Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #26

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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

Synopsis:

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.

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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.

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Review:

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

photo 1 This mission also makes Cyclops realize that he has to tell Jean about his feelings and I can’t wait for this to happen.

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Another thing I enjoyed about this issue was watching the X-Men fight jungle animals. It was silly, but the panels were great.

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photo 5Overall this issue was a bit of a dud, but it had its moments.

A few final notes:

1. Jean starts to feel left out.

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2. Cyclops’ makeshift tunnel is amusing and is very similar to the tunnel made by Juggernaut in issue 13.

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3. I like this little zinger by Iceman.

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4. Mimic is back!

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9 thoughts on “Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #26

  1. Alex Wei says:

    Here at the end of the Jack Kirby run on X-Men, I’d like to share a memory. One day, my older cousin, Richard Hong, a big comics fan, brought in the three new DC titles: New Gods, The Forever People, and Mister Miracle. I think on each cover were the triumphant words, “Kirby is here!”

    Kirby had done much seminal and original work for Marvel, but in those days, not like now, the first writer and first artists did not have rights to an original character. So he invented a whole new bunch for DC; but he really didn’t have any more rights there than at Marvel. They later called all these Kirby’s Fourth World. The First World were the Western democracies like the US, the Second was the Communist world and the Third, as now, were the very poor nations. Very little remains of Kirby’s Fourth World, although I’m sure DC has the option to bring them back. After the death of the Old Gods, a sly reference to a quasi-Ragnarok that happened in Thor just when Kirby was leaving, a new polarity arose: a heavenly planet called New Genesis and a hell planet named Apokolips. Perhaps the most long-lasting character of the Fourth World was the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid. He remained in some cartoon versions of the DC universe as a opponent of the Justice League, and in addition to wanting to rule the world, he also wanted to force Wonder Woman to be his queen. Needless to say, this does serious violence to Kirby’s original intent for the character. As Kirby conceived him, he was searching for the Anti-Life Equation, a way to make everyone follow his will and do what he commanded.

    However, at the time the comics first came out, I did not know who this Kirby was, or why it was so important that he was “here”!

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