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X-Men #11 (1965, May)

August 11, 2012

After a largely pointless (though enjoyable) issue #10, issue #11 has a point but is less enjoyable. By Lee, Kirby, Stone and Simek, “The Triumph of Magneto!”

The Final Triumph of Magneto!

That mustache is the real threat.

It starts with the X-Men learning about a powerful new mutant, and playing around a bit. Then we cut to an apartment, where a guy in a nice suit gives his new landlord a huge wad of bills. He walks down the street, then walks above it, then walks into a wall, where he meets Magneto and the Brotherhood. The X-Men are searching the city for him, and Scott runs afoul of a couple cops who remove his glasses. Beast grabs him and they meet back up with the others. Marvel Girl likes when Scott says “Good girl” to her. That amuses me.

We cut back to Magneto and Mastermind showing off their powers to the Stranger, who reacts by turning Mastermind into a “solid block of matter.” Even though we’re all matter. Oh, comic book science. The X-Men show up and fight the Brotherhood, and Magneto leaves with the Stranger (with Toad joining along). Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch decide to leave Magneto’s service, and go back to Europe. (On a side note, they join the Avengers this same month, in Avengers #16. They decide to join the Avengers because they hope their nature as mutants won’t matter there.)

The Stranger reveals that he’s not a mutant, and then wraps Magneto and Toad in weird cocoons. The X-Men find him, and he reveals that he’s an alien, and his people are interested in mutations. He was there for specimens, and decided to take Magneto and Toad. He leaves with them, saying they’ll never return, because Stan was a liar.

This issue may have been the weakest up to this point. There’s little going on, and most of that is sloppy. The X-Men are relegated nearly to being supporting characters in their own book, and they don’t get to actually do anything here. The problem and solution both happen independent of their involvement. If they’d just stayed at home and done nothing, things still would’ve unfolded in much the same way. Also, the way the Stranger constantly calls himself “a stranger” got old real fast. The one good thing about this issue is it freed up Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to join the Avengers, where they end up becoming mainstays (Wanda, in particular). But even that could’ve been done much better.

Well, at least the next issue is a big one.

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