The X-Men have barely had time to calm down since the excitement of the mutant genocide and they’re about to face a monster. This isn’t a lost, hapless mutant. This isn’t some guy in a suit with a fancy gadget. This isn’t a bank robber, a robot, or some pathetic megalomaniac plugging the holes in his ego. This isn’t Magneto’s crazy face. This is a god damn monster. Sauron is one of the first villains they’ve faced that could easily rip them limb from limb. He is a villain to fear, and I’m excited to see where he comes from. Issues 60 and 61 tell the story of his origin, his tragedy, and his first encounter with the X-Men.
Ed already talked about Ka-Zar so I’m not gonna go too overboard, but there were a few things about this encounter that I wanted to mention. I know that I’ve said some disparaging things about a lot the villains that we’ve met so far, and I don’t want to come off as overly critical. I realize that this was fifty years ago, and I know that they’re not gonna be fighting the Juggernaut or Apocalypse every single issue, and I do realize that some of the supporting characters aren’t gonna be like, the very best. That being said however, in issue #10 we are again treated to 30 pages concerning a babbling naked man. On the very first page, I was promised that Ka-Zar would be ‘unquestionably the most spectacular new character of the year’. Well, this book must have come out during some weird time anomaly that caused an entire year to go by during the month this was on stands, because nobody likes Ka-Zar.
Ka-Zar sucks. I want to say that right from the start. He’s basically Marvel’s Tarzan. If this issue was just about the X-Men running into Tarzan, sorry… Ka-Zar, I wouldn’t even bother mentioning it. What’s far more significant about this issue is that this is the team’s first visit to the Savage Land.