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78 – BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS

25 Jul

Subject: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Roster: Toad (Team Leader), Sauron, Phantazia, Thornn, Masque, Blob, Pyro
First Appearance: X-Force #5, December 1991

I’m back from a whirlwind weekend at my very first San Diego Comic-Con, and since this week is a living hell of catching up with work, my recaps will have to wait til next week. Of course, little guarantee that next week will be any better as far as my free time goes, but now I’ve made a verbal contract with you.

This is without a doubt the worst incarnation of any villain team in the history of comic books. When your team leader is Toad, you’ve both hit bottom and not hopping your way out. I don’t even much have of a memory of when this lineup debuted in X-Force #5, but man it can’t possibly have lasted long.

Of course, the traditional lineup with Magneto at the helm hadn’t really existed since the 70’s, having been replaced by Mystique’s incarnation during the fantastic Days of Future Past storyline, and the movies’ lineup featuring allstars like Magneto, Mystique, and Sabretooth never existed at all (Sabretooth only became a member in the mid-90’s). Maybe even by the 90’s the concept of a group calling themselves “Evil Mutants” had become passe (I will admit there is something enticing about a group called the Mutant Liberation Front).

The art here suffers from the same lack of detail and compositional clarity that plagued many of Jim Lee’s less iconic cards in this series. The card is far too bright (seemingly from Pyro’s flames) that it’s just kind of hard to really make features out. It doesn’t help that many of these characters were those most susceptible to gross visual anatomical exaggerations. Also, team member Thornn (the sister of Feral) not only doesn’t get her own individual card, she doesn’t appear on the team card either.

63 – SAURON

20 Jun

Subject: Sauron
Real Name: Karl Lykos
Height: 7′ Weight: 200 lbs
Group Affiliation: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #60, August 1969

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 5/7
  • Strength: 4/7
  • Fighting Ability: 2/7
  • Intelligence: 3/7

I love dinosaurs, but I’m also a stickler for dinosaur physiology. It bugged the hell out of me, especially in comics, when T-Rexes were drawn with three-fingered hands, sauropods had sharp teeth, and Pterosaurs had long tails (unless they were ramphorhynchus, which they almost certainly were not). Yes, I understand that Sauron’s monstrous form was through an encounter with creatures from the Savage Land, but they were referred to there as Pteranodons (hence the head crest), which decidedly did not have long tails. If Sauron didn’t have a tail he may well have been my favorite character.

Anyway, Lee chooses wisely to draw Sauron from a wide, flying stance, though he unfortunately draws Sauron’s face with little personality (he doesn’t look cunning at all, and his eyes which are supposed to hypnotize his victims, look unfocused), and I don’t know if that’s supposed to be hair or eyebrows I see there. Props for the hazy painted background though, and the rugged human side-b portrait.

The Power Ratings certainly look intimidating, with high points for Strength and Intelligence, though I feel the 5/7 for Mental Powers is too high. At that level it’s just one below Jean Grey and Professor X, and on par with Psylocke. A 4/7 would have been certainly enough to account for his hypnotic powers. In fact, if they’d wanted to up his Energy Projection rating on account of his being able to drain life-energy from victims, I’d’ve been fine with that as well.