(Better dead than purple and red.)
It's the middle installment of the X-Men's first three-parter (which may or may not be linked to this also being the first issue to be released on a monthly rather than bi-monthly schedule). I'm not sure shoe-horning in the Beast's origin (courtesy of Master Mold's frankly rather rambling interrogation technique) was the best way to deal with the problems that tend to plague middle installments (it reminds me of all those flashbacks in The Two Towers that end with Aragorn making out with a horse, IIRC), but it's at least an interesting approach.
We're going to have to add "nature activation rays" to the comic's madder ideas. At least as a name, anyway, since in actuality they don't really seem to do anything more than start earthquakes. In comparison, their "heavy gravity ray" seems downright plausible.
Apparently, X-Men "Plan G" requires Iceman to build a giant lop-sided Frisbee that he and Beast can cling onto, so that Cyclops can use his force beam to fire them directly over the enemy base. It's far from clear what Xavier hopes to accomplish via this manoeuvre, and you have to wonder just how terrible Plans A through F were in order for him to settle on this one.
Of all the changes that comics have gone through over the years, perhaps one of the least considered is that of supervillain millinery. Master Mold's hat looks like a cross between Galactus' helmet and a four-slice toaster.
Mind you, I'm not sure there's anything that would really work.
|I could beat the heck out of you!|
|In Communist Russia, robot behaviour governed by four laws!|
|I wear a fez now, etc.|
1 Marvel month = 5.17 standard months.