Uncanny X-Men Issue #26 (November 10, 1966)
Story By: Roy Thomas
Art By: Jack Kirby and Werner Roth
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: El Tigre has gained the powers of a god and the X-Men need to defeat him before he becomes unstoppable.
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This Issue: El Tigre, Mimic, Angel, Cyclops, Professor X, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast
This issue begins right where the last issue left off. El Tigre has just received the power of Mayan god Kukulcan and Cyclops is the last of the X-Men to face him. With his new power, El Tigre is easily able to defeat Cyclops before returning to the fictional South American nation of San Rico by his new power of flight.
When he reaches San Rico, he returns to the ancient pyramid where he found his amulet and begins creating an army of San Rican people by controlling their minds with his powers.
The X-Men take a boat down the river to find El Tigre, facing off against various animals on the way. When they reach El Tigre, they are able to defeat him by destroying the Mayan pyramid that is the true source of the villain’s powers. However in the fray Cyclops accidentally hits Angel with his eye beams and Angel is barely clinging to life.
This issue is slightly better than the last one, but I still wasn’t a fan of this El Tigre story line. I hate how vague and overpowered El Tigre’s powers are and I don’t really find anything interesting about the villain.
There were some good parts to this issue though. The Cyclops-Jean-Angel love triangle reaches the peak of its drama when Cyclops shoots Angel with his eye beams. Even though it was accidental, Angel proclaims that Cyclops did it because he loves Jean and wants to get rid of the competition. I’m sure the Angel-Cyclops drama will continue in the next few issues
Another thing I enjoyed about this issue was watching the X-Men fight jungle animals. It was silly, but the panels were great.
A few final notes:
1. Jean starts to feel left out.
2. Cyclops’ makeshift tunnel is amusing and is very similar to the tunnel made by Juggernaut in issue 13.
3. I like this little zinger by Iceman.
4. Mimic is back!