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New X-Men By Grant Morrison Ultimate Collection Book 1 TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Grant Morrison began his run on "New X-Men" 11 years ago but still the series reads as fresh today as it did back then. He sets the tone quickly by having a psychotic psychic beget a genocide killing millions of mutants and then sets off for the stars to bring in the Shi'Ar to battle the X-Men. Suffice it to say, Morrison brings it.

What an epic start to one of Marvel's best loved series! From the Ecuadoran jungle with the Sentinel Factory at the start, heading back to Westchester, then space, even journeying into Xavier's mind! This large, nearly 400-page first volume collecting Grant Morrison's 3 year run on the series, contains too much to go into in a mere review.

Not all of the X-Men are included in Morrison's version, the core remains Xavier, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Emma Frost, and of course Wolverine. Rogue and Storm are left out, maybe to included later, while Morrison and Quitely revise the X-Men's outfits to look less colourful and comic-book-y - the end result is pretty awesome though Emma Frost's "flesh X" you can see on the cover makes her look like a Amsterdam hooker than a teacher.

I thought Cassandra Nova was an excellent villain, a character I'd never heard of before and a challenge for all of the X-Men to defeat. Her methods of destruction - the decimation of confidence, character, and personality - was an interesting way of fighting without using physical force. It's abstract but this is Morrison writing so you've got to expect that. Plus the hyper-surreal silent issue where Jean and Emma journey into Xavier's tormented mind was fantastic, full props to Frank Quitely for pulling it off so masterfully.

There are lots of nice touches in the story throughout and any fans of the X-Men will enjoy the book. The art varies in quality with Frank Quitely setting the gold standard (he's definitely one of my favourite comics artists ever) and Igor Kordey going for rougher, more sketchy kind of pencils for his issues. Morrison's writing throughout is as great as ever and his treatment of Hank McCoy aka Beast was particularly nice to see as that character often gets short shrift. X-Men fans will love this, highly recommended.
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on 30 January 2015
This volume collects issues 114-126 ( plus annual 2001) and is the first of 3 volumes of Grant Morrison's outstanding run on the X-men.

Set before 'The house of M' - and therefore before the Scarlet Witch's Decimation of mutant-kind - Earth 616 is experiencing an unprecedented boom in mutant births and the mutant population is at an all time high - (despite the genocide in Genosha of 16 million .)
Various characters make their debut - such as Xorn, Angel Salvador, The Stepford Cuckoos, Martha Johansonn - aka No-girl and Barnel Bohusk - aka the Beak, New adversary Cassandra Nova is the nastiest, most deadliest threat ever. Jean and Scott are having marital difficulties, the resident X-men are infected by virus-like nano-sentinels and the X-mansion is attacked by a motely collection of ET superbeings known as The Imperial Guard). .

I give this only 4.5 stars due to artwork inconsistency. Had it all been pencilled by Frank Quitely it would have definitely merited full marks.
The chapters pencilled by Igor Kordey are good enough but fall short of the same high standard of Quitely's work. Also the 4th chapter in this volume is a reprint of New X-men annual 2001 with art by Lenil Francis Yu - all printed horizontally rather than vertically, thus breaking the flow of the book. This stand-out chapter introduces Xorn and involves Scott, Emma Frost , Wolverine and Domino, but I didn't find this part of the book quite as gripping as the rest. Similarly so with the 'silent chapter; - issue 121 - a visual, wordless exploration showing the inside of Charles Xavier's mind illustrated by Frank Quitely. The rest of the volume flows together as a single complete story, spoiled only slightly by the switch in artists (The script itself deserves 5 out of 5. )

Overall verdict : top notch sci fi, highly recommended, an enjoyable read.
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on 27 August 2013
I felt sadly let down by the start of Grant Morrison's New X-Men run. I will start by saying that I have gone back to read this run rather than having read it upon it's release. Now I will add that I fully appreciate how Morrison managed to reinvent and largely reinvigorate the X-Men characters but perhaps as I had been reading the more recent X-Men runs I took these elements a little bit for granted.

A few of the smaller arcs, notably the E is For Extinction arc, I did enjoy though I felt lacked a bit of depth. I also kept feeling more of a disconnect with the characters than I have with other X-Men runs, though again perhaps the reinvention of many characters meant that it takes a little longer for Morrison to find his voice with them.

