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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (27 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078513252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785132523
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes 'Batman:Arkham Asylum', 'JLA', 'Seven Soldiers', 'Animal Man', 'Doom Patrol', 'The Invisibles' and 'The Filth'. He is currently writing 'Batman' and 'All-Star Superman'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 July 2012
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I found this second volume to be a bit disappointing following the big ideas and grand over-arching storyline of the first book. There seems to be different strands of story going on but none of it is really connected and some of them are downright dull.

The book starts off with the X-Men with new member Xorn (he who has a star for a brain and the mask of a movie serial killer) as they deal with trouble in the Channel Tunnel, something called Weapon XII, and an evil mutant espionage thief called Fantomex. Grant Morrison throws in a sub-plot about Cyclops having marital troubles with Jean Gray and the sympathetic ear to hear him out is attached to the exquisite Emma Frost, the White Queen.

There's a trip to Genosha where Magneto's legacy is being enacted via his dubiously motivated offspring and Quentin Quire, one of Xavier's students and an Omega level (read "super-powerful") mutant decides to go all punk rock, starting a riot in the Westchester school leading to an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery of one of the X-Men being killed leaving Inspector Bishop to solve the case.

There is a lot going on but little of it feels very interesting with the stories running their course before starting on the next one. I enjoyed the confrontation between Jean and Emma if only for the secret origin of Emma being revealed (plastic surgery for a diamond woman, who knew?) and the murder mystery was funny in its way, but it felt too small for such a large book. Considering Morrison began the series by blowing up Genosha, killing 16 million mutants, and having Xavier go on a rampage involving the Shi'Ar, the minor stories in Book 2 feel like a collection of B-sides.

Morrison's writing is fine but the artwork fluctuates from poor and unlikeable (Igor Kordey - ergh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Grist VINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2008
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Having thoroughly enjoyed both All Star Superman and JLA: Earth 2 by the fantastic writer/artist team of Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely, I was highly excited by their work on the New X-Men series. Now, this volume has three artists working on it. Mr Quitely's work is exceptional, and those chapters where he illustrates are highly re-readable. The second artist is perfectly fine too, though his work is not as sublimely beautiful. But the problem is is that someone called Igor Kordy illustrates three of the chapters in this book and his artwork (if, indeed, it can be called that) is so utterly atrocious, so terribly dire, so woefully bad, that I really hated reading those chapters. I would rush through them, which is a real shame as that stopped me appreciating the nuances in Grant Morrison's writing.

So, all in all, this volume is a mix of utter genius and utter horribleness. I hope never to read anything illustrated by Igor Kordy again, though I fear and believe that his work is to be found in latter volumes of the New X-Men run, and I want to complete the story. I will approach those future chapters with gritted teeth and, doubtless, rush through them as well.

So, do I think this is worth buying?...indeed, for anything not illustrated by Igor Kordy which, thankfully, is a large chunk of this volume.
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This is the second volume of Grant Morrison's mutant trilogy - a totally unique interpretation of the X-men..
This vol collects together issues 127-141. The art is a mixed bag. A lot happens in it.

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The first story (127) is a stand alone chapter narrated by Xorn - (a Chinese mutant healer in a sinister death mask, who has a star for a brain.) The dark, moody art is pencilled by John Paul Leon and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz. It involves the manifestation of a freakish mutant - tragically slain before reaching his true potential.

The second story has messy art by Igor Kordey - a longer 3 chapter tale (128-130). Largely set between Paris and London in the Channel Tunnel, featuring a European-based team of X-men known - the X-corps - consisting of X-factor's Jamie Madrox - ( aka the 'Multiple Man'), also Siryn, Rictor and Monet, as well as Cannonball and Darkstar.. Jean Grey and Prof X are also major players. This story introduces Fantomex (aka Weapon 13) and EVA - (his external 'female' nervous system - which manifests as a shape-changing flying saucer.)

The third story (131) - another stand alone chapter - again grittily sketched by John Paul Leon and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz - begins at the Parisian funeral of a slain X-man before moving onto two separate subplots - one involving Angel Salvador and (my personal favourite Grant Morrison character) - 'Beak'; who we see participating in Archangel's class of 'future-X-men-in-training'. A second subplot involves Scott Summers and the sluttish Emma Frost.
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By Mark Lockett on 26 Dec. 2011
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Grant Morrisons stint on the New X-men was probably the most ground-breaking of recent years and he certainly refreshed the franchise, from the almost genocide at the start to the ending tale of a possible hellish future, the four graphic novels containing Morrison's work on this title simply cannot be missed by any X-fan.
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