Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men - Volume 7 Hardcover – 30 Mar 2011
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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).Read more ›
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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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.