53 – MOJO

27 May

Subject: Mojo
Real Name: Mojo
Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
Group Affiliation: None
First Appearance: Longshot Limited Series #3, November 1985

Power Ratings:

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

And here he is, a full eight cards after his obviously inferior successor, Mojo in all his bulging glory. In retrospect I really have to appreciate how Mojo was a character that no kid would want to assume the role of in a session of schoolyard pretend.  At a time when all the characters fit some sort of physical idealist archetype (even the villains), Mojo just stood out as disgusting and unappealing… yet commanding of attention (the character literally demanded it). A perfect villain, really.

Well, perfect except for the fact that he just barely fits in with the X-Men universe. Now, I’m all for creating a diversity among villains and locales, and if they’re executed in storylines that are engaging and entertaining, but I can’t help but be weirded out whenever the X-Men venture into fantasy or even space-opera land. Mojo, as the tyrannical ruler of a planet addicted to television, straddles both those genres, and in the grand scheme of things at best his stories are palate-cleansing distractions from the heavier, more convoluted plotlines.

Anyone who gets Mojo’s character at all can draw a decent portrait of the big guy, and Lee definitely does. Sure, he could’ve gone even more nuts with it (would’ve loved a full view of his cybernetic crab legs), but he totally nails the crazy eyes and gigantic evil grin. I’m not crazy about the side-b portrait, though; Mojo is certainly prone to pouting, but he never looks as somber as that.

Power Ratings-wise, Mojo is given credit for his intelligence, and nothing else. I do think he could stand to have higher strength ratings, though. I understand he comes from a species of spineless blobs, but his size and cybernetic attachments have got to count for something more than 1/7.

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One Response to “53 – MOJO”

  1. Ryan May 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I do take issue with his energy projection being 1. I do recall him firing blasts from his hands in a few issues.

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