The X-Men #14

    The X-Men » The X-Men #14 - Among Us Stalk... the Sentinels! released by Marvel on November 1, 1965.

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    From this issue on, "The X-Men" starts selling monthly.

    After the X-Men recovered from the last fight with Juggernaut, Professor Xavier, proud of how his students handled themselves decides to gives them a vacation.

    Professor X (having read a scaremongering story in his paper) decides to confront Dr. Bolivar Trask, (the protagonist) on a debating programme to be televised Nationally from a studio downtown, Trask a Anthropologist claiming that the existence of 'MUTANTS' would soon put the Mankind in jeopardy, having come to this conclusion, He had made preparations to safeguard Humanity from this impending threat. Initially creating and building a Servitor/Controller that He named "Master Mold" and a substantial amount of drones called "Sentinels" to stop them. At the studio, during a demonstration, (to show how effective and reliable his creations would be for the task ahead) the Sentinels rebel against Dr. Trask and restrain him. Xavier telepathically beckons the X-Men (Beast and Iceman, Angel then Cyclops) Cyclops arrives at the door to the Studio Only to be cautioned by Beast (the Sentinel Section leader "1" had departed with Trask to return to Master Mold - leaving a solitary Sentinel, '3-R' to guard the Captive studio audience) of an impending attack by 3-R - its Cybernetic brain enabling it to outmanoeuvre Beast, Cyclops and Iceman, preparing to administer the final blow, to a toppled and unconscious Beast, 3-R passes a window and suddenly collapses. Meanwhile Angel is airborne heading towards the studio and encounters the departing squadron of Sentinels (with their captive creator) and is strategically saved my Marvel Girl who Telekinetically pulls him toward the train She is travelling on to get to the Professor, , they soon arrive at the studio where the Professor had just probed the Sentinel's cybernetic brain, barely being able to interpret the Sentinel's cerebral images, Finally acquiring the co-ordinates of it's Base.

    Professor X and His X-Men head towards the location of the base - Only to arrive at a location, a hilltop in the middle of open parkland, their presence has Not gone unnoticed, Suddenly the earth shudders beneath them, as the hilltop rises to reveal multiple armaments protruding from turrets ALL pointed in Their direction, quickly they take evasive action.

    The introduction of Mutants' Greatest threat, the Sentinels and their creator, Bolivar Trask ALSO the First appearance of Angel's Parents.


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    Anti-mutant paranoia reaches new heights. 0

    Well this is it. Anti-mutant paranoia stops being a subplot and becomes one of the main themes in this series.  There were certainly previous issues leading to this point. #4 introduced the concept that normal humans both fear and hate mutants. Having a flashback where Magneto saves Scarlet Witch from a mob about to lynch her. Toad got his own share of such loving fans in #5, as did Beast and Iceman in #8. The concept of Homo sapiens viewing Homo superior as the "enemy within" was also mentioned...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

    Before Days of Future Past 0

    While widely considered one of Marvel's best titles, that wasn't always the case for The X-Men. It really wasn't until the 1981 X-Men volume 2 that it took center stage as Marvel's best book. Back in the mid-1960s, X-Men was pretty much an also-ran from the 'House of Ideas'.That is until the Sentinel Saga. Beginning with this issue, Stan Lee hit on a really great idea. Mutants are already a little suspect - what if you ratchet up fear of mutants to full blown Red-scare level paranoia? Then what ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

    Sentient Sentinels 0

    This issue has a lot of things going for it in terms of developing and expanding the X-Universe, making it the multifaceted dangerous place (especially for mutants) that we know it to be today (at least before M-Day).  Though it does still utilize the tired ",, this is the most dangerous foe we've ever encountered!" structure (even Professor Xavier, as smart as he is, should be tired of saying that each time they encounter someone knew), at least the foe this time is not the l...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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