Published and © by Marvel, April 1980
Title: “And Hellfire Is Their Name!”
Synopsis: After regrouping in New Mexico, the X-Men attempt to infiltrate a Hellfire Club gala; it does not go well.
Writer (plot): Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Writer (script): Claremont
Inker: Terry Austin
Review: Tired of being the hunted, the X-Men take the fight to he Hellfire Club. Things couldn’t go much worse. Once again, the new villains use superior intel to easily take down the mutant heroes. Of course, the Hellfire Club also has a secret weapon. While the Black Queen plot is no real surprise – there have been hints and full scenes leading to this moment for several months – it’s still jarring to see Jean Grey’s heel turn. Again, the mix of danger, emotional stakes and kink make this arc an intoxicating read unlike any superhero comic of its time.
Second opinion: “Uncanny X-Men #132 is a marvelously structured chapter.” – Jason Powell, “The Best There Is at What He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men,” 2016 … Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.
Cool factor: The Hellfire Club is terrifying. So is the Black Queen.
Not-so-cool factor: Few Marvel villains have been as truly despicable as this iteration of Mastermind.
Notable: Includes one of the most iconic Wolverine panels of all time.
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: “Okay, suckers – you’ve taken yer best shot! Now it’s my turn!” – Wolverine, iconic
Editor’s note: This review was written June 23, 2022.