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X-Men by Chris Claremont Vol.2 (X-Men Omnibus) Hardcover – 18 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (18 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785159053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785159056
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 5.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Magnum Valentino TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2012
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I'll be brief. This book is awesome. It's actually awesome. Like, literally. It inspired awe in me. Why? Because the last Claremont/ Lee Omnibus was so awful, is why. That book stuck a serious boot to my 'read Claremont's entire 16-year run on X-Men' plans because of how terrible it was. I may not have bought this one if I had started reading the other beforehand. Still, I was rewarded for my foolishness, because the stories and art in this book are almost as good as when Claremont was at his best, bouncing off of John Byrne in the early 1980s. As revolutionary as some of his storytelling approaches were, it's for his handle on character that I think most fondly of him for, and what this book brings back to the X-Men is character. Once again, these are people I want to read about. I want to read about how they interact, why they like or dislike each other, how they work as a team. Yes, the X-Men are a team again: apologies to all those who pine for the Silvestri wilderness years of Havok and Longshot meandering about in the desert. No, at long last, X-Men and X-Factor are reconciled under the returning Professor X, and so Beast, Colossus and co. make for wonderful reading alongside realtive newcomers Gambit and Jubilee and the returning Rogue (god, I missed Rogue when she was gone). Magneto returns as a credible threat, Omega Red debuts, and thankfully the appearances by cyborg mutie-haters is kept to a bare minimum (hey, it was still the 90s...)

What's best about this collection, though, is the proof that Claremont can still hack it. All he needed, it seems, was someone to play with, and Jim Lee's emergence as not only instant-influence artist but co-plotter is what really let him leave the book on a high (his last issue was X-Men #3, collected here).
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Like the previous X-Men Omnibus, this is beautifully presented. I can't get enough of the omnibus versions.
Unlike the previous X-Men Omnibus, the stories are actually great, and hang together pretty well (the only exception for me is the Ghost Rider tie in at the end). All the other storylines were on a par with vintage Claremont.
Don't forget to read X-Tinction agenda before this (and after Vol 1)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book spews HISTORY 16 Jan. 2012
By Bruno M - Published on Amazon.com
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The second installment of the X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee omnibus collection is a real archive of the mutant history. It consists of the follwing stories, reproduced in this order:

- X-Factor #63 and 64: a 2 part story featuring Iceman by Loise Simonson & Whilce Portacio.

- Uncanny X-Men #273 to 277: by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee (with all-star guest artists in #273, including Silvestri, Byrne, Portacio). This issues contain the resolution to the Savage Land arc featuring Rogue, Magneto, Ka-Zar and Nick Fury that started in the previous Omnibus and the Shi'Ar space opera that retrieves Charles Xavier to the X-Men, featuring Wolverine, Storm, Gambit, Jubilee, Psilocke, Banshee, Forge and the Starjammers. These stories are in my opinion the highest point of the book and one of the best sagas in the whole X-Mythos, where Claremont and Lee shine most.

- X-Factor #65 to 68: with plot by Lee & Portacio, script by Claremont and pencils by Portacio. Featuring the original X-Men (Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Archangel and Iceman), Apocalypse and the Inhumans. This is one of the most essential sagas of the history of the X-Men, because in it the aftermath of the battle against Apocalypse, Scott Summer's son is tranported to the future by the Askani, where he will become the man we know as Cable. This is THE story that (for better or worse) kickstarts a new direction for the X-Men, that would be developed in X-Cutioner's Song and continues up to this day with Messiah Complex, Second Coming and the soon to be Avengers Vs X-Men event.

- Uncanny X-Men #278 to 280 & X-Factor #69 and 70: by Fabian Nicieza, Claremont and Peter David, with art by Paul Smith, Andy Kubert and Kirk Jarvinen. The X-Men and X-Factor battle Shadow King and in the aftermath the whole structure of the X-Frachise will change: the X-Men will be divided in the now classic Blue and Gold teams, reinstating in them Cyclops and the original members, while the new X-Factor with Polaris, Havoc and Madrox will be created.

- X-Men #1 to 3: with art by Jim Lee, this is the last Claremont story, with an epic confrontation with Magneto that will later lead to the Fatal Attraction saga. / X-Men #4 to 7: with plot and art by Jim Lee and scripts by John Byrne and Scott Lobdell. The Omega Red saga, featuring the creation of this now classic villain. / X-Men #8 and 9 & Ghost Rider #26 and 27: featuring the first confrontation of Bishop and Gambit, this is a crossover with Ghost Rider against The Brood. Art by Jim Lee in the X-Men episodes and Ron Wagner in the GR ones. / X-Men #10 and 11: a Mojo story featuring Longshot and Dazzler. Art and plot by Jim Lee, script by Lobdell.

