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Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men - Volume 7 Hardcover – 30 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (30 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785135138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785135135
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This volume collects Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men #151-159 (November 1981-July 1982), X-Men Annual #5 and Avengers Annual #10, both from 1981.

The stories are all written by Chris Claremont, with art by Sherman & MacLeod (151-152), Dave Cockrum (153-158), and Bill Sienkiewicz (159), Brent Anderson (annual #5) and Michael Golden (Annual #10)
The collection starts with Avengers Annual #10, featuring Ms Marvel and Spiderwoman, both of whose solo adventures had been written by Chris Claremont. Here Rogue is introduced, and steals Carol Danvers’ powers and memory. Carol ends up taking refuge with the X-Men, and finds resolution of sorts in issue #158 – ‘The Life That Late I Led’, which I remembered from the original comic. Annual #5 features the Fantastic Four and the Badoon, and is set in Arkon’s universe. #151 and #152 are a Hellfire Club adventure, which seems to me to be very rushed – Claremont, as I remember, needed a strong willed-artist and editor to keep the story focussed, and as these are ‘filler’ issues between Cockrum’s issues here and in the previous volume, they may have suffered in the execution.153 is a stand-alone story, with Kitty pride recounting a ‘fairy-tale’ adventure with the X-Men thinly disguised as the characters. The next sequence, #154-#157 features the return of the Starjammers, Lilandra and the Shi’ar, and introduces the Brood. Lilandra’s sister Deathbird is also present. Corsair of the Starjammers’ identity as Scott Summers’ father is finally revealed to him (although we knew it from his previous appearance).
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Despite the Amazon description, John Byrne artwork does not feature in this volume. Instead, we get work by a range of other, talented, artists including Mike Golden, Dave Cockrum, Brent Anderson, Bill Sinkiewicz and Bob McLeod, although with the possible exception of Golden, none of them are really firing on all cylinders here. The book leads off with the classic Avengers Annual 10 which is an important story because it includes Rogue's first appearance. Its also the best story in this volume and is boosted by some very nice work by Mike Golden. X-Men Annual 5 follows with a fairly routine effort as the X-Men team up with the Fantastic Four to fight the Badoon.

One of the most interesting aspects of these issues is that the Wolverine character is almost unrecognisable from what he later morphed into. Here, Wolverine is almost a comedy character and a million miles away from the ulta-violent vigilante that appears in the comics today. This toned-down nature of Wolverine is evident in X-Men 151-152 which feature a clash with the Hellfire Club and the following issue "Kitty's Fairy Tale". The fairy story comes into the category of "worst issue ever" in my view although I do accept that this particular issue has its fans and was popular with many readers at the time. The next few issues feature the Starjammers and Deathbird in a battle for the future of the Earth. My recollection is that these tales were well received back in the (1982) day but they now seem a little dated. Issue 158 is where Rogue makes her regular X-Men title debut and the volume is rounded off with a Bill Sinkiewicz filler in which the X-Men face Dracula.

Overall, the tales presented here are not what I would call prime quality X-Men and the scripting seems laboured at times. Still, there are some important events in the overall X-Men saga that are introduced in these issues and it is probably essential reading for those that follow the mutant adventures closely.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e897324) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x8e596de0) out of 5 stars Claremont at the top of his game 21 Mar. 2011
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a strong Masterworks volume. Chris Claremont was in career form as scripter and the late Dave Cockrum was in his second tour as the X-Men penciler. There are some memorable stories in this book. The introduction of Rogue, Kitty's fairy tale, the Brood are introduced, a rematch with the Hellfire Club, and the former Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers is a looming presence in the whole volume. There are two first rate annuals (Avengers 10, X-Men 5) before the annuals were ruined by big events and crossovers. There is also one substandard story as the X-Men meet Dracula.

Masterworks editor Cory Sedlmeier deserves great credit for bringing us a great volume of nearly 300 pages all wonderfully reproduced. There are a few pages of original art extras and a reproduction of the cover of the Crazy magazine X-Men parody issue.

The X-Men would later become so convoluted as to be impenetrable but that lay in the future. This one is highly recommended.
HASH(0x8ea66978) out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Oct. 2015
By William Ray Cason - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book that I enjoyed greatly.
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HASH(0x8e696990) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Jun. 2015
By A. Schwenk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Some of the best X-Men stories ever.
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