The art work is a mixed bag, Frank Quitely has a few fantastic mini-arcs but the likes of Igor Kordey's art work stands out like a sore thumb due to its poorer quality.

Overall, I didn't necessarily hugely dislike the start to Morrison's run but I certainly found myself getting bored by them fairly easily which is never a good sign.
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on 21 July 2015
This book is great! Grant Morrison writes interesting and fun stores that get better as you read, and also introduces intriguing new characters such as Xorn and Cassandra Nova that hooks me into this book making it hard to put down. However I do have a couple of issues with the book. First the dialogue can at times feel unnatural, as the characters blurt out things in the least subtle way possible, but this could just be me nitpicking but it did take me out of the moment a few times. It's not really a huge problem. What is a big problem is some of the art work. Most of the art is done by Frank Quitely which is good, I'm personally not a fan of his work but there's nothing wrong with it, but Igor Kordey does art for a couple of issues and it is horrible! I found these issues hard to read if the story wasn't as good as it was I would have stopped reading. Luckily he only does a couple of issues.
All in all it's a great read if you can look past some of the art, a definite read for x men fans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2006
THIS is what the X-Men SHOULD be!!! The X-Men for the 21st century.

Grant Morrison wrote New X-Men for three uninterupted years and had possible the most wide-spread fan and non-fan appeal out of any X-Book ever.

This book is fresh, smart, fast, witty, deep, clever, knowing, character-based literature. Gone are the boring, seen-it-before concepts and, frankly embarrassing tights.

What this book represents is a brave new approach to the X-Men and Marvel Comics in general. A startling book for the new millenium. It broke boundaries and you always had, when reading it, the impression that anything could happen, and it always did!

The look is fantastic, also. The Artwork, the new characters, suits, jets, settings and the design accross the board is astonishing.

Its a shame that Marvel dont put out X-Men stories half as good as this any more. This looks lightyears ahead of everything they are currently churning out and it was realesed in 2001.

A fantastic read for Fans and non-fans. For people who loved the movies and want to read the books, this is where they should start. X-cellent!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2009
Grant Morrison starts his epic run on the x-men. Spandex is gone, repaced by leather, and the team is cut to a handful, enabling better character development instead of characters running all over the place (like current uncanny x-men).
This volume is absolutely essential for Emma Frost fans like me who loves the sarcastic, cold, morally ambiguous character as it is the first time she has been put at the forefront of x-men lore, and where she joins the team. This is arguably the best part of Morrisons run. Other notable characters that appear include Lilandra, the Imperial Guard and new baddie Cassandra Nova, who shares a connection with Professor X.
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on 19 August 2010
I've only very recently started getting into to comic books, although i've always been a fan of the marvel universe and x-men especially, so I was was by no means disappointed when I read the first of Grant Morrison's now classic X-men run.
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on 22 February 2015
Sometimes it goes a bit nuts (obviously the Xorn revelation is just BEYON INSANE) but i love the villain Cassandra Nova)
very very different from all other x-men stories and thats why it stands out
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2011
WARNING!! This review may contain spoilers!

Having bought Bendis and Maleev Ultimate Collection books for Daredevil and throughly enjoyed it's awesomeness, I felt that another of Marvel's Ultimate Collection's was in order. And, having missed it when it first came out, the natural choice was Grant Morrison's New X-Men. It revolves around Morrison's grand plan of bringing the X-Men into the modern world as well as borrowing the slick, black leather look from the movies. Gone are the complicated continuity that was built during Chris Claremont's 16 year run on the book between 1975-1991, replaced with a refreshingly cool and classy story style Morrison brings to all his books.

The story is superb. I won't decend into any detail, for any little detail would ruin it. The art however is ranges from brilliant to wierd. It is provided by five different artists. Ethan Van Sciver's is the best. I noticed alot of criticism of Igor Kordey's art, but I must say I didn't mind it that much, although it looks messy compared to the others.

I enjoyed it massively, and must say I will get the Second Volume ASAP.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2008
WIN

i read it in reread it and it gets better and better and better every single time i get it out. if you're going to read any x-men get grant morrison's new x-men run; the art is very raw, suitably for the storylines[particularly igor kordley's issues], or get whedon and cassaday's astonishing x-men run.

both are guaranteed excellence in handy book format
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