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    Reviews - Uncanny X-Men - #2

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9.0 out of 10 - salloria
The Vanisher, a mutant who possesses the power of teleportation, goes on a string of crimes that baffle local authorities. Professor Xavier sends his X-Men to stop the Vanisher from stealing "continental defense plans," and unfortunately, the X-Men prove that sometimes feats of strength and brawn are not enough. The second time they meet up, the Professor himself joins the fray, but will he succeed where his students failed?

Stan Lee continues to shape the foundations of the X-Men in this issue, as we see more of the Danger Room and the X-Men's first form of transportation - and it's not a tricked-out jet - but at the same time we're treated to the general public's views on the mutants, and it's adoration! This makes for some hilarious moments, such as Angel getting mobbed by swooning girls or Iceman hitching a ride in an ice cream truck, but we all know where this will go eventually.

From new characters like the Vanisher to the aforementioned vehicle the X-Men use, Jack Kirby's incredibly influential style still reigns supreme in this issue. The various Danger Room and action scenes are top notch, and the fact that there are dozens of goons and fans alike adorning these pages - each distinctively different in appearance - goes to show his attention to detail. Incredible visuals considering the era this issue came from.

While some characteristics are a little different from what the average reader is used to (see Iceman actually get jealous over Marvel Girl and Cyclops!), this issue also starts cementing what the X-Men are at their very core.




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