Editor’s note: Bronze Age Essentials uses Marvel’s inexpensive B&W Essentials volumes to sequentially review extended runs of Marvel comics from the 1970s and ’80s.“Showdown!” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (from X-Men #113, published and © Marvel, Sep. 1978):
This should have been titled “Momentum!” Last issue’s thick inks are replaced with fine, elegant detail and more original art to dream about when you win the lottery (notably, Pages 1, 6-7, 17). Story gruel with tasty bits is replaced with filling, meaty drama, action, suspense, character development and heady plot. Plus, Magneto is an engineering wunderkind!
This is such a good story, it makes you wonder why Hollywood just didn’t crib a script from here. Maybe it’s prejudice against Antarctica, but that continent has a long cultural history as a place where mystery and evil beings dwell.