Uncanny X-Men Issue #9 (January 10, 1965) Story By: Stan Lee Art By: Jack Kirby Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Brief Description: Where the lethal Lucifer lurks, he must face…the Avengers! But defeating him could destroy the world, so the X-Men must defeat the Avengers instead! Characters Introduced in This Issue: The Avengers: The Avengers are a superhero team that was introduced in 1963. The original team consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hulk. Captain America was added soon afterward. All of these characters besides Hulk are in this issue.
Lucifer: I wrote a little passage about Lucifer in the last issue but I thought I’d bring Lucifer back to the top now that we have seen an image of him in this issue. Recurring Characters in This Issue: Professor X, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman Synopsis: In this issue, Professor X calls upon the X-Men to help him defeat Lucifer who he has finally tracked down. When Professor X finds Lucifer he discovers that the villain has hooked up a powerful bomb that will explode if his heart stops beating. Not knowing this, the Avengers arrive at the scene just after the X-Men with the mission to defeat Lucifer. The X-Men are then forced to fight the Avengers to stop them from harming Lucifer while Professor X comes up with a plan. After some battling, Professor X is able to disable Lucifer’s mind and then reach out to Thor telepathically to tell him the situation. The Avengers then leave the X-Men to deal with Lucifer and Professor X and Cyclops are able to disable the bomb together. Review: It was great to see the first battle between the X-Men and the Avengers in this issue. It will certainly not be their last fight. Even though the X-Men are young, they are still able to put up a fight against the Avengers. Although it seems like the Captain America and gang are going easy on them. It was also interesting to see some of the background between Lucifer and Professor X. We now know that Lucifer is the one that caused Professor X to become paralyzed but we do not know the full story yet. I’m sure we’ll get details slowly over time. One bizarre thing about this issue is Professor X’s fancy electronic wheelchair. Where did he get that thing? It is also strange that Professor shoots a gun in this issue. Since when do the X-Men use guns? I hope this is the last gun used in X-Men. It is interesting to note that the civilians seem to be just as afraid of the Avengers as they are of the X-Men in this issue. Throughout comic history, civilians have looked unfavorably on mutants, but they love the Avengers. I wonder if at this point in time, people were wary of the Avengers in the comic world too. I am puzzled as to why Professor X let Lucifer go. I understand that the X-Men don’t kill people, but they could certainly incarcerate someone. Lucifer is one of Professor X’s most hated enemies yet the Professor lets him leave unhindered. Overall, this issue was a great crossover issue that kept things interesting. A few final notes: 1. There was more Cyclops and Jean stuff. 2. Professor X’s mental projections are still ridiculous. 3. We got to see some Avengers relationship drama too between Ant-Man and Wasp. 4. This panel of Jean Grey is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. 5. For more team up issues click on this link! Team-Up