FOR THE COMIC-BOOK READERS (not the specific X-Men or Jim Lee fans): As you can see, the impact of these comic-books at the time was HUGE, not only in the stories of the X-Men universe, but in the USA comic-book publishing world: we are witnessing a big part of the birth of Image Comics in this omnibus, and a whole new way of creating and understanding comics at the time. I'm not going to discuss the quality of this stories, that's up to the reader to decide. What is undeniable is the impact and relevance of these publications at the time, because for better or worse they changed forever tha landscape of the comic-book market in the USA.

FOR THE JIM LEE FANS: The Uncanny X-Men and first X-Men issues printed in this book are personally my favorite Jim Lee pages of all time. I think that today he is a better artist (more accomplished, more skilled), but these comics show so much GUT, so much HUNGER that is just moving. By looking at his art you can witness the ascencion of a young artist with one and only one sight in mind: to conquer the world. Oh, and the extras included in this volume will make you drool.

FOR THE X-MEN FANS: This book (alongside Vol. 1, X-Tinction Agenda and X-Cutioner's Song) are the HOLY SCRIPTURES. And that's it. If you really love X-Men you must have this collection (even if it means selling yout kidney).

Now about the edition: it is a very high quality hardcover sewn-binding, sporting excellent paper stock, excellent printing, and silver metal printing of the front and spine. It has a lightweighter paper compared to older Marvel omnibuses, but the quality is still great and it makes the book more manageable to read. This edition presents 96 pages of extras (yeah, 96 pages if I counted right) and two 4-pages fold-outs, one with the X-Men #1 complete composite cover and another one with the classic vertical pin-up by Lee featuring most of the X-characters at the time. They are printed both with the original coloing in the front and the new remastered coloring on the back. Marvel also printed is the complete set of traiding cards that Jim Lee did in 1992 (9 per page, with the back of the cards printed in the next page). And lot of sketches, pin-ups, reprint covers and magazine articles. Some of these pages are printed from scans and thus show lower quality, but they are all in pretty decent standards at the least.

All in all, this book is a REAL TREAT, Marvel definitely went all the way to make an excellent edition. Buy it now before it goes out of print, this one's a keeper. I've uploaded a set of photos I've taken to show the main features of this book, you can check them at the top, on the customer images section.

NOTE OF WARNING - Most of you probably know it already, but here it goes just in case: before reading this second volume, you should pick up X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda HC, which acts as a sort of "Vol. 1.5" of the X-Men Omnibus by Claremont & Lee, as it fills the gap between the two books of this collection with a crossover that involved X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants (and thus was published as a stand-alone book). And if you want to read further just pick up X-Men X-Cutioner's Song HC, it's the saga that comes chronologically next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men were never as good again....a must have! 19 Jan. 2012
By ursominor - Published on Amazon.com
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The 70's were good to the X-Men, we got the new X-Men introduced in 1975...then we got The Phoenix Saga. Then when the 80's begin it gets even better with the Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, The Brood, Morlocks..you name it. Uncanny takes a bit of a nose dive after the events of the Mutant Massacre as the team is disjointed briefly (some on Muir Isle recovering and some there to be out of harms way). They don't completely reunite until Storm gets her powers back and Fall of the Mutants Ends. The Australian Outback Era is ok..not great but we got Marc Silvestri's Art, Inferno and a cool return of the Brood. After Inferno it becomes even more disjointed...the X-Men basically stop functioning as a team for the most part for 2 years. They are scattered all over the world (or universe) and don't know who is dead or alive or who remembers what. Once the X-Tinction Agenda begins and the remnants start to reunite it gets good. This is probably the X-Men at their finest since the Dark Phoenix Saga. The Uncanny Issues where the current team reunites with Xavier are well written and beautifully drawn. The Muir Island Saga is a great pay off for those of us wanting a 2 year old story resolved (as it sort of begins in Uncanny # 253/254 and doesn't resolve itself until issue # 280). Professor X returns, Rogue returns, Colossus returns, Jean sees Xavier for the first time since her "death" in Uncanny # 100, Polaris is restored and becomes a regular fixture in X-Factor...all great things!. The introduction of the 2nd Adjectiveless "X-Men" title is also great and Jim Lee's art continues to dazzle. We lose Chris Claremont but the stories are still good. The early 90's is when X-Men just loses it's spark to me, I know many will disagree but after these stories end the best things to look forward to are The X-Cutioners Song, Fatal Attractions, The Phalanx Saga & the Age of Apocalypse. The more X-titles they added, the more confusing it becomes and the less intimate the characters feel as they are scattered across multiple titles. The only downside to this particular volume is that the first 2 issues of X-Factor (63 & 64) are out of order. Those 2 issues take place after the events of Uncanny # 274 and they are placed before. Probably because they didn't want you to have to jump from Uncanny 273 & 274 (cutting off the return of Xavier briefly) and then going over to X-Factor for 6 issues then returning back to Uncanny for another 5 before X-Factor officially crosses over with it again in X-Factor # 69. I was more excited about this volume than Volume # 1. If you're a huge X-Men Fan, Claremont Fan or Lee Fan....you must have this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2016
By Robert J Eidschun - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent condition awesome stories. A must for x men fans
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of an X-Era 14 Jan. 2012
By B. Ackley - Published on Amazon.com
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This second X-men Omnibus collects the 2nd half of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's run on Uncanny X-men as well as issues related to the launch of the 2nd series of X-men books simply titled "X-men".

