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Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Volume 1 (New Printing) Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; Reprint edition (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785185690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785185697
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4.4 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To begin it's probably best to clarify where this book fits into the ridiculously large and somewhat confusing X-Men bibliography:

The X-Men started with issue #1 in 1963, these comics were written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the comic was not as sucessful as other Marvel comics of the time and was suspended at issue #66 in 1970.

In 1975 the X-Men were relaunched with a new team and a new writer, Chris Claremont. This is where this omnibus picks up, collecting issues #94 to 131 of X-Men (or 'Uncanny X-Men' as the comic was named named from issue 114 onwards) as well as Giant-Size X-Men #1 and the X-Men Annual #3 (in case you're wondering issues 67 to 93 were just reprints of the older stories).

This relaunch is when the X-Men really started to take the shape that is now so familiar. The new members introduced in the first Giant-Size issue are: Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Colossus, Thunderbird and Sunfire - the only 'original' X-man to remain is the leader: Cyclops, though turnover is quite high in the X-Team and a few changes happen within the first few issues. Members of the original team also crop-up pretty regularly, particularly Beast and Jean Grey/Marvel Girl.

This omnibus collects many of the most famous early X-Men stories, including the Dark Phoenix Saga, a plotline which still crops up in modern X-Men comics (as well as all the adaptations, from movies to animated TV shows) and represents a perfect starting point for anyone interested in reading the classic X-Men stories.

Of course there are those earlier issues from the '60s - which now have their own Omnibus:
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Going back to something that you loved from your childhood can be a daunting experience. If you've ever tried to re-watch an old episode of 'Thundercats' or 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (and you're not deluding yourself into thinking that they're still good), then you'll know where I'm coming from. As such, it was with some hesitance that I approached this Marvel Omnibus. Chris Claremont's legendary 20 year run on 'Uncanny X-Men' is considered the most influential period in the franchise's history but, at the same time, Claremont is a writer whose notoriously verbose style is pretty much synonymous with the word “dated”. The black & white reprints of his early stories, from Marvel's “Essential” line, were some of the most defining reads of my teenage years, so perhaps I'd be best of leaving the cherished memories, instead of risking another “Thundercats”. However, against my better judgement, I read this book and, frankly... I had nothing to worry about.

Let me get the glaring problem out of the way first. Yes, Claremont's writing has undeniably dated. There are many instances where, for example, a character will go into a big monologue to explain something that a modern writer would never explain when the art expressed it perfectly. Also, the story-lines aren't quite as “epic” and “deep” as I remember them being as a teenager. As such, I would never recommend this collection to a new adult comic book reader. However, these are, nonetheless, some pretty excellent superhero comics, and they definitely represent the X-Men at their most quintessential.
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Could form a suitable alternate title for this volume.

Documenting the (then)new team's early days, the reader can trace the origins of the book from its admittedly humble beginnings and witness the fertile ground that was laid to produce the mega multi genre franchise that it remains to this day.

The early issues sparkle with ideas and visual flair ( largely due to the late Dave Cockrum's masterful character and costume design).

The early Claremont (and Len Wein )/ Cockrum stories climax nicely in the "Starjammers" saga when - shock- the artist changes mid story. John Byrne and Terry Austin took on the artistic chores and the book soared to heights surely never envisaged at the time?

From that point the reader can enjoy some of the slickest, most enjoyable comics ever produced. An almost perfect meshing of talents. Each creator has done great things since leaving the title but none have ever been better than during this period together.

Excellent storylines take the X-Men around the globe mixing character with fast moving action. Looking back each issues contains an almost impossible amount of story, certainly compared to todays much slower paced comic books.

The volume is beautifully produced, archive quality with beautifully restored colours. A thoughtful addition is the inclusion of the original letters pages allowing the reader to track fans opinion through the saga.

Despite the other reviewers comments, the volume does NOT contain the "Dark Phoenix" saga which you will have to purchase separately in either softback or "Marvel Masterworks" Vol 5 format ( follows on directly from the omnibus in numbering) and is well worth your time and money

All in all well worth tracking down as an essential purchase
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