Uncanny X-Men Issue #50 (November 10, 1968)
Story By: Arnold Drake Art By: Werner Roth and Jim Steranko
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: Polaris is born! But will she fight on the side of good or evil? Also the origins of Beast part 2!
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Polaris, Mesmero, Magneto, Iceman, Beast, Angel, Cyclops, Jean Grey
This issue begins with Mesmero strapping Polaris to a device that will make her latent mutant powers fully develop. While this is happening, Iceman is held as prisoner of Mesmero.
Soon after Polaris’ procedure starts, the X-Men find Mesmero’s base and break in. While fighting Mesmero’s minions, Jean decides that they need to be defeated and be taken prisoner if they want to find Bobby alive. So the X-Men allow themselves to be defeated and they are brought before Mesmero.
When they reach Mesmero, the villain releases Polaris from the machine and reveals that she is the daughter of Magneto. Mesmero orders Polaris to destroy the X-Men. However Polaris attacks Mesmero and his goons instead.
After Mesmero is defeated, this part of the issue ends with Magneto entering the building. The X-Men are shocked to find him alive.
The issue then shifts gears to the origin story of Beast. In high school, the football coach realizes that Beast is great at sports and Hank quickly becomes the star of the football team.
One day at a football game, some thugs try to rob the box office of the game. When the police come, the burglars run through the football stadium to escape. Noticing the crime, Beast incapacitates the crooks with his powers.
The issue ends with two mysterious villains watching the football game on the news and planning to recruit Beast to join their evil team.
The continuation of the Polaris saga was just as good as the first issue in the story. Mesmero continued to be an interesting villain and Polaris finally has her powers! Polaris seems to be an extremely strong mutant and is easily able to defeat Mesmero and his army. I’m hoping that she will face off against her father in the next issue and I can’t wait for that battle.
Beast’s origin story also continued to entertain. I am intrigued by the two mysterious villains that want to recruit Beast. I wonder when Professor X, Iceman, and Cyclops will step in to help Beast too.
I only have a couple small problems with this issue and they both involve dumb plans. I don’t agree with Jean Grey’s strategy of getting themselves captured to save Bobby. They were winning against Mesmero’s army and they totally could have defeated them and still found Bobby.
I also disagree with the burglars’ plan to run through the football stadium in Beast’s origin story. How is that an escape plan? They were basically running into a giant enclosed area with no way out. They must not have been very bright.
Overall, this was a good issue and I can’t wait for the Polaris-Magneto story to continue.
A few final notes:
1. There are a lot of Mesmero and Magneto Hitler comparisons in this issue.
2. I’m not a fan of Polaris’ first costume.
3. Beast was a troublemaker as a child.