Uncanny X-Men Issue #59 (August 10, 1969)
Story By: Roy Thomas
Art By: Neal Adams
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: This new Sentinel saga comes to an end, but who will come out of the final battle alive?
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This issue: Larry Trask, Quicksilver, The Scarlet Witch, Toad, Blob, Unus the Untouchable, Mastermind, Havok, Sentinels, Cylops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, Iceman
This issue begins with Jean, Beast, and Cyclops (Angel and Iceman were captured in Issue 58) getting shot out of the sky by a Sentinel.
The X-Men are able to survive the explosion and they make their way into the Sentinels’ base. In the base, Larry Trask has been captured by the Sentinels because it has been revealed that Larry is actually a mutant. Larry’s judge friend reveals how his mutation was a secret for so long.
In the next few panels, we see that the Sentinels have captured even more of the mutants of the Marvel Universe. (They captured even more mutants in Issue 58)
Meanwhile, Jean, Cyclops, and Beast fight a Sentinel, but it takes everything they’ve got to defeat one of them. When the three remaining X-Men encounter Toad, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, Cylcops has a plan to stop the Sentinels.
The X-Men switch costumes with their sometimes foes to confuse the Sentinels. The Sentinels now have the ability to adapt to different power sets (Just like the newest X-men movie, Days of Future Past), but they use the wrong counter measures against the X-Men because they don’t realize who they are actually fighting.
The X-Men are temporarily winning, but they know that this strategy will not work forever. Realizing that he needs to help, Trask’s judge friend frees Havok and then tells Cyclops that the only way he can defeat the Sentinels is with logic.
Cyclops then convinces the Sentinels that the only way to defeat the mutants is to destroy the Earth. The Sentinels then all leave Earth and fly directly into the sun.
The issue ends with a couple panels foreshadowing the next villain the X-men will face.
Just like the last issue, I absolutely loved this issue. It was action packed and hysterical. It was completely ridiculous that the X-Men switched costumes with their sometimes foes. I guess it was smart because it tricked the Sentinels, but how come the other mutants couldn’t help fight the Sentinels? Toad may be weak, but Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch totally could’ve helped.
It was also unbelievably ridiculous and awesome when Cyclops convinced the Sentinels to fly into the sun. It is the crazy type of story that was very frequent in the silver age of comics and I loved it.
It was great to see Sauron make a very brief appearance at the end of the issue. Although they have not told us who he is yet, those of us who are familiar with the X-Men know that Dr. Lykos is Sauron. The dinosaur-vampire like villain is one of the X-Men’s coolest villains and I can’t wait to see him in the next issue.
All in all, there wasn’t really anything I disliked about this issue. This issue is awesome in every way. It is the perfect example of a really crazy silver age story.
A few final notes:
1. The Sentinels really freak out when they accidentally hurt humans.
2. Havok’s powers continue to look awesome.
3. Quicksilver always seem much weaker in X-Men comics then they do in Avengers comics. I wish they didn’t always seem like pushovers in early X-Men comics.
4. I always enjoy when the X-Men fall through the air (See the panel earlier in the review).
On a different note, I am still in Florida on vacation so I probably won’t have another post in the next few days, but I had a couple of hours to kill today so I thought I would post another review! I will be back to posting reviews more regularly next week.