First, this book picks up at Uncanny X-men #273. Those fans who were looking for the Jim Lee penciled issues #270, #271, and #272 you will need to pick up the X-tinction agenda collection as they are packaged only as a part of that crossover story. Jim's work is amazing on those issue so its worth it.

X-men omnibus 2 takes us on the X-men's journey to the Shiar Empire to battle deathbird and then sets up a story arc that will have the X-men battle the Shadow King on Miur island and ultimately restructure the X-teams. As a result also included in this omnibus are the final X-factor issues with Jean, Cyclops, beast, iceman and Archangel before they rejoin the X-men. Wilce Portacio's X-factor run as penciler is here. The X-factor issues will be of interest to Cable fans as we see how Nathan Summers is taken from our time into the future. Bad guy Apocalypse is also here drawn by Wilce in a very bizarre, grotesque style that i can't help but to love.

The second part of the omnibus contain the Jim Lee issues of the 2nd X-men series and Chris Claremont's final X-men issue (for at least a decade). The X-men battle Magneto, brawl with Omega red and meet Longshot again. Jim lee left Marvel after issue 10 and that is where this volume ends except for a ghost rider story.

For me personally this volume is even better than the first volume of Xmen by Claremont/Lee. There is more Jim Lee artwork to look at and lots of supplemental art and covers to drool over. I was personally nostalgic even if it was bittersweet looking through this volume. For me this volume marked the end of what I felt were the X-men I grew up with. Chris Claremont who wrote Uncanny X-men for nearly 20 years left X-men at X-men #3 and then ultimately all X-artists (Lee, Portacio and Liefeld) would leave almost a year later to start up Image comics. While the X-titles carried on under new writers and artists things weren't the same. After trying to read later issues for the first time the X-men truly did seem uncanny to me.

A beautiful omnibus packaged in hardback with sewn binding and vibrant coloring. This book is filled with amazing artwork, classic stories and some fantastic promo art. I cannot recommend this enough.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic X-Men 14 Jan. 2012
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I received the second volume of the Claremont and Lee X-Men omnibus from Amazon a couple of days ago in relatively good shape. This box was a bit too big with no packing material, yet miraculously there is not any major damage. The book itself is beautiful featuring the art of Lee and Portacio that brought the X-Men to new heights of popularity. There are a couple of X-Factor issues drawn by Portacio that credit Louise Simonson as writer, but I have my doubts she wrote them. I didn't cringe once while reading them! These books have a special place in my personal history. These were the books that came out my senior year of high school and carried me through several life events such as starting college, moving out on my own and meeting and marrying my wife. And while all that personal excitement has happening, X-Men had never been better. For the first time in a long time, all the mutant books had great artists. Jim Lee and Portacio doing the X-Men books, Marc Silvestri was over on Wolverine and Rob Leifeld, who had rescued New Mutants from awful mediocrity at the hands of Simonson and Blevins, had brought interest back to the book which he re lauched as X-Force. It was an amazing time to be collecting the X-Men. After years of keeping X-Men and X-Factor apart, the teams finally come together here as they should be. We get tremendous story lines; Shi'ar civil war (can't these guys just stick to one Empress??), the "final" showdown with Apocolypse, the origin of Cable, the Muir Island saga, the reformation of the X-Men teams and Magneto's return to being a "bad guy". The only thing I wish they had included would be the first few issues of Uncanny X-Men with Whilce Portacio after Jim Lee moved over to the new X-Men title. Again, to me, this is the golden age of X-Men. Soon after all these great artists would pack up shop and go with Todd Macfarlane to create Image Comics. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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