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Essential X-Men Volume 2 TPB: v. 2 Paperback – 25 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 2nd edition (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785120076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785120070
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 4.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was really looking forward to this book, when it arrived it was very disappointing to see that it was all in black and white - it does not say this on the description so I returned it and bought The Dark Phoenix Saga & Days of Future Past separately.

The story is excellent, however the colours are what help bring the story to life for me anyway so if B&W is not a problem this is a bargain price as it is quite a thick book.
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This issue comprises the first series of the X-Men issues I missed due to a parental banning order on comics in the late 1970's and what a pleasure it is to catch up on what I missed.
Being a fan of the old X-Men this new series has been a refreshing treat. There are some great story-lines, fantastic artwork and fleshing out old characters, especially the extra background on Nightcrawler and Wolverine. You can clearly read the roots of much of the first X-Men movie here.
Starting off with the X-Men being detained in Canada as Alpha Flight try to get Wolverine back into their fold and it gets better from there.
Old villains return, Mastermind in a new identity which provides a fantastic twist throughout this book, Arkon and Jean's alter-ego Dark Phoenix.
New villains for the X-Men the assassin Arcade, Proteus, the Hellfire Club, Mystique and a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Wendigo and D'Spayre with the Man-Thing guest starring.
To top that off two new mutant heroines are introduced, first the phasing teenager Kitty Pryde who joins the X-Men as Sprite and the Dazzler.
The way the storylines intertwine is first rate, from Mutant X's escape from Muir Island, to the mysterious Jason Wyngarde, the Death of one X-Man in the Dark Phoenix saga and the brilliant Days of Future Past where the future counterpart of newest X-Men returns to the present to try and prevent a future where the Sentinels have taken over, the final twist at the end connecting the Hellfire club to the creation of a new breed of Sentinels. Not forgetting Dr, Strange appearing as Nightcrawler is taken through Dante's version of Hell with the X-Men in tow and Kitty Pryde's first solo outing as an X-Man as the school is attached by a demon.
Chris Claremont has to be congratulated for skilfully keeping so many plot threads in the air here and I look forward to reading the next batch of tales. This is absolutely outstanding.
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Chris Claremont wrote all the historys and it's so big what could ask more!? Great value for a small amount
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5.0 out of 5 stars the high quality stories and fantastic art. Kept you involved 28 Sept. 2016
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This is when Claremont was hitting his stride. Arcade, Mutant X, Alpha Flight, Hellfire Club, Dark Phoenix, Wendigo to name a few. This is why this book was so popular for so long, the high quality stories and fantastic art. Kept you involved. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Yesteryear 22 Sept. 2008
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I was 11 - 12 when I read these stories. I'm 40 now and that shows how far back they go. Yet they still hold up. I can remember wanting (and not able to) read the Proteus Saga for the longest time and taking issue 137 with me to school. The Hellfire Saga marked the point when I started reading the X-Men seriously, and # 138 helped me to understand their history. And of course "Days of Future Past" started the time travel mess of later stories. I think this is required space for any serious X-fan, but for anyone wanting to see the best that mainstream comics can offer should start here. There are purchases on Amazon that I truly am thankful I made. This is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comic runs in a regular comic ever 21 Mar. 2010
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The stories told in this B&W reprinting of the X-Men series are among the best ever done in a regular, mainstream comic book. The highlight is, of course, the Phoenix saga, but not to be overlooked are the issues that deal with the long separation of key X-Men from their teammates, the evolution of Wolverine, Storm, and Colossus as characters, and the development of the X-Men's place in the Marvel Universe as a whole.

Yes, if you can get hold of these comics in color and read them, you will enjoy them even more, but this B&W collected is worth 5 stars because of its content, its price, and its convenience. When these "Essential" reprints are no longer available, it'll be more difficult for new readers to see the X-Men the way they were at their height, and that will be a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Claremont/Byrne classic compilation and probably the best x-men stories ever! 5 April 2012
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I have been a marvel and x-men fan since 1984 and most of my love of the x-men came from that period. Nevertheless, this era from the late 70's and early 80's are just as good, if not better than my era. If you're a fan of marvel and especially the x-men of the last 10 years or so, then not sure how you would look upon this era compared to the over sexed, more violent, movie esk scripts of today. (Not to say that recent x-men issues have been bad). In my opinion, these collected issues are the x-men comics at their best and the writing and art is absolutely superb. Just so much more depth and intelligence in the scripts without needing to have over the top battle scenes that cram all the heroes of the marvel world into one page and have supposedly 'cool', more adult esk one liners. This volume is massive and comprises so many great and now legendary (and expensive) issues, including days of future past and the phoenix saga, and host some great characters like the hellfire club, alpha flight, arcade, proteus and the introduction of kitty, amongst others. Even the fact that the issues are in black and white (which is why it's relatively cheap) doesn't reduce the quality as the stories are so engrossing.

Whether you're a new or old fan, i don't think anyone will dispute the quality of the stories even though newer readers may not like the art as much, possibly as art in those days, although good, was not as detailed.

If you haven't read these stories yet, prepare to find some real x-men gems that balance character development, adventure and dialogue perfectly by not going over the top by doing the big cross over thing. Enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks Great Even In Black & White 13 Oct. 2014
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Great X-Men even in black and white. I also have the color omnibus editions but have also bought the Essential series because it lets you see the artwork without the coloring. It's closer to seeing the original artwork and nice to see the beautiful inking by Terry Austin. If you like looking at original art pages this is a nice substitute and you get a lot of pages in this Essential book. For those coming to the material for the first time you're better off with the color omnibus. But for those wanting to get an idea of what the original artwork looks like this is recommended.
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