said the next few issues might be mediocre but hopefully I can liven it up for everyone so that they’re somewhat enjoyable, when we reach Giant Size X-Men #1 the floodgates will open. I’d give this issue a solid 6 out of 10, the story was alright but I felt that some of it could written better.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #20

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #18

Release Date- March 1966

Writer- Stan Lee

Artist- Jay Gavin

Major Notes

First issue to feature the art of Jay Gavin

Brief Summary

The X-Men are trapped in the balloon going higher and higher into the air. They are unconscious and seemingly helpless to escape their doom. On the ground Magneto gloats that he has defeated the X-Men and uses his magnetic powers to lift the mansion off the ground before putting it back down. He enters the mansion thinking that he has been victorious and destroys Cerebro. Moments later Angel’s parents unexpectedly arrive and he takes them inside. He uses his abilities to make them tired and they go upstairs to one of the dorms. At the hospital the doctors use an untested device to inject Iceman with a drug to help improve his health. It seems to work for the moment but only time can tell whether it is effective. In the balloon Professor Xavier is the first to wake up but he has been fitted with disrupter that blocks his telepathy. Using all of his mental might he is able to free himself and he uses his powers to wake the other X-Men. They begin to devise a plan to escape but Cyclops cannot use his optic blasts to penetrate their floating prison since they would instantly lose oxygen and suffocate. At the mansion Magneto uses his magnetic powers to create a large device that will duplicate the cells found in Angel’s parents. Since they gave birth to a mutant he plans to use their body cells to create an army of mutants under his command. Back in the balloon while scanning for Magneto Professor Xavier discovers that Angel’s parents have been captured. He is forced to contact the injured Iceman who has recovered somewhat due to the drug. He quickly leaves the hospital and journeys to the mansion. From scanning Magneto’s memories Xavier discovers that Magneto escaped the Stranger by using a derelict ship and then using his magnetic powers to return home. Toad is originally accompanied him on the Stranger’s planet but Magneto leaves him behind. Professor Xavier concentrates to create the most powerful mental projection he has ever attempted and he tells the X-Men that their best hope is Iceman. Back at the mansion Iceman arrives and sees Magneto inside. Magneto has begun to create his army of mutants but the process suddenly stops. He discovers that Iceman has created an ice shield around Angel’s parents so to block the scanner. Magneto retaliates by surrounding Iceman with metallic objects. Iceman creates a slide to get past Magneto ad he is able to trick the villain into falling down an ice tunnel. The tunnel leads out of the mansion and into an large igloo. Iceman intends to escape but Magneto uses his powers to seal up the only exit . In the balloon Cyclops uses a very thin optic beam to punch a small hole in the outer wall of their prison and they quickly begin to fall to the ground. Before they hit the ground Jean uses her telekinesis to slow their decent and they land safely on the ground. They escape from their prison and confront Magneto. After a short battle the Stranger comes after responding to Xavier’s mental call and Magneto flees so that he cannot be recaptured. After Magneto have fled the X-Men enter the mansion and discover the mutant clones in their pods but they quickly disappear. Iceman has stopped the scanner altogether making the machine useless. Sometime later Angel’s parents wake up with no knowledge what has happened and they enjoy a meal with the X-Men (in civilian clothing) suspected absolutely nothing.

My Thoughts

Well I’ll start out with saying that this comic was available with the Marvel Legends Iceman figure that was released some time ago. It is a great comic for spotlighting Iceman and is a must have for any Iceman fan although it would probably be expensive to get the original. From the beginning it looks like Magneto has finally beaten the X-Men but as you know in most stories the good guys win (Not always the case in A Song Of Ice And Fire). Even though Magneto calls Iceman the weakest of the X-Men that is definitely not the case since he is an Omega level mutant meaning that he has unlimited potential. In the future we will see Iceman perform feats that will cement him as being an extremely powerful mutant but for now I’m content with watching him battle Magneto with ice slides and giant igloos. Although they seem somewhat childish to me but that what the character is like, to me he is a big kid or hasn’t quite grown up yet. It’s a statement that has been told to him by many women in his life. Magneto’s plan to create an army of slaves wasn’t too far out but I think it’s something that he would never do today. Also using Angel’s parents rather than one of the others did make me wonder. At this point in time all Angel can do is fly, there are more powerful mutant parents that he could have used but I can see why he used Angel’s. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. If Magneto hadn’t of been able to manipulate the mutant clones himself there would have been no doubt in my mind that all Magneto would have had was mutants with wings. Although there are some uses to that but for physical might they were probably not up to the challenge, any military force would have been able to shoot them down. The issue is also the first to feature Jay Gavin as the main artist and although I don’t know much about him I have to say that I enjoyed his art, the copy that I’m reading is in black and white due to it being in an Essential Marvel graphic novel rather than a coloured version but to me the price is important. Let’s say it’s much cheaper than getting the Masterworks. In comparison a Masterworks GN has 9 or 10 comics in it and is hardback and costs about $50, an Essential which is in black and white and paper back with 20-25 comics only costs about $25, you can all do the math with that. I digress further though and back to the issue at hand. The X-Men’s escape from the balloon was well thought through but I felt that they could have done it earlier. It would have saved some further trouble and would have been able to assist Iceman earlier on. Hell he probably wouldn’t have had to leave the hospital. The only reason why Magneto had defeated them was because he had the element of surprise. If they were to fight again he would have been defeated in my books. Cerebro is also destroyed in this issue and I’m hoping that it leads to the creation of the Cerebro that we’re more familiar with. I can’t fully remember what happened with it but I will find out over the next few days. I’m giving this issue a solid 8 out of 10 for both execution and showcasing Iceman as a capable member of the team.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #19

