Saturday, February 18, 2012

X-Men # 12

Issue: X-Men # 12
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: July 1965

Brief Summary:


We delve into the origin of Professor X, including the death of his father in an atomic blast, his rearing at the hands of a cruel stepfather, and the introduction of his step brother Cain Marko, douche bag.

This issue does a decent job of framing the long exposition of Xavier's past in the impending threat of the Juggernaut attacking the mansion.  Stan also shows restraint in not fully revealing Juggs' appearance until the end of the issue.

The story breaks on a cliffhanger, with Juggs breaching the team's defenses and ready to face Professor X.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Cyke hollows out a log with his "power blasts," so they appear to be more concussive as opposed to heat focused as they were in earlier stories
  • Xavier's powers appear to have come to him early in life, as he used them as a young boy
  • Cerebro somehow detects Juggernaut, a non mutant
  • Charles began to lose his hair while still in his teens, but hey, he was one hell of a track star
  • Xavier served in the Korean War

Favorite Panel:

This is how Beast leaps into action

Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 27