X-MEN #57-58 (1969): 1st Havok

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Alex Summers formally becomes Havok.

And we learn that Trask Jr., son of the creator of the Sentinels, is a mutant.

The sentinels obey the last order he gave them “as a human,” before his mutant gene became activated. You have to admire their purity of mission.

In the end, the Sentinels figure out that Havok draws power from the sun, so they fly off into space to attack the sun as the giver of mutant power.  Yeah, it’s a weird, 1960s kind of sci fi ending, but it’s done real well.

Neal Adams’ art is revolutionary.  Look at this POV shot:

I don’t recall seeing anything like that before this issue of X-Men.

The villain in this issue is Living Monolith, so it takes place in Egypt, and we see that Cyclops is a bigot.

It’s another great couple of issues for Roy Thomas and Neal Adams. It seems impossible that just a year ago the same person who wrote this wrote some of the worst X-Men stories of all time.

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