Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #33

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Uncanny X-Men Issue #33 (June 10, 1967)

Story By: Roy Thomas

Art By: Werner Roth and Gil Kane

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Brief Description: As Professor X remains in a coma, the X-Men must face Juggernaut without their leader as the invincible villain makes his way to steal a jet. Luckily, Dr. Strange helps them out!

Characters Introduced in This Issue:

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*The Ancient One (Yan): The Ancient One was born 500 years ago. He was a farmer until he and his friend Kaluu discovered magic. The Ancient One became the sorcerer supreme and eventually became the mentor to Stephen Strange.

-Powers: The Ancient One is a master of the mystic arts. He has the power of astral projection, levitation, interdimensional teleportation, and many other magical powers.

photo 2-2*Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange): Dr. Strange was a brilliant neurosurgeon but he had to quit his job after a car accident damaged his hands. After hitting rock bottom, strange seeks out the Ancient One in the Himalayas. The Ancient One taught Strange the ways of magic and Dr. Strange took over the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme when the Ancient One died.

-Powers: Dr. Strange’s powers are derived from many different mystical entities. He can use his magical powers to do a very vast array of things.

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

Synopsis:

This issue takes place immediately where the last issue ended. Professor X is in a coma and Juggernaut is heading towards Factor Three’s headquarters in Europe.

Using a mental probing device that Professor X developed, Jean is able to enter the Professor’s unconscious and discovers that there is a mystical man named the Ancient One who is capable of defeating Juggernaut.

The mutants use Cerebro to try and locate the Ancient One and in doing so they contact Dr. Strange. Dr. Strange tells them that they need the spirit form of the ruby of Cyttorak to defeat Juggernaut. Dr. Strange gives the X-Men an ancient incantation that they can use to find the spirit form of the ruby and then he teleports Jean and Cyclops to the ancient temple of Cyttorak in North Korea.

Cyclops and Jean go to the temple and use the incantation to teleport themselves into the spirit world of Cyttorak. In the spirit world, Cyclops and Jean face off against a demon called the Outcast in the temple and are able to beat him after a brief scuffle and retrieve the spirit form of the ruby. Once they have the ruby, they are teleported back to the mansion.

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While Jean and Cyclops are off in Korea, Iceman, Angel and Beast fight for their lives as they try to delay Juggernaut for as long as they can. When Jean and Cyclops arrive at the fight, they use the spirit ruby to transport Juggernaut to the spirit world of Cyttorak where they believe he will remain for all eternity.

photo 1As the X-Men battle Juggernaut, Factor Three go to Xavier’s mansion and kidnap the Professor.

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Review:

This issue was a bit strange at times (pun intended) but it was a solid issue overall, mainly because Juggernaut and Dr. Strange are both awesome characters.

It has been a little while since the X-Men’s last team-up so it was great to see Dr. Strange help them out. His appearance may have been brief, but they could not have defeated Juggernaut without Dr. Strange.

Unfortunately I did have a few problems with this issue. Although I like Dr. Strange, all of the mystic mumbo jumbo in this issue seemed silly. The Outcast does not sense time so Jean is able to defeat him by throwing her watch at him. Really? A mystical monster with immense power is defeated by a wrist watch?

photo 3Also although I understood how the spirit ruby could defeat Juggernaut, it seemed like a cop out to defeat Juggernaut easily. At least Jean and Cyclops had to work hard to retrieve the ruby.

This Juggernaut saga was entertaining, but was no where near as good as the first Juggernaut saga.

A few final notes:

1. The Ancient One looks way too similar to Professor X. (see at the top) In other comics, he does not look this much like Professor X.

2. The X-Men remark that Juggernaut is much more powerful than magneto and the Sentinels, but I do not agree with that sentiment. Although with Professor X’s powers, maybe Juggernaut really is the toughest foe they have ever faced.

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3. The mutants attack Juggernaut with a helicopter, but the attack is futile. These panels are super awesome.

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7 thoughts on “Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #33

  1. geekfromspace says:

    Marvel’s mutants have had some really great stories over the years. Good review, I look forward to reading future posts.

  2. Alex Wei says:

    Juggernaut is probably more powerful than any single, normal Sentinel. I agree, though; Magneto probably has as much raw power, AND he’s much more intelligent than Juggernaut! A real threat!

  3. I recently read X-Men Annual #4 “Nightcrawler’s Inferno”, in which Dr. Strange is one of the characters, so it’s interesting to read about the issue in which he first works together with the X-Men. The magical stuff does seem a bit off, but I would amend my previous statement to say that I like it when there’s some type of meaning or symbolism there. (In Annual #4, they go to what looks like Dante’s Hell, and there’s some interesting character development there.)

    That wristwatch bit seems rather hilarious.

    Personally, I was never that big a fan of the Juggernaut, but reading your reviews, I can appreciate that he’s more interesting than some of the other random villains they’ve faced over the years, especially his backstory as Professor X’s brother.

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