Uncanny X-men Issue #55 (April 10, 1969)
Story By: Roy Thomas Art By: Werner Roth and Barry Windsor-Smith
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: This issue concludes the origin story of Havok’s powers and completes this saga with the Living Pharaoh. Plus, Angel takes a shot at being a vigilante in his origin story!
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Havok, The Living Pharaoh, Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Jean Grey, Iceman, Professor X
This issue begins with Cyclops facing off against the Living Pharaoh. They battle until the Pharaoh was able to knock Cyclops unconscious and take him prisoner.
When Cyclops and Havok reaches the Living Pharaoh’s headquarters, the villain tries to drown the Summers brothers, but Cyclops is able to free them both. As they escape the rest of the X-Men team arrives to help and they battle the Living Pharaoh and his minions together.
The battle ends when Havok uses his powers for the first time ever and blasts the Living Pharaoh with his energy beams. The Living Pharaoh loses his powers and the X-men take him prisoner.
The issue then shifts gears to the origin story of Angel. At this point in his story, Angel is now a vigilante using the hero name the Avenging Angel and he is trying to get fame for himself. While defeating criminals, he makes sure to mention his name as much as possible but the media hasn’t picked up on him yet, much to Angel’s dismay.
The issue ends with the X-Men finding Angel and asking him to join the team. Angel refuses their offer because he says he prefers to work alone.
This issue was a decent issue, but there was nothing that was very exciting about it. My favorite part of the issue was the Avenging Angel storyline because I thought that Angel’s attempts to be a famous superhero were hysterical.
It was also great to see Havok use his powers for the first time, but it was a bit silly how melodramatic Cyclops and Havok were about this new revelation that he had powers.
The story in this issue seemed to move very fast but not in a good way. The battle between the X-Men and the Living Pharaoh ended very abruptly after only a brief scuffle. And how come the Living Pharaoh lost his powers? It seems like villains lose their powers all the time in early comics.
Besides the fact that not much happened in the main storyline of this issue, I don’t have much to criticize about this issue. Overall, the issue was an average one. It wasn’t that great, but it wasn’t bad either.
A few final notes:
1. Customs was easier back then.
2. All villains always try to put a helmet on Cyclops. It never works.
3. Cyclops literally breaks Havok out of his sarcophagus by hitting his head on it. hysterical
4. Haha Angel has a logo.
5. And Angel knows how to invent stuff?
6. Professor X is wise.