- 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)
Essential X-Men Volume 2 TPB: v. 2 Paperback – 25 Aug 2011
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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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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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