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X-Men: Dark Mirror (Marvel Classics) [Paperback]

Marjorie M. Liu
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3 Jan 2006 Marvel Classics
In the fourth instalment of Pocket's new series of Marvel novels the mutant superhero team could be the future's only hope. Jean Grey awakens in an unfamiliar room. She is weak, disoriented, stripped of her telepathic and telekinetic powers- and trapped in someone else's body. Also prisoner are her teammates Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, and Nightcrawler- each of their minds held hostage within the bodies of strangers as well. Who has brought them here, and for what purpose? The answers lead to a terrifying plan that threatens not only the X-Men, but all of mutant-kind.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416511296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416511298
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marjorie Liu has written two X-MEN titles with Pocket Books; X-MEN: THE OUTCAST EMPIRE (ISBN 1-4165-1063-X) and X-MEN: DARK MIRROR (ISBN 1-4165-1129-6).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Body and Soul 11 July 2012
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This book starts out a bit slow; I read the premise and did not think I would like the book. I have to say I was laughing out loud to Cyclops reaction to being a woman. I always though Jean was more the Alpha-male in the relationship anyway. It turned out to be one of the best X-MEN books I have ever read. I am always hearing about how deadly Wolverine is even without his mutant powers, and how great and technical fighter he is but never has a chance to prove it because his physical attributes are so great. In this book he is stuck in a unfit female body, and has to rely on his other skills like lock picking, psychological manipulations, and even looking for soft targets to immobilise a target rather the prolonging the fight which he would usually do because of his Healing factor. This book is much more adult themed, which is great because the story and details would not have worked any other way. I have to say Marjorie M Liu made me a fan of her work. Especially since is one of the creators of X-23, (who is so much cooler then Wolverine). I would love to have novel written about her. [...]

My only complaint was the last fight scene was rushed, and anti-climactic. Though even this I could forgive because it fit the style of the book. Fab book, and X-23 next please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading.. 15 Mar 2011
In Dark Mirror our familar X-men experience really something different.. when you start to read you can't stop coz you really wan't to know what will happen to them.. the suspense is in the air while reading.. I loved the book. If you are fan of X-men or Wolverine I'm sure you will like this one too...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read... 21 Nov 2008
X-Men Dark Mirror is a very enjoyable read that keeps you interested and wondering all the time. However, this book is not to everyone's taste, you will either dislike it or enjoy it but it is not for the faint hearted and at times, has some strong language and violence that is strictly for adults eyes only or older teenagers. The book is not at all like the comic books. It is not explosive, action packed and predictable but focuses more on how the five X-Men (Logan, Scott, Jean, Rogue and Nightcrawler) cope with their issues of being in somebody else's body. It is well written but at times, the American grammar can be confusing. It sometimes feels as if the writer tries too hard to describe certain situations, thrust making it hard to visualise the scene clearly. There is some humour, particularly from new-lady Logan but the book is mostly serious and switches from between the X-Men and the other X-Men at the mansion (Gambit, Jubilee and Storm) and how they come to realize that the impostors are not who they say they are. The villain (whom did not seem very powerful compared to others) was good but not great. It was only nearing the end of the book that we learn his full history but hey, the book keeps you guessing! Surprisingly, there are hardly any cheesy lines but I must warn you, the final battle was very confusing, I had to read it twice but otherwise it is well written and a very good read.

I recommend this book but not for young X-Men fans! 4/5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a road movie! 20 Nov 2007
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Okay, the villain is not up to much and is hardly a threat to the world but that's okay because we don't meet him till the end. This book is focused entirely on the X-Men which is why I enjoyed it so much; an easy romp, quick to read and full of insights into the classic characters. The twist is that the X-Men are trapped in human bodies so anyone expecting super-heroics should look elsewhere. The trapped X-men find out what it is like to live as human and it's like going on a road trip through America with friends. The author's descriptions of the train journeys and the small American towns are lovely and the X-Men are notoriously bad at keeping a low profile, disturbing the local populace whenever possible.

Aside from the characters in Amazon's review, we also have a fully powered Gambit, Jubilee and Storm at the mansion, but they use their mutant abilities only once in confrontation. Still, all the characters are very well understood by the author and it's the psychological details that keep the book alive, their hopes, desires and frustrations. Jubilee is only in a small part of the novel but she stands out as being one of the toughest of the team and is the first to realise not all is well in the mansion.

The villains in this book are badly written and one-dimensional, particularly the people whose bodies the X-Men have taken over. The fact that they all end up comatose is testament to the fact that very little work had been put into developing them as characters in their own right. At one point Cyclops wonders if the X-Men are prone to developing the mental illnesses that were once part of the human bodies they now inhabit, but that interesting thought was not developed any further and a potentially exciting twist in the tale was ignored.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 15 April 2006
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If you like character studies and prefer character development to lots of pointless fighting and such, then you should enjoy this book. It focuses mailnly on Jean (Pheonix), Scott (Cyclops), Logan (Wolverine), Rogue and Kurt (Nightcrawler). These five go on a mission and end up having their minds and bodies switched with complete strangers and being held in a mental institution. Behind the bizzare plotline this is actually a pretty intense and intelligent story and gives nsight to the characters that you usually don't get with other X-Men novels. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was glad I had decided on a whim to buy it. It does have quite a few adult themes so if your into the fighting and stuff then I wouldn't reccomend it to you, otherwise give it a go.
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