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5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to the X-Men?, 20 May 2009
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Steven Brown (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Essential Classic X-Men Volume 3 TPB: v. 3 (Paperback)
I had been waiting for this essential compilation for a long time - this book completes the original run of the X-Men prior to the line being cancelled. The comics released after this were simply reprints of existing X-Men stories. What I really like about this book is that it features the appearances of the X-Men between the titles cancellation and their rebirth in giant size X-Men #1 - these include the Beast's own mini-series where he becomes blue and furry and cameos in the Incredible Hulk comic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the first X-Men team., 26 April 2009
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I. R. Kerr (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Essential Classic X-Men Volume 3 TPB: v. 3 (Paperback)
The last 13 proper issues of the original X-Men series were truly memorable although not even the combined efforts of Roy Thomas' writing and artwork by Don Heck and Werner Roth or the introduction of Neal Adams could stop the title being cancelled.
Old favourites Magneto and the Sentinels return alongside new threats from The Living Pharaoh (Living Monolith), Sauron with Magneto's mutated creations from the Savage Land and Sunfire as well as introducing Scott's brother Alex (Havok) to the team. Looking at it with hindsight it is clear a few loose ends were being tied up, including Professor X coming back from the dead. This volume also finishes off the origins of the X-Men mini-series with the Angel.
The last story, #66 dated March 1970 involved the X-Men battling The Hulk to help save the life of Professor X.
The title was kept alive due to reprints of the earlier stories but from 1970 to 1975 the X-Men were largely in the wilderness apart from a few guest shots in other titles a few of which are included here; Marvel Team-Up with Spider-Man and the X-Men against Morbius and Havok and the new Beast featured in The Hulk's comic.
In 1972 Henry McCoy, The Beast, was mutated further from his human form into a blue furred beast when an experiment went wrong. A brief 7 issue run in Amazing Adventures, which are also included here, featured Iron Man, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Quasimodo, the Griffin and Juggernaut. The last issue was a reprint of his origin from the X-Men's back pages before he took a back seat until eventually joining the Avengers in 1975.
This is a great slice of comic book history and shows how wise Marvel were when the decision was made to change the X-Men from a group of American teenagers to a truly international team with more varied powers, and looks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Into The Wilderness?, 1 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Essential Classic X-Men Volume 3 TPB: v. 3 (Paperback)
Some of the greatest Marvel comics ever are collected here as the X-Men prematurely entered their 'Wilderness Years' - before the 'All-New' relaunch. The cover highlights the greatest of these offerings - the Neal Adams drawn introduction of the X-Man Havok - rarely have superheroics been such class!
The Beast solo issues are only functional - detailing his change to the grey-then-blue and furry look, but, do not go expecting the happy-go-lucky character that will soon after join the Avengers - he still has some development to go and this curious little series doesn't quite deliver.
What are excellently worth the reprinting are the appearence of the X-Men with Spidey in MTU 4 and the amazing solo appearance of the Iceman in early Amazing Spiderman issue 92. That issue features, in my humble Gil Kane worshiping opinion, the greatest depiction of Iceman ever!
In total this is a 'classic' collection of X-Men titles worthy of the name - and well worth your money!
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