on 25 December 2006
When Grant Morrison took over the line he made a very brave and bold step that cut the entire cast of mutants down to a select few. The New X Men Omnibus starts with Professor Xaiver, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Cyclops and a Beast who had recently experienced another mutation which left him more powerful and with a more feline appearance, and grows from there.
The stories in this book are all excellently executed and superbly drawn by many top artists. They provide us with some new exploration of characters within a cast of old, well loved characters and some new Xavier students. It wouldn't have been much of a 'New X Men' Omnibus without them! Beak, Dust and Emma Frost's prodigies 'The Stepford Cuckoos' are all excellent additions to the Marvel world with plenty of scope to explore the issues associated with mutancy and growing up.
I would recommend this book to any comic fan who can afford it. The dialogue is sharp, moving and (particularly with regards to Miss Frost) funny and the art shows the emotion and action with an expert ease.
The general public, terrorists, Weapon X projects, Sentinels and other mutants are pitted against our heros but each with a new twist that keeps the reader constantly guessing.
Grant Morrison has made a name as one of 'THE' names in modern popular comic writing and The New X Men Omnibus is a pretty substantial argument in his favour.
on 27 February 2011
First off, the presentation of all of Morrison's issues here in this hardcover edition is very well-crafted. Marvel has provided quite a bit of bonus material including scripts, unused art, the "Morrison Manifesto" and an introduction by Mike Carey. As for the stories themselves, the arc consists of about 42 issues, and is as well-executed and thought provoking as any X-men run in recent memory. (I hesitate to say "EVER" because comics were quite a different animal in the late 70s/early 80s when Claremont & Byrne were doing their thing.)
The one drawback or advantage, depending on your personal taste, is that the artwork varies over the course of the book; the product of different artists being utilized throughout. I personally did not find this detrimental; it was nice to see characters/situations presented in different styles while retaining the narrative voice. This collection is a breath of fresh air from one of comics' most distinct talents helming one of comics' premier series.
on 12 February 2015
This is fantastic. I wasn't sure what expect as after reading claremonts' series and being so blown away by the phoenix saga, I didn't think that anything could live up to that. I was wrong. Morrison puts a modern twist on the x-men and creates some truly unique new characters. I looked forward to picking this up everyday. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
The artwork is fantastic and the stories and character development are sublime.
on 13 December 2012
THE single best X-Men book you will ever read.
The team has never been so cool and never written so well and so imaginative. Pure smart, fun Sci-Fi with all of the cool of the movies and a mega-tonne more. Ten years on this book is still ground breaking. It was well ahead of it's time and has never been bettered.
If you consider yourself an X-Men fan you must read this book.
If you consider yourself a comic book fan you must read this book.
If you consider yourself a sci-fi fan you must read this book.
If you consider yourself a literature fan you must read this book.