Uncanny X-Men #8
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #8
Review/plot: This one really touches on the mutant theme. The Beast rescues a child, and ends up being harassed for being a mutant.
Frustrated, he quits the X-Men, deciding to use his powers to benefit himself. He becomes a professional wrestler...
...and meets up with Unus the Untouchable.
Meanwhile, Cyclops contacts Xavier for advice on what to do about the Beast. The Professor, who is wheelchair-spelunking, tells Cyclops to let Hank be.
Unus is auditioning for Mastermind. After he defeats the Beast (not recognized as an X-Man even though he is using the same name), Mastermind tells him that he can join the Brotherhood if he proves himself by finding the X-Men or even defeating one of them. Luckily the X-Men, sans Beast, show up soon afterward. Unus nearly defeats them but, although they can't hurt him, they beat him when Angel leaves Unus hanging from the top of a skyscraper.
The X-Men return to the mansion and find the Beast in the lab. The Beast has always been depicted as intelligent, but this is the first time he's been shown to be a "Marvel genius". He creates a device that will increase Unus' power.
The other X-Men think he's gone traitor, but increasing the power of Unus' forcefield makes it impossible for him to do normal things, like eat.
In the end he surrenders to the X-Men. The Beast reverses the effects of his device with the warning that if he ever goes bad he'll zap him again.
Considering what eventually happens to Unus, one wonders if the Beast is actually responsible for his death.
This was a pretty solid story.
Cyclops is also still trying to work up the nerve to ask Jean out. Instead he compliments her on her stitching.
Iceman transitions from being covered in snow to to being a true Ice-man. His body is translucent, showing that he completely turns into ice and isn't just covered in it.
For what it's worth, Brian Michael Bendis' All New X-Men has the original X-team being pulled forward in time during this issue. A scene very much like the one below occurs in All New X-Men #1, with the Beast from the "future" showing up before the last panel.
At the time i'm writing this, that series has already shown multiple problems with continuity (including a reference to the fight with Unus, which, since it occurs after that scene above, is difficult to square), so it's not yet clear how canon it is (e.g., the characters may have actually been pulled from a similar but alternate timeline).
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: X-Men: The Early Years #8
Inbound References (3): showAngel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Mastermind, Professor X, Unus
Unus' name always bugged me. It was one typo away from being "anus".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 1, 2011 12:38 AM
"After he defeats the Beast (not recognized as an X-Man even though he is using the same name)"
and we all mocked Marvel for telling Hogan to stop using "Hulk" in his name.
having watched some rassling in my day, i have to say watching a wrestler like Unus would be the most boring event ever. who wants to watch a match where one guy just stands there while the other guy can't touch him?
now, the Beast against a Luchador -that's rassling.
Posted by: min | August 9, 2012 8:43 AM
Oddly enough, the Deluxe Edition Marvel Handbooks recolor that panel of Hank bouncing of Unus's force field to make Hank look like the Hulk.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | August 1, 2016 4:05 PM
This wasn't the only time the Deluxe Handbooks recolored a panel- another example was the scene with Starfox flirting with the paramedic in Avengers 233, where the recoloring made it look like Starfox was using his powers on her (which might have been what gave Ron Marz the idea to portray Starfox as a rapist).
Posted by: Michael | August 1, 2016 7:51 PM
Although some mildly interesting things were done with Unus, I always found him to be a lame character.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 5:17 PM
I know the comment is 5 years old, but as a pretty big rassling fan myself I gotta agree that a match where one guy cant get touched would be boring as hell. With Marvel's character pool you could put on some damn good wrestling as well.
Posted by: MK101 | April 19, 2017 12:58 PM
I think outside the circus, wrestling is probably the most "typical" superhero profession for super-powered non-hero characters. Aside from Unus, we had Spider-Man do it (at least in the first movie) and both Sharon Venture and Songbird (as Screaming Mimi) started out in the profession as well.
Seriously, I'd be so for a Kinnikuman-style Marvel comic universe. (SUPERHEROES TAKING THE FATE OF THE WORLD TO THE RING!!!)
Posted by: Ataru320 | April 19, 2017 2:40 PM
Had to look 'Kinnikuman' up to be honest, superhero wrestlers, that could not sound more Japanese!
I'd be well for that as well, minimal usage of powers, duking it out in the squared-circle, there's potential for a great game or two there at least, for sure.
Posted by: MK101 | April 19, 2017 5:59 PM
Didn't Marvel Boy/Justice start out as a wrestler too?
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | April 19, 2017 11:05 PM
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