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Essential X-Men Vol. 10 [Paperback]

Chris Claremont , Walter Simonson
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (28 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163244
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Essential X-Men: v. 10 The X-Men's adventures from the awesome '80s and early '90s continue! The X-Men and their many spin-off teams find themselves faced with some of their most challeging threats, in classic stories like Days of Future Present and the X-Tinction Agenda. Featuring such allies and antagonists as Gambit, the New Mutants, Shadow King, Orphan Maker, and Cameron Hodge...this X-tra sized Essential has it all... Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars The road to X-Tinction Agenda 1 April 2012
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With the amount of cross over tales here this volume actually only covers 8 issues of the X-Men's own title between 1990 and 1991.
The one disappointment I had was that I had finished Essential X-Factor 4 Essential X-Factor Vol. 4 (Marvel Essential (Numbered)) a few weeks back and that also featured the 4 issue cross-over arc Days of Future Present, that aside this is a well written fast moving collection leading up to all of Marvel's mutant teams fighting for their lives in the superb X-Tinction Agenda arc.
The opening tale sees Storm, now in the body of a teenager and with limited powers fighting against The Shadow King and his "hounds", including the striking Lian Shen, as well as the ludicrous looking but menacing Nanny and Orphan Maker, it also sees the first appearance of Gambit and the "death" of an old foe.
One of my favourite tales features Captain America, Wolverine and a young Black Widow in a tale set both in Madripoor during WWII with Baron Strucker and in modern times as the current X-Men seek the assassins of The Hand.
Rogue confronts both her alter-ego Ms Marvel as well as The Reavers largely set in the Savage Land and featuring the last page return of an old favourite.
Throughout these early tales there are several brief snippets of actions far across the universe featuring the Shi'ar Empire as a sign of things to come.
There's the 4 issue Days of Future Present arc with a grown up Franklin Richards coming from the future to try and save his world, featuring an alternative Fantastic 4, Ahab, more hounds, Sentinels and so much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Well Worth Buying 10 Sep 2012
By B Zupa
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Well worth it's price, great art works, amazing stories, perfect for fans of either the x-men or marvel, 100% Outstanding
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning the Wind Down 11 April 2012
By Andrew W Greene - Published on
Before reading this I would highly recommend reading Volumes 1-9. While not an absolute necessity some things in this book might be hard to understand. Chris Claremont was famous (or infamous depending on your tastes) for story lines that spanned for years. Therefore, some of what happens in this book are the continuations or conclusions of plots began in earlier volumes.

Now, to the book itself. I love that Marvel has been releasing these inexpensive collections. True, there is no color but for me that's a minor complaint. It also gives you an appreciation for the good art while simultaneously exposing the bad art.

This volume contains what is probably the next to last volume of Chris Claremont's initial run. By this time many felt the book was treading water and that the stories were nowhere near as strong as what was produced in earlier volumes. It probably also didn't help that editorial at the time had taken to catering to Jim Lee rather than allowing Claremont to work his magic.

This volume begins to conclude many longstanding plots and is notable for containing the first appearance of Gambit (Uncanny X-Men #265-267, his first appearance is #266). Surprisingly, the art for his introduction was terrible. The story itself was below average but entertaining if not exactly memorable. A regressed Storm is rescued by Gambit and the two adventure as thieves while on the run from Nanny & the Orphan Maker. The next two chapters are actually the best in the book. #268 is a story looking back at the first meeting between Wolverine, Black Widow and Captain America. #269 is the battle for Rogue's fate, finally resolving the long running battle with Carol Danver's psyche (like I said, some things may not make sense if you're not familiar with past stories).

This volume also contains the "X-Tinction Agenda" (Uncanny X-Men #270-272) cross-over with The New Mutants and X-Factor. Looking back at this it's hard to imagine that artist Rob Liefeld was ever considered to be a superstar artist. Especially in contrast to Jim Lee. This was also a great story though the different art styles are a bit jarring. This book also contains the cross-over story from the 1990 Annuals "Days of Future Present", a sequel to the classic "Days of Future Past". While this is an entertaining story its probably also the weakest of the stories collected as a whole. This story has the Fantastic Four, X-Factor and the New Mutants dealing with the threat of a mysterious mutant hunter named Ahab and a strange visit from the future Franklin Richards. The treat within this story is Arthur Adams art from Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 (Which is also debated as Gambit's true 1st appearance though this takes place after UXM#267).

For the price I would highly recommend this book. It also begins the tying up of many long running plots and cements Jim Lee's reputation as one of the definitive X-Men artists.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of uneven crossovers 15 April 2012
By Kid Kyoto - Published on
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After waiting more than 2 years Essential X-Men 10 was a disappointment. When we last saw the X-Men they had been scattered across the world some taking up new lives and identities. The first quarter of this book wraps up their stories but it then launches into two long and convoluted crossovers with uneven quality and mediocre plots.

