20 – ARCHANGEL

11 Mar

Subject: Archangel
Real Name: Warren Worthington III
Height: 6′ Weight: 150 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Men (Gold Strike Force)
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #1, September 1963

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 3/7
  • Mental Powers: 2/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

It wasn’t until much much later that I fully appreciated the tragedy of Warren Worthington III’s character arc up to this point, and taking his transformation to Archangel in the early days at X-Factor at face value, I don’t know if the writers did either, necessarily. But at the time, like my taking of Gambit for granted, I always assumed Warren had always been Archangel, or at least didn’t pay much thought to the whole “made a deal with Apocalypse to save his wings” part, which came a few years before I started reading.

Unfortunately by this point they’d also kept his new powers but had almost completely done away with his personal conflicts at becoming an angel of death on an almost permanent basis, something he wrestled with for a good long time, but not nearly enough for someone who prior to this had been a happy-go-lucky millionaire playboy. He was just another badass X-Men member.

Jim Lee portrays him with a feeling of distance in both the front and the headshot in back, which has more of an emo tone, both of which fit the character well enough, I guess. But you can feel the looseness of the rendering, which, when it doesn’t add any energy to the pose, just makes the drawing look lazy, and certainly doesn’t fit with Archangel’s stoicism.

Once again, the Energy Projection and Mental Powers ratings look wonky, specifically why they would each be more than 1 at all. The dude can fly, and, at the time, his metal wings could fling blade-feathers that were poisonous, both of which are purely physical powers, and not at all mental or energy-based.

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