Uncanny X-Men Issue #29 (February 10, 1967)
Story By: Roy Thomas Art By: Werner Roth
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: The Mimic can copy all of the powers of the X-Men, but the Super-Adaptoid can copy the powers of the Avengers! Who will come out on top?
Characters Introduced in This Issue:
*Super-Adaptoid: Super-Adaptoid is an android that was created by A.I.M who contains a shard of the Cosmic Cube within its mechanical body. The robot villain was programmed to destroy Captain America.
-Powers: Super-Adaptoid has the ability to copy or mimic powers and skills of super beings, including their equipment and clothing. He gets this power from the Cosmic Cube. When this issue begins, he has the powers of Captain America, Goliath, Wasp, and Hawkeye.
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Mimic, Angel, Professor X, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, Cyclops.
This issue begins with the X-Men ice skating while on a break from training. After the rest of the X-Men return to the mansion, Iceman remains to continue skating. While skating, he is attacked by a giant robot called Super-Adaptoid. Iceman freezes the robot and returns to the mansion. Unbeknownst to Bobby, the android follows him.
Meanwhile at the mansion, Professor X become fed up with Mimic after the newest member has a battle with the team and the Professor kicks Mimic off of the team.
After Mimic leaves, the X-Men are attacked by Super-Adaptoid and the robot knocks them out using gas-arrows. As Super-Adaptoid is about to copy the X-Men’s powers, Mimic enters the fray and volunteers to be turned into an android so that he can achieve new powers.
However Mimic realizes that he is being tricked by Super-Adaptoid and the two battle. After a scuffle, Mimic is able to trick the robot into trying to copy his powers and both Super-Adaptoid and Mimic lose their powers in an electrical explosion.
There are some things I really like about this issue, but the issue also has some major flaws. I enjoyed Super-Adaptoid as a villain. He was powerful enough to be a good foe of the X-Men and he was the perfect foil to Mimic. It was great to see the two of them battle each other.
I also enjoyed the ice skating panels at the beginning of the issue. It was silly, but it was amusing to watch the X-Men struggle to ice skate.
The first problem I had with this issue was that no one believed Iceman when he told the X-Men that a giant robot attacked him. The mutants have seen so many bizarre things. Why wouldn’t they believe Bobby? Or at least give him the benefit of the doubt?
My second and more major problem with this issue was the ending. I don’t understand exactly what happened when Super-Adaptoid tried to copy Mimic’s powers. I understand that Mimic’s powers are a bit tricky, but why can’t the robot copy them? And why does attempting to copy Mimic’s powers make both Mimic and Super-Adaptoid lose their powers? It doesn’t make sense to me and it seems like it’s just an easy cop out to end the issue and to get rid of Mimic.
Also Mimic seems to be a completely changed man after this battle. He declares that he used to be an arrogant and angry fool and now he wants to be a better person. He doesn’t seem to care at all that he lost his powers. The Mimic I know would be furious if he lost his powers. This change seems way too abrupt.
Does this mean that Mimic is leaving the X-Men? Will he return? Will his powers ever come back? I was starting to enjoy having Mimic around so it will sad to see him go.
Issue 29 was solid, but could have been much better.
One final note:
1. Cyclops continues to struggle with his feelings for Jean and his control over his eye beams.