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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.
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on 23 February 2013
As a young child growing up in the early 1990s, there was nothing cooler than the X-Men. Under the stewardship of Jim Lee, the X-Men were cool, dynamic and sexy. But then, as the decade wore on and the Jim Lee era faded into memory, the X-Men lost their way. No longer on the cutting edge of comics, and loosing young fans like myself who were growing up, the focus of the creative teams became one of a distinct conservativism. It seemed that the priority for Marvel was to keep their top franchise in continued stasis, in an attempt to prolong the glorious Jim Lee/Chris Claremont eras of the past and, most importantly, to retain their hardcore fan base who are resilient to change.

By the early 2000s, this creative direction could no longer sustain itself. Marvel were barely dragging their heels out of bankruptcy and, compared to a decade earlier, superhero comics sales were miserable. The X-Men franchise, in particular, was a pathetic little imitation of what it once was, but this was very much a reflection of Marvel Comics as a whole. So, out of desperation, the editorial bigwigs did the only thing they could in a last-ditch effort to save their company... They opened the doors up to great creators, took a step back, and said "create". This relatively brief period of creative freedom, and distinct lack of editorial interference, produced some of the best works of Marvel's history (such as: Brian Bendis' Daredevil, J. Michael Straczynski's The Amazing Spider-Man and Mark Millar's The Ultimates), propelling Marvel into a new era. But nothing quite personifies this new direction (which the aforementioned fan boys, in their hatred of change, disparagingly referred to as "NuMarvel") quite as astutely as Grant Morrison's `New X-Men'.

I won't go into the details of where Morrison planned to take the series, as it's covered thoroughly in the rather enlightening "Morrison Manifesto" reprinted at the back of this omnibus. But I will say this, Morrison is a writer who really "gets" the X-Men and, as he did with `Doom Patrol' years earlier, this radical revitalisation actually takes the X-Men back to their roots, bringing out what they're all about in a way which is relevant to a contemporary world. And this idea of where the X-Men, and mutants in general, fit in a "contemporary world" is a theme that is played it amazingly well in this book.

One of the first things that Morrison does in here is to return the series to its Stan Lee/Jack Kirby roots as a book about "the world's strangest teenagers". He does this by making the Xavier Institute a school again, and putting the emphasis on the teenage students who inhabit it. But he doesn't suddenly come and make an in story pronouncement that "Xavier's is a school again!". Rather, he brings the concept back in as if it was never gone in the first place, but just sidelined by all the writers since Stan. Many of this runs' fans complain that everything Morrison did has since been retconned. While it's true that the tone of the series was reversed to become a "superhero" book again after he left, this argument couldn't be further from the truth, and the fact that the "school" angle has remained intact is testament to that. I could sit here and list all the other changes to the status quo made by Morrison that have remained, or had a significant impact on future X-Men stories, and you'd quickly see that this run has had the biggest effect on the franchise second only to Chris Claremont's epic run.

Though one retcon, in particular, which had many fans up in arms (including me, at the time), mostly for the haphazard way it was introduced a mere two or three months after Morrison left, has heightened the incorrect assumption that this run has been marginalised by Marvel. Upon re-reading this run for the first time in years, with the benefit of hindsight and a bit more of a deeper understanding of the characters, I no longer feel angry about this particular retcon (and, if you've read this run, you know what I'm talking about). It's true that Marvel could have put a little more thought into explaining, in the story, what exactly happened (at the time of writing, I believe that it still hasn't fully been explained), but the retcon itself, in my opinion at least, makes more sense than what Morrison did, which, frankly... was completely absurd.

And this brings me to the drawbacks of this otherwise incredible book. While it starts off as a great sci-fi action story which develops, in the middle, into a very human drama, it ends as an anti-climactic over-the-top action fest, and a typically-Morrison confusing one at that. This could maybe be blamed on the fact that Morrison left Marvel rather abruptly and didn't have time to finish it how he wanted to, but we'll never know. All that I know is that I found the last three story arcs to be underwhelming. The other problem is that the artwork is inconsistent. When it's good, it's very good, but when it's bad it's very bad indeed.

But would I recommend this book as a starting point for someone who's never read an X-Men comic before, a demographic which `New X-Men' was originally intended to cater towards? Yes and no. The problem is that X-Men continuity is a convoluted mess, so it's actually very difficult to recommend anything as a clean starting point. The spiritual successor to this run, Joss Whedon's great Astonishing X-Men, actually makes a far better attempt of being accessible to new readers than Morrison's does but, ideally, you'd want to read that after this. But, as much as I still love the stories, it's hard to recommend anything by Stan Lee or Chris Claremont to a total newcomer unless that reader appreciates old comics (the writing and art styles have dated a lot). So I guess if you don't mind being confused at times, then you probably can start with this, but the experience will be far richer to people who are already familiar with the characters.

To conclude, I can't give this `New X-Men' Omnibus a full five stars because, as a cohesive whole, it just doesn't stand up quite high enough. That said, this is still, without a doubt, the best X-Men since Chris Claremont was at his prime. Whether you read this as the integral part of X-Men lore that it is, or as a self-contained story with a beginning, middle and end, you shouldn't be disappointed. One of Grant Morrison's best.
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on 6 October 2012
This omnibus collects the complete run of Grant Morrison on the X-men and i have to stay i really enjoyed the story! it was one of the best stores i have ever read on X-men and despite the superpowers, fictional places etc. he manages in combination with the art to give a realistic feel to the X-men so even if you don't read comic books and just like the movies then you will definitely enjoy this omnibus. I recommend it for anyone from the movie fans to comic book fans
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on 8 January 2015
Outstanding story and superb artwork. A must have for any X-Men fan, and a great starting point for newcomers to the franchise. Highly recommended!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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on 18 September 2012
Having heard so many good things about this book and having already read Joss Wheadons Astonishing run that follows on from this I just had to buy this, and boy am I glad I did tightly written and brilliantly arc plotted the story had me read it in one go then go back and re read it slowly to savour the stand out moments {of which there are many} from the opening {Which I won't spoil} to the stunning end of the arc the self contained story, witty dialogue and constant surprises kept me glued, if you only own one X book make it this {if you only own two pick up Joss's follow on Astonishing it works well as a continuation} One of my top runs on comics {Bendis's Daredevil, and Alias along with Astonishing X men by Joss, lastly secret warriors by Hickman} I can not praise this book highly enough. Go buy read savour. Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Omnibus HC (Astonishing X-Men Omnibus)
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