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on 29 May 2017
good story but kinda fast paced and blurry so essential things happen so fast with not many explanation and the reactions was kinda cold like they did not cared so much after all.....
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on 25 May 2012
Grant Morrison began his run on "New X-Men" 11 years ago but still the series reads as fresh today as it did back then. He sets the tone quickly by having a psychotic psychic beget a genocide killing millions of mutants and then sets off for the stars to bring in the Shi'Ar to battle the X-Men. Suffice it to say, Morrison brings it.

What an epic start to one of Marvel's best loved series! From the Ecuadoran jungle with the Sentinel Factory at the start, heading back to Westchester, then space, even journeying into Xavier's mind! This large, nearly 400-page first volume collecting Grant Morrison's 3 year run on the series, contains too much to go into in a mere review.

Not all of the X-Men are included in Morrison's version, the core remains Xavier, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Emma Frost, and of course Wolverine. Rogue and Storm are left out, maybe to included later, while Morrison and Quitely revise the X-Men's outfits to look less colourful and comic-book-y - the end result is pretty awesome though Emma Frost's "flesh X" you can see on the cover makes her look like a Amsterdam hooker than a teacher.

I thought Cassandra Nova was an excellent villain, a character I'd never heard of before and a challenge for all of the X-Men to defeat. Her methods of destruction - the decimation of confidence, character, and personality - was an interesting way of fighting without using physical force. It's abstract but this is Morrison writing so you've got to expect that. Plus the hyper-surreal silent issue where Jean and Emma journey into Xavier's tormented mind was fantastic, full props to Frank Quitely for pulling it off so masterfully.

There are lots of nice touches in the story throughout and any fans of the X-Men will enjoy the book. The art varies in quality with Frank Quitely setting the gold standard (he's definitely one of my favourite comics artists ever) and Igor Kordey going for rougher, more sketchy kind of pencils for his issues. Morrison's writing throughout is as great as ever and his treatment of Hank McCoy aka Beast was particularly nice to see as that character often gets short shrift. X-Men fans will love this, highly recommended.
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on 12 January 2004
This is the first story arc in the Grant Morrison X-Men era, which by the way is getting to an end this year. Being one of those modern comic-book writers, Morrison provides the X-Men the fresh air the series had been needing for a long time. However, for many readers there is too much fresh air on this first volume.
If you are a mature X-Men reader, as I am myself, you will find 'E is for Extinction' odd, to say the least. Not only the character depictions and behaviors are a bit, let's say, surprising, but also you will find Frank Quitely's drawings too far from the classic Byrne, Romita Jr., Silvestri, or Lee's X-Men. But once you get used to the New X-Men situation and you scratch the surface of the bizarre drawings, you will learn to love this Morrison/Quitely era.
There are new situations going on here, which is positive because many years had passed since something relevant and smart happened to these people's lives (let's forget Onslaught and such.) There is a new evil villain, there is a former villain joining the X-Men, a problem in the staid Cyclops-Phoenix relationship (which will turn worse in the future) and many other things that set the basics of what will be the future stories in the next volumes. In his very beginning, Morrison introduces subplots that will develop further on and will not be forgotten. The only problem: he seems to forget everything that has happened before in this title, and that means ignoring forty years of story. This is good for the new comers, but will certainly annoy many people.
As for Quitely, he is one of the most original pencillers in superhero comic-books these days. He takes over the characters and redesigns them, not to say his storytelling is superb. If only he had been able to pencil at least half of the issues in his official stage at the title.
To sum up, this is a good superhero comic-book that some readers will find funny sometimes, especially when it seems you are not reading an X-Men book but some kind of widescreen title.
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2001
The X-men have a long and ... varied ... history under a variety of creators, but it took the film to drag them back into mass consciousness again - and apparently it took that to make Marvel Comics finally think about how it was going to handle the mutant 'menace' in the 21st Century.
Enter Grant Morrison - one of the finest comic book writers of recent years - responsible for the epic adult-oriented "Invisibles" and "Doom Patrol" as well as a spate of decent quality Justice League Stories.
Grant's usual technique is to return to first principles. He looks at a comic book - often with a long and multi-faceted history - and tries to determine what the core ideas are that lie behind the publication. In series like the X-men, these have often been seriously lost along the way. With E for Extinction he drags them all back into central focus.
The X-men are now self-appointed aid-workers, campaigners and pacificists - working for the benefit of mutant - and human - kind. Their school has been opened up and their agenda is now clear. They are to help, train, teach and save mutant children as well as fight those radical/terrorists elements within both their own ranks and those of humans.
And they've got quite a struggle on their hands as Morrison immediately ups the scale of the whole enterprise by exterminating sixteen million mutants in a few pages.
Just as he's restored the core premise of the series, he's also gone back to the centre of the main characters. Wolverine is sexy, mean, gruff and independant. Jean Grey is impossibly strong and empowered. Cyclops is logical and practical. But in doing so, he's not flattened their characters like so many other writers of late.
In essence you should think of Grant's X-men like the work of a PROPER writer coming onto a hackneyed title. The whole series seems energised and refreshed and this is a great jumping on place for people who've only seen the film - just as it is a well-timed relaunch...
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on 19 November 2001
This book reprints the first four issues of Morrison's rethink of the X-Men formula, and excellent stuff it is. The sheer scale both in terms of the storytelling and the number of ingenious ideas is quite astounding. His artistic collaborators deserve much of the credit though. Quitely's is an aquired taste, but his storytelling is stunning, as are the landscapes and characters he portrays. Van Sciver is less impressive, but the immense detail he inject into his work makes it almost as good in a different way.
For any trade-paperback enthusiasts, this is a book not to be missed. The production values are simply superior to everything that has come before. All of the regular covers are shown at the start of their original issues, not a page is wasted, and the glossy paper is far improved compared to the original pamphlet format.
Also of interest is the "Morrison Manifesto", an eleven page document (accompanied by character sketches) detailing Morrison's original plans for the title. It is interesting to compare this to the story within and see where the story has been tightened, or in some cases completely rethought.
A fascinating take on the 'classic superhero', if you've ever been even vaguely interested in the X-Men, this is the perfect starting point.
You might want to look out for the follow-ups, which will likely be released at some point over the next year: "Germ Free Generation", and "Imperial".
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on 30 January 2015
This volume collects issues 114-126 ( plus annual 2001) and is the first of 3 volumes of Grant Morrison's outstanding run on the X-men.

