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Uncanny X-Men (1963) #8

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Fed up with ungrateful homo sapiens, the Beast leaves the X-Men to enter the wrestling ring! Too bad he finds Unus the Untouchable waiting to knock him down without lifting a finger!
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JackStamper member

This comic gets even more significant several decades later. Turns out, a lot happened between Hank storming into the office of Cyclops and him leaving it. In All-New X-Men #1, the Hank McCoy from 2012 shows up and takes the original X-Men into the future...and, as far as I know, they're still there, three years later. They are bound to get send back some day and get mindwhiped by Professor X...but rereading this issue, that would still throw this story out of the window, since Professor X was away, searching for Lucifer at the time, and wouldn't have gotten back for quite some time - and, in fact, not wothout the help of the X-Men. So...I guess someone else must've done it, then...or will do it in the future. Or the past...man, time travel is confusing!

The story itself is okay, nice ideas, but a rather clumsy execution. We see early stages of the public hating mutants, and it's just as ridiculous as you can expect. With the FF and Spiderman, the public can turn on a dime if they love or hate him. Here, the Beast saves a kid...and the public hates him for it! This makes the point very forced, and it doesn't help that the Beast quits the team directly afterwards, not only immediately rejecting everything he completely believed in before, but suddenly talking loud about how Magneto can be right - after said villain tried to kill him and the others on a monthly basis by now.

All just to force the plot of him abandoning the X-Men and getting back later. Good in theory, but bad in execution. As is Unus, the villain. An enemy, you can't touch, someone with an automatic shield. He would've been a nice enemy, if they actually had to find a way around his powers...and Stan got halfway there! The Angel simply carrying him away is a great idea, Iceman surrounding him by ice was it as well, and the bubble-idea would have been great...but instead they went with another Deus Ex Machina-invention of the Beast, a ray that increases specifically the powers of Unus. Although the results are quite funny (and reminiscent of Midas golden touch), this ending is very disappointing.

aangita member

ugh-- I hate when people don't tell the whole plan and allow unneeded speculation! :/ 

kdunlop member

That has happened to me, too. I find if I go to the website and open the comic, then go back to the app, everything is fine,

Shazbot81 member

unable to read full comic, says I must sign in to read but I'm an unlimited member and signed in