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #17

Release Date- February 1966

Writer- Stan Lee

Artist- Jack Kirby

Major Notes

Last issue to feature the art of Jack Kirby

Brief Summary

The X-Men are tended to by military and medical personnel just outside the destroyed Sentinel fortress. The General in charge admits to Professor Xavier that he was wrong about the X-Men and that they are heroes. Iceman and Beast’s injuries are so severe that they immediately leave for hospital but Xavier telepathically tells them to keep their identities secret. En route to the hospital Iceman has gone into shock and when he actually gets to the hospital doctors aren’t sure what is exactly wrong with him due to his genetic makeup. He becomes delirious and speaks what seems to be gibberish to the doctors. After seeing Iceman Xavier goes to Beast and discovers that his injured foot is healing. In another room Angel is on the telephone and discovers that his parents are coming to the mansion for a visit. He is able to pass the phone to Xavier in hopes that he can talk them out of it but they are adamant in coming to see their son. Xavier instructs Angel to fly to the mansion before his parents arrive and also because he can sense something menacing there. Angel makes the flight and arrives but an unseen stranger watches him. When Angel enters the mansion he is attacked by an axe lifted by an unseen force. Several other metallic objects fly towards him. He hears a voice and flies towards it but he flies into a mirror that suddenly appears and is knocked out. Back at the hospital Cyclops is refusing to allow his eyes to be examined and Xavier comes in and after a small demonstration of Cyclops’s powers the doctor sees why he had refused. Afterwards Xavier tells Cyclops that he has lost contact with Angel and they both quickly leave the hospital in Xavier’s car and return to the mansion. When they enter Cerebro is detecting a powerful mutant but before they can find out who it is Xavier is wrapped up in metallic wires and when Cyclops attempts to blast him free an invisible shield appears blocking his blast. The lights go out and Cyclops is attacked by the mysterious stranger. Despite his best efforts Cyclops is defeated by the stranger. Back at the hospital Beast has recovered from his injuries and Jean is worried about the others. After a quick check up on Iceman the pair leave and return to the mansion. When they enter the mansion the slip after discovering that the walls and floors have been covered with a wax like gloss. Despite their best efforts they cannot stop themselves and Beast becomes trapped in a room and the doors quickly shut behind him. Jean tries to open the doors but is confronted by the stranger who she recognises. She tries to push him away but she is weakened by odourless sleeping gas and falls unconscious. At the hospital Iceman’s condition worsens and doctors begin to think that he won’t make it. Back at the mansion the X-Men are placed in a metallic hot air balloon by the stranger and he uses his power to lift them into the air. Shortly afterwards Angel’s parents arrive at the mansion and when they ring the doorbell the door itself is opened by Magneto himself.

My Thoughts

So this is the final issue that featured Jack Kirby and it is truly the end of a good run for a fantastic artist. If you were to look up the greatest comic book artists of all time he would definitely be up there with the greats. For the issue itself I liked how they kept Magneto’s identity hidden until the very last page. For anyone who hasn’t read the issue but read the ones before they probably would have suspected but wouldn’t have known for sure until the last page. It is the return of the greatest comic book villain of all time (Yes he’s better than the Joker) and although his plans have been a bit cheesy at this point and in the near future eventually he will be viewed as the master that he is. I also found it odd that Beast was able to recover from his injuries so fast, I didn’t realise that his abilities gave him a healing factor as well although it is not as powerful as Wolverine’s that’s for sure. It is also very unlucky for the X-Men to face the Sentinels and then face Magneto in the space of a single day, hell it even seems like a long day at that. Even if the day was forty hours long I still don’t think that they would have had time for everything. That’s Marvel floating timeline for you. Magneto must have been at the mansion for quite some time to be able to set up the traps that he had used to capture the X-Men and it reminded me a little of the Home Alone film franchise. Too bad he wasn’t facing home invaders, could you imagine what a young Magneto would have done to those two in the first couple of films? Instead of paint cans on string it would just be the cans themselves flying in their faces. Sorry I digress and although my views seem to be shorter and shorter there isn’t really much more I can say about the issue. I’ll finish by saying that I’d rate it a 7 out of 10.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #18

