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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Paperback – 27 Oct 1994


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; New edition edition (27 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752208713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752208718
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,879,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dehumanizer on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
WARNING!! This Review May Contain Spoilers!!

If your a fan of the X-Men, then God Loves, Man Kills should be sitting on your shelf next to The Dark Phoenix Saga, Days Of Future Past, Mutant Genesis, Grant Morrison's New X-Men and the Whedon/Cassaday run on Astonishing X-Men. It's that good. For any life long X-Fan, this really is essential reading, as it truly captures the Persecussion against the mutants, without resorting to the use of the Sentinels or Bastion (however awesome they are). It's no wonder Bryan Singer used it as a partial basis for the second X-men movie.

Though this may not be for everyone, as like all of his mammoth run of the X-men, Chris Claremont's writing is incredibly wordy, and hasn't aged as well as you might think. No such problems from the art department however, as the sharp pencils and inks by Brent Anderson are brought stunningly to life by a spectactular paint job.

A true milestone in the development of modern comics, God Loves, Man Kills is still one of my faveourites.

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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 July 2013
Format: Paperback
The Reverend William Stryker and his eugenics-themed team of Purifiers set out to rid the world of mutants in a self-righteous fascistic campaign that has apparently entranced the general public. As Stryker prepares for his Nuremberg-rally-esque speech at Madison Square Garden, he manages to capture the Professor and use his psychic powers to nullify the rest of the X-Men.

God Loves, Man Kills is an embarrassing early 80s effort from Marvel as they allegedly attempt to address racism in this book. It's embarrassing because of the ham-fisted way Chris Claremont goes about it - the bad guys are cartoonishly bad while the question of racism is never really addressed in any meaningful way. It's like reading a child's attempt at writing a grown-up book.

Stryker is the crazy fire-and-brimstone preacher/demagogue that is the go-to archetype for hack writers when they want to portray a contemporary American villain type and I'm sure most Christians would be disgusted to even be considered on the same side as this lunatic. He's so one-dimensional that you can't take him seriously even for a second so that his character completely scuttles the story all by himself.

The X-Men meanwhile somehow find Stryker's Purifiers a challenge - they're just conventional henchmen with guns - but only because there wouldn't be a story if they didn't. It's such a contrived setup, written in Claremont's trademark exposition-everywhere style which weighs down entire panels with unnecessary thought bubbles telling you what's happening on the page if you're too stupid to understand from the drawings.

Moreover, this kind of book is totally pointless - the X-Men were created out of the civil rights movement.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Axtell on 22 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an awesome comic! Still with relevance today, the story explores with almost boundless imagination religious bigotry and the consequences of this in the extreme form of William Stryker and the Purifiers. Really, the story is just fantastic, the themes explored to their maximum extent and the characters are spot on, especially Magneto, whose world view becomes a whole lot more understandable. Also, the action is great and the team really well balanced with their powers. Thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly thought-provoking, thoroughly a classic and possibly in terms of what X-Men is all about the purest X-tale ever told!
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