Set before 'The house of M' - and therefore before the Scarlet Witch's Decimation of mutant-kind - Earth 616 is experiencing an unprecedented boom in mutant births and the mutant population is at an all time high - (despite the genocide in Genosha of 16 million .)
Various characters make their debut - such as Xorn, Angel Salvador, The Stepford Cuckoos, Martha Johansonn - aka No-girl and Barnel Bohusk - aka the Beak, New adversary Cassandra Nova is the nastiest, most deadliest threat ever. Jean and Scott are having marital difficulties, the resident X-men are infected by virus-like nano-sentinels and the X-mansion is attacked by a motely collection of ET superbeings known as The Imperial Guard). .

I give this only 4.5 stars due to artwork inconsistency. Had it all been pencilled by Frank Quitely it would have definitely merited full marks.
The chapters pencilled by Igor Kordey are good enough but fall short of the same high standard of Quitely's work. Also the 4th chapter in this volume is a reprint of New X-men annual 2001 with art by Lenil Francis Yu - all printed horizontally rather than vertically, thus breaking the flow of the book. This stand-out chapter introduces Xorn and involves Scott, Emma Frost , Wolverine and Domino, but I didn't find this part of the book quite as gripping as the rest. Similarly so with the 'silent chapter; - issue 121 - a visual, wordless exploration showing the inside of Charles Xavier's mind illustrated by Frank Quitely. The rest of the volume flows together as a single complete story, spoiled only slightly by the switch in artists (The script itself deserves 5 out of 5. )

Overall verdict : top notch sci fi, highly recommended, an enjoyable read.
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on 27 August 2013
I felt sadly let down by the start of Grant Morrison's New X-Men run. I will start by saying that I have gone back to read this run rather than having read it upon it's release. Now I will add that I fully appreciate how Morrison managed to reinvent and largely reinvigorate the X-Men characters but perhaps as I had been reading the more recent X-Men runs I took these elements a little bit for granted.

A few of the smaller arcs, notably the E is For Extinction arc, I did enjoy though I felt lacked a bit of depth. I also kept feeling more of a disconnect with the characters than I have with other X-Men runs, though again perhaps the reinvention of many characters meant that it takes a little longer for Morrison to find his voice with them.

The art work is a mixed bag, Frank Quitely has a few fantastic mini-arcs but the likes of Igor Kordey's art work stands out like a sore thumb due to its poorer quality.

Overall, I didn't necessarily hugely dislike the start to Morrison's run but I certainly found myself getting bored by them fairly easily which is never a good sign.
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on 21 July 2015
This book is great! Grant Morrison writes interesting and fun stores that get better as you read, and also introduces intriguing new characters such as Xorn and Cassandra Nova that hooks me into this book making it hard to put down. However I do have a couple of issues with the book. First the dialogue can at times feel unnatural, as the characters blurt out things in the least subtle way possible, but this could just be me nitpicking but it did take me out of the moment a few times. It's not really a huge problem. What is a big problem is some of the art work. Most of the art is done by Frank Quitely which is good, I'm personally not a fan of his work but there's nothing wrong with it, but Igor Kordey does art for a couple of issues and it is horrible! I found these issues hard to read if the story wasn't as good as it was I would have stopped reading. Luckily he only does a couple of issues.
All in all it's a great read if you can look past some of the art, a definite read for x men fans.
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on 6 June 2006
THIS is what the X-Men SHOULD be!!! The X-Men for the 21st century.

Grant Morrison wrote New X-Men for three uninterupted years and had possible the most wide-spread fan and non-fan appeal out of any X-Book ever.

This book is fresh, smart, fast, witty, deep, clever, knowing, character-based literature. Gone are the boring, seen-it-before concepts and, frankly embarrassing tights.

What this book represents is a brave new approach to the X-Men and Marvel Comics in general. A startling book for the new millenium. It broke boundaries and you always had, when reading it, the impression that anything could happen, and it always did!

The look is fantastic, also. The Artwork, the new characters, suits, jets, settings and the design accross the board is astonishing.

Its a shame that Marvel dont put out X-Men stories half as good as this any more. This looks lightyears ahead of everything they are currently churning out and it was realesed in 2001.

A fantastic read for Fans and non-fans. For people who loved the movies and want to read the books, this is where they should start. X-cellent!!!!
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on 14 March 2013
This story is O.K. What is good is the ideas. There are some really interesting ones, such as the fact that the villain seems to have no desire except to destory everything. Also, big, irreversable things do happen (I won't mention what in case of spoilers). However, the action is nothing special and, worse than that, this feels like half a book. I really don't know why this "novel" finishes when it does, as to me it seems to be reaching about the halfway point, and therefore having this without New X-Men: Imperial seems slightly pointless. Still, it is an enjoyable read and Cassandra Nova is a terrifying villain.
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