Uncanny X-Men Issue #94 (August 10, 1975)
Story By: Chris Claremont
Art By: Dave Cockrum and Gil Kane
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: Count Nefaria returns! What is his plan this time?
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Count Nefaria, the Ani-Men Banshee, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Thunderbird, Sunfire, Havok, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Professor X, Storm, Thunderbird, Iceman, Polaris, Beast
This issue begins with Professor X praising the X-Men old and new for their defeat of Krakoa but the jovial mood is broken when Sunfire quits the X-Men once again.
Then surprisingly, all of the original X-Men besides Cyclops also quit the team.
The remaining X-Men then try out the danger room for the first time.
While they are training, Count Nefaria and his Ani-Men take over a missile base in Colorado. Nefaria then broadcasts a message across the world that he is demanding ransom from every country in the world or he will start a nuclear war.
Beast contacts the X-Men as one of the Avengers and tells them that the Avengers are busy so the X-Men will need to save the day.
When the X-Men reach the missile base, Nefaria blows up the Thunderbird but the X-Men are able to avoid death by ejecting in an escape pod. However Nefaria is then able to destroy the escape pod an the issue ends with the X-Men falling through the sky.
After an amazing giant sized issue, issue 94 was a disappointment. Nothing really happened in this issue besides the original X-Men and that was a bummer. Although I love the new members, it will be sad to not see as much as Jean, Bobby, Hank, or Warren anymore.
Count Nefaria and the Ani-Men are really lame as villains and they don’t even really get to face off against the X-Men in this issue. They kind of just sit tight and shoot a couple missiles at them.
I was not expecting this issue to be so bad because Chris Claremont is my favorite X-Men writer. I guess it took him a few issues to get into his stride. I already know that the next issue is gonna be better then this one so I’m not too worried.
A few final notes:
1. Dave Cockrum is not the best at drawing faces (Professor X and Colossus especially)
2. I love that Sunfire quit the X-Men yet again.
3. Jean and Cyclops get to have a nice moment. It took 94 (ish) issues for Jean and Cyclops to kiss, but the moment finally happened!