And so, it begins:
Which leads to my first surprise of the series! X-Men. As Prof X explains, he calls them that because they each have EXTRA powers over normal humans. EXTRA MEN. And, using the same convention clothes makers have been employing for years, abbreviates it to "X". X-Men. Yep. I never knew this. Thinking back, I don't think I EVER gave thought to what the X stood for, really, despite having read X-Men, X-Factor, and X-Force pretty religiously back in the 90's.
That is a HUGE blind spot to have. This moment is on par with the time that I realized how mean it was to say, "Not if I see you first!" to someone who says, "See you soon!" Yeah. I'd been throwing that one out there all the time, until I stopped to think about it.
Other things of note from this issue:
Professor X is a lot more stand-offish than we've been led to believe he is from the kindly wise-man that Patrick Stewart portrays him as. Right now, he's shown as being a strict disciplinarian, rather than a person of high regard and respect.
Graphically, the Silver Age, so far, appears to be an era of staying within the lines. Each panel is rigidly defined and captured within a square or rectangle. I cannot wait until the issue when the X-Men discover dynamic page layouts. Maybe it's the mutant power of "Graphico: Master of Graphic Design".
What can I say about Magneto other than that his cape is tiny (at least by today's standards?) His plan is a bit on the weak side ... something about using his magnetic powers to cause the army's test missiles to go off course and crash into the ocean where they will be "...completely irrevocably DESTROYED!!" As opposed to all those missiles the army launches that they then re-use?
|That'll show 'em! Launch a missile at an unmanned ship (that was going to be |
destroyed for target practice) but then purposely DON'T hit it.
Next stop: World domination!
In closing: I'm not sure how much more exposition I can handle... but I fear I'm in for a lot more. Well, I, Read-o: Master Of Words, shall defeat fight my way through them using my power of super-reading!
Want to read along? These stories are covered in X-Men Volume 1 (Marvel Masterworks)