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X-Men: The Hidden Years: Destroy All Mutants (Marvel Pocketbooks)
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 7 January 2014
The stories from issues #1-7 of `X-Men - The Hidden Years' are collected, along with material from X-Men #94, as X-Men: The Hidden Years - The Ghost and the Darkness. This was a `retro' series, written and drawn by John Byrne and Tom Palmer, which began publication in 1999, and was set in the period between the end of the original X-Men comic book and the start of the All-New X-Men of Len Wein and Dave Cockrum. The stories are a brilliantly executed serial, with spectacular artwork and intricate plotting, and should be essential reading for X-Men fans - especially people who miss the good old days. Each issue has enough story to fill a modern mini-series.

THE SPOILER ZONE
This series opens with a double-sized issue, and a recap of the climax of X-Men #66, the final issue of the original series, which involves a fight with the Hulk to retrieve a Gamma-ray device to be used to revive the comatose Professor X, who had burned himself out in a previous issue and wades in from there. The Professor needs to be brought up to speed on the X-Men's adventures while he was out of action, which takes a couple of pages, and sets the background of the new series. However, the Professor seems to have `regressed' a bit, and sees the X-Men still as the young trainees they started as; not as the `young adults' who had graduated school, and has become a bit irascible. Iceman is not happy with the new Professor, and storms out. The Professor is not happy that when the team last faced Magneto, in the Savage Land, and he was apparently killed, they did not check the body to make sure... so he despatches the original team, less Iceman, to the Savage Land to take a look. Their aircraft makes a crash-landing, due to extreme turbulence, and they are captured by a local tribe, who inform the survivors that Jean Grey has died. We also see the `ghost' of Magneto ranting at the arrival of the X-Men, and vowing revenge...

The story continues with adventures in hidden cities inhabited by immortal tribesmen, the return of Magneto and more exploding volcanoes, and an escape by balloon from the Savage Land by some of the X-Men, who then bump into a young Ororo when they land in Africa, just in time to help her take on a local menace who is disrupting world-wide weather patterns; while the Angel goes missing in the storm, and Bobby Drake meets up with a stranger in the Savage Land who we know to be Karl Lykos... while Havok and Polaris arrive in the Savage Land to look for their missing comrades and bump into Ka-Zar. And all that in just seven issues...

Further Reading -
X-Men: The Hidden Years: Destroy All Mutants (Marvel Pocketbooks)
X-Men: The Hidden Years; Worlds Within Worlds
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2011
waited a long time to the paperpack,but its was the waiting worth. just love the story like the drawing and story telling john byrne
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2011
Good stories, great art. Sympathetic heroes, interesting villains. Planned to read a chapter a day - but was hooked and read it all in one sitting. Looking forward to the next volume!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
Quite a disappointing read - the story is all mixed up and appears to set the early 1970s X-Men into the present time, which does not work.
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on 22 February 2015
Great for non readers
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