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Essential X-Men Volume 9 TPB: v. 9 Paperback – 10 Jun 2009

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  • 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)

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Format: Paperback
I know Chris Claremont is mostly responsible for the X-Men franchise as it is today, and as a big X-Men fan I cant help but be a proxy fan of Claremont, but the man can sure lose the plot sometimes. His style of writing can be jarring and wordy, especially compared to todays slick TV style scripts and plotting, and this volume is an example of his worst exceses. I think by this time in his run editors had just stoped telling him what to do and left him to it, and the result is this disjointed jumble of confusing stories and rambling plotlines that stretch on with no conclusion in site. You will hardly recognise the majority of the characters in this volume as the X-Men (and women)are spread across the world with a ridiculous McGuffin called the siege perilous. This volume does introduce the Reavers, the modern look of Psylocke and features some early X-Men work from Jim Lee. Mark Silvestri's work is also nice but I suspect Dan Green, the "Inker" carried alot of his work. Not the best volume, but worth getting if you have the rest.
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As other reviews have mentioned, Claremont really seemed to have lost the plot a bit around this time with the X-Men. It's all a little directionless, and a bit random in places - some arbitrary profound changes to major characters for no particular reason. In an issue a couple of years after the events in this volume, Storm (or maybe it was Psylocke) says that splitting the team up was a bad idea, I wonder if this was a proxy for the thoughts of the editorial team; it feels to me like there are a couple of years where UXM doesn't really progress.

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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tons of great stuff for an unbeatable price 12 Aug. 2009
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
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With Essential X-Men volume 9 we start to reach the end of Chris Claremont's epic run as writer of the X-Men; a run that took them from being a mostly-forgotten Silver Age relic to a decades-long reign at the top of the sales charts. Not to mention multiple TV series and movies. This volume covers stories from 1989 and 1990 a year or two before the 'X-odus' that saw Claremont and most of the book's artists leave.

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.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy pricing 16 Mar. 2013
By ismael rivera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Everyone that is selling this trade at such high prices is crazy... Just because it is out of print you people wanna cash on? The other trades are out of print as well and are still at reasonable prices. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Claremont still continues generally strong. 16 Sept. 2009
By Dylan Luciano - Published on Amazon.com
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Inferno was one of my favorite X-Men stories so I was very interested in seeing what would happen after it. The big change in this volume occurs midway through when the X-Men go through the Siege Perlious. Although you don't see all of the X-Men after they go through the device so I was disappointed. (But if it's a chance to ditch Longshot I'm all for it.) The lineup of the X-Men just seemed to get weaker and weaker every passing volume. Even though I'm generally happy with this volume I find it kind of a mixed blessing.

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.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff... 26 Aug. 2009
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Essential series is one of the best bargains ever (also the DC version, Showcase). It's awesome and nearly all of the books are must haves in any collection. This one is no exception, but I couldn't rate it that high since the Annual was included. "Atlantis Attacks" in UXM Annual 13 should not have been here, but the entire storyline and corresponding parts should have been its own essential book. It's kind of silly to have one small part in this one book. For the most part, Marvel's done a good job of containing the tpb's story arcs within the Essential series it belongs to (like Mutant Massacre being in a previous Essential volume).
Anyway, you should buy this one too since you get lots of great stories, it's just sad what they did here. :(
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 10 July 2009
By Asher A. Humm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Again a totally awesome x-men collection. This one has some of my favorite stories. Like Jim Lee's first x-men and the Psylocke conversion. I just can't wait till the next one with Gambit and the X-tinction agenda.
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