The X-Men #19

    The X-Men » The X-Men #19 - Lo! Now Shall Appear the Mimic! released by Marvel on April 1, 1966.

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    The X-Men were training inside the Danger Room with Cyclops as their leader when Professor appears and give them a little vacation. Hank and Bobby go out with Zelda and her friend Vera, when they run into a strange guy, who shows some powers just like Beast's and Iceman's. Jean Grey was shopping and also runs into this strange guy, and he starts to use her mental powers then. He realized that he had just found the X-Men, and follows Jean to Xavier's mansion. There, while he talks to Xavier, he starts to sense Cyclop's powers, and then wings become to grow on his back, just like Angel's. He puts on a uniform and starts to battle with the X-Men inside the Danger Room, defeating them and hijacking Marvel Girl to his HQ. Once there, he starts to tell Jean his story:

    When he was young, he enters his father lab, blows a beaker and inhales the gas. After that day, he starts to mimic the abilities of others that are near him. He wants the X-Men powers to find the machine that his father had built before dying and being buried.

    When the other X-Men arrive, he mimics their powers and finally reaches the machine. However, when he uses the machine, instead of becoming stronger and with permanent powers, he lost his power of mimicry.

    The first appearence of Mimic and Vera Cantor.



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    Power is a fleeting thing 0

    The X-Men  have already faced several enemies whose powers make them constant threats, Now there is one who experiences power for some fleeting minutes and then watches it fade away.   The introduction features the X-Men in another training session in the Danger Room. Most of them find the exercises boring, with the exception of Iceman who is working on target practice and realizes he is no Hawkeye. Robert and Warren annoy each other and are about to fight. When a blast by Cyclops reminds them t...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

    Enter Mimic! A Guy You Won't Care About 0

    And back to starting the issue with a number of pages dedicated to training. Can we at least move the around within the book? Maybe in the middle or at the end?Luckily, this book stars one of the least interesting villains of all time.So, I'm gonna skip my normal, "for the love of God, will Stan Lee please take a writing class!" and skip to the horrible villain.Now I realize that most of the books that I enjoy have more of an overarching story-line as opposed to an episodic, anthology type book,...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Origin Story: Third Time's a Bore 0

    As innovative a creator and enthusiastic a personality Stan Lee is, it is quite clear by issue 19 of the X-Men that he had pretty much run out of ideas.  The Mimic is innovative, sure, but his origin story is fundamentally no different from Xavier's origin and Beast's origin: atomic or chemical explosion/accident followed by dominance at everything in school coupled with loss of social acceptance.  Not only does Calvin Rankin copy the powers around him, but his story is a re-hash of most stories...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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