- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (10 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785130799
- ISBN-13: 978-0785130796
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.2 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,366,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Essential X-Men Volume 9 TPB: v. 9 Paperback – 10 Jun 2009
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I've just read through the X-Men Omnibus:Jim Lee/Claremnot volumes, and Volume 1 covers all the material in these, in hardback and in colour. The colour version is much more readaable, and in the issues after those covered in this volume, the storyline does pick up again - X Tinction agenda is fun, and the Muir Islad Saga finally ties up the storylines that took a couple years to build up to.
For for the price it's probably worth picking this up to be ready for Volume 10. It's not bad, it's still the X-Men, after all.
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With art by Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee and a host of others (even a credible fill-in issue by Rob Liefeld) this is one of the best looking volumes and the B&W reproduction sacrifices none of the detail.
The story is very complex and daring. At the time Claremont was writing the most successful comic in America but rather than stick to safe storylines he took chances. Popular characters like Wolverine and Storm are absent for months at a time. Instead the focus is on more obscure ones like Longshot, Havoc, Dazzler, Jubilee and Psylocke. Halfway through the book the handful of remaining X-Men are demoralized and faced with a deadly threat...
And they give up. Using a magical amulet they instead choose to go through the 'Seige Perilous' and emerge with new lives. So the rest of the book is spent covering their diverse storylines (some disappear for the rest of the book) and introducing a new cast of X-Men.
So why only 4 stars? Well not every gamble pays off. The story-telling risks in this book make it very scattered and hard to follow. Even with 552 pages, there just is not enough room to cover Wolverine's adventures in Hong Kong, Storm's in the midwest, Dazzler in Hollywood, etc, etc. Although the X-Men franchise in 1989 was not as unmanageable as it is in 2009, there were still 4 monthly books out in addition to Uncanny X-Men (New Mutants, X-Factor, Wolverine and Excalibur) characters and plotlines from those books sometimes fold back into this one making it confusing for all but the most dedicated X-fan.
Still, this is the penultimate volume of Claremont's epic run, a sprawling superhero soap opera that might never be equaled and it's worth a look.
I generally hated the Outback era so I was glad that it was coming to an end. On the other hand the new X-Men team that got assembled was painfully dull. Words fail to describe just how boring and little I cared about Forge, Polaris and Banshee subplot of finding the originally X-Men. Also subplots like Storm turning young and the X-Men either remembering who they are or dealing with the Shadow King aren't really dealt with. I kept waiting for Claremont to have the various X-Men character interact with each other or give some type of hint when they would come back together.
The book is still going strong and I'm still going to get Volume 10 but I hope more of the subplots are wrapped up in the next volume and not become abandoned arcs.
Anyway, you should buy this one too since you get lots of great stories, it's just sad what they did here. :(
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