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X-Men #38 (1967, November)

September 23, 2012

Last issue had Factor Three putting their plan into motion. Can the X-Men stop it in time? Find out, in “The Sinister Shadow of . . . Doomsday!”

The Sinister Shadow of . . . Doomsday!

Good work with the Blob, Angel.

The X-Men escape the mountain in a flying egg right before the mountain blows up. The Changeling expresses confusion to the Mutant-Master at the X-Men managing to escape, and the Mutant-Master tells him to shut up. We also learn the Mutant-Master is immobile. MM has Changeling contact the Blob and Vanisher in Russia. The signal is conveniently picked up by Cerebro, giving the X-Men a clue on where to go. They split into two teams, with Cyclops and Iceman following one signal while the other three follow the other. Jean worries about Scott, of course. The three reach Russia quickly, and sneak into an old castle where a bunch of Soviet leaders are holding a conference. A soldier spots them, and talks about shooting them – in English, apparently, since Beast understood him. I find it amusing how, in the ’60s and ’70s, no matter what country the heroes were in, everyone would speak English.

Anyway, Marvel Girl and Angel run into the Blob and Vanisher, with some hooded thugs. Then it cuts away to Xavier talking to the Changeling, trying to convince him to give up his mad plans. Then it switches to Cyclops and Iceman in the US, trying to convince a colonel about Factor Three’s plot. The colonel doesn’t believe them, and they try to destroy the missiles themselves while the base tries to take them down. Then it goes back to Angel and Marvel Girl. Angel tries to get past them to warn the generals, but the Vanisher teleports the Blob in his path. Then a fight breaks out. The Vanisher and Blob are taken out by gas from the Vanisher’s own weapon, with the Vanisher then teleporting away. The hooded guys explode, knocking Angel and Marvel Girl out long enough for the guards to train guns on them. They’re tossed in a prison cell with the Blob, and the Beast. Marvel Girl wonders why the Mutant-Master masked the androids from his own allies. Then the Mutant-Master gloats about how, within minutes, the bomb will go off. Duh-duh-duuuh!

Pretty good issue. Even so, I’m glad next issue will be the finale. Thomas ended up letting the plotline simmer too long, so that by the time it arrived, I’m already fatigued with it.

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