My Trek Through The X-Universe
I have undertaken a GIGANTIC task...Reading EVERY issue of X-Men EVER!! (X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, 90's X-Men, X-Force,X-Factor, Wolverine. Also may add in Excalibur, Cable, and Deadpool and any other mini-series I can find).So I decided to start from the very begining with issue #1 (of course where else should you start). So without further ado, stap on your helmets and ride along with me on this long and sometimes confusing road that is the X-Universe!!
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #1
Published: September 10, 1963 Penciller: Jack Kirby Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
Writer: Stan Lee
At Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in Westchester County, New York, Professor Charles Xavier summons his students telepathically. When the Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Cyclops arrive, he puts them through a series of exercises to hone their mutant talents. Xavier then introduces them to a new student, Marvel Girl, to whom he explains the purpose of his school: his students do receive an education, but they are also the first line of defense against evil mutants.
Meanwhile, at Cape Citadel, Magneto causes a rocket to crash. The next day he takes over the whole base and claims it in the name of Homo superior (i.e. mutants). When Xavier hears about the incident, he sends his X-Men on their first mission. Cyclops uses his eye beams to make a hole in Magneto's force field, thus alerting him to their presence. Magneto launches a volley of heat-seeking missiles, which lock on to Angel; Iceman knocks most of them out, and the Beast catches the last one.
Magneto then sends metal debris at Angel; Cyclops destroys it. Magneto flings a burning tanker truck at the team; Iceman covers them with an ice shield, and Cyclops blasts a tunnel under the flames so that they come up near Magneto. Unprepared for such power and resourcefulness, Magneto sets up another force field and levitates himself to safety.
WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK AT XAVIER'S!!!
1) Xavier preferred to communicate with his students through thoughts exclusively
2)The original X-Jet was powered by Xavier's Mutant ability
3)All the X-Guys (except Iceman) were trying to Impress Jean, Cyclops was the least obvious about it.
4) Cyclops is never referred to as Scott instead is introduced as Slim Summers
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
5) This was very much a BORE-ogin story!