The middle of the book is occupied by a sequel of sorts to the classic 'Days of Future Past' where a grown up Franklin Richards from a post-apocalyptic future travels to the 'present' of 1990. It's rather confused and pointless spread across the Fantastic Four, X-Factor, X-Men and New Mutants annuals. It seems the writers didn't not communicate well with one another, in one chapter Rachel Summers is attacked and flees in horror, in the next she's happily eating a burger and acts like the last chapter never happened. In the climax of one chapter the villain's base is destroyed, in the next it's back and working just fine. The cross over had potential, and offered interesting glimpses of the future but ultimately went no where. Art Adam's work on the X-Men annual is the only thing that really works.

Then we jump into the X-tinction Agenda, another crossover roping in X-Factor and the New Mutants. The X-Men are attacked by the forces of Genosha, a clear analogy for apartheid-era South Africa where mutants are an enslaved underclass. Once again there's a good idea there, but the results are underwhelming. Jim Lee's art is stellar throughout but does mesh well at all with X-Factor's Jon Bogdanove or the New Mutant's Rob Liefeld.

No one seems to have really considered where the plot was going - after invading a foreign country, killing several police and attempting to blow up the capital Cyclops tells a judge "You can't do this, we're American citizens!". Huh? I'm pretty sure being a US citizen is not a license to kill. The story is also padded with even the villain complaining 'haven't we danced this fandango before?' when one scene is an almost exact copy of the last issue. The story ends with a military coup deposing the elected government of Genosha and the X-Men bringing down a 160 story sky scraper in the middle of their capital. Happy ending right? Except for any civil servants, secretaries and others who didn't get out in time, but they were probably evil anyway.

X-Tinction Agenda didn't impress me when I first read it and it didn't seem any better this time around.

The X-Men had seen crossovers before, and having them interact with their sister teams in the New Mutants and X-Factor makes sense, the problem is the X-Men were still in a state of flux the team was just starting to come back together and the crossovers derailed their larger story.

There's still some interesting bits here, the X-Men more or less give up their long-held code against killing. When someone attacks the mansion they grab guns off the rack and go out armed. When they invade Genosha they lure local police into a warehouse and blow it up. The X-Men were clearly leading the way into the Dark Age of comics.

A lot of the problems in this book are caused by where the comic industry was in 1990. The X-Men were red hot and Marvel was doing everything it could to maximize their presence. But the crossovers and the occasional 2 issue a month runs dragged down quality and made an already complex soap opera even more confusing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars #10 and still fun 17 April 2012
By Bill Hensler - Published on
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This is the 10th Essential and the quality in the X-men isn't like what it was for the re-boot of the series in the mid '70s or for the once-in-a-lifetime Phoenix saga of the early '80s. Still this essential had its moments and I liked it.

Yes, the art work for Gambit is a little on the shabby side. C'est La Vie. Marvel was maximizing the profit side of their industry and it shows. These things were being kicked out at assembly line speed. Conversely, Jim Lee's work on X-men isn't bad. He still have some quality in his craft. As most good artists in his time the work pushes the limits of comic code approved.

I enjoyed this Essentials because it finished a story that this reviewer didn't see completed years past and that was the extinction saga with Cameron Hodge. Hodge terrorized the X-men with his immortal head and the robotic body of a scorpion. Basically, it was fairly good reading. However, since it takes place over X-men to X-factor the art work suffers. Lee's great work is compromised by some really shabby work on X-factor. Things look quite grim for our heros. Then Beast says "we were in this same position with Magneto" and the sense of danger goes quickly away. Why? Because while the situation with Hodge is serious but Magneto's ended with a volcano eruption. The character Warlock is killed off. But that character was from the New Mutants so there was no real emotional involvement for me.

However, the book is is worth the price. For less than $15 a person can collect some fair comics. It is good clean fun reading. I have always enjoyed reading about the X-men so this comic was a fair deal. And, yes, I shall pay the $15 or $20 dollars for Essential X-men #11, #12, #13, ect.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book with really good stories. 23 April 2013
By lobster face - Published on
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The X-men have more awesome adventures in this tenth volume. The best stories were from of course the X-tiction agenda storyline where all three X-teams are targeted for termination. I recently began reading comic books a few years ago so the Marvel essentials books are a great way to catch up quickly.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shattering of the Star continues 18 May 2012
By Christopher Woerner - Published on
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Even though the art weakens many stories, especially the stuff drawn by Rob Liefeld, even though Louise Simonson was a lousy writer for New Mutants (and barely competent on X-Factor) this book still stokes the fires of my enjoyment for Chris Claremont's legendary X-run. I started reading the mutant titles with the "Mutant Massacre" (volume 7 of these reprints) and although the title was on a downward slope by this point, they still come as close as Marvel has ever gotten to genuine Graphic Novels, 500+ page books where the characters are different by the end than they were at the beginning.

One drawback is that the art wasn't drawn for black-and-white, so the resulting pages are a mix of grey and cross-hatching. This doesn't help the already-muddy storytelling with lackluster artists such as Chris Wozniak, John Bogdanove and Liefeld. Jim Lee and Art Adams definitely stand out as people who can draw, even if they tend towards the 'cool' stuff fanboys in the early 90s preferred. Even as I was groaning how much lousier the comics were than I remembered, I still couldn't put it down, and I'm eagerly awaiting Volume 11.
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