Published and © by Marvel, November 1978
Title: “Visions of Death!”
Synopsis: The X-Men clash with Sauron in the Savage Land, then team with Ka-Zar to battle Garokk, the Petrified Man.
Writer (plot): Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Writer (script): Claremont
Inker: Terry Austin
Review: While still quite good, this second issue in the Savage Land isn’t as strong as the first (see review of X-Men #114). The first problem is that five pages are spent on a flashback; the story’s forward momentum falls prey to the convoluted back story of happenings in the Savage Land. The second problem is the X-Men’s sudden need to get back to civilization; after weeks of rest and recovery, Cyclops decides it’s time to bail when Ka-Zar needs help. Still, strong character moments, a great fight scene with Sauron and excellent art still make this issue a winner.
Second opinion: “Despite a predictable and needless appearance by Marvel’s so-called Jungle Lord, the rest of the issue is in its usual good form.” – Jim Johnson, The Comics Buyer’s Guide to the X-Men (Comics Buyer’s Guide Presents), 2003
Cool factor: Byrne and Austin drawing the X-Men battling Sauron in the Savage Land? Yes, please!
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 12p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.
Character quotable: “Choose your snowdrift, bub – loser buys the beer.” – Wolverine, partaking in a long tradition with Nightcrawler
Editor’s note: This review was written Dec. 13, 2021.