Uncanny X-Men #2 unfortunately does not offer any improvements in regards to the flaws that were found in the first issue of the series. In addition, I would argue that this issue is actually a step backwards from issue one. While the training was a clever way of introducing the characters’ powers in the last issue, in this issue it’s wholly unnecessary and overly long, especially when you consider that they show off their powers as they’re rushing to get to Professor X’s side. Also, what is the deal with Ice-Man being all icy except for his boots? Noticeably missing from these early issues is the fear that non-mutants have towards mutants, which is readily lacking during the X-Men’s run through the city.
Replacing Magneto in this issue is the Vanisher, who basically has an incredibly weird intro. I mean I literally read it several times and I still don’t fully get why the police officers not only lead him to the bank, but basically let him rob it. Seriously, it makes no sense to me. While Vanisher’s powers are interesting, his outfit and the fact that he has flock of goons at his side are definitely a negative. Also, his motivations are pretty much the exact same as Magnetos. While the fight between him and the X-Men was fun and draw extremely well, as well as it offered a chance to see Professor X in action, the extremely generic henchmen were a bit overkill.
In the end, this issue really doesn’t offer any growth over the last issue. In fact, it’s pretty much the same exact issue, just with a weaker villain and plot. The X-Men are still pretty generic characters, Jean Grey is still pretty much being drooled after, and Iceman is still a rip off of the Human Torch. Instead of spending so many pages on training, spending some on character development would’ve been nice.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Paul Reinman
- Letterers: Sam Rosen
- Editors: Stan Lee