Quote1 You're a credit to your gender, Jeanie! Quote2
-- Beast

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Synopsis for "The Wail of the Banshee!"Edit

A new mutant arrives in New York City, calling himself the Banshee and he has the powers to go with the name. Flying to an expensive art gallery, the sonic powered mutant uses his powerful scream to smash through the glass to get at an expensive painting of a beautiful landscape before fleeing the scene.

As this is going on, the X-Men are testing the range of Mimic's power-copying abilities and seeing if the Professor's mental powers can help boost the range. Mimic only gets so far before the powers he's copied from the X-Men begin to fade away, and he is forced to land. However, Mimic is not worried about this, because he believes that with his combined abilities he'll be the most superior member of the group. This leads to an argument between him and Cyclops over Mimic's risk taking, with Cyclops believing that Mimic is looking toward a big fall.

While back in the city, the Banshee has returned to a preset hideout where he is reunited with his colleague, a simplistic man named the Ogre, who has just learned the secret location of the X-Men's headquarters. When the Ogre realizes that Banshee had gone out and stolen a mere painting, he attempts to scold him for jeopardizing their mission. Banshee tries to downplay it, and then realizes that he is running low on tobacco for his pipe. He then goes back out into the city where he once more uses his powers to steal; this time tobacco from a closed up tobacco shop. The attack attracts the attention of the X-Men who begin to mobilize a mission to investigate. While in Manhattan, Jean Grey is in Central Park with Ted Roberts who is brooding over a letter from home. He tells her about his successful brother when they are interrupted by a radio report about Banshee's most recent attack.

Banshee has meanwhile returned to his hideout and he and the Ogre prepare to strike at the X-Men's base, using a pyro-projector to cause a fire nearby to distract people from witnessing their departure from the base. They travel to the X-Mansion, where the Professor, knowing that the attackers are coming to the mansion, has his X-Men prepared to counterattack. The X-Men are all knocked out by the Banshee's sonic scream, allowing the Ogre to kidnap the Professor and attempt to flee the scene. He is tripped up by the timely arrival of Marvel Girl who uses her telekinetic powers to keep the Ogre busy until the rest of the X-Men revive themselves and attempt to capture the Ogre instead.

Despite the fact that the Ogre has many high tech devices to fend off the attacking X-Men, he is forced to flee when they overpower him and he leaves the Professor behind. Returning to the ship, he finds that Banshee has returned as well and the mutant is hardly impressed that Ogre has returned empty handed, causing him to go back after the X-Men to try and recollect Xavier.

This time the X-Men are ready for Banshee's sonic screams and have taken precautions to protected their ears from his debilitating power. When the Banshee attempts to capture the Professor again, the X-Men are ready, and the group manages to subdue him and seal him in a special suit and cell that prevents him from using his powers. While preparing to deal with the Ogre, Cyclops notices for the first time that there is a locked door in the basement of the Mansion that he had not seen previously.

When the Ogre arrives to try and capture the Professor, he breaks into the mansion once more. When he attempts to break Banshee free, the X-Men attack, Cyclops using his optic blast and the Mimic (now having mimicked Banshee's abilities) uses his sonic powers to defeat the Ogre. However, the resulting attack causes the cell Banshee has been trapped in to shatter. When Banshee breaks free, and with the Ogre defeated, the Banshee removes the headdress that he's been forced to wear. He tells the gathered X-Men that the Ogre and an organization called Factor Three had forced him to work with them by planting a bomb in the headdress. Banshee leaves the X-Men with some ominous words, that Factor Three intends to take over the world.

  • This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]
  • credits:
    • Stan Lee Editor
    • Roy Thomas Writer
    • Werner Roth Artist
    • Dick Ayers Inker
    • Artie Simek Letterer
    • Irving Forbush Noise-Maker

  • Cyclops notices a locked door in the basement - its the first time we see it, and its where the professor hides when he fakes his death and where the professor hides the Juggernaut.
  • Banshee was originally intended to be female by Roy Thomas, but the character was made male by an editorial decision. "Banshee" comes from the Gaelic "baen sidhe" (same pronunciation), which is a female spirit with a deadly wail.
  • According to Roy Thomas, Factor Three is supposed to be inspired by the early James Bond movies. Also, he says that on Page 15, Panel 1, he admits that it was accidental when Jean levitated a screwdriver, called it pliers, and Beast calling Jean a credit to her gender. He accidentally typed pliers instead of screwdriver, and it generated some negetive and (somehow) positive feedback to Roy.

See AlsoEdit

  • This is the 2nd of a three-issue story-arc about the Mimic joining the X-Men, it started X-Men 27 and ends X-Men 29.
  • This is the first story in the Factor Three storyline which dominates the plot for most of the issues from this one until X-Men #39

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