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Issue Information

Title- X-Men (Volume 1) #16

Release Date- January 1966

Writer- Stan Lee

Artist- Jack Kirby

Major Notes

Last appearance of Bolivar Trask

Brief Summary

Professor Xavier has gotten his astral form back into his body and watches as the fortress lowers back into the ground. He drags himself to a nearby road and is able to use his mental abilities to stop a car when it approaches him. Inside the fortress the X-Men are trapped within a dome that has an increased gravity field within. Each of the X-Men attempt to break the dome but each of them fail due to both the increased gravity and the fact that the dome is made out of a super strong substance. They decide that it is best to wait for an opportunity to present itself. Meanwhile Mastermold further orders Trask to create more Sentinels and he demonstrates a disintegrator ray that he has built in. He uses it on a nearby machine and it disappears instantly and he threatens to use it on a city if Trask further refuses. At the TV station Professor Xavier arrives to examine the Sentinel that toppled over during the X-Men’s first battle with the Sentinels. There are police around it also taking evidence and they allow him a few moments to examine the Sentinel. He discovers that interference came from a giant crystal that is located outside a tower just across the street. When the police realise what has caused the Sentinel to fall Professor Xavier tells them that they must destroy the source of the Sentinels or else mankind is doomed. Back at the fortress Beast is taken to his friends so that he can be terminated along with them. As the dome is deactivated the other X-Men time their escape perfectly and they attack all nearby Sentinels. At first their efforts pay off but they are struck with a stun ray and incapacitated but just as the Sentinels prepare to strike the killer blow they all begin to deactivate. Above the fortress several helicopters are flying the large crystal over the base, Professor Xavier is inside one of the copters but the fortress initiates its defences. It begins to create deadly turbulence and as the crystal gets closer the other Sentinels deactivate and the defences go offline. The X-Men recover from the stun ray and with all of them now reunited they move forward to confront Mastermold but the lights go out as all electricity is being diverted. Inside his control room Mastermold is supervising Trask creating more Sentinels. Knowing that the machine will continually create Sentinels without end and that they will enslave the human race Trask grabs a weapon and begins to smash the controls. This sets off a chain of explosions that ripple through the entire fortress. The X-Men arrive too late and the explosions continue and they immediately begin to evacuate the crumbling fortress. They have to dodge fires, explosions and falling debris and with all their skills they reach an exit. Professor Xavier is blocking the police from seeing the X-Men escaping as each of them make it out before the fortress is completely destroyed. As they begin to think about how the explosions began it is revealed that Trask been killed destroying Mastermold, but there is a new threat to the X-Men at the mansion.

My Thoughts

Although Bolivar Trask only lived for three issues I don’t think any one person has impacted so much on the X-Men like he has. Although this is the last issue that he lives in there is no doubt that his legacy will prevail. The only real sad thing about it is that he sacrificed himself to destroy the Sentinels and yet they still return. If he knew that he probably would have thought that his sacrifice would have been for nothing, but he still saved the human race from enslavement. I believe that Trask has appeared in many X-Men animated series, films, games and in other media and I don’t believe any other X-related character has done that based on how many appearances they had. Magneto has obviously appeared in hundreds of comics but Trask has only appeared in three alive. There have been other continuities of him but the regular version has only really appeared in these three. Hell he’s even appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man game even though he has nothing to do with Spider-Man. Also it seemed weird to me that the Sentinels’ transmission could be blocked by that crystal and that it just happened to be across the street from the TV studio. I’ve never seen a building have a crystal like that on its side and I don’t believe any do but I might be mistaken for that. It all seemed a little too perfect and farfetched for my liking and this is from someone who reads, watches and writes a lot of science fiction and fantasy material. I could believe if the TV signals interfered with the Sentinels but I giant crystal just sitting on a building I find hard to believe. It was interesting to see the X-Men helpless as they were in the dome and if the Sentinels had left them in there, there would have been nothing that the merry mutants could have done to save themselves but alas if you ended the X-Men there then we wouldn’t have the mythos we know and love today. For this issue I still give it a 7 out of 10 simply because the story was good but the whole crystal business just lost those few marks in my book.

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X-Men (Volume 1) #17