Uncanny X-Men Issue #43 (April 10, 1968)
Story By: Roy Thomas Art By: Werner Roth and John Buscema
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: The X-Men barely have any time to mourn after Professor X’s death because Magneto is back and he has a plan to destroy the X-Men once and for all.
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Magneto, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad, Professor X, Angel, Iceman, Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey
This issue begins with a somber funeral for Professor X. It is pouring rain and the X-Men are all in mourning. The funeral is interrupted when Quicksilver arrives, but he leaves as soon as Xavier’s students notice him.
After the funeral, the X-Men return to the mansion and watch a final video message from Professor X. In the message, the Professor let’s the X-Men know that he was dying of an incurable disease so he would have died even if he did not get wounded in the explosion. The message ends with Professor X warning his students that Magneto has returned.
The issue then switches gears and goes to Magneto’s new hideout on an island. It is revealed that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch left the Avengers and joined Magneto again because Wanda has lost her powers and Magneto has promised that he will bring her powers back.
The X-Men are able to find Magneto’s base, but Magneto is prepared for them and the villain easily defeats his enemies by electrocuting them.
The comic then breaks from the main story to give us some information on how Cyclops’ powers work. Cyclops’ eye beams come from the power of the sun. He absorbs sunlight throughout the day and then uses this light energy to create his energy beams. It is also revealed that Cyclops’ eye beams do not create heat and the beams can travel several hundred yards.
I was excited for this issue and the comic did not disappoint. Although, Magneto was not in most of the issue, it was great to see his return and I can’t wait to see the rest of his plan unfold in the next issue.
It was also great to see Quicksilver return and fight the X-Men. Like always, Quicksilver is very conflicted in this issue. He does not want to work with Magneto, but he feels like he needs to join him to help his sister. Pietro is also conflicted when he battles the X-Men. He tries his best to defeat them without harming them because he knows that the X-Men are all good people.
Quicksilver’s struggle with his allegiances is shown most effectively when Pietro visits Professor X’s funeral. The speedster is genuinely saddened by the Professor’s death and he struggles to cope with these feelings.
The background information on Cyclops wasn’t all that exciting, but it was interesting to learn some facts about his powers. I wish they waited until later to show this information though because I wanted to see more Magneto in this issue instead.
Overall this issue is very solid and I didn’t have anything big to complain about really.
A few final notes:
1. There is metal in basically everything, making Magneto extremely powerful.
2. Another Cyclops tidbit. Apparently Cyclops has a button in his glove that can open his visor so he can shoot his eye beams. This will be very helpful in the future because in the past, Cyclops is always helpless when his hands are bound.
3. Apparently the X-Men are now funded by Angel’s allowance from his rich parents.
4. Magneto is actually the one who wounded Scarlet Witch and got rid of her powers so Quicksilver would join him. This will definitely come back to Magneto later in the comics.
5. I enjoyed this sad panel of Jean and Beast crying.
6. Magneto attacks Cyclops with a battering ram that actually has a ram as the point.