Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #13

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Uncanny X-Men Issue #13 (September 10, 1965)

Story By: Stan Lee         Art By: Werner Roth and Jack Kirby

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Brief Description: Nothing can stop the Juggernaut, but the X-Men will go down trying! Guest-starring the Human Torch!

Characters Introduced in This Issue:

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Daredevil (Matt Murdock): Daredevil is a blind lawyer by day who lives in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. By night, Daredevil is a street level hero who helps out the people of New York.  Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him in 1964.

-Powers: Daredevil was exposed to radioactive materials when he was young and this gave him superhuman levels of all of his senses besides sight. He has superhuman accuracy and sensitivity. He also has a radar sense which helps him to “see” the world.

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The Human Torch (Johnny Storm): The Human Torch was raised by his older sister, Sue Storm, after his parents died. At the young age of 16, Johnny went into space with his sister and her fiancé Reed Richards and cosmic radiation in the mission gave him powers.

-Powers: The Human Torch as the ability to envelop his entire body in fiery plasma without harm to himself. He can use this form to fly and he can also manipulate his flames and shoot them at will.

Recurring Characters in This Issue: Juggernaut, Iceman, Professor X, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel

Synopsis:

In this issue, the X-Men and Juggernaut face off. Each of the team battles Juggernaut in their own ways while the Professor tries to think of some way of stopping his stepbrother.

While Juggernaut plows through each of the X-Men with relative ease, Professor X contacts the Human Torch and asks for his help telepathically. The Human Torch comes to the mansion and blinds Juggernaut by unleashing a flare of light in his eyes. While Juggernaut is distracted and blinded, Angel swoops down and takes off Juggernaut’s helmet.

Professor X is then able to telepathically control Juggernaut and send him to the authorities. Professor X thanks the Human Torch and regrets that he has to erase his memory of the incident but he is afraid of anyone knowing of the mansion’s whereabouts.

Review:

This is probably my favorite issue of Uncanny X-Men yet. It has everything I could ask for in an X-Men comic. It has an epic battle with one of the X-Men’s biggest foes, superhero cameos, and a team-up with one of my favorite heroes.

There are a lot of priceless pages in this issue:

In this page, Juggernaut uses his strength to literally punch himself a tunnel to escape a pit.

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This page of Juggernaut fighting the X-Men is awesome.

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And there is so much going on in this last page. Juggernaut is shown being defeated. Professor X wipes the Human Torch’s memory, which I don’t agree with. I know the Professor X is just being cautious but I think he can trust a fellow superhero like Johnny Storm. In the second to last panel all of the X-Men are in hospital beds together and I thought that was hysterical. And finally Professor X even tells them they have to clean up soon which I thought was great.

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One bad thing with this final page though is that Jean Grey is being a nurse on this page in yet another sexist depiction of Jean Grey. Earlier in the issue on multiple occasions Professor X also just refers to Jean as girl. Another disrespect for a great character, who won’t get to develop as a character until the sexism goes away.

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Besides the few moments of sexism though, this issue is amazing. I loved everything about it. It was action packed and fun. I hope the next issue keeps up the greatness.

One final note:

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2 thoughts on “Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #13

  1. Alex Wei says:

    The word “juggernaut” comes from India. They have festivals with large statues on wheels; one is of Krishna, with the name Juganath, or “world-lord”. A western observer noticed that these statues would crush people under the wheels, and thus a new word entered the English language.

    The name Kurt Marko was also supposed to seem menacing. A name like Kurt generally is to American eyes, and is thus quite different in feel to “Curt”. Of course, they use the same trick in reverse when Nightcrawler comes on the scene. His name is Kurt, and he’s German; also he looks and smells like a devil, since every time he “bamphs”, he leaves brimstone smell behind. Yet he’s a gentle, devout Catholic, much different than he seems

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