Monday, 8 August 2011

UXM #66: "The Mutants And The Monster"

(Requiem for a freak.)

And so it ends. Six and a half years after its first issue, X-Men gets axed.  I don't know for how long Thomas knew this was coming, but I suppose finishing with an issue in which Professor X is saved from the mental-burnout suffered fighting the Z'Nox does at least allow the series to finish as it began, with Xavier leading a slightly expanded team.  It's a shame there's no closure regarding the Bobby-Lorna-Alex love triangle, but that's a minor niggle.

Having said all of that, though, I'm not completely sold on the idea of the final issue being so reliant on a major guest star. I don't know if it was an attempt to boost sales (surely too late?), or just a nod to the general universe the X-Men spent some time being a part of, but it strikes me as an odd choice.  Fortunately, since the Hulk takes the role of antagonist here, it isn't like he takes time away from the main characters, and perhaps this really is a better final mission for the team than just beating up another creation from Thomas' horribly uneven supervillain assembly process.

This is, what, the fourth issue this week where Angel does something totally idiotic and headstrong?  This time it's confronting the Hulk on his own, because he's too impatient to wait for backup.  I'm not sure what the appropriate comparison is like, but it's somewhere between song thrush vs Geoff Capes and hummingbird vs a steroid-hepped elephant [1].  Not good, is my point.

Still, I think this issue's "Most aggravating X-Man" has to go to Bobby, actually, for refusing to join the mission to save Xavier's life so as to make sure Alex can't get a ticket to Lorna's friskoteque whilst he's gone.  Nicely done, you selfish shit.


This issue takes place over a single day.


Friday 20th June, 1980.



Compression Constant

1 Marvel year = 2.92 standard years.

(Iceman is 32 years old.)

"For a human popsicle, I guess
I am kind'a hot-tempered!"
Contemporary Events

The Blue Lagoon is released, a film I've never seen but boasts the longest tag-line I've ever read:
Two children shipwrecked alone on a tropical island. Nature is kind. They thrive on the bounty of jungle and lagoon. The boy grows tall. The girl beautiful.

When their love happens, it is natural as the sea, and as powerful. 
They don't write 'em like that any more.  Well, I guess they may have started, and just not finished yet.

Standout Line

"Got to catch him off balance -- while he's gesticulating menacingly over the edge of that cliff!"  Why do villains bother to gesticulate menacingly at all?  Never worked for Shao Kahn, did it?  Every "You will die!" was just one more opportunity to uppercut him into another incarnation.  Amateurs.

[1] If an elephant takes too many steroids, does its trunk shrink?

No comments:

Post a Comment